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Issue 234 — May 30, 2021

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Hello, here's issue #234 of Switch Weekly, with all the Nintendo stuff worth seeing from the last seven days, plus a look at what games are on the horizon. Hope your having a lovely Sunday. 😊

So, the past week has been filled with Switch Pro chatter. Earlier in the week my entire Twitter timeline couldn't seem to talk about anything else. The rumour mill was at full power it seems, as lots of suggestions seemed to hint that an announcement is imminent (fueled in part by a renewed report from Bloomberg - linked below). The current line of thinking is that Nintendo will reveal new hardware before E3 — that way publishers can freely announce any 'Switch Pro' titles at the event. For what it's worth I would be very surprised if this new hardware was actually called the 'Switch Pro'. If you think about it for all of thirty seconds it's pretty absurd: Nintendo, the toy company, calling their next hardware 'professional' — doesn't feel right to me. But hey, that's what we've landed on calling it for now, so, so be it. Anyway....

Last week I touched upon how an upcoming Amiibo (the Zelda and Loftwing figurine) was the topic of much discussion on just what these toys should do, and what content people feel they should unlock, if any. I was fairly indifferent on it, but a few folks reached out to point out that it may have been better for this Amiibo to unlock other things, such as in-game cosmetics, as the fast-travel ability it actually has would have made for a good quality of life accessibility win. There's some obvious merit to that line of thought, so I wanted to share the reader feedback here with you all.  

Some more games were added to the Switch Online service last week, bringing the total now available to over 100. It got me to thinking, what other retro games would you like to see added to the service?

Next week we've got just under 35 games coming to the eShop, so another busy one. Full list below as ever.

Big issue to dive into. Remember you can always hit reply to talk to me about anything linked here, or anything Nintendo related for that matter. I'll stop talking now!

Cheers,
Chris âœŒï¸

🎮 Currently Playing — Traffix, Knockout City, New Pokemon Snap

Nintendo plans upgraded Switch replacement as soon as September

Takashi Mochizuki & Debby Wu // Bloomberg

PREVIEW Game Builder Garage teaches the Nintendo way of making games in a clever, deceptively simple way  — This suite of game making tools is out in a few weeks (June 11), and early previews are out now. Alex notes that "it seems like a versatile, powerful, and cleverly-built tool that is going to lead to a slew of utterly brilliant creations".

Alex Donaldson // VG247

▶ Ten new things in Game Builder Garage on Switch

Nintendo Life // YouTube

REVIEW Wonder Boy: Asha In Monster World  — This revived 16-bit classic is "a little rusty" in parts but the "elements that made it such a classic in the first place — the endearing protagonist, the delightful game world — are still present, and all of that still holds up brilliantly even after nearly thirty years".

Kurt Kalata // Nintendo Life

Pokemon Legends Arceus and Pokemon Diamond and Pearl remakes get release dates — November for the remakes. January for Legends — which I was surprised by, seems early.

Adam Bankhurst // IGN

REVIEW Maneater — I described this in last week's issue as a game in which you hunt a shark. I was wrong, you play as the Shark, which is somewhat obvious now when you consider its name. Anyway, this review says it's far from perfect, but is a lot of fun: "It’s the murderous Ecco the Dolphin I didn’t realize I always needed". Here's another review from Toby Mortato for Rapid Reviews UK.

Josh Speer // Hey Poor Player

REVIEW Very Very Valet — "a good attempt to emulate that chaotic co-op party action that the likes of Overcooked and Moving Out have done so well, but its janky controls don’t do it any justice". Here's another review from Jordan Rudek at Nintendo World Report.

Chris Jecks // Twinfinite

REVIEW King of Seas — This procedurally generated pirate adventure is said to start off promisingly, but "soon exposes itself to be a disappointingly shallow experience, one that's happy to dole out repetitive fetch quests and boils the exciting, lawless life of a pirate down to nothing much more than a constant, tiresome grind".

PJ O'Reilly // Nintendo Life

REVIEW Pathway

Toby Andersen // Finger Guns

REVIEW World's End Club

Azario Lopez // Noise Pixel

How many unique ways can you play Super Smash Bros Ultimate? — Wyatt got in touch to share this neat bit of research. He's been figuring out all the possible ways in which you can play a game of Smash Ultimate. When taking into account all fighters, maps, rulesets, items, etc, turns out there's a lot. This 30+ page report lays it all out. There's a video on this report over on the GameXplain channel if you'd rather just the highlights. I tip my hat to Wyatt for this awesome bit of number crunching.

Wyatt Nilsson

 

🎮 Upcoming Releases


All releases are digital, Europe & U.S. unless otherwise stated. 
Release data sourced in collaboration with Switch Scores.
⭐️ = Ones to Watch | ðŸ“¦ = Physical release | 🎮 = Demo available

Monday, May 31

  • Cow Catcher — A 3D wingsuit flight sim, in which you fly down and steal...cows.

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Thursday, June 3

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