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Wii U games not ported to Switch

Given the seemingly never-ending stream of leaks for Nintendo’s next console, it would appear that Switch is nearing the end of its life cycle – maybe. In its early years, however, many of its major releases were ports of games originally released on Wii U. Some of these were straightforward with a tiny bit of extra content like Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, while others placed a higher focus on new content – like Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury. There are still a number of major Wii U games that haven’t been ported to Switch, however. Today, we’re looking at these Wii U games, why they haven’t been ported to the Switch just yet, and how likely a potential port could be.

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Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Moebius Z

Tetsuya Takahashi, the executive director and writer for Xenoblade Chronicles 3, explained how he approached Moebius and Z in the game.

Players battle different members of the Consuls, or Moebius, throughout the adventure. It all ultimately concludes with a face-off against Z with Noah and the rest of the gang looking to change the harsh reality of their world, which sees never-ending war and soldiers with ten-year lifespans.

Paper Mario Thousand Year Door features

In around a month and a half, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door will be released on Switch. The RPG, a redone version of the GameCube original, arrives on May 23.

In the very first trailer, it was clear that Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door will have updated graphics on Switch. Aside from that though, Nintendo recently clarified that there will be “a suite of additional changes that make the game easier than ever to enjoy.” Currently we’re waiting for more details on what that means.

As we wait for more answers from Nintendo, what are you hoping to see when it comes to new / updated features? Let us know in the comments.

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What went wrong with Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Whether you like Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl or hate them, you can probably agree that something did indeed go wrong during their development. Though the games do have some merit as faithful Sinnoh remakes, many dedicated Pokemon players consider BDSP among the worst of the main series entries. Today, we’re taking a look at the state the games were launched in, the kind of content that was added to them via updates, and how the games hold up in 2024.

Zelda Tears of the Kingdom music interview

Masato Ohashi, one of the composers who worked on The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, recently shared insight into the game’s music. Ohashi shared a number of thoughts as part of a post on Nintendo’s recruitment website.

Music can sometimes be straightforward in games, but that wasn’t the case in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. Ohashi gave one example by highlighting the ascent to the flying ship in the sky, or the Wind Temple. The goal here was to “make music that rose in tension”, which meant starting with just a few instruments and increasing the number as players keep going up. It’s topped off with a climax and the team decided not to have any music at all when the sky clears.

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Splatoon 3 Clam Blitz guide

Of all the ranked modes in Splatoon 3, Clam Blitz is perhaps the most hit-or-miss. Not because there’s anything wrong with the mode, but because it’s somewhat poorly explained for players who haven’t played it before. Some even consider Clam Blitz the toughest ranked mode, so we’ve written up a guide on how to play it. There’s a lot to like about this mode once you get the hang of it.

Most useless amiibo list

Ever since their original release, amiibo figures have been more popular as fancy little shelfwarmers than in-game content bonuses. Nintendo certainly acknowledges this, too – whereas characters like Mario work across multiple games, other, more specific characters only serve a single purpose. Today, we’re looking at the most useless amiibo ever released and what they do in their corresponding game. Do note, there are several Super Smash Bros. series amiibo whose only purpose is amiibo training. This compatibility is actually too useful for our purposes, so we’ll only be talking about useless amiibo that do even less than that.

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

Did you recently start up Princess Peach: Showtime? What about other recent releases like Pepper Grinder? No matter the case, let us know in the comments below.

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Xenoblade 3 ending

The Xenoblade Chronicles 3 art book came out this week in Japan, and it contains a pretty big interview with various members of the staff, including executive director / writer Tetsuya Takahashi.

At one point, Takahashi addressed a player survey with a specific topic about the administrator of Origin. This led him to mention that while fans may have some questions and may want to see certain things such as what happens after the end of the game, he’s asking them to wait for now and answers could follow in the future through additional titles.

Top 10 Wii U and 3DS Online Games

The 3DS and (to a smaller extent) the Wii U are some of Nintendo’s most beloved systems of all time. Both got off to something of a slow start, but the 3DS eventually steered itself back on-track and became a success. The same can’t be said for the Wii U, but both consoles are home to top-quality games. With online services shutting down for these platforms, we figured now would be a good time to list ten of our favorite games with online functionality in no particular order.

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