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January 19, 2021

Super Mario "Customization" LEGO Set Announced

by Donald Theriault - 10:17 am EST
Discuss in talkback! Source: LEGO

...is there something about one Koopa Kid that makes them easier to LEGO?

Another LEGO Mario set has been announced.

The "Master Your Adventure Maker Set" is now available on LEGO's website and is coming soon to retailers. Retailing for US$59.99, the set includes mini-figures of Goomba, Koopa Paratroopa, Bob-omb, and Larry Koopa.

The interactive elements include a timer block, two item blocks, and a pipe that creates a 30 second challenge.

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Kingdoms Of Amalur: Re-Reckoning Stabs March 16 Release Date Switch

by Donald Theriault - 9:21 am EST
Total comments: 1 Source: THQ Nordic

From the mind that has no chance of making it to Cooperstown.

One of 2018's oddest business deals is finally paying off for Switch owners.

Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning, the re-release of the 2012 western RPG, will come to Switch on March 16. The remade version launched on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One last year.

The Re-Reckoning version is published... Read more...

Balan Wonderworld Receiving Switch Demo January 28 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 8:50 am EST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Square Enix

So both of the big third party releases on March 26 have demos now.

An early preview is coming for Balan Wonderworld.

The Yuji Naka-helmed 3D platformer from Square Enix will have a Switch demo released next Thursday (January 28). The scope of the demo has not been announced.

The full game launches on March 26.

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January 18, 2021

Dystopic Thriller Republique Coming To Switch Next Month? RumorSwitch

by Donald Theriault - 11:45 am EST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo

As of now, the page is still invisible.

A title intended to bring a "good game to mobile" may be coming to Switch next month according to a nintendo.com game listing.

Republique, the dystopic thriller originally developed for mobile and later released on PC and PlayStation 4, has appeared on Nintendo of America's game list with a release... Read more...

Nintendo Downloads - January 21, 2021 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 7:25 am EST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo

Agent 47 reports for duty, but if you have a slow connection this is a backlog week.

The big game for this week is Hitman 3 on all platforms - yes, including Switch, as the Cloud version comes out this week. I'm still not sure about how the introduction of Hitman 2016/Hitman II content would be handled on Switch if at all, but if you've got a smooth enough connection it's going to be the topic of conversation a lot this week.

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January 15, 2021

Nintendo Sales Panic: December 2020 US NPD Group Results Switch

by Donald Theriault - 9:14 am EST
Discuss in talkback! Source: NPD Group

For those wondering about the effect of returns on sales charts, the answer is "not much" apparently.

Nintendo finished 2020 with another triumph in hardware sales and a strong month of software sales in the US.

All data from November 29/20 to January 2/21 and are based on dollar sales unless noted. Most third parties contribute digital eShop sales to the survey, but Nintendo does not provide sales for its titles.

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Hitman 3: Cloud Edition Launching January 20, Day And Date With Other Versions Switch

by Donald Theriault - 8:43 am EST
Total comments: 1 Source: IO Interactive

Less than a week's warning.

Hitman 3 will start work on the Switch the same day as other platforms.

The cloud version of the sniping sequel will be available on Switch this coming Wednesday, January 20. Pricing has not been disclosed.

As with Control, players will be required to test their connection prior to purchasing the game.

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January 14, 2021

New Pokemon Snap Develops April 30 Release Switch

by Donald Theriault - 8:09 am EST
Discuss in talkback! Source: The Pokemon Company

Hopefully unlike the original you won't be done when the calendar flips to May.

Pokemon's 25th anniversary celebration is kicking off in photographic style.

New Pokemon Snap, the Bandai Namco developed follow-up to the beloved 1999 N64 game, has announced a release date of April 30. The official Pokemon Twitter made the announcement along with a new trailer.

Originally announced last June and not seen since, New Snap will take place in the Lental region and task photographers with completing the Photo Pokedex.

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January 13, 2021

Overview Trailer Released For Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury Switch

by Donald Theriault - 9:26 am EST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo

Playing as Bowser Jr appeals to someone, right?

Nintendo has released a 7+ minute trailer for Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury to explain some of the items that were shown yesterday.

3D World has added a photo mode to the game, with filters and the option to use the stamps previously devoted to the shuttered Miiverse service. The 4 player online co-op was also confirmed.

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January 12, 2021

Trails of Cold Steel IV Invading Switch April 9 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 10:53 pm EST
Discuss in talkback! Source: NIS America

So if you want to beat III first, you are officially on the clock.

The final exam for Class VII, much like most collegiate exams, will take place in April.

North American and European versions of Trails of Cold Steel IV will release on Switch April 9 (Oceania on 16 April). Preorders for a "Frontline Edition" of the game are still available.

