Nintendo and Illumination recently released a fancy poster for the upcoming Super Mario Bros. animated movie, and today the duo is back with another poster ahead of the movie’s release.
This poster gives us a look at the training montage that was seen in one of the first trailers for The Super Mario Bros. Movie. The snippet we see in the trailer shows Mario fumbling his way through an obstacle course at the start of his journey. This poster shows that Mario has more than come into his own, and he’s ready to take on Bowser in the ultimate showdown!
The Super Mario Bros. Movie is set to arrive in theaters in North America on April 7th, 2023.
Get ready for one-liners
When Marvel’s Midnight Suns arrives on Switch, you can expand your adventure with Deadpool in The Good, The Bad, and The Undead, the first DLC for the game. Deadpool joins the team as an in-your face damage dealer wielding 10 unique Hero abilities. Plus, enjoy new story missions, a tasty new Abbey Upgrade, and some stylish cosmetics for everyone’s favorite Merc! You can get a look at all of that ahead of the Switch launch in the new dev livestream above.
A talented athlete and martial artist, Wade Wilson joined the US Army Special Forces as soon as he was old enough to leave home, but was kicked out for refusing to follow orders that didn’t align with his moral code. Following a subsequent spell as a globetrotting mercenary assassin, Wade was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer and volunteered for the Canadian government’s Weapon X program, which was attempting to imbue a regular human with Wolverine’s mutant healing factor. The procedure was considered a success; Wade’s healing factor heals him more quickly than cancer can kill him, but since his cancerous cells can never die, his body is permanently covered in welts and scars.
Aside from his superhuman healing factor, Deadpool is known for being unstable and unpredictable, loving Mexican food, and frequently breaking the fourth wall with an endless supply of witty banter. Deadpool is fully aware that he’s a fictional character, and successfully campaigned to join the Midnight Suns on social media by promising everything from katana skills and ninja reflexes to zany quips and a mean pancake recipe.
Deadpool is armed with two semiautomatic pistols, dual katanas, and frag grenades—but it’s his ability to passively heal a percentage of his health each turn as well as his unique En Fuego resource that make him such an effective addition to your Midnight Suns team. Most of Deadpool’s abilities deal damage to individual enemies; as he KOs them, it fills his En Fuego meter to buff any of his ability cards that include the En Fuego keyword. Depending on the card in question and how many stacks of En Fuego Deadpool currently has, buffs include increased damage, reduced Heroism cost, status effect duration, and more.
Sounds like a good idea
TLR Games is happy to announce that IDEA, their new exploration platforming game, will finally arrive on Switch March 8th, 2023. The date has been revealed in a trailer that celebrates that IDEA won the Best Visual Design Award at the IndieCade 2022. This preview includes new areas of the game and a relevant change in the naming of users’ messages, which are now called Spirits.
Inspired by the award-winning short film of the same name by Olli Huttunen, IDEA is a physics-based exploration game with platforming elements that invites players to discover a beautiful, savage world as they help their ideas find their place in the world.
The game sets you on a journey of awe-inspiring beauty, exploring gorgeous landscapes from a bird’s eye view recorded in 4K resolution, with no loading times between screens. Spark an idea, represented by a white lightbulb, and send it forth to find its place in the world. Watch your idea from the sky, bouncing and falling, and help it when it gets stuck before the music ends.
If you find your destination, your idea will bloom into a piece of visual art, a short clip of beauty and marvel. But sometimes, it won’t be able to advance, and its journey will end there – but it won’t be for anything: it can help other people’s ideas in the future, or even yourself. Write a thought, a piece of a song, or a verse, and share it. Now is out there, forever, for all the world to see. And when you begin a new journey, you’ll see other people’s ideas. Save your favourite ones, and see how many people have saved yours.
IDEA has won several awards since it was announced in early 2022, and became finalist of the prestigious Sense of Wonder Night at the Tokyo Games Show, last September. The game follows similar principles as The Longest Road on Earth (of which TLR Games are co-creators): a soothing, poetic experience, focused on the feelings and meanings that the intersection between art, music, and gameplay can create. You can follow the development of IDEA on Steam.
