Dreadful emulation, Sora in Smash, and OLED envy

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Issue 252 — October 10, 2021

Metroid Dread

Hello, Chris here with issue #252 of Switch Weekly. 

I had to tear myself away from playing Metroid to actually sit down and get this week's issue together — hats off to Mercury Steam, it's rather good. 😁

Beyond Metroid, this week also saw new hardware arrive with the fancy new OLED model. I said to myself I wasn't going to get one (my original Switch still works fine!) — but seeing lots of you sharing your pick-ups on Twitter and over on the Discord has proven mighty tempting. 😆 BTW, if anyone wants an invite to the Switch Weekly Discord, just hit reply and let me know, it's a rather nice, inclusive community if I do say so myself.

Anyway, a big issue this week with plenty for you to check out. Just under 30 games are coming over the next seven days, including Disco Elysium. 

That's all from me.  

Chris ✌️

🎮 Currently Playing — Metroid Dread, Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz

REVIEW Metroid Dread - A sublime return for a Nintendo icon — "A stylish, visually sumptuous return for 2D Metroid, and an adventure that proudly sits alongside the series' best".

Martin Robinson // Eurogamer

▶ What the critics think of Metroid Dread — I collected a few choice quotes from the early reviews of Metroid Dread to get an overview of what the opinion on this new Samus adventure is. Please do take a look, leave a comment saying hey, and maybe sub if you aren't already. 🙂

Switch Weekly // YouTube

Metroid Dread is already running on Switch emulators — Kotaku rightly came under a lot of fire this weekend for this ill-judged story highlighting how the latest Metroid release can be played using an emulator. The game came out just two days ago, and the tone of this article was essentially nudge-nudge wink-winking at readers at how to go about playing it illegally. The story has since been edited, and I note they've also tweaked the headline. Emulators have a place sure, particularly when it comes to preservation, but this is not what this story was about – this piece, as it originally read, was about straight-up piracy. Chris Scullion posted an excellent rebuttal of some common retorts in defense of such pirating. The game is excellent, you should get it.

Zack Zwiezen // Kotaku

▶ REVIEW Nintendo Switch OLED model: A brilliant display upgrade - but is that enough? — The usual excellent technical analysis we've come to expect from the always great Digital Foundry. The screen on the new OLED model does look superb — I totally don't have OLED envy right now. 😅 Here's a review round-up if you want some other takes to read through.

Digital Foundry // YouTube

The best Switch OLED model games to play on the new console

Nathan Ellingsworth // Pocket Tactics

▶  Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Battling with Sora — Masahiro Sakurai presents the final DLC character for Smash Ultimate in this 40-minute video. For those unaware, Sora from the Kingdom Hearts series is the final pick — a hugely popular and oft-requested character that I can only imagine was a rights nightmare to get added because... Disney. The Kingdom Hearts games will be coming to Switch, as Cloud versions — more on that in the link below. The Smash roster is an absolute triumph and a wild celebration of all things videogaming. Now let's hope Sakurai gets some rest.

Nintendo // YouTube

▶  We need to talk about Kingdom Hearts and Nintendo Switch Cloud Games.... — Curious as to why Kingdom Hearts for Switch are Cloud versions, rather than ports? This video does a good job of digging into why that may be.

Modern Vintage Gamer // YouTube

Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto Trilogy finally official, launching later this year —Any excuse to replay GTA III and I am in.

Matt Wales // Eurogamer

REVIEW Tetris Effect: Connected — "It takes a stroke of genius to make a game as codified in the collective unconsciousness as Tetris unique again, and yet here we are".

Ricky Berg // Nintendo Wire

REVIEW Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl — "a solid platform fighter with an awful lot of hidden depth, and also an unfortunate lack of polish outside the fighting".

Alex Olney // Nintendo Life

REVIEW Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan — "a lovely, family-friendly adventure".

Jaz Sagoo // COG Connected

REVIEW No Longer Home — "a semi-autobiographical adventure with a great deal of emotional depth".

James Law // NME

PREVIEW Oxenfree II — "a promising evolution of everything people enjoyed about the original, from the walkie-talking expanding dialogue to the time tears expanding exploration and puzzle-solving".

John Friscia // Nintendo Enthusiast


🎮 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

Tuesday, October 12

  • ⭐️ Disco Elysium - The Final Cut — You're an amnesiac detective in this murder mystery. No combat in this non-traditional critically acclaimed RPG. M for Mature.
  • 📦 Monster Crown — Hunt, battle, and tame monster in this action adventure RPG. The visuals have a stong 'early Pokemon' vibe.

Wednesday, October 13

  • Catty & Batty: The Spirit Guide — Casual black and white couch co-op puzzler.
  • Critadel — A 'hardcore' action platformer with GBA-style visuals.
  • Immortus Temporus — A puzzle game designed with speedrunning in mind.
  • Lumione — Looks like Celeste, but under the sea.
  • Nira — Sandbox survival adventure (with crafting, fighting, farming, etc). (Oct 14 in U.S.)
  • Starlight Alliance — 3D sci-fi action RPG in a dystopian future. Says around 15 hrs of gameplay.

Thursday, October 14

  • A Little Golf Journey — Looks like quite a nice zen golf game.
  • Aeon Must Die — A rather stylish looking beat'em-up action game.
  • Aliens Drive Me Crazy — Mobile port action platformer.
  • Bonito Days — A chill 'momentum-based' party game for four. Think: lazy summer days.
  • Dungeon Encounters — A real labyrinth of dungeon exploration in this strategy RPG.
  • Evil Tonight — Action adventure with puzzles to solve. Horror theme.
  • 🎮 Fight of Animals: Arena — 'Meme animals' fighter for four players both offline and on.
  • Henchman Story — Interactive visual novel with comedic comic book themes.
  • Hextones — Matchup puzzle game on a hexagonal grid.
  • Inspector Waffles — Feline detective solves a high-profile murder case. 
  • Mon Amour — Arcade game which kinda plays like Flappy Bird, but has kissing, jazz, scat-singing and a rather quirky vibe. Watch the trailer.
  • rRootage Reloaded — A remaster of this bullet hell arcade shooter. (EU release)
  • Ruin Raiders — Turn-based tactical roguelike set in an ancient, ever-shifting civilization.
  • Tears of Avia — 3D fantasy themed turn-based strategy and tactics game.
  • The Good Life — A murder mystery 'debt-repayment RPG' in which you can transform into other animals. (Oct 15 in U.S.)
  • The Jackbox Party Pack 8 — A new collection of five party games, including an animated version of Drawful.
  • The Sundew — Play as a cyborg cop in this dark point and click set in 2054 Japan.
  • Waifu Discovered 2: Medieval Fantasy — A vertical shooter but you seemingly play on top of pictures of scantily dressed 'medieval maidens'. M for Mature.

Friday, October 15


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