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September 28, 2023

F-Zero 99 Receiving First Track Update Switch

by Donald Theriault - 9:16 pm EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo

You've suffered through Port Town II, now you get to try the original.

The track count in F-Zero 99 has doubled.

A forthcoming update (due tomorrow) to the September 14 Direct shadowdrop will add the five Queen League tracks - Mute City II, Port Town I, Red Canyon I, White Land I and II - to the game, including the option to race them in Grand Prix mode. White Land I was previously available in the "Expert Tracks" mode.


September 27, 2023

Hatch Tales, Remake Of Late-Era 3DS eShop Title, Launching March 28 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 9:57 am EDT
Total comments: 2 Source: Atooi

The title formerly known as Chicken Wiggle Workshop has had a hell of a road.

It took several years and a name change, but the former Chicken Wiggle Workshop now has a release date.

Following a 2018 Kickstarter campaign, backers have been notified by publisher Atooi that the title now known as Hatch Tales will release on March 28 - roughly six years to the day of the original... Read more...

September 25, 2023

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Takes The Stage In The Next Tetris 99 Maximus Cup Switch

by Donald Theriault - 9:19 pm EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: NIntendo

..since this is the 35th cup, I guess it's not surprising that it isn't Mario themed.

Just because we have F-Zero 99 doesn't mean the other Switch Online exclusive freebie isn't done getting updates.

Tetris 99 has announced the 35th Maximus Cup this weekend will be themed around Xenoblade Chronicles 3, and will run from the traditional Friday morning 3 a.m. to Tuesday morning at 2:59 a.m. EDT. Earning 100 points will unlock the Xenoblade Chronicles 3 theme to possibly replace the Game Boy Tetris theme.


Legend Of Legacy To Receive HD Remaster In Early 2024 3DSSwitch

by Donald Theriault - 3:10 pm EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: NIS America

Now this is a 7.5 you can set your watch to.

Thousand Year Door isn't the only RPG getting remastered on Switch next year.

NIS America have announced a remaster of 2015's Legend of Legacy - the 3DS title originally created by FuRyu and published initially by Atlus - will be available on Switch among other platforms "early next year". Preorders... Read more...

Hideki Kamiya Departing Platinum Games, Next Thing Unknown Switch

by Donald Theriault - 8:08 am EDT
Total comments: 3 Source: Platinum Games

I asked my mom like Kamiya said, she wondered why I was calling at 5 a.m.

One of the founding creators behind Platinum has left the studio after nearly 16 years.

In a post on Twitter (the social media site now known as X for some infantile reason), Platinum was the first to confirm the departure effective October 12 (two weeks from Thursday):



Nintendo Downloads - September 28, 2023 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 8:00 am EDT
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Remember when "the summer of too many games" had nothing? Well, welcome to the Autumn of Too Many Games.

Things we missed last week: It was a good week for classic shooters, with Strike Gunner in the Archives and the Telenet Shooting Collection getting localized.

A couple of years ago, the last week of the quarter had 50 releases and ended up with a record-at-the-time 60. This week's opening bid in... Read more...

September 21, 2023

Kirby And The Amazing Mirror Blowing Into GBA Library September 29 Mobi

by Donald Theriault - 10:43 pm EDT
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...wait, this had MINIGAMES?

The next addition to the Expansion Pack may cause some historic multiplayer.

Kirby and the Amazing Mirror has been revealed as the next game in the Game Boy Advance library, launching on September 29. The 2004 platformer was in the original wave of GBA announcements.

The trailer (below) shows off four player online play for both the main story and some minigames.


September 18, 2023

Nintendo Download - September 21, 2023 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 8:00 am EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo

Wait, a Trails series we can get in on the ground floor on?

Things we missed last week: Well, we predicted the Direct which added NSO subscription incentive F-Zero 99, strategy title Wartales, racing sequel Horizon Chase 2, and rhythm shitpost Trombone Champ. The Archives title, added in the educational section of every prison ever, is Jail Break from Konami.


September 15, 2023

Long Threatened Remaster Of Plumbers Don't Wear Ties Receives Release Date Switch

by Donald Theriault - 3:11 pm EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Limited Run Games

The good news is, there's still enough time for it to get a second lotcheck review.

After being threatened on an annual basis for the last three summers, there is now a date attached to the remaster of Plumbers Don't Wear Ties.

In an announcement on Twitter, the service now known as X for some moronic reason, publisher Limited Run Games confirmed that the notorious FMV game would release digitally on December 8. The announcement was accompanied by the official opening of physical preorders for the game next Friday.


September 14, 2023

Other Third Party Announcements From The September 14 Nintendo Direct Switch

by Donald Theriault - 12:10 pm EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo Direct

This list is pretty sus, and we're not just saying that because it has an Aspyr game.

Other 3rd party announcements from today's Direct:

Wargroove 2, the strategy sequel console exclusive to Switch, will be out on October 5. A closed beta for NCSoft-developed 3x10 battle arena game Battle Crush will be available in October with a full launch planned for 2024. Also due in October is... Read more...

