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November 25, 2020

Original Super Mario Maker Online Services To End On March 31, 2021 WiiU

by Donald Theriault - 6:26 am EST
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So is Mario retiring at the end of the fiscal year or something?

The centrepiece of Mario's 30th anniversary won't make it out of it's 35th.

Super Mario Maker, the 2015 Wii U release, will see its online services shut down on March 31, 2021. This will prevent course uploads as well as use of the Super Mario Maker bookmark website, and the game will also be removed from the Wii U eShop.

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November 24, 2020

Hitman 3 Unveils New Location And Engine Tech Switch

by Donald Theriault - 7:42 pm EST
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Hopefully one of the targets is a political figure who resembles Winnie the Pooh.

Hitman 3 is coming to the Switch in cloud form next year, and developer IO Interactive is showing off some of the tech that will be viewable in this version.

IO posted a trailer earlier today that showed off a new location for Agent 47's hunts, the Chinese megacity Chongqing, as well as graphical enhancements for newer consoles in the game's Glacier engine.

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November 23, 2020

NEO: The World Ends With You Joins Switch Game Summer 2021 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 10:16 am EST
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Attention all fractals: It's (x2) die - again!

After fourteen years, there will be a sequel to The World Ends With You.

Square Enix posted a countdown timer last week that led to the reveal of NEO: The World Ends With You, a Switch and PlayStation 4 game launching in Summer 2021 worldwide.

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Nintendo Downloads - November 26, 2020 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 8:00 am EST
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We all know this week's all about the sales, but there's a couple of intriguing games too.

The Black Friday sales, which will have probably upwards of 1200 games on sale on Switch, will kick off no later than Wednesday - but if those don't tickle your fancy, there's a few options for new titles this week. The ones I'll be on include Root Double: Before Crime * After Days - a pair of visual novels that you have to solve in order to get the full story, and eventually Picross S5 from Jupiter as announced last week.

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November 20, 2020

Radio Free Nintendo Episode 700 LIVE! Show has concluded Site News

by James Jones - 11:04 pm EST
Total comments: 1

Join us Saturday, Nov 21 at 1 PM Eastern to celebrate 700 episodes of whatever the hell this is.

JOIN US THIS SATURDAY AT 1 PM EASTERN! Here's the link! The Discord where we will be chatting is here.

Here's how to read this in the timezone of your choice.

Okay, that's the Inverted Pyramid satisfied, so what are you doing?

Radio Free Nintendo is excited to hit our 700th episode, and... Read more...

November 19, 2020

Doom Eternal Only Being Released Digitally, Release Information "Imminent" Switch

by Donald Theriault - 11:18 pm EST
Total comments: 3 Source: IGN

Tonight at 11, your microSD cards are DOOOOOOOOOOOOMED.

We don't know when Doom Eternal will come to Switch yet, but it won't be landing in stores.

In a statement to IGN, Bethesda have confirmed that the Switch version of Doom Eternal would launch digitally only. This follows the cancellation of preorders for the physical release by GameStop, among other retailers.

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November 18, 2020

Picross S5 Hits Switch Next Week Switch

by Neal Ronaghan - 10:24 am EST
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Catch up on past Picross S games as well with a sale on the Switch and 3DS.

Picross S5 is coming to Nintendo Switch on November 26, according to developer Jupiter.

Priced at $9.99, the latest entry in the series includes more than 300 puzzles, including a handful of Color Picross puzzles and a few large puzzles. The Picross S series has been a mainstay on Switch, with... Read more...

November 17, 2020

New Super Mario LEGO Sets Announced

by Donald Theriault - 4:01 pm EST
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Time to hit the bricks once again.

New Year's Day isn't normally a day associated with shopping - but it will be in 2021 thanks to LEGO and Nintendo.

A new round of Super Mario-themed LEGO will be sold on January 1 at select retailers and on the LEGO website. Among the new sets:

A 366-piece "Master Your Adventure" set which features... Read more...

Animal Crossing New Horizons Save Transfer Goes Live November 19 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 9:11 am EST
Total comments: 3 Source: Nintendo

And 20 million people just breathed a massive sigh of relief.

The winter update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons is adding a feature that will warm the hearts of paranoid players everywhere.

Full save data transfer for New Horizons will be available as part of the last update of the year on Thursday (November 19). A single player's resident data will be movable to another Switch, and an Island Transfer tool will be available on the eShop to facilitate moving the entire island to a new system.

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November 16, 2020

Super Mario 3D All-Stars Camera Inversion Patch Now Live, Adds GameCube Controller Support Switch

by Donald Theriault - 8:43 pm EST
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Purists, rejoice!