Bushiroad Inc. announced the official release and sale of the additional download contents of the digital card game “Cardfight!! Vanguard Dear Days.”
Additional Download Contents Vol. 1 for “Cardfight!! Vanguard Dear Days”, which lets you enjoy playing the popular card game “Cardfight!! Vanguard” as a digital game, is now on sale!
With an impressive lineup of contents such as Additional Card Set Vol. 1 [D-BT06] Blazing Dragon Reborn, new Character Sets for Urara Haneyama and Raika Koshiba, as well as additional Trial Decks!
▲Additional Card Set Vol.1 [D-BT06]: Blazing Dragon Reborn
Cards from Booster Pack 06: Blazing Dragon Reborn and some other PR cards will be unlocked. Additional cards can be obtained by buying the pack “D-BT06 Blazing Dragon Reborn” via in-game shop or by crafting.
▲Rare Card Set 10 [D-BT06]: Blazing Dragon Reborn
This set includes 1 copy of each card in FFR or FR treatment. In order to use the cards included in the DLC, purchase of the “Additional Card Pass” or “Additional Card Set Vol.1 [D-BT06]: Blazing Dragon Reborn” will be required.
Utilize these characters as Fighters or as CPUs together with their corresponding sleeves in their respective Character Sets.
▲Additional Deck (Free Downloadable Content)
Each Additional Deck includes the deck recipe and the cards of Trial Deck. These contents are available for download from the My Nintendo Store.
Back at the very beginning of September, we learned that Session: Skate Sim was seeing a Switch release, thanks to a Taiwanese rating. Following that, a Session: Skate Sim eShop page went up, and it showed the game as arriving on March 16th, 2023. Today brings us news that we’ll be able to play the game even sooner than that.
According to the latest information straight from the developer, Switch owners in North America will be able to pick up Session: Skate Sim starting March 9th, 2023. The March 16th, 2023 date is still in place for the rest of the world.
You’ll be able to pick up the base game for $60, the Deluxe Edition for $70, and the Warm-up Pack DLC for $20. For those wondering, here’s what you’ll find in the Deluxe Edition and the Warm-up Pack.
- Session: Skate Sim
- Péitruss skatepark in Luxembourg
- A new training area: the Hangar
- An exclusive prisoner outfit
- 2 exclusive grip tapes
Skate the Péitruss skatepark in Luxembourg, practice in the dedicated Hangar area, and customize your skater and skateboard with a prisoner outfit and exclusive grip tapes.
Inspired by the golden age of street skating – the 1990s – Session: Skate Sim lets you experience true skateboarding and its culture: no scoring system; just you, your spot and your imagination! There’s no need for judges to tell you that your noseslide or varial heelflip are perfect for this spot. And because certain locations are iconic, the developers have added several of them to the game for you to skate in and express your creativity, including Black Hubbas (New York City), Brooklyn banks (New York City), FDR Park (Philadelphia) and many other spots.
Not a bait and Switch?
Just last month, the gang at eXputer claimed they’d seen ‘graphic evidence’ that confirms a remake of Baten Kaitos is in the works, and it’s set to arrive on Switch sometime in Summer 2023. This remake would once again involve Bandai Namco and Monolith Soft, along with Nintendo overseeing everything.
Things were pretty quiet on that rumor until today, which brings us a supposed piece of artwork promoting the release. You can hit the jump to have a look at that artwork.
Taking aim at Switch next week
As we’ve already shared, Rogue Games, the meanest publisher in all the West, and dastardly developer David Marquardt Studios have announced that award-winning twin-stick cover-based shooter Dust & Neon will arrive in town February 16th, 2023 on Switch. Switch gamers can pre-order the game today via the Nintendo Store at 20% off.
Want a closer look at the game? Today brings us a new gameplay video featuring commentary from Rogue CEO, Matt Casamassina and Sr. Design Manager, Craig Harris as they share some exciting details.
Spin your spurs as the mysterious cyborg gunslinger with no name and make your mark in the most vicious Wild West tale this side of the apocalypse! Take on armies of robotic baddies with your favorite shootin’ iron and reload those chambers with perfect timing. Will it be the good ‘ole Furious Dual Barrel Embrace of Death or the Frenetic Top Loaded Twenty-Two? In Dust & Neon, keep your guns loaded or dig an early grave.
