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‘Super Mario Maker 2’ gets a dedicated Direct

As of yesterday, gamers now know a lot more about Super Mario Maker 2 for Nintendo Switch thanks to a 17 minute-long Nintendo Direct showing the ins and outs of the upcoming D.I.Y. platformer.

Essentially, the Direct shows off the variety of functions and options available to those who fancy themselves expert level-crafters. The video explains the mechanics in a relatively basic way, showing viewers, first, the content players are familiar with from the first Super Mario Maker. Later, the video gets a bit more in-depth, demonstrating things like the “On/Off Switch,” used to add flavor to courses, as well as course themes, including desert, snow, forest, and sky.

Other unique additions include the Moon feature and Cat Mario. Unlike the angry sun that appears in past Super Mario games, the Moon, if come into contact with, will allow Mario to automatically defeat every enemy on the screen at once. On the other hand, a feature like Cat Mario allows Mario to revisit Super Mario 3D World‘s premier power-up, providing Mario with the ability to climb walls and melee enemies in cat-like ways.

Much of the rest of the Direct involves the game’s multiplayer capabilities, which applies to constructing courses cooperatively, as well as to playing with others online and friends with Switch consoles. Additionally, players, can upload their created courses online and download others’ courses, for better or worse as we’ll see.

Super Mario Maker 2 is apparently looking to fill the release void that is summer as a hit title for Nintendo. Given how successful the original Super Mario Maker was, it’s hard to imagine Super Mario Maker 2 won’t see an equal level of success, if not more due to the Switch’s sales over the Wii U. The objective, as we’ve seen, for Nintendo is to make the case as to how Super Mario Maker 2 is different from its predecessor and what it adds to the original’s concept.

Nintendo SwitchThe Nintendo Switch has passed the PS4’s lifetime sales in Japan

The success of the Nintendo Switch has been apparent for a while now. As Nintendo’s most successful console since the Wii, the Switch has done wonders for the company, and for technology as a whole. It has been so successful that reports are revealing that, in Japan, the Switch has surpassed the PlayStation 4’s lifetime sales.

Nintendo Everything reports that, as of April 22, the PlayStation 4 had been outperforming the Switch by about 5,000 units, sitting at 8,047,754 units sold while the Switch had sold 8,042,166 units. As of May 12, however, the Switch had sold 83,471 additional units, while the PS4 sold 30,003 more units. In doing the math, we can now say that the Switch has outsold the PS4 by about 50,000 units in Japan, which is a major success for Nintendo.

In analyzing how the Switch has surpassed the PS4’s commercial success so quickly, there might be a few reasons. First of all, brand recognition might be a significant factor. Sony and Nintendo are both household names, but Nintendo may still have the edge on that end. Furthermore, Nintendo has some more recognizable brands, including the likes of Mario, Zelda, Kirby, and others, so this may be an underlying factor. Or, perhaps Nintendo simply has better marketing. A combination of the three may be at hand too, but there’s no ignoring the level of accomplishment for the Nintendo Switch here.

Source: Forbes

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Modder makes a Nintendo GameCube classic console

The NES Classic and SNES Classic were both insanely releases for Nintendo. However, while they recognize this, they have said they don’t have any more plans for another Classic-type console in the works for consoles past the NES and SNES. Considering the Nintendo 64 and GameCube were both great in their own rights, to varying degrees, it’s a bit disheartening we won’t get retro consoles for them. However, Modder Madmorda has shown us the possibilities with her own GameCube mini console.

According to the images provided, the modded console looks identical to the original, power button and all. Powered by microUSB, it provides four ports for controllers and the trademark “lunchbox” handle.

GameCube mini console innardsGetting down to the nitty gritty, the inside of the GameCube has a modified motherboard from a Wii console stuffed inside it.

While it would have been desirable for this to have been seen at the end of yesterday’s Nintendo Direct, something like this is unlikely to happen. As much as people are clamoring for even just ports of GameCube titles on the eShop, a dedicated console rerelease would appear less likely, but a fan can always dream. Here’s to an appearance at E3 2019’s Direct.

Source: Notebook Check

Ubisoft logoUbisoft holds major sale on eShop

Sales, or at least noteworthy sales, are tough to come by on the eShop. First-party titles rarely go on sale on the eShop, and mainstream third-party releases are pretty similar in nature. For the meantime, this has changed, as Ubisoft is holding a mighty sale on the eShop for some of their most popular titles.

The titles on sale include hits like Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, South Park: The Stick of Truth, and Rayman Legends Definitive Edition for Nintendo Switch. However, many more titles from Ubisoft are on sale as well, as listed below:

  • Child of Light Ultimate Edition – $7.99 (was $19.99)
  • Hungry Shark World – $6.99 (was $9.99)
  • Just Dance 2017 – $15.99 (was $39.99)
  • Just Dance 2018 – $15.99 (was $39.99)
  • Legendary Fishing – $14.99 (was $29.99)
  • Just Dance 2019 – $19.99 (was $39.99)
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle – $19.79 (was $59.99)
  • Monopoly – $15.99 (was $39.99)
  • Rayman Legends Definitive Edition – $15.99 (was $39.99)
  • RISK Global Domination – $11.99 (was $19.99)
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole – $23.99 (was $59.99)
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth – $14.99 (was $29.99)
  • Sports Party – $19.99 (was $39.99)
  • Starlink: Battle for Atlas – $29.99 (was $59.99)
  • Trials Rising – $17.49 (was $24.99)
  • Uno – $5.99 (was $9.99)
  • Valiant Hearts: The Great War – $9.99 (was $19.99)

Many of these titles are quite acclaimed, and series like Trials are renown for their challenging but rewarding gameplay. The prevailing advice here is to grab any of these titles you may be interested in while you can, as these types of sales come around only every once in a while.

Source: Nintendo Enthusiast

Castlevania NES ReviewThis Week’s Releases

For starters for the past week’s most notable releases on Nintendo’s eShop, Castlevania Anniversary Collection came out for Nintendo Switch. Selling for $19.99 USD, it is quite a steal, since it contains Castlevania, Castlevania II Simon’s Quest, Castlevania III Dracula’s Curse, Super Castlevania IV, Castlevania The Adventure, Castlevania II Belmont’s Revenge, Castlevania Bloodlines, Kid Dracula, and History of Castlevania – Book of the Crescent Moon. Castlevania is a beloved series for its polished platforming gameplay and satisfying combat mechanics. The bundling of these games is by all means a deal, so this is at least worth a look.

Sniper Elite V2 Remastered was released on May 14 for Switch. At $34.99 USD, it includes its DLC and polished visuals, this is the ultimate version of the 2012 release. Since then, a third and fourth iteration have been released, so it’s a bit confusing as to why the second one was the only to be released on the Switch. Perhaps for graphical limitations or other reasons, this is nonetheless a riveting experience that strategizes sniping authentically in gaming.

Another classic released for Nintendo Switch this week in GUILTY GEARPriced at $9.99 USD, this fighting game has spawned many sequels and is popular for many for its intense action and combat mechanics, GUILTY GEAR adds yet another retro option to the eShop and provides a nostalgic window into eras gone by.

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

 

 

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