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In really feeling it!

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: What will Nintendo release in 2024?
« on: March 13, 2024, 05:31:43 PM »
2024 feeling dry asf already. If we don't get a general nintendo direct in april like the rumors said then that's going be sooo bad.

Regarding Nintendo's own output I definitely expect a lighter year, with mostly repackaged material while they gear up towards a successor system. It feels like the Splatoon 3 DLC went by entirely unnoticed outside of its existing audience, and outside of the Peach and Endless Ocean games there's not a whole lot on the horizon except for Pokémon.

That said the year has started with several great third party releases on Switch, like Balatro, Unicorn Overlord, and Prince of Persia. And it's gonna be another banner year for RPGs too, with Ys X, Suikoden remakes, Eiyuden Chronicles, SaGa Emerald Beyond, SMTV Vengeance, etc.
Coupled with the stacked past few years of releases to catch up on, I think the system is weathering its twilight years quite well.

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Nintendo Gaming / SUBMISSIONS CLOSED
« on: February 21, 2024, 01:44:12 PM »
Submissions are closed!
Feel free to continue speculation throughout the year, but they no longer net those desirable points.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: What will Nintendo release in 2024?
« on: February 20, 2024, 04:13:22 AM »
…Does a partner showcase still count as a direct? Otherwise my Hi Fi Rush prediction isn’t gonna net me full points…

Totes counts!

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Nintendo Gaming / FINAL CALL
« on: February 19, 2024, 06:04:31 PM »
FINAL CALL FOR PREDICTIONS!

Dinar87 proves themselves a TRUE and CONFIRMED leaker, a Partner Direct will indeed air on February 21st, 6am PT.

Get your predictions in or suffer FOMO for the coming 10 months.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: What will Nintendo release in 2024?
« on: February 14, 2024, 06:07:12 PM »
This was actually really difficult because this is a prediction thread for Nintendo releases, and most of what I could think of were things that I expect in a Switch 2 sizzle reel that will release in 2025 and beyond or third party releases.

I may update this depending on what Order.RSS says, if anything. Or disappear for months on end, idk.

Feel free to post 3rd party predictions! These threads kinda skew towards Nintendo since that's the only stuff catalogued within, but if it's even vaguely Switch related it totally counts.

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Nintendo Gaming / My 2024 predictions
« on: January 29, 2024, 05:08:27 PM »
Should get my own in too while there's still time. I expect a Direct possibly as early as February 8th, so if anyone else wants to join, keep that in mind as a rough deadline until we know more details.

  • Switch 2 will be announced in September 2024, for a March 2025 release. The name will be Nintendo Shift. Their stock price drops 9% following the announcement.
  • NES Remix gets a sequel, called SNES Remix.
  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong turns out to feature extensive amiibo support, causing spikes in prices for various out of print figures.
  • Nintendo will publish the new Yacht Club Games title Mina the Hollower in in order to acquire limited time console exclusivity.
  • NSO adds Turbografx-16 to the Expansion Pack tier in October. It launches with Bonk 2, Bomberman 93, and Castlevania Rondo of Blood.
  • There will be a significant DLC expansion for Paper Mario The Thousand-Year Door that somehow upsets the fanbase.
  • This year's Kirby game is a port of Kirby Battle Royale (3DS), revamped as a free-to-play release, with a convoluted monetization scheme.
  • Reviews for Princess Peach Showtime will sit around a 72 average.
  • NSO adds the following games to its GBA lineup: Mario Pinball Land, Drill Dozer, and Pokémon Pinball Ruby & Sapphire.
  • Recycling this one from last year: Mario & Sonic at the 2024 Paris Olympics is announced. Luigi wears a beret in the trailer, and Yoshi eats an entire baguette.

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Nintendo Gaming / Mr. GlubGlub's predictions
« on: January 14, 2024, 07:07:27 PM »
Here's what Mr. GlubGlub submitted via Discord:

Quote from: Mr. GlubGlub
I heard lots of remakes so I stand by a F-Zero GX remake this year
Switch 2 will be released in the first half of 2024
No Metroid Prime 4
Mario 64 remake
Bonus points: Kirbys Dream Course remake

We've also gotten the news regarding Golden Sun 1 & 2 hitting NSO on January 17th, so those are ruled out for future prediction submissions.

If any of these feel too vague or obvious let me know and I would be glad to spice them up.

These are great, thanks for getting the ball rolling!

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Nintendo Gaming / DA ROOLZ
« on: January 07, 2024, 01:54:26 PM »
Rules/suggestions:
  • You may submit between 1 and 10 predictions for the year.
  • If you write your predictions in numbered list/bullet point format that’d be helpful, but it's not required.
  • You get 1 point for being right, half a point for being half-right.
  • You have until the first Direct of the year (probably in January of early February latest) to submit predictions. Obviously we can continue speculation afterwards, but it won't net you any tasty points.
  • No points for guessing stuff we already know! See what we already know… in the post above!
  • Non-predictions or super safe ones (e.g.: "Nintendo will not colonize the Moon and pivot to selling Moonrocks") may be awarded no or negative points at the jury's discretion.

Look at all these previous satisfied customers, order now!

2023 Leaderboard:
Mop It Up: 5½ points [WINNER]
Nickmitch: 5½ points [WINNER]
Luigi Dude: 5 points [BRONZE]
M.K. Ultra: 5 points [BRONZE]
Adrock: 4½ points
Stratos: 4½ points
SafeKhushrenada: 4 points
Lemonade: 2½ points
MadnessKhushrenada: 3 points
BoldKhushrenada: 2 points
Order.RSS: ½ point
NotKhushrenada: -8 points

Lifetime achievements ranking:
M.K. Ultra: 20 points
Nickmitch: 17 points
Mop It Up: 15 points
Luigi Dude: 12 points
Stratos: 10 points
Safe Khushrenada: 9 points
Adrock: 8 points
MASB: 6 points
Khushrenada: 5½ points
Order.RSS: 5½ points
TopHatAnt: 5 points
Insanolord: 4 points
Bold Khushrenada: 3½ point
Lemonade: 3½ points
Madness Khushrenada: 3½ point
Pokepal: 3½ points
MrGlubGlub: 2 points
Oedo: 2 points
Fawful: 1 point
Broodwars: ½ point
Evan_B: ½ point
Kairon: ½ point
Shaymin: ½ point
NotKhushrenada: -8 points

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Nintendo Gaming / What will Nintendo release in 2024?
« on: January 07, 2024, 01:48:04 PM »
Welcome to the 2024 predictions thread, where we distribute points and eternal glory!
How it works: please post 1-10 Nintendo related things you think will occur this year, that's it!
Previous threads: 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023.



I will try to update this thread with all the major Nintendo releases of the year.
Here's what we know so far:

2024 Games/Software
- Another Code: Recollection January 19th.
- Mario vs. Donkey Kong February 16th.
- Pocket Card Jockey: Ride On! February 21st. (GameFreak publishing).
- Princess Peach: Showtime! March 22nd.
- Endless Ocean Luminous May 2nd.
- Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door May 23rd.
- Luigi's Mansion 2 HD June 27th.
- Nintendo World Championships - NES Edition July 18th.
- The Legend of Zelda: Echoes of Wisdom September 26th.
- Super Mario Party Jamboree October 17th.
- Mario & Luigi: Brothership November 7th.
- Pokémon Trading Card Game Pocket 2024.
 
2024 Hardware/Major merch
- amiibo: Noah. January 19th.
- amiibo: Mio. January 19th.
- amiibo: Sora. February 16th.

2024 DLC (paid/free)
- Splatoon 3 - Expansion Pass: Wave 2 - Side Order February 22nd.
- Nintendo Switch Sports - Basketball July 9th.

