Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Iconic Nickelodeon Characters Heading to SMITE: Battleground of the Gods

SMITE: Battleground of the Gods added another crossover to its expansive lineup of collabs this week by unveiling new Nickelodeon skins that'll soon be added to the game. This crossover event is scheduled to get underway in July 12th, and with it will come five new cosmetics mirroring the looks of Danny Phantom, Invader Zim, Rocko from Rocko's Modern Life, Powdered Toastman from Ren & Stimpy, and XJ9 from My Life as a Teenage Robot. Each of the five skins will be available for five different gods, but even if you don't end up paying for those to own them, you can get some different cosmetics for free by completing challenges.


Danny Phantom's skin is for Janus, Rocko's is for Danzburou, XJ9's is for Freya, Powdered Toastman's is for Gilgamesh, and Invader Zim's is for Cupid. The trailer below shows what these skins look like in action within Smite. We don't have prices for them just yet, but players can expect them to follow the premium pricing trend established in past crossovers.


The trailer that shows a lighter side of Zeus as he interacts with the Nicktoons characters before being slimed. The trailer gives Smite fans a brief glimpse at what they'll see with the Nickelodeon crossover like Rocko riding a vacuum and wielding a remote, Zim riding an inflatable before summoning Gir with an army of Minimoose, and Danny Phantom shooting ecto-energy prior to opening a portal which presumably can be used to traverse the battlefield. Like in Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl, XJ9 takes to the sky to unleash an aerial attack on her foes in the Smite x Nickelodeon trailer, while Powdered Toastman enters the arena with a ground pound as he fittingly wields a butter knife.


As mentioned previously, Smite has had tons of crossovers already. Just recently, it introduced a crossover with the metal group Slipknot which was one of the most unexpected crossovers even considering already how many there are in the game. Transformers heavies Optimus Prime, Megatron, and Starscream joined the roster last year. Other Nickelodeon properties like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Avatar: The Last Airbender as well as Legend of Korra characters have been added in the past, too, but Smite's creators pointed out that this will be the first time the game has benefitted from a collab introducing multiple characters from different shows at once.

"This is our first crossover that includes characters from multiple completely different shows, which presented an interesting challenge to the team," said A.J. Walker, the design director at Titan Forge Games. "For example: how do you turn a feisty musket-toting Tanuki (Danzaburou) into a shirt-wearing, tv-watching Wallaby (Rocko)? By turning the musket into a remote control, of course! We wanted to design every character in a way that did their Nickelodeon origins justice."


On top of the skins being added with Smite x Nickelodeon, there will be a dozen free cosmetics for players to unlock such as the Global Emote or Gir Jump Stamp, allowing Nickelodeon fans to express themselves in numerous ways.

Titan Forge Games also said PlayStation Plus subscribers would have an opportunity to purchase a bundle including the five gods mentioned above as well as their voice packs.

Based on the positive reception to Smite's previous Nickelodeon crossovers with TMNT and Avatar, many Smite fans are expressing the same excitement for this latest batch of characters. Several responses to the Nickelodeon trailer crossover voiced enthusiasm for each of the shows as well as Hi Rez Studios' ability to do all sorts of different kinds of crossovers rather than sticking to a tone or specific style. Some fans utilized the opportunity of another Smite crossover to voice their hopes for future ones that include SpongeBob SquarePants, Jimmy Neutron, Cartoon Network, Fortnite, Berserk, and more.


Further details about the crossover event and the rest of Smite’s midseason update will be announced at the upcoming update show later this week. The midseason update show will be live at 2pm CT on July 6, via the official Smite Twitch channel.

Update (7/9) - NICKELODEON EVENT

Nickelodeon Characters have invaded SMITE! Check out your favorite and nostalgic Nickelodeon Cartoon characters on the battleground!

Format

  • There will be 4 direct purchasable Nickelodeon Skins
  • Purchase all 4 Nickelodeon Skins to unlock the Danny Phantom Janus Skin!
  • Complete quests to receive “Flips” to use on the Nickelodeon Cosmetic Grid! Flip a square on the Nickelodeon Cosmetic Grid of your choosing and uncover a random Nickelodeon Cosmetic Item!

