The thing about the Switch Joy-Cons is….well, they kind of suck. They’re tiny, they’re awkward, and they break very easily (the dreaded “Joy-Con Drift”). The Pro Controller is built from sturdier stuff and feels better in your hands, but it’s not an “on the go” kind of thing. The third-party accessory company Fixture Gaming has announced their own solution.
Nintendo recently promised all three N64 installments of Mario Party would be added to Nintendo Switch Online at some point. Guess that point is now…or two weeks from now. The first two games in the series will join the library on the same day, November 2. The third is still on the way.
When Nintendo Switch Online added Earthworm Jim 2 to its SNES library earlier this year, everyone scratched their heads and wondered “Where’s Earthworm Jim 1?” Looks like the worm’s inaugural outing made it after all — just in a different collection.
One of the many, many announcements made by Nintendo during their Direct today was what was coming up next for NSO (Nintendo Switch Online). And there was one addition in particular no one ever thought they’d see happen: Goldeneye 007.
This morning, at a time when most of us were asleep ( 7 AM Pacific), Nintendo streamed out their latest Direct, detailing everything they have planned for the 2022 holiday season and beyond. As we usually do, we’ve taken notes on the entire video and created this list, in chronological order, of the Switch lineup revealed. (There were an unusually large number of farming sims this year.)
In 2018, Square Enix found a way to return to its roots with the first Octopath Traveler game. Its unique (at the time) “2D-HD” visual art style allowed it to evoke the classic feel of their 8-bit and 16-bit RPGs while at the same time packing enough visual flair to compete with modern titles. Octopath Traveler was enough of a success that the art style was used in other Square games, most recently the Live A Live remake.
Before We Leave is a chill civilization resource management sim from Team17 and Balancing Monkey Games. In the sim game, the player’s peeps have sequestered underground for generations after some catastrophic event. The remains of this civilization emerge from their bunker, having once again deemed the surface of their planet safe. At the player’s direction, the remaining inhabitants rebuild, recolonize, and expand into space beyond. Before We Leave is available via Steam, Epic Games, the PS5, the Xbox One, and now the Nintendo Switch.
As far as games with post-apocalyptic premises go, Before We Leave is one of the sunnier depictions out there. Civilization has been wiped out thanks to a cosmic disaster, and it’s your job to rebuild it one step at a time. Build up towns, manage their resources evenly, and you might unearth ancient technology that can help your society leap forward. Once you cities are thriving, expand to other planets and build colonies there. But watch out for Space Whales! (You only think we’re kidding…)
Who knew we were getting TWO new Kirby games in 2022? Only Nintendo, until today. With Kirby And The Forbidden Land only a few months old, no one expected to see the pink vacuum cleaner again so soon….but here it is, Kirby’s Dream Buffet.
Can you match them all? Find out next week when Nintendo Switch Online adds Pokemon Puzzle League to its N64 section.
It’s rare that an NSO update hits and no one has anything bad to say about it, but here we are: Nintendo Switch Online updated its Genesis library today with four titles, and they don’t disappoint.
If this is the size of a Nintendo Direct Mini now, I don’t know how big the Nintendo Direct Maxi must be. The presentation went on for nearly a half-hour and introduced a new third-party title every minute. As we always do, we’re going to conveniently list them in order of release date….but the hugest announcement we’re going to keep off the list and talk about now: PERSONAS THREE THROUGH FIVE ARE CONFIRMED FOR SWITCH. We’ve been begging for this for a LONG time, and the begging only got louder when Joker became a playable character in Smash Bros despite having no presence on Nintendo consoles.