2024 Nintendo Switch Online / Services / Mobile
- Sunset: 3DS & Wii U online services end April 8th.
- Games added to NSO Retro apps:
  • Golden Sun GBA. January 17th.
  • Golden Sun: The Lost Age GBA. January 17th.
  • Snake Rattle 'N' Roll NES. February 21st.
  • R.C. Pro-Am NES. February 21st.
  • Battletoads in Battlemaniacs SNES. February 21st.
  • Killer Instinct SNES. February 21st.
  • Blast Corps N64. February 21st.
  • Dr. Mario GB. March 12th.
  • Mario Golf GBC. March 12th.
  • Mario Tennis GBC. March 12th.
  • F-Zero: Maximum Velocity GBA. March 29th.
  • Super R-Type SNES. April 12th.
  • Wrecking Crew '98 SNES. April 12th.
  • Amazing Hebereke SNES. April 12th.
  • Marvelous: Another Treasure Island Super Famicom. April 12th. JP only.
  • Extreme-G N64. April 23rd.
  • Iggy's Reckin' Balls N64. April 23rd.
  • Super Mario Land GB. May 14th.
  • Alleyway GB. May 14th.
  • Baseball GB. May 14th.
  • The Frog For Whom The Bell Tolls GB. May 14th. JP only.
  • Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge GB. June 7th.
  • Mega Man II GB. June 7th.
  • Mega Man III GB. June 7th.
  • Mega Man IV GB. June 7th.
  • Mega Man V GB. June 7th.
  • Metroid: Zero Mission GBA. June 18th.
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past Four Swords GBA. June 18th.
  • Turok: Dinosaur Hunter N64. June 18th.
  • Perfect Dark N64. June 18th.
  • Cobra Triangle NES. July 3rd.
  • Donkey Kong Jr. Math NES. July 3rd.
  • Golf NES. July 3rd.
  • Mach Rider NES. July 3rd.
  • The Mystery of Atlantis NES. July 3rd.
  • Solar Jetman NES. July 3rd.
  • Urban Champion NES. July 3rd.
  • Mahjong Famicom. July 3rd.
  • Shin Onigashima Famicom. July 3rd.
  • Gomoku Narabe Renju Famicom. July 3rd.
  • Densetsu no Starfy GBA. July 12th.
  • Densetsu no Starfy 2 GBA. July 12th.
  • Densetsu no Starfy 3 GBA. July 12th.

Announced projects without dates/beyond 2024
- Cruis'n Blast - Online Multiplayer & DLC TBA. Announced December 2021. (Nintendo owned IP).
- Donkey Kong Country Returns HD January 16th.
- Metroid Prime 4: Beyond 2025.
- Pokémon Legends: Z-A 2025.
- Untitled live-action Zelda movie TBA. Announced November 2023.
- Untitled Nintendo Switch successor hardware TBA. Announced May 2024.
- Untitled Super Mario Bros. Movie sequel April 3rd 2026.

2024 Directs
- Nintendo Direct: Partner Showcase February 21st.
- Pokémon Presents February 27th.
- Indie World April 17th.
- Nintendo Direct June 18th.
- Treehouse Plays: Nintendo World Championships NES Edition July 2nd.

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Nintendo Gaming / WINNERS OF 2023!
« on: January 07, 2024, 01:35:50 PM »
Hold up, did a new year shadowdrop??
Time to get tallying! Lemonade is first to bat.
1 To build off the hype of the successful release of the Mario Movie, Nintendo will announce a new Mario game to be released by the end of the year.
2 During the Direct in February, Goldeneye will be shadow dropped on Switch and Xbox.
3 At E3 the first DLC will be shown for Splatoon 3. It will be part of the online expansion pack
4 Metroid Prime 4 will not be released in 2023
5 Nintendo will announce the Wii Shopping Channel is completely shutting down. It will be no longer possible to redownload purchased software.
6 There will be no Switch Pro or Switch successor released in 2023
  • GoldenEye did drop on Switch and Xbox, but before the year's first Direct. ½ point.
  • No Metroid, no Switch Pro/Switch 2. 2 points
  • Close but not quite: Splatoon only showed a Splatfest at the E3 Direct
Total score: 2½ points! Lemonade easily doubles their lifetime points tally.

Next up, our lifetime champion, M.K. Ultra!
  • Hardware -No new switch hardware is released in 2023, other than special editions
  • Movie - The Super Mario Bros. Movie is well received by critics, with a MetaCritic average >75, the user score is less than the critics score.
  • Announced Game - Pikmin 4 is released in summer 2023 and has some cool use of joy-cons
  • Announced Game - Metroid Prime 4 - we get a trailer and release window of 2024
  • New Game - A new game from GoodFeel that is not a Yoshi game
  • New Game - A new Mario game that combines 2D and 3D mario
  • New Game - A new party game from ND cube
  • New Game - A Switch port of Kid Icarus Uprising from 3DS
  • New Game - A new Donkey Kong game (focus is on mine cart levels)
  • NSO - Adds DLC for a game and a new (portable) platform e.g. GameBoy
  • Bang on regarding hardware, that Zelda edition coming in clutch. 1 point.
  • Miss on the Mario Movie: it has a 46% critics average, whereas audiences are 80+%.
  • Pikmin 4 did drop in July. The Joy-Con are arguable since you can find them in-game... ½ point.
  • GoodFeel indeed released their Japan-only Goemon-esque game. 1 point
  • Whether Everybody 1-2 Switch is a party game or a curse made manifest is debatable, but ND Cube worked on it. 1 point.
  • Mario Wonder feels like an edge-case, I'm counting it as 2D unless challenged. ½ point.
  • Gameboy and new Mario Kart DLC hit NSO. 1 point
Total: 5 points, boom!

Stratos is next:
  • There will be a brand new Mario game released. (Bet you part of the reason for the delay in the film was to coincide with a new game)
  • Nintendo Switch Online continues the trend of offering DLC to major games as an incentive
  • Advance Wars Remake actually releases this year
  • Prime 4 is acknowledged and even shown with more than a new title screen, but does not release this year
  • New Fire Emblem project is announced; most likely another remake
  • Something Animal Crossing related is announced but not something fans were hoping for
  • Nintendo releases a racing game that is not Mario Kart or Mario Kart DLC
  • Release of a fan favorite game is teased in some cryptic manner and not actually announced or released this year (think like the weird comments about Pikmin 4, but for a series that isn't Zelda, Mario, or Pokemon)
  • We get another hardware revision that is not the Super Switch Pro
  • New Monster Hunter is announced for non-tendo consoles/PC
  • New Mario yes, coinciding with Movie no. ½ point.
  • NSO got more Mario Kart & Advance Wars released, check! 2 points.
  • F-Zero 99 fills your racing slot! 1 point.
  • Monster Hunter Wilds is announced for 2025 at the Keighleys, no sign of Switch. 1 point.
Total: 4½ points, Stratos almost doubles their lifetime score!

Luigi Dude said they were going brief to come for the win:
1.  No Switch successor will be released in 2023
2.  A new 2D Mario game will be revealed
3.  A new 2D Zelda will be revealed
4.  A DLC expansion for Pokemon SV will come out
5.  The rumored new Donkey Kong platformer will finally be revealed.  Not going to predict if it'll be 2D or 3D though since I think it could go either way.
6.  Kid Icarus Uprising HD remaster announced
7.  Regular Gameboy and Gameboy Color get added to basic NSO, while Gameboy Advanced title will be part of the Expansion Pack.
8.  The Metroid Prime 1 HD remaster is finally announced
9.  An HD remaster of F-Zero GX will be announced
10.  A new Wario Land from Good Feel will be announced
  • No Switch 2. 1 point.
  • Mario Wonder dropped. 1 point.
  • Pokémon DLC was a safe bet. 1 point.
  • Spot-on with the Gameboy NSO split over regular & Expansion Pack members! 1 point
  • Again spot-on with Metroid Prime 1. Arguably a full remake, but I'll give the full 1 point.
Total: 5 points! Equaling M.K. Ultra... will it be enough?

