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November 30, 2022

Smash World Tour Tournaments Cancelled One Week Before Championships; Nintendo's Involvement Disputed

by Matthew Zawodniak - 4:29 pm EST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Kotaku, Smash World Tour Twitter

The facts so far.

Smash World Tour, an unofficial Super Smash Bros. circuit run by the eSports team VGBootCamp, announced yesterday that they would be ceasing operations. The tournament series was nearing the end of its 2022 season with championships set to take place during the weekend of December 9th, and the planned... Read more...

November 28, 2022

Nintendo Downloads - December 1, 2022 Switch

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

Including a couple of major milestones - one passed, one pending.

Things we missed last week: Galaxian in the Arcade Archives, a new Joe and Mac game.

So last week we made a bit of dubious history in that the list of Switch releases this year passed the total for all of 2021 with more than a month to go and are now at 1,955 games released in North America (margin... Read more...

November 23, 2022

Pokemon Scarlet And Violet Combine To Ship 10m, Sets New Opening Weekend Record In Japan Switch

by Donald Theriault - 5:16 pm EST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo (JP language)

If you're having trouble finding Gimmighoul coins they're CLEARLY at NCL headquarters.

The wilds of Paldea are full of trainers, if Nintendo's sales reporting is any indication.

Nintendo released a statement on their Japanese corporate site this afternoon NA time confirming the pair have shipped more than 10m copies worldwide in their opening weekend (retail copies + digital sales).... Read more...

November 21, 2022

Nintendo Switch Sports Golf Pulls Out 6-Iron On November 28 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 8:06 pm EST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo

Who said Nintendo had nothing left after Pokemon?

Today appears to be the day of update announcements for Nintendo.

Following the announcement earlier today of the third wave for the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass, Nintendo have also confirmed the Nintendo Switch Sports update for golf will tee off on November 28.

The free update will... Read more...

Third Wave Of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Launches December 7 Switch

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

So who's up for the Rainbow Road cup?

The third wave of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC is taking the green flag early next month.

A new trailer has confirmed the wave will launch on December 7, and also confirmed the eight courses included. In addition to the previously announced Peach Gardens and Merry Mountain announced in September's Direct, the other courses will be:

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Nintendo Downloads - November 24, 2022 Switch

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

Let's be honest, you're just here for the sales.

Things we missed last week: A Gameloft (meh) version of The Oregon Trail, Team17's Bravery and Greed, Indie World game Goodbye World, and Archives launch of Taito's Metal Black.

With this week being Black Friday, of course the big deal is the sales, but that also warrants a US holiday with family... Read more...

November 17, 2022

Yuji Naka Arrested, Facing Insider Trading Charges In Japan Switch

by Donald Theriault - 9:48 pm EST
Discuss in talkback! Source: FNN (Japanese link)

Let's rat, let's rat, future ratting game.

A famous Japanese game developer is facing charges stemming from one of his most infamous works today.

According to a report by the Fuji News Network, former Sega creative lead Yuji Naka has been arrested and charged with insider trading (the act of trading securities, such as stocks, using information not available to the public).

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November 16, 2022

Third Major Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak Update Due On November 24 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 9:32 pm EST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Capcom

Including an option for those who don't want to have to deal with that rando who keeps knocking you down with the Longsword.

The third update for the Sunbreak expansion of Monster Hunter Rise is bringing some nice quality of life and more insane monsters.

Launching on November 24, "Title Update 3" will include an option to bring the Followers on regular quests, including Master Rank and Anomaly Research hunts. The trailer below shows three new monsters, all of which are variants: "Risen" Kushala Daora, "Risen" Teostra, and "Chaotic" Gore Magala.

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New Fire Emblem Engage Trailer Reveals Dark Versions Of Featured Heroes Switch

by Donald Theriault - 9:21 pm EST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo

Marth hasn't been this evil since we had to put up with a C-stick.

A new trailer has dropped for Fire Emblem: Engage as it prepares to step into the on-deck circle for Nintendo.

The new story-focused trailer confirms that the rings containing the previous heroes of Fire Emblem can become corrupted, resulting in "evil" versions of the likes of Marth while shedding light on the world of the game.

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November 15, 2022

Soccer Story To Kick Off November 29 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 11:00 am EST
Discuss in talkback! Source: No More Robots

Wait, I thought international soccer was already run by the mob.

Another soccer game is attempting to ride the wave of this weekend's World Cup kickoff, but this one has a bit more satire with it.

No More Robots, who previously announced Soccer Story for a 2022 release, have confirmed the game will release on November 29. As with Not Tonight from the same publisher, the game is a satricial take on a soccer RPG.

