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Nintendo Weekly Roundup: RE Creeps its Way to Switch

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Filling the Japanese charts

Traditionally, Nintendo hasn’t had much trouble commercially in Japan. In its lifetime, for example, the Switch has already outsold the PS4 there and continues to do well. Thus, it will come as little surprise that eight of the ten best-selling games for the week of May 13 – May 19 belonged to the Nintendo Switch.

While the best-selling game for last week may be on PlayStation 4, called Ys: Memories of Celceta – Kai, eight of those below it were all on the Nintendo Switch. The PS4 game is followed by Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which leads Mario Kart 8 DeluxeMinecraft on Switch, and others. The top 10 are as follows:

  1. Ys: Memories of Celceta – Kai
  2. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  3. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  4. Minecraft
  5. Days Gone
  6. Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee!
  7. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
  8. Splatoon 2
  9. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  10. Yoshi’s Crafted World

Donkey Kong as he appeared in Super Smash Bros. 4.

As stated previously, this doesn’t come as a huge shocker to many. Nintendo seems to have the most traction in Japan, as is evident with this list, which is backed by the quality of the games on it. It is worth noting that the games did well in other regions as well but perform incredibly well in Japan.

Source: Nintendo Life

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp for mobile devicesNintendo removes two mobile games in Belgium

Many gamers know that loot boxes are all too commonplace these days; a fact that Belgium took to task last year when they banned them via regulation that deems it as a form of illegal gambling. As such, two of Nintendo’s mobile games,  Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and Fire Emblem Heroes, will be unavailable for mobile gamers after August 27.

Nintendo elaborated on the issue on their Belgian website, saying that the games were removed due to “current unclear situation in Belgium regarding certain in-game revenue models.” In other words, due to Belgium’s ban on loot boxes, which are featured in Fire Emblem Heroes and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Nintendo has decided to make the games unavailable as per rare items obtainable in the game via loot boxes.

Nintendo stated, as well, that any games developed in the future wouldn’t be available in Belgium if they contained a loot box element.

It’s interesting that Nintendo chose to do this, as it appears they had two options. They could have either done as they did and removed the games with a loot box mechanic, or it seems possible they could have updated the Belgian releases so they didn’t contain loot boxes. Granted, the second option probably costs more time and money than the first, but the games would nonetheless still be available in a national market. Regardless, it will interesting to see if Nintendo changes their development style going forward.

Source: BBC

‘Darksiders II’ on its way to Switch?

According to a recent product listing, Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition could be making its way to Nintendo Switch shortly.

Indeed, Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition for Switch was recently spotted on the Canadian EB games website. Thereafter, the game was seen on the Koch Media website, with a European release date of August 6, 2019 and a price of €29.99. On the Canadian EB games website, the release date is shown as December 31, 2019 with a price of $29.99.

While there has been no official announcement yet, all evidence is pointing in the direction of an eventual release. Given the first Darksiders has already been ported to Switch, it would make sense to see Darksiders II come to Switch, followed, possibly, by Darksiders III. In any case, we’ll keep you updated on any official announcements.

Source: Variety

DC Universe Online comes to Nintendo Switch‘DC Universe Online’ to be released on Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch owners have a lot to look forward to in terms of superhero games this summer.  Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is coming in July, which fans are undoubtedly ecstatic for, and now, free-to-play MMO DCU Universe Online has been announced to be making its way to Switch.

Played by many on current- and last-generation consoles, as well as PC, DC Universe Online is full of superpower customization options, as well as over 300 DC characters. The game has players traversing the likes of Gotham City, Metropolis, and other DC comic locales while walking amongst DC characters.

In a released statement by creative director S.J. Mueller, he said, “As soon as the Nintendo Switch released, the development team couldn’t help but wonder, what if …?” He added, “Long story short, we are so excited for players to take their DC experience wherever they go.”

These stories seem very consistent for Switch ports. Game directors seem to ponder what their classics would play like on Nintendo’s popular hybrid console and subsequently release ports of said classics on the console; on many occasions, to great success. As for DC Universe Online, hopefully it has enough traction, or gains enough traction, to sustain a sizable audience on the Switch.

Source: Polygon

Resident Evil Spencer Mansion on Nintendo SwitchThis Week’s Releases

The eShop got quite a few notable releases this week. Most significantly, Resident Evil, Resident Evil 0, and Resident Evil 4 all made their way to Nintendo Switch this week. All three are fantastic horror titles, two of which are considered two of the best of all-time. While Resident Evil 4‘s mechanics differ greatly from Resident Evil and Resident Evil 0, it is often considered one of the best reinventions of all-time. All three sell for a comparably steep $29.99 USD, when measured against its Xbox One, PS4, PC, and last-generation counterparts. However, they are still titles worth investing in if you are new to the franchise.

