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The dust has settled on the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass DLC. 48 tracks were added to the game across six waves, increasing the scope of content even further. Some games were given a bit more love than others, but ultimately all of the past Mario Kart games were represented.

Since the Booster Course Pass has now wrapped up, we’d like to know what your favorite track was (or multiple tracks if you can’t decide on one). How’d you feel about the DLC overall? Let us know in the comments.

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Naruto x Boruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Connections review

System: Switch
Release date: November 17, 2023
Developer: CyberConnect2
Publisher: Bandai Namco

Naruto is a series that needs no introduction at this point; if you’ve ever looked into anime before (and even if you haven’t) then you’ll almost certainly have encountered the rambunctious, optimistic, orange-clad ninja-in-training with the grandiose dream of becoming the Hokage of his village. With his story concluded, his son Boruto is now currently starring in his own manga and anime series, and anyone familiar with CyberConnect’s Ultimate Ninja Storm series knew it was only a matter of time before we had a game starring the two of them, with the previous game’s expansion, Road to Boruto, offering a glimpse of that future. Naruto x Boruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Connections might not be the game that long-time fans were hoping for, and it’s definitely not the celebratory title that the franchise deserves, but it is nonetheless a solid entry in the long-running franchise and a worthwhile pickup if you’re craving some more Naruto-themed arena-fighter action, provided your expectations don’t go beyond that.

[Review] Spells & Secrets

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Spells & Secrets review

System: Switch
Release date: November 9, 2023
Developer: Alchemist Interactive
Publisher: Merge Games

Roguelikes and roguelites are an interesting genre of games, being predicated as they are on doing the same content repeatedly with incremental progress, in a way that would be extremely frustrating and tedious in just about any other circumstances. It takes a special kind of game to get that balance just right, to make each death feel more like a minor setback than a crushing defeat, and inspire you to venture forth into its murky depths for “just one more run” until you finally succeed. Spells & Secrets., developed by Alchemist Interactive, has some interesting ideas to contribute to the genre, but unfortunately it fails to capture any kind of real magic.

Another Indie World Showcase took place this week, marking what should be Nintendo’s final notable presentation of 2023. It contained the usual slew of indie titles for Switch with some new announcements, shadowdrops, and smaller updates.

The event opened up with Shantae: Risky Revolution, which we previously knew about, but was officially confirmed for Switch. We also finally got an update on Outer Wilds, which heads to the console next month. On Your Tail, Blade Chimera, Core Keeper, and Planet of Lana were some of the other notable titles. Backpack Hero, Howl, Enjoy the Diner, and Passpartout 2 all hit the eShop that day. The full recap can be found here.

What’d you think of this week’s Indie World Showcase? What was your personal highlight? Let us know in the comments.

System: Switch
Release date: November 16, 2023
Developer: Inti Creates
Publisher: Inti Creates

Inti Creates has certainly earned a reputation for developing high quality 2D action titles having brought games such as Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon and its sequel as well as the Blaster Master Zero series to the Switch over the years. The studio’s latest game, Yohane the Parhelion: Blaze in the Deepblue, is based on a fantasy spinoff of Love Live! Sunshine!! The setting lends itself well to a video game and it has a solid foundation that makes it fun while it lasts, but unfortunately it doesn’t capitalize on this enough to make it any more than a middling experience at best.

WarioWare Move It review

System: Switch
Release date: November 3, 2023
Developer: Intelligent Systems
Publisher: Nintendo

One of the most encouraging things about WarioWare as a franchise, is that it’s always just been like that. Seriously – go back and play 2003’s original entry (which you can enjoy via the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pass), and you’ll see every bit of the quirky and offbeat charm that the series still exudes today, fully formed at its point of origin. Multiple entries across every Nintendo platform since the GBA haven’t dulled the appeal of playing rapid-fire five-second microgames in quick succession. Now we get a traditional WarioWare outing in the form of Warioware: Move It on Switch. A direct continuation of the motion-based waggle-fest that was WarioWare: Smooth Moves on the Wii, this one sees Wario and co. whisked away to an island resort to, let’s face it, just play a bunch of minigames.

Little Goody Two Shoes review

System: Switch
Release date: October 31, 2023
Developer: Astral Shift
Publisher: Square Enix Collective

Little Goody Two Shoes is the first game I’ve experienced that truly feels like a fairy-tale story come to life, and I’m not talking the family-friendly Disney variety. The quaint countryside village of Kieferburg may seem like your average sing-songy folk town at the surface, but murmurs of a witch in the woods and strange happenings nearby have residents becoming paranoid. To make matters worse, protagonist Elise is getting caught up in the middle of it all, after a strange supernatural encounter promises to grant her her life’s wish if she manages to complete strange tasks before the end of the week. What follows is a tense, often funny narrative adventure that frequently had me on the edge of my seat, even when the tedium of its time-management gameplay began wearing on my patience.

Nintendo dropped some news out of nowhere late on Tuesday that it’s moving forward with a live-action movie based on The Legend of Zelda. We don’t have many details just yet, but Shigeru Miyamoto and Avi Arad will act as producers. Nintendo and Arad Productions will be producing it together while Sony Pictures Entertainment is involved with financing. In case you missed it, we have the full news here.

Rather than going the animated route as we saw with Super Mario, Zelda will be the first live-action Nintendo movie of the modern era. And since we know so little about it, that leaves for plenty of speculation.

Would you like to see the movie adapt the story of a specific game? Who do you think should be cast as Link? Let us know in the comments.

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Fashion Dreamer review

System: Switch
Release date: November 3, 2023
Developer: Syn Sophia
Publisher: XSEED / Marvelous

It’s a bit of surprise that it’s taken so long for a game like Fashion Dreamer to land on Switch, especially after developer Syn Sophia’s Style Savvy series of games proved that there’s an audience craving laid-back games about designing clothes. The bulk of recent releases in the genre have been microtransaction-ridden smartphone games, so there’s been some excitement among the cozy-gaming crowd that Fashion Dreamer could be a more premium alternative. It’s also a bit of a departure from its predecessors, focusing more tangibly on the clothes themselves than the culture around them. But is that enough to make Fashion Dreamer an easy recommendation for aspiring clothes designers?

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

Did you get your hands on the just-released WarioWare: Move It? Are you still playing through Super Mario Bros. Wonder? No matter the case, let us know in the comments below.

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