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Nintendo Weekly News Round-Up: Yoshi, ‘Metroid Prime 4’ Rumors and More

Nintendo recently announced the release dates for the Switch’s first major new release this year as well as a re-release on 3DS.



Nintendo Announces Release Dates For First Major Titles On Switch This Year, More Switch Online Games

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, which is now at a solid 80 on Metacritic,  may be coming out this week, but Nintendo recently announced the release dates for the Switch’s first major new release this year as well as a re-release on 3DS. Business Wire reports that Yoshi’s Crafted World, a sequel to Yoshi’s Woolly World on Wii U, will be releasing on March 29. Similar to its predecessor, it is a side-scrolling platformer in which Yoshi uses everyday items to aide itself in its adventure. Furthermore, if it is anything like its predecessor otherwise, then it is bound to be one charming platformer.

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Additionally, Nintendo and Kirby fans will be able to get their hands on Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn on Nintendo 3DS on March 8. While similar in structure to the original 2010 release, save for its handheld functionalities, there are also modes including classic Kirby enemies King Dedede and Meta Knight. Released by the same developer as Yoshi’s Woolly World and Yoshi’s Crafted World, Good-Feel, Kirby’s Epic Yarn was also a charming and well-handling platformer that requires the player to manipulate the environment to their advantage so that Kirby could make his way through his bizarre yarn-ified existence.

In addition to all of this, Nintendo has announced two more retro games that shall be coming to the Switch Online service. Indeed, Den of Geek! reports Zelda II: The Adventure of Link and Blaster Master will be coming to the service on January 16.

These are both nice additions to the growing service. On the one hand, you have a rather formula-breaking underdog-like entry in a well-respected series in Zelda II, while Blaster Master is a difficult action-filled shooter, the likes of which were not hard to come by back in the 1980s and early 1990s.

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Nintendo Leads December’s Physical Sales In The United Kingdom

Nintendo has simply bursted with success in the past couple months. Crystallized by the fact that the Switch is this generation’s best-selling console, Nintendo has seen some major commercial success since Black Friday and through the holidays. Of course, that is due in large part to the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. 

Apparently, this is true abroad, as Nintendo Life reports that Nintendo was the best-selling publisher for physical games in December in the UK. Presenting a list of the top 20 best-selling games, in physical copies, Nintendo Life demonstrates that Nintendo snagged four spots. Indeed, while Super Smash Bros. Ultimate came in at fourth place, while Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!, and Super Mario Party all came in at seventh place, twelfth place, and sixteenth place, respectively.

While Super Smash Bros. Ultimate had been outdone by the likes of Red Dead Redemption IIFIFA 19, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, there’s no question that Nintendo, as a publisher, went the distance in December.

Metroid Prime 4

Just Add This To The Pile

Unsurprisingly, another Metroid Prime 4 rumor has surfaced. While everybody anticipates the Nintendo Direct  expected to drop in January, an article by Bad Five indicates a possible release date for Metroid Prime 4.  They report that Czech online retailer SuperGamer hastily revealed a potential release date for the game, which, if right, is November 29, 2019.

I’m inclined to take many of these rumors with exactly one grain of salt. I’m inclined because, for one, Metroid Prime 4 rumors haven’t been incredibly reliable thus far. Second, hasty online release date postings aren’t exactly new. Years back, there had been an online posting for the remaster of a Mass Effect trilogy, something I’d be quite enthusiastic for, though unless development has truly stalled, I don’t quite think that online posting’s premise was true.

Regardless, we can all still hope for this to be true! As someone who just recently beat Super Metroid, and have previously completed the Metroid Prime games, I couldn’t be more exacted for real news on Metroid Prime 4!


Nintendo Announces Release Dates For Final Fantasy Re-Releases

Nintendo made waves last September when it announced that it was bringing some Final Fantasy titles to the Switch. Now, we have some concrete news for their releases. Nintendo announced, as Game Informer reportson Twitter, That Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster will both be releasing on Switch on April 16, 2019.

Additionally, on April 30, 2019, the Switch will be seeing the release of Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac AgeApril must be Final Fantasy Appreciation Month or something because that’s quite a bit of Final Fantasy! Personally, I’ve only partially played Final Fantasy III/VI, but I respect the series for its popularity and massive fan following. In any case, if you’re a Switch owner, and a Final Fantasy fanatic, then April is the month for you!

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This Week’s Releases

As mentioned at the beginning of this article, a re-release of New Super Mario Bros. U in New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe will be releasing January 11 at a price of $59.99 USD. It appears to be identical to its Wii U iteration, save for improved presentation, as well as new modes and included DLC content New Super Luigi U. While I have not played this release, I did complete New Super Mario Bros. U several years ago, which was a great experience.

