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September 26, 2022

Nintendo Downloads - September 29, 2022 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 8:00 am EDT
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This nearly ended up late because I haven't been wrecked this hard by Fiona since high school.

Things we missed last week: In addition to Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythm Festival, we got shadowdrops on Midnight Fight Express, Serial Cleaners, Wylde Flowers, and Archives title The Return of Ishtar (the sequel to The Tower of Druaga).

Fiona kept me from playing a lot this weekend - and before you... Read more...

September 20, 2022

Nintendo Sales Panic: August 2022 US NPD Group Results Switch

by Donald Theriault - 10:01 am EDT
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Was Xenoblade 3's halo effect enough to carry the day?

A relatively quiet month for the Switch and the release of a series that has skipped Nintendo consoles for a decade led to a slight sales slump for Nintendo in the US, according to the latest NPD Group sales survey.

Data is from July 31 - August 26, based on dollars unless noted otherwise, publishers can contribute digital data but Nintendo does not.


September 19, 2022

Nintendo Downloads - September 22, 2022 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 8:00 am EDT
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Memo to Idea Factory International and Aksys: NEVER DO THIS AGAIN.

Things we missed last week: Festivus (aka a Nintendo Direct) WAS declared, with three shadowdrops (Easy Come, Easy Golf/Various Daylife/Radiant Silvergun) among the number. For reasons still unclear, the last one was yanked from the eShop immediately in North America... hopefully just a ratings board snafu that can be fixed quickly, especially since it's in Europe and Japan still.


September 16, 2022

First Two Suikoden RPGs To Be Remastered On Switch In 2023 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 7:16 am EDT
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216 Stars of Destiny all up in here.

Konami has joined the chorus of companies bringing classic RPGs to the Switch.

Suikoden I and II, the first two games in the recently-dormant franchise released in North America in 1996 and 1999 on the PlayStation, will receive remasters on all platforms in 2023 according to a Konami Tokyo Game Show presentation. The trailer is below, which confirms the official subtitle of "Gate Rune and Dunan Unification Wars".


September 15, 2022

Expansion Pack Genesis Library Adds Three More Titles Mobi

by Donald Theriault - 9:21 pm EDT
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You thought Pilotwings 64 was the only news we'd get for the pack this week. Don't worry, we did too.

The Genesis library for the NSO Expansion Pack has picked up three more titles in a just-released update.

Alisia Dragoon (1992) is a side-scrolling platformer originally developed by Game Arts, where the lightning-shooting heroine Alisia and her pet companions must fight through eight stages to avenge... Read more...

Capcom TGS Showcase Provides New Updates On Sunbreak And Battle Network Collection Switch

by Donald Theriault - 10:36 am EDT
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Everyone is going to be connected in the Legacy Collection - and they took that literally.

Capcom's Tokyo Game Show showcase has given updates on Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak and the Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection.

Sunbreak's second major title update will come out on September 29 and add three new monsters: the previously announced Flaming Espinas, the Violet Mizutsune,... Read more...

PowerWash Simulator Announces Switch Release: Coming Soon Switch

by Donald Theriault - 9:12 am EDT
Total comments: 1 Source: FuturLab

Taking the one GOOD part of Super Mario Sunshine.

Great games can come from unexpected concepts, and so it is with the newest title from the developers of Velocity2x.

FuturLabs have announced that PowerWash Simulator, which launched in July on PC and Xbox consoles, will come to Switch "soon". As the name implies, it involves cleaning dirt off of houses with a power washer in the town of Muckingham.


September 13, 2022

Most DLC Plans For Theatrhythm Final Bar Line Preliminarily Detailed On eShop Switch

by Donald Theriault - 3:15 pm EDT
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So you know when to dodge SaGa or stampede the eShop for the Neo The World Ends With You tracks.

Thanks to the eShop, we have estimates for most of the DLC for the recently-announced Theatrhythm Final Bar Line - this information may change before launch, but as a Digital Deluxe Edition and Premium Digital Deluxe Edition are available for $30 and $50 US over the main price, it should be examined.


New Bayonetta 3 Gameplay Trailer Released Switch

by Donald Theriault - 2:47 pm EDT
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Study the combat and you too may get a Pure Platinum.

A new trailer focused on gameplay has been released for Bayonetta 3 following a Nintendo Direct tease.

The nearly eight minute long trailer - presumably cut from the Direct for time - outlines the core Bayonetta gameplay including details on both the existing systems and new Bayonetta 3-specific items.


Indie Zelda-like Tunic Launches on Switch Later this Month Switch

by Alex de Freitas - 12:04 pm EDT
Total comments: 1 Source: Nintendo

Perhaps this will quench your Zelda thirst.

The breakout indie hit Tunic from solo dev Andrew Shouldice lands ashore on Nintendo Switch on September 27th. Announced at today's Nintendo Direct, this wordless isometric action-adventure game pulls inspiration from classic top-down Zelda games. Players will venture through a ruined land with an in-game manual as their only guide.