Assassin’s Creed III Remastered was released on Switch on May 21. This title’s announcement was a confusing one to many, as It had been on the Wii U years ago and no other Assassin’s Creed entries have been ported to Switch. In any regard, Assassin’s Creed III is a highly entertaining title with great stealth mechanics and an intriguing narrative. It currently sells for $39.99 USD.

Sonic fans have something to look forward to. Team Sonic Racing was released for Switch this week. While not a core entry in the Sonic franchise, Team Sonic Racing offers an interesting diversion from the usual platforming adventures Sonic usual embarks on, which have certainly gotten mixed reception in recent years. With customization options, colorful presentation, and three different character types, Team Sonic Racing may be one of the better high-profile racing games on Switch right now. It currently runs at $39.99 USD on the eShop.

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

 

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Watch the Trailer for ‘The Mandalorian’ the First Live-Action ‘Star Wars’ Series

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Thanks to the arrival of the D23 Expo, Disney has revealed the first trailer for its long-awaited Star Wars original series, The Mandalorian.

Created by Jon Favreau (Iron Man), the series is set after the events of Return of the Jedi and follows Pedro Pascal as a mysterious, gun-slinging Mandalorian bounty hunter who navigates the seedier side of the Star Wars universe.

Along with Pedro Pascal, The Mandalorian stars Gina Carano, Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog, and Taika Waititi. The first season of episodes will be directed by filmmakers like Dave Filoni, Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, and Deborah Chow.

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Here’s the official description of The Mandalorian:

After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.

The Mandalorian begins streaming on Disney+ on November 12, 2019.

Check out The Mandalorian trailer below.

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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Soundtrack Gets a Vinyl Release

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While we don’t publish music news or music reviews here at Goomba Stomp, we are huge fans of vinyl and since we cover film, we figured this announcement would interest some of our readers.

Back in 2017, Jordan Peele’s Get Out topped our list of the best films of 2017 and while the year isn’t yet over, there’s a good chance his follow-up Us, will land somewhere on our best of the year list as well. There are many reasons why we love Peele’s ambitious sophomore film including for the suspense, cinematography, performances, and direction, but one thing that doesn’t get enough praise is the soundtrack by Michael Abels. And if you like us, love the original score, you’re going to love this bit of news.

After giving his Get Out soundtrack a vinyl release last year, Jordan Peele is now doing the same for the soundtrack to Us.

WaxWork Records announced the news earlier today and if you’re planning on buying a copy, you don’t have to wait since it is now available to purchase through the label’s website.

The soundtrack, which received a digital release earlier this year, features composer Michael Abels’ score, in addition to songs from Janelle Monáe, Minnie Ripperton and the “Tethered Mix” of Luniz’s “I Got 5 on It” that appeared in the film’s first trailer. The album artwork was created by illustrator Edward Kinsella and features an interactive die-cut mirror board back cover, a heavyweight art print and an exclusive essay from UCLA Professor, scholar, and activist Shana L. Redmond Ph.D.

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Trailer for the Twisted Dark Comedy thriller ‘Villains’

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Alter has released the first poster and the official trailer for Villains, the upcoming dark comedy thriller which stars Bill Skarsgård (IT) and Maika Monroe (It Follows) as a couple who rob a gas station and scores enough cash to start a new life in Florida. Unfortunately for them, their getaway plans turn upside down and the young couple end up stumbling on much more than they bargained for.

Villains hits theaters on September 20th and was written and directed by Dan Berk and Robert Olsen. In addition to Skarsgard and Monroe, the movie also stars Jeffrey Donovan and Kyra Sedgwick. It’s co-produced by Bron Studios, Star Thrower Entertainment, Creative Wealth Media Finance, and The Realm Films. You can watch the trailer for Villains below.

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Beanie Babies: The Collectables with Heart

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For our Toys We Love Spotlight, I’m looking at one of my personal favourites: Beanie Babies. I had collected so many of these growing up, and households worldwide in the 90s and early 2000s were sure to have at least one Beanie Baby in their possession (was it even the 90s if they didn’t?). These plushie companions were cute, cuddly, and collectable, so it’s not a surprise that the Beanie Babies craze swept the globe, forcing parents and toy collectors everywhere to dig into their wallets.