Adrock is next!
  • Nintendo will be asked about but will not release a Switch successor.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will have DLC.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom's DLC will not be included in Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pass.
  • Game Boy app will be added to Nintendo Switch Online, probably in the Expansion Pass because y'all aren't getting two generations of Pokémon for $20 a year.
  • Nintendo won't add that Japan-only Satelliview Mario Excitebike game to the SNES app in Nintendo Switch Online.
  • Nintendo will release some ports/remasters to pad the Switch lineup.
  • The Super Mario Bros. Movie will not have a tie-in game. Nintendo knows better than to release new Mario game a month before a new Zelda.
  • Nintendo will not release a Nintendo 64 Classic Edition.
  • Nintendo won't port any games to the Playdate.
  • Nintendo won't release another new mainline Pokémon game this year.
  • Nintendo was asked about Switch 2 and did not comment. 1 point.
  • Gameboy NSO did happen, but splits between both plans. ½ point.
  • Ports and remasters did happen yes, reluctantly giving you 1 point.
  • Right on about no Mario game to coincide with the film. 1 point.
  • You've got 4 pretty obvious non-predictions here, but as your comment suggests you see this as a cheap way to win points. I'll give 1 point for the PlayDate one for originality purposes.
Total: 4½ points! But you can mentally count them as 7½ if you wish - I just need to disqualify these non-predictions so I have a better argument at engineering another loss for Khushrenada...

In fact, let's do that right now:
1. I predict that Nintendo will not release a new 2D Metroid this year.
2. I predict that Nintendo will not release a new Paper Mario game this year.
3. I predict that Nintendo will not release Mother 3 in the west this year.
4. I predict that Nintendo will not release a new F-Zero game this year.
5. I predict that Nintendo will not release a new Ice Climbers game this year.
6. I predict that Nintendo will not release a new Game and Watch system this year.
7. I predict that Nintendo will not re-hire Reggie Fils-Aime as NOA president this year.
8. I predict that Nintendo will not buy Sega this year.
9. I predict that Nintendo will not not have a direct this year.
10. I predict that Nintendo will not not not not not hire NotKhushrenada as their new chief of Social Media
  • 9/10 correct, I award NotKhushrenada 9 not-points.
  • F-Zero did release that's 1 inverted not-point.
Total score: -8. NotKhushrenada once again NotWinning.

Another year of me grading my own homework, when will the teachers step in?!
  • Nintendo will publish a virtual card game (in the vein of Heartstone, or Marvel Snap). It becomes a fairly big deal for a month or two, so they begin producing physical cards, but by the time those release interest will have died down.
  • NSO+ will add the following games: Hybrid Heaven (N64), and Crusader of Centy (Genesis), but will not add any new systems like Gameboy.
  • Advance Wars Re-Bootcamp will remain unreleased. We will see some credible reporting indicating NoA had contracted WayForward to also produce a remake of the 3rd and 4th games, but have canned the project.
  • EA revives the Medal of Honor series with an exclusive Switch game. It's a top-down tactics game, kind of like the Ghost Recon game on 3DS.
  • Yokai Watch 4++ gets localized for Switch.
  • Namco produces a Ridge Racer collection for all major consoles, but the Switch version gets delayed last-minute for unclear reasons.
  • We'll see a Mario Sluggers sequel get announced late in the year, with a tentative release date of Q1 2024. People speculate it will be the last major Nintendo game before Switch 2.
  • Around November a new entry in the Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games franchise releases, ahead of the 2024 Summer Olympics. Someone wears a beret in the trailer since the Olympics will be in France. I'm thinking Luigi?
  • Bayonetta Origins becomes a modest success with the YA crowd. A manga or graphic novel adaptation will be announced.
  • Luigi's Mansion 1 gets a HD remaster which also includes the multiplayer component found on 3DS. Releases around Halloween.
  • Crusader of Centy on Genesis NSO doing a lot of lifting here. ½ point.
Total score: ½ point. Disastrous result. Luigi's Mansion was pretty close, but I got the wrong entry.

  • No new console announcement.
  • Advanced Wars ReBootCamp is slotted into the release calendar at the last minute to fill a gap.
  • Zelda:TotK-specific Direct shows off the game and previews DLC.
  • Two rounds of Pokemon SV DLC.
  • Detective Pikachu 2 is finally talked about again.
  • Metroid happens in trailer form only.
  • Rhythm Heaven comes to Switch as this year's party game.
  • I'm thinking there's a non-Mario, Mushroom Kingdom resident starring game coming out soon, but announced this year.
  • Two HD GameCube ports are announced this year.
  • Pikmin 4 does not come out.
  • No Switch 2 indeed. 1 point.
  • Advance Wars didn't seem super last-minute, but it was short notice. ½ point
  • 3 in a row on Zelda, Pokémon S/V DLC & Detective Chu. 3 points
  • Depending on whether we count Metroid Prime Remastered as a HD port or not, Nintendo dropped either 2 or 3 GameCube titles in HD (the other two being Pikmin 1 & 2). Let's be lenient and say 1 point.
Total score: 5½ points! Rocketing into the lead through a controversial decision by the ref! I'm sure audiences will not complain at all!

Can Mop It Up mop up some points? [I compressed their post for space].
1. -The new Zelda will release this year.
2. -No new hardware will be released or announced.
3. -A new 3D Mario game will be the big holiday title.
There are some rumours that it will be 2D instead, hopefully I'll still get a half point if that occurs...
4 -A new 2D platformer from Good Feel will be announced, and it will not be another Yoshi game.
5.-A new Mario Baseball game will release in the spring or summer.
6. -Advance Wars 1+2 will release this year and its date will be announced in tomorrow's Direct.
7. -DLC expansion for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet will be announced, will release in two packs a few months apart.
8. -Game Boy announced for NSO+.
9. -Another Rare game gets announced for NSO N64, my money's on Diddy Kong Racing.
I phrased it this way in the hopes that I'll still get a half point if a different Rare game happens instead, such as Banjo-Tooie.
10. -At least one more port or remaster of a Wii or Wii U game.
  • Yes to Zelda, no to Switch 2. 2 points.
  • Sorry, no half points for predicting Mario in the wrong dimensions and release window.
  • Advance Wars was right on the money. 1 point.
  • NSO got Gameboy, but not just the + members. ½ point
  • Pokémon was right on. 1 point
  • Rareware did grace NSO, but it was GoldenEye and JFG instead. ½ point
  • We already knew about Kirby's Wii game getting re-released, so no points for that. Metroid Prime Remastered is a stretch but I guess it was on Wii and the remaster includes motion controls... ½ point.
Total score: 5½ points! More competition in the upper bracket!

Oh no here comes SafeKhushrenada.
1.   Nintendo will finally talk about the Switch Successor, their next gaming system, and when it will launch.
2.   One of the games shown for the Switch Successor will be a game with Mario in it.
3.   Nintendo will release a special edition Switch for Tears of the Kingdom.
4.   Nintendo will release (at least) three non-Smash Amiibo figures for the year.
5.   Nintendo will reveal wearable Amiibo that you can get at the Univeral Studios Nintendo World.
6.   More DLC will be available for free to those with the Online Expansion + subscription.
7.   A spinoff Pokemon game will revealed and released this year.
8.   Metroid Prime 4 footage will finally be shown.
9.   A new MonolithSoft game will be revealed.
10.   Nintendo will reveal another IP is being adapted to a non-gaming medium (i.e. Movie / TV series)
  • Zelda limited edition. 1 point
  • 3+ non-Smash amiibo. 1 point
  • Mario Kart 8 DLC is saving you NSO prediction. 1 point
  • Zelda was announced to get a live-action movie. 1 point
Total score: 4 points! Safe prediction, safe results. SafeKhush headed straight for the middle of the pack.

Maybe BoldKhushrenada will have more luck?
1. Game Freak reveals a non-Pokemon IP game. It will release either this year or early next year.
2. Two new Nintendo IP’s are revealed with one released this year.
3. Ring Fit Adventure gets some additional content.
4. Another Game Console’s (i.e. Game Boy, Game Gear, Neo Geo, etc) games are added to the Expansion + subscription.
5. Yoshi’s Woolly World gets a Switch port.
6. A new Donkey Kong game is revealed. It will be scheduled to release in 2023 or 2024.
7. A Mario RPG is revealed. It will be scheduled to release in 2023 or 2024.
8. A Pushmo game is revealed and released.
9. Square ports over more Dragon Quest games (such as 4, 5, 6) to the Switch and announces Dragon Quest 12.
10. The Mass Effect Trilogy gets ported to the Switch. EA needs some cash!
  • Gameboy/GBA hit NSO. 1 point
  • Not just a Mario RPG, but the Mario RPG! 1 point
  • Kinda whiffed on the Dragon Quest prediction, but they did release a sequel to DQ Monsters
Total score: 2 points! But they were earned in bold!

