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A new month (and a new year!) started up today. Now that we’re in January, we want to know what you’ve been playing.

Things have slowed down a bit in terms of new releases, but there’s still plenty to play. In December alone we saw the likes of Danganronpa Decadence, Life is Strange: True Colors, Sam and Max Beyond Time and Space, Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX, Loop Hero, Shovel Knight: Pocket Dungeon, Chicory: A Colorful Tale, and more.

What games have you been playing as of late? Have you tried out any of the new titles or are you going through something in your backlog? No matter the case, let us know in the comments below.

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Life is Strange: True Colors review Nintendo Switch

System: Switch
Release date: December 7, 2021
Developer: Deck Nine
Publisher: Square Enix

While the choose-your-own-adventure genre has evolved and continued to grow over time, its increase in popularity over the years has resulted in it becoming a dedicated place to tell some of the most emotional stories. These games offer tailored experiences thanks to the multiple routes, events, and endings that can happen from player to player. Life is Strange was a fresh take at the time from newly formed studio Dontnod Entertainment that told a slice-of-life story with slight superpower-esque flavoring. It also featured a teenage main character that immediately set itself apart from the other gritty, more fantasy-based stories within the genre, connecting with tons of players on both a personal and emotional level. With unparalleled writing and plenty of jaw-dropping moments that constantly had the internet talking about what was coming next, it quickly catapulted to the forefront of the industry. Life is Strange: True Colors now marks the latest entry of the franchise almost seven years later and does a few things differently from past entries, but this also marks the series’ debut on a Nintendo system and a relatively impressive showing at that.

Not everyone has the same experience with a game – many elements ring different for each person and the interactive nature of that media makes everything more personal. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is a great game, but inside such a highly regarded series sometimes being great is not enough, and that’s why some fans were disappointed with the game.

However, for me it was different. Skyward Sword is actually one of my all-time favorite games, thanks to the circumstances in which I played it and the fact that the game seems to be carefully crafted to appeal to me. In the video below, I share my initial experience with the title and explain why the first hours of it are so great and important to the overall experience.

2022 is almost here, so let’s take a moment to reflect on the coming year – especially concerning Nintendo.

We’re actually in a much different place this time around compared to the start of 2021. We really didn’t have a good idea as to what Nintendo was planning for the year in terms of Switch releases. A few games were known entities, but a lot hadn’t been revealed until the year started moving along.

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Nintendo is the kind of developer that’s not afraid to drastically change gameplay elements in a series. Usually their teams are always implementing new ideas and concepts in each new game. Paper Mario is probably one of the most famous examples – since Super Paper Mario on the Wii, each new game has been different.

Right now on the Switch, you can play the first and the last entries in the Paper Mario series. Seeing how much the franchise has changed over the years, I found it interesting to analyze the many differences in world building between Paper Mario on the N64 and Origami King on Switch, comparing how effective they are. You can check out my video down below.

Disney Magical World 2 Enchanted Edition review

System: Switch
Release date: December 3, 2021
Developer: Bandai Namco / h.a.n.d.
Publisher: Bandai Namco

Due to expenses and geography, not everyone is able to visit Disneyland or Disney World, but thankfully video games have always made the company’s various characters and properties come to life right in your own home. This was especially true with the aptly named Disney Magical World when it released on 3DS years ago with an entry way not only into visiting a land known as Castleton, but running your own café within it that involved getting to know and throwing parties with some of Disney’s most famous characters. Disney Magical World 2, and by default its newly ported Enchanted Edition on Switch, essentially reworks the foundation of the previous game, but with a crisp new facelift and having all DLC packaged in. It’s a fantastic time that’s great for not only fans of Disney, but management sim fans as well.

2021 is almost over, but Nintendo decided to end the year with one last presentation – that being this week’s Indie World Showcase. Fans were again treated to looks at upcoming indie games for Switch.

As is standard for Indie World Showcases, we saw some shadowdrops. Chicory: A Colorful Tale, Dungeon Munchies, Let’s Play! Oink Games, and Timelie were all announced for Switch and immediately released. Some other notable news included the official announcement for Sea of Stars on Switch, Don’t Starve Together, and OMORI being reconfirmed for the system with a Spring 2022 launch window. You can catch up on the full recap here.

With the Indie World Showcase having aired earlier this week, what did you think about the presentation? Did you have any personal highlights? Let us know in the comments below.

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2021 is coming to an end, and right now is a good time to examine how Nintendo’s year was. After the very unusual 2020, I was surprised to see that this year the company managed to get a lot of things back to “normal” – mainly the Nintendo Directs that came back with full force.

All in all, I think that we saw a great year for Nintendo and that’s exactly what I discuss in the video below. Be sure to check it out and also share your opinions about the Big N in 2021.

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The Game Awards 2021 are in the books, and you could say that it was an interesting show. Many were expecting Nintendo to drop at least one piece of news, but it turns out that the company didn’t have anything to share at all. The only other year that’s happened was in 2015, so it’s certainly a rare occurrence.

Despite Nintendo’s absence, there was a good amount of Switch news. SEGA showed off Sonic Frontiers, Cuphead – The Delicious Last Course finally remerged with a new trailer and release date, and Persona 4 Arena Ultimax was announced for Switch. That wasn’t everything as there were new glimpses as titles like The Lord of the Rings: Gollum.

This year, The Game Awards happened on Thursday, though there wasn’t a lot to see for Nintendo fans. To be honest, the show was not very different from recent ones. As one of the sponsors, Nintendo usually presents one or two announcements. This year in particular there was nothing coming directly from the company.

In today’s video, I invited Bryce – one of the editors on the site – to join me in a conversation about Nintendo’s lack of presence at The Game Awards. We also talked about other highlights from the show such as the new trailer for Sonic Frontiers and the Cuphead DLC. You can check the video down below.

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