Take on DK together!
On Twitter/X, Nintendo have posted a new trailer for the Mario vs. Donkey Kong remake, showcasing the game’s co-op mode.
Two friends can team up to take on Donkey Kong, with one playing as Mario and the other as the lovable Toad!
The trailer can be viewed in the post above. Mario vs. Donkey Kong releases on Nintendo Switch February 16th, 2024.
Fight? or Run?
With the continuing online debates over Palworld’s creature designs baring a striking resemblance to many Pokémon many have wondered if Nintendo and/or the Pokémon company will take legal action against the game.
In an article by Bloomberg, it is stated that both companies declined to comment after being asked for a statement, Nintendo did state that they were aware of the game’s existence however. If Nintendo is aware of Palworld then it’s safe to assume that Pokémon Company does as well.
While it’s hard to say if either company will pursue legal action at the moment we will be sure to let you know if the news drops.
Reloading on Switch?
Earlier today, we reported on how plans for Persona 3 Reload to come to Switch were never made. Well, if the rumor mill is to be believed it’s possible that there was a reason for this lack of plans.
Prominent leaker MbKKssTBhz5 posted to X/Twitter that the reason may be because Atlus is planning to bring the game to the Switch successor instead. They also make a comment that Metaphor: ReFantazio is also planned to come to the yet announced system, you can read the post below.
If you’re unfamiliar with MbKKssTBhz5’s track record they accurately leaked Persona 3 Reload and Persona 5 Tactica before they were announced so this claim definitely has some believability. Even outside of the leak though, many fans were quick to suspect that this was the reason behind the lack of a Switch release as it just makes sense from a business perspective.
As with all leaks though, take this information with a grain of salt and know that nothing is confirmed until Atlus makes an announcement, and if they do you can count on us to let you know.
The promotion for Unicorn Overlord is starting to heat up and Atlus has taken to Twitter/X to share the next installment in their “The Commander’s Guide” mini manga series.
These comics help break down some of the core mechanics of the game in a cute and funny story, this time the focus is on gathering materials and how they can be used to enhance towns. You can check out the post to the full manga down below as well as a link to pre-order Unicorn Overlord when it launches on Nintendo Switch March 8th, 2024.
More LEGO Collaborations taking root?
LEGO leaker 1414falconfan is reporting that a LEGO model of the Great Deku Tree from the Legend of Zelda series is coming this September.
1414falconfan is a trusted leaker in the LEGO scene and their previous report on a LEGO Piranha Plant model did come to fruition so this seems likely. If this leak is accurate; this would mark the first official Zelda collaboration between Nintendo and LEGO, something fans have wanted since the collaboration was announced years ago.
1414falconfan also states that the model will be a 2,500 piece set, making it pretty substantially sized.
As with all rumors, this should be taken with a grain of salt, but given falconfan’s track record and Nintendo’s continued partnership with LEGO, a Zelda collaboration seems all but inevitable.
A Blue Blur of Musical Majesty!
Back in June of 2021, the Sonic the Hedgehog YouTube Channel live-streamed a special Sonic symphony to celebrate the franchise’s 30th anniversary. The event was an incredible showcase of orchestral and lyrical tracks from all across the series’ varied history, and everyone, including myself, hoped SEGA would find a way to bring the show on tour.
Two years later on Friday, December 15th, 2023, I am pleased to say I had the privilege of attending the Sonic Symphony World Tour performance at the Majestic Theater in San Antonio, Texas.
While I was pretty confident that the concert would go on tour in some way, I never would have guessed it would show itself in my neck of the woods. Usually when performances of this size come to Texas, they tend to go for Austin, Houston or Dallas, with San Antonio usually being left out. Needless to say, I was ecstatic and quickly acted to secure tickets for myself as well as some Sonic-loving friends of mine.
Following the Pokémon Company, Square Enix, and Capcom; Nintendo has announced they will donate to aid in the Noto Peninsula earthquake relief. Nintendo have posted on their official Japanese Twitter/X account that they will donate 50 million yen (~$340k) to the Japanese Red Cross.
Nintendo have also announced that they will be providing free products repairs from those in the affected areas for the next 6 months. You can read a translation of Nintendo’s statement down below.
We would like to express our deepest sympathies to everyone who was affected by the 2020 Noto Peninsula Earthquake.
We will provide free repairs for our products requested by people in areas where the Disaster Relief Act applies in response to the 2020 Noto Peninsula Earthquake for a period of 6 months from the application of the Disaster Relief Act in each region. In addition, we will donate 50 million yen through the Japanese Red Cross Society to support those affected by the disaster.
Bandai Namco has shared the above video detailing the wall scroll included with pre-orders of the Collector’s Addition for Jujutsu Kaisen Cursed Clash. This wall scroll features official art by series creator Gege Akutami.
JUJUTSU KAISEN, known for its serialization in Shueisha’s “Weekly Shonen Jump”, is getting its first console game!
In this 2 vs. 2 action game, aim for new heights by mastering the “Cursed Techniques” of powerful Jujutsu Sorcerers and Cursed Spirits! Choose your partner and create unique combinations that both complement your play style and showcase the different cursed techniques each character possesses.
Strengthen your cursed techniques through exhilarating battles, defeat your opponents, and… domain expansion…?!
If any of this has piqued your interest you can pre-order the Collector’s Addition of Jujutsu Kaisen Cursed Clash at the link below!