Skins:

  • Freya XJ9
  • Gilgamesh Powdered Toastman
  • Cupid Invader Zim
  • Danzaburou Rocko
  • Janus Danny Phantom

Cosmetics: (Quest for Flip and then Flip Squares on the Cosmetic Grid)

  • Announcer Pack Danny Phantom
  • Announcer Pack Invader Zim
  • Announcer Pack Rocko
  • Announcer Pack Powdered Toastman
  • Avatar Invader Zim
  • Avatar Rocko
  • Avatar XJ9
  • Global Emote SMASHING!
  • Jump Stamp GIR
  • Loading Screen Nickelodeon
  • Loading Screen The Fenton Works Lab

Wallpapers:







Nickelodeon and Smite collide in an all-new crossover, live July 12

Plus Titan Forge Games takes a look back at Smite’s colorful crossover journey.

A.J. “TitanAjax” Walker, Designer Director, Titan Forge Games

Don’t touch that remote! Danny Phantom, Invader Zim, Rocko, Powdered Toastman, and XJ9 battle Gods in the all-new Nickelodeon x Smite crossover event going live July 12! After the success of Smite’s previous crossovers with Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, we’re going all out this time to bring you your favorite characters from across Nickelodeon’s roster.

Bringing these iconic Nickelodeon characters into the Battleground of the Gods was an incredible experience for our team, and I’m so proud of how these skins turned out.

Wait… Danny Phantom in Smite?

Yup, you heard that right! Every Classic Nickelodeon character materializes in Smite as a dazzling skin for an existing Smite God: Danny Phantom Janus, Rocko Danzburou, XJ9 Freya, Powdered Toastman Gilgamesh, and Invader Zim Cupid. Plus, players can unlock a dozen free Nickelodeon cosmetic rewards like the meme-worthy smashing Global Emote or Gir Jump Stamp, just by playing Smite games and completing quests.

Why Nickelodeon?

“Excited” doesn’t even begin to explain how our team reacted when the news broke about the Nickelodeon crossover. Our team dove into the project with animated enthusiasm, developing imaginative ideas and amazing content. While we’ve worked with the Paramount team before, this crossover covered so many different generations of childhood television that it brought up a lot of nostalgia for the team. We hope that our community will experience that same feeling of nostalgia when they see some of their favorite Nickelodeon characters realized in Smite.

This is our first crossover that includes characters from multiple completely different shows, which presented an interesting challenge to the team. For example: how do you turn a feisty musket-toting Tanuki (Danzaburou) into a shirt-wearing, tv-watching Wallaby (Rocko)? By turning the musket into a remote control, of course! We wanted to design every character in a way that did their Nickelodeon origins justice.

From the Gods of Mt. Olympus to the Heroes of Nickelodeon…

Smite has come a long way since its PS4 launch in 2016, going from 17 gods to now over 121 in total. As the roster of deities grew, so did the number of pantheons in the game. At first, the precedent was set: Smite was the Battleground of the Gods – and as such; we’d only be including actual Gods and Goddesses from times past.

As the game matured, we started to push back against these boundaries. The team decided that King Arthur, from Arthurian myth, would be an ideal addition to Smite. Sure, he’s not a god, but he is a figure of myth.

We followed up the Arthurian Pantheon with Cthulhu, the legendary tentacled Great Old One. Smite’s lore is simple: If people believe in a God, if they talk about it, they make it real – even more modern entries like Cthulhu. These legendary figures from history and mythology brought a breath of creative freedom to the Battlegrounds – giving us the chance to include even more characters that didn’t fit the “standard” mold.

And as we looked toward expanding our collection of characters in Smite, we wanted to stay authentic to the game. why you’ll see all these crossovers as Skins and not as God additions. But we think these crossovers resonate with our community because this idea of crossovers is at the core of Smite. And we love welcoming new communities that are as passionate about these great IPs as we are about the pantheons of Smite. 

Smite’s First Nickelodeon Crossover: Avatar: The Last Airbender

The first Nickelodeon crossover to hit Smite was the legendary Smite x Avatar: The Last Airbender crossover. The Titan Forge Games team is full of diehard Avatar fans and was overjoyed to bring the Avatar world to life in Smite. This world-bending crossover event saw Aang, Zuko, Korra, and Naga face their toughest challenge yet: the Battleground of the Gods.

