Issue 220 — February 21, 2021
Hello, here's issue #220 of Switch Weekly, with your update on all things Nintendo. Big issue today! (In fact some email clients may chop off the full thing, so be sure to hit that Read More button if you see it)
Nintendo Direct.... now there's a name I haven't heard in a while. Yup, some 500+ days after the last 'proper' Direct presentation we finally got one this week. It was a long one too, coming in at 50 minutes. I'm sure most of you have already seen it, but the biggest news was undoubtedly Splatoon 3 — no one saw that coming.
One of the more dissapointing aspects of the Direct was word from Eiji Aonuma that they nothing to share regarding Breath of the Wild 2. This is kinda surprising to me, as I imagine even a 20 second trailer would have satiated folks. Instead, we got word that Skyward Sword would be coming to Switch as a $60 HD rerelease. I don’t have any opinion of this late-Wii era release, having never played it, but despite plenty of critical praise, and some smart ideas, the Twitterati seems to have concluded that it’s something of a stinker. I can’t speak to how fair of an assessment this is, but that’s the way things often go - over time a collective consensus tends to grow, and ultimately sticks.
I think a lot of the dissapointment regarding no update on Breath of the Wild 2, also carried over to the Skyward Sword announcement — it was revealed as something of a consolation prize. Yeah, BotW 2 ain't ready, so here's this.... Anyway, I’m sure a large number of Nintendo fans will still pick it up — the obsequious bunch that we are 😉.
Next week is a busy one, with over 30 games hitting the eShop, including a new Ghosts 'n Goblins and Bravely Default II. The full list is below as usual.
Finally, some big news from me: The fourth annual State of Switch survey has just launched! I tell subscribers (you) about this first, so please do go and take a look and tell me what you think about the Nintendo Switch, its library of games....and just how many times you've experienced Joy-Con drift. If you're new around here, it's an annual survey I run that thousands of Nintendo fans fill out. The full results will be shared once the survey has closed and I've gone through all the findings — it's quite the undertaking, so it often takes me a few weeks to pull everything together. If you're curious you can read last year's write-up here.
Thanks so much for reading,
🎮 Currently Playing — Super Mario 3D World, Glyph, Super Metroid
▶ Nintendo Direct - February 17 2021 — Loads of announcements in this. If you haven't watched it, the highlights are this: Fall Guys on Switch (yay), New Smash DLC characters, a new Mario Golf game, a new game from Square Enix that's similar to Octopath Traveller, Splatoon 3, and so much more. Here's a written round-up from Eurogamer if you'd rather read what's coming. We did a little watch-along on the Switch Weekly Discord and played Bingo — if you want to join the Discord, just hit reply to this email and I can send an invite over to you. 😊
Nintendo // YouTube
The State of Switch Survey 2021 — My annual, independent survey looking at all things Switch returns for a fourth year. It seeks to paint a picture of the current state of the Nintendo Switch platform. Last year saw over 10,000 responses. Please do grab a drink and take a few minutes to fill it out. ❤️
PODCAST A talk with Reggie Fils-Aimé — A great conversation that's well worth a listen. Reggie touches upon growing up in New York, the future of E3, his thoughts on streaming, representation in the industry, and how he made his decision to leave Nintendo. There's a video version here too.
Danny Peña // Gamertag Radio
REVIEW Persona 5 Strikers — I shared the Vooks review of this in last week's issue, but as the game is actually out this week here's another take on it, which adds that this is "much more than a mere spin-off"adding that this mash-up is "the perfect excuse to spend more time with those beloved characters".
Jhonatan Carneiro // Switch Player
REVIEW Thomas Was Alone — A "thought-provoking concept" that's "a delight" — the author notes it has held up well since its original 2013 release.
Roland Ingram // Nintendo Life
REVIEW Cathedral— Described as "a perfectly competent example" of the Metroidvania genre; it's just that the Switch is somewhat over-saturated with them.
Matt S // Digitally Downloaded
Greg Hicks // Finger Guns
🎮 Upcoming Releases
All releases are digital, Europe & U.S. unless otherwise stated.
Release data sourced in collaboration with Switch Scores.
⭐️ = Ones to Watch | 📦 = Physical release | 🎮 = Demo available
Monday, February 22
- Dry Drowning — Psychological visual novel set in a futuristic dystopian city.
- 📦 Taxi Chaos — If you miss Craxy Taxi this looks to scratch a similar itch. (Feb 23 in U.S.)
Tuesday, February 23
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Friday, February 26
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