Let's close out the ceremony with MadnessKhushrenada, while I suitably go mad too:
1. SNES Remix (a sequel to the NES Remix games) is released.
2. A Star Fox Mobile game is announced.
3. Fortune Street gets a new entry for the Switch.
4. Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door is re-released.
5. The Switch successor has a second screen on the controllers
6. Animal Crossing: Style Savvy (a mash-up). You work with the Mabel Sisters in helping create fashion for villagers and become the best boutique in town.
7. More third party talk. A Call of Duty game is revealed for the Switch (or its successor) as Microsoft tries to gain more leverage in acquiring Blizzard/Activision.
8. Even more Square madness. Square brings Terranigma to the Switch.
9. Even more third party talk. Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City get ports to the Switch (or its successor).
10. F-Zero shocks the world with a new game.
11. Everyone else’s predictions go to 10. Not Madness Khushrenada. His picks go to 11. They’re the maddest picks around. That madness also infects Square Enix and they shock the world by announcing Final Fantasy 17 will also be coming to a Nintendo system.
  • Thousand-Year Door did not release, but was announced. ½ point
  • No Call of Duty shown for Switch, but Microsoft did pinky promise it. ½ point
  • Batman Arkham trilogy did technically release, albeit in dubious state. 1 point
  • F-Zero is back baby! 1 point
Total score: 3 points!

In a first for PredictionPalooza we have a joint winner: congrats to Mop It Up & Nickmitch!!
Same story for the Bronze, which will need to be shared between Luigi Dude & M.K. Ultra!

Thanks for playing everyone, please join us in the 2024 thread!

2023 Leaderboard:
Mop It Up: 5½ points [WINNER]
Nickmitch: 5½ points [WINNER]
Luigi Dude: 5 points [BRONZE]
M.K. Ultra: 5 points [BRONZE]
Adrock: 4½ points
Stratos: 4½ points
SafeKhushrenada: 4 points
Lemonade: 2½ points
MadnessKhushrenada: 3 points
BoldKhushrenada: 2 points
Order.RSS: ½ point
NotKhushrenada: -8 points

Lifetime achievements ranking:
M.K. Ultra: 20 points
Nickmitch: 17 points
Mop It Up: 15 points
Luigi Dude: 12 points
Stratos: 10 points
Safe Khushrenada: 9 points
Adrock: 8 points
MASB: 6 points
Khushrenada: 5½ points
Order.RSS: 5½ points
TopHatAnt: 5 points
Insanolord: 4 points
Bold Khushrenada: 3½ point
Lemonade: 3½ points
Madness Khushrenada: 3½ point
Pokepal: 3½ points
MrGlubGlub: 2 points
Oedo: 2 points
Fawful: 1 point
Broodwars: ½ point
Evan_B: ½ point
Kairon: ½ point
Shaymin: ½ point
NotKhushrenada: -8 points

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Pretty interesting method!

So, is there a strategy to shedding the remaining backlog? I guess some basics could be:
  • Acquire fewer games than you complete/drop (you're already doing this)
  • Wrap up any unfinished savegames. Don't restart; either continue or drop
  • Next, start some short ones to get completions rolling?
  • Consider trying the worst games in your backlog early, as you might drop them before the end, which would whittle down the pile faster?
One thing to worry about would be turning your hobby into a job with targets to hit, though.

The ones from the list which jump out to me are:
- GRIS is short and you're almost done already.
- Transistor, Sonic 3D Classic, Sayonara Wild Hearts, and Nano Assault EX are 5 hours tops each. Those are good early candidates to get a head start. Tony Hawk might take 10 perhaps, fewer if you're good. 
- Townscaper gets real boring real fast unless you're a self-motivated player who likes to build worlds. I dropped it in 15 minutes, but YMMV.
- You've got a few doubles listed, like Skyrim, Astria Ascending, and Paradise Killer. There's some freebies to cross off immediately!

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This was a well written piece. I presume it couldn't be included in the full review for length purposes, but I hope it still found some readers.

In Advance Wars 1 the capturing of cities was always very important, but they were single squares which magically healed your troops. They were occupied by either nobody, or by enemy fighters. That contrasts particularly cruelly with these deliberate and targeted bombings of obviously civilian, very much inhabited structures.

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Nintendo Gaming / Submissions closed
« on: February 08, 2023, 05:55:26 PM »
Submission are now CLOSED.
No more insiders!

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Nintendo Gaming / FINAL PREDICTIONS CALL!
« on: February 07, 2023, 09:19:20 AM »

RED ALERT
RED ALERT


A new Nintendo Direct approaches!

This means you have until TOMORROW to get your 2023 predictions in. Submissions posted after the Direct starts will not be eligible for valuable Insider Leaker points.

Who will win the title of Uncle At Nintendo? We'll find out soon...


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Nintendo Gaming / Re: What will Nintendo release in 2023?
« on: January 29, 2023, 12:53:42 PM »
As for my own predictions, here's what I got:

  • Nintendo will publish a virtual card game (in the vein of Heartstone, or Marvel Snap). It becomes a fairly big deal for a month or two, so they begin producing physical cards, but by the time those release interest will have died down.
  • NSO+ will add the following games: Hybrid Heaven (N64), and Crusader of Centy (Genesis), but will not add any new systems like Gameboy.
  • Advance Wars Re-Bootcamp will remain unreleased. We will see some credible reporting indicating NoA had contracted WayForward to also produce a remake of the 3rd and 4th games, but have canned the project.
  • EA revives the Medal of Honor series with an exclusive Switch game. It's a top-down tactics game, kind of like the Ghost Recon game on 3DS.
  • Yokai Watch 4++ gets localized for Switch.
  • Namco produces a Ridge Racer collection for all major consoles, but the Switch version gets delayed last-minute for unclear reasons.
  • We'll see a Mario Sluggers sequel get announced late in the year, with a tentative release date of Q1 2024. People speculate it will be the last major Nintendo game before Switch 2.
  • Around November a new entry in the Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games franchise releases, ahead of the 2024 Summer Olympics. Someone wears a beret in the trailer since the Olympics will be in France. I'm thinking Luigi?
  • Bayonetta Origins becomes a modest success with the YA crowd. A manga or graphic novel adaptation will be announced.
  • Luigi's Mansion 1 gets a HD remaster which also includes the multiplayer component found on 3DS. Releases around Halloween.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: What will Nintendo release in 2023?
« on: January 29, 2023, 12:12:38 PM »
Jeez I screwed myself out of points last year once again by going into too much detail.  Seriously, need to be brief this year to get the win.

Yeah, I'm hoping people will just post things they actually expect or want to happen. The points are just an afterthought for fun, not the actual goal here. Maybe we should count interesting predictions differently as opposed to punishing people for them since they didn't 100% pan out.

I'm seeing some of y'all post what Nintendo won't release. Looking at the Rules/Suggestions, this is more of a general predictions thread. Since that's the case and it isn't like there are real stakes here, we can all go 10 for 10 posting what won't happen. "Nintendo won't release a Star Tropics remake developed by Platinum Games" or "Nintendo won't license Jak and Daxter from Sony and release a Switch exclusive reboot" both work and would likely be easy points.

I don't mind predicting things which won't happen, but would prefer if those went against general expectations (e.g.: "Nintendo will not publish a Zelda game this year" is an interesting prediction, as opposed to near-certainties for easy points like "they probably won't sell Mario to Xbox").

For now I have a simple solution: Not-Khushrenada will be paid out in Not-Points this year, done. :)

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Upcoming Switch games! What's on your wishlist
« on: January 16, 2023, 11:28:59 AM »
Zelda is the big one for me as well, though I may not have time for it until Summer. Trying to keep expectations in check though. Bayonetta Origins feels rather soon after Bayo 3, and I haven't even gotten that one yet, so it'll stay on the wishlist for a while.

