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October 18, 2021

Nintendo Sales Panic: September 2021 US NPD Group Results Switch

by Donald Theriault - 9:25 am EDT
Total comments: 1 Source: NPD Group

All good things must come to an end.

With people waiting for the Switch OLED, one of Nintendo's most impressive streaks finally came to an end in September according to the sales survey released by the NPD Group.

All data, unless otherwise noted, is based on dollar sales for the five week period of August 29 - October 2. Select third parties include digital sales in their reports, but Nintendo does not.


Nintendo Downloads - October 21, 2021 Switch

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

Are we going to have to haul this week before the Senate before it gets assassinated?

Unlike the last couple of weeks, we don't have a consensus GOTY here - sure, Dying Light is an old game but it's not really one that blew up in the higher consciousness the same way Tetris Effect or Disco Elysium did. Meanwhile, we'll have a review up shortly for The Caligula Effect 2 - which is good,... Read more...

October 15, 2021

Nintendo Switch Online N64 And Genesis Controllers Now Available Mobi

by Donald Theriault - 10:42 am EDT
Total comments: 2 Source: Nintendo Store

It'd be most impressive if they had Transfer Park functionality on the N64 one.

The promised N64 and Genesis controllers can now be purchased from the Nintendo store.

US customers can obtain their N64 controller here or their Genesis controller here. Each controller is $49.99 US.

Although the Genesis controller is a 3-button model, the N64 controller will have built in rumble; foregoing the need for a Rumble Pak.


Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack To Also Include Otherwise Paid DLC Beginning With AC: New Horizons Pack MobiSwitch

by Donald Theriault - 10:26 am EDT
Total comments: 20 Source: Nintendo

...this might be cliche, but now how much would you pay?

It's not just going to be WinBack and M.U.S.H.A. in the Expansion Pack for Nintendo Switch Online.

During the Animal Crossing: New Horizons presentation, it was announced that the Expansion Pack would grant access to the "Happy Home Paradise" DLC. This would be included along with the previously announced Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis libraries.


Future Animal Crossing: New Horizons Content Detailed In Latest Animal Crossing Direct. Switch

by Donald Theriault - 10:23 am EDT
Total comments: 2 Source: Nintendo

Brewster's not known for being fashionably late, is he?

The Animal Crossing Direct has revealed content both free and paid for Animal Crossing that will start with the version 2 update November 5. This will be the final major update for the game.

The cafe teased in the Direct will be in the museum, and various residents can be summoned with Amiibo (figures... Read more...

October 13, 2021

RFN LIVE SHOW: RetroActive for Little King's Story - LIVE NOW Site News

by James Jones - 2:49 pm EDT
Total comments: 2

We'll be talking a little Metroid Dread and Switch OLED before we get rolling on our RetroActive.

"We'll do it live!" RetroActive 50: Little King's Story is upon us and we'll be doing an RFN Live Show to commemorate it! Join us October 14 at 9 PM Eastern! This is a link for the radio feed, but it isn't live yet. However, we'll also be recording in the RFN Discord - hopefully. I'm going to try to get that to work but expect nonsense!


October 12, 2021

Monark Ascending To North American Switch Throne February 22 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 9:19 am EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: NIS America

2/22 being a Tuesday... wonder how many other publishers will want to take advantage of that.

The NIS America published "new school" JRPG Monark has staked out its release date.

The horror RPG, which is due for Japanese release this coming Thursday, will land in North America on February 22 (2/22/22) with European release to follow on the 25th. A demo for the game is available in Japan, but has no release date for the rest of the world.


Alan Wake Remastered Receives ESRB Rating For Switch Switch

by Donald Theriault - 9:09 am EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: ESRB

You probably know how this'll end, but let's dream of a Switch native port.

One of last week's big non-Nintendo releases might be coming to Switch after all.

The ESRB has updated the rating for the remake of the 2010 adventure game to include the Switch. It released last week on the Epic Games Store, as well as active PlayStation and Xbox consoles.

It is not known how...

October 11, 2021

Monster Hunter Rise, Sunbreak "Unable To Implement" Cross-Save Or Cross-Play With Upcoming PC Version Switch

by Donald Theriault - 7:36 pm EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Capcom

The play is no surprise, but the progress staying where it is falls under "bummer".

Monster Hunter Rise players who want to take advantage of an upcoming PC port will have to start over, and won't be able to play with Switch owners.

Following the recent Tokyo Game Show presentation which revealed Sunbreak details and also announced Rise for PC in January, Capcom posted a survey... Read more...

European Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack Will Include 60hz English-Only Option Mobi

by Donald Theriault - 9:30 am EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo Europe

The "authentic" experience will also be available for select games.

European Nintendo Switch Online subscribers will get the optimum Nintendo 64 experience in the expansion pack launching later this month.

During last month's Nintendo Direct, the European video showed the games running at 50hz, which was the European ("PAL") standard until the adoption of HD television... Read more...

