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The moment many Nintendo fans had been waiting for finally happened this week – we’re of course referring to The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom launching. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: this is a huge release for Switch and one of the most notable titles of 2023 for gaming in general. It’s been six years since Nintendo came out with Breath of the Wild – the series’ most successful entry – so it’s understandable how much anticipation there’s been behind it.

Although it’s not been terribly long since Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom arrived given how it just came out yesterday, many of you likely have been sinking your teeth into it by this point. With that in mind, we’re interested in your early impressions. If you picked up the game, how are you feeling about it so far? How do you think it compares to Breath of the Wild? Let us know in the comments below.

Nintendo Treehouse Live - The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom live stream

A special Nintendo Treehouse: Live event is being held to celebrate the launch of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, and the official live stream is ready to go. The fun kicks off at 6:45 PM PT / 9:45 PM ET / 2:45 AM in the UK / 3:45 AM in Europe.

Gameplay will kick off the proceedings. Nintendo says that the “segments avoid story spoilers but will show some gameplay and areas that have not yet been shown to help prepare players for the adventure to come.” After the footage is shown, there’ll be more content counting down to the release.

Zelda: Tears of The Kingdom is right around the corner, but that hasn’t stopped Nintendo from making the news in other ways! In this week’s episode of Nintendo Everything Refresh, we’ll discuss Nintendo’s recently announced presence at Gamescom 2023, as well as the massive success of the Super Mario Bros. Movie at the box office and what that might mean for the future. We’ll also share details on some surprising Switch games announced recently, including a port of Biomutant, The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan, and an indie game about dogs playing poker.

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With The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom right around the corner, we have made a full game walkthrough of the original game for those that want to cross this game off their Zelda backlog. Inspired by the YouTuber Loogaroo’s classic “How to Beat Dragon Warrior… in less than 5 minutes” guide, Tom has made a video in a similar style for The Legend of Zelda on NES.

Note: this is not a speedrun.

Theatrhythm Final Bar Line no touch controls

Previous Theatrhythm games allowed games to use touch controls, but Final Bar Line is all about buttons. This is in spite of the fact that Switch does have a touch screen. In a recent interview, series director Masanobu Suzui and producer Ichiro Hazama revealed that there was some consideration around supporting both methods, but it wasn’t meant to be.

Suzui, speaking with Dengeki Online, brought up one factor which is that Switch has a capacitance-type touchscreen while 3DS featured a pressure-type one. While there was talk about supporting button controls and touch controls for each song, he said that the team “already needed multiple copies of sheet music for each song to account for difficulty levels.”

Here’s our translation of the comments from Suzui and Hazama:

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

For Xenoblade Chronicles 3 fans, did you get a chance to go through the Future Redeemed DLC? What about some of the recent heavy hitters like Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp, Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster, or Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection? No matter the case, let us know in the comments below.

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Bayonetta Bayonetta Origins release order

A new interview has revealed that PlatinumGames didn’t know whether Bayonetta 3 or Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon would be released first.

That comes in a recent interview with Famitsu. Several members of the development team weighed in, including Nintendo producers Makoto Okazaki and Koji Tanaka as well as PlatinumGames supervising director Hideki Kamiya.

Switch is home to several incredible beat ’em ups, and we wanted to highlight newer games that exemplify both the immense quality and variety of the classic genre. For those that may be intimated by the genre’s old-school labeling, we think any of these games would be a perfect place to begin your beat ’em up journey.

In our newest video, Sam provides detailed recommendations to introduce you to one of gaming’s most storied genres and some of the best games you can play on the Switch today.

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We’re celebrating a year of Nintendo Everything Refresh with a jam-packed episode! This week, join your hosts Nick, Nicolas, Luiz and Tom, we’ll be chatting about our favorite reveals from last week’s surprise Indie World Showcase, which gave us a ton of updates on some much-anticipated games, plus some quirky announcements and shadowdrops. We’ll also discuss the blowout trailer for Xenoblade Chronicles 3’s Future Redeemed expansion (out now!), our impressions of Advance Wars 1+ 2 Reboot Camp, and more!

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WayForward’s 2023 remake of Advance Wars 1 and 2 are finally here. Known as Advance Wars 1 + 2: Re-Boot Camp, the release is faithful modernization of the original strategy games on Game Boy Advance. While there are slight tweaks to the mechanics, many of the key strategies and exploits remain.

In the video below, Tom takes you through eleven tips that leverage this knowledge and will give any beginner the necessary tools in order to conquer this remake. Here’s a rundown of topics covered:

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