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Nintendo Weekly News Round-Up: SNES On Switch Online? Wii Shop Going Offline?

The Nintendo Switch Online service has been up and running for a while now. As many know, one of its primary components is the provision of retro NES games to its users.

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SNES Games Coming To Nintendo Switch Online?

The Nintendo Switch Online service has been up and running for a while now. As many know, one of its primary components is the provision of retro NES games to its users. Most recently, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link and Blaster Master were released for the service, so it appears the trickling-down of retro games isn’t stopping. As such, it will apparently start extending to the 16-bit era with Super Nintendo games. As Business Insider reports, 22 SNES games could very well be headed to Switch later this year.

Data miners were able to identify the SNES games in a recent update to the service as well. Included, as per a list posted by Twitter user @KapuccinoHeck, are The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Mario Kart, and Super Metroid, as well as Demon’s Crest and Stunt Race FX. 

The same leak also suggests that retro games from additional consoles could be coming to the service as well, as the data miners found. Thus, at some point, we could see the addition of Nintendo 64 games, though for right now, it is pure speculation.

Currently, you can subscribe to the Nintendo Switch Online service for $20 USD annually.

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The Wii Shop Channel Is Coming To An End

The Wii Shop Channel, once a venue for many classic games across multiple platforms and generations, will be closing shop soon. On January 31, as Lifehacker reports, the service will be shutting down, meaning that Wii owners will no longer be able to purchase or download purchased games and items from the Wii Shop Channel.

Additionally, this means that the Wii Transfer tool, which allows users to transfer games from the Wii to the Wii U, will become unavailable.

Nintendo’s official statement reads the following:

“Dear Nintendo fans,

On January 30, 2019, we plan to close the Wii Shop Channel, which has been available on Wii systems since December 2006. We sincerely thank our loyal customers for their support.

You can still add Wii Points until March 26, 2018, and purchase content on the Wii Shop Channel until January 30, 2019. In the future, we will be closing all services related to the Wii Shop Channel, including redownloading purchased WiiWare, Virtual Console titles, and Wii Channel, as well as Wii System Transfer Tool, which transfers data from Wii to the Wii U system.

If you have Wii Points to spend, content you want to re-download, or content you’d like to transfer from a Wii system to a Wii U system, we recommend you do so while the services are still available.

If you have any questions, please see our Q&A.

Thank you for supporting the Wii Shop Channel and for being such great fans of Nintendo.

Sincerely,

Your Friends at Nintendo”

At this point, it is highly suggested that you take care of any business you may have regarding the Wii Shop Channel as soon as possible. Should you have any leftover Wii Shop points, or just plain curiosity about any retro titles, it would definitely be worth handling all of that now while you can.

The Wii Shop Channel, around since the Wii’s release, is home to a plethora of digital titles. These include retro Nintendo games, as well as retro games from other consoles, such as the Sega Genesis. As well, the Wii Shop Channel sports a wide selection of indie titles.

In either case, you should definitely finalize all your business with the Wii Shop Channel by January 31.

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Switch Reigns Supreme In Japan

Very consistently, the year 2018 was very good for Nintendo in terms of sales. The release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate proved this beyond a shadow of a doubt. As such, the consistency continues, as a list of the top 10 best-selling games in Japan was published on Wednesday. According to Nintendo Soup, the list for the top 10 best-selling games in Japan are as follows:

  1. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  2. Monster Hunter World
  3. Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee!
  4. Splatoon 2
  5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  6. Super Mario Party
  7. Kirby Star Allies
  8. Super Mario Odyssey
  9. Minecraft
  10. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

For our review of the list-topping title, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, head here.

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Crowdfunding For GameCube Adapter For Switch Begins On Kickstarter

When it comes to Super Smash Bros., many players prefer the GameCube controller format. Whether it’s because that’s what they grew accustomed to with Melee or just the fact that it is the most conventional controller sold with a Nintendo system in the past 18 years, people are simply fonder of using a GameCube controller for the popular fighting game. In fact, owners of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate have the option of using a GameCube controller, given they have the controller adapter made for the Wii U. The only problem is that only applies to console mode. In handheld mode, players lose the option for the GameCube controller.

Panda Hardware, a hybrid company of Panda Global and GearHawk Studio, is looking to change this, as Comicbook.com reports that the company started a campaign on Kickstarter to circumvent the lack of a GameCube controller option in handheld mode. Sporting a variety of features, including a USB port, as well as four GameCube controller ports, Panda Hardware’s goal is to “focus on quality to create the best product we can for both casual and competitive Super Smash Bros. players.”

