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Four more games have just been added to Nintendo Switch Online, with Kirby’s Star Stacker, Quest for Camelot, Downtown Nekketsu March: Super-Awesome Field Day, and Joy Mech Fight having been made available.

This is an especially notable update as three of the games were originally released just in Japan and never translated to English. Out of the bunch, Quest for Camelot was the only one that was made available in the west.

Original (8/30): Sea of Stars has only just come out, yet it seems to be doing quite well for itself. Reviews for the title have been favorable, and Sabotage Studio have just announced that the game has sold 100,000 copies across all platforms within one day of its release.

Sea of Stars is an indie turn-based RPG, inspired by many older JRPG classics such as Super Mario RPG, Illusion of Gaia, and Chrono Trigger. For being a relatively small production, reaching this milestone on the first day of release is something to be celebrated, with the developers having gone online to thank fans for their support of the game.

You can check out their thank-you message below.

[Review] Blasphemous II

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Blasphemous II review

System: Switch
Release date: August 24, 2023
Developer: The Game Kitchen
Publisher: Team17

Blasphemous was a smash hit when it released in 2019, two years after a highly successful Kickstarter campaign. Two years after the first game wrapped up with The Wounds of Eventide DLC, developer The Game Kitchen is back with this direct sequel. At this point you probably know if the Soulslike Metroidvania genre is one you enjoy, and Blasphemous II won’t be changing your mind. However, it stands out from the crowd and is a marked improvement on the original game, and one I would definitely recommend that you pick up if you’re on the fence.

In the eleven years since New Super Mario Bros. U first released, 2D platformers have changed a lot. Not only are there a lot more of them overall – thanks to some very creative projects by small teams – I’d argue the genre has broadly shifted towards increasing the complexity of the overall experience. Many sidescrollers today embrace popular added-depth systems; rougelike elements, skill trees, sprawling and interconnected maps, Soulslike combat, or perhaps all of the above. These can all be great things, and I’ve certainly made some amazing memories with some out-of-left-field projects over the past decade, but sometimes it’s nice to experience a platformer where the joy comes not necessarily from overcoming a complex challenge or system, but from something simpler. For me, in the case of Super Mario Bros. Wonder, that joy came from being surprised. And in my recent 30 minute demo session with the game, I found myself being surprised at almost every turn. 

Switch OLED Mario Red Edition

Original (8/31): During today’s Super Mario Bros. Wonder Direct, the Switch OLED – Mario Red Edition was announced. It’s due out on October 6, 2023.

The system features Mario-related designs including the Mario silhouette on the back of the red dock. If you open the back of the dock, you will also find an illustration of hidden coins. Super Mario Bros. Wonder is not included, so you’ll need to pick that up separately if you’re interested.

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Rune Factory 3 Special launch trailer

A final launch trailer has emerged for Rune Factory 3 Special to promote this week’s western launch. The sim RPG originally appeared on DS but is now on Switch with updated visuals and new features.

Additional details are available in the following overview:

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2 April O'Neil

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2 released its latest spotlight trailer today, this time for April O’Neil. The character is back from the original game.

April is again a brawler similar to the last entry. She has a ratings meter that can be filled by using the camera and microphone-based attacks. Get some ratings to perform a powerful attack with her neutral special – more ratings means higher knockback. The team did implement some changes this time around, including a new down special, changes to light attacks, and a new forward and back air.

Baten Kaitos I II HD Remaster

Nintendo has updated the Japanese release schedule on its platforms for the week of September 14, 2023. Here’s a look at the upcoming digital download schedule:

Fresh Start release date

Thanks to Merge Games and Awaken Realms, we have a release date for Fresh Start on Switch. It’ll be available digitally on September 14, 2023. The physical version will follow on October 13.

The relaxing deep clean adventure was confirmed for Nintendo’s console back in July. We know it would launch this year, but it wasn’t clear when.

Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures

If you haven’t had your fill of Barbie with the recent movie, you’ll be happy to hear that Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures is now bound for Switch. It will be available on October 27, 2023.

Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures promises “fun for the whole family with plenty of activities to enjoy along with Barbie and her beloved friends Ken, Renee, Daisy, and more.” It’ll include “epic pool parties, extreme makeovers, and dazzling home design”.

Here’s an official overview:

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