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Usually when Nintendo has big, new games to announce, they’re unveiled in a Nintendo Direct. That wasn’t the case with Paper Mario: The Origami King, however. News about the game’s existence was dropped out of nowhere on Thursday without any sort of notice. The status of Nintendo Directs are up in the air due to the coronavirus pandemic, so it seems that announcements may take place at any time.

After the whiplash of Paper Mario’s reveal, you quickly come to realize that we’re getting a new entry in the series on Switch in just a couple of months. It’s a quick turnaround for Nintendo, as it’s already slated for July 17.

Several details have been shared about the game so far. You’ll be going up against King Olly, who’s looking to fold the entire world. Mario can use the 1000-Fold Arms to interact with the landscape by stretching out and pulling, peeling and revealing new locations. Characters will be enlisted throughout the journey, including King Olly’s good-natured sister, Olivia, and even Bowser himself. As far as the battle system, which might be the most important aspect, Nintendo says it’ll be ring-based in which you “line up scattered enemies and maximize damage.”

Based on what we’ve seen so far, how are you feeling about Paper Mario: The Origami King? Do you plan on picking up the game in July? Let us know in the comments below.

System: Switch
Release date: May 14, 2020
Developer: SEGA
Publisher: SEGA


The world’s favorite vocaloid superstar finally makes her long-awaited Switch debut with Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Mega Mix, bringing along a from-the-ground-up experience where you can attend and play through your own personal concerts at home and on the go. Other Crypton mascots Meiko, Kagamine Rin/Ren, Kaito and Megurine Luka are also included with over 100 songs and a myriad of outfits for you to choose from and customize. Long time fans of the series will recognize favorites like LOL -lots of laugh- and The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku as they go through a catered track list throughout her discography tapping into just about every genre imaginable, from rock ballads to pop, dance, jazz, and more. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Mega Mix is a celebration of vocaloid culture and music, with tons of beautiful music videos accompanying the songs as button prompts fly from all sides of the screen, and the experience is only really hindered by long loading times and low resolution that degrades its otherwise stunning look.

Hello my lovely Boos and Sheikah! This week on Nintendo Everything Podcast, we muse over Retro Studios’ old concept art for Sheik and Boo projects—we really get excited about the Boo one. We cover the Switch’s growing success with the 2019 financial briefings, then talk Mario Kart Mortal Kombat 11 Aftermath and the bitter reaction online to the pricing structure. This evolves into a larger discussion of these trends in the gaming industry among many publishers. Is the industry incentivizing consumers to wait to buy their games until after all post-launch content is available? And to respond to this situation they’ve created, do they exploit consumers’ dedication to franchises and FOMO? And finally, we theorize how we could’ve saved the console that was met with a terrible fate: the Wii U.
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We wanted to give a quick heads up about a new giveaway we’re running on Twitter. The kind folks at 11 bit studios were kind enough to supply us with 30 codes for Children of Morta. This week, the game received a big “Setting Sun Inn” update, which you can read about here.

Entering our giveaway is simple. Just add Children of Morta to your wish list on the Switch eShop and send us a screenshot/photo on our post here. Then on May 16, we’ll pick our 30 winners.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter here. We host giveaways on there from time to time, and it’s a great way to keep up with all of the news and updates we add to the site. You can also keep track of us on Facebook here.

Good luck!

System: Switch
Release date: April 24, 2020
Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix


What started off as a spin-off titled Final Fantasy Adventure in 1991 would spawn a beloved yet niche series in Square Enix’s catalogue known as Mana. Nearly thirty years later, Trials of Mana gets the remake treatment, bringing its 1995 origins to the modern day with a stunning makeover and creative outlook that doesn’t just aim to recreate, but freshen and polish the game with a new outlook more suited for the JRPGs of today. The game certainly has elements of “a time that once was” with a sort of clichéd story and standard fantasy flare that doesn’t really bring anything new to the table, but that Mana charm still exudes through its gameplay.

Hello my lovely Monados! This week on Nintendo Everything Podcast, we have a slew of games to talk about, particularly the Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition details and screenshots. Oni Dino also critiques Remothered, while Galen tries to manage Exit the Gungeon. There’s also the announcement of Geoff Keighley’s Summer Games Fest, Deadly Premonition 2 coming sooner than we thought, rumors of no Nintendo Direct in June and so much more! And what kind of episode of NEP would it be without discussing Final Fantasy VII Remake? We got you covered in the listener mail. Check our links and timestamps below, and come hang out.

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Thanks to Annapurna Interactive, Sam Barlow was able to bring his investigative thriller Telling Lies to Switch this week. Right around the game’s launch, we caught up with Barlow to discuss the project in greater detail. We chatted about the experience of adapting the title for Switch, the possibility of Her Story receiving a port, and more.

Our full discussion can be read below. As for Telling Lies, the game is available now on the Switch eShop.

A new month rolled right on in yesterday. Now that we’re in May, we want to know what you’ve been playing.

Are you giving the Trials of Mana remake a try on Switch? Enjoying the calming setting of Animal Crossing: New Horizons? No matter the case, let us know in the comments below.

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System: Switch
Release date: April 30, 2020
Developer: Dotemu / Lizardcube / Guard Crush Games
Publisher: Dotemu


It’s been almost thirty years since the last original entry in the Streets of Rage franchise, but Streets of Rage 4 comes back larger than life with a fresh coat of paint alongside that addictive and incredibly satisfying beat-em-up gameplay that made it such a big hit for SEGA back in the 1990s, rivaling the likes of Double Dragon and Final Fight. Streets of Rage has been a household name still to this day despite the lack of a new entry thanks to myriad ports and being included in a wide array of collections, but finally having a new entry – and it having been done in the way it is – is such a great way to bring a beloved franchise to the modern day in a big bold way. With intuitive controls, gorgeous detailed stages, a soundtrack that mixes an 80’s electronic vibe with retro feels, a breathtaking art style, and fluid fun combat, Streets of Rage 4 says hello to 2020 in the best way possible, giving fans old and new alike plenty to enjoy in a package that doesn’t feel bloated or shallow but always wants you craving more.

Hello my lovely listeners-as-a-service! This week on Nintendo Everything Podcast, we’re bringing up the topic that Galen dubs, “evolving games”. These are games like Splatoon 2 and Super Mario Maker 2 that are back-loaded with post-launch content. Is this new release and marketing strategy to keep a game topical good or bad? Why is it done? Is this a model that can sustain itself for years to come? We also have more Final Fantasy VII Remake impressions now that Oni Dino has beaten the game, and we go hypothetical in our listener mail segment with dream studios working on dream IPs.

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