Cooking Mama: Cookstar Comes to Switch Next Month

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Cooking Mama: Cookstar Comes to Switch Next Month

With word of Cooking Mama: Cookstar having already been leaked, official word of the game coming to Nintendo Switch seemed all but guaranteed. Sure enough, Cookstar has been revealed to the world with an amorphous release window of March 2020 (it seems a tad close to release to not have a date hammered out, but I digress) and a price of $39.99. The game also boasts 90 recipes which can be prepared traditionally or in the new Vegetarian mode. Everything is looking good… for the most part.

This is the first Cooking Mama title to be developed by a studio other than Office Create, the original home of the series. Planet Entertainment seems to be on development duties. but there’s nothing on the company’s social channels talking about the game just yet. There’s also a mysterious Cooking Mama: Cookstar Twitter page with no posts and a link to www.cookingmamacookstar.com… which, when followed, brings visitors to a nondescript GoDaddy parking page. These are things that don’t engender a lot of faith, but there’s no reason not to give the game the benefit of the doubt… for now.

Will you be giving Cookstar a taste? Let us know online and down below!

Nintendo Announces New Coral Switch Lite

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Nintendo Announces New Coral Switch Lite

While there hasn’t been any official word just yet on the arrival of the much and oft-rumored Switch “Pro,” Nintendo certainly hasn’t slowed down producing variants of the two existing models of the console. The upcoming Animal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo Switch is slated to drop on March 13, just a week before the game hits stores. Now. word has come that it will be joined by a new color option for Switch Lite the following month:

A new splash of color joins the #NintendoSwitchLite lineup! The vibrant and playful coral Nintendo Switch Lite system arrives on 4/3! pic.twitter.com/bZwdrPMm1R

— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) February 18, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct Set For This Week

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct Set For This Week

Fans have been waiting on tenterhooks for what feels like an eternity to hear word of an official Nintendo Direct broadcast… and, well, they’re still waiting! In the meantime, however, there’s a bit of a reprieve from this drought in the form of an Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct this coming Thursday, February 20. The broadcast will air beginning at 6 am PST.

Tune in on February 20 at 6 a.m. PT / 9 a.m ET for a roughly 25-minute livestreamed #AnimalCrossing: New Horizons Direct, featuring an in-depth look at Nook Inc.’s Deserted Island Getaway Package! pic.twitter.com/3j4EaUw8Pl

— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) February 18, 2020

SEGA Kicks Off a New Sonic Sale on Switch

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SEGA Kicks Off a New Sonic Sale on Switch

In celebration of the release of the Sonic the Hedgehog film in theaters (which has had a record breaking release in North America), a number of Sonic titles are on sale across the Switch, Wii U, and 3DS eShops.

From Sonic Mania to the new Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games 2020, to even Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz — in which Sonic makes a cameo — there’s something for everyone. Here’s the full lineup of what’s on sale:

Nintendo Switch:

Sonic the Hedgehog is Moving Fast Towards a $65 Million Opening Weekend in North America

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Sonic the Hedgehog is Moving Fast Towards a $65 Million Opening Weekend in North America

Paramount Pictures’ Sonic the Hedgehog is having quite the successful opening weekend, earning far more than initially predicted.

The film, which cost $87 million to produce, is estimated to have earned $53.99 million in three days and more than $64.3 million in its opening weekend. If these numbers wind up being correct, it would mean Sonic the Hedgehog has had the greatest video game adaptation debut in North America of all time.

Currently, Legendary/Warner Bros.’ Detective Pikachu holds that record, having earned $54.3 million in three days during a non-holiday weekend — it took four days for Sonic the Hedgehog to surpass Detective Pikachu’s three-day earnings and it released on a holiday weekend.

Save Backup Featuring Coming to Animal Crossing: New Horizons for Switch Online Players

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Save Backup Featuring Coming to Animal Crossing: New Horizons for Switch Online Players

While Animal Crossing: New Horizons won’t support data transfer or cloud saves, Nintendo has announced that they’re “considering” implementing a save data backup feature, which would only be available to Nintendo Switch Online users.

As explained on the game’s official site:

Animal Crossing: New Horizons isn’t supported by Nintendo Switch Online’s Save Data Cloud Backup. However, we’re currently considering a function to backup save data, uniquely for the software, in case one’s Nintendo Switch console itself gets damaged, lost, or stolen.

Reggie Interviewed at Nintendo During the GameCube Era — But Didn’t Own a GameCube

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Reggie Interviewed at Nintendo During the GameCube Era — But Didn’t Own a GameCube

Before becoming president of Nintendo of America, Reggie was an avid Nintendo fan: he had quite the SNES collection, counted The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past among his all-time favorite games and owned an N64. He also had a PlayStation 2 and Xbox, but the one console he didn’t own? The GameCube.

When Reggie originally interviewed with Nintendo before joining the company in 2003, the big three’s competing consoles were the GameCube, PS2, and Xbox, yet Reggie didn’t have a GameCube himself. However, according to an interview he recently gave on the Present Value podcast, he felt that this gave him a strategic advantage and a unique perspective upon joining the ranks at Nintendo:

Interviewer: “You arrived at Nintendo in 2003. What did the company landscape look like, and what was the first thing you did?”

TUBBZ Cosplaying Duck Range Adds Gaming Favorites to its Lineup

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TUBBZ Cosplaying Duck Range Adds Gaming Favorites to its Lineup

TUBBZ, the cosplaying duck range from Numskull Designs, has announced new additions to its lineup from some of the most well-known video game franchises, including Sonic the Hedgehog, DOOM, Street Fighter and Resident Evil.

And just what do the new figures look like? Watch below to find out:

Like what you see? Preorders are open and the ducks will be $12.99 each when they become available in a few months.

Coronavirus Not Expected to Impact Switch Availability in North America and Europe

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Coronavirus Not Expected to Impact Switch Availability in North America and Europe

The coronavirus has been wreaking havoc with public health and safety in China, resulting in nearly 700 deaths up to this point. It’s been a very trying time for the country and has unsurprisingly had an impact on life as well as business. This includes Nintendo, which has its various consoles produced in China. The company had announced that the coronavirus situation is inciting a delay in production of the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Switch that would cause disruptions of sales in Japan. As such, many assumed that this would extend to other countries, too, but Nintendo has come out to set the record straight with the following statement to Kotaku:

“We can confirm that the manufacturing of some Nintendo products for the Japanese market has been delayed due to the impact of 2019-nCoV coronavirus outbreak. Nintendo does not anticipate a significant impact on our broader global supply chain for systems and accessories at this time, and product sales in North America and Europe, including preorders, are not affected. We would like to express our concern and support for all those affected by the coronavirus during this challenging time.”

For now, it seems that preorders for the Animal Crossing Switch in North America and Europe will not be disrupted. If that changes, we’ll be sure to let everyone know.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Puyo Puyo 2 Arrive This Month

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Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Puyo Puyo 2 Arrive This Month

The Sega Ages line on Nintendo Switch is essentially a Sega-centric version of Virtual Console. The titles in the range are all ported by the wizards over at M2, who strive to upscale and perfect a game’s graphics as well as offer a variety of tweaks to make their versions of the software arguably the definitive ones. There have been a number of Sega Ages releases up to this point, but word has come that two very desired titles are finally heading to North America: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Puyo Puyo 2!

They’ll both be arriving on February 20, which is just about two weeks away. Here’s what M2 has up its sleeve for the pair of games:

Take Sonic and Tails on a high-speed adventure, or match those cute Puyos and set a high score.