Switch Weekly

Issue #241

· July 18, 2021

#241: Your Nintendo Update

Your Nintendo digest for the week ending July 18.

Did you get an OLED?

Switch Weekly

Issue 241 — July 18, 2021

Skyward Sword

Hey, Chris here with issue #241 of Switch Weekly. Here's your Nintendo update.

So, the dust has settled on that OLED Switch announcement, and pre-orders opened, quickly selling out. Did you manage to get one? Oh, btw — thanks to all those who emailed me last week with their opinions on this new model, I'm working through my inbox and will reply! 

The big release this week was of course Skyward Sword, so I've linked up a few reviews of that below. It's weird as I had a look back at the reviews of the original release for the Wii back in 2011....and it reviewed great! It seems the player consensus over the last decade had shifted on this one compared to what critics made of it at the time. Anyway, this HD spruce up has been well recieved. 

Steam revealed the Steam Deck this week, an intriguing looking portable PC that is sorta Switch-esque (but it totally looks like a Game Gear to me). I don't think the existence of this device poses any real concern to Nintendo, but the pricing similarity (yes for the base model) is rather close to the Switch OLED....which is amusing if nothing else. 

Anyway, next week we've got over 25 games coming to Switch. Full list is below. 

Finally, before I go, I've got another Nintendo-themed crossword for you allhave a go and let me know how you get on (..oh and please do share it too)

Have a great week.

Chris ✌️

🎮 Currently Playing — Mario Golf: Super Rush, Wild Guns

REVIEW The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD — "introduces a raft of technical improvements and quality of life updates that reinvigorate and revitalise this ten-year-old game [..] what's here is a sublime experience, a technical triumph and an absolute must-play for Switch owners and Zelda fans". Chris Scullion at VGC said the huge improvements made over the 2011 original make this a must-play. Suriel Vazquez at Polygon states that this Switch version proves the original didn't need 'superfluous' motion controls.

PJ O'Reilly // Nintendo Life

With Switch OLED, Nintendo continues to do the bare minimum — Following the company 'over-delivering' in 2017 "right now, Nintendo doesn’t feel like it’s giving its fans much at all beyond what it needs to".

Christopher Dring // VGC

Metroid Prime Trilogy for Switch ‘is done and Nintendo is holding it’ — I think we've all assumed this for quite some time now, but good to see this line of thinking sustained. We've got Dread first, then this will no doubt drop before Prime 4 to get folks hyped / up to speed.

Andy Robinson // VGC

REVIEW Ys IX: Monstrum Nox — "blends fantastic storytelling with engaging combat and platforming to create an unforgettable adventure".

Thomas Haroldsen // Big Daddy Gaming

Nintendo's quirky creativity hasn't always paid off on Switch, but it matters — LABO, Ring Fit, Mario Kart Live..."these sorts of projects matter, [..] because they're typical Nintendo, something different from what's on offer elsewhere".

Thomas Whitehead // Nintendo Life


🎮 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

Tuesday, July 20

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Friday, July 23

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