This project included many technical challenges that the Titan Forge team had to overcome. For example: How do we make Merlin, a full-size adult, into a child (Aang, from Avatar: The Last Airbender)? Merlin was chosen for Aang because of his use of different elements. It felt like it would fit best for Aang’s Character- but Merlin looked nothing like Aang. Modeling, rigging, and animation departments had to collaborate to make the skin a success. 

Aang was referred to internally as a “god-Level” skin. He doesn’t share any of Merlin’s base assets. The only thing that is similar to Merlin is the timing of the abilities. He was created from the ground up, completely from scratch. Every single part of the Aang skin was created entirely new so that we could make sure that Aang was represented in the best possible way. A bunch of us here on the Titan Forge team are huge fans of the show, so we were able to easily find references to fit into the game.

We followed up on Avatar with another Nickelodeon classic: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Featuring Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo; this crossover was full of incredible content from the classic animated show. Cowabunga!

More Smite Crossover Hits:

Ruby Rose, Blake Belladonna, Weiss Schnee, and Yang Xiao Long from RoosterTeeth’s hit anime series RWBY was the first crossover to crash into Smite as a resounding success. Our players loved the inclusion of these bombastic huntresses and clamored for more crossover content. Smite slipped into the Upside-Down with the Smite x Stranger Things crossover; which included four fan-favorite characters from Stranger Things: Eleven, Hopper, The Mind

Flayer, and The Demogorgon.

Transformers rolled out onto the Battleground of the Gods in 2021, with Optimus Prime, Megatron, and Starscream. 

Soon after that, the Titan Forge team broke the mold yet again with the Monstercat Crossover. This bass-pounding crossover used music to help define a variety of EDM-inspired skins, like Crab Rave Khepri. 

Quickly following up on that endeavor, Smite released their Rambo crossover in April 2022.

Our most recent crossover (before today’s Nickelodeon news) was an entirely new kind of crossover: Slipknot. This massive crossover included nine new skins for the Gods of Smite, accompanied by a head-banging Music Pack created with original Slipknot anthems. 

All of these projects have culminated in our newest incredible collaboration : The Smite x Nickelodeon crossover event, and we’re so excited for players to dive in starting July 12.

Special offer for PlayStation Plus members

To celebrate the Nickelodeon crossover, we’ve put together a limited-time offer for 

PlayStation Plus Members*. The Smite x Nickelodeon Plus Pack unlocks all five Gods featured in the Nickelodeon Event (Invader Zim Cupid, Rocko Danzburou, XJ9 Freya, Powdered Toastman Gilgamesh, and Danny Phantom Janus) and their Voice Packs.

This offer does not include the Nickelodeon Skins or Cosmetics.

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SMITE - Update Show - Mid Season - SMITE by Titan Forge Games


Check out everything coming to SMITE in the MidSeason Update Show. For details, read patch notes here - https://www.smitegame.com/news/midseason-9-7-update/


Chapters
00:00 Pre-Update Show Countdown
03:55 Hi-Rez Art Show with Enabuns w/ Goremiser!
22:23 5! 4! 3! 2! 1! SMITE! A Retrospective Show
42:44 This Month in SMITE (July 2022)
58:12 Update Show Starts!
59:50 General & Conquest Updates
1:03:32 New Glyphs, Masks, and Items
1:44:21 Item Balance
2:07:20 Changes to Crowd Control and Diminishing Returns
2:19:35 God Balance
2:39:00 Non-Conquest Balance
2:53:46 Community News
2:56:38 Zodiac Battle Pass & New Skins
3:09:56 SMITE x Nickelodeon Event
3:31:26 Update Show Wrap-Up - Thanks for watching!

Of course, there’s already an outlet for Nick fans to throw down as these characters: Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl. In fact, all five of them are confirmed characters for that platform fighter too. Powdered Toast Man, Zim, and Danny Phantom were a part of the game on day one, while Rocko and XJ9 are being added as DLC. The game also saw a big update in May, which added voice acting, items, and more.

SMITE x Nickelodeon - Now on Xbox Game Pass! - SMITE by Titan Forge Games


SMITE - Update Highlights - MidSeason - SMITE by Titan Forge Games


Check out everything coming to the MidSeason Update - including New Glyphs & Items, Zodiac Council Battle Pass, SMITE x Nickelodeon event and more! Read patch notes here, https://www.smitegame.com/news/midseason-9-7-update/

#SMITE #Nickelodeon

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Originally published: July 05, 2022 at 20:46 BST.

