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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.

nintendo 2021

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.

Mario Golf: Super Rush updates

I had a good time playing Mario Golf: Super Rush earlier this year when the game launched. New modes such as Speed Golf and Battle Golf were nice additions, particularly for multiplayer matches. But after a while, I saw myself rapidly drifting away from the game and simply waiting for more updates as Nintendo promised.

I must confess that now, after all the updates, I feel a little disappointed with the game in general, and that’s what I talk about in the video below. I go over how the “free updates” model that Nintendo has been using for a while now may actually be doing more bad than good for the games developed by Camelot. You can watch the full video down below and feel free to share your experience with the game.

In the last financial report from Nintendo, we learned that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sales have reached 38.74 million units, surpassing Mario Kart Wii as the best-selling game in the franchise. Being a “deluxe” edition of a Wii U title, I found it surprising how incredibly successful the game is.

There are obvious reasons for those crazy numbers such as the Switch’s success and the overall popularity of Mario Kart. However, in a new video today, I decided to analyze what exactly makes it special on the inside, why the game is so universally approachable, and how it differs from past games in the series. You can check the video down below.

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

We’ve seen a number of big releases over the past month or so, including Pokemon Brilliant Diamond / Shining Pearl, Shin Megami Tensei V, Blue Reflection: Second Light, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and Death’s Door. There have even been things like the Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise DLC and Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda.

So what have you been playing as of late? No matter the case, let us know in the comments below.

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