Yu-Gi-Oh! Rush Duel Is Coming To Switch

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Rush Duel Is Coming To Switch

Although Pokémon has won out over the long-haul as the premier card game on the scene, Yu-Gi-Oh continues to have its own large and devout following. The franchise is now on its seventh anime, as well, and a recent rash of toys and merchandise, alongside the manga, have kept Yu-Gi-Oh in the public mindscape for years now. Thus, many a fan will be happy to hear that a new game is coming to Nintendo Switch: Yu-Gi-Oh! Rush Duel!

Konami made the announcement at Jump Fiesta 2021 Online. In a story published by Gematsu, it was further revealed that Rush Duel will be coming to Japan some time this summer. Here’s a bit about the gameplay itself:

Players can Normal Summon any number of monsters from their hand in one turn, as well as draw until at least five cards are in their hand.

Hot Wheels is Releasing a Rainbow Road Playset

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Hot Wheels is Releasing a Rainbow Road Playset

Hot Wheels has gone all in on its Mario Kart collection, with a variety of creative play sets and cars available for purchase. Now they’re bringing one of the series’ most iconic tracks to life: Rainbow Road.

The listing went up quietly for preorder on Amazon late last week and appears to have already sold out. The set is pretty massive and can be configured in either an s-curve or a straight track. There are five lanes, item “boxes” that the cars can hit to trigger “items” on the track, and battery-powered features like Lakitu’s traffic lights and what appears to be perhaps a counter at the end of the raceway that indicates what place each car finishes the race in. The play set comes with King Boo and Mario.

Rainbow Road releases on May 29 and will cost a pretty penny at $119.99. This is a seriously cool recreation of one of the most notorious and difficult tracks in any Mario Kart game that both collectors and kids are probably going to love. Will you try to get your hands on a set when it comes out?

NeoGeo Pocket Color Selection Vol. 1 Out Now

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NeoGeo Pocket Color Selection Vol. 1 Out Now

SNK decided to surprise everyone with word that NeoGeo Pocket Color Selection Vol. 1 is available right now in the Nintendo Switch eShop. This compilation boasts ten NeoGeo Pocket Color titles, of which four have never previously been released on Nintendo Switch. You can give the announcement trailer a look, below:

So, which games are in the collection? Let’s run through them:

Here’s what SNK has to say about NeoGeo Pocket Color Selection Vol. 1:

Super Bomberman R Online “Coming Soon” To Nintendo Switch

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Super Bomberman R Online “Coming Soon” To Nintendo Switch

Super Bomberman R was an unexpected but much-liked launch title for Nintendo Switch back in 2017. Bringing back the series’ beloved multiplayer along with a new visual style was a treat, especially with the ability to compete with up to eight players. Alongside online play, Super Bomberman R was a delightful reinvigoration of the franchise.

When Super Bomberman R Online was announced, it thus made perfect sense to make the game a Stadia-exclusive. Erm, well, maybe not (Google’s streaming video game platform has struggled to find an audience since its debut). Thankfully, Konami has decided to bring Super Bomberman R Online to virtually every console under the sun, including Nintendo Switch. There’s no firm release date beyond “coming soon,” but once the game drops it will be free-to-play.

We are excited to announce that SUPER BOMBERMAN R ONLINE will be coming soon for PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch and PC Steam as a free-to-play* digital download!

Limited Run Games Bringing Sega’s Astro City Mini To The US

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Limited Run Games Bringing Sega’s Astro City Mini To The US

This is a pleasant surprise. Limited Run Games announced that it will be bringing Sega’s Astro City Mini arcade machine to the US, with pre-orders starting this Friday. The console is not unlike many of the other retro consoles that have been released in recent years, including Nintendo’s own NES and SNES Mini systems. The Astro City Mini is a reproduction of the Japanese arcade machines that bear the same name.

Big things really do come in small packages. SEGA’s Astro City Mini Arcade is opening for pre-order on March 26th! It comes packed with 36 games and available add-ons like the adorable Style Kit and Control Pad. https://t.co/ojMuqis4Ty pic.twitter.com/p8oztJU7Ce

— Limited Run Games (@LimitedRunGames) March 22, 2021

Nintendo Announces New Pikmin AR Game

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Nintendo Announces New Pikmin AR Game

Get ready for a new way to interact with Pikmin. The popular creatures of the nominal series are set for a new adventure, one in which they appear to be invading the real world around us. Announced by Nintendo, this new Pikmin game appears to be a mobile title that will drop some time later this year:

What would it be like to have a more fun walking experience surrounded by #Pikmin? In a new mobile app developed by @NianticLabs and Nintendo coming later in 2021, explore the real world and create memories with your Pikmin friends.

