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What ‘L.A. Noire’ Means for Rockstar Support on Switch

It’s been less than a year since the Switch’s launch and both Bethesda and Rockstar are bringing games to it. What does it mean?

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If you’d told me a year ago that both Bethesda and Rockstar would release games on Nintendo’s new console within its first year on the market, I’d have shaken my head in pity. Now, it’s just 6 months into the Switch’s lifespan and what was previously thought to be a far-fetched rumor is now a reality. L.A. Noire is officially coming to the Switch and is the first Rockstar game to come to a Nintendo platform since Grand theft Auto: Chinatown Wars on the DS eight long years ago. In the meantime, Nintendo gamers missed out on Grand Theft Auto IV (and its expansions), Red Dead Redemption (and its expansions), the original release of L.A. Noire, Max Payne 3, GTA V, and GTA Online. Needless to say, gamers who’ve solely played within Nintendo’s ecosystem haven’t been feeling the Rockstar love.

So in the face of this sudden and unexpected support after so many years of nothing, let’s take a step back and assess the situation. Rockstar has only ever supported the Wii and the DS, Nintendo’s two best-selling consoles. In those cases, it was almost as if it would’ve been a bad business move for Rockstar to not support those systems. They had no problems skipping the GameCube and the Wii U, but the sales of the Wii and DS were so strong that it was obviously worth the effort of bringing games over.

Interestingly, though, the Wii had been out for a little over a year and a half before Bully: Scholarship Edition came to it, and the DS had been out for almost three years before Chinatown Wars. In that time both systems had been able to establish themselves as powerhouses in the market. The Switch, on the other hand, has only had half a year to prove that it’s worth porting to. One must wonder: Did Rockstar judge that the Switch would do well and preemptively start porting before it showed its market dominance? Or did they wait for a few months post-launch, see the response and were just able to port the game over quickly enough to release in parity with the other versions?

No matter the course of events, it’s obvious that Rockstar–or perhaps Take Two–has predicted that the Switch will be a success. So what does this mean for future Rockstar support? Well, it’s a pretty safe bet to assume that they’re taking the EA “wait and see” approach. If L.A. Noire sells exceptionally well, they might consider further support. Does this mean Red Dead Redemption 2? Probably not. But could it mean a port of the original Red Dead Redemption, or even GTA V? Definitely. Similarly, if Skyrim sells well we’re more likely to see Fallout 4 than the next Elder Scrolls or Fallout 5. The Switch isn’t powerful enough to run the latest, most ambitious games (like Red Dead 2), but it does seem powerful enough to handle anything from the higher end of the last generation to the midrange of this generation.

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In the end, gamers love the Switch for its build quality, convenience, stellar first-party exclusives and thriving indie scene. Unless there’s a mid-generation refresh, the Switch isn’t ever going to compete with the PS4 and or Xbox One S in terms of sheer power. However, that doesn’t mean that AAA third parties won’t make their way over to the console. If the Switch continues to sell, we’re sure to see the typical suite of sports titles and Call of Duty. And if Bethesda’s, Rockstar’s and even Suda51’s support is anything to go by, we might see a few pleasant surprises along the way. It certainly feels like a new era for Nintendo.

Brent became infatuated with manga and anime after randomly stumbling upon Vol. 3 of Yu Yu Hakusho on a childhood roadtrip. Today he has a soft spot for colorful JRPGs, cozy anime, and both games and shows that indulge his innate love of adventure. Find him (im)patiently waiting for Animal Crossing: New Horizons and incredibly fulfilled by Fire Emblem: Three Houses @CreamBasics.

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  1. spideynut71

    September 9, 2017 at 4:11 am

    It means those publishers don’t mind porting old sloppy seconds onto a new platform, if they think it can make them some easy $$. The only reason they haven’t tried it in the past, is Nintendo didn’t have powerful enough hardware to run the games/engines.

    • Brent Middleton

      September 9, 2017 at 10:17 am

      Hey, thanks for the comment. Yeah, I see where you’re coming from. On the one hand it is definitely disappointing that all of these are older titles. On the other hand, though, this is a fairly big step for two notoriously absent third party studios on Nintendo platforms. Is it perfect? Not at all. But I think a lot of people will love being able to play Skyrim and even L.A. Noire portably, and GTA V, Red Dead or Fallout 4 would sell like crazy. The demand is there, so why not feed it?

      • Ricky D

        September 9, 2017 at 12:28 pm

        If you don’t own another console, it is good news and let’s face it, not everyone can afford more than one console. So for those kids, it is great but I don’t see myself buying any of these games on the Switch when I have a PS4 and Xbox One. I’m saving my Switch for indies and Nintendo exclusives.

        • Brent Middleton

          September 9, 2017 at 2:42 pm

          Very true. Any third party support is great for those who can only afford one console. And they’re great games from what I’ve seen, so why not bring them over? But yeah Rick, I think most of us are definitely using the Switch for exclusives and a great indie selection.

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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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