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Nintendo Weekly News Round-Up (11/02 – 11/08)

More Black Friday details, the arrival of YouTube, and a possible new Zelda game? This and more in what’s new with Nintendo.

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More Black Friday Details Trickle Down

Last week, Target got the jump on things by releasing their Black Friday advertisements to the public, presumably to get consumers salivating and ready for the holidays. This week, Best Buy and Walmart have released their own ads, which involve equally enticing steals to Target’s.

Walmart’s ad involves a number of Switch and 3DS games on sale, as well as a steal of a Switch bundle. The Switch bundle, coming equipped with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, is being priced at a discount of $299. The remainder of the deals involve several discounted 3DS games, including Super Mario 3D Land, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, all at a price of $17.

The discounted Switch games include LEGO Worlds, priced at $17, as well as Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, Just Dance 2019, and Rocket League at $25. Finally, Switch games discounted at $35 include Xenoblade Chronicles 2, FIFA 19, and ARMS. And these are just a taste of what you’ll see.

Best Buy’s ad, on the other hand, includes an identical Switch bundle at $299.99, with games like Crash N’Sane Trilogy and Just Dance 2019 being priced at $24.99. As well, you’ll see the sale of titles like the Bayonetta 1&2 bundle, Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze, and Kirby Star Allies at $39.99.

Gamers, parents, and overall gift-givers will face some tough choices this holiday season, picking out the best deals from each store.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Details

Of course, the most popular topic regarding Nintendo right now, Super Smash Bros. Ultimatesaw some significant headlines this week. Just recently, it was revealed that a GameCube controller adapter would be out for the Switch soon.

Out December 7th, the GBros. Wireless Adapter, will allow gamers to smash it up with GameCube controllers in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Created by 8BitDo, it will be priced at $19.99 and will likely satisfy many Smash players, due to the favored GameCube control scheme.

More recently, Nintendo stated they would remove Native American references from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. As Forbes reports, Nintendo was live-streaming some gameplay for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for promotion purposes when, near the 31-minute mark, an animation from Mr. Game and Watch is reminiscent of an animation from the 1982 game Fire Attack, where, according to Kotaku, the player must defend themselves from Native Americans planning to burn down their fort.

As mentioned earlier, Nintendo stated the following: “The original game on which this depiction of the character is based was released more than three decades ago and does not represent our company values today.” Nintendo ultimately apologized for their actions and say they are attempting to atone by removing the animation altogether.

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YouTube Makes Its Way To Switch

Nintendo Switch, unfortunately somewhat devoid of common applications on other consoles, saw the arrival of YouTube to its flagship console today. The app itself is free and can be connected to players’ Google accounts to use their channel and subscriptions to other channels. Variety reports that the 360-degree function is also compatible with the Switch.

While a nice addition, especially considering it is free, the Switch still lacks vital apps like Netflix and Amazon, though Reggies Fils-Aime confirmed at one point that Nintendo was working with the companies to bring their services to the Switch.

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A New Legend of Zelda?

Nintendo is not one to rest on its laurels. Despite having released what is commonly considered one of the best Zelda games of all-time in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild last year with the Switch, Nintendo may already be working on their next one.

Two current listings on their Japanese job website suggests this idea. Seeking a 3DCG and level designer for the next 3D Zelda adventure, GameSpot reports that a user from ResetEra, guru-guru, translated the text displayed in the job listing to English. Essentially, the job details for the 3DCG designer mainly involve experience with designing backgrounds with applications such as Adobe Photoshop, as well as, amongst other things, an interest in the Zelda series.

It is also explained by guru-guru that the level designer’s job details entail designing enemies, dungeons, a field, and other assets.

If it is true that Nintendo is making their next Zelda games, or at least planning on it, then they ought to realize just how hard it will be to surpass the acclaim of their previous Zelda effort. All the best to them in that department.

New Releases

The Switch is currently lacking a dry spell right now, seeing recently releases on it such as Diablo III and Dark Souls. On November 8th, in addition, came the release of Valiant Hearts: The Great War, considered a very interesting title by many. At a price of $19.99 and published by Ubisoft, this stylized game has the player traveling through the various theaters of World War I, playing as four different characters, and solving puzzles along the way.

Syberia 1 & 2, were released on November 8th at a price of $34.99. Additionally, Minecraft: Story Mode – Season Two came out on November 6th at a price of $39.99. You can find all of these and more on Nintendo’s Game Store.

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