Break out some new games
It’s time once again to take a look at the games heading to the Switch in Japan. Here’s what’s slated to hit the system for the week of October 13th, 2022. Remember, this isn’t the final list, as there’s always some surprises each week.
- Supernatural Theft -KAMIWAZA TOURAI-
- The Witch’s House MV
- Temp Zero
- Dragon Ball: The Breakers
- Bus Simulator City Ride
- Super Bloodwash
- Our Fantasy Quest
- The Battle of Polytopia
- Loot Box Simulator: Anime Girls
- LEGO Bricktales
Almost time for Grime?
The Metroidvania game GRIME was supposed to release on Nintendo Switch sometime this Summer, but that hasn’t happened. As of today however, the game’s Switch version has been officially rated in Taiwan, alongside the PS4 and PS5 versions.
Hopefully, this means that the game is nearing a release date. You can find more info on its official Nintendo eShop page, or see the game’s description below. Stay tuned for more updates as to when you’ll be able to play GRIME on Switch.
Destroy… Absorb… Grow… GRIME is a fast and unforgiving action adventure RPG in which you crush your foes with living weapons that mutate form and function, and then consume their remains with a black hole to strengthen your vessel as you break apart a world of anatomical horror and intrigue.
Take those Lynels down a peg
Lynels are some of the toughest enemies in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, so naturally players want every advantage they can get when facing them. If you’re really struggling, you might want to take note of a new trick discovered by Twitter user @zelda_watchan. This trick removes a Lynel’s weapon completely, leaving them helpless and defenseless, as demonstrated in the video below.
As you can see, once their weapon is removed, the Lynel doesn’t even attempt to fight back. @zelda_watchan was apparently able to accomplish this by luring the Lynel over to Gerudo Town, then getting kicked out of the town for wearing Link’s traditionally male clothing. This event triggers a small glitch which causes the Lynel’s weapon to disappear.
Apparently, this method affects other enemy types as well, but only the Lynel seems to become so timid without its means of attack. Almost makes you feel bad for the thing!
Are we grading on a curve?
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition update was released very recently on Nintendo Switch. Unfortunately, along with this update have come reports of crashes, slowdown, and other bugs.
A new video from Xiphos Gaming examines these issues by tracking the game’s framerate and performance in various areas. At certain points, the framerate appears to drop well below 30 frames, showing a lot of lag and judder on screen. Watch it for yourself above to get a look at just how these issues are affecting the game. Hopefully, Bethesda will respond and fix things soon.
Live and in person
Geoff Keighley’s Game Awards have been an exclusively online affair for the past few years. That all changes in 2022, as Keighley has announced on Twitter that the event will once again be open to the public. This is the first time tickets will be available to non-industry members in three years.
There have been some major Nintendo news drops at past Game Awards events, so hopefully we’ll get some more of those this year. If you’re in the area, you’ll now have the chance to see it live and in person for yourself!
As the tweet indicates, the event will take place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA on December 8, 2022. Tickets will go on sale in a month, on November 1, 2022.
Dropping while they're hot
Blizzard has announced that a few special items will be made available in Overwatch 2 as Twitch drops. These items are: a new legendary skin for the new character Kiriko, a Kiriko spray, and a donut weapon charm.
In order to receive these items on your Switch, you’ll need to watch a certain amount of Overwatch 2 Twitch streams during a set window of time, and have your Twitch and Battle.net accounts linked. See below for the official requirements:
Twitch Drop #1 – Legendary Sukajan Kiriko Skin
- Watch any stream in the Overwatch 2 category on Twitch for six hours total between October 7 at 2:00 p.m. PDT and October 16 at 11:59 p.m. PDT to earn the Legendary Sukajan Kiriko Skin!
Twitch Drop #2 – Razor Sharp Kiriko Spray & Donut Weapon Charm
- Watch any stream in the Overwatch 2 category on Twitch for two hours between October 17 at 11:00 a.m. PDT and October 24 at 12:00 a.m. PDT to earn the Razor Sharp Kiriko Spray! Watch for another three hours (five total) during this time to earn the Donut Weapon Charm!