Still hoping we'll see the Outer Wilds port materialize. It was scheduled for last Summer, but sort of vanished since then. Supposedly that game is really quite special, kind of a time loop thing like Majora's Mask, but in space. Maybe it's just too demanding for the hardware, though.

Fatal Frame 4 and Pikmin 4 are both in the maybe category for now. Will certainly wait for reviews on those. Reckon both will be solid, and Pikmin might even be great, but I don't know if I'll actually play them right away. Fatal Frame feels like it should be an October game, rather than releasing the same month as Resident Evil 4 Remake and Koei Tecmo's other game (Wo Long Dynasty).

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: What will Nintendo release in 2022?
« on: January 01, 2023, 06:47:35 PM »
I s'pose I gotta stop putting in so many conditionals with this strict scoring system, as vague seems to be the way to go! But I won't try to argue with the tally, hee hee.

What I will mention, however, is that there was a new Wii port announced: Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe! It didn't release in 2022 though, so not full credit, but I think I should get a half point for it being announced in 2022.

Shoot, forgot about Kirby. Bumped you up to 4 points and updated the overall tally too.

And yeah, like Safe Khushrenada proves, it pays to be boring and not mess up predictions by getting too specific. Bet that's why horoscopes always keep it short too. I'm not really gonna demand people make interesting predictions, but it would be more fun if they do.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: What will Nintendo release in 2023?
« on: January 01, 2023, 12:01:40 PM »
Rules/suggestions:
  • You may submit between 1 and 10 predictions for the year.
  • If you write your predictions in numbered list/bullet point format that’d be helpful, but it's not required.
  • You get 1 point for being right, half a point for being half-right.
  • You have until the first Direct of the year (probably in January of early February latest) to submit predictions. Obviously we can continue speculation afterwards, but it won't net you any tasty points.
  • No points for guessing stuff we already know! See what we already know… in the post above!

Look at all these winners, that could be you by this time next year! Invest now!

2022 LEADERBOARD:
Safe Khushrenada: 5 points [WINNER]
Mop It Up: 4 points [RUNNER-UP]
Adrock: 3 points [BRONZE MEDAL]
M.K. Ultra: 2½ points
Tophatant123: 2½ points
MrGlubGlub: 2 points
Nickmitch: 2 points
Bold Khushrenada: 1½ point
Luigi Dude: 1½ point
Pokepal148: 1 point
Order.RSS: 1 point
Evan_B: ½ point
Madness Khushrenada: ½ point

And finally, here's what the combined leaderboard of the past 3 years looks like.
Lifetime achievements ranking:
M.K. Ultra: 15 points
Nickmitch: 11½ points
Mop It Up: 9½ points
Luigi Dude: 7 points
MASB: 6 points
Khushrenada: 5½ points
Stratos: 5½ points
TopHatAnt: 5 points
Safe Khushrenada: 5 points
Order.RSS: 5 points
Insanolord: 4 points
Adrock: 3½ points
Pokepal: 3½ points
MrGlubGlub: 2 points
Oedo: 2 points
Bold Khushrenada: 1½ point
Lemonade: 1 point
Fawful: 1 point
Broodwars: ½ point
Evan_B: ½ point
Kairon: ½ point
Madness Khushrenada: ½ point
Shaymin: ½ point[/list]

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Nintendo Gaming / What will Nintendo release in 2023?
« on: January 01, 2023, 12:00:37 PM »
Welcome to the 2023 predictions thread, where you can win points and eternal glory!
How it works: please post 1-10 Nintendo related things you think will occur this year, that's it!
Previous threads: 2020, 2021, 2022.



I will try to update this thread with all the major Nintendo releases of the year.

2023 Games/Software
- Fire Emblem: Engage January 20th.
- Metroid Prime Remastered February 8th (digital) / March 3rd (physical).
- Kirby's Return to Dreamland Deluxe February 24th.
- Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon March 17th.
- Advance Wars 1+2 Re-Boot Camp April 21st.
- The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom May 12th.
- Pokémon Trading Card Game Live June 8th.
- Pikmin June 21st (digital) / September 22nd (physical).
- Pikmin 2 June 21st (digital) / September 22nd (physical).
- Everybody 1-2 Switch June 30th.
- Pokémon Sleep July 17th.
- Pikmin 4 July 21st.
- Pikmin Finder September 4th.
- F-Zero 99 September 14th.
- Detective Pikachu Returns October 6th.
- Super Mario Bros. Wonder October 20th.
- WarioWare: Move It! November 3rd.
- Super Mario RPG November 17th.
 
2023 Hardware/Major merch
- amiibo: Sephiroth. January 13th.
- amiibo: Kazuya. January 13th.
- The Super Mario Bros. Movie April 7th.
- Switch OLED - The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom edition April 28th.
- amiibo: Link (Tears of the Kingdom) May 12th.
- amiibo: Pyra. July 21st.
- amiibo: Mythra. July 21st.
- Switch OLED - Super Mario Bros. Wonder edition October 6th.
- amiibo: Zelda (Tears of the Kingdom). November 3rd.
- amiibo: Ganondorf (Tears of the Kingdom). November 3rd.
- amiibo: Frye. November 17th.
- amiibo: Shiver. November 17th.
- amiibo: Big Man. November 17th.

2023 DLC (paid/free)
- Fire Emblem: Engage - Expansion Pass: Wave 1 January 20th.
- Fire Emblem: Engage - Expansion Pass: Wave 2 February 8th.
- Xenoblade Chronicles 3 - Expansion Pass: Wave 3 February 16th. (Prior date: April).
- Splatoon 3 - Expansion Pass: Wave 1 - Inkopolis February 28th.
- Fire Emblem: Engage DLC - Wave 3 March 7th.
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Booster Course Pass: Wave 4 March 9th.
- Fire Emblem: Engage DLC - Wave 4 April 5th.
- Xenoblade Chronicles 3 - Expansion Pass: Wave 4 April 25th.
- Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope - Wave 2: The Last Spark Hunter June 21st. (Ubisoft publishing).
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Booster Course Pass: Wave 5 July 12th.
- Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope - Wave 3: Rayman In The Phantom Show August 30th. (Ubisoft publishing).
- Pokémon Scarlet/Violet - The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero: The Teal Mask September 21st.
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Booster Course Pass: Wave 6 November 9th.
- Pokémon Scarlet/Violet - The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero: The Indigo Disk December 14th.

2023 Nintendo Switch Online / Services / Mobile
- Sunset: 3DS & Wii U eShop closures March 26th.
- Games added to NSO Retro apps:
  • Goldeneye 007 N64. January 27th.
  • Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare GBC. February 8th. NA+PAL only.
  • Game & Watch Gallery 3 GBC. February 8th.
  • Gargoyle's Quest GB. February 8th.
  • Kirby's Dream Land GB. February 8th.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX GBC. February 8th.
  • Metroid II: Return of Samus GB. February 8th.
  • Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins GB. February 8th.
  • Tetris GB. February 8th.
  • Wario Land 3 GBC. February 8th.
  • Yakuman Mahjong GB. February 8th. JP only.
  • Kuru Kuru Kururin GBA. February 8th.
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap GBA. February 8th.
  • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga GBA. February 8th.
  • Mario Kart: Super Circuit GBA. February 8th.
  • Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 GBA. February 8th.
  • WarioWare Inc.: Mega Microgames! GBA. February 8th.
  • Metroid Fusion GBA. March 9th.
  • BurgerTime Deluxe GB. March 15th.
  • Kirby's Dream Land 2 GB. March 15th.
  • Side Pocket SNES. March 15th.
  • Xevious NES. March 15th.
  • Pokémon Stadium N64. April 12th, 2023.
  • Flicky Genesis. April 18th.
  • Pulseman Genesis. April 18th.
  • Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition Genesis. April 18th.
  • Kid Chameleon Genesis. April 18th.
  • Super Mario Advance GBA. May 25th.
  • Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 GBA. May 25th.
  • Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 GBA. May 25th.
  • Blaster Master: Enemy Below GBC. June 5th.
  • Harvest Moon SNES. June 5th.
  • Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble GBC. June 5th.
  • Mystery Tower NES. June 5th.
  • Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade GBA. June 23rd. JP only.
  • Fire Emblem GBA. June 23rd.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages GBC. July 27th.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons GBA. July 27th.
  • Pokémon Trading Card Game GBC. August 8th.
  • Pokémon Stadium 2 N64. August 8th.
  • Excitebike 64 N64. August 30th.
  • Downtown Nekketsu March: Super Awesome Field Day Famicom. September 6th.
  • Joy Mech Fight Famicom. September 6th.
  • Kirby's Star Stacker Super Famicom. September 6th.
  • Quest for Camelot GBC. September 6th.
  • Kirby and the Amazing Mirror GBA. September 29th.
  • Mario Party 3 N64. October 27th.
  • Devil Word NES. October 31st.
  • The Mysterious Murasame Castle NES. October 31st.
  • Castlevania Legends GB. October 31st.
  • Jet Force Gemini N64. December 8th.
  • 1080 Snowboarding N64. December 8th.
  • Harvest Moon 64 N64. December 8th.

