Smash Bros., Black Friday, and new releases. This and more in what’s new with Nintendo.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
The big headliners this week for Nintendo mostly involved Thursday’s Nintendo Direct, complete with more information on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. All 74 of the fighters in the game have officially been announced, including the additions of Pokemon’s Incineroar and Street Fighter’s Ken.
Moreover, the DLC and Fighters Pass were also announced, priced at $24.99 USD. A Piranha Plant character will also be added for free, should you purchase the game before January 31st of 2019. Furthermore, the DLC itself will have finished releasing in February of 2020.
A new campaign, World of Light, was also shown off in the Nintendo Direct, replacing what was, for example, the Subspace Emissary in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. What an intense moment of the Direct that was!
A couple of interesting tidbits surrounding Pokemon also surfaced this week. Most recently, the Pokemon GO Gangar Raid challenge will be hitting soon. On November 3rd, rabid GO players can expect to see Gangar in Raid Battles.
Far bigger than this news though is that longtime series director Junichi Masuda, of Game Freak, may be retiring from his role. In an interview with Pokemon.com, he said the following: “But at the same time, it’s important to have the younger generation at GAME FREAK take over the development of Pokémon as a series. I do believe this will probably be, in terms of the main Pokémon RPGs, the last time that I work as the director.” The interview can be found here.
This week, Mario Segale, the inspiration for Nintendo’s mascot, sadly passed away at the age of 84.
An owner of a heavy construction company, Mario Segale apparently was fairly humble towards the fact that he served as the namesake inspiration for Nintendo’s mascot. NPR reports that a longtime friend of Segale stated: “My direct understanding and perception is that Mario Segale doesn’t mind at all the fact that his name inspired such an iconic character, and that he shows humble pride in that fact in front of his grandchildren and close-knit adult circles.”
Mario Segale was also the landlord for Nintendo in the 1970’s. As his obituary states: “While he was the inspiration for the name of Nintendo’s ‘Super Mario’ from when they were tenants in his business park in the 1970’s, he always ducked the notoriety and wanted to be known instead for what he accomplished in his life. Indeed, for generations of his family to come, and for the people who had a chance to know him well, his impact will remain ever present.” The message here is that Mario Segale was far more than an inspiration for a video game character; he was also a successful man who preferred hard work over glamor.
The Switch also saw two of the week’s biggest releases, as seen on their website. Most significantly, Diablo III was just released on the Switch. Originally released in 2012 on console and PC, and later re-released on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, Diablo III is now available to Switch owners at a price of $59.99 USD.
Earlier this week, the LEGO Harry Potter Collection was released as well, grouping together both LEGO Harry Potter: Year 1-4 and LEGO Harry Potter: Year 5-7. It currently runs for $49.99 USD.
Black Friday Details!
Finally, in time for the holidays, Black Friday details are starting to trickle down! One of the premiere Black Friday deals comes from Target. At a price of $299.99, shoppers can save on a Nintendo Switch, paired with a copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
Along with that steal, Switch owners can also expect to be able to purchase the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy at a discount at $25 USD. Similarly, one of my personal favorite Switch games, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is also being discounted at $25 USD.
To all of this, I have one thing to say: Get ’em while they’re hot!