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Original (2/28): FuRyu has announced Crymachina, a new action RPG for Switch. NIS America will be publishing the game in the west this fall.

Here’s what’s been shared thus far:

Metroid Fusion Switch Online

Metroid Fusion is coming to Nintendo Switch Online as the next Game Boy Advance game, Nintendo just announced. It will be available to all Expansion Pack tier members on March 8, 2023.

Metroid Fusion originally came out in 2002 – it actually arrived at the same time as Metroid Prime. It’s the fourth entry in the 2D Metroid series.

Here’s what to expect from the game:

Yuji Naka arrested Square Enix

Original: Reports out of Japan indicate that Yuji Naka has been arrested by the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office. A case has been kicking around this week regarding insider trading, and it seems Naka is now involved.

It was already reported earlier today that Square Enix employee Taisuke Sazaki and their acquaintance Fumiaki Suzuki were arrested for unfairly acquiring stock in Aiming. Square Enix works with Aiming on mobile games, including Dragon Quest Tact and Gestalt Odin. Sazaki and Suzuki were arrested under suspicions of purchasing around 47 million yen of stock in Aiming before it was officially revealed that they would be working with Square Enix on Dragon Quest Tact.

Meg's Monster

It’s time for the newest North American Nintendo Download report for the week of March 2, 2023. The latest releases include Meg’s Monster, Pronty, and more.

Here’s the full roundup:

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass Wave 4 release date

Nintendo has shared more on the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass Wave 4 DLC, including a final release date. The new content will arrive on March 9, 2023.

We previously heard that Yoshi’s Island will be appearing as a brand new track. It will be joined by Tour Amsterdam Drift, GBA Riverside Park, Wii DK Summit, Tour Bangkok Rush, DS Mario Circuit, GCN Waluigi Stadium, and Tour Singapore Speedway. These will be spread out across the Fruit Cup and Boomerang Cup. Also remember that Birdo is being added as a brand new playable character.

Kirby's Return to Dreamland Deluxe

The latest Japanese hardware sales from Famitsu are as follows:

While March may not feature any major Nintendo first-party releases, there are still quite a few Switch games to look forward to.

In a new video we’ve put together, Sam highlights six great looking games that are coming to Switch this month. Things are looking a bit quieter in March, but there are still notable releases with Atelier Ryza 3, Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse, Dead Cells: Return to Castlevania, and more.

Here’s the full video:

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It’s a big week for Switch releases! On this week’s episode of Nintendo Everything Refresh, we’ll be sharing our hands-on impressions of two MAJOR games, Kirby’s Return to Dreamland Deluxe and Octopath Traveller 2. We’ll also dive deep into the major stories from last week, including Call of Duty’s (confirmed) return to Nintendo platforms, insight from Miyamoto on his philosophy on narratives in games, and more!

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Naruto x Boruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Connections

Original (2/23): Today, publisher Bandai Namco and developer CyberConnect2 revealed Naruto x Boruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Connection. It will be available on Switch later in 2023.

The game builds off of the previously-released Ultimate Ninja Storm titles. Bandai Namco says the upcoming title features the story of Naruto and Sasuke, which “has been re-cut and combined with an all new original story”. This particular entry will have the largest roster ever for the series.

Here’s an official overview:

Mario popularity

When you think about games and the most popular characters in the medium, Mario has to be there as one of the top choices. He’s been around for decades, in multiple titles and genres – and now he’s even getting his own animated movie.

So what’s been behind Mario’s long-term popularity? Shigeru Miyamoto, the character’s creator, recently shared some thoughts.

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