Mama mia, that's a spicy pizza!
As we the Super Mario Bros. animated movie from Nintendo and Illumination draws closer, companies are scrambling to cash in on the hype in any way possible. While that’s resulted in all sorts of toys and merch so far, fans in Germany can look forward to a tasty treat arriving soon.
Freiberger is a company known for producing all kinds of pizzas, and their latest creation is a collaboration with Nintendo. Both a Mario & Luigi and a Wario & Waluigi pizza are in the works, and they’ll officially launch in Germany on February 6th, 2023.
With the Mario & Luigi pizza, you can expect a spicy mixture of chorizo salami and spicy Calabrese-style salami cubes for a “Triple Salami Explosion”. As for Wario & Waluigi, the “Four Cheese Deluxe” combines mozzarella, red cheddar, Emmental and Gorgonzola, topped with Sweet Sprinkles.
Those in Germany looking to snag these pizzas will be able to pick them up at Rewe, Edeka, Aldi Nord and Süd, Globus, Netto and Penny stores.
Link never looked better
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will soon be old news, as The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is releasing May 12th, 2023. As a last hurrah for the Switch launch title, one fan has decided to painstakingly work their way through the entire game to revamp the visuals, making for a pretty impressive overhaul.
After a year’s worth of work, a Breath of the Wild 4K texture pack has been released. Obviously, you can’t enjoy this mod on a standard Switch, but that doesn’t mean we can watch the footage and be enamored with it. As you’ll see, the entire game is upscaled: all of the textures, fonts and inventory items, and more.
It’s pretty crazy to see just how much more impressive the game can look with higher-quality textures. Even better, it’s nice to see a rework that respects Nintendo’s original efforts by simply upscaling and reworking what Nintendo did, instead of removing their work for something completely different.
If you’re interested in learning more about this 4K rework, you can get more details via the YouTube video’s description.
Yes, this runs on actual hardware!
There are plenty of games nowadays that aim to replicate experiences that both look and feel like they could be on the N64. Those are all fantastic, but modder Kaze Emanuar had a different goal. Instead of making something that looked like an N64 game, they wanted a game that could run on actual N64 hardware.
The project above offers up a brand-new Super Mario 64 experience, but with a radically different visual approach. Kaze aimed to push what was possible on the N64 visually by offering better textures, lightings and atmosphere, and in the video above, you can see the stunning results of the project.
Without a doubt, this mod has to be one of the best looking N64 games to date. Things look so good that you might think this project could never run on an actual N64, but as the video shows, that’s not the case at all. This mod has no issues running on an unmodified N64, which makes everything that much more impressive.
Hopefully we see this project release at some point, and those with access to flash carts for the N64 can give this one a go on their own. I know I’d love to check it out on actual hardware!
Sizing up the situation
The main attraction at Super Nintendo World is without a doubt Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge, but there’s something you might want to check before heading to the park for this experience. Some park-goers have found out the hard way that the ride’s size restrictions have prevented them from going on the ride at all.
According to details shared by the Wall Street Journal, Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge doesn’t accommodate riders who have a waistline that measures 40 inches or more. Those who attend the park can actually check to see if they fit on the ride via a test seat outside of Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge, so at least you won’t have to wait in line only to find out you can’t fit on the ride.
These restrictions have led to a considerable amount of complaints online, with people saying the size limit isn’t accommodating enough. Jim Seay, president of the ride manufacturer Premier Rides, has commented on the matter with the following:
“Our first priority is always the safety of the guests and the employees. We balance that with a very focused effort to make the rides as accessible as possible.”
Minish Cap, Advance Wars, and more!
Did You Know Gaming’s latest video takes a deep dive into various games released for the Game Boy Advance. You’ve no doubt played many of these games before, but how much do you really know about them? There are plenty of secrets, Easter eggs, and other tidbits to discover about their history and development.
The video opens up with a new translation of an interview from the Japanese magazine Nintendo Dream about The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, revealing the origins of Ezlo among other things. From there, the thirty minute video discusses little known facts about Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Advance Wars, Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire, and a several other games. Check it out for yourself up above.
Any hidden Marios?
Super Nintendo World Hollywood is fast approaching its opening date, and of course there are a number of Easter eggs to be spotted throughout the park for eagle-eyed fans. For those of us whose eyes are slightly less eagle-y, GameXplain has gone ahead and put together a video highlighting over 30 hidden references that they discovered.
The majority of the Easter eggs in this video come from the library books in Bowser’s Castle, which is the queue for the Mario Kart ride. The book titles contain references to numerous Mario games, some more obscure than others. Watch the video above and see if you can catch them all!