Announced projects without dates/beyond 2023
- amiibo: Noah. January 19th, 2024.
- amiibo: Mio. January 19th, 2024.
- amiibo: Sora. February 16th, 2024.
- Another Code: Recollection January 19th, 2024.
- Cruis'n Blast - Multiplayer & DLC TBA. (Nintendo owned IP).
- Metroid Prime 4 TBA. Announced June 2017/January 2019.
- Splatoon 3 - Expansion Pass: Wave 2 - Side Order Spring 2024.
- Luigi's Mansion 2 HD Summer 2024.
- Mario vs. Donkey Kong February 16th, 2024.
- Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door 2024.
- Princess Peach: Showtime! March 22nd, 2024.
- Games announced for NSO Retro apps:
  • The Frog For Whom The Bell Tolls GB. TBA. JP only.
  • F-Zero: Maximum Velocity GBA. TBA.
  • Golden Sun GBA. TBA.

2023 Directs
- Nintendo Direct February 8th.
- Pokémon Presents February 27th.
- The Super Mario Bros. Movie Direct March 9th.
- The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom - Mr. Aonuma gameplay demo March 28th.
- Indie World April 19th.
- Nintendo Direct June 21st.
- Pokémon Presents August 8th.
- Super Mario Bros. Wonder Direct August 31st.
- Nintendo Direct September 14th.
- Indie World November 14th.

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Nintendo Gaming / 2022's Best Predictors!
« on: January 01, 2023, 11:41:25 AM »
All right folks, this is it, time to distribute Eternal Glory. Let's find out whose crystal balls were the least foggy this year!

First up is Luigi Dude. After scoring 5th and 7th, will this be the year of the Dude?
1.  Metroid Prime 4 will finally have a reveal trailer, but then be listed as a 2023 release.
2.  A remake of a previous Fire Emblem game will be released later this year. 
3.  The rumored Toyko EAD Donkey Kong game will come out later this year.
4.  Xenoblade 3 will be announced but will have a 2023 release date.
5.  The rumors now say there was never a Metroid Prime Trilogy HD but instead Retro has been remastering the first Metroid Prime.  There seems to be enough smoke coming from this that I'll say Metroid Prime 1 will be coming to the Switch this year.  Whether it's considered a remake or remaster, Switch owners will at least get to play the first Prime game this year.
6.  Pikmin 4 will finally be revealed.
7.  Good Feel will make a new Wario Land game again.
8.  A new 2D Zelda using the Links Awakening remake engine will be revealed, but will have a 2013 release date.
9.  A new 2D Mario will be revealed this year and will be their big Spring 2013 game.  Nintendo is probably hoping the Mario movie at the end of this year will be a huge hit, and will want the first new 2D Mario in a decade to come out shortly after in March of 2013.
10.  Wind Waker HD and Twilight Princess HD will either be announced in the next few months and be out by June, or they won't come out until at least second half of 2023.  Breath of the Wild 2 will be Nintendo's big holiday title but they don't want to risk any thing similar taking attention away, so if they don't come out at least 6 months before Breath of the Wild 2, it'll be 6 months after.  This is the same reason I believe the rumored Xenoblade 3 will be a 2023 release, since I doubt Nintendo wants another one of their open world games taking any attention from Zelda and if Xenoblade 3 was going to come out in the first half of this year it would have probably been announced by now.
  • Xenoblade 3 was indeed announced in 2022 (during the February Direct), but released just months later. ½ point
  • Pikmin 4 was indeed revealed! 1 point
Total: 1½ points. Lot of ambitious calls, Fire Emblem is an unfortunate one with it being both a new game but also remixing elements from past titles. The Mario Movie delay also threw a spanner in the works, and it's very unlucky you went big on Zelda during the one year they break their "a Zelda product releases annually" cycle.

Next up is the sophomore effort from TOPHATANT123,
  • The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 is NOT coming out this year. It's been moved back to the launch of the Switch 2
  • Speaking of the Switch 2, it's going to be announced at E3, with one of its features being backwards compatibility.
  • Metroid Dread gets a DLC expansion, again, I don't play it either.
  • Xenoblade 3 gets announced and released, it's got a whole new art style for the characters, different from 1, X & 2.
  • A brand new Fire Emblem releases, not a remake. Releases in the 2nd half of the year, after E3.
  • A port with new content for NES Remix.
  • I want to try and guess some new IPs with these next few. So let's go with an Intelligent Systems developed puzzle game with multiplayer.
  • Under represented genres on Switch? Let's say Nintendo put out an eShop only, 2D platformer roguelike game.
  • Nintendo release some internally developed visual novel, beautiful art style. The phrase "passion project" is used in the marketing material. Doesn't chart once on the US eShop monthly listings.
  • Lastly let's say some cool rhythm game that's a new franchise, not Rhythm Heaven or Band Brothers or Donkey Konga or something.
  • Zelda was indeed delayed, although we don't know if this is Switch 2 related. ½ point
  • Metroid Dread did indeed get DLC, albeit a boss rush and difficulty modes. Hopefully you didn't play it, so you can cash this 1 points
  • Xenoblade 3 is indeed announced and released. Not sure if I'd call the art style very different, so let's say ½ point
  • Fire Emblem Engage is a new game, but not out this year. Don't think you meant to count Fire Emblem Warriors 2 either so let's say ½ point
TOTAL: 2½ points Bit of a safe year for Nintendo, with mostly iterative releases, so that really hinders your score.

Up next is, well, myself:
Don't have a lot of great ideas this year, but here's what I got:
  • Nintendo will port one first-party GameCube or Wii game to mobile, charge $40 for it, and be flabbergasted when it doesn't sell.
  • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night gets ported to Switch, but something significant is wrong with it. Could be technical performance, or maybe it's always-online, or has weird microtransactions, idk.
  • Splatoon 3 releases in Summer and becomes a Really Big Deal. It gets some kind of professional league in Japan.
  • NSO N64 adds the following games: Lode Runner 3-D, Tetrisphere, and Hybrid Heaven.
  • People will hope for a new Mario game alongside the movie, but Mario+Rabbids 2 gets that holiday spot instead.
  • A new Kingdom Hearts spin-off is announced exclusively for Switch.
  • Netflix Game Studios publishes a Squid Game themed battle royale thing on Switch/mobile/other platforms.
  • Bandai-Namco resurrects Lost Reavers and somehow gets Nintendo to sign off on adding various character skins. I'm thinking Captain Falcon and Princess Zelda maybe?
  • Koei-Techmo announces Fatal Frame 6 for Halloween 2023, Nintendo's involvement remains unclear.
  • Hollow Knight Silksong is announced as a timed Xbox Game Pass exclusive, Nintendo fans riot on Twitter.
  • Splatoon 3 released in Summer and was a big deal, but I haven't heard about it becoming an eSport. ½ point
  • Koei-Tecmo did announce a Fatal Frame for 2023, but it's a remake and Nintendo seems fairly uninvolved. ½ point
TOTAL: 1 point, oof. Was pretty close with my Mario + Rabbids 2 prediction but missed by a month, and also the movie got delayed. Ditto on Hollow Knight, but went too specific.