Even though the campaign was only started on Wednesday, January 16th, with a goal of reaching $55,000 USD, contributors have already pledged $59,470 total. This is with 28 days to spare. Needless to say, players wanting the option to use their GameCube controller on-the-go have been dying for somebody to come up with an answer.

The plan is for the device to deliver by July 2019 to anywhere. The webpage states that it will run at a price of $45 USD. While Nintendo has been quiet for the moment regarding this campaign, some are expecting them to, at the very least, confront Panda Hardware about this. However, Smash fans can hope or a seamless release, nonetheless.

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This Week’s Releases

Of course, the biggest release of the past week was New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe on Nintendo Switch, selling for $59.99 USD. Otherwise, the eShop has still seen some notable action in the past week.

One title released for Switch in this week, on January 17th, was Dragon’s Lair TrilogyA collection of classics released decades ago, the bundle includes Dragon’s LairSpace Ace, and Dragon’s Lair II: Time Warp. Each of these games, classified as “Adventure” and “Arcade,” has you take control of a hero, up against almost impossible odds, making choices throughout the games, for better or worse. You can purchase the trilogy for $19.99 USD.

As well, platformer Dragon’s Wrath was released for the 3DS at a price of $4.99 USD. In the game, you play as a dragon trying to track down some bandits who dishonored your family by stealing the family’s treasures. As the game’s homepage states: “You must hunt them down and recover your inheritance before they escape with it forever.”

Finally, releasing on January 18th is Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroesanother entry in the popular No More Heroes franchise. Changing up the gameplay with new mechanics, the game is set to please fans with its continued tongue-in-cheek humor, bathroom and otherwise. As action-packed as ever, Grasshopper Manufacture Inc. is dead-set to satisfy fans who have been waiting for the next game in the series. You will be able to purchase this, or may pre-purchase this, at a price of $29.99 USD.

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

 

 

 

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Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Antlers’ Gets a Mysterious Trailer

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Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer and poster for Antlers, a rural horror film about a small-town Oregon teacher (Keri Russell) and her brother (Jesse Plemons), the local sheriff, who discover that a young student (Jeremy T. Thomas) is harboring a dangerous secret that places the entire town in danger.

Director Scott Cooper and producer Guillermo del Toro have teamed to adapt a short story from Nick Antosca, the creator of the criminally underrated horror anthology series Channel Zero. Not much is yet known about Antlers other than Fox Searchlight, now owned by Disney, has scheduled the film for a 2020 release. Rounding up the main cast is Graham Green, Amy Madigan, Scott Haze and Rory Cochrane. Watch the trailer below.

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Be Excellent to Each Other with these Awesome ‘Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure’ Figures

“History is about to be rewritten by two guys who can’t spell.”

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Since its release in 1989, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure inspired a sequel (Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey), a Saturday morning cartoon, a comic book series, and launched actor Keanu Reeves into movie stardom. And now, three-plus decades later, Bill and Ted are getting their own scale collectible set courtesy Sideshow and Blitzway.

This is your chance to own the friendly duo in one go! The work put into creating these high-end figures is truly astounding as the figures capture the look of a young Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves just as we remember them. If you have $399 to spend, they can be all yours.

Check out the photos below along with the official press release.

Bill and Ted are two high school buddies who dream of becoming international rock stars. Their hilarious time travel adventure is depicted in the amazingly audacious comedy Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.

It’s like having them pop up right in front of you, with their iconic fashion and elaborate accessories. Besides, the iconic props are designed to let you reproduce a variety of wonderful scenes from the movie.

Be excellent to each other and travel to the past through the exciting story of Bill and Ted!

The Bill & Ted Sixth Scale Collectible Set specially features:

Highly detailed likeness of Alex Winter as Bill S. Preston Esq.
Highly detailed likeness of Keanu Reeves as Ted “Theodore” Logan
Newly designed and developed male body with over 30 points of articulations and flexible soft arms
Two (2) Newly designed and developed figure stands
Twelve (12) interchangeable hands (total for both) including:
Two (2) pairs of guitar hands
Two (2) right blow fist hands
Two (2) pairs of open hands
Two (2) right good fortune hands

Costume for Bill:

One (1) purple pattern shirt
One (1) graphic t-shirts
One (1) pair of blue jeans
One (1) pair of pattern underpants
One (1) pair of striped socks
One (1) pair of canvas shoes

Costume for Ted:

One (1) blue jacket
One (1) black vest
One (1) graphic t-shirt
One (1) pair of graphic shorts
One (1) pair of inner training pants
One (1) pair of striped socks
One (1) pair of canvas shoes

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Watch the Creepy Trailer for ‘Little Nightmares 2’: Six is Back and She has Help.

