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December 28, 2020

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled Trial Coming For Switch Online Members This Week Switch

by Donald Theriault - 3:32 pm EST
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Ring in the New Year with another mascot's racer.

Switch Online subscribers will Crash headlong into 2021 with some new racing.

The 2019 remake of the 1999 racing classic will be available for a Switch Online subscriber trial beginning on Wednesday (December 30) and running through 2:59 a.m. ET Wednesday, January 6. The offer appears to be confined to North America for now.


Nintendo Downloads - December 31, 2020 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 8:00 am EST
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The last downloads of this hell year.

As we prepare to move into 2021, the final download list of the year is quite summery, in that it's full of *crickets*. After today (as of posting date), there'll be four releases confirmed for the rest of the week - and we don't know what one of them will be. The major release of the bunch is former... Read more...

December 21, 2020

Mario Splatfest Kicks Off January 15 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 9:27 am EST
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The most unexpected aspect of Mario's 35th.

Splatfests will kick off 2021 in style.

As announced in the September Mario Anniversary Direct, there will be a Super Mario Bros-themed Splatfest running on July 15 (5 p.m. ET) for a full 48 hours. The two sides will be Pearl's Mushrooms against Marina's Super Stars.

The top 35 registered players in the Splatfest will also have an opportunity in North America to win a Super Mario 35th Anniversary coin.


Nintendo Downloads - December 24, 2020 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 8:00 am EST
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Christmas: It's not the giving, it's not the getting, it's the loving... there, I said it, now get me out of here.

As someone whose favorite Christmas special is the first two thirds of the Grinch (before the heel turn), I'm probably not the best person to offer holiday wishes, especially this year. But whatever you're doing this week, do it safely.

This week had a grenade lobbed into it last Tuesday when Super... Read more...

December 17, 2020

Nintendo Showing Off Super Nintendo World In Video Airing December 18

by Donald Theriault - 10:16 pm EST
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So apparently we can't end the year in Nintendo with a Final Fantasy VII villain. Got it.

Nintendo is throwing one more video before settling down for the holidays.

A 15 minute video presentation will air tomorrow at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. Pacific / 2300 UTC to show off Super Nintendo World (opening in Japan on February 4). It will show some of the items in the new attraction at Universal Studios Japan.


Sephiroth To Super Nova Smash Ultimate Starting Today, Full Rollout December 22 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 5:38 pm EST
Total comments: 5 Source: Nintendo

Along with a new yet old Mii costume.

The One Winged Angel has begun final descent into Smash Ultimate.

Super Smash Bros. series producer Masahiro Sakurai showed off the villain of Final Fantasy 7 in a live stream earlier today, and confirmed he would be arriving in the game for Fighters Pass 2 holders or owners of the DLC December 22. His stage will be the Northern Crater, site of FF7's climactic battle, and his Final Smash will be the planet-destroying Supernova.


December 16, 2020

Redout: Space Assault Blasts Off January 22 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 10:08 am EST
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It's all the fun of that racing game without any of the nasty publisher business.

The developers of racing game Redout have made some dramatic changes of both genre and publisher for their next title.

Redout: Space Assault - a prequel to the 2019 racing game - will be available on January 22. A prequel to the original Redout game, Space Assault is instead a high speed space shooter.


December 15, 2020

Dicey Dungeons Now Available On Switch eShop Switch

by Donald Theriault - 9:59 pm EST
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The second of the spoiled two was an Indie World shadowdrop... in Japan.

Dicey Dungeons did make it out today in North America as promised, but it was slightly delayed.

The Terry Cavanagh-designed dungeon creator is now out on the eShop for US$14.99 or equivalent. A 10% discount will be available until the 28th of December as well.

The reason for the later release was due to being included in the Japanese version of the Indie World showcase, which went up early Wednesday morning local time.


Other News From The December Indie World Switch

by Donald Theriault - 1:13 pm EST
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It's going to be a busy few months.

Other items that were mentioned in today's Indie World:

Cyber Shadow, the Yacht Club Games-published action game (developed by Mechanical Head Studios) with Shovel Knight Amiibo support, will release on Switch January 26 Leap Game Studios's Tunche is a side-scrolling action game with RPG elements... Read more...

Super Meat Boy Forever Secures December 23 Release Date Switch

by Donald Theriault - 12:44 pm EST
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Barely squeaking in under the 2021 guillotine.

Super Meat Boy Forever is making its console debut on Switch next week.

The sequel to the original masochistic platformer will launch next Wednesday (December 23), coinciding with a PC release on the Epic Games Store the same day. The Switch will be the first console to have the game.