Next up, the beating pulse of the forum and overall reigning predictions champ M.K. Ultra:
Here we go 2022
  • Breath of the Wild 2 launches in Summer 2022, Bayonetta 3 launches in Fall 2022
  • Kirby is delayed to Summer 2022, Splatoon 3 is delayed to 2023
  • A third Game in Watch is released (Metroid themed) edit 2/3/2022 Kirby themed
  • Metroid Prime 4 trailer with 2023 release window
  • Mario Paint is revived in some way
  • A new Donkey Kong game from Good Feel is announced edit: It's all mine cart levels  ;D
  • Xenoblade 3 (or X 2) is announced from Monolith Soft
  • No (non-Pokemon) mobile games are released by Nintendo in 2023
  • I will double down on last year's failed prediction for a Switch release of the Battletoads reboot
  • Nintendo will launch the first round of Nintendo Selects titles for Switch
  • Right on the money with Bayonetta, but the dual-prediction costs you. ½ point
  • XB3 right on the money. 1 point
  • Another one with the mobile games. 1 point
TOTAL: 2½ points. Another strong showing from M.K. Ultra, who leaps to a shared 1st place so far. Will they hold onto it...?

Moving on to the loremaster Evan_B
Breath of the Wild 2 is 2022. It happens. The world is changed for the better.
Xenoblade 3 is announced for 2023.
Metroid Prime gets a trailer but no release year/date. Make us suffer.
Some stupid platformer gets made that is very milquetoast.
Nintendo experiments with roguelike design, or at the very least, Pokemon releases a Rumble game using the mechanics.
  • Some stupid platformer in a year with just two Kirby games, and one of them being good. I'm gonna count ½ point for Dream Buffet for including platform elements and supposedly being quite milquetoast indeed.
TOTAL: ½ point, unlucky with the Zelda and Xenoblade 3 predictions both falling the other way. Nintendo should make a roguelike, maybe that could be Star Fox's next genre change?

Let's hear from last year's shared 3rd place, Nickmitch:
  • Detective Pikachu finally comes out. I think this year offers the most room for that game to breathe. With Legends Arceus out soon, I don't think we get Gen IX this year, so it's that or Johto re-remakes. And I think Detective Pikachu 2 is more likely. The other option is DLC for SwSh or Legends.
  • Splatoon 3 is delayed to 2023. I think the game is due for a delay.
  • Metroid Prime 4 happens in trailer form.
  • Breath of the Wild 2 is the big holiday release.
  • We got Wario Ware last year, so the party game for 2022 is Rhythm Heaven.
  • I know there are rumors of new hardware, but I'll say no new hardware announcements this year. The Switch is doing great, and the supply chain is not. I think Nintendo would want Switch sales to peter out a little more.
  • There will be at least one HD remake of a GameCube game released on Switch this year. I think Nintendo would want to explore HD ports over putting games on NSO, and I base that opinion on absolutely nothing. I will also count this as a win if the Zelda port rumors are true.
  • Might as well dust this one off: Bayonetta 3 is the Halloween release.
  • I think there's been enough time for a new Donkey Kong game to be announced. I'm not confident enough to predict who's developing.
  • I think I want my wildcard to be either Chibi Robo or Pikmin. So, I'll go with a Chibo Robo announcement this year.
  • Correct on the no new hardware front, unless we count the Splatoon and Pokémon OLED themed editions (which we don't). 1 point
  • Bayo 3 for halloween let's go. 1 point
TOTAL: 2 points. Unlucky with the Chibi-Robo/Pikmin coin-flip. Pokémon gen 9 probably should have been delayed, but 10 million units sold say differently...It's also a year in which Nintendo released zero remakes/remasters (I guess Live-A-Live kinda qualifies), so that didn't help Nickmitch either. Still, a respectable haul of points!

Adrock is back from hiatus, let's see if they meant business:
  • A new Mario game will be released in December to coincide with the movie. It will have nothing to do with the movie.
  • Nintendo will acknowledge Metroid Prime 4's development without mentioning a release date then charge full price for a Metroid Prime remaster. This is very specifically not Metroid Prime Trilogy. (I’ll begrudgingly buy it anyway)
  • Nintendo will also charge full price for a remaster of Metroid: Samus Returns.
  • Splatoon 3 will be released in the Summer.
  • Bayonetta 3 will be released in October. PlatinumGames will justify Hellena Taylor not returning as as the main character because you play as Cereza even though canonically Cereza is Bayonetta. Taylor cameo at the end and to voice grunts and screams for Bayonetta as an unlockable character.
  • The follow up to Breath of the Wild will be delayed. It won't be a sequel to Breath of the Wild.
  • A multiplayer Legend of Zelda will be released for free on Nintendo Switch Online, $19.99 USD to play local/offline.
  • A bunch of Rare games will show up on Nintendo Switch Online including GoldenEye 007. There will be cross-platform online play with the inevitable Xbox Live version.
  • Some weird gimmick peripheral like Labo or Ring Fit Adventure with an accompanying game will be released. Either no one will care or everyone will.
  • I need something outlandish so something something F-Zero something, developed by the Mario Kart team.
EDIT: clarified #9. Also, I wanted to add a prediction not about a release (outside of the numbered list): Nintendo will acknowledge a Switch successor then release no other information. Waiting out the chip shortages before committing to new hardware seems like a more Nintendo thing to do.
  • Splatoon 3 release you had nailed on. 1 point
  • Bayo 3 completely correct too, although the circumstances around the voice actor change were harder to follow. Still easily 1 point
  • ½ point for the Zelda delay, but it does kinda seem like a sequel
  • Very good shout on the Rare games coming to NSO. Banjo-Kazooie appeared, and Goldeneye 007 was announced but did not release. ½ point
TOTAL: 3 points, rocketing to the top of the charts so far! Will Adrock still be surpassed?

Newcomer MrGlubGlub is here to mess y'all UpUp.
Here's my predictions purely for the first half of 2022 aka the Nintendo Direct for feb 2022
1) F-Zero
2) Kirby 99 style game
3) Mario Odyssey 2
4) Zelda 2 remake
5) Content updates to Mario Kart Live, Pokemon Arceus
6) More weird cloud ports of games too intense for Switches hardware.
7) BOTW 2 release date
8) Kirby Game and Watch
  • Kirby Dream Buffet kinda counts as a battle royale I think. ½ point
  • A Plague Tale: Requiem was this year's perfunctory cloud release. 1 point
  • BOTW 2 did indeed get a release date, but not in the February Direct I believe? ½ point
TOTAL: 2 points! Very solid first showing, bit unlucky on the Mario Kart Live call when they instead spent the entire year rolling out updates for the previous Mario Kart.

I'm going to predict that we'll see a remake of the second set of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon games this year. The Pokémon Company is blatantly milking nostalgia from that era of the series and those games did get some references in BDSP as well.

Oh and BOTW2 will be delayed to 2023
  • Pokémon Company were too busy rushing Scarlet/Violet out, so just the BOTW 2 delay here. 1 point
TOTAL: 1 point. Bit of a letdown after last year's solid 2½ points, but in fairness your hit ratio is basically 50% this year.

