Report: Nintendo to release smaller Switch later this year
For a while now, it has been rumored that Nintendo was working on two new models of the Nintendo Switch for a 2019 release. While new report concludes Nintendo will no longer be releasing two, they will reportedly be releasing a smaller, handheld-centric version of the Switch.
While another version of the hybrid console is currently in development, which will allegedly offer graphical enhancements, Nikkei, the Japanese newspaper, reports that a smaller and more cost-efficient Switch is on the way sooner. Rumored to be devoid of detachable Joy-Cons and other components of the original model, the new Switch is likely to be smaller but can still connect to the television to act as a home console, despite reportedly not including a docked mode, with the ability to sync with compatible wireless controllers as well.
Nintendo has often been known to release updated or enhanced versions of their devices, from various takes on the Nintendo 3DS like the Nintendo 2DS, and the smaller version of the Wii, or the Wii Mini, released in 2012. With the Switch, since it still offers the novelty of being both a handheld device and console, these updates might be a bit more digestible. In any regard, we’ll keep you updated as more details come out pertaining to the new Switch models.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate gets a big update, for better or worse
Teasing last week in a commercial that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on Nintendo Switch would be receiving a patch containing a Stage Builder mode, Nintendo released update 3.0, which includes Persona‘s own Joker as a playable fighter, a stage builder mode, various Mii Fighter accessories, gameplay adjustments, and a video editing tool.
Like any DLC fighter, Joker brings a certain uniqueness in his fighting style , while the video editing tool helps players to capture the brightest and funniest moments experienced in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate matches. Moreover, general gameplay adjustments are usually always intended for the better and to bring greater balance to the fighting mechanics. However, according to many outlets, people are abusing their privileges with the stage builder mode, which, as the name implies, allows people to build their own stages in the style of previous stage builder modes.
One such inappropriate stage involved a hand drawn Mario urinating, while others bear similarly inappropriate displays. It’s unfortunate to see trends go this way, but as with any Internet phenomenon, systems are bound to get exploited, and whether Nintendo is considered family-friendly or not, people will always try to make what seems pure inappropriate.
For the 3.0 Update, Nintendo had been focusing on adding Joker and making other minor improvements, as well as simply adding a stage builder mode. While they may have anticipated actions such as the aforementioned from players, they were likely not focused on it, or as worried about it. However, we may be likely to see greater censorship in what can be crafted within the mode soon, or at least a similar measure from Nintendo to prevent this activity. In any case, you can now check out the latest update and experience Joker in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Retirement photo from Reggie Fils-Aime suggests Metroid Prime developer may be working on new game
Reggie Fils-Aime might be leaving Nintendo, but he certainly isn’t leaving the public eye. Having created a new Twitter profile recently, he posted some photos containing congratulatory items from others as pertains to his recent retirement. However, upon uploading these photos, some fans noticed a strange robotic hand in the corner of a picture given to Fils-Aime.
Last of my retirement events was last night. Received some wonderful gifts and souvenirs. Yes, that is a working Virtual Boy. Art from Retro Studios. Notebook for names taken. A plastic ass to kick. A book of notes from employees. And a Mario statue. End of an era. pic.twitter.com/mrOVL1ANPO
— Reggie Fils-Aime (@Reggie) April 17, 2019
Among the more notable pictures in the Twitter post, the one on the top left in the above image, while at first appearing inconsequential, actually contains an interesting element. The picture at the top, as can be seen, contains a picture of Reggie himself, Samus, Donkey Kong, Dixie Kong, and Diddy Kong. However, just behind the statue of Mario, is a robotic hand. Unfortunately, since the body belonging to the hand is covered, fans can only imagine whose hand that is, and many are guessing it is the sign of a new game.
A gift collected from the developers of Metroid Prime, it, right now, isn’t possible to know what they might be working on. However, many assume it may be a Metroid product, given their history of Metroid games and the nature of the hand pictured. In any case, all we can hope for is the best coming from Retro Studios.
‘Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3’ release date revealed
When the upcoming Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 was announced for Nintendo Switch, fans were ecstatic. As the series hasn’t seen the light of day for over a decade, it’s about time, given the superhero craze and release of Avengers: Endgame, that we get a new Marvel Ultimate Alliance game. As such, the specific release date has finally been announced.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order will be releasing exclusively on Nintendo Switch July 19 of this year. The game, which appears to play similarly to its predecessors, may be played co-operatively with up to four players, both online and locally. Furthermore, the game will be adding new characters from Marvel’s catalogue, including the likes of Doctor Strange and Black Panther, and will have Marvel’s heroes compete with Thanos to collect the Infinity Stones before he does. Plus, given the opportunity to snap, as moviegoers have seen, he will most definitely do so.
Whether “the snap” is a mechanic in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is unknown at this time, but Thanos is nonetheless an unstoppable force to those who oppose him. In any case, this is exciting news for Marvel fans and Ultimate Alliance fans as well. Hopefully, the wait won’t be too excruciating.
This Week’s Releases
While, like the past couple weeks, no first-party titles had been released over the past week, there have been some notable additions to the eShop. First of all, Cuphead was released on the Nintendo Switch on April 17. A popular run ‘n’ gun shooter by Studio MDHR and previously an Xbox exclusive, Cuphead arrives on Switch with handheld capabilities and at a price of $19.99 USD. It is highly recommended to anyone looking to relive the glory days of 8-bit and 16-bit-style shooter, though it is by no means a casual game. In other words, if you’re looking for a charming Dark Souls, look no further.
Katana ZERO was also released this week. Running at a price of $14.99 USD on Nintendo Switch, it is heavily stylistic and most certainly has arcade elements. You can check out our Katana ZERO review for our thoughts on the game.
Finally, Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster was released on April 16. Containing the two games packaged together, Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster offers a small collection of RPG favorites among Final Fantasy fans, even if they aren’t go-to’s necessarily. The collection runs at a price of $49.99 USD and is sure to please fans.
As always, you can check out the Nintendo Game Store for more information on the past week’s releases.