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Historically speaking, I’m someone who has long turned my nose up at the industry practice of repackaging something old and passing it off as new. In my mind, the best games have always been transformative experiences that focus on innovating – whether via a new IP in a familiar genre, or an established franchise being taken in an unexpected direction (or, heaven forbid, something new entirely). Even before remakes became the game industry’s golden goose, the deluge of seen-it-before sequels and risk averse, rinse and repeat game design had me reasonably fatigued with the state of things. When I consider the games I have enjoyed the most over the last few months then, I’m scratching my head – because they’re all remakes.

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Decades after the game’s original release, fans have managed to get their hands on the prototype map for Super Mario World.

You may remember the Nintendo “gigaleak” that took between 2018 and 2020. A ton of information was revealed about previously-released games, including protoypes, source code, and much more.

System: Switch
Release Date: March 14, 2023
Developer: Falcom
Publisher: NIS America

Fans of The Legend of Heroes series will no doubt point out that both original PSP titles Trails from Zero and now its sequel Trails to Azure have an almost legendary status amongst turn-based RPG fans. While access to these games was once difficult to attain, fan translations from The Geofront have actually led to the official English release of this duology for the very first time – showing that hard work, love, and dedication to something can truly pay off in a huge way for players. As a follow-up to The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero, this entry ties up the ends to the Crossbell arc, which is lauded by some as the absolute pinnacle of the series as a whole. Taking a look now, how does Trails to Azure stack up?

Bayonetta Origins future

Nintendo and PlatinumGames have both briefly commented on the future of Bayonetta in a recent interview.

Only a few months after the debut of Bayonetta 3 – which released five years after it was announced – the series just saw the launch of another title with Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon. It sounds like we could be seeing this sort of thing in the future – especially if series creator and Bayonetta Origins writer Hideki Kamiya has his way.

Tokyo Xanadu eX+

Falcom’s RPG Tokyo Xanadu eX+ is heading to Switch, the company revealed today. The game is due out on June 29, 2023 in Japan.

Tokyo Xanadu eX saw its initial release in 2015. It was followed up with Tokyo Xanadu eX+, an enhanced version of the game, a year later. This marks the title’s first appearance on a Nintendo platform.

Publisher Future Tech Lab and developer PureWish have announced that visual novel Song of Memories will finally be arriving on Switch digitally via the eShop next week on March 23, with pre-orders now live. The game was previously cancelled back in 2019, with suggestions that a port of the title may not be possible but that options were being considered.

Here’s an overview of the title:

Disney Speedstorm release date

Disney Speedstorm finally has a release date. The racer will launch for Switch on April 12, 2023, Gameloft just announced.

Disney Speedstorm will eventually be available to everyone as a free-to-play game. However, it will initially debut in Early Access with a Founder’s Pack, Deluxe Founder’s Pack, and Ultimate Founder’s Pack priced at $30, $50, and $70 respectively.

Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon

It’s time for the newest North American Nintendo Download report for the week of March 16, 2023. The latest releases include Bayonetta Origins, Remnant: From the Ashes, Have A Nice Death, and more.

Here’s the full roundup:

The latest Japanese hardware sales from Famitsu are as follows:

A new set of games has just made its way to Nintendo Switch Online, consisting of Kirby’s Dream Land 2, BurgerTime Deluxe, Side Pocket and Xevious. As all of these games are available on the NES, SNES, or Game Boy versions of the app, they’re also playable right now without requiring a subscription to Nintendo Switch Online’s Expansion Pack service.

Here’s some information about the different games:

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