Otherwise, the eShop did get several new releases this week. Bury me, my Lovea unique adventure/simulation hybrid about a Syrian refugee’s journey to Europe, was released on January 10. It currently sells for $4.99 USD.

As well, Fitness Boxing was released this week for the Switch. Running at $49.99 USD, the game is classified as a “Sports” and “Music” game in which the player boxes to various rhythms. Since I doubt there will be a Wii Fit Deluxe, this is one of the more unique ways to get fit using your Switch! I could see this as being a very beneficial tool for those who have made being fit their New Year’s resolution! Now, if only I can cut out desserts too…

As always, you can find these and more at the Nintendo Game Store.



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Watch the Trailer for ‘The Mandalorian’ the First Live-Action ‘Star Wars’ Series




Thanks to the arrival of the D23 Expo, Disney has revealed the first trailer for its long-awaited Star Wars original series, The Mandalorian.

Created by Jon Favreau (Iron Man), the series is set after the events of Return of the Jedi and follows Pedro Pascal as a mysterious, gun-slinging Mandalorian bounty hunter who navigates the seedier side of the Star Wars universe.

Along with Pedro Pascal, The Mandalorian stars Gina Carano, Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog, and Taika Waititi. The first season of episodes will be directed by filmmakers like Dave Filoni, Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, and Deborah Chow.

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Here’s the official description of The Mandalorian:

After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.

The Mandalorian begins streaming on Disney+ on November 12, 2019.

Check out The Mandalorian trailer below.

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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Soundtrack Gets a Vinyl Release




While we don’t publish music news or music reviews here at Goomba Stomp, we are huge fans of vinyl and since we cover film, we figured this announcement would interest some of our readers.

Back in 2017, Jordan Peele’s Get Out topped our list of the best films of 2017 and while the year isn’t yet over, there’s a good chance his follow-up Us, will land somewhere on our best of the year list as well. There are many reasons why we love Peele’s ambitious sophomore film including for the suspense, cinematography, performances, and direction, but one thing that doesn’t get enough praise is the soundtrack by Michael Abels. And if you like us, love the original score, you’re going to love this bit of news.

After giving his Get Out soundtrack a vinyl release last year, Jordan Peele is now doing the same for the soundtrack to Us.

WaxWork Records announced the news earlier today and if you’re planning on buying a copy, you don’t have to wait since it is now available to purchase through the label’s website.

The soundtrack, which received a digital release earlier this year, features composer Michael Abels’ score, in addition to songs from Janelle Monáe, Minnie Ripperton and the “Tethered Mix” of Luniz’s “I Got 5 on It” that appeared in the film’s first trailer. The album artwork was created by illustrator Edward Kinsella and features an interactive die-cut mirror board back cover, a heavyweight art print and an exclusive essay from UCLA Professor, scholar, and activist Shana L. Redmond Ph.D.

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Trailer for the Twisted Dark Comedy thriller ‘Villains’




Alter has released the first poster and the official trailer for Villains, the upcoming dark comedy thriller which stars Bill Skarsgård (IT) and Maika Monroe (It Follows) as a couple who rob a gas station and scores enough cash to start a new life in Florida. Unfortunately for them, their getaway plans turn upside down and the young couple end up stumbling on much more than they bargained for.

Villains hits theaters on September 20th and was written and directed by Dan Berk and Robert Olsen. In addition to Skarsgard and Monroe, the movie also stars Jeffrey Donovan and Kyra Sedgwick. It’s co-produced by Bron Studios, Star Thrower Entertainment, Creative Wealth Media Finance, and The Realm Films. You can watch the trailer for Villains below.

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Beanie Babies: The Collectables with Heart

Toys We Love Spotlight



For our Toys We Love Spotlight, I’m looking at one of my personal favourites: Beanie Babies. I had collected so many of these growing up, and households worldwide in the 90s and early 2000s were sure to have at least one Beanie Baby in their possession (was it even the 90s if they didn’t?). These plushie companions were cute, cuddly, and collectable, so it’s not a surprise that the Beanie Babies craze swept the globe, forcing parents and toy collectors everywhere to dig into their wallets.