The follow-up to last June's Trails of Cold Steel III is the final chapter in this aspect of Falcom's turn-based Trails series.

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Mario-Themed Switch Launching February 12 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 9:11 am EST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo

A lot of red and blue going on here.

The Switch is getting a Mario makeover.

Nintendo of America have announced a Mario-themed Switch set to launch on February 12 (with Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury), for the standard $299.99 MSRP. It will be available at "select retailers".

The system comes with a red dock, red Joy-Cons with blue rails, a red/blue carrying case, and a red bezel on the Switch proper.

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January 11, 2021

Tadpole Treble, Monster Tale Coming To Switch In 2021 Switch

by - 10:41 pm EST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo

One rescue from the Wii U, one revival from the DS.

Two games celebrating their anniversaries this year will be hitting the Switch in 2021.

Celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, Tadpole Treble will launch on Switch in an Encore version on January 21. Our review (written by Donald Theriault) from 2016 gave the original an 8.5.

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Bowser's Fury Revealed In New Super Mario 3D World+ Trailer Switch

by Donald Theriault - 10:27 pm EST
Total comments: 8 Source: Nintendo

The mystery of Nintendo's first published game of 2021 will be answered.

UPDATE: The trailer is now live, showing a new world, a possible team up with Bowser Jr, and gigantic Mario and Bowser facing off. Original story is below the embed.

Nintendo is preparing to blow out Bowser's Fury tomorrow.

A new trailer for the February 12 release will be available tomorrow at 9 a.m. Eastern time / 6 a.m. Pacific / 1400 UTC. It promises that "Bowser's Fury will be unleashed".

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Nintendo Downloads - January 14, 2021 Switch

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

In memoriam: Brian "JapaneseNintendo" Cooper

To begin this week, a word of condolence to a tireless person who we lost at the end of 2020: Brian Cooper, aka the person who ran the Japanese Nintendo site, passed suddenly on November 27. Our condolences to his family and friends, and we hope he's enjoying maining Toad in the big Smash game in the sky.

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January 8, 2021

Persona 5 Strikers To Cross Into The World Of Dragalia Lost SwitchMobi

by Donald Theriault - 9:53 am EST
Total comments: 1 Source: Nintendo

Joining Euden, the Haildom... Mega Man, Danganronpa...

Dragalia Lost has racked up some impressive crossovers, and the latest one might steal your heart.

A trailer was posted on Nintendo's mobile Youtube a short time ago announcing a crossover event with Persona 5 Strikers. More details will be posted on the game's website and in-game notifications in late January, though Joker and another character from Strikers will be available for completing an ingame event.

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January 7, 2021

Monster Hunter Rise Demo Launching Overnight Switch

by Donald Theriault - 9:19 am EST
Total comments: 1 Source: Capcom

Ride 'em, hunter! *UPDATED*

The hunt will begin in Monster Hunter Rise soon.

At the end of today's Monster Hunter presentation, Capcom confirmed the special demo would be available overnight tonight (3 a.m. ET/midnight Pacific), and would be active until the same times on February 1.

The video also showed off a Wirebug... Read more...

January 5, 2021

Monster Hunter Presentation To Air Thursday Switch

by Donald Theriault - 6:46 am EST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Capcom

We might be getting that demo pretty early in January...

Capcom is airing a worldwide Monster Hunter presentation this week.

The presentation will run on Thursday at 6 a.m. Pacific time/9 a.m. Eastern/1400 UTC and will be focused on March 26's Monster Hunter Rise. It will air on Capcom's Youtube and Twitch accounts.

It is expected - though not confirmed officially - that the demo for Rise announced last month would be made available shortly after the presentation or at least a date provided.

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Nintendo Acquires Next Level Games

by Donald Theriault - 6:29 am EST
Total comments: 6 Source: Nintendo (PDF)

The big N starts 2021 by beefing up their North American operations.

The makers of one of 2019's hits and 2016's Game of the Year are coming in-house at Nintendo.

Nintendo have reached an agreement (PDF link) to acquire Vancouver, British Columbia-based studio Next Level Games. Expected to close on March 1 pending regulatory approval in Canada, the acquisition of the privately held company will give Nintendo a second North American-based subsidiary developer to go along with Retro Studios.

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January 4, 2021

Nintendo Downloads - January 7, 2021 Switch

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

Starting the new year with a date as late as the calendar allows... look, there ain't shinola this week, I have to put SOMETHING pithy here.

The post image for this should almost be a tumbleweed, what with the complete lack of North American releases this week. As of go time there's seven, befitting a week where nothing new got approved, though there'll probably be some surprises for me Monday night after work... Anyway, the big game this... Read more...

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