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Issue 286— June 12, 2022

Mario Strikers Battle League

Hello, issue #286 of Switch Weekly here, with your Nintendo round-up.

This week has been manic for anyone who covers games, with countless digital presentations to watch and report on. In fact, I've kinda lost count of how many showcases, trailers and sizzle reels that have been hosted this week. However, there is one notable absentee: Nintendo.

Yup, we still (at time of writing) don't have any hint of a Direct announcement from the big N. For context, last year's "E3" Direct (for lack of a better term) took place on June 15th. Maybe Nintendo will go without this year? I mean, they are skipping Gamescom too - typically where they show European press what they revealed at E3. Could them skipping Gamescom be a hint that we shouldn't expect a typical June Direct. I sure hope I'm wrong, and I hope they announce one real soon (there's speculation of course, and Arlo has shared their hopes and dreams nonetheless). But hey, it's weird to watch everyone else make a song and dance about what's coming next, and for Nintendo to be silent.  

In other news Mario Strikers is out now. I opted to skip on picking this one up. The demo didn't grasp me, and the early reviews seemed to suggest it was similar to how the Golf and Tennis games launched — generally a bit lacking. More of this in the issue, including a video from me. (You are subbed to me on YouTube right?) Did you pick it up? I'd love to know how you like it — just hit reply to this email and I'll read it.

Next week sees just over 25 games come to Switch, including the new Turtles game. Full list is below as ever. However, I'll add that there may well be a bunch of shadow drops in the week ahead, so maybe expect more than what's listed?

Big thanks for reading, and hopefully catch you next time post-Direct. 🤞

Cheers,  
Chris

🎮 Currently Playing — Cuphead, Mini Motorways

▶ What the reviews say about Mario Strikers Battle League for Nintendo Switch — Next Level Games third take on this football brawler landed on Switch this Friday. I took a look at the early reviews and bought together some key quotes on what the critical consensus is. If you'd rather not watch, I have a write up of how this one has been received here — however, I'd say it's worth clicking through to the video, if only to see me get hit in the face with a ball.

Switch Weekly // YouTube

REVIEW Mario Strikers Battle League — "the latest in a long line of potentially great Switch games let down by sparse launch content".

Giovanni Colantonio // Digital Trends

Pokémon Sword & Shield Art Director James Turner announces departure from Game Freak to start new studio ‘All Possible Futures’ — The first game from this new studio (coming next year) looks amazing — honestly go check out the gorgeous trailer for 'The Plucky Squire' if you haven't already. Looks wildly inventive and packed with variety. Straight to the top of my wish list.

Alex Winton // Pokecharms

Nintendo wanted hacker's prison sentence to turn heads — This case also seemingly got us confirmation that Nintendo made a new model of the Switch to combat piracy..

Stephen Totilo // Axios

The wild story behind Nintendo’s unannounced 1-2 Switch sequel The sequel to 1-2 Switch is said to be "hiding behind closed doors at Nintendo while the company figures out what to do with it". Interesting piece.

Imran Khan // Fanbyte

REVIEW Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II — "A fantastic port of what just might be one the best RPGs of all time".

Kayleigh Partleton // Pocket Tactics

The best Nintendo Switch cases you can buy I still dig my simple PDP case.

Alice Newcome-Beill // The Verge

 

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