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Is Nintendo Fixing the Switch Online Service?

Nintendo indicated that the company will continue to work on the Switch Online Service in their latest investor meeting.


It has now been a couple weeks since Nintendo launched the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack. It seems that the reactions to the service has been mixed, with most of the reviews being negative. Most gamers agree that the convenience of being able to play N64 titles on the Switch is really cool, but the emulation leaves something to be desired. Most gamers probably won’t notice the issues, but there are some graphical glitches in some of the games and input lag on a couple titles.

There are countless articles and videos on the internet addressing the complaints that users have had with the service. And while Nintendo makes some questionable decisions, I’m sure they are aware of user experience issues that gamers are having with the service. The big questions is whether Nintendo will think it is worth it to fix the issues or not. With 32 million subscribers to the service (including both tiers), I wouldn’t be surprised if Nintendo were to consider it a success in spite of the noticeable problems.

However, in Nintendo’s latest investor strategy meeting, the company indicated that they will continue to improve the online service. Nintendo wrote, “Going forward, we will continue to improve and expand both Nintendo Switch Online and Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack striving to provide services that satisfy consumers.”

It is nice to know that Nintendo hasn’t forgot about their customers, but I think they will really have to prove it to their user base. Nintendo has such an amazing legacy, but they have lost faith with some of their customers in recent years. Let’s hope that Nintendo will fix the issues with emulation on the Switch and continue to listen to their customers as we move further into the Switch’s lifespan.


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Elden Ring Shows New Gameplay


Earlier today FromSoftware, who previously developed Dark Souls and Bloodbourne, showed off some new footage of their will-be smash hit, Elden Ring. Watch the trailer here:

Based on what we have seen so far, this game will definitely live up to the hype that it’s generating. Graphically it retains that FromSoftware aesthetic while managing to look visually ethereal… Is that a good way of putting it? Anyway… the world looks beautiful and looks to be packed with more fantasy elements.

The gameplay looks incredibly fluid. Even more so than FromSoftware’s predecessors. This game looks like it will allow a little more versatility to the attacks, allowing attacking from the air and horseback. And there looks to be more of a allowance for stealth gameplay. On top of that, there will be a greater focus on magic and player builds. This will give variety and greater utility in the items you pick up. Players will have fun being able to approach and defeat enemies in a variety of ways.

They have kept invasions as a part of online gameplay. But it will also be possible to play cooperatively with other players online. One of things shown in the gameplay trailer is a co-op boss fight that looks AWESOME. Some of the NPCs shown are more traditional RPG characters while some of them are more unique and whimsical. I think this will be a really unique gameplay experience and I can’t wait to pick it up!

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Take Two Cancels Massive Game

Rockstar’s parent company, Take Two Interactive, just cancelled a game that $53 million had already been dumped into. They revealed this information in an earnings call earlier today. This isn’t the first time we have seen a big project like this cancelled, but $53 million is a lot of money any way you slice it.

The game was in development from studio Hangar 13 who developed Mafia 3. The project had the working title ‘Volt’ and was a third person action game that featured super heroes. So it probably was not the Bully 2 or Mafia 4 that people were speculating.

When you are dealing with massive AAA titles, $53 million is not nearly as much as the full budget would’ve been with some titles costing over $400 million. It sounds like this project had experienced a number of problems and adding the pandemic on top of that it had left it a bloated mess. This probably caused Take Two to just view it as a sunk cost, not worth continuing to invest in.

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Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV Postponed


Coming as no huge surprise, Blizzard has more bad news for us as they announce that Diablo IV and Overwatch 2 will now be released later than expected.

The pandemic has really slowed down production not just for video games, but for all industries. We have seen countless movie releases pushed back and the global supply chain crisis has many products out of stock around the world. In recent years, we have seen a lot of games pushed back.