Each of SMBF's stages is comprised of fixed sections that form stages, meaning no game plays the same way twice.


Four Games Launching Today Following Indie World Presentation Switch

by Donald Theriault - 12:40 pm EST
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Explore, puzzle, and... run a cat cafe.

In addition to Among Us, three other titles will be dropping on the eShop shortly:

As predicted, Grindstone from Capy Games will be out on Switch for US$19.99 or equivalent. The action puzzle game was previously a hit on Apple Arcade. Point and click adventure When The Past Was Around tells a story... Read more...

Spelunky Series Digging Up Summer 2021 Release On Switch Switch

by Donald Theriault - 12:30 pm EST
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Yes, both of the action roguelikes. There goes all your free time.

One of the premiere action series of the last decade will be Switch bound next summer.

Derek Yu led off the Indie World showcase today with the announcement that both Spelunky and Spelunky 2 would see release on Switch next summer. The original launched in 2013 and the second game this past summer.


Among Us Launches On Switch Today Switch

by Donald Theriault - 12:23 pm EST
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Orange has been ejected (1 imposter remains)

2020's biggest social phenomenon is now on the Switch.

Among Us, the social interaction game that originally launched in 2018 on PC and mobile but broke into the cultural zeitgeist this year, will be available on Switch shortly.

In Among Us, players have to complete tasks on board a spaceship while determining who on board is an imposter out to crash the ship. How it will handle voice chat has not been announced.


December 14, 2020

Donkey Kong Country 3 Highlights December Additions To Switch Online Libraries Mobi

by Donald Theriault - 8:13 pm EST
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I really *hate* being asked to babysit on short notice.

The final Switch Online update of 2020 will also be the biggest one of the year.

The SNES library will add four new games on Friday, with a solo title for the NES library. The main title (and only first-party one) is Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble to complete the original DKC... Read more...

Funimation Bringing App To Switch Tomorrow Switch

by Donald Theriault - 7:55 pm EST
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Who is the old man who invites you to the "Anime Is Happening" bunker?

It's not quite a shadowdrop, but we already have a new announcement for tomorrow.

Anime streaming service Funimation have announced they will be bringing their app to Switch tomorrow in the US and Canada with other countries to follow. As with other premium streaming services, the app will be free but will require a subscription for full functionality.


Final Indie World Presentation Of 2020 To Air December 15

by Donald Theriault - 9:05 am EST
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A brief bit of brightness on this rough day.

Sephiroth won't be the only thing shown off this week.

Nintendo have confirmed an Indie World presentation will air tomorrow at noon Eastern / 9 a.m. Pacific time / 1700 UTC. It will run for approximately 15 minutes, according to the notification.

Previous Indie World shows aired in March and August.


Nintendo Downloads - December 17, 2020 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 8:00 am EST
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So Yokoi got kicked upstairs after the Virtual Boy yet Kawazu continues to torture us 33 years after Final Fantasy II?

You know Square, I said at the start of the year that Final Fantasy II and III would end up on Switch, but I was referring to the Super Famicom IV and VI. I most certainly did *not* mean you should continue to put up with Kawazu having pictures of that late 80s party that involved cocaine and presumably several goats. Anyway, the Final Fantasy Legend trilogy (aka three Saga games with the serial numbers pasted over) comes to Switch this week.


December 11, 2020

Persona 5 Strikers Offering Early Access In DLC Bundle Switch

by Donald Theriault - 11:12 am EST
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This doesn't usually come up on Nintendo systems very often...

As promised Tuesday, the next heist of the Phantom Thieves is available for preorder ahead of February 23 - but early access is also available.

Persona 5 Strikers is offering a $69.99 digital deluxe package in addition to the standard $59.99 (all prices US) edition. In addition to DLC boosters... Read more...

Nintendo Sales Panic: November 2020 US NPD Group Results Switch

by Donald Theriault - 9:44 am EST
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In the words of analyst Daniel Ahmad: "the real winner this month wasn't Nintendo, Sony, or Microsoft. It was scalpers."

The absolute numbers were lower than may have been expected for November in the NPD Group's survey, but everybody was selling everything they could get their hands on.

All data based on sales from November 1 - 28, and Nintendo software sales do not account for first party eShop sales.

As announced...

December 10, 2020

Fighters Pass 1 Amiibo Line To Finish March 26 WiiUSwitch

by Donald Theriault - 9:38 pm EST
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Getting that out right before Mario dies again.

Terry, Byleth, and the bird will come home in figure form in March.

The final three Amiibo for Fighters Pass 1 from Smash Ultimate will release March 26, according to a Nintendo of America tweet. Byleth will only be sold in a male version (as with Robin).

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