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Issue 250 — September 26, 2021

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Hi, Chris here with issue #250 (250!) of Switch Weekly. Let's jump in. 

Yay, Nintendo Direct. If you missed it, you can catch up here. I'm going to run through some of my thoughts quickly now, so brain dump incoming: 

  • Mario Party Superstars having a minigames only mode is a win. Forget the boards, gimme those minigames. 
  • Not my bag, but nice to see more of the Age of Calamity DLC. Arrives late next month.
  • That ChocoboGP Kart racer is Mario Kart with a Final Fantasy skin, even down to the pickups being question mark blocks (subtle). I mean if Nintendo ain't gonna make more kart racing for us, then why not someone else. 🤷‍♂️
  • On October 5th (soon) Sakurai will be revealing the final Smash fighter for Ultimate. No more DLC after this, that's your lot. Let the man rest. 
  • A new Kirby game (which is seemingly part Wall E, part Last of Us) is arriving next spring. Funnily enough Nintendo had this one up on their site before the Direct. Oops.
  • AC:NH fans are about to get a nice big update, as a special Animal Crossing Direct was announced for October. Yes, Nintendo announced a Direct in a Direct. 🤪
  • There was an announcement for some Disney game that straight up confused me as the first 5 seconds of the trailer made me think Mickey was coming to Smash. 😅
  • Triangle Strategy (guess that's the final name) is dated: Febuary 2022.
  • Big news this: Nintendo 64 games are coming to Switch Online (with a catch). I was firmly of the belief that Game Boy titles would come first, but alas not yet. The initial line up looks rather decent. It will cost extra though (as an oddly titled 'Expansion Pack' add-on to the standard NSO membership). To everyone's surprise a handle of Sega Mega Drive / Genesis titles are also on the way. 
  • That long rumoured Castlevania Collection was finally made official. 
  • We got details on the Mario movie - it's coming next year, and has a pretty wild voice cast. Charlie Day as Luigi, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, and Jack Black as Boswer are excellent choices. Not too hot on Chris Pratt as the main man Mario though. We shall see.
  • We got yet another look at Splatoon 3. I just love how committed the Squid Researcher is to the bit. 
  • The show ended with a look at Bayonetta 3. Remember that? It was announced all the way back in 2017, which feels like a different age..... ⏳

Anyway, that's what I considered to be the highlights. A pretty decent Direct I thought. 🙂

Next week there is a staggering amount of games coming to the Switch. I count around 40 games coming to Nintendo's machine across the next seven days. The full list is below. 

Finally, thanks to all those who replied last week with YouTuber suggestions - some really helpful responses. 

Cheers, 
Chris ✌️

🎮 Currently Playing — Cruis'n Blast, SkateBird, The Flame in the Flood

 Nintendo Direct: September 2021 — My highlights are above, but here it is again. 40-minutes of Nintendo news to take in.

Nintendo // YouTube

Nintendo has an exciting 2022 planned

Marcus Stewart // Game Informer

REVIEW Deltarune Chapter 2 offers a brief reprieve in a world that’s still healing —"Creator Toby Fox sets us up for a grand, sweeping adventure".

Ana Diaz // Polygon

 It’s 2021 and Nintendo is selling a Sega Genesis controller (and an N64 one too) — Nintendo selling a Sega controller is very amusing ok.

Chris Plante // Polygon

PREVIEW Voice Of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars

Daniel Tack // Game Informer

REVIEW Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot — "delivers the same high action available on other platforms", but seemingly at a cost performance wise

Heather De Boer // Noisy Pixel

REVIEW The Plane Effect — "might not be a great game, but it is a superb work of art", and one the author claims they will not forget in a hurry.

Matt S // Digitally Downloaded

REVIEW Embr — "As a comment on the tiresome, mundane and exhausting nature of capitalism and zero-hour contracts, Embr: Über firefighters makes a brilliant statement. As a game though, it’s a fine way to spray away a few hours but ultimately, it’s a bit of a damp squib".

Ali Shutler // NME

REVIEW In My Shadow

Mina Smith // Ladies Gamers

INTERVIEW Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania dev on project origins, physics, camera, and more — Good bit of background on this. It's out early October — I've got my copy preordered.

Brian // Nintendo Everything

The best Switch fighting games

Nathan Ellingsworth // Pocket Tactics

ICYMI ▶Cruis'n Blast is a blast on Nintendo Switch

Switch Weekly // YouTube

 

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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

Tuesday, September 28

  • 📦 Agatha Christie: Hercule Poirot: The First Cases — Moustache twirling detective. (Oct 5 in U.S.)
  • Antonball Deluxe — Breakout brick breaking arcade game.
  • ConnecTank — This 2D action adventure sees you making deliveries in a tank.
  • DroneRidge — Fly your drone through 20 grungry atmospheric levels. (Sep 29 in U.S.)
  • G-Darius HD — A high-res port of this 1997 arcade horizontal shoot'em up.
  • Steel Assault — Post-apocalyptic America 2D retro action 16-bit style platformer.
  • UnMetal — Action adventure with plenty of nods to Metal Gear Solid. M for Mature.
  • 🎮 Warp Frontier — An Aussie 2D point and click adventure set in 2215.

Wednesday, September 29

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Friday, October 1

 

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