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One of the biggest surprises to come out of Gamescom 2019 so far is the announcement of Little Nightmares 2, the sequel to the puzzle-platformer hit horror game developed by Tarsier Studios.

While the first Little Nightmares has you take control a character named Six while avoiding instant death as she traverses alone amongst the depths of a dungeon, the sequel will give her a companion named Mono, who must accompany Six throughout her terrifying new journey.  

Little Nightmares was one of our favorite games of 2017 and so we can’t wait to get our hands on the sequel. In our review, James Baker wrote, “Tarsier Studios have created a wholly original concept to a horror genre that has leaned more towards thriller before anything else, bringing its roots back without relying on jump-scares and needlessly-gory shocks. Just like hide-and-seek, Little Nightmares captures the fear of being caught, albeit in a creepy, macabre style.”

Little Nightmares 2 will be released sometime in 2020 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.

Watch the trailer below and if you are a fan of the first game, we recommend reading this article that dives deep into the meaning behind Little Nightmares.

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NBA 2K20’s Story Mode Gets a Stunning Trailer

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NBA 2K19 features to date, its strongest MyCareer mode with the aptly titled, “The Way Back”, a fascinating look at the culture behind college basketball recruiting. The story mode was well received by critics and fans everywhere and in our review, we called it, “an incredible achievement that conveys the fabric of modern American life, aspirations and incidentally, sports, in close-up and at length”.

NBA 2K20 which will be released in less than a month, promises to include an even better story mode, and while we haven’t played the game yet, we have plenty of reasons to think it might be. Not only does it feature an all-star cast with top-tier talents such as Idris Elba and Rosario Dawson, but the story mode – entitled “When the Lights Are Brightest” – is being produced by LeBron James’ Springhill Productions, the same company behind the upcoming Space Jam 2.

NBA 2K20’s latest trailer, which debuted Monday during Microsoft’s Inside Xbox show live from Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, give us a good idea of what to expect. We get a glimpse at Idris Elba and Rosario Dawson in action as well as the rest of the supporting cast which includes Thomas Middleditch, Mark Cuban, Ernie Hudson, Lamorne Morris, Scottie Pippen, and Jaleel White!

The NBA 2K20 demo will go live on Wednesday, Aug. 21 and will allow players to create a character and get a head start on MyCareer. Any progress made will carry over to the full game, which will be released Sept. 6 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.

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The Transformers: Lessons in Warfare, Scale, and Childhood

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The Transformers are an enduring part of American pop culture. Starting with the introduction of the first toy lines in the early 1980s, the animated series went on to define a large part of ‘80s culture, reaching its apex with the release of The Transformers: The Movie in 1986. After a disappointing performance in theaters, however, the brand reached a nadir in the post-movie era, receding from the front of American pop culture until the late 1990s, when Transformers: Beast Wars brought the franchise to the forefront again.

It was into this climate that I was born. By the time I was old enough to watch TV and get toys courtesy of the North Pole and my parents, I began to take an interest in the series. After all, what five-year-old boy doesn’t like the idea of giant robots fighting each other for control of the earth and the universe?

My local video store (yes, those used to exist) had a copy of the first three episodes of the original Transformers series, Generation 1, on VHS. I remember renting this one particular copy from the store and watching it at least three times, sun-faded front cover and all. Even then, I loved the series, though I only had a few generic dollar-store “transformers,” an Armada Megatron that I had received for my fifth birthday, and a couple of hand-me-down G1 figures from my Dad.

Some of my earliest memories of Transformers came from a trip my parents and I took to visit my Dad’s former college roommate, a professed 80s culture geek. I remember watching a ton of G1 episodes, like “Dinobot Island,” as well as The Transformers: The Movie on his large projection-screen TV, an experience which inculcated within me an intense love of the series.

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Optimus Prime, bastion of bravery and an excellent role model for a maturing boy.