Blasts from the past
Fire Emblem Engage is the latest Fire Emblem title to be released on the Switch, but newer players may not be aware of just how far back the series goes. GameSpot is taking this opportunity to educate everyone with the release of their new History of Fire Emblem video. The video briefly touches on every entry in Intelligent Systems’ fantastical strategy franchise, dating all the way back to the Famicom in 1990. Watch it above, and maybe learn something!
Fire Emblem is considered responsible for popularizing the tactical role-playing genre to legions of console gamers and, over the years, has had numerous entries that introduced beloved characters, freshened up the fighting mechanics, and even introduced new social systems. From the early days of Fire: Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light on the Famicon, through to handheld iterations like Fire Emblem Awakening, to success on the Switch, Fire Emblem has been a Nintendo mainstay for over 30 years. In this video, we chart the history of the beloved Intelligent Systems franchise.
Bring home your very own Li'l Buddy
Manufacturer Sanei Boeki has announced that a new plushie based on Splatoon 3’s Small Fry will be coming to their All Star Collection in Japan sometime toward the end of June 2023. Small Fry (aka Li’l Buddy) is everyone’s favorite new sidekick, and the plush seems to replicate his gawky look perfectly.
No official announcement has been made as to how to obtain the Small Fry plushie outside of Japan, but it will certainly be available for import online at some point. Stay tuned for a firm release date and more info.
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake is coming to Switch a few days from now, on January 31, 2023. If one new SpongeBob game isn’t good enough for you, fear not - developer Purple Lamp says that there could be more coming from them in the future. Speaking to Nintendo Everything, project manager Andreas Jarzabek made the following statement:
“We live and breathe SpongeBob at Purple Lamp and yes, we still have so many ideas we would love to bring to life in future SpongeBob games. We hope players will have as much fun playing as we had making this new and exciting instalment to the series and that we will continue this journey together for many years and games to come.”
Purple Lamp already proved themselves with their recent remake of Battle for Bikini Bottom, and Cosmic Shake looks like another faithful adaptation. We’ll be able to see for ourselves on January 31, 2023. What types of SpongeBob games would you like to see Purple Lamp develop next?
They're selling souls (of Chronos)
The Japanese RPG Souls of Chronos has received a Switch eShop listing, confirming its release on the console. It’s scheduled to launch in a couple of weeks on February 14, 2023. Souls of Chronos is a post-apocalyptic JRPG featuring classic styles of characters and combat.
Click here to view the Switch eShop listing and see below for the game’s official description.
A Fateful Encounter in a World of Turmoil…
Fifteen years after the catastrophic event known as the “Apocalypse”, the world is still in an era of great unrest. Even Astella, a harbour town far from the centre of the Vallois Empire, is no exception. Local gangs, slum dwellers, external forces, and secret societies – all these factions are clashing together over their own agenda and interests. Under such tension, the fragile peace here at Astella is on the verge of sliding back into all-out conflicts. In the midst of this crisis, a young boy and a young girl crossed paths. In the nick of the time, Sid, facing his impending death as a result of a series of unfortunate events, was luckily saved by a girl, Torii, who wields a special power – Chrono.
Chronus - A Newfound Hope?
Chronus, a novel species that appeared suddenly post-Apocalypse, has the ability to manipulate time. Once bound to a “Linked” by the mysterious “Chrono Pact”, a Chronus will be able to reach its maximum power as its ties with the “Linked” grow stronger. Is the Chronus just a cold-blooded weapon-for-hire, or perhaps a partner whom you can trust with your life? The answer to this question has yet to be found. In order to investigate an unusual crime, Sid and Torii together embark on a journey heading into the greater unknown. In this intricate intertwining of events, every decision made could shape the future of Astella
Friends from Astella
Bringing their visions and beliefs, as well as their unique personalities and circumstances, various characters will join Sid and Torii in uncovering the long-kept mysteries of Astella. Build ties with all races and freely decide Sid’s personality via action and dialogue options, thereby impacting the fate of various factions at Astella. Choose wisely whom you want to partner up with, and then act together to weather the imminent storm hovering above Astella!
Classic RPG + Action Combat System
“Souls of Chronos” provides players with a classic JPRG gameplay experience. In addition to the action and dialogue options that may determine where the story heads, the vibrant overworld also has a wide variety of side quests for players to explore. Complete side quests in exchange for rewards to upgrade weapons or customize your characters. Maybe even some small, insignificant thing could influence the course of events… The duo of course will also encounter dangerous foes – ready your favourite weapon, unleash the power of Chrono, and crush whoever is in your way until the end!