First Party Direct Updates: Pokemon, WarioWare, Mario RPG, Luigi's Mansion Switch

by Donald Theriault - 11:42 am EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo Direct

Many new first party trailers, though not as much in the way of new information

Quick updates to previously announced Nintendo games from the Direct:

Detective Pikachu Returns (October 3) added a new Pokemon to the partner lineup in Luxray, who can see through walls and joining Growlithe and (Galarian) Darmanitan. A specific window beyond "winter" was not given for The Indigo... Read more...

Nintendo Museum Planned For Kyoto, Opening By End Of Fiscal Year

by Donald Theriault - 11:30 am EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo Direct

Is it any worse than stopping to talk about the Mario movie?

A brief interruption of the Direct announced that Nintendo is planning to show off more of their history.

After showing off a Mario ? block design on the roof, it was confirmed that a "museum" will be a part of a new Nintendo building in Kyoto, and is targeting a launch by the end of March 2024. According to Nintendo, it will contain "a wide variety of products from Nintendo's history".


Dates And Windows Given For Five Amiibo Including Final Smash Ultimate One SwitchWiiU

by Donald Theriault - 11:20 am EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo Direct

The last Smash Ultimate amiibo comes with a bottle of aspirin and a plot novel from his home series. (Or it should.)

The Nintendo Direct featured launch dates for four previously announced Amiibo as well as confirmation of the existence of a fifth.

The Tears of the Kingdom duo of Zelda and Ganondorf will be available on November 3 Noah and Mio from Xenoblade Chronicles 3 will follow on January 19 The final Super... Read more...

New Details Given For Splatoon 3, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC Switch

by Donald Theriault - 11:13 am EDT
Total comments: 1 Source: Nintendo

At least the "No Side Order" sign only had to be tapped once.

Two bits of outstanding DLC were discussed in today's Direct for two Switch megahits.

The Direct kicked off with the Splatoon 3 "Side Order" DLC, introducing a new character named "Acht" (the number 8 in German) and showing off some of the gameplay. Originally announced for a fall 2023 release, the second part of the Expansion Pass will now launch in spring 2024.


Mario vs. Donkey Kong Remake Scampers onto Switch This February Switch

by Jordan Rudek - 11:07 am EDT
Total comments: 6 Source: Nintendo Direct

The puzzle-platformer series that originated on Game Boy Advance arrives early in the new year.

One of the first announcements during today's Nintendo Direct was for a remake of the first Mario vs. Donkey Kong game, a series that originally debuted in 2004 on Game Boy Advance. 20 years later, Donkey Kong is back to his mischief-making ways and it's up to Mario to foil his plan to steal all of... Read more...

Direct's Other Shadowdrops Include Trombone Champ And Demo Of Dave The Diver Switch

by Donald Theriault - 11:07 am EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo

Sadly, Trombone Champ does not appear to include "Through the Fire and Flames".

One of the wildest PC party games is coming to Switch with a very rarely used control method included.

Four player rhythm game Trombone Champ - a rhythm game focused on the large woodwind - is one of the Direct's shadowdrops. As the game is focused on moving a mock trombone up and down the screen, it will support a motion option via the right Joy-Con's infrared camera.


Another Code Games, Including Wii Title Unreleased In North America, Being Remade For January Launch Switch

by Donald Theriault - 10:58 am EDT
Total comments: 9 Source: Nintendo Direct

OK, I want to see proof of anyone who had this on the bingo card in the Talkback.

A pair of adventure titles from the late 2000s are coming out of nowhere for a Switch rescue.

"Another Code: Recollection" is a Switch remaster of Another Code: Two Memories (or "Trace Memory" in North America) and Another Code R: A Journey into Lost Memories (never released in NA), the 2005 and 2009 adventure titles developed by the late developer Cing. Recollections will launch on January 19.


F-ZERO Returns Today as the Next 99-player Title Switch

by Jordan Rudek - 10:56 am EDT
Total comments: 9 Source: Nintendo Direct

Classic SNES F-ZERO racing meets last-person standing gameplay.

During this morning's Nintendo Direct presentation, the next 99-player online game was revealed as F-ZERO 99, featuring SNES-style visuals. The game is exclusive to Nintendo Switch Online members, and it sees new gameplay mechanics added to enhance the experience. These include a Power Meter that... Read more...

Princess Peach: Showtime Launching March 22 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 10:50 am EDT
Total comments: 4 Source: Nintendo

This is really going to jack up her Smash moveset.

The "untitled Peach game" is not only titled, it's also been dated.

Originally announced in June's direct, the Peach-starring game was shown today as "Princess Peach: Showtime" and will launch on March 22. In the game, Princess Peach can don various costumes including a patisserie (baker), detective, and swiordfighter in order to save areas from an evil gang.


Paper Mario: Thousand Year Door Remake Announced For 2024 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 10:46 am EDT
Total comments: 12 Source: Nintendo Direct

We'll be over here folding origami.

The most beloved Mario RPG since the original is getting a 20th anniversary touch-up.

Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door HD was the "one more thing" of today's Nintendo Direct, announcing a 2024 release. The original title released in 2004 on the GameCube, and the remaster trailer did not make any announcements of additional content.



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