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Nintendo Weekly Roundup: April Fools!

Everything is on Switch… or not

April Fools’ Day is a day for practical jokes and pranks galore. From the kinds involving fake injuries to “winning” lottery tickets, April Fools’ Day is not for the gullible. IGN, as jokey and as willing to prank gamers as ever, decided to trick Nintendo fans and Switch owners into thinking everything–literally everything–was going to be on the Nintendo Switch.

The video, published by TheMail 518, begins rather believably. Initially showing off gameplay from Super Mario Maker 2 and a teaser for 2019’s Animal Crossing entry, the Direct soon descends into madness. Viewers are told that The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is coming to the Switch in 2019, followed by The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD and, naturally, a variety of other Zelda games.

The prank video then shows the likes of Super Mario 64 and Mass Effect make appearances as having Switch ports. However, IGN gives players a wink and nod, teasing Joker from Persona 5 as an upcoming challenger in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. After that, pure chaos ensues. Nintendo fans are to believe that Portal 2, Metal Gear Solid, Red Dead Redemption 2, Fallout 3, Modern Warfare 2, and other revered modern classics are coming to Switch, as well as not-so-revered games like Fallout 76 and 50 Cent: Bulletproof. 

The Direct video then puts the “everything” in “everything” by featuring upcoming fake features and apps like “Nintendo Switch Simulator,” “Microsoft Paint,” TurboTax, Uber, Tinder, and the “Feeding Vader Simulator.” Everything is truly on Switch.

The idea of Ocarina of Time and many other Zelda titles on Switch was admittedly pretty exciting, which added to the sting of the reveal that most of the video was a joke. However, IGN taking aim at games like Fallout 76 is fairly hilarious. If only certain parts of this video weren’t a joke.

Nintendo has a pretty good reputationNintendo in the top 10 most reputable companies in the U.S., says study

According to Nintendo Life, a recent study performed by Reputation Institute, which assessed more than 2,200 companies across the U.S., Nintendo has been named the ninth most reputable company in the U.S. With Netflix sitting at a comfortable first place, the top 10 companies are as follows:

  1. Netflix
  2. Hershey
  3. Whirlpool
  4. Rolex
  5. McCormick & Company
  6. Barnes & Noble
  7. Hasbro
  8. Costco Wholesale
  9. Nintendo
  10. The LEGO Group

As Nintendo Life notes, Nintendo ranked 12th last year, so their jump shows promise for continued reputation increases. Also, given that Netflix was at 23rd place last year, there’s no telling where Nintendo will be next year. Hopefully, they will continue to climb.

Nintendo Switch getting headset-enabled controller

For the longest time, Nintendo hasn’t been incredibly warm to headset-enabled controllers. From the Wii through the Switch, every released first-party controller hasn’t supported voice chat as a feature. Finally, that’s changing, as peripheral developer PDP will be launching the Face-off Deluxe+ Audio Wired Controller for the Switch.

While Nintendo previously had a mobile app that enabled voice chat, PDP will be releasing the first controller with an audio jack for a headset on the Switch, in part due to Vivox, which, as points out, is providing the development kit for the controller. Right now, one of the more significant titles to be utilizing voice chat at the moment is Fortnite on Switch.

PCMag also discussed some features and specs of the peripheral. For example, the controller has a 3.5mm audio jack at the bottom edge of the controller. As well, players can adjust the volume from the controller itself and modify it with different faceplates. The controller isn’t wireless, unlike the Pro Controller for Switch, but it seems to be a small price to pay when considering players can avoid using the mobile app in exchange for a controller-enabled headset. The controller itself is set to be priced at $24.99 USD, which is a far cry from the Pro Controllers steep $70 USD value.

The Switch may soon get 'Persona 5,' 'Metroid Prime Trilogy,' and 'A Link to the Past'Deleted Best Buy listings hint at ‘Metroid Prime Trilogy’ and more for Switch

As reported by Wccftech, the Best Buy website posted listings for a few potential upcoming titles for the Nintendo Switch. Such titles include the likes of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Persona 5, and Metroid Prime Trilogy. Given Best Buy has leaked unannounced, yet ultimately released, titles on their website previously, the aforementioned titles’ releases is a thought worth entertaining.

Wario64 posted the following on Twitter regarding Best Buy’s listings:

Also, since Metroid Prime Trilogy has been rumored for quite some time, the scale is tipped slightly more in the direction of an announcement. That said, listings have been false in the past, so it would be wise to not put too much stock into it. We’ll keep you informed on any potential announcements, regardless.

This Week’s Releases

The past week saw a few notable eShop releases, starting Yoshi’s Crafted World, running at $59.99 USD. As Nintendo’s first significant first-party release for the year, Yoshi’s Crafted World is a charming platformer with a unique art style that combines that of 2010’s Kirby’s Epic Yarn with the world of Yoshi and Mario. Developed by Good-Feel, the game sees Yoshi travel across multiple worlds, collecting lost gems to prevent Baby Bowser from seeing through his dubious plan.

Additionally, Darksiders Warmastered Edition was released on Switch on April 2. Priced at $29.99 USD, the game is a re-release of 2016’s Darksiders remaster, which was then a remaster of the 2010 original. Well-received at its release, the game combines Zelda-like puzzle mechanics with modern hack-and-slash gameplay, making it worth a look for fans of the hack-and-slash genre.

Hob: The Definitive Edition also came out this week on April 4. Selling at $17.99 USD, Hob is a platformer with puzzle mechanics from the developers of Torchlight, sporting an emphasis on exploration. As always, you can find these games and more on the Nintendo Game Store.

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