It should be noted that you won’t be able to access these rewards via the Twitch app on Switch. You’ll have to access it via a computer’s web browser before transferring the rewards to your account. Click here to read Blizzard’s full announcement for more details. Overwatch 2 will be available on Switch on October 4, 2022.
Mario + Rabbids is a surprisingly wonderful game for a number of reasons, not least of which is its memorable music. That music came courtesy of composer Grant Kirkhope, well known for his work on Banjo Kazooie and other classic Rare titles.
A new video in GameXplain’s Melodies of Gaming series breaks down just what makes the music of Mario + Rabbids so great. Along with commentary on numerous tracks from the first game and its DLC expansion, Kirkhope himself chimes in to offer insight into the development of these tunes. It’s a must watch (and listen) for video game music fans.
Have you ever loved music from a game so much that it filled your heart with joy to hear it beautifully arranged? In our musical analysis series, we explore such reimagined songs in official game titles. In this episode, we examine the music of Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle for the Nintendo Switch and how the reprised themes have changed from their respective games. And this time, the legendary composer himself, Grant Kirkhope, is along with us for the journey. A few of the notable Mario and Donkey Kong series themes are covered, with Lagoon Promenade serving as the feature presentation. We hope you enjoy these Melodies of Gaming!
Rush to pick this up for your furry best friend!
A listing for an official Halloween costume based on Mega Man’s trusty robot dog Rush has popped up over on HalloweenCostumes.com. Naturally, the costume is designed for dogs to wear (sorry, humans). It replicates the iconic design of Rush’s red costume, complete with shoulder pads and ears.
According to the listing, the costume will be available in various sizes beginning October 9, 2022, for the price of $34.99. It also indicates that this is an exclusive item, so you won’t be able to find it anywhere else.
Hopefully, that gives you enough time to order and get it shipped for Halloweeen! You can set up an e-mail reminder now to be notified as soon as this costume becomes available.
Bassmaster Fishing 2022: Super Deluxe Edition appears to be getting a physical release on Nintendo Switch. Dovetail Games originally released this one on Switch back in July, but now an Amazon listing has popped up for a physical edition of the game.
According to the listing, it’ll be available as of October 11, 2022. You can pre-order a copy right now for $39.99. Get a look at the boxart and official description below.
- Bassmaster Fishing 2022 Super Deluxe Edition Includes Predator Fishing Equipment Pack, Elite Fishing Equipment Pack, 2022 Bassmaster Classic at Lake Hartwell, Bass Lake Bundle, All-new motion controls, and all core game content
- Exclusive B.A.S.S. Content: Equip and use a vast selection of licensed content such as Yamaha Outboard motors, Skeeter Boats, Missile Baits, and much more
- 10 Pro Anglers: Play as or compete against legends like Scott Martin, Hank Cherry, and 8 other official pro anglers
- 8 Official Venues: Take to the water on 8 real-world venues and explore everything from Sabine Rivers back waters to the huge open horizons on Lake Hamilton
- Our Largest Multiplayer: Take on the vast Bassmaster Fishing 2022 online modes. Climb the global leader boards, jump into cross play modes, or be the champion in Bassmaster Royale.
Complete with accessories!
The Super Mario movie from Illumination is still half a year away, but JAKKS Pacific seems to be gearing up to produce figures for it when the time comes. New Amazon listings have popped up for Jakks Pacific developed figures based on Mario, Luigi, Toad, and Bowser.
Unfortunately, these listings seem like placeholders only. They aren’t available for purchase, their indicated release dates don’t make much sense, and there aren’t even any images included. What little information we do have comes in the following description, attached to each listing:
Premium details and textures. Up to 12 points of hidden articulation. Includes movie accessory. Comes in collectors packaging. Suggested for kids ages 3 years and up.
In addition, each figure is listed as 5 inches tall. The exception is the Bowser figure, which appears to be heavier and larger, with a packaging height of 9 inches.
The Super Mario movie is scheduled to be released in North America on April 7, 2023. We’ll probably have to wait until closer to that date to be able to get our hands on these figures, but maybe we’ll get a glimpse at them next week when the first official trailer debuts.
Lost in space?
