Team Grass all the way!
Earlier today, Nintendo announced that the next Splatfest for Splatoon 3 will be a collaboration with the Pokémon brand. This collab kicks off November 11th, 2022, just one week before Pokémon Scarlet and Violet hits Switch. The theme for this Splatfest pits Grass-type, Fire-type, and Water-type against each other.
There’s no doubt this Splatfest will be an absolutely huge one with players fighting valiantly for their side, but now there’s something in the real world that may be even more feverishly fought over. Nintendo NY has revealed that they’ll be selling real-life versions of this Splatfest’s t-shirts, and they’re going to be exclusive to the store.
Nintendo NY didn’t share when these t-shirts will go up for grabs, but you can bet there’ll be a feeding frenzy once they’re available. Which shirt do you think will be the most popular of the trio?
Sharin' with Sheeran
A few weeks back, singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran popped up in a Pokémon promo video for the 2022 Pokémon World Championships. After that, we learned that the two teamed up for a special music track called Celestial, which will also make appearance in Pokémon Scarlet/Violet. That song got its own music video, and if you missed it, you can check it out here.
Now that you’re up to speed, we can move on to today’s video! After the success of the Celestial music video, Pokemon Co. and Ed Sheeran have released a behind-the-scenes feature that shows off how the project came together. The music video is a unique mix of live-action and animation, so filming wasn’t as straightforward as you’d think! Check out the video above to see how everything came together.
For those who don’t know, this isn’t the first time Pokémon Co. and Sheeran have teamed up, as the two previously paired for a special concert in Pokémon GO last year. Sheeran has, on multiple occasions, professed his longtime Pokémon fan status, so it’s clear these tie-ups go beyond the usual transactional agreements.
Nintendo's gotta be steamed about this
Steam has put out a new video promoting the Steam Deck, but the video is catching some attention from Switch fans, rather than those looking to learn more about Valve’s Switch-like hardware.
The video in particular discusses the fact that the Steam Deck can be purchased without reservation now, and it also rattles off a bunch of fixes, tweaks and changes the portable has gone through. During the spiel, eagle-eyed Switch fans noticed that the ‘Yuzu’ app scrolled by in the background.
For those who don’t know, the Yuzu app allows you to play Switch games on your PC through emulation. This is not an official Nintendo release in any way, shape or form, and while emulation in general is always a hot topic, you can bet many Yuzu users are playing Switch games they didn’t purchase.
Nintendo and Steam certainly have some sort of relationship, as Portal Companion Collection hit Switch not that long ago. You can bet Nintendo won’t be happy about the Yuzu app being in an official Steam video, even if it’s for a split second. We’ll have to keep an eye out to see if Valve ends up editing/yanking the trailer due to the attention it’s getting.
If you want to see the trailer for yourself, we’ve put it below. The Yuzu appearance comes up at the 1:39 mark.
UPDATE: The video has since been removed and Steam has shared a new trailer with the Switch emulator removed. You can see the new video here.
Make room for one more!
Publisher Bandai Namco and developer CyberConnect2 have announced JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle R is getting a DLC character. As if the game didn’t already offer a huge roster, Risotto Nero from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure “Part 5: Golden Wind” will be joining the fight as well.
Risotto Nero is the first of four downloadable characters that you can get in the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle R Season Pass, which is priced at $20.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle R captures the over-the-top art style that is vintage JoJo, allowing you to experience the JoJo universe with powerful imagery as if Hirohiko Araki’s manga had come to life. Now you too can freely move the characters created by Hirohiko Araki with your own hands, and feel as if you’re inside the manga where graphics and text meet to invoke the characteristic “ゴゴゴゴゴ“.
Primed for release
The Pokémon GO collaboration between Amazon Prime and Niantic continues with the ninth Prime Gaming bundle, which is now available to all Pokémon GO trainers with an Amazon Prime subscription.
This time around, here’s what the Prime Gaming bundle will get you.
- 20x Ultra Balls
- 5x Max Revive
- 1x Poffin
If you want to pick up your Prime Gaming bundle, you can do so through this link.
