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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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Welcome back to Nintendo Everything Refresh! This week, join your hosts Nick and Nicolas as they discuss the recent release of Pikmin 4, and what this could mean for the future of the franchise. We’ll also chat about the rerelease of the Zelda Oracle of Ages/Seasons games via Switch Online, rumors related to Metroid Prime 2 Remastered, and much more!

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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.

Disney Illusion Island review

System: Switch
Release date: July 28, 2023
Developer: Dlala Studios
Publisher: Disney Electronic Content

Mickey, Minnie, Donald & Goofy may be some of the most recognizable characters of all time, but it’s been a hot minute since they featured in a noteworthy game of their own – something true of many Disney franchises since the shuttering of Disney Interactive in 2016. As such, Disney Illusion Island is something of an experiment; an attempt to craft a modern, original Mickey Mouse story in a new world with new characters, with the structure of a Metroidvania (or “Mickeyvania,” as the developers have put it). While a lack of meaningful surprises can cause the experience to drag and feel overly simple, the game’s charming humor and silky-smooth platforming result in a fun and amusing adventure.

[Review] Cross Tails

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System: Switch
Release date: July 20, 2023
Developer: RideOn Japan
Publisher: Kemco

The age old war between cats and dogs has never been more illustrated than what you see in Cross Tails. Two kingdoms at odds with one another in a deep-rooted hatred fueled by generations of animosity, the game’s narrative opens with the canine Kingdom of Ranverfurt and the feline Republic of Hidiq currently embroiled in a decade-long battle. With a third faction trying to drive things in their own direction, will we be able to solve the conflict and steer destiny in a peaceful direction, or will the people continue to suffer due to the interference?

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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Master Detective Archives: Rain Code review

System: Switch
Release Date: June 30, 2023
Developer: Spike Chunsoft / Too Kyo Games
Publisher: Spike Chunsoft

Waking in a strange storage room, our protagonist dusts himself off and finds himself without memory. Unsure of who he is, or what he was doing beforehand, he quickly investigates his surroundings. With a strange voice echoing now and again, sometimes seeming to guide him, he finds a letter in his pocket. Perplexed, worried, and with just his name and destination in mind, he exits out into a train station in a rush to hopefully make the journey to learn of himself and his fate. This is Master Detective Archives: Rain Code, the latest game from the creator of Danganronpa.

Atelier Marie Remake review

System: Switch
Release Date: July 13, 2023
Developer: Gust
Publisher: Koei Tecmo

Atelier has been around for over twenty five years, and even though it’s only felt like it’s really started to take off in the last five or so, it’s had a rich history with its slice-of-life RPG experience that is as cozy as it is adventurous and riveting. With the success of recent titles like Atelier Ryza and Atelier Sophie 2, the series has grown exponentially in both detail and scope. However, it’s the humble beginnings that really define how and why the franchise is so unique and special. Atelier Marie Remake: The Alchemist of Salburg now brings the series’ debut title to the modern day in a gorgeous fashion, and does so in such a grandiose way that it’s a contender for being the best Atelier game in some time and on Switch.

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.

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