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On this week’s episode we discussed the recent reveal of Everybody 1-2 Switch, Vanpool shutting down, and the Nintendo of Russia drama. We also talked about Hot Wheels Unleashed 2 and the new Rune Factory announcements. There’s that and more on the latest episode of Nintendo Everything Refresh.

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Loop8 review

System: Switch
Release date: June 6, 2023
Developer: Marvelous
Publisher: Marvelous / XSEED


I’ve said in prior publications that the concept of time travel is a fascinating yet very sensitive one, as the topic tends to lend itself to narratives that ultimately have no idea how to go about ending a topic that can take myriad of forms and paths, leaving a story open-ended and potentially with too many plot holes because of a traditionally endless structure. Even with limitless routes comes limitations, however, Loop8: Summer of Gods, despite all its positives, is yet another victim of a time loop sci-fi snafu that has its heart in the right place, but any potential excellence in a different timeline.

Summer Game Fest 2023 live stream

The main event for Summer Game Fest 2023 is almost here, and with the event about to begin, we’re sharing the official live stream. It will begin at 12 PM PT / 3 PM ET / 8 PM in the UK / 9 PM in Europe.

Announcements and other updates for games across all platforms and publishers will be shared. While it seems Nintendo itself won’t be participating, there should be a decent amount for Switch owners here. We know that at the very least, first gameplay from Mortal Kombat 1 will be shown. We’ll be sure to pass along anything else notable on the Switch front on the main site as soon as possible.

Here’s where you can watch the Summer Game Fest 2023 live stream:

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

Are you still pouring countless hours into The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom? Are you trying out some other recent releases like We Love Katamari Reroll + Royal Reverie, Etrian Odyssey Origins Collection, or LEGO 2K Drive? No matter the case, let us know in the comments below.

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Fire Emblem Engage DLC characters

The developers of Fire Emblem Engage have briefly discusses how the game’s DLC characters were decided, which added new Emblems to the game.

Fire Emblem Engage kicked off its Expansion Pass with Edelgard, Dimitri, and Claude from Fire Emblem: Three Houses plus Tiki from Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light. Wave 2 added Hector (Emblem of Strength) Soren (Emblem of Acumen), and Camilla (Emblem of Revelation). Chrom and Robin (Emblem of Bonds) and Veronica (Emblem of Heroes) were in the third wave.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was nothing short of a masterpiece when it came out in 2017, but six years have passed since then and some of the game’s more unpleasant aspects have become more apparent over time.

In our new video, Sam dives into its new sequel, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. We examine how it improves on some of its predecessor’s most controversial aspects.

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According to Live A Live director Takashi Tokita, the RPG almost received a sequel during the DS era.

Tokita shared that information in a recent interview with Famitsu. He said that while there were plans for a new game, “it was hard to display the passion of Live A Live fans to the company, and so we ended up in an impasse.”

Switch owners are currently left in the dark when it comes to what’s next from Nintendo. Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom just launched and that’s an absolutely massive title that can carry the company for a bit, but there should be more games coming this year. After Pikmin 4 in July, Nintendo isn’t just going to stop there. DLC for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and other titles will help pad out the schedule, but it remains to be seen what Nintendo has cooking as far as brand new games go.

Something like a Nintendo Direct could quickly and easily give fans a better idea as to what’s planned. However, whereas in the past you could always count on a presentation airing in June alongside E3, that’s not a certainty anymore – especially since the expo has been cancelled for 2023. Having said that, Nintendo can put out a Direct whenever it feels it’s the best opportunity to do so, and randomly announcing new games on social media isn’t out of the question either.

With that out of the way, what do you think we’ll see from Nintendo for the rest of 2023? Do you think Metroid Prime 4 could make it out this year? What do you personally hope to see? Let us know in the comments.

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Fire Emblem Engage Three Houses

The developers of Fire Emblem Engage have opened up about the creating of the game, including how the team wanted to make something different than Fire Emblem: Three Houses.

Co-producers Genki Yokota and Masahiro Higuchi as well as co-directors Kenta Nakanishi and Tsutomu Tei spoke about this in a recent Nintendo Dream interview.

Switch Sports UI UX

Nintendo Switch Sports developer Toshiki Otani recently posted an interesting blog about what it was like handling the UI and UX elements of the game. We also have a look at what seems to be different boxart (above) and logo designs (below) that were considered.

UI and UX elements are often overlooked when it comes to creating titles, and it’s especially important for Switch Sports given how it’s intended for people of all ages. Otani brought up aspects such as making the controls immediately easy to understand, cutting down on explanations, and more.

Here’s our full translation:


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