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Ori and the Will of the Wisps is coming to the Nintendo Switch today
by João Carrasqueira
Last year, Nintendo and Moon Studios surprised fans with the release of Ori and the Blind Forest, previously a console exclusive on Xbox, for the Nintendo Switch. Earlier this year, the title got a sequel on Xbox One and PC, Ori and the Will of Wisps. Today, during the Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase Presentation, it was revealed that the game is coming to the hybrid as well.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a platforming game, and it iterates on its predecessor in many ways, with richer environments and more things to do. You can check out our impressions of the PC version of the game in our review, which scored it at a 9 out of 10.
The Switch release will allow players to take the game with them on the go, though another way to do that would be through cloud streaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. The game is available today, giving it a much shorter amount of time between the original release and Switch version compared to the first game in the series.
During the Nintendo Direct, a collector's edition was also revealed, which is coming to the Switch as well as Xbox and PC. The collector's edition includes physical copies of both games in the series, as well as a stained glass-style art piece, a sketchbook, collectible art cards, and more, all in a glow-in-the-dark display box. Regardless of which platform you go for, this edition will cost you a hefty $149.99.
Monster Hunter returns to Nintendo consoles with two new Switch games
by João Carrasqueira
Today, Nintendo held a Direct Mini: Partner Showcase presentation, focused on third-party games, and it kicked off with the reveal of two new games in the Monster Hunter series. After heading to other platforms with Monster Hunter World, the series is returning to Nintendo platforms with two new games coming in 2021.
First, there's Monster Hunter Rise, a more traditional-looking title in the series, tasking the player with the goal of hunting multiple different monsters. Capcom is promising "fresh new gameplay twists", and naturally, new monsters compared to previous games in the series, such as the Aknosom and the gigantic Magnamalo. Some of the new features include a new dog-like companion for players and new ways to traverse the environment, such as the ability to climb and run up walls and a hook-like item called Wirebug that lets players gain some altitude during navigation and combat.
The other new title is Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin. This is a sequel to Monster Hunter Stories, a game that debuted on the Nintendo 3DS and emphasizes the game's story with a more RPG-like gameplay style. The game uses a different visual style, opting for more cartoon-like graphics instead of the more photorealistic look of the mainline games.
Both titles are coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2021, with Monster Hunter Rise arriving on March 26. Monster Hunter Stories 2 will launch a while later, sometime in the summer of 2021.
End of an era: Nintendo has discontinued the 3DS handheld
by João Carrasqueira
The original Nintendo 3DS model It has finally happened: Nintendo has discontinued the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, after nine years since the console officially launched. The company's Japanese website has been updated to indicate that the production of the system has ended, marking the end of Nintendo's last true portable gaming console.
The Nintendo 3DS originally debuted in March of 2011, with a launch price of just under $250. The system didn't immediately take off, thanks to the high cost and lackluster library of games, but within months Nintendo officially cut the price of the system to $170, and that holiday season saw the release of blockbuster titles such as Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7, which started to turn things around for the system.
Throughout its life, the Nintendo 3DS received entries in many of Nintendo's popular franchises. Remastered versions of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask were released, as well as original Zelda games in the form of Triforce Heroes and A Link Between Worlds; Mario got more representation with New Super Mario Bros. 2; two Kirby games were released - Triple Deluxe and Planet Robobot - and even dormant franchises such as Metroid were brought back with titles such as Metroid: Samus Returns a remake of Metroid II, and the original spin-off game Metroid Prime Federation Force. It wouldn't be a Nintendo handheld without Pokémon, and the 3DS welcomed two generations of games in the franchise, starting with Pokémon X and Y in 2013, up until the release of Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon in 2017.
