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Pepper Grinder

It’s time for the newest North American Nintendo Download report for the week of March 28, 2024. The latest releases include Outward: Definitive Edition, Touch Detective 3, Pepper Grinder, and more.

Here’s the full roundup:

Corpse Party II: Darkness Distortion

XSEED and Mages today announced Corpse Party II: Darkness Distortion, which is in development for Switch. A release is planned for Fall 2024.

Corpse Party II: Darkness Distortion is a new entry in the horror series, but now with new characters, a new setting, a terrifying new curse, and explorable 3D rendered environments. We’ve got more information in the following overview:

The latest Japanese hardware sales from Famitsu are as follows:

F-Zero 99 version 1.3.0 patch notes

Nintendo has put out the patch notes for F-Zero 99 version 1.3.0, which is one of the biggest updates for the game yet.

We went over the new content yesterday. As a reminder, Nintendo is adding Mirror Tracks, Steer Assist, an expanded Practice Mode, Classic Mini Prix, and Challenge Highlights. However, there are a number of other things we didn’t know about, including machine balancing, penalty for leaving a race, and more.

Here’s the full rundown:

Nintendo testing layoffs

According to a Kotaku report, Nintendo of America is restructuring its testing center. Some new full-time employee positions will be created, but a number of contractors are being let go – including testers with over ten years of experience.

The gaming industry as a whole has seen a high number of layoffs over the past couple of years, and it seems Nintendo isn’t immune to that either. Current and former contractors say Nintendo’s restructuring will result in “a massive downsizing”.

Nintendo said the following in a statement today:


Star Ocean Second Story R 1.1 update Chaos difficulty

Star Ocean: The Second Story R is getting a brand new version 1.1 update, Square Enix and Gemdrops revealed today. Players can access it on March 27, 2024.

The Star Ocean: The Second Story R version 1.1 update features a “Chaos” difficulty mode, new raid enemies, and more. Find the breakdown of upcoming content below.

Nintendo has announced the latest update for F-Zero 99, which will bring the game to version 1.3.0. Distribution will begin on March 27 in North America and March 28 in Europe.

The update will let players access the new Mirror Grand Prix, Mirror Tracks for Knight League, and Classic Mini Prix. Note that Mirror Tracks for King League and Queen League will become available in the future, too.

F-Zero Maximum Velocity Switch Online

F-Zero Maximum Velocity is set to join Nintendo Switch Online this week, Nintendo has announced. It’ll be going live on March 29, 2024.

F-Zero: Maximum Velocity originally released for the Game Boy Advance. If you’re interested in accessing the game, you’ll need a subscription to the Expansion Pack tier for Nintendo Switch Online.

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door "Our Story Begins" trailer

Nintendo just dropped a new Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door trailer, dubbed “Our Story Begins”. The video gives some background information about the events that lead to the start of the game.

As a reminder, here’s what to expect from the remake:

My Time at Sandrock New Year Better Me update 1.2.2

PM Studios and Pathea Games started up the distribution of a major “New Year Better Me” update for My Time at Sandrock with version 1.2.2.

Along with big technical improvements, new content is available. Today’s patch “is the culmination of that labor and promises substantially improved frame rate performance in early zones, increased shadow distance, higher fidelity textures and lots more.” As for new content, players can access new customization items designed by Kickstarter backers, new fairground rides, a new end-game dungeon, and more.

Here’s a rundown of what’s new in the My Time at Sandrock “New Year Better Me” version 1.2.2 update:

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