Other News From The September 13 Nintendo Direct Switch

by Donald Theriault - 12:02 pm EDT
Total comments: 1 Source: Nintendo Direct

Between Harvestella and this, there's literally a farm RPG for all seasons.

Other items that appeared in the Nintendo Direct today:

A summary trailer for Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope was shown ahead of the October 20 launch. Management simulator Factorio will build a Switch release on October 28. A cloud edition of Resident Evil: Village (RE8) will launch on October 28,... Read more...

Octopath Traveler II Revealed, Launching February Next Year Switch

by Alex de Freitas - 11:37 am EDT
Total comments: 2 Source: Nintendo

Eight more paths to travel

Octopath Traveler, the first in Square Enix's line of HD-2D games, receives a sequel. Announced during today's Nintendo Direct, the newest entry in the throwback JRPG series follows eight new characters in the industrial fantasy world of Solistia. Each character will have different path actions dependent on the time of day. The trailer also highlights the various party member's stories connecting with each other.


Three Titles Available Now And One New Demo Detailed In Nintendo Direct Switch

by Donald Theriault - 11:30 am EDT
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One RPG and one of the most famous shooters ever

Three items are now available on the eShop that were announced in the Nintendo Direct:

Radiant Silvergun, the Treasure-developed shooter that preceded Ikaruga, is now available for US$19.99 or equivalent Various Daylife is a role-playing game which had key staff from Octopath Traveler and Bravely... Read more...

Updates For Existing First Party Titles Outlined In Direct Switch

by Donald Theriault - 11:24 am EDT
Total comments: 1 Source: Nintendo Direct

The golf is going to have to hold off a little longer than originally anticipated.

Several released titles had new update information or windows released during the Direct today:

The second update for Mario Strikers: Battle League will be out this month, which will add Pauline and Diddy Kong as playable characters and a new "Planetoid" stage The second portion of the Xenoblade Chronicles... Read more...

Fatal Frame 4 Receiving First Localization As Mask Of The Lunar Eclipse In Early 2023 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 11:11 am EDT
Total comments: 2 Source: Nintendo Direct

Only fifteen years after the fact.

Western players are about to experience a lost Wii horror title.

The fifth Fatal Frame game, which was released as a Japanese Wii exclusive in 2008, will be localized for the first time as Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse in early 2023. Koei Tecmo will be the publisher for the release as it is multiplatform, even though Nintendo did have some ownership of the property at the time of its release.


Kirby Re-Returns To Dream Land In Deluxe Edition February 24 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 11:01 am EDT
Total comments: 6 Source: Nintendo Direct

You might've missed this one the first time since it was a 2011 Wii game.

Kirby's 30th anniversary is going to get at least one more game out the door.

A "Deluxe" edition of 2011 Wii action game Kirby's Return to Dream Land has been announced for release on February 24. The four player action game - which includes the ability to play as four Kirby - will also include new minigames in addition to the existing titles in the Wii version.


Theatrhythm Returns On Switch In Multiplayer Final Bar Line February 16 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 10:56 am EDT
Total comments: 4 Source: Nintendo Direct

More Final Fantasy music! MORE, I SAY!

After the curtain call comes the final line for Square's beloved rhythm series.

Theatrhythm Final Bar Line was revealed in today's Nintendo Direct for a February 16 launch. As with the 3DS originals, players will control avatars of Final Fantasy characters in rhythm games spanning the series, and the Switch edition will include 390 songs.


Sequel To Breath Of The Wild Titled Tears Of The Kingdom, Launches May 12 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 10:48 am EDT
Total comments: 6 Source: Nintendo

One more for the road.

The mystery of the next Zelda has finally been solved.

As the final trailer for the Nintendo Direct, the sequel to Breath of the Wild was officially named "The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom" and will launch on May 12, 2023.

The brief trailer showed Link climbing through the environment and surfing through the sky on a glider-like object of unknown origin.


Tales of Symphonia Remastered Announced for Switch Switch

by Matthew Zawodniak - 10:47 am EDT
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Reports are unclear on whether the coffee is hot or cold.

A seminal entry in the 'Tales of' franchise is returning to Nintendo systems after nearly twenty years.

Few details were given besides an early 2023 release. Tales of Symphonia originally launched as a GameCube exclusive in 2003, though it ported to PlayStation 2 with extra content a year later... Read more...

Pikmin 4 Announced (Re-Announced?) for 2023 Switch

by Matthew Zawodniak - 10:42 am EDT
Total comments: 9

Also Nintendo would really like you to play Pikmin Bloom.

Seven years after Miyamoto said it was "very close to completion", Pikmin 4 has finally been announced for Nintendo Switch.

No gameplay footage was shown, but players will reportedly be able to play "from the Pikmin's perspective" as well in the new game.

Pikmin 4 launches in 2023.



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