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When you think about gaming franchises, Nintendo has some of the most recognizable IPs around. Mario is right at the top, but there’s also Pokemon, Zelda, Kirby, Donkey Kong, Splatoon, and many more. There’s even Animal Crossing, which was already fairly popular in the past, but has really taken off with New Horizons on Switch.

Despite how many series Nintendo has at its disposal, not everything is around today. There have some IPs that haven’t been touched in years, or even decades.

With that in mind, we want to hear from you. Is there a dormant Nintendo franchise you’d like to see make a comeback? Let us know in the comments below – your response may be featured in a future Nintendo Everything video!

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Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIV

Switch fans in the west will finally be able to try out Romance of the Three Kingdoms when the Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIV: Diplomacy and Strategy Expansion Pack launches next week. Ahead of the game’s release, Koei Tecmo gave us the opportunity to speak with producer Kazuhiro Echigoya.

Echigoya was able to speak about how the team approached the game’s story, future goals for the series, and more. We also chatted a bit about supporting Switch. 

Here’s our full discussion:

Haven review

System: Switch
Release date: February 4, 2021
Developer: The Game Bakers
Publisher: The Game Bakers

Playing Haven, a game about two lovers surviving in space together, often feels like dancing. Whether the game’s protagonists are careening across floating islands, fighting corrupted wildlife or engaging each other in conversation, almost every component of Haven’s gameplay has a rhythm to it that makes the experience feel like a spectacle. While it suffers from occasionally tedious systems and a bloated structure, Haven’s focused story, striking presentation, and innovative combat make it of the most unique third-person games I’ve played recently – despite some technical issues.

If Super Mario is any indication, there’s a good chance that Nintendo will be celebrating the 35th anniversary of Zelda this year. The very first game debuted on February 21, 1986, so the big milestone is only about a month away. When Nintendo is done celebrating Super Mario’s anniversary after March, perhaps that’s when the focus will shift to Zelda.

There are a couple of things to consider for Zelda. First, Nintendo previously celebrated the series for 25 years in 2011. That gave us new games with Skyward Sword, Ocarina of Time 3D, and Four Swords Anniversary Edition. The symphony concerts also really started to take off that year. Nintendo sprinkled around a decent amount of merchandise as well.

Going back to Super Mario, we’ve seen how Nintendo celebrated the series’ 35th anniversary. There have been lots of different things happening between new games, tie-ins with other Nintendo titles, products, and events.

Now thinking about what’s in store for Zelda’s 35th anniversary, what are your expectations? Do you think we’ll be getting Breath of the Wild 2 this year? Could Nintendo bring past entries in the series for Switch? What do you think could happen outside of games? Let us know in the comments below.

Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy

System: Switch
Release date: January 26, 2021
Developer: Gust
Publisher: Koei Tecmo

Our beautiful and charming resident concocter of potions and alchemy returns in a follow up to the most successful entry in Koei Tecmo’s long-running Atelier franchise, which sees alchemists go on fantastical adventures of self-discovery and wonder as they achieve their goals in heartwarming tales. Nearly 25 years later, the series is bigger than ever and one of its most popular protagonists, Ryza, returns with her own sequel. Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy builds upon the foundation of what made the original such a hit with both old and new fans alike, and while it still doesn’t necessarily do anything to reinvent the wheel or push the genre or technical limits of hardware, the game continues to do what the franchise does best: provide us with wholesome adventures in a relaxing JRPG setting with a cast you can’t help but love and grow with.

2021 will be bringing along the best and brightest games. Switch is in the prime of its life cycle currently and will surely offer many more memorable experiences over the next twelve months.

From Nintendo itself, the company’s lineup is actually a bit of a mystery at the moment. We know that Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury will be dropping along with Bravely Default II (published in the west) in February and New Pokemon Snap is planned for the very end of April, but there’s much that’s up in the air. You would think that Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 would have a good chance of a 2021 launch, though nothing is for certain. There are other question marks as well like Bayonetta 3.

While Nintendo is keeping its cards close to the vest, there are some heavy hitters from third-parties on the way. The lineup for 2021 already includes Monster Hunter Rise, Monster Hunter Stories 2, No More Heroes 3, Persona 5 Strikers, Atelier Ryza 2, Little Nightmares II, Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection, Capcom Arcade Stadium, Balan Wonderworld, Rune Factory 5, Story of Seasons: Friends of Olive Town, Disgaea 6, Cyber Shadow, and Axiom Verge 2. We definitely didn’t name everything here, and you know that we’ll be seeing plenty of announcements throughout 2021.

Based on what we know so far, what are your most anticipated games of 2021? Let us know in the comments below.

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Engine Software has been behind some notable Switch ports that have recently landed on Switch. The studio handled No More Heroes 1 and 2 as well as Scott Pilgrim vs. The World – Complete Edition. Engine Software’s relationship has also continued with NIS America, working on The Legend of Heroes, Ys, and more for Switch.

Not too long ago, Nintendo Everything caught up Engine Software co-founder and vice president Ruud van de Moosdijk to talk more about these projects. We discussed a few other topics as well, including the never-ending rumors of new Switch hardware.

Here’s our full discussion:

Nintendo Everything Podcast episode 111

This week on Nintendo Everything Podcast, it’s our official 2021 return. We’ve been playing a bunch over the break—and Galen does not understand how Monster Hunter Rise works. How embarrassing. Check out as we take a look back on our 2020 predictions and see who is way better at video games.

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Persona 5 Strikers

This past week, Atlus was kind enough to invite us to a pre-release event for the upcoming Switch title Persona 5 Strikers. We were able to go hands-on with the game to see the first full mission, including story, Warriors-style combat, and even the introduction to the mysterious new party member, Sophia.

Capcom made the wait for Monster Hunter Rise a little easier this week. A demo for the game dropped on the Switch eShop a couple of days ago, allowing fans to try out some of the action. It features training, the opportunity to try out Wyvern Riding, and a couple of quests.

How many of you have given the Monster Hunter Rise demo so far? If you’ve played it, how are you feeling about the game? Let us know in the comments below.

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