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July 5, 2021

Nintendo Downloads - July 8, 2021 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 8:00 am EDT
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Featuring a single finger curling on a monkey's paw over in Japan.

The big game of the week, which is already downloaded and waiting for me to put multiple hours into on a weekend as part of #JRPGJuly, is Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin. I, for one, welcome our apparently flight-capable Rathalos overlords (based on the game icon) and look forward to it burninating... Read more...

July 2, 2021

Monster Hunter Stories 2 Update Roadmap Released Switch

by Donald Theriault - 7:56 pm EDT
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By Halloween, you'll be walking around with the scariest thing of all: SILVER Rathalos.

Just as Rise did, the upcoming Monster Hunter Stories 2 will have an update roadmap.

Capcom unveiled the plan to add additional content to the RPG launching next Friday, beginning on July 15 and proceeding from there until the end of October. The updates will include new quests and Monsties (party members).


Quality of Life Updates Announced for Skyward Sword Switch

by John Rairdin - 9:24 am EDT
Total comments: 4

Yes, it includes the items thing.

In a short trailer on Twitter today Nintendo announced a series of quality of life updates for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD. Some of these were already known but a few are known. Here's a quick breakdown.

Optional help from Fi (unclear if Fi can be entirely turned off) Button Only Controls... Read more...

July 1, 2021

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Adds New Track Features And Grand Prix In Free Update Switch

by Donald Theriault - 9:42 pm EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo Topics (JP link)

Oil, barrels, and geysers - oh my!

An update has added new elements to last year's Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit.

Available now for owners, the update adds a new Grand Prix series (Mario Cup) as well as optional obstacles to the courses. The view of the cart will add oil (causes spinouts), barrels (normal colored ones cause crashes, gold ones gain coins) and a combination of a geyser (which disguises coins when it fires) and a dinosaur whose scream slows down the cart.


June 30, 2021

Spike Chunsoft Reveals AI: The Somnium Files nirvanA Initative For Spring 2022 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 8:27 pm EDT
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...please tell us that's not a tease for the Nonary Games on Switch as well...

More mysteries in the universe of the oddest game of 2019 are coming next year.

Following hints on a teaser site, Spike Chunsoft have announced AI: The Somnium Files - nirvanA Initiative (official spelling) for a launch next spring. The trailer for the game is below, which also identifies the team behind the Zero Escape series from 3DS as responsible for the game's writing:


June 28, 2021

Knockout City Roadmap Revealed

by Joshua Robin - 1:31 pm EDT
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The Future of Dodgebrawl

In their latest weekly update column Velan Studios shared an image of their roadmap for the future of Knockout City.

Specific details are a little slight, but there is still useful stuff to know. The last event of Season 1 will include a 2X experience boost. The second season will start on... Read more...

Kazuya Joining Smash Roster June 29 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 10:40 am EDT
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Amazingly, there doesn't seem to be a volcano in the background.

The second to last fighter from Super Smash Bros Ultimate will be available soon for owners of the second Fighter's Pass.

The update to add Kazuya Mishima will go live tomorrow (June 29). Also announced was a Min-Min amiibo with a "2022" release date.

Along with the update will be 39 songs (8... Read more...

Nintendo Downloads - July 1, 2021 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 8:00 am EDT
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Having a holiday on a Thursday is the Joey Marella of weekly planning.

We've got four things vying for my personal attention this week, and I'm already in for one: The modern release of Zombies Ate My Neighbors and its straight-to-Blockbuster sequel Ghoul Patrol. I'll also be picking up probably the cheapest retail release in a while (as a download, those cards ain't cheap y'all), Doki Doki Literature Club+. Now, the question is, did they just pull an Undertale for it?


June 27, 2021

Boutique Publisher Dispatch Games Possibly Out Of Business? RumorSwitch

by Donald Theriault - 10:33 pm EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Seafoam Gaming

The office being sold isn't exactly a GOOD sign...

A boutique publisher may have been forced into bankruptcy while still taking preorders for product that has never been delivered.

Dispatch Games, who were serving as a Western publisher for the games of City Connection (the former Jaleco) including Soldam: Drop, Connect, Erase and Penguin Wars... Read more...

June 25, 2021

The Legend Of Heroes Series Radically Expanding Westward In Late 2022 And 2023 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 7:58 am EDT
Total comments: 1 Source: NIS America

The 15-18 month lead time might let you replay the two Cold Steel games on Switch.

At a concert celebrating the 40th anniversary of Falcom, NIS America made four announcements for localizations of Legend of Heroes titles over the next 24 to 30 months.

First out of the gate will be The Legend of Heroes: Trails From Zero, the first game in the famed Crossbell duology of turn-based... Read more...