X marks the spot
Another challenge awaits in Pokémon GO. Xerneas is appearing in Raids Battles starting October 8th, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. local time, and the Pokémon will be sticking around until October 20, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. local time. The last time Xerneas was part of Raid Battles was on July 18th, 2021.
Xerneas is a Fairy-type Legendary Pokémon originally discovered in the Kalos region. Legends say this Pokémon slept for a thousand years in the form of a tree before its revival and can share eternal life.
Learn which Pokémon will be most effective in Raid Battles against Xerneas, how to catch Xerneas after winning a Raid Battle, and how best to use the Life Pokémon after you’ve caught it.
If you want to read the tips and tricks, you can find Pokémon Co’s feature here.
Lighting the way
We’re roughly one week out from Pokemon GO’s Litwick Community Day, which takes place on Oct. 15th from 2 to 5 PM local time. In advance of that event, Niantic has shared a new promo video to spotlight Litwick, and get Trainers prepared for their next Community Day adventure. You can check out the spot above.
Evolve Lampent (Litwick’s Evolution) during the event or up to five hours afterward to get a Chandelure that knows the Charged Attack Poltergeist (Trainer Battles: 140 power, Gyms and raids: 140 power).
On top of that, for US$1.00 (or the equivalent pricing tier in your local currency), you’ll be able to access the Litwick Community Day–exclusive Special Research story, Field Notes: Trick of the Light. Stay tuned for when tickets for the Special Research story go live.
Bonin' and pwnin'
If you haven’t been able to tell over the last year, Nintendo absolutely loves to come up with themed suggestions for Switch owners. Nintendo spends time thinking about any/every possible way they can lump together Switch games for an article, and they’re back today with yet another grouping.
In step with the month of October, Nintendo has put together a list of Switch games that features skeletons. You thought Nintendo was done with spooky suggestions after their ‘Creepy Games with Demos’ feature earlier this week? Apparently not, and it seems like they’re just getting started!
Want to check out some Switch games with skeletons to get you into the Halloween spirit? Nintendo’s list includes some of their own games, along with a bunch of third party options. You can see which games made Nintendo’s short list here.
A spooky character for a spooky month
Kasumi, Death’s Howl is the newest Damage Champion in the free-to-play fantasy team shooter Paladins. In the trailer above, Hi-Rez has shown off everything that the character has to offer. Give it a watch and see if Kasumi’s right for your style of play!
Kasumi is a haunting apparition that lives—despite her own death—to torment and curse her victims. Tied passionately to this Realm, she is unwavering in her pursuit of vengeance upon those who have wronged her.
Kasumi brings an eerie Yokai Doll to the fights. As she grips, twists, and stabs it, her target finds themselves disoriented and hurting. As a ghost, Kasumi is able to travel as an ethereal projection of herself. She can also place near-invisible traps that will later allow her to teleport right behind unsuspecting enemies. When the suffering of her prey culminates, Kasumi effectively turns them into a bomb as they explode with pain, damaging nearby allies.
Protect Spunky at all costs!
The Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl roster just landed itself another classic Nicktoons character. Rocko, the titular character from Rocko’s Modern Life, is finally available in-game, and you can see what he has to offer in the video above. You can grab Rocko individually for $5 or as part of the Season Pass for $12.
Brawl it out as your favorite Nickelodeon characters in bombastic platform battles! With a power-packed cast of heroes from the Nickelodeon universe, face-off with all-stars from SpongeBob Squarepants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Loud House, Danny Phantom, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, The Wild Thornberrys, Hey Arnold!, Rugrats, and more to determine ultimate animation dominance. With unique move sets and attacks inspired by their personalities, each character has an individual style of play enabling endless action for Nickelodeon’s legion of fans. Select your favorite and then let the intense brawls begin with online and local multiplayer action.
Get to know the Daywalker
Blade is one of the few Marvel characters that made a name for himself in greater pop culture before the MCU hit, but there’s so much more to the character’s history. In the latest trailer for Marvel’s Midnight Suns, we get to see all the trials and tribulations the Daywalker has gone through. Settle in for a history lesson and give the video above a watch!
