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Original developer CD Projekt Red was involved in bringing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to Switch. However, Saber Interactive handled a great deal of the technical work. In an interview with GamesBeat, chief executive officer Matthew Karch discussed the porting project in detail.

Karch mentioned that The Witcher 3 was initially “running at 10 frames per second, was taking 50% more memory than the Switch has, and the build size was 20GB larger than the biggest Switch cartridge.” Saber therefore turned off dynamic shadowed lights, removed screen-space ambient occlusion, and lowered the number of NPCs in the world by 30 percent.

That last change didn’t go over well, as Karch explained:

This week’s European Nintendo Downloads are as follows:

Switch Retail

Assassin’s Creed: The Rebel Collection (available December 6)
Farming Simulator 20

This week’s North American Nintendo Downloads are as follows:

Switch Retail

Assassin’s Creed: The Rebel Collection – $39.99 (available December 6)
Blacksad: Under the Skin – $49.99 (available December 10)
Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition – $49.99

Super Mario Maker 2’s next big update is now live. Nintendo has issued version 2.0.0 with new course parts, the Zelda crossover, Ninji Speedruns, and more.

Below are the full patch notes:

Nintendo has announced a new batch of games for the Switch Online service. On December 12, four SNES games and two NES titles will be joining the lineup.

They are as follows:

Motion Twin and Evil Empire have revealed brand new DLC for the roguelike metroidvania action platformer Dead Cells. Coming in Q1 2020, The Bad Seed DLC will feature new biomes, new monsters, and all-new weapons, plus a creepy boss battle.

Here’s a full rundown of what to expect, along with a teaser:

The latest Japanese hardware sales from Famitsu are as follows:

A number of outlets have started to come forward with brand new footage of Super Mario Maker 2’s 2.0 update, featuring Zelda content and more. We’ve rounded up the videos below.

GameSpot has posted the first footage from the newly-announced Switch version of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 3. View the gameplay below.

Following Ys VIII, another Falcom game is finding its way to Switch. NIS America has revealed that it has partnered with the developer to bring The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 3 to Nintendo’s console.

Here’s an overview of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 3, along with a trailer: