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Switch Weekly

Issue 254 — October 24, 2021

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Hello, here's issue #254 of Switch Weekly, with your Nintendo update.

Before we get into this week's news, I'd like to start by talking about this newsletter.

As of this issue, Switch Weekly is now five years old. Yep, half a decade ago I was sat at work watching the initial reveal trailer for what we all now know as the Nintendo Switch. I quickly bought the domain, slapped a site together, and started asking folks to sign up for my new little newsletter experiment. A few days later I sent issue #1 to just over a dozen people (I'd love to know if you're still here). Thankfully I send these weekly updates to just a few more of you now (over 8,000 this week). It's been real fun to go back and look at the archives and see what we all thought of the NX/Switch before it was in our hands. Thank you so much for reading over the past five years — I really do hope this is one of the few emails you actually look forward to opening in your inbox. ❤️

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I have a brand new Nintendo-themed crossword puzzle for you to solve. I love putting these together, so please reply if you do give it a go and let me know how you found it — your feedback is handy, and lets me know whether to keep making them. Oh, and please do share them with any Nintendo fans you know who may enjoy a challenge. Here's a little tip: If you go to the 'Reveal' menu and tap 'Show a hint' you'll get another clue to help you out

Finally, we've got another big list of games hitting the Switch next week, with over 30 titles on the way — including Mario Party and Voice of Cards. The full list is below.

Chris ✌️

🎮 Currently Playing — Metroid Dread

▶ Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition Trailer — GTA III, Vice City, and San Andreas arrive on Switch on November 11. The Switch version features specific controls including Gyro aiming, as well as touch screen camera zooming, pans, and menu selections. I'm in for GTA III alone, it's one of my all time faves.

Rockstar Games // YouTube

REVIEW Dying Light Platinum Edition — This first-person platformer/brawler gets "a strong recommendation" here, described as "quite a remarkable achievement". Note: It's currently banned in Germany though...

Mitch Vogel // Nintendo Life

A clouded future: The problem of streaming games on Switch

Jordan Rudek // Nintendo World Report

REVIEW JARS — A Tim Burton-esque "superbly quirky 2D tower defence game that is unfortunately hindered by a clunky menu system and infrequent difficulty spikes".

Alex Harding // Switchaboo

REVIEW Evertried — This roguelite is half puzzler, half tactics, and seemingly "almost faultless in what it attempts to achieve". This review from Mitch Vogel at Nintendo Life also had plenty of praise. 

Ted Hazell // Nintendo World Report

REVIEW Crysis Remastered Trilogy — This trio of once benchmark-setting FPS come to Switch: "a fantastic set of ports that deliver the full-fat super soldier experience with very little in the way of stutters, bugs or other technical failings". 

PJ O'Reilly // Nintendo Life

REVIEW Gleylancer: Modern options elevate a classic 

Ashley Day // Games from the Black Hole

REVIEW Unsighted 

Ted Hazell // Nintendo World Report

▶ The Switch is the house of JRPGs

Luiz Estrella // Nintendo Everything

Nintendo disrespects its own history by making it so hard to play — "relies on nostalgia, but also takes steps to make its past hard to explore".

Grace Benfell // Gamespot

Navigating the multi-Switch household: Or SWOLED makes three — ...for those of you with multiple Switches at home.

Jordan Rudek // Nintendo World Report


🎮 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 26

Wednesday, October 27

Thursday, October 28

  • Abarenbo Tengu & Zombie Nation — A bundle of the Japanese and North American version of this side-scrolling shooter from 1990/91.
  • ⭐️ Black Widow: Recharged — A reimagining of the 1980s Atari arcade classic. Twin-stick shooter.
  • Brain Meltdown - Into Despair — Move two characters at once, one with each hand in this action game - a challenge in single player no doubt, but you can play local co-op.
  • Distraint Collection — Two game bundle. 2D psychological horror adventure. M for Mature..
  • Dragon Hills — Simple fast-paced arcade action. Mobile port.
  • Dusk — 3D first-person FPS with a 90s look. M for Mature. There's a pre-order bonus too.
  • 📦 Gas Guzzlers Extreme — Car combat game. Single player. M for Mature.
  • Happy Game — Creepy art style in this psychedelic horror adventure / puzzler.
  • hexceed — Puzzler. Looks like Minesweeper with hexagons.
  • Jigsaw Finale — 75 jigsaws to solve.
  • 🎮 Jigsaw Fun: Amazing Animals — 100 puzzles, all are animal themed. Touch controls.
  • 🎮 Okinawa Rush — Take on the Black Mantis clan in this ninja action-adventure platformer.
  • Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water — This horror adventure comes to Switch for the first time.
  • The Sokoban — Push boxes in this 'world-renowed' puzzle game. I'm not familiar. 
  • ⭐️ VirtuaVerse — Old-school point and click adventure with a cyberpunk theme. Kinda dig the visuals on this one.
  • ⭐️🎮 Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars — This is that card-based RPG that recently featured in the Nintendo Direct.
  • Zumba Aqua — Nothing fitness related. This is a puzzle game ala Zuma.

Friday, October 29

Saturday, October 30

  • Composer — A 'unique' way to write music on the Switch. (EU release date)

Sunday, October 31


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