After last week’s surprisingly robust week of news, any and all relief is gone as I once again scrape right past the bottom of the barrel to find anything of note to discuss. Well, perhaps that’s a small exaggeration, but any good games journalist knows that a little bit of hyperbole keeps everyone engaged.
Why Does this Game Look so Good?
I’m filled with an immense dread as I give top-billing in today’s YNT installment to Mario kart Tour. Considering its toxic monetization strategies and overly simple design, I feel a stabbing pain in my joints whenever I see the game’s absurdly creative content updates. Its new Pirate Tour adds King Bob-Omb as a playable character, among other features. Regardless of my frustrations with the game’s intrinsic design, will I hop back in to Mario Kart Tour for this update? Yes. Will I have fun? Yes. Would I perform a ritualistic sacrifice in order to have these features in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe instead? Absolutely.
This isn’t Breath of the Wild 2!
In more mobile news, one of Apple Arcade’s headlining titles, Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm, is headed to Nintendo Switch. This, perhaps surprisingly, is wickedly exciting in my eyes. Call it a Zelda-clone if you’d like, but it’s a well-polished one with plenty of its own ideas. Besides, mum’s the word on Breath of the Wild 2, and I’m never going to turn up my nose at a well-designed adventure title. Expect a full Nintendad review when the game launches on Switch this Fall. Don’t expect any Breath of the Wild 2 news, though.
New Controllers on the Hori-zon
Please forgive the pun. It was too easy. As easy, may I say, as the decision to purchase a Nintendo Switch Split Pad Pro when Hori drops the new wave of these bad boys “soon.” Ambiguity aside, word on the street is that these controllers – previously relegated to a strange Daeomon X Machina collaboration – are deeply comfortable. Available in three new colors, I’m excited to finally get these in my hands – partially because almost all of my Joy-Con are drifting. I have five pairs.
SMT with a Helping of DMC
Mixing Devil May Cry with Shin Megami Tensei seems like a problem. It’s akin to when I was recently eating a slice of pizza and a tuna steak, and accidently soaked the pizza crust in the tuna’s teriyaki sauce. These things just shouldn’t go together. Alas, here we are. Surprisingly, though, the teriyaki didn’t ruin the pizza’s flavor, and apparently Dante’s inclusion in the original SMT 3: Nocturne was exciting.
But, is this combination actually good? I’ll be the judge of that. Actually, I won’t be, as I won’t play this Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne HD. However, if you would play it, check out the trailer above to get a glimpse of Dante’s DLC integration into the remaster, which is scheduled to launch in Japan this October, and in the West next year.
A Publishing Plurality
Another outlet is joining the already-overstuffed ranks of boutique physical games publishers, courtesy of Switch Corps community figure JP’S SWITCHMANIA. Dubbed “Premium Edition Games,” multiple things are true at once. On one hand, I’m proud of JP’S initiative and passion that has brought this company to fruition.
On the other, Premium Edition Games feels like the equivalent of the, “okay, you can copy my homework but change it a bit,” meme for the publishing space. Is Premium Edition doing anything that Limited Run or Super Rare isn’t? Well, they are publishing Super Blood Hockey, which you can preorder right here.
With that, we’ve reached the end of yet another week of Nintendo news. We’ve also reached the last installment of Yesterday’s News Today prior to me heading back to college. Fear not, though, YNT isn’t slowing down anytime soon, unlike the painful drip feed of news that I pull from. Funny how that works out!