Smite 2, the sequel to the beloved MOBA game Smite, has been announced and many are wondering what platforms the new game is targeting. The first Smite game was playable pretty much everywhere ,including Switch, so it makes sense that people would ask Smite 2 developers Titan Forge Games if the same would be true for the sequel.
Unfortunately for all Switch-bound Smite fans the sequel currently has no plans to come to the platform. Alex Cantatore, the executive producer of Smite, sat down with techradar to explain the decision, you can read his full comment below.
We’re concerned that currently, with the power level of Switch and the minimum specs that we’re targeting, we just aren’t sure that we’d be able to develop or deliver a really good experience to people playing on Switch currently…Smite’s been everywhere we can possibly get it to run well, and I would expect that to continue with Smite 2, We’re just not sure we’d be able to get it running well on Switch 1, unfortunately.
There you have it, it seems Titan Forge Games feels that the sequel might be too much for the Switch’s current hardware to handle, though there is a glimmer of hope.
Interestingly, Cantatore doesn’t completely rule out the possibility of Smite 2 coming to the heavily rumored Switch successor. He makes sure to clarify though that the team currently has no information of what Nintendo is planning and is speaking purely hypothetically.
It wouldn’t be surprising if Smite 2 does get announced for the rumored console if/when it gets announced but until then we’ll be sure to keep you updated.
New year new attitude!
Today the Overwatch blog has posted a first in a series of posts that will detail the Overwatch 2 team’s developmental values for the coming year in 2024. You can read the full piece here but otherwise here’s a brief highlight of what is discussed.
- The team wants the game to continually evolve with new systems and features.
- The director feels the game’s teamwork mechanics are a blessing and a curse.
- The director wants to refine the overwatch experience to encourage teamwork while also not punishing players who struggle with teamwork.
- The ping system and spawn together system were added to address these concerns.
- Party Frames, scoreboard improvements, and crackdowns on spawn camping are also being considered.
- A new balance patch will drop in Season 9 with the aim of taking the pressure off Support characters.
- The team is also using the Quickplay: Hacked events to experiment with the core gameplay expereince.
Can the golden goddess make the jump to the silver screen?
On November 7th, 2023, Nintendo announced that they would be working with Sony to produce a live action Legend of Zelda Movie with Shigeru Miyamoto taking the helm, just as he did with 2023’s Super Mario Bros. Movie. Not surprisingly, the news has been met with surprise and concern from fans. While Mario’s return to the silver screen saw extreme financial success, it suffered critically, especially from those who weren’t already fans of the series.
Given the extreme quality that has come to be expected of the Zelda name, many fans are worried that this latest multimedia experiment from Nintendo could potentially tarnish the series. This is only made worse when considering how Nintendo’s last attempt at a live-action movie adaptation, 1993’s Super Mario Bros., scared the company off of movie-making for 30 years.
While we wait for more concrete details, let’s take a look at what we know about the Legend of Zelda adaptation in order to paint as realistic a picture as possible. (I’ll even throw in my own ideas for how a Zelda movie could potentially work.)
2024 is just around the corner! Have you made plans for the start of the year yet?
In Japan, it is customary to pay a visit to the local shrine, where you can get a fortune-telling paper slip offering hints on your luck for the new year. To live up to the occasion, today Pikmin Bloom is releasing Fortune Decor for Purple, White, Winged and Rock Pikmin, in addition to the existing Red, Blue, and Yellow. Seedlings for this Decor can be found in the vicinity of Shrines and Temples across Japan.
The shop will also be offering a new collection of kimonos for your Mii starting today! As a bonus, if you purchase a kimono before January 28th, 2024, you’ll also receive a special mission that grants a Gold Seedling that grows into Fortune Decor Pikmin upon completion. This is a great chance to meet your first Fortune Decor if you live outside of Japan! *The Cattleya Flower Hairpins and Lion Dance Hat do not include the special mission.
Ready to leave 2023 behind? Dress up in one of the new festive kimonos and get ready to meet the first Fortune Decor Pikmin of 2024!
Break out of your comfort zone!
Nintendo have shared a new video focusing on the Switch’s vast array of titles and ways to play.
The intent of the video seems to be highlighting all the different ways to play to new Switch owners while also highlighting ways long time Switch owners can break out of their comfort zone.
From single player stories to multiplayer parties the Switch has it all and it makes sense that Nintendo would want to highlight all the system has to offer, you can watch the full promo above.
The magic of music!
The Hogwarts Legacy YouTube channel has begun posting various “Behind the Soundtrack” videos for the game’s music.
Each video features one of the game’s composers doing a deep dive on one of the game’s tracks explaining their inspirations behind the piece and how they ventured to write music that felt at home in the Harry Potter universe.
You can watch one of the videos covering the track “Soaring over Hogwarts” above and click on the full article to see videos posted for other songs down below. We will also be posting a link to the Hogwarts Legacy YouTube’s music playlist in case more songs are added after this article’s posting. Be warned that some of these videos do feature spoilers for the game.
Hogwarts Legacy is available now for Nintendo Switch.
All boxed up and ready for March
Earlier this year Nintendo announced a collaboration that would bring the world of Animal Crossing to the creative world of LEGO. While we’ve known about the sets for quite a while today we get a fresh look at the packaging for the sets which can be seen above and in the post below.
To say the spirit of Animal Crossing has been carried over to these sets would be an understatement and you too can unbox the fun when LEGO Animal Crossing comes home March 2024.