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The September 2023 Nintendo Direct took place earlier this week, and we’re curious to hear about your reactions concerning the presentation.

Nintendo itself actually had quite a bit of content on display. Some titles were known about previously, and there were a bunch of remasters thrown into the mix. Highlights include Princess Peach: Showtime, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, F-Zero 99, Mario vs. Donkey Kong, and Another Code: Recollection.

From third-parties, announcements included Unicorn Overlord, Contra: Operation Galuga, SaGa Emerald Beyond, and Tomb Raider I-III Remastered Starring Lara Croft.

We have the full recap of the show here, but for those that tuned in, what’d you think of the Nintendo Direct? What was your personal highlight? Let us know in the comments below.

A new month started up last week. Now that we’re in September, we want to know what you’ve been playing.

Are you digging into Sea of Stars? How about some of the other recent releases like Blasphemous II, Red Dead Redemption, Quake II, and Bomb Rush Cyberfunk? No matter the case, let us know in the comments below.

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Super Mario Bros. Wonder Direct reactions

Nintendo aired its Super Mario Bros. Direct this week with an extensive look at the game. The 15-minute overview delved into numerous aspects about the game, much of which we didn’t know about previously.

The Direct was broken down into a few different segments. We got confirmation on playable characters, new enemies, power-ups, support for online features, badges, and more. A brief mention was also given for the new Switch OLED – Mario Red Edition. You can catch up on the full recap here.

Now that we’re a few days removed from the Direct, how did you feel about the presentation? Did it make you more excited for the October launch? Let us know in the comments.

Lets Talk Xenoblade future

One of the news topics circulating this week is Xenoblade Chronicles series director Tetsuya Takahashi saying that if there’s another entry in the franchise, it would probably be pretty different. In a way that seems like something obvious to mention, but it’s also an interesting point of discussion.

There are many similarities across the Xenoblade games, but plenty of differences as well. Perhaps the most unique of the bunch was Xenoblade Chronicles X, which put a focus more on quests and less of a story plus rideable mechs. For the most part though, the series has been about exploring big worlds, getting wrapped up in the world and story (unless you want to discount X), appreciating the music, and taking on enemies in the real-time action-based battle system.

Having said that, where should Xenoblade go from here? What would you like to see in a theoretical new game? Let us know in the comments.

Another Pokemon Presents presentation came and went this week. It was a lengthy broadcast coming in at 35 minutes long, but if you were hoping for a bunch of announcements, you may have been disappointed.

The latest look at the Pokemon Scarlet and Violet DLC – including a final September release date for The Teal Mask – was shown and was probably the biggest part of the presentation. Outside of that, a number of other games and updates were included such as a new trailer for Detective Pikachu Returns. Pokemon Trading Card Game and Pokemon Stadium 2 dropped on Nintendo Switch Online as well.

There’s now been some discussion as to whether this type of Pokemon Presents is really necessary if there isn’t anything truly new to show. Where do you stand on the debate? And what’d you think of the August 2023 Pokemon Presents overall? Let us know in the comments below.

A new month started up this week. Now that we’re in August, we want to know what you’ve been playing.

Have you been continuing to play Pikmin 4? Maybe you’ve started up Zelda: Oracle of Ages / Oracle of Seasons on Nintendo Switch Online? No matter the case, let us know in the comments below.

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Mario Kart future

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will be wrapping up its Booster Course Pass later this year, and that leaves us at an interesting point with the series. Mario Kart Tour will still be going on, but many will be wondering what will come next with the console games. It’s a safe bet at this point that Nintendo is holding off on introducing a brand new title until the Switch’s successor launches. With Mario Kart 8 first hitting Wii U in 2014, it’ll be at least a decade since the last totally original title.

Plenty of people have ideas as to what Nintendo should do with Mario Kart in the future. Some think the next game should go all out and bring in even more franchises outside of the immediate Mario space. Others think something like a more involved single-player campaign would be a good idea. Needless to say, although Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has a ton of content and many believe it’s the franchise’s best, there are still plenty of directions Nintendo should go in.

So what do you think Nintendo should do next with Mario Kart? What are your ideas? Let us know in the comments below.

Pikmin 4 has finally launched on Switch, and if you’ve picked up the game, we’re interested in hearing your early impressions.

It’s been a long wait for the next major entry in the series as Pikmin 3 first appeared on Wii U in 2013. And despite Shigeru Miyamoto saying a couple of years later that the fourth game was “close to completion”, it wasn’t until yesterday that the game launched on Switch.

So if you’re playing Pikmin 4, what do you think about it so far? How do you think it stacks up to the other entries? Let us know in the comments.

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Switch Online Expansion Pack member

Nintendo has gradually been looking to make the Expansion Pack tier for Nintendo Switch Online seem more appealing. Initially, the service only provided access to N64 and SEGA Genesis games plus the Animal Crossing: New Horizons DLC. Since then it has added GBA titles plus access to the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass and Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion.

This October, Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack will be around for two years. We’re curious – how many of you have subscribed to the service? If you have, what do you find to be the most appealing about it? If you haven’t, are you a member of the base Nintendo Switch Online subscription? Let us know in the comments below.

Pikmin 4 is the next big game from Nintendo, and it’s actually one that’s going to need to carry Switch for a bit – at least from a first-party perspective. As things stand now, Nintendo won’t be publishing a brand new game until October. That’s when things get busy as the company will be involved with Detective Pikachu Returns, Super Mario Bros. Wonder, WarioWare: Move It, and Super Mario RPG in the span of a month or so.

Pikmin originated from Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of hits like Mario and Zelda, but this particular franchise hasn’t quite reached the same heights as those IPs from a sales perspective. Still, the series has continued on since the GameCube days. Pikmin is also one of the few Nintendo franchises with a presence on mobile.

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