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This past week’s Nintendo Direct wasn’t focused on games, but it did give us a detailed look at the one thing we all wanted to see – Mario’s Boots (oh, and a new Super Mario Movie trailer). In this week’s episode of Nintendo Everything Refresh, your hosts Nick, Nicolas, Dennis and Luiz will also talk about the most interesting games shown off during various virtual events this week, including Level 5’s MASSIVE slate of releases (Professor Layton, Inazuma Eleven, DecaPolice and more!). Stick around for some conversation about Wii U’s that are mysteriously breaking, the new RoboCop game, and more!

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Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse review

System: Switch
Release Date: March 9, 2023
Developer: Koei Tecmo
Publisher: Nintendo

After a whopping 15 years, the fourth mainline entry in the Fatal Frame franchise is finally accessible for English-speaking players for the first time, and as such, the release of Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse feels like something of an event for horror fans. These games have long been singular experiences, possessing a unique weight that is felt in each footstep, each click of a camera shutter, each piece of unsettling lore. I was excited to finally have a chance to experience this acclaimed piece of horror history on a modern platform, and to see why fans have been begging for a localization for so long. While I enjoyed unraveling the weaving, sinister story threads of Mask of the Lunar Eclipse and soaking in its atmosphere, the game’s unrefined pacing and desperate need for extra polish should make casual horror fans pause.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe True Arena guide

Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe features a mode called The True Arena, and we have a new guide to help you out here plus a quick overview on how to unlock it.

Paranormasight: The Seven Mysteries of Honjo review

System: Switch
Release Date: March 9, 2023
Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix

In the realm of horror, the genre has numerous ways to latch onto the viewer, player, or reader in ways that most other genres wouldn’t. That sense of mystery that comes from being unable to discern what it is that haunts piques a level of curiosity that keeps the one consuming the media involved and captivated, and Paranormasight: The Seven Mysteries of Honjo does an incredible job of getting players in an engrossing story that never overstays its welcome and gets to-the-point in a matter of minutes. On Switch, especially the OLED, the game shines despite its dark colors and atmosphere, and Square Enix has done a tremendous job in creating a unique visual novel that can be up there with the genre’s greats.

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

Have you been interested in some of the more recent releases like Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe, Metroid Prime Remastered, or Octopath Traveler II? Going through an older game in your backlog? No matter the case, let us know in the comments.

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Session: Skate Sim review

System: Switch
Release date: March 9, 2023
Developer: Crea-ture Studios
Publisher: Nacon

For a lapsed real-world skateboarder like myself, Session: Skate Sim is a sobering reality check. Back in 2020, Activision’s Tony Hawk’s remake momentarily convinced me that I had the skills to recommit to the sport – that within a few weeks I’d be busting out Tre Flips with the best of them. If only I had been given access to Session: Skate Sim back then, so that I could be brought back down to earth and reminded of just how achingly difficult skateboarding really is. Upon casting your eye over Session for the first time, you may be fooled into thinking that it follows in the footsteps of EA’s Skate franchise. In reality this game is to Skate what actually going outside and skateboarding is to sitting on the couch and thinking about it. It’s incredibly hard. Session: Skate Sim comes to us Switch owners at the end of a long Early Access run on other platforms. Following years of iterative patches and improvements, the game has now reached its version 1.0 milestone. Unfortunately, the game we’ve been landed with feels anything but finished.

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Wave 4 of the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass was just released, so Sam and I got together to do a tier list to see if the new tracks stand up to scrutiny.

The Wave 4 DLC included two cups – the Fruit Cup and Boomerang Cup. The former featured four tracks: Amsterdam Drift from Mario Kart Tour, Riverside Park from Mario Kart Super Circuit, DK Summit from Mario Kart Wii, and the brand new course, Yoshi’s Island. The Boomerang Cup also includes four tracks: Bangkok Rush from Mario Kart Tour, Waluigi Stadium from Mario Kart Double Dash, Mario Circuit from Mario Kart DS, and Singapore Speedway from Mario Kart Tour. Birdo returned alongside the new cups, the first roster addition we’ve seen from the Booster Course Pass.

Capcom Spotlight live stream

With the Capcom Spotlight presentation happening shortly, we’ve set up a dedicated post for the live stream. The fun begins at 2:30 PM PT / 5:30 PM ET / 10:30 PM in the UK / 11:30 PM in Europe.

This event will focus on Capcom’s lineup for 2023. A few Switch games are expected here, including Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection, Ghost Trick, and Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak:

Level-5 Vision 2023 live stream

With the Level-5 Vision 2023 happening in just a short while, we’ve set up a post containing the official live stream. The event kicks off at 3 AM PT / 6 AM ET / 11 AM in the UK / 12 PM in Europe. Level-5 has not said how long it will be.

Several Switch games will be featured in the event. Level-5 will be sharing the latest on Inazuma Eleven: Victory Road, Decapolice, Fantasy Life i: The Girl Who Steals Time, Megaton Musashi, and Professor Layton and the New World of Steam.

Here’s where you can watch the Level-5 Vision 2023 live stream:

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet may still be in rough technical shape for some players, but that didn’t stop Game Freak from announcing a wave of new expansions last week for these controversial (but still widely loved) games. In this week’s episode of Nintendo Everything Refresh, your hosts Nick and Nicolas will chat about the announcements from the recent Pokémon Presents showcase, including a new Poké Ball-style accessory that you are seriously supposed to sleep with, and a freshly announced Pokémon TV series. We’ll also discuss the upcoming Wave 4 of tracks for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the launch of Metroid Fusion on Switch Online, and much more!

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