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Nintendo Weekly Roundup: A Tale of Two Switches

Nintendo launching new Switch models in 2019

While it’s been rumored for quite some time, two new Nintendo Switch models will be released in 2019, as the Wall Street Journal reports.

The new Switch models offer opposite variations on the initial model. One of the Switch models would provide hardware enhancements, while the other Switch model will allegedly be sold at a lower price.

The Wall Street Journal states that the Switch with improved features would not necessarily be as powerful as the PlayStation 4 Pro or Xbox One X. However, it is, nonetheless, aimed at “avid” gamers. The other Switch variation would be intended as an option for the budget-conscious looking for a new alternative to the Nintendo 3DS.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Nintendo is expected to announce these models at E3 2019, as well as release them a few months after.

We’ll keep you updated as more information regarding the new Switch models becomes available.

‘Bulletstorm’ heads to Nintendo Switch

Thus far, we’ve gotten two iterations with Bulletstorm in both its initial release, as well as several years later in its remaster, Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition, for current-get consoles. A third iteration is soon to be released as well, with Bulletstorm: Duke of Switch Edition. 

Coming with improved visuals, according to Worthplaying, as well as existing add-ons and brand-new content, Bulletstorm: Duke of Switch Edition contains the full package and then some.

Bulletstorm: Duke of Switch Edition contains all of the original game’s content, including its campaign, as well as its challenge mode. In addition, it sports the option to play as classic video game icon Duke Nukem.

You can expect Bulletstorm: Duke of Switch Edition sometime in early summer.

Twitch Prime members get up to one free year of Nintendo Switch Online starting today.One free year of Nintendo Switch Online for Twitch Prime members

If you’re a Twitch Prime member, or were think of becoming one, and a Nintendo Switch owner right now, you’re in luck. Twitch is giving away free months of the Nintendo Switch Online service if you sign up for Twitch Prime today.

Upon your initial signup, Twitch Prime members will be able to claim three free months of Nintendo Switch Online. Then, after 60 days, members can return to this website and claim an additional nine months of the service. This offer is valid until September 24, at which point those who can still claim an additional nine months of Nintendo’s service can do so until January 22, 2020.

TechCrunch adds that, if you are already a Nintendo Switch Online member, signing up for Twitch Prime will grant you more subscription time. This is quite the opportunity for those on the fence about Nintendo Switch Online, so if you have Amazon Prime, or are strongly considering subscribing to Twitch Prime, make haste while the sun is shining.

Monolith to develop next ‘Zelda’ title?

Traditionally, titles from The Legend of Zelda series have been developed on a first-party basis. We’ve seen Zelda releases from other developers in games like Hyrule Warriors and the upcoming Cadence of Hyrule, though Nintendo has always taken it upon itself to develop core entries in the series.

Well, this may not be the case for a future Zelda title. Monolith Soft, the studio behind Xenoblade Chronicles, has posted a recruitment page for designers, programmers, and other positions for a future Legend of Zelda game.

This does make sense coming from an experiential standpoint Monolith Soft helped out with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild‘s development. They had assisted with the game design in Nintendo’s last Zelda title, so Monolith knows of the development process for the series.

In any case, while the Zelda title from Monolith probably won’t get much, if any, attention at E3, there will likely be more information available as 2019 progresses.

Nintendo releases 'Yoshi's Crafted World' this week.This Week’s Releases

The eShop has seen considerable development in the past week. For example, Unravel Two, from ColdWood Interactive, was released on March 22. A platformer similar to its predecessor, Unravel Two does offer a twist on the original game’s formula. In Unravel Two, ColdWood Interactive has added a co-op mode for more inventive puzzle-solving and unique gameplay elements. Currently, Unravel Two runs for $19.99 USD on Nintendo Switch.

All-time classic Final Fantasy VII released for Nintendo Switch on March 26. While it skipped the Nintendo 64 in the late 90’s, it did not miss Nintendo’s latest console. The eShop release contains the full original game, though it adds, according to Nintendo’s Game Store, a “3x speed mode,” as well as the possibility of turning off battle encounters altogether and a battle “enhancement mode.” Final Fantasy VII currently runs for $15.99 USD.

On March 29, Switch owners will be receiving Nintendo’s first big original release of the year in Yoshi’s Crafted WorldDeveloped by Good-Feel, the studio behind Kirby’s Epic Yarn and Yoshi’s Woolly WorldYoshi’s Crafted World looks to be a highly charming platformer that is faithful to the Yoshi franchise in its gameplay mechanics, yet it is similar in unique style to Yoshi’s Woolly World for the Wii U. It will sell at $59.99 USD on the eShop.

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

 

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