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November 14, 2022

Four Switch Games Receive Minor Updates In One Night Switch

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

That's... a lot of stability updates.

Four distinct Switch games have all received minor updates in one evening from Nintendo.

ARMS, Splatoon 2, Super Mario Maker 2, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons have all been updated this evening (NA time). All four games listed patch notes are identical: "Several issues have been addressed to improve the gameplay experience."

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Splatoon 3 Announces "Chill Season" To Begin December 1 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 10:10 am EST
Total comments: 1 Source: Nintendo

"Big Run is imminent!" On the cosmic scale, perhaps.

Splatoon's second season starts as soon as possible in December.

The "Chill Season" will open on December 1 (time TBD) and will feature new stages and weapons in addition to modes. The trailer shows multiple new weapon variations including a new set of Dualies, a Tentatek Splattershot, and a sniper rifle with a visible bullet chamber.

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Nintendo Sales Panic: October 2022 US NPD Group Results Switch

by Donald Theriault - 8:28 am EST
Discuss in talkback! Source: NPD Group

A busy end of the month is all over the sales charts.

In a month full of new releases, the Switch's software was strong in the US according to the NPD Group's sales survey for October.

All data based on dollar sales unless noted for the period of October 2 - 29. third parties report digital sales for the eShop.

The Switch was going to be down necessarily... Read more...

Nintendo Downloads - November 17, 2022 Switch

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

This week in sacrificial Mareep...

Things we missed last week: An out of nowhere Indie World shadowdropped Rogue Legacy 2, A Little to the Left, and Once Upon A Jester.

There are... well, two major releases this week in the games that will probably end up knocking one of their own prequels out of the Switch's top 10 in short order... Read more...

November 9, 2022

Nearly Twenty Other Titles Shown In November Indie World Presentation Switch

by Donald Theriault - 9:06 pm EST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo

We got everything here; deck building roguelikes, pet sims, giant drills... and kidnapping victims?

Aside from Sports Story's release window and the items out today, the Indie World show also included the following:

3D pet simulator Wobbledogs is the next to launch, coming next Thursday (November 17) and with preloads open. Goodbye World, an adventure game about game developers struggling to make... Read more...

Rogue Legacy 2 Among a Handful of Indie World Shadowdrops Switch

by Jordan Rudek - 1:00 pm EST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Indie World

Did you need yet another game to play this month?

As is customary from Nintendo Direct and Indie World presentations, we've got another batch of freshly shadowdropped titles available on the eShop today. The most notable among them is Rogue Legacy 2, a sequel to the smash hit roguelike from 2013. Joining it is A Little to the Left, a puzzle game... Read more...

Sports Story Hitting the Links, Pitch, and Court in December Switch

by Jordan Rudek - 12:41 pm EST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Indie World

You'll be doing a lot more than playing golf this time around.

The "one more thing" at the end of today's Indie World presentation was the long-awaited release date announcement for Sports Story, and it didn't end up actually being a specific date but instead a month: December. New sports including tennis, soccer, BMX, and even cricket have been added to the... Read more...

Tales Of Symphonia Remaster Confirmed For February 17 Launch Switch

by Donald Theriault - 10:16 am EST
Total comments: 2 Source: Bandai Namco

...is Bamco about to go on another run of releases here?

The first quarter of 2023 has just picked up another 100 hours of RPG.

Tales of Symphonia Remastered, which was announced for a Switch release in the last Nintendo Direct, will be available on February 17. A new trailer has been released as well:

The remastered version of the PlayStation... Read more...

November 8, 2022

Pokemon Scarlet And Violet Will Require Patch For Online Play Switch

by Donald Theriault - 9:29 am EST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Pokemon Company

The patch isn't Snorlax-sized, but definitely takes big damage from Grass Knot.

The online features of Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will not be ready until launch day.

A day one patch (to version 1.0.1) will be required in order to access all of the game's online features, according to the Pokemon Company. The patches require at least 1GB of space per game to download.

Advertised... Read more...

Pokemon Scarlet And Violet Releases Final Pre-Launch Trailer Switch

by Donald Theriault - 9:18 am EST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Pokemon Company

One last recap before the big show.

A final pre-launch Scarlet and Violet trailer has released to recap everything publicly available prior to the game's launch.

The trailer, set to "Celestial" by Ed Sheeran (a part of the game's official soundtrack) recaps the prior trailers, though it does reveal two Pokemon. Each game will have a special book in which details about a Pokemon are recorded, known as "Great Tusks" in the Scarlet Book and "Iron Treads" in the Violet book.

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