Gotta remember 'em all
The Pokémon Trading Card Game’s Crown Zenith set recently launched, and this set marks the conclusion of the game’s Sword & Shield era. On March 31st, the first series based on the Pokémon of Scarlet & Violet will launch, leaving less room for the previous generation. To mark the occasion, The Pokémon Company has shared a retrospective examining the last few years of tournaments, trials, and tribulations in the world of the Pokémon TCG.
An exciting era for the Pokémon Trading Card Game is approaching its conclusion with the launch of the final expansion of the Sword & Shield Series era, Crown Zenith. Soon, players will continue their journey with the Scarlet & Violet Series and the amazing Pokémon from the Paldea region.
Before the new journey begins, let’s look back at what has happened since the release of the first Sword & Shield expansion in February 2020. And a lot has happened—too much to cover in one article. So here I’ll focus on the biggest and most notable events of the past few years, discuss the ever-evolving metagame, and give you a reminder of some of the most memorable decks and strategies that unfolded during the Sword & Shield era.
Click here to read the full article and get to reminiscing!
It's anyone's guess
Nintendo has shared a brand new series on their Play Nintendo YouTube channel called “Guess That Song”. This is a challenge that asks viewers to listen to snippets of Nintendo music and guess what games they’re from. The debut episode features three tunes from Mario games. Can you name them all?
We’ve got some of Mario, Yoshi, and Princess Peach’s greatest hits! Can you guess which Nintendo game these songs are from? Test your musical smarts (and maybe your dancing shoes) with this fun gaming challenge!
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Fire Emblem Heroes, and Pokémon Masters EX have all received a content update. Check out the full details for each game below via perfectly-nintendo.com.
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
- [Cookies] A returning Fortune Cookie and related set of Stamp Trade rewards are now available: Gloria’s starlight cookie (available until February 2nd)
Fire Emblem Heroes
- [Events] Round 1 of the latest Voting Gauntlet event, Natural Competition, is now live. It features the following match-ups: Marianne vs Florina, Benny vs Henry, Lilith vs Ymir, and Gonzales vs Mordecai. Check out the special website for more details and up to date results! (available until January 30th)
- [Quests] A new set of Quests is now live: Voting Gauntlet (available until January 30th)
- [Log-in Bonus] While the latest Voting Gauntlet event is running, all players can get the following as Daily Log-in Bonus: Battle Flag x50 (available until February 3rd)
- [Special Maps] As part of the Engage Release Celebratory Events, a new Special Map is now available: Engage Launch Celebration Part 12 (available until February 1st)
Pokémon Masters EX
- [Missions] The latest returning Special Event, Rival Challenge, has been updated with the following: new Mission (available until February 6th)
Join us for an early show!
As promised, Lube joins us for the podcast this week and brings the style that only he has. We talk about all sorts of TV shows to kick things off (no spoilers) and then get into the big game news of the week. It’s a real smorgasbord of a program!
Switch owners are still fired up
Wondering what’s hot on the Switch eShop? Time once again to take a look at the top 30 for both all games on the Switch, and download-only titles. Read up on the top 30 for Jan. 21st, 2023 below.
- Fire Emblem Engage
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- Just Dance 2023 Edition
- Stardew Valley
- Fire Emblem Engage + Expansion Pass
- Nintendo Switch Sports
- Pokemon Violet
- Persona 3 Portable + Persona 4 Golden Bundle
- A Little to the Left
- Mario Party Superstars
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- WRC 9
- Hollow Knight
- Persona 4 Golden
- Among Us
- Pokemon Scarlet
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons
- Dragon Ball FighterZ
- Persona 3 Portable
- Disney Dreamlight Valley
- LEGO Harry Potter Collection
- Hunting Simulator
- FIFA 23 Legacy Edition
- Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
- It Takes Two
- Unravel Two
- Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered
- New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Stardew Valley
- A Little to the Left
- Hollow Knight
- Persona 4 Golden
- Among Us
- Persona 3 Portable
- Disney Dreamlight Valley
- Kirby’s Dream Buffet
- Arcade Archives: VS. Super Mario Bros.
- The Oregon Trail
- Hungry Shark World
- Minigolf Adventure
- Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition
- Cooking Tycoons: 3-IN-1 Bundle
- Human Fall Flat
- ibb & obb
- Cozy Grove
- Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game – Complete Edition
- Car Mechanic Simulator
- Cult of the Lamb
- Slime Rancher: Plortable Edition
- Pico Park
- South Park: The Stick of Truth
- Crash Drive 3
- Outlast: Bundle of Terror
- Under Dungeon