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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe balance changes 2.4.0

Fans have managed to uncover balance changes made with version 2.4.0 of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

The new patch included a number of aspects, including support for the Booster Course Pass Wave 5 DLC. However, Nintendo also indicated that stats were changed for some characters and vehicles.

The Japanese website Mario Kart Blog by 7step has now put together a list of balance changes, and we also have information about new characters Petey Piranha, Wiggler, and Kamek. Meester Tweester has since compiled the information in English.

Arcade Archives Strato Fighter gameplay

Arcade Archives Strato Fighter continued Hamster’s run of classic games on Switch this week, and for those interested in getting a closer look, we’ve got gameplay for you. Once again, footage was shown during the latest live stream from Hamster.

Below is a bit of information about the actual title:

Smile For Me update

The point-and-click adventure game Smile For Me just got a new update on Switch.

Included are some improvements, small additions, and fixes. The patch brings along quality of life features, with graphical updates and motion control improvements specifically for Switch players.

Above Snakes

The western-inspired base builder Above Snakes has been confirmed for Switch thanks to a new announcement from publisher Crytivo and developer Square Glade Games. The project just recently came to PC, but it’s unclear when it’ll be on Nintendo’s console.

Above Snakes, which is set in a fictional world inspired by the American Wild West, features crafting systems, base building, and strategic gameplay. Players can craft the world around them tile by tile. The end goal is to unravel the secrets of a land consumed by mystery.

For more on the game, read the following overview:

Risky Woods gameplay

The 1992 EA-published Risky Woods just came to Switch today as part of the QUByte Classics line, and we now have gameplay. Footage shows off the side-scrolling platformer.

You can learn a bit more about it in the following overview:

Haiku the Robot physical

Super Rare Games announced today that Haiku the Robot will have a physical release on Switch for the first time.

The company will produce 4,000 boxed copies of the Metroidvania game. Each unit includes the title on a physical cartridge, bespoke new art, a reversible cover, a full-color manual, an exclusive sticker, trading cards, and a map of Arcadia.

Original (6/21): Nintendo has shared details on the next Splatfest for Splatoon 3. This time around, it’s carrying an ice cream theme.

Nintendo is asking a simple question this time around: is the best flavor vanilla, strawberry, or mint chip? Players will be able to weigh in from July 14 at 5 PM PT / 8 PM ET to July 16 at the same time.

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Japan's best-selling games on the Switch eShop for the first half of 2023

Nintendo published a new list today that reveals the best-selling games on the Japanese Switch eShop for the first half of 2023.

What came on top? That’d be The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, of course. Despite coming out in the middle of May, it took the top spot.

There are a few other games worth mentioning. Fire Emblem Engage did well, coming in right behind Zelda. Both volumes of the Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection also placed in the top ten.

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The Shape of Things

Hyper Three Studios is putting The Shape of Things on Switch next month, the company has announced. The title is slated for August 31, 2023.

The Shape of Things is a cozy puzzler with a relaxing atmosphere in which players look to solve 3D puzzles inside collectable gachapons by discovering the original shape of objects. The mechanics are inspired by the classic Rubik’s cube puzzler originally invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Erno Rubik.


Inti Creates announced Umbraclaw a little while back, but while it was initially confirmed for PC, the studio has now revealed that a Switch version is happening as well. A release window has not been determined.

Umbraclaw, a side-scrolling action adventure, stars the house cat Kuon who’s on a mission to return to his master after he dies and finds himself trapped in the Soulplane. Further details can be found in the following overview:

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