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Why Nintendo Directs will never go away

We’re officially in the middle of E3 time (or when E3 would’ve been), and that means that Nintendo Direct discussion is heating up again. From so-called “leaks” to well-informed predictions, it seems like everyone has an opinion on when a presentation is coming, and what we should see in such a broadcast. This is always a fun season of thinking about what Nintendo has planned, but something that also comes up constantly when talking about this subject is: what if Nintendo just doesn’t air a Direct? And, furthermore, what if Nintendo doesn’t air one ever again?

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - The Hinokami Chronicles review

System: Switch
Release Date: June 10, 2022
Developer: CyberConnect2
Publisher: SEGA

Demon Slayer is just the latest to tag alongside the likes of My Hero Academia to record numbers for its manga and animation distributions, and by this point in time, anyone who has even the smallest of interest in anime has probably heard about it. It’s no surprise then that its popularity has led it to getting a game. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaibi – The Hinokami Chronicles showcases most of what’s been presented in the anime and manga at this point, including its feature film, Mugen Train. With its cast of over thirty characters present and compiled in what is effectively the definitive version of the game with all DLC included, The Hinokami Chronicles gives a hearty round of content for both fans and newcomers alike a great way to play on Switch with an exceptional port.

Last week we got our first look at gameplay for both Pokemon Scarlet / Violet and Sonic Frontiers, two of the biggest games planned for release on Switch later this year. Join your hosts Nick, Nicolas, Dennis and Luiz as they discuss the new directions of these games, the recently announced Romancing Saga remaster, Super Nintendo World news, and more!

Our show is available on most major streaming platforms, including SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAmazon Music and Audible, or you can check out the video version below:

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pokemon legends scarlet violet arceus

The Pokemon Company recently released a new trailer for Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet, showing a bit more of the new generation that will finally bring true open world gameplay to the series.

After seeing the video, while I certainly became more excited, I confess that I was also a bit disappointed to see some gameplay elements from Pokemon Legends: Arceus not carrying over. This is something I discuss in depth in our latest video. Feel free to check it out below.

A new month started up a few days ago. Now that we’re in June, we want to know what you’ve been playing.

Have you gotten involved in the demo for Mario Strikers: Battle League? Maybe you’re giving other releases a spin like Pac-Man Museum+, Touken Ranbu Warriors, Card Shark, or OPUS: Echo of Starsong? No matter the case, let us know in the comments below.

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The Mario movie is coming out next year and while very little is known about it, its delay in April hasn’t given Nintendo fans a lot of confidence in the production. Of course, it’s too early to tell if it will be a good movie or not, but what is interesting to discuss is what other Nintendo properties would be good movies.

When we consider this, it’s fair to ask – what makes a “good” movie? Is it the plot, memorable characters, an amazing soundtrack, or lots of Morbin’? I would say all that helps (especially the Morbin’), but when it comes to conceptualizing a movie from a video game, there’s a greater thing to consider: how does the core premise fits into a cinematic wrapper?

It’s our tenth-episode anniversary! In this week’s episode, join your hosts Nick, Nicholas, Dennis and Luiz as they check out the Mario Strikers: Battle League demo to get a feel for how the game will play. We’ll also discuss the upcoming Live A Live remake, the Pokemon-inspired MMO Temtem, and more!

Our show is available on most major streaming platforms, including SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAmazon Music and Audible, or you can check out the video version below:

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It’s not a secret to anyone that, for a while now, Nintendo has the “weakest” piece of gaming hardware on the market. Instead of raw processing power, the company tries to attract consumers with new and unique functionality. However, hardware limitations never stopped developers from producing amazing looking games.

In today’s video, my goal is to highlight some of the best achievements on Switch from a visual standpoint. These are about games that managed to make a fantastic use of the hardware, to the point that they are a “perfect” fit for the hybrid console. You can check out the video down below.

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OPUS: Echo of Starsong - Full Bloom Edition review

System: Switch
Release Date: May 11, 2022
Developer: SIGONO
Publisher: SIGONO

OPUS: The Day We Found Earth introduced me to the wonderfully talented SIGONO and the studio’s clear ambition to tell stories in a way that was equal parts refreshing, wholesome, and evocative. Roughly a year later and not long after its PC release, the developer brought us a follow-up of sorts (though not a direct sequel) with OPUS: Rocket of Whispers, which was more of an atmospheric point-and-click experience where you’d look through a telescope and locate different planets utilizing and coordinates and data you had at your disposal. The ambition for SIGONO was clearly to push their talents forward while still being able to tell this extremely palpable and moving story, and they excelled once again. Now comes along OPUS: Echoes of Starsong, which is once again vastly different from the other two entries in the series they’ve produced, but the gap in time and growth within the studio is put on display in such a way that the game is not only the best of an increasingly joyful series so far, but could easily be considered one of the most stunning, emotionally-driven, and unique visual novels of all time.

pokemon scarlet violet what do you want to see

For Pokemon Day back in February, Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet were announced for Switch. Only a few details have been revealed thus far, including the starters: Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly. The games are also said to have “an open world where various towns with no borders blend seamlessly into the wilderness.”

If Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet see the series’ traditional marketing cycle, there’s a good chance that we’ll be getting new information soon. And if that’s the case, it’s the perfect time to talk about what you’d like to see from the new titles. Are there any types of features you’re hoping will be in the games? Let us know in the comments below.

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