Nintendo Downloads - October 14, 2021 Switch

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

Tetris Effect last week, Disco Elysium this week... we can't go to 2020 since Hades went to version 1.0 on Switch...

The first full week of downloads in this post-OLED world kicks off with another old GOTY with the arrival of the heavily philosophical RPG Disco Elysium, as rumored for months and then made official a couple of weeks ago in the Direct. It's a good week for quirky releases that check in at $40, as... Read more...

October 8, 2021

Trio Of Grand Theft Auto Games Coming To Switch In November Switch

by Donald Theriault - 11:19 am EDT
Total comments: 1 Source: IGN

Aw ****, here we go again... wait, they're coming to a Nintendo console too?

Three foundational open-world games are coming to a Nintendo console for the first time ever later this year.

2K and Rockstar have announced that the early 2000s Grand Theft Auto games - Grand Theft Auto III (2001), Vice City (2003), and San Andreas (2004) will come to Switch "later this year"... Read more...

October 7, 2021

Koichi Sugiyama, Japanese Political Activist And Dragon Quest Composer, Dead At 90

by - 10:27 am EDT
Total comments: 4 Source: Square Enix

"Political activist" being the politest way to describe him.

One of Japan's most infamous composers and a pillar of the Dragon Quest series has died.

A statement from Square Enix announced that Koichi Sugiyama, who composed the music and sound effects for the Dragon Quest series dating back to the 1986 original, died on September 30, 2021. The cause of death was septic shock, a sudden loss of blood pressure following an infection.


October 6, 2021

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct To Air October 15 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 10:07 am EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo

This is an awful lot for an update...

The next payoff from the last Nintendo Direct is due a week from Friday.

A presentation detailing the content coming to Animal Crossing: New Horizons beginning in November will air on October 15 at 10 a.m. ET / 7 a.m. PT. It is slated to run for 20 minutes.

Although not confirmed to be in the...

October 5, 2021

Kingdom Hearts Series Coming To Switch As Streaming Titles Switch

by Donald Theriault - 10:41 am EDT
Total comments: 3 Source: Nintendo

A natural tie-in to today's other announcement.

The entire Kingdom Hearts franchise will soon be joining Sora on Switch.

During today's Sora presentation for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Masahiro Sakurai announced three remastered collections of Kingdom Hearts games will be released on Switch as streaming titles in the future. The three games are:


Kingdom Hearts Sora Announced As Twelfth And Final Super Smash Bros Ultimate DLC Character Switch

by Donald Theriault - 10:13 am EDT
Total comments: 7 Source: Nintendo

It's not an anime swordsman, because the weapon is a keyblade.

The final Smash Bros Ultimate DLC was the most requested fighter of all.

Sora, main character of the Kingdom Hearts franchise, will be the 89th and final fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate when he launches on October 18. During the presentation, it was revealed that Sora was the most requested fighter overall in the 2014-15 "Smash Ballot" that was used to decide DLC fighters .


October 4, 2021

Nintendo Downloads - October 7, 2021 Switch

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

We follow up a week of 60 games in North America with a GOTY.

So last week, I mentioned that there were 47 games going into the week - and the final score ended up at 60. There's been MONTHS since I took over this column where we had fewer releases than that, so... geez, I know it was a quarter end but slow down you fools. Maybe some of those games should have moved to this week, considering we have a hardware rev on Friday.


October 1, 2021

A Boy And His Blob 2009 Coming To Switch Soon Switch

by Donald Theriault - 10:47 pm EDT
Total comments: 3 Source: Ziggurat Interactive

Yes, the hug button is back.

A much-loved remake from the Wii era is itself getting re-released on Switch.

The WayForward-developed A Boy and His Blob, which originally launched on Wii in 2009, was confirmed for a Switch release this fall. It will be published by the retro specialist publisher Ziggurat Interactive, who recently published WayForward's BloodRayne games on Switch as well.


Eiyuden Chronicle Prequel Announced For Switch Release In 2022 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 9:38 am EDT
Total comments: 2 Source: 505 Games

Perhaps a good sign for the main game's full release on Switch as well.

The wildly successful crowdfunding campaign for Suikoden spiritual successor Eiyuden Chronicle will bear some fruit on Switch.

During a 505 Games TGS presentation, the publisher confirmed that the prequel title Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising, which was a stretch goal in the initial campaign, would come to Switch in 2022. It was previously announced for PC and active PlayStation / Xbox consoles.


Firegirl Blasting Onto Switch December 14 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 9:29 am EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Thunderful, Gematsu

It was always burning since the world's been turning.

If there's a mishap cooking during this year's holiday season, the Firegirl will be able to put out the flame.

Firegirl, the side scrolling firefighter action game, will launch on Switch on December 14 (as spotted at Gematsu). The fires will be procedurally generated and, in a bit of realism, will have to be extinguished in three minutes. (Time bonuses will be awarded if certain tasks are completed.)



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