Man, I love Super Mario 64.
Issue 199 — September 20, 2020
Hey, issue #199 of Switch Weekly here with this week's Nintendo news round-up. I hope you're doing well and enjoying your Sunday!
This week saw the arrival of Super Mario 3D All-Stars on the Switch. I got my copy on Friday, and it's honestly a delight to have my all time favourite game ready to go on a portable machine. Now, I think there are plenty of valid cricitisms about how little Nintendo has done with this re-release — a few additional quality of life improvements would have gone a long way to make this collection an easier thing to reccomend. However, having said that, I'd still argue that this is worth picking up, particularly for those with fond memories of the games included, or, for those of you who have never played some/all of the titles on offer. These three games represent some of the all-time greatest 3D platformers to date, and Super Mario 64 is a true pioneer. Sure, the camera in 64 may feel dated now, but the tip here: don't try to fight it.
Anyway, beyond Mario this week saw yet another Direct Mini Partner presentation. I've linked it below, but the big takeaway is Capcom bringing more Monster Hunter to Nintendo's platform.
Just over 20 games hitting the store next week. Full list is below as usual.
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Enjoy the issue, and catch you next week for issue 200!
🎮 Currently Playing: Super Mario 64 in the Super Mario 3D All-Stars Collection
REVIEW Super Mario 3D All-Stars — "It’s a shame that the presentation is practically barebones with no bonus content beyond the soundtracks, but there can still be no denying the quality of the games on offer here". Yep, pretty much. Three great games in an accessible format is a win, just a pity considering we know what these sort of rereleases really could be.
Chris Scullion // Nintendo Life
▶ Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase | September 2020 — Really feels like Nintendo has settled into some sort of rhythm with these third-party showcases now. This one saw the reveals of 'Ori and the Will of the Wisps', 'Hades' and 'The Long Dark' — all of which are now available. A new Fitness Boxing game was announced for December, along with fresh details on Disgaea 6, Balan Wonderland and more. The big news however was two Monster Hunter games — in fact Nintendo gave these titles more of a focus in a dedicated Direct proceeding this Mini one.
Nintendo // YouTube
REVIEW Hades — This roguelike from Supergiant Games was featured in the Direct mini linked above (and it's out now). Seemingly getting rave reviews all over, plus my Twitter feed seems to love it — this one is firmly on my buy list. "it's worth giving Hades a shot because it is the embodiment of a roguelike done right. It's easily one of the best games on the Nintendo Switch[...] Hades is a must-play and easily one of the best games of the year".
Chris DeAngelus // Worth Playing
▶ Nintendo Life Indie Spotlight — The folks at Nintendo Life had their own Direct of sorts, full of indie game announcements. Plenty of stuff here (over 30 games), so worth a watch if you want a few new titles for your wishlist.
Nintendo Life // YouTube
REVIEW Spellbreak — This fantasy/magic Battle Royale game is out now, and it won't cost you a thing to download and try. It may be worth a try if you're after a Fortnite alternative.
Paul Roberts // Vooks
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REVIEW Fight Crab — A pretty self-aware concept, that's fun and a bit stupid in places, but overall it's "not got enough meat on the bones".
George Foster // Nintendo Insider
REVIEW Super Punch Patrol — A brawler with a sketchbook look that's a "painstakingly accurate love letter to classic beat-'em ups".
John Rairdin // Nintendo World Report
Not so super, Mario — For someone with a degenerative neuromuscular condition Super Mario Galaxy remains an inaccessible experience in the new All-Stars collection.
How Super Mario changed my life — "It wasn’t a video game in my five year old mind; it was a little diorama, a window into a seemingly endless little world".
James Burns // Super Jump
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