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Zelda Tears of the Kingdom anniversary messages

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom just celebrated its first anniversary. In honor of the milestone, Japanese magazine Nintendo Dream caught up with series producer Eiji Aonuma and Hidemaro Fujibayashi, and both of them shared special messages.

Here’s our full translation:

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

Have you been finding your way through Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door? What about some of the other recent releases that have come to Switch? No matter the case, let us know in the comments.

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Hardest Switch Games to 100 percent

Given the scale of the games that have released on Switch, it’s safe to say that the first-party titles on the console are lengthier and more involved than any generations of games we’ve seen from Nintendo. Today, we’re going through a big list of some of the hardest Switch games to 100 percent complete, plus small tidbits on what that completion entails.

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pokemon black and white remakes

A number of persistent leaks seem to indicate that Pokemon Black and White remakes are on the way, but are they really credible? Today, we’re looking into all of the information we have available on potential remasters and asking you: do you think we’re getting Black and White remakes sooner rather than later?

The real answer: probably not. Pokemon Legends: Z-A was announced earlier this year, and it’s slated for release in 2025. Though the initial trailer didn’t reveal any footage, a good number of fans are excited that The Pokemon Company appears to be taking their time with this game (at least, compared to more recent games in the series, which have drawn criticism for rushed development cycles, among other things). So why would Pokemon Black and White remakes even be in consideration for release in 2024, with that in mind?!

Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom sounds

Thanks to sound programmer Shun Hayami, we have interesting insight into some of behind-the-scenes work that went into The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

Hayami talked a good amount about working on the game’s sounds a little while back in a recruitment post on Nintendo’s website. We’ve since readied a full translation.

Just a couple of days ago, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door made its return on Switch. The GameCube RPG has finally returned two decades after its original launch. You could make the case that this was the best choice for a remake in the series as it’s arguably the most well-received entry.

Have you picked up and started Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door on Switch? If yes, what are your thoughts so far? Let us know in the comments below.

Cupid Parasite: Sweet and Spicy Darling review

System: Switch
Release date: May 28, 2024
Developer: Otomate
Publisher: Idea Factory

When Cupid Parasite released on Switch back in 2021 I was immediately taken with it. The premise of Cupid working in a matchmaking agency to try and find partners for hopeless cases without resorting to her powers to basically cheat them into a relationship was absolute genius, and it was the perfect marriage (if you’ll pardon the pun) between romance and comedy, punctuating its more serious moments with highly entertaining lighthearted moments. Despite being satisfied with the conclusion of each of the Parasite’s story arcs, I was never going to pass up Cupid Parasite: Sweet and Spicy Darling, a fan disc that picks up where the true ending of each route leaves off and introduces a brand new Parasite into the mix. It certainly lives up to its name, but there is also a sourness to it that hints at the overindulgence of too much of a good thing.

Best 3DS games of all time

Today, we’re looking at 10 of the best 3DS games of all time. If there are any you’d like to add, feel free to do so in the comments below.

Though the 3DS’ online servers have been shut down for a few months now, interest in the console hasn’t decreased in the slightest. In fact, it’s quite the opposite – many players have either rekindled their appreciation for it or are just getting into it for the first time. It’s easy to see why, too. The Switch is almost certainly the superior console in terms of software library and game quality, but the 3DS has a few advantages of its own. Its library isn’t as large as the Switch’s, but the titles it does have are excellent time-sinkers and some of the best of their respective series. If you’re able to find or purchase these games second-hand, it’s a great time to get into everything the 3DS has to offer.

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System: Switch
Release date: May 14, 2024
Developer: Compile Heart
Publisher: Idea Factory

I think the most surprising thing about Neptunia Game Maker R:Evolution is that it’s taken Compile Heart this long to produce it. Since her introduction in Megadimension Neptunia VII in 2015, the older Neptune has proven to be a fairly well-received and popular character in the franchise, and she has been long overdue for a game where she is the central protagonist. Now, finally, she stars as president of a game development studio, alongside three brand new characters, ready to depart on her own adventure. It is, I am pleased to say, one that is well worth experiencing, although perhaps not on the Switch if you have other options available.

splatoon 3 stages tier list

As Splatoon 3’s content cycle comes to an end, we figured it’d be a good time to take a look at everything the game has to offer with a stages tier list.

At the time of writing, there are currently 23 stages in the game, and Sizzle Season 2024 is confirmed to be adding Lemuria Hub. In terms of quality, Splatoon 3 has had it kind of rough. In Splatoon 2, a good chunk of stages had several different routes to take. On stages like Kelp Dome and Skipper Pavillon, there was plenty of open space to hide away and claim turf. That’s not the case in Splatoon 3, however; for the most part, its stages are smaller and much more constrained, which winds up favoring long-rangers. This, in turn, makes it difficult for casual players to participate without being picked off by chargers and Splatlings. That’s not a very healthy trait for a game to have, and stages that exacerbate this issue will be reflected as such in our ranking.

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