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System: Switch
Release date: November 8, 2019
Developer: Playful
Publisher: Playful


When many think of Nintendo, they see a single word pop into their minds: platformers. Nintendo has remained steadfast in its commitment to the platforming genre for decades, even as the gaming landscape has shifted and evolved around them considerably. Third-party and indie developers have long relied on this association too, and have routinely seen the lion’s share of their success on Nintendo consoles come from releasing platforming adventures with mass appeal. As a result of all this, you could say that the watermark for platforming excellence is considerably higher on Nintendo consoles than it is elsewhere, considering the long lineage of quality that already exists. I’m here to tell you that this watermark has been adequately met – and in some ways even exceeded – by New Super Lucky’s Tale.

Tying in with the third wave of Expansion Pass DLC for Fire Emblem: Three Houses, a new 1.1.0 update has been issued for the game. It includes additional save files, a battle option to choose the monastery outfits, new allies that will join in Part 2: Crimson Flower, and more.

Below are the full patch notes:

The third wave of DLC for the Fire Emblem: Three Houses Expansion Pass is out now, Nintendo has announced. The latest content features new quests, new outfits, a new sauna activity, and interaction with animals.

Here’s the full rundown of the DLC:

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

Switch Retail

Bee Simulator – $39.99 (available November 12)
Disney Tsum Tsum Festival – $49.99 (available November 8)
Jumanji: The Video Game – $39.99 (available November 8)
Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy Deluxe Edition – $39.99 (available November 8)
New Super Lucky’s Tale – $39.99 (available November 8)
Super Street: Racer – $49.99

Nintendo outlined some of its plans for Black Friday 2019 today. One deal, which is returning from last year, bundles the Switch console together with a copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for $299.99. Much like last year though, you’ll be getting the old Switch model.

Nintendo clarified that the Switch model consumers will be getting is HAC-001. That’s the system with battery performance ranging from 2.5 to 6.5 hours. A few months ago, a new and improved Switch came to market as model HAC-001(-01) featuring battery life between 4.5 – 9 hours.

Source: Nintendo PR

This week’s European Nintendo Downloads are as follows:

Switch Retail

Disney Tsum Tsum Festival (available November 8)
Garfield Kart: Furious Racing
Jumanji: The Video Game (available November 8)
Just Dance 2020
Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionares’ Conspiracy Deluxe Edition (available November 8)
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 (available November 8)
New Super Lucky’s Tale (available November 8)
Super Street: Racer

This past week, Koei Tecmo were kind enough to invite us to a pre-release event for their upcoming title, “Fairy Tail”. Due to a last-minute bug, the Switch build was unavailable to try out, but we went hands-on with the PS4 build of the game and were able to capture direct-feed gameplay of new features. This includes the battle system, every spell available, a boss battle with Jellal, exploring Magnolia, Lucy’s room, close-ups of the character models and more.

Check out our in-depth impressions post here, and look forward to a second interview with producer Keisuke Kikuchi soon on the website. You can also look forward to this weekend’s episode of Nintendo Everything Podcast (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, PocketCasts, more) for Oni Dino’s first-hand experience at the event.

This past week, Koei Tecmo were kind enough to invite us to a pre-release event for their upcoming title, “Fairy Tail”. I went hands-on with the beta build of the game for some initial impressions and met with producer Keisuke Kikuchi for a second interview. 

You can also check out our other post here with gameplay videos from the event, and look forward to this weekend’s episode of Nintendo Everything Podcast (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, PocketCasts, more) where I’ll be detailing my experience at the event. We will also have our interview with Keisuke Kikuchi coming soon, but until then, check below for detailed impressions.

The Verge published a new interview today with Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser. Among the topics discussed were 3DS support, Joy-Con drift, and the decision to focus on Switch Online over retro systems as we saw with the NES and SNES Classic Editions.

We’ve rounded up quotes from these topics below. For the full interview, head on over to The Verge here.

With Black Friday 2019 quickly approaching, Nintendo has announced some of the deals it has lined up for the big shopping event.

We first heard about this through Target’s ad yesterday, but the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Switch bundle has been reconfirmed. Returning from last year, the package offers the game and console for $299.99.

Other highlights include select Switch titles for $20 off including Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Splatoon 2, and more. The Joy-Con will be $20 off as well while the Poke Ball Plus will be lowered to just $19.99.

Here’s the full announcement from Nintendo: