Switch Weekly

Issue #203

· October 18, 2020

#203: Your Nintendo Update

Your Nintendo digest for the week ending October 18.

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Switch Weekly

Issue 203 — October 18, 2020

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

Hey, here's issue #203 of Switch Weekly with the latest on all things Nintendo. 

The big release this week is of course Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit. I love it when Nintendo flexes its 'Before Mario' toy muscle, and this seems to be the perfect fusion of the company's rich toy history, a classic gaming franchise, and modern AR tech. Good stuff.

Another packed week on the eShop coming up, with nearly 30 games landing on the store over the next seven days, including GONNER2 — the full list is below as usual.

Big thanks for reading,
Chris ✌️

🎮 Currently Playing: Still working through Donkey Kong Country 2

REVIEW Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit — The release of this totally crept up on me (to the point where I forgot to mention it in last week's issue) — but this real-life toy take on Nintendo's celebrated kart racer is here, and honestly, it looks like a blast. It's reviewing well and is described here as "a startlingly authentic 'mixed reality' recreation" of the usual series experience, oh and for the Mario Kart purists amongst us: "The car itself is surprisingly nimble and responsive [..], which means the actual in-game racing feels very, very close to a proper Mario Kart game". I may have just popped this on my Christmas list. 😅

Damien McFerran  // Nintendo Life

Overcoming AR's limitations with Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit — A chat with Velan Studios president Guha Bala on how they approached reinventing Nintendo's best-selling racing franchise for augmented reality.

James Batchelor // gamesindustry

REVIEW The Jackbox Party Pack 7 — As ever, some fun to be had here, but this latest grab bag of party games "doesn't live up to the pedigree of the earlier games".

Scott Baird  // Screen Rant

REVIEW Cloudpunk — This futuristic adventure game seems to have missed the mark. Scott Baird describes it as having a "great concept" but the end result is "tedious" and not without its share of technical issues. This review from Nintendo World Report also strikes a negative view, pointing out that the Switch version isn't the best place to play this right now.

Scott Baird  // Screen Rant

REVIEW Cook, Serve, Delicious 3

Paul Roberts // Vooks

REVIEW This is the Zodiac Speaking

Ollie Reynolds // Nintendo Life

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How 'Hades' made a genre known for being impossibly hard accessible— Yup, Hades is a roguelike, but it's also a solid action game where death is a mechanic that seemingly doesn't infuriate players.

Patrick Klepek // Vice

How The Animal Crossing Diaries are chronicling the pandemic— The UK's National Videogame Museum (worth a visit btw) recently launched a project highlighting how Animal Crossing became part of the 'pandemic gaming zeitgeist'.

Florence Smith Nicholls // Eurogamer

Xbox Boss Phil Spencer on Series X launch, Halo Infinite & Bethesda — Yes, this is about all things Xbox, but this interview with Phil Spencer is interesting for a few reasons, and he does touch upon Microsoft's relationship with Nintendo, it's sustainability, and what possibly lies ahead.

Stephen Totilo  // Kotaku


🎮 Upcoming Releases

All releases are digital EU & US unless otherwise stated. 
Release data sourced in collaboration with Switch Scores.
⭐️ = Ones to Watch | 📦 = Physical release | 🎮 = Demo available

Monday, October 19

Tuesday, October 20

Wednesday, October 21

  • Bullet Beat — A fairly straightforward looking dubstep bullet hell shooter.
  • Fracter — Isometric puzzle adventure through a monochrome labyrinth.
  • ⭐️ Horace — This retro-inspired 2D platformer seems to have reviewed well.
  • 🎮 ScourgeBringer — A fast-paced post-apocalytpic roguelite platformer described as "Dead Cells meets Celeste" by Eurogamer.

Thursday, October 22

Friday, October 23

  • CrossKrush — Elderly couple blow up cars.
  • Galacide — Vibrant space shooter with puzzle/tactics thrown in. Four player co-op.
  • Grood — A destructive arcade shoot'em up with modern graphics.
  • Kakurasu World — A collection of logic puzzles (think Takuzu, Binairo).
  • Lord of the Click — Top-down medieval clicker with strategy elements.
  • Maze — Yep, it's a 3D maze to explore (and escape).
  • Supermarket Shriek — Man and a goat in a shopping kart racer.
  • Truck Driving Simulator — Big rig sim. 10-4.

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