The party of the decade
Did you know Jackbox Games has been releasing Party Packs since 2014?!? Each year, the team works tirelessly to create a Party Pack with five hilarious party games that give players the opportunity to be creative, funny, intelligent, and make wild amounts of fart jokes. So, what’s next?
The Jackbox Party Pack 10 is coming to all major platforms this fall! The 10th Party Pack is a huge milestone for Jackbox Games and the team is excited for players to be able to enjoy this new pack of party games in English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish.
In the coming months, Jackbox will be sharing details and behind the scenes looks at the five games the team is building for the tenth Party Pack. In addition, the Jackbox Games team will be highlighting one Party Pack per month leading up to the release of The Jackbox Party Pack 10. There will be behind the scenes tidbits from the development process, special livestreams with members of the development team and heavily discounted Steam codes for the Pack of the Month in the official Jackbox Games shop.
The day of reckoning has come
Bohemia Interactive is announcing the release of Vigor Chronicles: Reckoning, the latest chapter in the series for their free-to-play looter-shooter, Vigor. The new update, which releases on February 8th, 2023, introduces the new Shootout map, Myren, and the new Bear Trap consumable. Players will be able to progress through a post-apocalyptic Battle Pass with lots of “Dieselpunk” references. Equip yourself with the new M4A1 Assault Rifle and use it as the tool of your reckoning.
This new update holds many exciting new additions and most of them were highly requested by Vigor’s community! There is also a brand-new addition to the lore in the Outlands with 7 new Cassettes available and ready to be collected from Loot Events in the Encounters.
- Chronicles: Reckoning Battle Pass
- New weapon: M4A1
- Bear Trap
- New Shootout Map: Myren
- New thrilling story on 7 cassette tapes
- “Vote to Kick” system for AFK Elimination players
- Performance mode on Xbox Series X (Uncapped frame rate)
- Weapons skins are visible in Shootout & Elimination
- Map-specific loadouts for Shootout
- Revamped packs: Vigor - Frozen Armageddon and Vigor - The Last King of DayZ
Pack it up and head out
Malapata Studio, an Andalusian indie videogame studio releases its first IP: Camper Van: Make it Home.
Camper Van: Make it Home is a cozy videogame for camperizing vans which will take you to discover a story through the objects, adventures and experiences of its protagonist. Inspired by the relaxing experience of Unpacking, it will make the gamers live a journey of personal discovery. Its release is scheduled for 2024 for Switch.
To make the wait more bearable, the studio is creating a Dev Diary of the day to day in the form of reels (Instagram) and on TikTok showing the development of the game. Malapata Studio shares a first glimpse of their progress, the ideas they have and how they solve as a team the difficulties they face as an indie studio working on their first project in the industry.
In Camper Van: Make It Home, gamers will be able to camperize their own van and will embark on a journey of personal discovery while creating a space as creative as useful to organize all their belongings.
The game allows gamers to delve into the story of its protagonist, who leaves behind her comfortable and monotonous life to dare to explore a nomadic, more natural, and environmentally aware one. This title invites us to discover the experiences the main character goes through on each trip thanks to the objects she carries with her, the ones she collects, the ones that undergo changes, and the ones she leaves behind.
The journey starts with a totally empty van in a charming destination. In the process of camperizing, it will be possible to add as much furniture as space allows. Once furnished, the goal will be to store and sort all the traveler’s belongings, which will be available in a pack list. Not only is it possible to decorate the space inside the van, but also the exterior is customizable.
Once the process of camperizing and organizing is finished, it will be the time to move on to the next journey. What will be the destination? For that, we will still have to wait a little longer.
Shake shake shake
Looks like we’ve had a considerable leak before today’s Nintendo Direct, and it reveals the return of a fan-favorite SEGA franchise.
According to screenshots and art, SEGA will be bringing back the Samba de Amigo series for Switch. The new installment, dubbed Samba de Amigo: Party Central, looks to offer an experience quite close to the original, albeit with a refreshed look, new songs and a different vibe.
