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Nintendo Weekly Roundup: To Switch or Not to Switch



New Nintendo Switches won’t be at E3

Contrary to recent rumors that Nintendo would be unveiling one or two new Switches at E3 2019, it has been confirmed by Nintendo that this, in fact, will not be the case. Nintendo CEO and President Shuntaro Furukawa said as such, as reported by Bloomberg, when he told reporters that Nintendo has “no plans to announce that at this year’s E3 in June.” Furukawa also explained that there is much to be done before the consoles are officially revealed, stating that Nintendo’s “current applications are just for the hardware, but we’ll also need inspections of our software” and they’ll “need many more applications to the government and others, so from that perspective the launch period is still unknown.”

This is slightly disappointing news, admittedly. With many looking forward to a June reveal, optimism was up regarding the future of the Switch. However, the optimism has likely subsided with many. That said, Nintendo still has some anticipated high-profile titles in the pipeline for 2019, including the third installment in the Luigi’s Mansion series and another Animal Crossing entry. Hopefully, we’ll see more of those and other games at E3.

Nintendo Switch red and blue joy consSwitch numbers are in

Along with unfortunate news of a delayed reveal of the rumored Switch console updates, statistics regarding the fiscal year have surfaced. Having originally projected that they would have sold 20 million Switches by the fiscal year’s end, they later changed that figure to about 17 million. Nintendo now reports that they sold about 16.95 million units for the fiscal year, selling 2.47 million units in the first quarter of 2019. Figures were brighter in terms of software sales, as Nintendo reports that they sold 118.55 million units in software. That figure is certainly bolstered by Super Smash Bros. Ultimate‘s December 2018 release.

Even though Nintendo didn’t quite hit the mark, the Switch has now sold more units in its lifetime than that of the Nintendo 64, which sold 32.93 million units in its lifetime. However, the Switch has yet to reach the sales figures of the likes of the Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS.

Going forward, Nintendo has projected that they will sell 18 million Switch units in the next fiscal year. This is a rather conservative estimate, at least compared to last year’s initial estimate. However, with some enticing new upcoming releases that number may be very likely to reach.

Source: The Verge

Nintendo Gives ‘Super Mario Maker 2’ a release date

Although one of the Wii U’s best hits, Super Mario Maker still wasn’t exactly guaranteed a sequel. Even as one of the more unique D.I.Y. games of last generation, it may have well been a one-off. That is, until a couple months ago, when Nintendo officially announced Super Mario Maker 2 for Nintendo Switch. Initially given a June 2019 release date, Nintendo has now given the game a more focused release date of June 28, 2019.

Now that we have a set-in-stone release date, we can all rest easy. Two months isn’t that far away, so as long as there are no delays, Super Mario Maker 2 is sure to fill in the the summer drought that occasionally plagues the game industry insofar as popular releases go. So set your calendars folks!

‘Mario Kart Tour’ now has beta signups

It has been known for about a year at this point that Nintendo has been working on their latest Mario Kart outing with Mario Kart Tour, which is also the latest in its lineup of mobile games. Well, we are now inching closer and closer to its official summer release.

Furthermore, to signify this, applications for the closed beta test are currently open to the public. Signups are available on Mario Kart Tour‘s official website, where Android users can sign up for the beta test with their Gmail-linked Nintendo accounts. Applications for the beta test will end May 7, so any interested Android owners should get to applying as soon as possible.

As for the beta itself, it will run from May 22 to June 4. As for iPhone users with Switch consoles, there is always Mario Kart 8 Deluxe to be occupied until Nintendo’s next non-mobile console Mario Kart release. In the meantime, Mario Kart Tour is sure to bring some interesting features to the series.

This Week’s Releases

This week turned out to be a pretty significant one for the Switch in terms of releases. First and foremost, the highly-anticipated Mortal Kombat 11 was released April 23. The latest installment in the long-running fighting game series, Mortal Kombat 11 is one of the first titles to land on a Nintendo console in a while. Priced at $59.99 USD, it is packed with content that is sure to have players coming back long after its release.

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen was also released this week.  Running at $29.99 USD, Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen is a re-release of the complete package that had come to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC a while ago. Designed with deep action-RPG mechanics and a beautiful, if sometimes brutal, world to explore, Dragon’s Dogma is yet another Capcom game that would not be worth missing.

On April 26, Switch owners will be treated to BOXBOY! + BOXGIRL!a sequel to the well-received BOXBOY! Expanding upon the original’s unique platforming/puzzle-solving gameplay with the innovative use of boxes, BOXBOY! + BOXGIRL!, priced at $9.99 USD, adds two-player cooperative gameplay to the mix. That is, assuming the two players are cooperative.

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



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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