Beanie Babies had a few aspects to them that made them stand out from your average plushie. Firstly, they did not have as much stuffing as most soft toys. Whilst some thought that this made them look cheap, it also made them light, posable, and gave them a realistic feel and look. The bear Beanie Babies were particularly good to pose, and this set them apart from run-of-the-mill teddy bears. Another element that made Beanie Babies more unique was their special tag. Each toy had a tag attached which had the toy’s name, date of birth, and a quotation etched inside. The former was something that could have been a risky choice, as although it wasn’t completely taking away the child’s choice of name — there was nothing stopping them from just calling their Beanie whatever they wanted — a pre-selected name can be difficult to sell, as kids can often take great pride and pleasure in naming their toys.

It was a great success, however, and worked as a nice finishing touch for the Beanie Babies, adding a dash of personality and flair (something much needed in the often critically over-saturated soft toy market), as well as making each Beanie Baby feel like their own creature with their own little stories. Adding to that was the wide variety of animals that were available, such as Tiny the Chihuahua, Pegasus the Unicorn or Swampy the Alligator. This means that the desires of each individual child or enthusiastic collector could be catered to (I myself favoured the dogs and bears).

The puppies were my Beanie Baby of choice. They were all such good boys and girls.

The Beanie Babies also had their own way of tackling difficult issues in society, showing them to kids through the guise of a soft toy. I’ll give you an example through my own experience: I had a Beanie Baby that (as odd as it may sound) gave me more of an understanding of the horrors of September 11th. Weird, right? Allow me to explain. I was only just nine years old on that now-historical day when the twin towers in New York were attacked and so many innocent people lost their lives. I had come home from school (it was afternoon time here in the UK when it happened), and I remember my mum watching it on television in complete shock. She had watched the whole thing whilst I’d been at school.

I didn’t really understand what was happening to be honest. Even when I was watching the repeats of the plane crashing into the side of the tower, I was somewhat oblivious the gravity of the situation (though as a nine year old child, I suppose I could be forgiven for that). The news continued to report the tragedy for a long time, and my school held assemblies to discuss the matter. I knew people had died, and that made me very sad, but I remember thinking that people died all the time, so why was this one incident reported on so much? About a month or so after, TY released three Beanie Babies as a tribute to those lost during 9/11. One of these was a Dalmatian Beanie Baby called Rescue, and I wanted him the moment I saw him, not really knowing the true nature of his purpose. My mum obliged happily, knowing what he represented. I remember taking my little Dalmatian with the red collar and American flag on his leg home and reading his tag. It read:

To honor our heroes
who lost their lives in the
national catastrophe that
took place on September 11, 2001.
We mourn for them and express our
deepest sympathy to their families.
God Bless America

Rescue the Dalmatian was joined by America the Bear and Courage the German Shepherd. The Beanies were a set of three released to honor those who perished in the tragedy of 9/11.

I found Rescue in my room recently, and the memories flooded back to me upon reading it again. I remember looking into all the acts of heroism and bravery after reading Rescue’s tag, and that’s when the situation really hit home to me. I looked into the stories of firefighters and first responders and those who had died, as well as all the search-and-rescue dogs attempting to save people among the chaos. As a child, it can be hard to see past your immediate opinion and truly consider the sheer weight of a situation, but with Rescue’s help, I was able to see just how this event was indeed very different to anything I had ever seen before, and how serious it was. It was the first time I felt like I was thinking like a grown up. I looked at the world differently from then on — obviously as I got older, but also from my ability to think harder and search deeper. Honestly, I don’t know if I would have even bothered if it wasn’t for Rescue reminding me of exactly how much was lost on that day.

Rescue, perhaps the goodest and bravest boy of them all.

Beanie babies will forever be ingrained in culture. They are still bought, sold and collected even now and will remain a timeless staple of most of our childhoods. They certainly are for me. Especially you Rescue, the bravest firefighting Dalmatian the world has ever known.

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‘Shenmue III’ Gamescom Trailer Details a Day in the Life of Ryo

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The original Shenmue games pioneered the open world genre, in part through their inclusion of many different minigames and side activities. The Kickstarter-funded Shenmue III looks to continue that legacy, as developer Ys Net and publisher Deep Silver have debuted a new trailer at Gamescom 2019 entitled “A Day in Shenmue.”

The developers provided the following description of the trailer via their latest Kickstarter update: “Exploring the town, playing minigames and battling! We hope it feels just how a Shenmue day should!” Sure enough, the footage showcases the series protagonist Ryo participating in a number of minigames, such as a boxing game and a pachinko machine. The end of the trailer also includes a good look at the series’ signature kung fu combat.

Beyond the new trailer, the Kickstarter update also noted that Yu Suzuki, the famed creator of Shenmue, will be present at Gamescom for autograph signings.

After numerous delays, Shenmue III will finally launch on November 19, 2019 for PS4 and PC via the Epic Games Store.

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