New Nintendo 3DS XL The console also had its fair share of revisions in its lifetime. The Nintendo 3DS XL was released with bigger screens in 2012, and in 2013, Nintendo introduced the 2DS, ditching the clamshell form factor for the first time since the GameBoy Micro in 2005, and also removing the 3D feature to bring down the cost. All three models would eventually get upgrades, with the New Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL arriving at the same time in 2015 with upgraded processors, controls, cameras, and 3D, and a New Nintendo 2DS XL releasing in 2017, bringing back the clamshell design and stereo speakers at a lower price point. All in all, Nintendo has sold 75.87 million units of the 3DS family, and even though we might see those numbers go up a bit more as the stock is cleared from stores, it's safe to say it will stay in that ballpark.
In 2017, the Nintendo Switch launched, and being a hybrid console, it was clear that the 3DS would eventually leave the stage. Nintendo kept supporting the handheld, mostly with remastered or enhanced versions of previous games releasing between 2017 and 2019, but its biggest efforts have been on the hybrid. Last year, the company introduced the Nintendo Switch Lite, a handheld-only version of the console, which pushed the 3DS even further out of the picture. Now, the company has finally pulled the plug completely.
Did you own a Nintendo 3DS? What memories do you have of the system and its games? Let us know in the comments!
Nintendo adds Donkey Kong Country 2 and Mario's Super Picross to Nintendo Switch Online
by João Carrasqueira
Image credit: Nintendo of Europe (Twitter) Nintendo's release cadence for retro titles in the Nintendo Switch Online service has slowed down significantly since the debut of Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) games last year, but the company has just announced (on Twitter) the latest round of additions to the service. Four new games are being added next week on September 23, and as usual, they'll be available at no extra cost for Switch Online subscribers.
The additions this time around are fairly notable, especially because of the addition of Mario's Super Picross to the SNES collection. The game was originally released in 1993 in Japan, but it didn't make its way overseas at the time. In 2007, PAL regions got the game through the Wii Virtual Console library, but that still doesn't include North America. This is the first time Mario's Super Picross will officially be available in the United States, and Nintendo has even shared a video showing how to play the game.
Aside from that, Nintendo is adding Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Quest and The Peace Keepers to the SNES library. The Donkey Kong Country series was originally developed by Rare, now owned by Microsoft, and it's highly regarded among Nintendo fans. The first game in the series was added to the library earlier this year, and now you'll be able to play its sequel.
Finally, the NES collection is getting a single addition in the form of S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team. Most of the notable titles in the NES library are already on the service, so it's no surprise to see smaller releases now.
Earlier this month, Nintendo added Super Mario All-Stars to the SNES collection of games as part of the celebration of the 35th anniversary of Super Mario. This is a collection of the first four games in the series, originally on the NES, with revamped graphics and physics for the SNES.
Rocket League goes free-to-play on September 23
by João Carrasqueira
A couple of months ago, Epic Games-owned Psyonix announced that its popular soccer/driving mashup game Rocket League would become free-to-play this summer. Today, the company announced that the update that makes the game free will go live on September 23, technically missing the summer timeframe by a single day.
In preparation for the update next week, another update is arriving for current owners tomorrow. The update will include all the bonus items that were promised for those that bought the game before it goes free, like the Golden Cosmos Boost, as well as all the Rocket League-branded DLC released so far. The update also adds cross-platform progression, though you'll need to link an Epic Games account to enable it.
Other changes in tomorrow's update include support for Epic Games's Support-A-Creator program, new quick chat options, an updated menu, a new bot difficulty, and more.
The free-to-play update itself will bring its own share of news, starting with a launch on the Epic Games Store, and if you add the game to your library there, you'll get a $10 coupon that can be used to buy games or add-ons that cost $14.99 or more.
The update will also add competitive tournaments for players to participate in, and Season 1 of Rocket Pass will be introduced, resetting the season count from the paid version of the game. There will also be new challenges to complete in the game in order to get new items and XP, and on that note, the new Endo Starter Pack and Jäger Pack will be available on that day, adding new car bodies, wheels, and boosts.
The free-to-play update will apply to all platforms where Rocket League is available, including the Epic Games Store. However, as previously noted, the game will no longer be available to get on Steam, and only existing owners will be able to access it on the platform. The developers will continue to support the title there, though.