Samba de Amigo: Party Central marks the return of the rhythm action series with a playlist that will get you and your friends moving thanks to 40 hits from the world’s most popular genres including EDM, pop, Latin, and more. Plus, with a wide variety of mini-games and challenges to enjoy; a ton of unique costumes and accessories to unlock and wear; and new online features – including an 8-player World Party mode, there’s plenty of fuel to ignite the party!
We should end up seeing if this leak is legit or not during today’s Nintendo Direct!
Give this one more look
As we’ve already shared, GrimGrimoire OnceMore, the real-time strategy game from developer Vanillaware and publisher NIA America, will be released for Switch on April 4th, 2023 in North America and April 7th, 2023 in Europe. A physical “Deluxe Edition” will be sold for $49.99 USD, and the “Limited Edition” from the NIS Online Store is still available. A new gameplay trailer for the title has been released today, and you can check it out above.
GrimGrimoire OnceMore is a remaster of the original GrimGrimoire, featuring the fantastical worldbuilding and intricate storytelling Vanillaware is known for, as well as real-time tactical gameplay with new, improved mechanics.
With an altered screen ratio and updated resolution, the beauty of GrimGrimoire becomes even more magical! Command your familiars in real-time strategy battles to complete stage missions, turning the tides with your all-new Grand Magic spells. Make full of use of the added Skill Tree to acquire more abilities, and complete your Tactical Notebook to learn more about the world!
Thunderful & Megagon Industries are kitting you out with today’s free update for Lonely Mountains: Downhill. In the gnarliest recap for the game yet, Daily Rides Season 21: Rock ‘N’ Ride is honouring some of the classic genres in rock music with more content than a Van Halen guitar solo! Pull on your battle jackets and get ready to rock out with fresh new outfits and accessories in this latest update on Switch.
In Season 21 you’ve got a first-class ticket to ride with these cool new cosmetic items:
- Cause some anarchy in the mountains in the Punk outfit.
- Ride down that highway to hell in style with the Hard Rock outfit.
- Channel the true spirit of a rocker on the road with one of three new backpacks: the Guitar, Bass Guitar and Keyboard!
- When you see a red bike don’t you want it painted black? Introducing Black Lightning, the new paint job that will satiate your desires.
- Protect yourself when you enter the sand, man in the Heavy Metal outfit.
Sugar, we’re going down this hill wearing our hearts on our sleeves in the new Emo outfit. Daily Rides is also a cross-platform daily leaderboard competition: Each day one trail will be selected randomly, complete with new obstacles and shortcuts. The four-week season offers up a new theme with unlockable cosmetic rewards for participants. Do you have what it takes to dominate the new season? Get riding and see if you can rise to the top of the leaderboard!
Did you pick one up?
As part of their Q3 Fiscal Year report, Nintendo shared some insight into sales of the Switch in general. When it came to the Switch OLED in particular, Nintendo shared that not only are new customers picking up the OLED, but current Switch owners jumped in as well.
The diversification of motives for purchase by consumers underpinned sales of all three models in the Nintendo Switch family of systems. In addition to first-time purchases, we are seeing many consumers choose Nintendo Switch – OLED Model as a replacement or as an additional purchase.
Along with that, Nintendo shared that they continue to see a very wide range of ages enjoying Switch and its games.
…As the hardware install base grows, many people continue to play Nintendo Switch in a variety of ways. Moreover, people across a wide range of ages from children to seniors are playing Nintendo Switch. Nintendo Switch is in an environment where titles are available to a wider audience than ever before, and multiple new titles released in this period saw significant growth in unit sales.
A bit of a Switch slide
As we reported yesterday, Nintendo revised their fiscal year projections for total Switch sales downward to 18 million units total. That is a revision of 1 million units, and it appears the culprit is a weaker holiday season than Nintendo anticipated.
According to Nintendo’s fiscal year report, sell-in of hardware units during the third quarter was generally in line with expectations. However, hardware sell-through during the holiday season did not perform as expected, and therefore the unit sales forecast for the fourth quarter has been modified.
Along with that, the software unit sales forecast has been modified as well, largely due to taking into consideration the modification of the hardware unit sales forecast.