The promised camera inversion patch for Super Mario 3D All-Stars has brought another oft-requested feature along with it.

Version 1.1.0 of 3D All-Stars has added support for GameCube controllers in Super Mario Sunshine. The support for the 'Cube controller adapter will only be available in docked mode, and the screen prompts will continue to indicate the Switch buttons.

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Nintendo Downloads - November 19, 2020 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 8:00 am EST
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Finally, the world of Breath of the Wild has good map design.

Obviously, the big game of the week is going to be Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, also known as "Link kills 100 monsters for evey Korok Seed in Breath of the Wild" - sadly, they apparently took all of the wrong lessons from The Mandalorian when dealing with the characters in it. Reminder, the demo... Read more...

November 13, 2020

Nintendo Sales Panic: October 2020 US NPD Group Results Switch

by Donald Theriault - 9:27 am EST
Total comments: 1 Source: NPD Group

We know about the hardware but let's go inside the software.

The Switch's record breaking October led to strong performance in the software charts as well.

All data for the period from October 4 - 31 and are based on dollar sales unless otherwise noted. Additionally, Nintendo sales do not include eShop sales while the survey does include other digital platforms.

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November 12, 2020

Nintendo Releases October US Sales Figures For Switch Switch

by Donald Theriault - 6:56 pm EST
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...no, it's actually not Numberwang for once.

Ahead of tomorrow's October sales survey for the United States from the NPD Group, Nintendo has released its first monthly performance press release in quite some time.

The statement from Nintendo confirms total sales of Switch + Switch Lite in October totalled 735,926, making it the best selling... Read more...

November 9, 2020

Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory Tracklist Revealed Switch

by Willem Hilhorst - 11:15 am EST
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This sounds like a complete journey through all of Kingdom Hearts

Kingdom Hearts: Memory of Melody is releasing this week on Nintendo Switch, but what most Kingdom Hearts fans would like to know has finally been revealed. The full tracklist for the game has been revealed. The game includes 140 songs to choose from with a nice balance of (nearly) all games in the... Read more...

Nintendo Downloads - November 12, 2020 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 8:00 am EST
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We get a Yoko Shimomura rhythm game this week! ...wait, who brought in a monkey's paw with a finger curled?

We've got a constrast with the biggest game of the week, as the rhythm game I would buy sight unseen - one with music composed entirely by Mario RPG/Street Fighter/multiple other great games composer Yoko Shimomura - runs smack into reality because it's all Kingdom Hearts music. Yes, Kingdom Hearts,... Read more...

Nintendo Announces North American Black Friday Offers Switch

by Donald Theriault - 7:13 am EST
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Where is your money headed on this Black Plague Friday?

Nintendo of America have announced their main offerings for Black Friday 2020.

Specific retailers listed on Nintendo's holiday deals site (including Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, and Target), will have a hardware offering of a second revision Switch with included Mario Kart 8 Deluxe download code and a three month code for Nintendo Switch Online for standard MSRP (US$299.99).

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November 5, 2020

Floppy Physics Dog Game PHOGS! Dated for December Switch

by Neal Ronaghan - 1:00 pm EST
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Take your duo of dogs for a walk in single player, local co-op, or online co-op.

PHOGS! is coming to Nintendo Switch on December 3 for the price of $24.99 USD.

Published by Coatsink and developed by Bit Loom Games, the game stars a pair of pups who control in CatDog fashion as the dogs are links together. Colorful cartoon worlds feature puzzles and secrets that can be found in single-player or co-op - both locally and online.

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Nintendo Releases Second Quarter Fiscal 2020 Results Switch

by Willem Hilhorst and Donald Theriault - 6:42 am EST
Total comments: 3 Source: Nintendo's 2nd Quarter Results, Nintendo's Dedicated Video Game Sales Unites, Nintendo's Consolidated Financial Highlights

Some years, these would have been for a full year. Not in 2020, however.

Nintendo released their financial results for the second fiscal quarter of the 2020-21 fiscal year overnight. The following sales have been measured until September 30th 2020.

All monetary figures reported in yen, with comparisons to the US dollar based on a market rate of $1 = ¥104.32 provided for comparison only.

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November 2, 2020

Nintendo Downloads - November 5, 2020 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 8:00 am EST
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Yes, Bakugan comes out this week. But that's not all.

Did someone order anime? Because anime is definitely happening this week between two games we'll be calling in specialists for: Matt on the WayForward-developed, Treehouse Live-crashing Bakugan: Champions of Vestroia, and myself for the final Aksys-published otome of 2020, Cafe Enchante. Other items possibly appearing in stores and definitely appearing in the eShop are the just-announced Tropico 6 and mountain bike racer Descenders.

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