-The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 will release this year! Probably in November. "Oh, so you're spouting that nonsense again."
-Some sort of new Fire Emblem game will be announced this year, but may not be for release this year. "Yeah and it'll probably still be for you filthy casuals."
-Possibly in celebration of its 30th anniversary, some sort of new Mario Kart release will be announced. "This is at least the 30th time you've said something stupid."
-Super Mario Odyssey 2 baybee it's still gonna happen you'll see! "Do you enjoy embarrassing yourself?"
-We'll finally see footage of Metroid Prime 4 but still no release window, or maybe a vague 2023. "A vaguely sane prediction."
-Some sort of new game as an NSO exclusive (like Tetris and Pac-Man 99), possibly needing the expansion to play. "Your mind needs expansion."
-Crazy guess: something Star Fox-related will be announced. "Cocky little freak."
-Monolith Soft will announced a new game. Probably Xenoblade, but may not be called "Xenoblade Chronicles 3."
-Another HD port of a Wii game, no guesses as to what it could be though. "Wii Port"
-No new Switch models or a successor will be released nor announced this year. "A shortage of brains too it seems."
-Call of Duty finally comes to Switch in some form or another. "Heh heh, heh heh, you said doody, heh heh."
-At least one more port of a Wii U game, could even be the Xenoblade game mentioned earlier with Xenoblade X. "X is such a cool letter."
-At least one more apology for Joy-Con drift. "Your mind is clearing drifting."
-Game Boy added to NSO expansion at the end of the year, no GBC functionality. "I'm colorblind anyway."
-Microsoft finds a way to buy Nintendo, probably for $100 billion. USD, so whatever that is in yen. "You heard it here first folks!"
-Mop it up wins the award for "lamest poster ever" on the NWR forums. "Finally an accurate prediction."
- Oh yeah, I guess if the pattern holds, Next Level Games is due for a new game soon eh? I'll boldly state that they're working on a new Donkey Kong game!
  • Correct on Fire Emblem, and it's already seeing complaints about being too casual too! 1 point
  • Mario Kart 8 did get new content, but the anniversary was not highlighted. ½ point
  • MonolithSoft did release a new Xenoblade, but it was called XC3 after all. ½ point
  • No new Switch hardware. 1 point
  • Next-Level did release a new game, but it's soccer instead of DK. ½ point
TOTAL: 4 points! Very close with Wii Port, but Wii (s)Port(s) got a sequel instead. [EDIT: whoops forgot about Kirby, added half a point.] We did get Phil Spencer mumbling about a Calladoody Switch deal if only those pesky regulators let him complete the biggest deal in this industry ever.
Also a big whiff on MopItUp being the worst poster, that prediction was way off the mark. 


Speaking of the worst poster, here's Safe Khushrenada:
Safe Khushrenada
1.   Nintendo will finally talk about the Switch Successor, their next gaming system, and when it will launch.
2.   Games will be shown for the Switch Successor including Mario Kart 9 with BotW2 also to release on it.
3.   Earthbound will finally be released for the Switch SNES Online app.
4.   Nintendo will release three non-Smash (or Monster Hunter) Amiibo figures for the year.
5.   More DLC will be available for free to those with the Online Expansion + subscription.
6.   A spinoff Pokemon game will revealed and released this year.
7.   Metroid Prime 4 footage will finally be shown.
8.   A new Xenoblade game will be revealed.
9.   A Fire Emblem game will be revealed.
10.   There will be a new Mario platformer game released this year.
  • Early get with Earthbound way back in February. 1 point
  • Exactly 3 Monster Hunter amiibo did release. 1 point
  • Splatoon 2 Octo Expansion got added to NSO+ so that's also 1 point
  • Xenoblade, check 1 point
  • Fire Emblem, check 1 point
TOTAL: 5 points. Big score for Safe Khushrenada, once again proving how safe and dull predictions are the way to victory.

If only we got more daring prediction from people like... Bold Khushrenada:
Bold Khushrenada
1. Game Freak reveals and releases a non-Pokemon IP game.
2. Two new Nintendo IP’s are revealed with one released this year.
3. Ring Fit Adventure gets some DLC content.
4. Another non-Nintendo System is added to the Expansion + subscription
5. Goldeneye 64 is released on the Switch N64 app with online multiplayer.
6. Ever Oasis gets a Switch port.
7. Style Savvy has a game released on the Switch.
8. A new Donkey Kong game is revealed.
9. Super Mario Strikers gets a new entry.
10. A Mario RPG is revealed for the Switch.
  • Mario Striker is a bingo. 1 point
  • GoldenEye got announced, but not released. ½ point
TOTAL: 1½ point. See, this is much more like it. Finally a respectable poster. Get out of here with those winners, 2022 was all about madness!

Speaking of Madness...
Madness Khushrenada
1. Pikmin 4 is revealed and released.
2. SNES Remix (a sequel to the NES Remix games) is released.
3. A Zelda Mobile game is announced.
4. A Star Fox game is released this year.
5. Fortune Street gets a new entry for the Switch.
6. Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door is re-released.
7. Ice Climbers get a new game.
8. The Switch successor has a second screen on the controllers
9. Chibi-Robo returns from the grave and has a game release on the eShop
10. F-Zero Demolition Derby (a sort of Battle Royale)
  • Pikmin 4 got announced but not released. ½ point
TOTAL: ½ point. Rounding out a mad year with some mad points for a mad last place. Happy new year.

Whew, that's all our entries done & dusted. Congratulations to Safe Khushrenada for the most boring victory of all, next time I'm disqualifying you for submitting late though. Big congrats to Mop It Up for another close-but-not-quite victory.

2022 LEADERBOARD:
Safe Khushrenada: 5 points [WINNER]
Mop It Up: 4 points [RUNNER-UP]
Adrock: 3 points [BRONZE MEDAL]
M.K. Ultra: 2½ points
Tophatant123: 2½ points
MrGlubGlub: 2 points
Nickmitch: 2 points
Bold Khushrenada: 1½ point
Luigi Dude: 1½ point
Pokepal148: 1 point
Order.RSS: 1 point
Evan_B: ½ point
Madness Khushrenada: ½ point

And finally, here's what the combined leaderboard of the past 3 years looks like.
Lifetime achievements ranking:
M.K. Ultra: 15 points
Nickmitch: 11½ points
Mop It Up: 9½ points
Luigi Dude: 7 points
MASB: 6 points
Khushrenada: 5½ points
Stratos: 5½ points
TopHatAnt: 5 points
Safe Khushrenada: 5 points
Order.RSS: 5 points
Insanolord: 4 points
Adrock: 3½ points
Pokepal: 3½ points
MrGlubGlub: 2 points
Oedo: 2 points
Bold Khushrenada: 1½ point
Lemonade: 1 point
Fawful: 1 point
Broodwars: ½ point
Evan_B: ½ point
Kairon: ½ point
Madness Khushrenada: ½ point
Shaymin: ½ point

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: 2022 NWR Forum Awards - Best Nintendo Game
« on: December 15, 2022, 05:29:47 PM »
Thanks for running all these awards, MK Ultra.  :)

I didn't play a single notable 2022 release so didn't have much to add. I'm half-interested in almost the entire list, but Bayo 3 is probably the only one I'll actually pick up at some point. This often happens to me when Nintendo is doing well, I usually prefer their output during less successful cycles for some reason. The new Kirby game does seem criminally cute, though.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: What's Next For The N64 Expansion Pack?
« on: September 17, 2022, 06:45:22 PM »
As for Harvest Moon 64: The Japanese SNES app also got Harvest Moon. Isn't the problem with these games now that they no longer have the rights to the Harvest Moon name outside of Japan?

I'm not 100% sure of the details, but it seems like the Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons split happened in 2012. Broadly I think Natsume holds the rights to the Harvest Moon brand name, whereas Marvelous has (some) rights to the game design. That's presumably why they were able to re-release Friends of Mineral Town, and will re-release A Wonderful Life next year with some in-game names changed under the Story of Seasons brand.

Regardless, Harvest Moon 64 was re-released on Wii U virtual console in 2017 according to Wikipedia, well after the ~2012 split. So unless that involved some sort of special deal where Natsume and Marvelous had to play nice together, I don't really get what the hold-up would be to put it on NSO in the west.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: What's Next For The N64 Expansion Pack?
« on: September 13, 2022, 12:48:30 PM »
Bunch of new N64 stuff was announced in the Direct today. Interesting Japan is getting Harvest Moon 64, but it wasn't mentioned in the US Direct - despite that game being on Wii U virtual console.

2022:
- Pilotwings 64 So I guess if there was a rights issue, it has now been solved.
- Mario Party I had wondered if the thumbstick turning would have ruled this one out.
- Mario Party 2

2023:
- Mario Party 3
- Pokémon Stadium
- Pokémon Stadium 2

- 1080 Snowboarding
- Excitebike 64
- Harvest Moon 64 Japan only (for now?).

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