Nintendo Switch System Update 13.2.1 is Live

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Nintendo Switch System Update 13.2.1 is Live

Besides word of Banjo-Kazooie coming to Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack tomorrow, Nintendo has also dropped a new system update for the Switch console itself. Version 13.2.1 of the Switch firmware is available for download right now. You’ll never guess what this update entails:

Shocking, absolutely shocking—unless it’s not. All kidding aside, it’s always good to see Nintendo keeping its hardware fresh and running its best, so be sure to get your console(s) updated if they haven’t already.

Source: Nintendo of America Customer Support Page

Nintendo 64 Classic Banjo-Kazooie Launches Tomorrow on Switch

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Nintendo 64 Classic Banjo-Kazooie Launches Tomorrow on Switch

This past December we learned that Banjo-Kazooie, the classic Nintendo 64 platformer from developer Rare, would be coming to Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscribers this month. The only thing we didn’t know was when. Well, the wait is over: Banjo-Kazooie will be launching tomorrow, January 20. Here’s the launch trailer:

For longtime fans the sight of Banjo-Kazooie on a Nintendo system once more is truly something to appreciate. The loss of Rare to Microsoft back in 2o02 was a hard pill to swallow. Now, 20 years later, the bear and bird are getting a proper homecoming on Switch. This version of the game boasts an enhanced resolution compared to the N64 original, although as has been widely noted by fans across the web, Switch Online’s N64 emulation is a tad spotty. We’ll check in and see how the game runs on our end and get back to you all, but until then let us know what you think about the return of Banjo-Kazooie down in the comments!

Source: Nintendo of America Twitter Page

Nintendo Switch Was the Best-Selling Console in the US in 2021

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Nintendo Switch Was the Best-Selling Console in the US in 2021

Despite the next generation of video game consoles having been kicked off by Sony and Microsoft last year, Nintendo Switch remains king. In terms of unit sales and dollar sales, the console was number one in the United States in 2021. The data was revealed by The NPD Group’s Mat Piscatella via Twitter.

December 2021 US NPD THREAD – December 2021 consumer spending across video game hardware, content and accessories fell 1% when compared to a year ago, to $7.5 billion. 2021 consumer spending reached a record $60.4 billion, 8% higher when compared to 2020. pic.twitter.com/T5J3sjKIlG

— Mat Piscatella (@MatPiscatella) January 18, 2022

The Cuphead Show Debuts on Netflix in February

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The Cuphead Show Debuts on Netflix in February

It’s been known for a while now that Cuphead, the popular run ‘n gun game from Microsoft that was beloved by Nintendo fans when it came to Switch, would be getting its own show on Netflix. The wait for the new series is almost over, as The Cuphead Show will be debuting on Netflix on February 18. You can get your first look in this trailer:

Here’s the voice talent that will be on the show:

The Cuphead Show’s first season will be spread out across 12 episodes. with short, 12-minute runtimes. Adam Paloian and Clay Morrow are the show’s directors. Finally, here’s a synopsis of The Cuphead Show:

Kingdom Hearts Integrum Masterpiece Releases in February

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Kingdom Hearts Integrum Masterpiece Releases in February

Back in October, Square Enix revealed that the entire Kingdom Hearts series would be coming to Nintendo Switch as cloud games. Although there has been some debate internally at Square about eventually bringing proper ports of these games to fans, for now these cloud versions are the only options. Following the announcement, though, it was unclear when they’d finally be released. We’ve now learned that fans will be able to enjoy the sprawling adventures of Sora and friends starting on February 10. However, in the meantime, fans can head to the eShop right now for free demos of everything on offer.

Ikai Set to Bring Big Scares in March

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Ikai Set to Bring Big Scares in March

Fans of horror have had a number of fun games to enjoy on Nintendo Switch over the years. Coming this March, PM Studios will be bringing yet another such title to the console with Ikai. Joined with the small three-person dev team at Endflame, Ikai brings first-person chills where the main character is incapable of fighting back. Take a look:

Here’s a little about the game from PM Studios:

Dark Japanese folklore comes to life in this psychological horror game where your only defense against the abominable demons is your ability to ward them off with mystical kanji.

Monster Hunter Rise Exceeds Eight Million Units Sold

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Monster Hunter Rise Exceeds Eight Million Units Sold

The Monster Hunter series continues to be a major hit among gamers the world over. Capcom has unveiled that following the launch of Monster Hunter Rise on PC, the game has now surpassed eight million units sold. Prior to the PC launch, the game was already hovering around 7.5 million units sold on Nintendo Switch, alone.

[Press Release]
“Monster Hunter Rise Surpasses 8 Million Units Globally! – Solid growth of player base globally driven by release on PC platform -” added.https://t.co/dWuhke4qIW

— Capcom IR (@Capcom_IR) January 18, 2022

Come See the Pokémon Legends: Arceus Theme in Action

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Come See the Pokémon Legends: Arceus Theme in Action

Tetris 99 is hosting its 28th Maximus Cup starting this Thursday. If you’ve been wondering what exactly the new theme, which is based on Pokémon Legends: Arceus, is going to look like, we have you covered. Here’s a trailer showing off the gameplay and music you’ll be enjoying in just a few days:

Participants must have an active Nintendo Switch Online membership. For full details about the event, hit up this link. In the meanwhile, let us know what you think of this latest theme down in the comments!

Source: Nintendo of America Twitter Page

7 Minutes Podcast—Little White Box: Wii Turns 15

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7 Minutes Podcast—Little White Box: Wii Turns 15

Welcome to the 7 Minutes podcast, which features contributor Zack Fornaca, Senior Editor Angela Marrujo, and EiC Robert all talking video games and the industry at large. Just a warning that there might be some salty language contained within. For this episode, the crew reminisces about Wii as it hits the ripe, old age of 15!

Click here to reach the podcast directly.

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Bits & Bytes: Kirby at 30

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Bits & Bytes: Kirby at 30

Bits & Bytes is a weekly column where Editor-in-Chief Robert shares his thoughts about video games and the industry on a lazy Sunday. Light reading for a day of rest, Bits & Bytes is short, to the point, and something to read with a nice drink.

My first Kirby game was the first Kirby game: Kirby’s Dream Land. My aunt Brenda had bought it for me, although I can’t remember the occasion. I was around six or seven and had no idea what Kirby was. All I could go off of was the cover of the box. Round, floating, ghostly white, with a canopy of leaves blocking the view of a piercing blue sky, Kirby’s nature wasn’t readily apparent. It didn’t matter—a new Game Boy game meant hours of entertainment awaited. A flick of the power switch and suddenly I was in Dream Land.

More than anything else, the music in this game is burned into my memories. It was immediately catchy. The first stage, Green Greens, offers up the basic Kirby theme music that fans know and love, but the remaining four stages are where the best tunes can be found. I tended in my childhood to play Game Boy games with the sound lowered down (so as to avoid my parents noticing I was playing and, eventually, tell me to stop). Kirby was one of the rare games that was worth the risk of turning the volume up for.