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Nintendo’s nostalgia-fueled Direct provides the Swap some juice | Kaser Focus

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Nintendo introduced a shock Direct this week, exhibiting off the video games it’s launching in early 2023. It confirmed a number of video games, together with Tears of the Kingdom, and gave a launch date for Pikmin 4. Nintendo additionally this week launched its quarterly monetary report. It revealed that Swap gross sales are slowing down. So, along with exhibiting off the sport, the Direct additionally confirmed the six-year-old console nonetheless has life in it.

The Direct was dominated by nostalgia gasoline, primarily within the type of remakes and remasters of older Nintendo titles. We obtained the Metroid Prime remaster, the Advance Wars assortment we already knew was coming, Baten Kaitos Remastered, a re-release of Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, a brand new Samba de Amigo title and a We Love Katamari remaster. As well as, Nintendo is releasing Sport Boy titles on its Swap On-line service. This isn’t even referring to the truth that the headliners on the present had been new entries within the long-running Zelda and Pikmin franchises.

In the meantime, Sony and Microsoft — Nintendo’s console-making brethren — are engaged in a nasty disagreement. Whereas the authorized regulators, such because the U.Okay.’s Competitions and Markets Authority, have expressed reservations of the deal, the 2 corporations seem extra targeted on one another. Microsoft just lately subpoenaed monetary information from Sony as a part of the Federal Commerce Fee lawsuit. According to Axios, Sony says, “Microsoft’s demand for efficiency opinions for SIE’s management is clear harassment.” Activision CEO Bobby Kotick told the Financial Times, “I believe that is all Sony simply making an attempt to sabotage the transaction.”

To chill off this week, I’m going to return to Metroid Prime with the remaster. I’ll even be enjoying Octopath Traveler II, hopefully getting sufficient time beneath my belt to assessment it. We’ve got a wealth of video games to play within the upcoming weeks, even when a few of them are


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What to play this week

What’s new:

  • Hogwarts Legacy
  • Metroid Prime Remastered

New on subscription providers:

  • Madden NFL 23 (Xbox Sport Cross)
  • SD Gundam Battle Alliance (Xbox Sport Cross)
  • Evil Lifeless: The Sport (PlayStation Plus)
  • OlliOlliWorld (PlayStation Plus)
  • Mafia: The Definitive Version (PlayStation Plus)
  • Future 2: Past Gentle (PlayStation Plus)
  • Recipe for Disaste (GeForce Now)
  • Baldur’s Gate 3 (GeForce Now)
  • Contained in the Backrooms (GeForce Now)
  • Riptide GP: Renegade+ (Apple Arcade)

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