A 25th Anniversary Game To Celebrate The 35th Anniversary Of A Series

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A 25th Anniversary Game To Celebrate The 35th Anniversary Of A Series

Why is The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, a high definition remaster of a ten-year-old game, is the only game announced for Switch to celebrate Zelda’s 35th anniversary? Sure, there are also the attractive, limited edition joy-cons that will immediately be snatched up by scalpers, but together, those two products don’t make for much of a celebration.

Comparatively, Super Mario and Pokémon are shooting it out of the park. Mario’s 35th anniversary got Super Mario 3D All-Stars, Super Mario All-Stars on the Nintendo Online SNES, Paper Mario: Origami King, 3D Mario World + Bowser’s Fury, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, the Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros, and Super Mario Bros. 35 for Nintendo Online members. And that’s just the games. Nintendo collaborated with Lego, released clothing, and other merchandise both in stores and through My Nintendo. There were even live events and in-game events such as a Mario-themed Splatfest in Splatoon 2 and Super Mario items released in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. As for Pokémon, it is currently having its 25th anniversary and they are doing plenty. Events, merchandise, the release of New Pokémon Snap, and the announcement of the new Pokémon Legends Arceus and the remakes of Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl.

Pikmin App Has Now Been Tested By Players In Singapore

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Pikmin App Has Now Been Tested By Players In Singapore

Nintendo recently revealed that Niantic, creator of Pokemon Go, is working on a Pikmin mobile game. Last week, Niantic tweeted that they have begun testing the app in Singapore.

We’re excited to announce that, in partnership with @Nintendo, we’ve begun testing our Pikmin-based mobile app in Singapore! Register now to participate in this all-new Pikmin walking experience. https://t.co/mdA6zRTAgj

— Niantic, Inc. (@NianticLabs) March 30, 2021

PAC-MAN 99 On Nintendo Online Out Now

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PAC-MAN 99 On Nintendo Online Out Now

Compete against 99 players once again in PAC-MAN 99. Like Tetris 99, you and 99 other players will battle to be the last players remaining. In classic PAC-MAN, the goal was to eat pellets and avoid ghosts. Eating large pellets allows you to eat ghosts. Now, eating ghosts sends them to bother other players as “Jammer Pac-Man.” Jammer Pac-Man chase after your opponents and reduce the opponents’ speed if bumped into.  Another new aspect are the “sleeping ghosts.” Stationary, unmoving ghosts that can be eaten to create a long train of ghosts that will send even more ghosts at enemies. In Tetris 99, players could choose who they sent blocks to, which is a returning feature but with Jammer Pac-Man, but now players will also have power ups to choose from such as a speed boost.

PAC-MAN 99 is out now! A service to only Nintendo Online members. Additional paid content will also be available.

Some Nintendo players have voiced complaints on the now mulitple battle royale games, while others feel that though the game looks fun, it doesn’t make up for Nintendo taking Super Mario Bros. 35.

Editorial: Mario Didn’t Die Today, But Nintendo Must Do Better To Preserve Its History

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Editorial: Mario Didn’t Die Today, But Nintendo Must Do Better To Preserve Its History

I’ve come to find over the years that not many people keep their old games and consoles. Much less the boxes and instruction manuals, either; if someone happens to still have an NES laying around with a copy of Super Mario Bros. 3, the odds are good that neither has its original container nor the booklets they came with. This is part of the reason that “complete in the box” reseller listings on sites like eBay can fetch such mighty sums of money. The unsentimental will sometimes even resort to chucking old software and hardware into the trash if they can’t think of anything to do with it (anyone who’s ever worked at a GameStop has likely witnessed customers who ask to have their rejected wares binned for them).

I mention this to try and illustrate how elusive it can be to experience the history of the video game industry. Just the act of holding onto old games and systems is fairly irregular among consumers. Throw in problems with compatibility as new televisions ditch legacy audio and visual plugs, not to mention the corrosion and breaking down of all the components themselves, and it becomes clear that the history of gaming is fragile. As more times slips by, the harder it’s becoming to introduce modern players to video games of the past without jumping through a bunch of hoops.

Players Take To Updated Nintendo Switch Online Trailer To Vent Frustrations With Service

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Players Take To Updated Nintendo Switch Online Trailer To Vent Frustrations With Service

With the release of Switch, Nintendo finally started charging players a fee to play online, deviating from their prior model of providing online multiplayer for free. Nintendo Switch Online subscriptions are $20 a year and give players access to an ever-growing library of NES and SNES titles, but the service isn’t perfect and the laundry list of grievances against it is sizable.