Source: ComicBook.com; Additional sources: GamePur, GameRant, Dot Esports; H/T: @TwogoodMax.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection SDCC 2022! | Konami

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection SDCC 2022! | Konami


Get a slice of Ninja Turtle action at San Diego Comic Con July 21 to July 24!

Enter the Turtle Lair gaming lounge and play the iconic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games releasing as part of the Cowabunga Collection

And that's not all! 

The first 500 people who arrive at the Turtle Lair at on Thursday July 21, will get a chance to receive fun giveaways including a limited edition black and white print of TMNT original artwork created by Kevin Eastman and a token for a limited entry signing with Kevin Eastman for Friday, July 22 from 12-2pm.

More radical news will also be announced during the three-day event! So stay tuned!



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Originally published: July 08, 2022 at 00:04 BST.


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Noggin Knows Travel Vlog #2 πŸ¦€ Dive & Explore Ocean Animals w/ Bubble Guppies! | Noggin

Noggin Knows Travel Vlog #2 πŸ¦€ Dive & Explore Ocean Animals w/ Bubble Guppies! | Noggin


Emmanuel is on a Noggin Knows road trip across the United States! In this preschool travel vlog, Bubble Guppy Molly joins Emmanuel in Monterey Bay, California to learn about underwater animals that live in the Pacific Ocean! Marine biologist Dijanna is a scientist who studies ocean animals and plants, so she teaches Molly and Emmanuel about invertebrates like crabs, starfish, and sea anemones in a fun game. Then, kids can use their new skills to spot marine invertebrates underwater with Molly. 

What does your noggin want to learn about? Find new content on Nick Jr.'s Noggin YouTube Channel! Learn alongside your favorite Nick Jr. friends and grow big hearts, use your mighty minds, strengthen your healthy bodies, and become brave explorers! http://at.nick.com/Noggin

Stream all your favorite Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. shows on Paramount+ and Noggin! Try Paramount+ for FREE at ParamountPlus.com!


#NogginKnows #RoadTrip #BubbleGuppies #Travel #Vlog #California #MontereyBay #Summer #Vacation #Science #PreschoolLearning #MarineBiology #Animals

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How to Get Noggin For 99c p/m For The First Two Months - Limited Time Offer!

Noggin makes learning a real treat all year round! Download the Noggin app or visit Noggin.com to get started for just $0.99 a month for the first two months!


Designed for kids aged 2 to 7, Noggin is Nickelodeon's personalized, interactive learning platform developed by education experts and starring your child's favorite Nick Jr. characters. Kids learn important skills for school and life as they play on Noggin – engaging with an ever-expanding library of books, learning games, activities, exclusive shorts, plus 1,000+ ad-free episodes of popular series, like PAW Patrol, Peppa Pig, and Blue's Clues & You! Backed by research, Noggin's specialized educational approach is designed to build your child's math, literacy, and wellness skills while developing their curiosity and social and emotional learning. Inspire your kids to learn, explore, and grow with Noggin! Join Noggin today by downloading the app or subscribe at www.noggin.com.


Limited time offer available from June 1 - July 31, 2022.

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Originally published: June 03, 2022.

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Rory & Skye’s High-Flying Rescue 🚁| PAW Patrol Cat Pack Rescue Episode | Cartoons for Kids | PAW Patrol Official & Friends

Rory & Skye’s High-Flying Rescue 🚁| PAW Patrol Cat Pack Rescue Episode | Cartoons for Kids | PAW Patrol Official & Friends


Let’s jump to it! It’s time for a Cat Pack PAW Patrol rescue! Cora Colors is stuck hanging from a scaffold. Rory and Skye fly into action to get her safely to the ground!

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PAW Patrol fans can stream full episodes of PAW Patrol, PAW Patrol: The Movie and PAW Patrol Live! At Home featuring "Race to the Rescue" on Paramount+. Try it FREE today at ParamountPlus.com.


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Nickelodeon to Premiere New 'Santiago Of The Seas' and 'Blaze and the Monster Machines' on July 15

Catch brand new episodes of Santiago of the Seas and Blaze and the Monster Machines, premiering Friday, July 15, 2022, only on Nick Jr. on Nickelodeon!