Beanie Babies had a few aspects to them that made them stand out from your average plushie. Firstly, they did not have as much stuffing as most soft toys. Whilst some thought that this made them look cheap, it also made them light, posable, and gave them a realistic feel and look. The bear Beanie Babies were particularly good to pose, and this set them apart from run-of-the-mill teddy bears. Another element that made Beanie Babies more unique was their special tag. Each toy had a tag attached which had the toy’s name, date of birth, and a quotation etched inside. The former was something that could have been a risky choice, as although it wasn’t completely taking away the child’s choice of name — there was nothing stopping them from just calling their Beanie whatever they wanted — a pre-selected name can be difficult to sell, as kids can often take great pride and pleasure in naming their toys.

It was a great success, however, and worked as a nice finishing touch for the Beanie Babies, adding a dash of personality and flair (something much needed in the often critically over-saturated soft toy market), as well as making each Beanie Baby feel like their own creature with their own little stories. Adding to that was the wide variety of animals that were available, such as Tiny the Chihuahua, Pegasus the Unicorn or Swampy the Alligator. This means that the desires of each individual child or enthusiastic collector could be catered to (I myself favoured the dogs and bears).

The puppies were my Beanie Baby of choice. They were all such good boys and girls.

The Beanie Babies also had their own way of tackling difficult issues in society, showing them to kids through the guise of a soft toy. I’ll give you an example through my own experience: I had a Beanie Baby that (as odd as it may sound) gave me more of an understanding of the horrors of September 11th. Weird, right? Allow me to explain. I was only just nine years old on that now-historical day when the twin towers in New York were attacked and so many innocent people lost their lives. I had come home from school (it was afternoon time here in the UK when it happened), and I remember my mum watching it on television in complete shock. She had watched the whole thing whilst I’d been at school.

I didn’t really understand what was happening to be honest. Even when I was watching the repeats of the plane crashing into the side of the tower, I was somewhat oblivious the gravity of the situation (though as a nine year old child, I suppose I could be forgiven for that). The news continued to report the tragedy for a long time, and my school held assemblies to discuss the matter. I knew people had died, and that made me very sad, but I remember thinking that people died all the time, so why was this one incident reported on so much? About a month or so after, TY released three Beanie Babies as a tribute to those lost during 9/11. One of these was a Dalmatian Beanie Baby called Rescue, and I wanted him the moment I saw him, not really knowing the true nature of his purpose. My mum obliged happily, knowing what he represented. I remember taking my little Dalmatian with the red collar and American flag on his leg home and reading his tag. It read:

To honor our heroes
who lost their lives in the
national catastrophe that
took place on September 11, 2001.
We mourn for them and express our
deepest sympathy to their families.
God Bless America

Rescue the Dalmatian was joined by America the Bear and Courage the German Shepherd. The Beanies were a set of three released to honor those who perished in the tragedy of 9/11.

I found Rescue in my room recently, and the memories flooded back to me upon reading it again. I remember looking into all the acts of heroism and bravery after reading Rescue’s tag, and that’s when the situation really hit home to me. I looked into the stories of firefighters and first responders and those who had died, as well as all the search-and-rescue dogs attempting to save people among the chaos. As a child, it can be hard to see past your immediate opinion and truly consider the sheer weight of a situation, but with Rescue’s help, I was able to see just how this event was indeed very different to anything I had ever seen before, and how serious it was. It was the first time I felt like I was thinking like a grown up. I looked at the world differently from then on — obviously as I got older, but also from my ability to think harder and search deeper. Honestly, I don’t know if I would have even bothered if it wasn’t for Rescue reminding me of exactly how much was lost on that day.

Rescue, perhaps the goodest and bravest boy of them all.

Beanie babies will forever be ingrained in culture. They are still bought, sold and collected even now and will remain a timeless staple of most of our childhoods. They certainly are for me. Especially you Rescue, the bravest firefighting Dalmatian the world has ever known.

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‘Shenmue III’ Gamescom Trailer Details a Day in the Life of Ryo



The original Shenmue games pioneered the open world genre, in part through their inclusion of many different minigames and side activities. The Kickstarter-funded Shenmue III looks to continue that legacy, as developer Ys Net and publisher Deep Silver have debuted a new trailer at Gamescom 2019 entitled “A Day in Shenmue.”

The developers provided the following description of the trailer via their latest Kickstarter update: “Exploring the town, playing minigames and battling! We hope it feels just how a Shenmue day should!” Sure enough, the footage showcases the series protagonist Ryo participating in a number of minigames, such as a boxing game and a pachinko machine. The end of the trailer also includes a good look at the series’ signature kung fu combat.

Beyond the new trailer, the Kickstarter update also noted that Yu Suzuki, the famed creator of Shenmue, will be present at Gamescom for autograph signings.

After numerous delays, Shenmue III will finally launch on November 19, 2019 for PS4 and PC via the Epic Games Store.

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