Back in June, publisher Aspyr announced that DLC would be coming to the Nintendo Switch version of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II some time in Q3 2022. This DLC known as “Sith Lords” was to include a new mission, new ending, additional dialogue, and more.
Well, as of today, October 1st, 2022, Q3 2022 is official over, and the Sith Lords DLC is nowhere in sight. Fans are understandably wondering what’s going on, as there’s been radio silence on this issue from Aspyr themselves. The content appears to be delayed, but there has been no official word on why, or when we might expect it to finally be released.
If and when the Sith Lords DLC does become available, it’s said to be a free download for current owners of the game on Switch. (There are however, a few caveats regarding save file compatibility, which you can read more about here.) Stay tuned for any updates on the availability of this DLC, and see below for additional details on what it will include.
- New HK Manufacturing Plant Mission - Play as your droid companion HK-47 and explore a mysterious HK Manufacturing Plant beneath the Telos military base.
- New Revamped Ending - Experience the final level in a new way, with greater interactions from your party members and added focus on your past choices.
- Livelier Crew Conversations - Get to know your crew on board the Ebon Hawk even better with additional lines of dialogue and interactions.
- Bonus Quests & Challenges - Discover even more quests and combat encounters scattered on various planets around the galaxy for an extra challenge.
What are friends for?
Toby Fox is a busy guy! In addition to designing games like Undertale and Deltarune, composing music for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, and writing Famitsu columns, he’s apparently also helping bring Sakurai’s YouTube videos to the English speaking world.
Sakurai launched his new YouTube channel recently, featuring a wealth of knowledge about video game design and development. In a recent community post on said channel, Sakurai mentions that the localization team known as 8-4 is translating his videos into English. Where did he get the contact info for 8-4 from? None other than Toby Fox.
What can’t Toby Fox do? We’re certainly appreciative for his efforts on this front, as Sakurai’s videos are a great resource to have in a language we’re familiar with. Now, we’re just dreaming about a game collaboration between these two!
Playing with three full decks
The newest Pokémon TCG set, Sword and Shield - Lost Origin, was released last month. Now, the Pokémon Company has challenged three expert players to build unique decks using specific cards as their starting points. The cards in question are Delphox V, Hisuian Arcanine, and Radiant Steelix.
Did they manage to make viable decks with these restrictions in place? Click here to read the full breakdown of their decks, along with commentary from the other two experts.
If you’ve been opening up booster packs from the new Sword & Shield—Lost Origin expansion, you’ve probably found some very cool cards. But look a little closer—you might also have the makings of some awesome decks to try out. While you’re not likely to see these decks make the top cut at your next Regional Championships, you still might find that these cards are just as fun to play with as they are to look at.
We challenged three Pokémon TCG experts to choose one of these cards and create a deck that would be a lot of fun to play, and perhaps even good enough to win a few matches against your friends. What we got were three fascinating decks, all distinct in how they work. Plus, we asked them to comment on each other’s decks just to hear what they had to say!
How many of your friends can jump, run, toss giant eggs, and snatch fruit with a super long tongue before gobbling it up whole? This is the vital question posed at the start of Nintendo’s latest video, “Meet Yoshi and Find All 6 Eggs!”. (The answer of course, is Yoshi.) A new addition to the Play Nintendo channel which tends to skew younger, this video introduces you to everyone’s favorite green dinosaur and some of his appearances currently on the Switch. Now, we just need another new Yoshi game!
Meet Yoshi: he’s a good guy , a great team player, and one of Mario’s best friends! In this video, discover 5 exciting games you can play as Yoshi: Yoshi’s Crafted World, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Mario Golf: Super Rush, Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, and Mario Party Superstars. Adventure awaits!
You've got to save breakfast!
The indie shoot-em-up game Hazelnut Hex is available now on Nintendo Switch. An official launch trailer has been posted to Nintendo’s YouTube channel, which you can watch above. You can find the game right now on the Nintendo eShop for the price of $7.99.
A strange curse has beset the land! Breakfast everywhere has disappeared, and it’s up to you to save the most important meal of the day! Blast your way through 5 colorful stages jam-packed with dangerous enemies, dense bullet patterns, and ruthless bosses to rescue breakfast once and for all!