Pre-register here! https://t.co/2wFI9TjHvz pic.twitter.com/LiPEl15YRZ

Nintendo Switch is Now the Second-Best Selling Nintendo Platform in the US in the Company’s History

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Nintendo Switch is Now the Second-Best Selling Nintendo Platform in the US in the Company’s History

According to the latest NPD data, Nintendo Switch is now the second-best selling Nintendo Platform in the US in “tracked history,” outselling total lifetime dollar sales of Nintendo DS. The Switch is now second only to the total lifetime dollar sales of Nintendo Wii.

Feb 2021 US NPD THREAD – February 2021 consumer spending across video game hardware, content and accessories reached a February record $4.6B, 35 percent higher when compared to a year ago. Year-to-date spending totaled $9.3B, 39 percent higher than the same period in 2020. pic.twitter.com/uLO9dphLmE

— Mat Piscatella (@MatPiscatella) March 12, 2021

Joy-Con Fortnite Fleet Force Set Announced

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Joy-Con Fortnite Fleet Force Set Announced

Nintendo hasn’t been especially prolific about producing new Joy-Con styles for fans to purchase, particularly beyond the sets the company produces for special variants of Switch. Such is the popularity of battle royale shooter Fortnite that the game has warranted not only its own unique Switch bundle, but now a second set of Joy-Con. Behold the Joy-Con Fortnite Fleet Force Set, coming on June 4 to retail!

Gear up in style with the Joy-Con Fortnite Fleet Force Bundle, available June 4! Includes a uniquely designed yellow Joy-Con and blue Joy-Con, 500 V-Bucks & a download code for in-game cosmetics.

And be sure to drop into the new @FortniteGame Season starting tomorrow, March 16! pic.twitter.com/QgCiVGy5iW

Reminder: These Mario Games are Going Away for Good on March 31

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Reminder: These Mario Games are Going Away for Good on March 31

In keeping with prior announcements, Nintendo will cease production and sales of a number of Mario games on March 31. Super Mario 3D All-Stars will be pulled from the Switch eShop and Nintendo will no longer print physical copies of the game; stores will likely have some stock still on-hand, but once they’ve sold through them, that’s it. No more restocks.

Additionally, Nintendo will stop producing more units of its Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. and will pull Super Mario 35 from the eShop. Unlike 3D All-Stars and the Game & Watch, however, once Super Mario 35 is pulled it will no longer be playable even if you download the game prior to March 31. Players who own 3D All-Stars physically or digitally will still be able to play their game beyond the end of the month.

This limited-time treatment has left a sour taste in the mouths of many Nintendo fans, though Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser has stated that this isn’t something Nintendo is going to do frequently and that it was intended to make the Mario 35 celebration feel a little extra special. While understandable, that still doesn’t sit well with fans who’ve pointed out that it shouldn’t be difficult for Nintendo to continue to offer 3D All-Stars digitally or support Super Mario 35 for existing players who downloaded the game prior to the deadline.

Nintendo Cancels A Planned ARMS Graphic Novel

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Nintendo Cancels A Planned ARMS Graphic Novel

Back in 2018, writer Ian Flynn wrote the first issue of what was supposed to become an ARMS graphic novel. The issue was released on Free Comic Book Day of that year, but when the graphic novel’s targeted release window of Fall 2018 came and went with no sign of the book, no additional news followed about when fans could expect its release.

The fate of that book seems to have been finally revealed: according to Flynn’s updated online portfolio, the ARMS graphic novel has been canceled. Reddit user Dr-Richie-74 posted to the r/ARMS subreddit that they noticed Flynn updated his portfolio, and the description for the ARMS graphic novel now reads, “(May 2018) Wrote the introductory Free Comic Book Day 2018 issue for a planned, but unfortunately canceled, graphic novel series based on the popular Nintendo fighting game franchise, ARMS.”

On March 11, Flynn was asked on Twitter if he could definitively confirm that the book has been canceled, and responded by saying that he can’t or shouldn’t speak in an official capacity about it.