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Nintendo Weekly Roundup: The Evidence For A New Switch Is Strong



Possible Switch Mini images surface

For a while now, many have speculated that Nintendo will, in the future, be announcing the forthcoming release of two new Switch console renditions. These include a more powerful Switch, as well as a “Mini” Switch or Switch “Lite.” Now, some images of the alleged Switch Mini have leaked online and might be foreshadowing what’s to come.

New Nintendo Switch

Coming from HonSon, a Chinese accessory maker, these images depict peripherals for what appears to be a new Switch. The Switch above is is quite different from the design gamers are accustomed to. Specifically, this model does not include removable Joy-Cons, as had been suggested prior. It also appears to contain minor changes to the face of the model. The dimensions have not been specified yet, but it is likely to be smaller if reports are true.

Nintendo Switch "Mini" accessories

The additional accessories pictured above also are described as brand new and designed for the “Nintendo Switch Mini.” Nintendo Life reached out to HonSon clarification on these products which led to an interesting telling response. HonSon responded by saying the listed products were based on “secret information” and was essentially waiting on Nintendo’s confirmation of the labeled Switch Mini.

While the announcement of two new Switch versions may still be a matter of “if,” it is increasingly looking more like one of “when.” Between the announcement that Nintendo would be manufacturing new Switches outside of China and other sources, the announcement almost seems inevitable. However, as the Switch Mini has not been confirmed, gamers shouldn’t quite take this as confirmation or anything of the sort.

Dr Mario WorldDr. Mario goes mobile

Dr. Mario tends to be one of the more revered Mario spinoffs, alongside the likes of Mario Kart and various sports outings. That’s why it should be no surprise that mobile device owners will soon have access to its mobile entry known as Dr. Mario World. 

Dr. Mario World appears to have similar mechanics to past Dr. Mario titles but takes an entirely different approach to them. Similar to past titles, players are to line up differently-colored viruses with their corresponding pills of the same color. Having three of the same color in a row, be it three of each or a combination of 1:2, then the viruses will be eliminating, thus allowing for eliminating getting further toward the goal of eliminating the virus altogether.

The only major difference appears to be that, unlike previous entries which involved manipulating the pill so that it fell successfully on the target virus, Nintendo’s Dr. Mario World requires the player to use their phone’s touchscreen mechanics in order to move the pill towards the upper part of the screen and eliminate viruses by laying appropriate pills against their viruses. It’s a different approach to an otherwise well-liked formula.

There are other features as well, including the addition of new doctors. This includes Dr. Toad, Dr. Peach, Dr. Yoshi, and the like.  Each of them has unique abilities that allow for more effective elimination of viruses and provide a quicker way forward. There are also new items to aide players in their quest as a doctor in the Mushroom Kingdom.

Among other complaints players may have, there are micro transactions in the game that allow for faster unlocks of, for example, new characters. Microtransactions are not new to mobile games, or even Nintendo mobile games, but they nonetheless continue to be annoyance to many in the gaming community. However, some may be less irked by this for what the game’s microtransactions are used for. However, history has taught gamers that microtransactions aren’t a mechanic that gamers are typically fond of.

Releasing July 10, this title may be releasing around the same time as Mario Kart Tour, which is said to be launching this summer. We’ll see if one’s release detracts from the other, but in any case, it will be interesting  to see if Dr. Mario World is just as much of a hit as, say, Super Mario Run. 

The ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ delay was for the best, says Nintendo’s Charlie Scibetta

In a recent interview with TechCrunch, Nintendo Senior Director of Corporate Communications Charlie Scibetta discussed the upcoming Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Specifically, he talked about why it was delayed, as revealed in Nintendo’s E3 Direct.

“We’re not going to put a game out before we think it’s ready to be enjoyed by fans,” Scibetta said, adding that, in the case of a franchise like Animal Crossing, “we’d be doing them a disservice if we put out a product that was rushed. So it’s a difficult decision for a company to make to move a ship date out.”

This seems to be a consistent approach taken by Nintendo. Metroid Prime 4 was fully restarted due to the first project not being up to par with Nintendo’s standards. While Scibetta didn’t say there were any development issues with Animal Crossing: New Horizons, it’s reasonable to assume that the game simply wouldn’t be as polished as it could be if it were released within 2019. Hopefully, the delay will be of value in the end.

Source: TechCrunch

Breath of the Wild 2‘Breath of the Wild’ sequel necessary due to too many DLC ideas

Oftentimes, developers are just bursting with ideas for DLC content. In light of the recently-announced Breath of the Wild sequel, Eiji Aonuma, producer of the Zelda franchise, said in an interview with Kotaku that this was the exact case with Breath of the Wild. In fact, this was so much the case that Nintendo decided to scrap the idea of further DLC altogether in exchange for the much-anticipated sequel.

“When we released the DLC for Breath of the Wild, we realized that this is a great way to add more elements to the same world,” Aonuma said, adding, “when we wanted to add bigger changes, DLC is not enough, and that’s why we thought maybe a sequel would be a good fit.” In other words, the DLC Nintendo considered adding would either fundamentally change the game’s mechanics or it would not be sufficient in terms of fostering the intended experience through the DLC.

In the end, the kind of works out. Many were clamoring for a Breath of the Wild sequel as it was, and Nintendo made a new engine designed for Breath of the Wild. Thus, more of the same was kind of in everybody’s purview. This is also similar to the instance of Super Mario Galaxy 2. Nintendo had been brimming with so many ideas for the first Super Mario Galaxy that they had resolved to making a whole new game. While some criticized that sequel for a derivative nature, it was overall still well-received for its endlessly entertaining platforming and the addition of Yoshi. Hopefully, the sequel to Breath of the Wild churns out the same results.

Source: Kotaku

Crash Team Racing Nintendo SwitchThis Week’s Releases

Citizens of Space was released for the Nintendo Switch this week. At $14.99 USD, Citizens of Space is developed by the same developers of Citizens of Earth. In Citizens of Space, players engage in RPG combat all while trying to find Earth. The hope here is that the game is every bit as beloved as its predecessor.

My Friend Pedro was also released on Switch this week. Priced $19.99 USD, the game is an interesting breed of platformer that also includes motorcycle sequences, stylistic gunplay, and other features that differentiate this title from other platformers on the system. You can read our review here.

Perhaps the most high-profile release of the past week was Crash Team Racing Nitro-FueledRunning for $39.99 USD, the game aims to be a stellar and faithful remake of the original racing game from the 90’s. It seeks to preserve the kart-racing mechanics that made the original game so beloved by many fans of Crash Bandicoot.

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

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




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.

the mandalorian trailer

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




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’




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

Toys We Love Spotlight



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



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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