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Issue 246 — August 22, 2021

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Hi, Chris here with another round-up of Nintendo news — it's issue #246 of Switch Weekly. 

This week the big focus was Pokemon. The Pokemon Presents (linked below) gave us another glimpse at the upcoming Diamond and Pearl remakes (folks still seem torn on those Chibi characters, however...), and a better look at Legends. I've gotta say, Legends looks a ton better than it did on its initial reveal. I'm not huge on Pokemon anymore — however I am looking forward to Legends, as it seems to be offering a shake up of sorts to the rather tired formula we've had over the past 25 years. I'm optimistic and people seem to like the new Growlithe, but hey people need to get angry over something apparently....so, trees?

There's just under 25 games coming to the Switch next week, including the two Spelunky games, No More Heroes 3, and Baldo — real keen to see how that last one reviews, as it looks just gorgeous. Full list is below as usual. 

Finally, I've had some Switch Weekly stickers made, and I think they're pretty cool. You can see what they look like right here. I'm sending some out to all my lovely patrons, but I also have a handful to giveaway here too. So, if you want one just hit reply to this email and let me know — the first 5 or so folks to message me gets one. Oh, and if you get one I totally want to see where you end up placing it. 😄

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

PREVIEW WarioWare: Get It Together has a twist — character choice matters — There's a demo up for this on the eShop now. Well worth giving it a go. Such a fun blast of silly nonsense. I'm looking forward to this one.

Ryan Gilliam // Polygon

▶ Pokémon Presents

Pokemon // YouTube

Everything announced at Pokémon Presents — If you'd rather not watch the video above, here's a written round-up of what was announced.

Michael McWhertor // Polygon

OPINION 'Pokémon Legends: Arceus makes me so happy'

Abram Buehner // Nintendad

REVIEW Road 96 — "an atmospheric experiment in procedural storytelling that is successful more often than not".

Toby Andersen // Finger Guns

REVIEW Boyfriend Dungeon — An addictive gameplay loop, and good cast result in a "satisfying" dungeon crawling adventure. Here's another review from Nicole Carpenter at Polygon who suggests its "sincerity helps it tackle dark themes with care".

Jenni Lada // Siliconera

REVIEW Garden Story

Kate Gray // Nintendo Life

REVIEW Art of Rally

Ryan Janes // Nintendo Insider

INTERVIEW Love, death, and Margot Tenenbaum: The many inspirations of Spiritfarer — A chat with Nicolas Guérin, Creative Director of the much celebrated 2020 release Spiritfarer. This interview touches upon how the game has been received, its various inpirations, and overall impact. 

Nathan Ellingsworth // Pocket Tactics

Eastward captures some serious GBA charm

Martin Robinson // Eurogamer

Nintendo’s yearslong wait for blue-chip status may soon be over — Nintendo is one of Japan's biggest companies, as such a review of their inclusion in the Nikkei 225 Stock Average index is under review. 

Min Jeong Lee & Eijiro Ueno // 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 23

Tuesday, August 24

Wednesday, August 25

Thursday, August 26

  • Dark Thrones — 2D endless runner.
  • Eternal Hope — Puzzle platformer in a dark, magical world.
  • Garden Paws — 3D farm sim, with crafting, minging, fishing, etc.
  • Green Phoenix — On-rails 3D space shooter with a narrative that explores ego and freedom.
  • Have a Blast — Pilot ships in this galaxy arena multiplayer party game.
  • Instant Farmer — Chill farming puzzler.
  • May's Mysteries: The Secret of Dragonville — Hidden object and brain teaser puzzle adventure.
  • Off The Road Unleashed — An off-road racing sim sandbox.
  • Orbibot — Move a ball-shaped robot around mazes in the physics/logic 3D puzzler.
  • Pretty Girls Panic — An 'M for Mature' puzzler.
  • Secret Neighbor — A sus social horror game for up to six players set in the Hello Neighbor universe, find the intruder.
  • ⭐️ Spelunky — Go deep in this now classic roguelike platformer.
  • ⭐️ Spelunky 2 — A new generation of explorers.
  • Titans Black Ops — 2D action 'jump n gun'.
  • ⭐️ Wildbus — Beat monster with a customizable fighting bus in this adventure RPG. Has a neat visual style. Wait for reviews, but this one looks intriguing.
  • Witch Hunter — 2D endless runner, like a reskinned Dark Thrones from above (the same team).

Friday, August 27

Saturday, August 28


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