There was an insane amount of Nintendo news this week. So much to cover, but we sneak it all in there! Announcements, rumors, interviews, and just about everything else you can think of!
DOOM Eternal released for all other platforms back in March of 2020, yet here we are in September and there's no sign of the Switch version. Is it time to get worried? Not at all, says DOOM Eternal executive producer Marty Stratton. Mr. Stratton says work continues, and the game is quite close to releasing.
“I wish I could give you specifics. I read all the comments, and when we say anything about Doom Eternal, there’s always the one out of every five comments is, ‘Yeah, how about you tell us about the Switch?’ I know people are anxious.
We’re trying to make it the best version of the game it possibly can be, so we’ve been working with Panic Button. They’re also like everybody in work from home. It’s taken a little bit longer to get there, but we want it to be everything it possibly can be. It’s very close, and we’re trying to be very uncompromising with what it needs to be because there’s a high demand for it. We will be talking about it again in the not too distant future. It is close, but I can’t say exactly how close.”
Wondering what's available for the Switch in Europe this week? Nintendo has finally shared the full download list, which you can find below.
- Super Mario 3D All-Stars
- WWE 2K Battlegrounds
- 2weistein – The Curse of the Red Dragon
- Active Neurons 2
- Caveman Tales
- Dog Duty
- Drag Racing Rivals
- Endurance - space action
- Fight Crab
- Flying Soldiers
- Goosebumps Dead of Night
- Her Majesty's Ship
- Journey of the Broken Circle
- Kingdom Rush Origins
- Moero Crystal H
- Space Elite Force
- Space Elite Force II
- Super Punch Patrol
- Travel Mosaics: A Paris Tour
- Vampire's Fall: Origins
After 30+ years of service, video game designer Michel Ancel has announced his retirement from Ubisoft and the gaming industry as a whole. Moving on to instead focus on his second passion, Ancel will be spending much of his time on a new project in a wild life sanctuary that's "dedicated to education, nature lovers, and wild animals".
Previously overseeing development for WiLD and Beyond Good & Evil 2, he gives us his reassurance that both projects are "going super well" and that there are "beautiful things to be seen soon."
Michel Ancel was most well known for being the creator of Rayman and Beyond Good & Evil, and as a personal long-time fan of the series, it's bitter-sweet to see him move away from game development. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors with wild life, and are thankful for everything that he's done for the industry.
Today is very special for me. After more than 30 years, I’ve decided to stop working on video games and fully focus on my second passion: Wild Life!
My new project takes place in the real world and consists in a wild life open sanctuary dedicated to education, nature lovers and ... wild animals.
Many of you might want to know what will happen to Wild and BGE2. No worries, since many months now the teams are autonomous and the projects are going super well. Beautiful things to be seen soon.
May the fox be with you 🦊
There's a bit of concern going around right now that Super Mario 64 in Super Mario 3D All-Stars crashes your Switch. If you try to exit the game, your Switch will softlock. Turns out this rumor is both true and false.
If you have a Switch that's running Nintendo-released firmware, and you're using a legit copy of Super Mario 3D All-Stars, you're good to go. Turns out the footage floating around today is actually tied to people who were playing pirated copies of the game with custom Switch firmware.
Nintendo's most recent Switch update adds in some bits that are tied to Super Mario 3D All-Stars, but custom firmware from hackers/modders doesn't include that data. This is what leads to the crash.
For years now, there has been a rumor of Netflix and Nintendo ironing out a deal to create some sort of Legend of Zelda feature. Nothing ever seems to come of it, and the rumblings die down over and over again. Today that speculation has picked up speed once more, and now there's a Hollywood name being floated with the project.
Inside sources that have correctly leaked previous Netflix projects are once again saying that the Legend of Zelda project at Netflix is the real deal. Furthermore, the powers that be apparently want to land Tom Holland for the role of Link. Obviously Netflix and Nintendo aren't going to make a peep about this, and the same goes for Holland.
Earlier this week, Nintendo did say that they're working on more 'visual content expansion projects' beyond the Mario movie, but held back specifics. If there is indeed a Zelda feature in the works at Netflix, it would definitely be a part of this new push.
Nintendo wrapped up what was probably their best Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase earlier today, setting the bar high for the follow-up. Nintendo did confirm that more Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcases are in the works, and we'll see what they have to offer later this year. No specifics on air dates or games were given.