Switch surpasses PS3 and Xbox 360, plus OLED impressions

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Issue 244 — August Sunday, 2021

Nintendo Switch OLED

Hey, hope you're doing good. Here's issue #244 of Switch Weekly.

Nintendo shared updated earnings and sales data earlier this week, with the Switch now sitting at 89 million units sold — this puts it past the lifetime sales of both the PS3 and Xbox 360, and it's quickly catching up with Wii. Impressive stuff. The Wii U days are but a distant memory... 

However, despite the solid sales milestone, things have finally slowed down when compared year over year. This is no surprise as the entertainment industry as a whole saw a huge uptick in the early months of the pandemic — and things are now coming back down to earth. I’m sure I don’t need to remind you that Animal Crossing landed on Switch just as most of the world entered some form of lockdown — that combo of a hot new anticipated release, and folks spending more time at home was a perfect, if not somewhat bittersweet combo for Nintendo. As a result of the slowdown this quarter, Nintendo's share price took a nearly ten percent hit — that's the biggest fall in over two years. 

Anyway, a few lucky members of the press had some hands on time with the upcoming OLED model — as such I've linked up a few previews below. 

There's nearly 25 games coming to Switch next week, and the full list is below. 

Oh, and just because I feel like telling you: I had my second vaccine today. Yay for science! You can't help but feel a fleeting moment of optimism when getting it — however, the reality of our collective experience is far from being truly normal. Onwards!

That's all from me,
Chris ✌️

🎮 Currently Playing — The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, Kirby's Dream Course

PREVIEW Nintendo Switch OLED hands-on: A small yet meaningful upgrade — "It’s difficult to describe how transformative the display is without coming across as hyperbolic". Here a few other previews of Nintendo's upcoming hardware refresh:

Jade King // The Gamer

The Great Ace Attorney takes aim at the British Empire but doesn’t pull the trigger — A spoiler heavy editorial touching upon the stuggles of a game about truth and justice set during an era of colonisation and empire.

Jay Castello // Polygon

REVIEW PICROSS S GENESIS & Master System edition — Sounds like another solid entry in the Picross S series from Jupiter, but one that doesn't really make the best use of the SEGA IP available to it.

Mitch Vogel // Nintendo Life

▶ REVIEW Dodgeball Academia — This has some lovely animation, and fun writing too.

Will Cruz // The Escapist (YouTube)

REVIEW Haven Park — A relaxing enough game "that soon veers into repetition and boredom" and "seriously needs more original ideas".

Trevor Gould // Pure Nintendo

We misinterpret why Virtual Console matters

Abram Buehner // Big Daddy Gaming

REVIEW Neo: The World Ends With You — "Breathing new life into the series while respecting what made it great to begin with [...] A fantastic return".

Nathan Ellingsworth // Pocket Tactics

REVIEW The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD — "In 2011, I joined the chorus of fans poo-poo’ing Skyward Sword for its long list of grievances. In 2021, I not only appreciate Skyward Sword HD—I consider it one of the best Zelda games ever made.".

Jay Rooney // Level Up Media


📊 Switch is on a record breaking pace

Image via: Bloomberg

 

🎮 Upcoming Releases


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

Monday, August 9

  • Magnus Failure — Atmospheric, mysterious adventure with a rough sketch like aesthetic. (EU release date)

Tuesday, August 10

  • Black Book — Card-based RPG / adventure - take on mythological creatures.
  • Button City — Low-poly 90s-esque narrative adventure about animals, friendship, and arcades.
  • Super Hiking League DX — Vertical mountain platformer with a competetive element.

Wednesday, August 11

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Friday, August 13

 

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