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Nintendo Weekly News Round-Up: Marvel and Nintendo Team Up, Metroid Prime 4 and Pokémon’s Next Installment

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Exclusively Coming To Switch

The first two games in the Marvel Ultimate Alliance series were hits with critics and fans alike. With no word on the franchise for over a decade, it had become something of a Half-Life scenario. However, that worry has now been cast aside, as a sequel has just been announced by Nintendo as a Switch exclusive.

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Titled Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, Nintendo released a trailer at The Game Awards on Thursday night, giving us a sneak peek at the story, as well as some of the gameplay elements. In regards to the story, it appears that a malevolent organization known as the Black Order is a fatal threat to humanity and whose leadership has a great disdain for the Avengers. Now including the Guardians of the Galaxy, gameplay looks to be very similar to the original two games, albeit more polished now, as a sleek beat-’em-up title. Not much else is known about the gameplay mechanics for now, but details will likely trickle down as we get closer to release.

Switch owners and Marvel fans can expect a 2019 release.

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While Metroid Prime 4 Is Nowhere To Be Seen, Other Rumors Arise

Despite rumors that Metroid Prime 4 would be getting a trailer at The Game Awards, Thursday night proved these rumors wrong. Although the aforementioned Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 was announced, Metroid Prime 4 was nowhere to be seen, leaving Metroid fans concerned about when they’ll be seeing the next visible trace of the game’s development.

However, to fan the flames even more, according to Variety, a Swedish retailer known as Inet has listed a remaster of the Metroid Prime Trilogy on their website. Originally released in 2009 on the Wii, the Metroid Prime Trilogy included Metroid Prime, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. It was quite a steal back in the day and would very much be so today on the Switch.

If you’re unsure how to take these rumors, have no fear. Metroid Prime 4 is still being developed, so Switch owners have that to look forward to. As for a remaster of the original trilogy? A fan can only dream.

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Even More Pokémon

While two Pokémon titles were recently released on the Switch, Game Freak is not one to rest on its laurels, as the next Pokémon title, a “core RPG,” is set for a 2019 release. This new title will be a full role-playing adventure, so it is sure to be a draw for regular Pokémon fans and even newcomers.

GameSpot reported on the new game’s development, quoting Game Freak regarding its allowance of transferring Pokémon from Let’s Go! over to the new title. Director Junichi Masuda said the following:

“We’re definitely always thinking of that kind of forward-moving functionality, especially since we’ve introduced [Pokemon transfer service] Pokemon Bank,” Masuda told GameSpot. “Now, up to Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, you’re able to store your Pokemon, and we know they’re very important to everyone. I mean, obviously, people would be very sad if they couldn’t use their Pokemon in a future game. So, it does get complicated when you talk about the details and we’re still figuring it out, but we do have plans to find ways to let players use their Pokemon in the next game.”

These yearly releases continue to show Game Freak’s dedication to its beloved franchise and its fans. With a release on the horizon for next year, fans can be sure to expect a fresh console experience.

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Fire Emblem Expo Opens In Japan

Once an obscure franchise for Nintendo, the Fire Emblem series has been gaining traction in recent years. With multiple well-received Nintendo 3DS titles and Fire Emblem Warriors on the Switch, there is no trace of its popularity stopping altogether either.

In fact, the series has blown up so much that it is getting its own expo in Japan. Game Informer reports that, while details are sparse, it is set to take place on May 4. You can expect to hear more about it in a broadcast for Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher), a trading card game for the series.

For right now, those planning to attend the expo can purchase tickets starting December 28. For more information regarding that and all else about the expo, you can head here.

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New Releases

Finally, the Switch game we’ve all been waiting for, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, is here. Nearly praised universally, the game’s impressive roster of fighters and content are a huge draw for Switch owners. Along with the likes of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario OdysseySuper Smash Bros. Ultimate, released Friday, December 7, is going to be a staple for Nintendo fans everywhere.

Aside from Ultimate, however, quite a few other titles have been released in the previous week, including ARK: Survival Evolved, an often-advertised title available on other consoles as well. The game can be purchased at $49.99 USD. Additionally, the sequel to a classic Double Dragon, Double Dragon II: The Revenge was released on Nintendo Switch this week in the form of Arcade Archives Double Dragon II: The Revenge, running at $7.99 USD.

Finally, just in time for Christmas, Santa Tracker was released on Friday, December 7 at a low price of $2.99 USD. For the moment, you can purchase at $1.99 USD here. As for all other Switch and Nintendo 3DS releases, you can find them on their Game Store.


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