11:00 a.m. - Blaze and the Monster Machines - Mountain Ninja Rescue: Ninjas Zooli and Oona are excited for their first mission: escorting snow monkey Moshi up Mt. Danger to join his troop! But it won’t be easy: a storm looms, and mischievous Moshi is causing trouble! Will they complete their mission in time? (#615)

11:30 a.m. - Santiago of the Seas - The Fruit Festival: Santiago and his family team up to save the Fruit Festival when Enrique crashes the party and steals all the fruit. (#206A)

12:00 p.m. - PAW Patrol Original 5s - Cat Pack/PAW Patrol Rescue: Skye and Rory Flip It: Skye and Rory rescue a painter hanging from a scaffold. (#114)

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COWABUNGA! - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Swim Float from Turtle Pack

COWABUNGA! - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Swim Float from Turtle Pack


Have you heard the news? Kids can now learn to swim with the only swimming aid that comes Ninja Turtle-approved!!

Created by the award-winning team at Turtle Pack and made of soft yet durable XL EXTRALIGHT® Closed Cell foam, the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Swim Float Toy gives kids aged 2+ buoyancy support in the pool whilst keeping their arms free so they can swim more naturally.

The neoprene vest acts like a wetsuit; keeping little ones’ warm, whilst their arms are free and ensuring they can move around in the water in a way that’s more organic than armbands or pool noodles. The unique TMNT design also allows for your child to dress up as their favourite Turtle character and engage in active, imaginative play both in and out of the water!

Visit turtlepack.com/tmnt for more information! TURTLE POWER!

Material: Shell: Brown XL EXTRALIGHT® Close Cell foam, Vest: Green Neoprene (includes Yellow PP straps, Yellow POM buckles and TMNT print via heat vinyl transfer)

Weight: Product: 570g Packaging: 240g Full Weight: 810g

Sizing: Age range: 2-6 years, Weight range: 15-30kg/33-66lbs, Chest range: 52-62cm

Dry shell thoroughly after use. Air dry vest. Wipe clean with warm, soapy water.

XL EXTRALIGHT® Close Cell foam shell is non-allergenic and bacteria proof.

DO NOT MACHINE WASH OR TUMBLE DRY.

MASKS NOT INCLUDED.

Please read Safety Details below.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Swim float is a Class B device which is designed to be worn as a back float. Suitable for children aged 2-6 years/15-30kg and is certified to the following safety standards: EN71 (1,2,3), EN13138-1:2004 and ASTM F963. 

WARNING: WILL NOT PROTECT AGAINST DROWNING. USE ONLY UNDER CONSTANT COMPETENT SUPERVISION. NOT FOR USE IN BOATING.

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Turtle Pack - The Swimming Aid That Everyone's Talking About!


Bringing children out of their shell!

Turtle Pack® is an innovative swimming aid that will change the way kids aged 2+ learn to swim!

Comprising of a high-quality neoprene vest (that keeps kids snug and warm!) and three removable foam shells, Turtle Pack has been designed by swimming experts to ensure that children are kept in the correct neutral body position in the water – without compromising on comfort or safety.

Our design allows kids to learn swimming strokes correctly and efficiently, whilst the vest design keeps their arms free in the water. As your little one’s confidence & coordination improves in the water the buoyancy can be easily reduced by removing segments of the shell.

Material: EVA foam shell & Neoprene Vest (Vest consists of two nylon straps with ABS clips)

Size: 31x25x12cm (3shells), 27x21x11cm (2shells), 27x21x9cm (1shell)

Weight: 860g (3 shells), 596g (2 shells), 444g (1 shell)

To fit chest size 54cm – 63cm (approx. Age 2 – 7)

Dry shells thoroughly after use.

Turtle Pack complies with EN71 1/2/3 & EN13138 safety standards.

WARNING– Suitable for children weighing between 15-30 kilograms. Will not protect against drowning. Only use under CONSTANT & COMPETENT supervision.

How Can Swimming Teachers Use Turtle Pack? | Turtle Pack


We caught up with Turtle Pack brand ambassador and Core Aquatics founder Nicole Martin to find out how swimming teachers can use Turtle Pack products in their lessons. 

Nicole also shares details of the ways in which Turtle Pack has boosted her revenue too - simply by selling Turtle Pack products to their swim school customers!

Find out more about how you could add our products to your lessons by emailing trade@turtlepack.com


Originally published: June 25, 2022.

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