So when Nintendo updated and reloaded a Nintendo Switch Online overview video to their YouTube channel last week, players took it as an opportunity to express their frustration with the service and Nintendo in general.

At the time of writing, the video currently has 10k likes versus 19k dislikes. As we take this article to press, however, it is now private (you can use the link above to check for yourself). When it was public, the comments covered a variety of player issues, but a few in particular were getting especially amplified. The sluggish (and at times borderline unplayable) online experience for games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a major pain point, particularly when subscribers are paying for the ability to play online and feel as though they’re receiving a subpar service in return. Two of the top comments on the video were aimed at the slowness and choppiness of playing online:

No One Liked Bunny Day in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, So Nintendo Brought it Back

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No One Liked Bunny Day in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, So Nintendo Brought it Back

If we can rely on Nintendo to do anything consistently and without fail, it’s to give players exactly what they didn’t ask for and hold out on giving them what they desperately want. This is exactly how we wound up with the return of Bunny Day for 2021 in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Last year’s version of the event (which shared the same name) was met with such harsh criticism that Nintendo had to tweak it mid-event. One of the biggest issues was the overly-aggressive spawn rates for eggs, which had eggs almost completely replacing certain resources, like fish, floating presents, and fossils. It was made worse by the fact that the event was drawn out over a period of nearly two weeks, and the recipes tied to the event weren’t exactly much to write home about unless you really, really love Easter egg-themed furniture and egg suits.

Nintendo at least took some of the player outrage to heart and, in deciding to bring Bunny Day back for an encore, made some adjustments:

Don’t Expect Rereleases of Mistwalker Titles Anytime Soon

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Don’t Expect Rereleases of Mistwalker Titles Anytime Soon

So you really liked The Last Story on Wii and would love to see a rerelease? Sorry, Mistwalker has other fish to fry.

Studio founder and Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi recently sat down with VGC and discussed, among other things, the possibility of his upcoming title, Fantasian, being his last, as well as whether or not development studio Mistwalker is open to rereleases or remakes of their older games.

Sakaguchi was asked whether he has any interest in remastering or remaking The Last Story or other Mistwalker titles, like Blue Dragon or Lost Odyssey, after both parts of Fantasian are released. His response was pretty tepid:

The History of NeoGeo Pocket Color

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The History of NeoGeo Pocket Color

While NeoGeo Pocket Color might not be the superstar handheld that Game Boy Color was, it was a notable piece of hardware that perfectly encapsulated what made and still makes SNK unique in the industry. With bold, gorgeous graphics, a unique suite of onboard applications to play with, and some wonderful games that are still a joy to play today, the legacy of NeoGeo Pocket Color lives on to this day. If you just picked up NeoGeo Pocket Color Selection Vol. 1 for Switch, we invite you to give this history of the handheld a look and gain an even greater appreciate for the device.

Steamforged Games Announces Sonic The Card Game

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Steamforged Games Announces Sonic The Card Game

Steamforged Games is known for producing high quality, immersive tabletop game experiences. The game-maker announced at the recent Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA) expo that fans can look forward to its interpretation of Sonic the Hedgehog in its upcoming Sonic the Card Game. Unlike Steamforged’s take on franchise like Horizon: Zero Dawn, however, Sonic’s game is about the Blue Blur’s greatest ability: his speed!

Here’s how Steamforged describes the experience:

Sonic’s the name, and speed is the game—literally! Join the beloved blue blur in a competitive card racing game where you’ll collect power-ups and rings to win.

Sonic the Hedgehog 30th Anniversary Special Lands In June

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Sonic the Hedgehog 30th Anniversary Special Lands In June

Rejoice Sonic comic fans, as IDW and Sega of America are pulling out all the stops for the Blue Blur’s 30th anniversary. This June, fans will be able to read Sonic the Hedgehog 30th Anniversary Special, a three-story compilation that honors the character’s three decades as a video game and pop culture icon. The three stories to read are: Seasons of Chaos, Dr. Eggman’s Birthday, and Sonic Learns to Drive. The issue is said to be launching with multiple variant covers to collect.

Here’s how IDW breaks down the talent lined up for the upcoming milestone issue:

For this spectacular tribute comic, IDW has tapped Gale Galligan, known for her illustration work on The Babysitters Club, along with Justin, Travis and Griffin McElroy, podcasters recognizable from The Adventure Zone and the wildly popular My Brother, My Brother, and Me. This group of newcomers will be contributing their first-ever Sonic adventures alongside fan-favorite and longtime scribe Ian Flynn and artists Mauro Fonseca, Reggie Graham, Aaron Hammerstrom and Thomas Rothlisberger.