The first real episodic Transformers show that I watched with any sort of consistency, however, was Transformers: Armada. Now, I don’t remember much about this show — for good reason, as it’s derided by many Transformers fans for its poor animation, bad dubbing, and terrible story — but what I do remember is one particular toy that I really enjoyed: Armada Unicron.

I think it was the Christmas of 2002 when I first got Unicron. I remember having seen him in the store and (probably) telling my parents something or another about it, but I was utterly shocked when Santa brought it to me as a present. As a kid, Unicron was an impressive toy that towered over all of my other Transformers. He was such a hefty toy that I had trouble just picking him up from the ground. After having seen The Transformers: The Movie, I was just impressed by having the planet-eating destroyer of worlds himself in toy form. It was good to be a kid.

My consumption of Transformers-related content stayed relatively the same for a couple of years. Since my family didn’t get any of the channels that the shows came on, I was often left to make up what stories I could from my own memory, but we had Netflix (back when it was a DVD mail-in service), so I was able to watch some of the old series, including Beast Wars, Beast Machines, and Transformers: Energon on DVD. As usual, however, I spent most of my time in school or playing on my GameCube.  

When Michael Bay’s Transformers released in theaters in 2007, it ushered in an entirely new era of Transformers fandom across the world. With the return of G1 originals Peter Cullen and Frank Welker as the voices of Optimus Prime and Megatron, respectively, the ‘80s were alive and well again. This transformation (pun fully intended), brought about the introduction of an entirely new show, Transformers Animated, which aired on Cartoon Network. Before the days of DVR, it was nearly impossible for someone like myself, who was usually involved in any myriad of school activities on any given day, to find the time to watch a show at its air time. 

Unicron Armada Transformers Toy

Just look at this toy! Even today, it’s impressive.

However, luckily enough for me, Cartoon Network aired reruns of two episodes of Animated every day at 6:30 AM. As someone who lived literally two minutes away from school, I usually didn’t leave my house until around 7:45 or 8:00, so I had plenty of time to watch the show. I remember getting up every morning, fixing myself a big bowl of cereal, and sitting down to watch Animated before anyone in the house was up. Just me, Transformers, cereal, and a lot of fun. 

Soon, as I aged and Animated was replaced by Transformers Prime, I grew into a more nuanced appreciation for the shows’ storytelling. Prime, a dark tonal contrast with Animated, found me at the perfect time in my life. I appreciated its reverence for Optimus Prime and its overarching themes of sacrifice and leadership. While some would say it was boring or over-wrought, for a burgeoning pre-teen it was an engaging combination of cool and edgy that I thoroughly enjoyed.

When I sit down to think about the impact the Transformers series has had on my life, there’s one point in particular that sticks out to me: the imagination that playing with Transformers encouraged. While the brand was doubtlessly born of a commercial desire to sell as many pieces of plastic as possible, it nonetheless developed into a series capable of some interesting, if not always deep, storytelling. 

I copied this sense of storytelling when it came time to play with my toys. I remember incorporating various weather machines, weapons of ultimate power, and energy crystals into overarching narratives that could last a whole afternoon. Narratives in which Autobots died, lost limbs, or were otherwise in peril before the power of the Matrix of Leadership or Primus himself showed up to save them in the end. While this may not seem all that unique, I credit the series with instilling in me a sense of narrative detail. In fact, I remember not mixing my G.I. Joes and Transformers together, because in my internal head canon, they weren’t to scale (everyone knows that Transformers are at least three to four times taller than humans.) 

Megatron vs. Dinosaur G1 Transformers

I can safely say that I probably played out this exact scenario at least four or five times in my childhood.

However, Unicron himself created all sorts of problems for an internal narrative. For a being the size of a planet, he was rather puny in scale when compared to the other figures. So, I would always put Unicron to the side and pretend that the smaller Transformers were mere dots on him, tiny little specks that could barely be seen, the same as they had been in The Transformers: The Movie. I feel like the toys gave me an appreciation of the tropes of narrative fiction that I otherwise wouldn’t have noticed or appreciated. 

Today, I still love the series and try to watch The Transformers: The Movie at least once a year. Newer entries, like Transformers: Rescue Bots and Rescue Bots Academy allow me to share my love of the series with my younger siblings without encountering the darker elements of some of the classic shows. It allows me to teach them all about the Cybertronians that I grew up with, and perhaps encourage them to craft stories of their own. Now, excuse me while I help the Rescue Bots put out a fire on Wayward Island…

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