June 24, 2021

NEO: The World Ends With You To Receive Demo Tomorrow Switch

by Donald Theriault - 9:04 am EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Square Enix

For quality of choices, only Sophie's is comparable - Donald's in a bind because the timing's terrible.

Monster Hunter Stories 2 isn't the only major RPG of July getting a demo tomorrow.

After an inadvertent tweet (since deleted) from Square Enix for NEO: The World Ends With You included "Play the demo now" in the attached video, SE have confirmed a demo for the July 27 release will be available tomorrow starting at 0200 JST Saturday morning - which is roughly 1 pm ET.


June 22, 2021

Sky: Children of Light Trailer Shows Off Journey Developer's Switch Debut Switch

by Neal Ronaghan - 9:58 am EDT
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The latest from thatgamecompany hits Switch on June 29.

Sky: Children of the Light is finally heading to Switch on June 29, as revealed during the Summer Game Fest Kickoff. A new launch trailer shows off the Switch gameplay and also teases the upcoming "Season of the Little Prince" based off of the French story Le Petit Prince.

Developed by Flower...

Nintendo Switch Online Lounge Service is being Discontinued MobiSwitch

by Xander Morningstar - 7:36 am EDT
Total comments: 7 Source: Nintendo

They sure lounged around when it came to making more games use it.

In an announcement on the Nintendo Switch Online app, as well as the official support page, the Online Lounge feature is being discontinued for Splatoon 2. Players will still have the option to utilize voice-chat, but the ability to send URL links to friends and create lobbies is no more as of July 28th, 2021. This is likely due to the release of Splatoon 3 in 2022.


June 21, 2021

New Shin Megami Tensei V Trailer and Physical Pre-Orders Switch

by Jordan Rudek - 12:10 pm EDT
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You have a few demon-slaying options if you opt for going physical.

Today, ATLUS showed off a new gameplay trailer for Shin Megami Tensei V, which is coming to Nintendo Switch on November 12. They also revealed two different physical versions of the game coming to retail: the Standard Edition or Fall of Man Premium Edition. The former comes with a steelbook case and... Read more...

Nintendo Downloads - June 24, 2021 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 8:00 am EDT
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"Thank you for calling the Nintendo Downloads. Pour continuer en français, appuyez sur la touche étoile maintenant."

"Thank you for contacting the Nintendo Downloads. Please listen carefully, as our options have recently changed. If you know your party's extension, you may dial it at any time.

For a joke about how Mario Golf Super Rush and Tony Hawk 1+2 mean all the big games this week are sports, press 1. For... Read more...

June 17, 2021

A Plague Tale: Innocence Coming To Switch As Streaming Title July 5 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 3:13 pm EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Focus Home Interactive

The rare time where "a cloud of rats" doesn't refer to a legal convention.

Focus Home Interactive has confirmed that players will not be flying blind into A Plague Tale: Requiem.

A streaming version of A Plague Tale: Innocence has been confirmed for Switch with the free trial download being available on July 5. The sequel "Requiem" was announced for 2022 launch via the same method earlier this week.


Pokemon Unite Starts The Fight On Switch In July, Mobile In September MobiSwitch

by Donald Theriault - 9:19 am EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: The Pokemon Company

One of last year's big reveals has a smaller window

The Pokemon battle arena is only a few weeks out.

A trailer released by The Pokemon Company International has announced that the Switch version of Pokemon Unite will release in July, with the mobile versions to follow in September.

The Timi-developed ten player real time battle game has new footage at the end of an extended CG sequence in the trailer:


Cyber Hook Reveals June 24 Release Date Switch

by Donald Theriault - 9:00 am EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Graffiti Games

The announcement train is rolling again.

Next week will feature a whole lotta grappling.

Graffiti Games have tabbed June 24 as the release date for the 3D platformer Cyber Hook. Originally announced last year, the grid-themed game will retail for US$14.99 or equivalent.

More gameplay can be found in the trailer below:


June 15, 2021

RFN Covers E3 LIVE on Tuesday Site News

by James Jones, Greg Leahy, Jon Lindemann, and Guillaume Veillette - 7:30 pm EDT
Total comments: 1


It's E3 time again! Well, at least whatever E3 seems to have become this year. That means it's time for a live episode of Radio Free Nintendo with our reactions to what should be the biggest Nintendo Direct of the year. We'll also provide our thoughts on what other game companies had to offer during... Read more...

Other News Items From The Nintendo Direct Switch

by Donald Theriault - 1:24 pm EDT
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A lot of headline material in here.

Other quick news items from the Nintendo Direct today:

The first pack of Doom Eternal's DLC, "The Ancient Gods", is available for download now, as well as third person co-op shooter of the 1930s Strange Brigade. The first part of the Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Expansion Pass will launch this... Read more...


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