Issue 265— January 16, 2022
👋 Hey, here's issue #265 of Switch Weekly with your Nintendo round-up.
Last week most of the Nintendo community seemed to be discussing Mario Kart and what direction the series could head next. In amongst all that chatter I came across this interesting Twitter thread highlighting just what new things the mobile version, Mario Kart Tour, has introduced to the long running kart racer, and just how those additions and changes could play a part in any new console version. Despite what you may think of this free-to-play version, it's clear it hasn't been shy about trying a few new things. Worth a read I reckon.
It's a busy week on the eShop over the next seven days, as there's around 30 games landing on the Switch, including Windjammers 2 and the Shadow Man remaster. Full list below as ever.
Finally, for those of you new to the newsletter you may not be aware that I run an annual Nintendo Switch survey, asking questions about software owned, hardware wear and tear, what games folks want to see, and more. It will be returning next month for its fifth(!) year, along with fresh questions on things like the OLED model, N64 on NSO, and more. I've put together a new page on the Switch Weekly website bringing together all the results from years prior if that's of interest. Of course, if you have any thoughts for questions you think I should be asking this year please do feel free to hit reply to this email and let me know.
Catch you next week,
🎮 Currently Playing — Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Paper Mario, Grindstone (iOS)
Nintendo's 2021 Report Card — How did Nintendo's 2021 stack up? I love anything like this that looks back and tries to guage the overall 'feel' for the year: "Nintendo has had a much, much stronger year in 2021 than it did in 2020. Although there was no Switch Pro, Switch OLED is still a half-decent hardware revision. More importantly, the games it put out over the course of 2021 was a strong lineup."
Johnny Cullen // PlayDiaries
▶ Kirby and the Forgotten Land - Copy Abilities and Co-op — Nintendo kicked the Kirby hype machine up a notch this week, sharing not only a new trailer but a release date too. This one is out in late March, and I gotta say, after being a bit nonplussed after seeing the first trailer, this one did a much better job of getting my attention — it's looking polished. I kinda get Mario Odyssey / 3D World vibes from it, and that can only be a good thing. The folks at Nintendo World Report did a deep dive into the trailer if you're after some analysis. (Here's the link you need if you wanna get your preorder in).
Nintendo // YouTube
REVIEW Astroneer — This space adventure is "a small package that packs a lot of punch. There’s so much to dig into and explore that it’s easy to lose hours upon hours without batting an eye".
Alex Orona // Nintendo World Report
REVIEW Love 3 — I shared a review to this in last week's issue, but here's another that I just had to share. Super high praise: "Few games leave me speechless the way Love 3 has [..] the best pure indie platformer ever made, and, as of this writing, one of the ten best indies I’ve ever played. I can feel the love".
Cathy // Indie Gamer Chick
REVIEW Death's Door —"deserving of the hype".
Paul Roberts // Vooks
▶ Balan Wonderworld is the Game of the Year — A lengthy video essay that dives into the negative discourse of 2021's "most unfairly maligned game", and a wider look at what truly constitutes a platformer.
Transparency // YouTube
🎮 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, January 17
Tuesday, January 18
- Concordia — Digital adaptation of the trading board game. Online play for six. (Jan 27 in U.S.)
- Drowning Cross — Find your boyfriend in this game styled after pre-2000s adventure titles.
- Labyrinth Legend — Action RPG with hack and slash elements. Has co-op.
Wednesday, January 19
- Blackwind — 3D top-down sci-fi mech action. Has co-op. (Jan 20 in U.S.)
- Guild of Ascension — A 3D tactical-action-RPG with rogue-lite elements, that mixes "turn-based combat with real-time action combo system".
Thursday, January 20
Friday, January 21
- Baby Storm — Four player arcade game in which you take care of kids in a kindergarten.
- Dungeons of Shalnor — Tactical roguelike with a 'turn the camera' mechanic.
- Go Minimal — Play 'Go'. Has online and touch screen support.
- Hammer Kid — Basic pixel-art adventure.
- Kinduo — A 2D puzzle platformer with co-op.
- Merek's Market — A 'chaotic' crafting game about running a medieval shop. Four player co-op.
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