Called “Daywalker,” Blade is a dhampir: a half-human, half-vampire hybrid with the strength, stamina, and senses of a vampire and the sunlight tolerance of a human. A creature of the underground, Blade patrols the city’s rain-slicked alleys, abandoned warehouses, and secret nightclubs in the name of one obsessive mission: eradicate the undead from the world of the living.
This single-minded determination was born of tragedy: Blade’s human mother was murdered by a vampire’s bite during his birth. This heartbreak gave Blade the innate gifts that have allowed him to become a living weapon. Blade has used his enhanced abilities to master nearly every martial art and weapon form known to humankind, though he often favors the smooth speed of the katana.
Way to go!
We’ve already shared the news of No Man’s Sky launching for Switch today, but this launch happens to come alongside the 4.0 update to the game on other platforms. This update, dubbed Waypoint, is already included in the Switch release (physically and digitally), but the above trailer gives a good look at just what this update adds.
Hello Games has been working hard on the Waypoint update, and it changes an absolute ton with the core No Man’s Sky experience. Version 4.0 has overhauled fundamental elements of gameplay including game modes, inventory size and usability, milestones, journey cataloguing and much more.
The breakdown of everything in this update is a bit mind-boggling, but thankfully, Hello Games has put together a huge splash page that shows off everything included. If you want to sift through what this update has to offer, you can find the full details here.
We already knew that The Rumble Fish 1 and 2 were getting physical releases, but now we know when we can lock in a pre-order. Limited Run Games has revealed that fighting game fans will be able to plop down their cash for these titles come October 11th, 2022.
If you’re looking to just pick up The Rumble Fish 2, that game is getting a standalone release for $35. As you can see above, that will get you a game box and game card, and that’s about it.
If you want to get The Rumble Fish 1 as well, you’ll have to go with the Rumble Fish 2 Collector’s Edition, which is priced at $70. Please note that this is a download code for The Rumble Fish, and not a game card. Here’s everything that package includes:
- Physical Copy of The Rumble Fish 2 for Nintendo Switch
- The Rumble Fish 2 Collector’s Edition Box
- The Rumble Fish Download Code
- 3 DLC The Rumble Fish 2 Characters
- The Rumble Fish Soundtrack
- The Rumble Fish Art Book
- The Rumble Fish 2 Strategy Guide
- Command List
If you want to get a closer look at both of these packages, you can check out the Limited Run Games shop here.
Now that we’re 5+ years into the Switch’s lifespan, the platform’s library is filled with so-called ‘impossible’ ports. One of the most recent games to receive that fan-given tag is NieR:Automata The End of YoRHa Edition, as many thought the Switch could never handle this adventure. Thankfully, yet again, we’ve seen that the Switch indeed makes the impossible possible.
In the video above, the Digital Foundry team takes a very close look at NieR:Automata The End of YoRHa Edition to see just how the Switch port came together, and also compare it to the other versions of the game. Obviously there have been some concessions, but it’s still amazing to see just how close this Switch port came to its source release.
As they do with all Switch games, Digital Foundry offers an insanely deep, technical look at NieR:Automata The End of YoRHa Edition. If you’re not up-to-speed on technical jargon, you might get lost in the weeds a bit. Still, everyone should be able to follow along with most of the content, and it certainly gives a fascinating look at how this game was pieced together on Switch.
Cat got your tongue?
CyberStep Inc. has announced that Isekai Bride Hunting: Meir Edition is now available on the Switch. This title is priced at $8 and takes up 125 MB of space. Isekai Bride Hunting: Meir Edition includes Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, and Traditional Chinese language options.
While Isekai Bride Hunting came to Switch back in May of this year, Isekai Bride Hunting: Meir Edition is a short version of that original title that focuses on Meir Ellulu Quartz of the Cat Tribe.
A few decades ago, new continents suddenly began to appear all over the world. Those continents were inhabited by elves, beasts, vampires, and other beings. Incredibly, the Earth has merged with another world. Then the world began to change dramatically… Marriages between different races are becoming more and more common, and now getting an Isekai wife is all the rage! The main character, a businessman, also started looking for a bride from another world…
Girls came pouring in for him…! He’s finally popular?! And, the world is trying to kill him…!
The protagonist sought a place where he could live in peace, and decided to establish his own country in this other world.