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Many years ago, online gaming showcases weren’t really a thing. E3, which is now dead, was typically where you’d hear about the latest games from Nintendo, PlayStation, and Xbox plus others like Ubisoft, EA, Konami, and more. Gamescom and the Tokyo Game Show would bring us updates as well.

Nintendo upended the tea table by abandoning E3 press conferences and introducing the Direct format about a decade ago. Now others have really followed in their footsteps. Aside from the fact that Nintendo Directs were extremely popular, the pandemic seemed to push things further. More and more online showcases have continued to spring up over the past few years. E3 is gone and in-person showcases are more of a rarity, and meanwhile, live streams are an overabundance.

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Should you take her hand Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance

Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance features two separate story routes, the Canon of Creation and the Canon of Vengeance. Which path you go down will be decided at the very beginning of the game, as after the opening cutscene you’re presented with a choice – to take the girl’s hand, or to not take her hand. If you’re wondering what choice you should make, we’ve got you covered with this spoiler-free guide.

Shin Megami Tensei V Vengeance review

System: Switch
Release date: June 14, 2024
Developer: Atlus
Publisher: SEGA

It took almost five years for Shin Megami Tensei V to release after it was first revealed and now, less than three years later, Atlus are re-releasing it as Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance. It’s an extremely bad habit the company has maintained over the years with both the Shin Megami Tensei and Persona series in particular, but it’s difficult to be angry when the amount of additional content added, combined with the quality-of-life changes, transform the game to feel like a completely different title. Any ill will I felt towards Atlus for doing this yet again evaporated within the first half hour, as Vengeance proved to be yet another case of fixing something I didn’t even realize was broken.

Paper Mario The Thousand-Year Door review

System: Switch
Release date: May 23, 2024
Developer: Intelligent Systems
Publisher: Nintendo

Switch has proven itself quite the bastion for turn-based RPGs, but the GameCube of over two decades ago didn’t get quite the same treatment. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door was one of just a handful of games where the eager adventurer could whet their appetite for grinding battles to level up, collecting money, and adding to their item stash at every new town. Now with a fresh coat of paint and a host of new features, is the title worth returning to after two decades?

Switch performance patch

Today, we’re looking at a bunch of high-profile Switch games and which ones would most benefit from a performance patch on the next console.

A little while back, a new rumor emerged that claimed a port of Breath of the Wild for Nintendo’s next console is in development. Though we aren’t sure of the specifics, the main reason to port this game would be to up the performance to 60 frames per second with even higher visual quality. This got us thinking: if games are getting performance patches on Switch 2, which of Nintendo’s first-party Switch games could use a boost? 

The season of what would have been E3 isn’t fully over, but a good number of events are in the books. Summer Game Fest, one of the bigger shows happening this week, was held yesterday. Other things like Devolver Direct, Days of the Devs, and Wholesome Direct have taken place as well.

If we’re looking strictly at yesterday’s Summer Game Fest showcase, we did see a few Switch announcements – namely LEGO Horizon Adventures, Civilization VII, Harry Potter: Quiddich Champions, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Rita’s Rewind, and Fear the Spotlight. Sonic x Shadow Generations also got a release date and new trailer.

What did you think of Summer Game Fest, and how are you feeling about the non-E3 season as a whole? Let us know in the comments.

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A new month just started up today. Now that we’re in June, we want to know what you’ve been playing.

Have you been finding your way through Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door? What about some of the other recent releases that have come to Switch? No matter the case, let us know in the comments.

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Hardest Switch Games to 100 percent

Given the scale of the games that have released on Switch, it’s safe to say that the first-party titles on the console are lengthier and more involved than any generations of games we’ve seen from Nintendo. Today, we’re going through a big list of some of the hardest Switch games to 100 percent complete, plus small tidbits on what that completion entails.

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pokemon black and white remakes

A number of persistent leaks seem to indicate that Pokemon Black and White remakes are on the way, but are they really credible? Today, we’re looking into all of the information we have available on potential remasters and asking you: do you think we’re getting Black and White remakes sooner rather than later?

The real answer: probably not. Pokemon Legends: Z-A was announced earlier this year, and it’s slated for release in 2025. Though the initial trailer didn’t reveal any footage, a good number of fans are excited that The Pokemon Company appears to be taking their time with this game (at least, compared to more recent games in the series, which have drawn criticism for rushed development cycles, among other things). So why would Pokemon Black and White remakes even be in consideration for release in 2024, with that in mind?!

Just a couple of days ago, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door made its return on Switch. The GameCube RPG has finally returned two decades after its original launch. You could make the case that this was the best choice for a remake in the series as it’s arguably the most well-received entry.

Have you picked up and started Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door on Switch? If yes, what are your thoughts so far? Let us know in the comments below.

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