But to me this specific news doesn’t really come as a surprise. Blizzard has had a long string of controversies. The most recent being the studio facing a wide range of sexual harassment allegations and lawsuits. This has led to the studio being scrutinized by the public and key employees leaving in the midst of the game development process. Diablo IV and Overwatch 2 both lost their directors after news broke of the allegations.

There was no target date mentioned for the release of these games. So it is best to assume we probably won’t see Diablo IV or Overwatch 2 until 2023 at least.

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Is Goldeneye N64 Coming to Nintendo Switch Online?


The Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack launched last week and customers have not been shy about voicing their opinions. The N64 emulator that Nintendo built for the Switch has been having a lot of issues. The games are all playable, but are experiencing graphical glitches and slowdown at times. Not to mention the strange button layout that the application forces on you without providing a way to remap the buttons.

But in spite of all of that, we are all still curious about what other games could be added to the service down the road. There have already been some great titles confirmed. Among them are Legend of Zelda Majora’s Mask and Banjo Kazooie. The inclusion of Banjo Kazooie surprised people because Rare, the studio that developed the game, is now owned by Microsoft. People have been under the assumption that either Nintendo and Microsoft wouldn’t be willing to work together or Nintendo wouldn’t be willing to put the effort in work something out with Microsoft. Needless to say, Banjo Kazooie is a welcome addition, and it has people excited about other possible additions from Rare.

The thing about the N64 library is that there are a lot of good games made by other dev studios like Rare, and there a lot of good games that would run into heavy licensing issues if they were to be rereleased. The big game that everyone wants to come to the Switch Online Service is 007 Goldeneye. This was a great game that was not only made by Rare, but also based on a movie. There are multiple actor’s likenesses used in the game. Typically that would mean that its more trouble than its worth to release the game again and have to deal with all the licensing fees. It is for this reason that everyone has assumed that Goldeneye will not make its way to Switch Online.

However, there is a recent clue that suggests that we may all be wrong. When Goldeneye was released, it was banned in Germany. It was placed on a list of Media that is considered harmful to minors. Generally, after 25 years, these pieces of media are subject to automatic review. It was just announced that Goldeneye is officially unbanned in Germany. The thing is… that its only been 24 years since the game’s release. This would lead us to believe that Nintendo requested a review of the situation. The only reason they would do that ahead of its automatic review next year is if they are planning on doing something with the game.

We don’t really have any idea what Nintendo could be planning for Goldeneye. Is there a remaster in the works? It is probably safest to assume that Goldeneye may end up coming to the Switch Online N64 library after all. Maybe that is why the Expansion Pack price was priced higher than everyone expected. Maybe Nintendo is paying licensing fees. This is no guarantee, but it is potentially a good sign.

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Leaked Photos of HBO’s ‘The Last of Us’ Series


HBO announced last year that they were taking on production of a series based the popular The Last of Us game developed by Naughty Dog. The game was released in 2013 and now 8 years later, we get to see it adapted to the big screen.

Starring Pedro Pascal, Bella Ramsey and Gabriel Luna, the story follows the character Joel who is tasked with taking a young girl named Ellie across multiple states. Oh yeah, and this takes place 20 years after a massive fungal infection outbreak that more-or-less turns the infected into zombies. Having to dodge infected and violent organizations, Joel has to do what he can to help stop the spread and maybe reverse the outbreak.

The game details how the spread of this virus has to do with fungal growth. And the infected people look more and more like fungus at as the infection takes hold of their brain. In these leaked pictures, you can see the actors standing amidst fungal growth. The game is packed full of intense action and horror elements so I’m sure we will see both of those things present in the show.

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PS Plus November 2021 Games Revealed


For the month of November 2021, the free games that are included with the PS Plus subscription have been revealed. There was a leak posted on the French website Dealabs that has now been confirmed to be accurate.

There are total of 6 games that have been announced:

  • Knockout City (PS4 & PS5)
  • First Class Trouble (PS4 & PS5)
  • Kingdom of Amalur: Re-Reckoning (PS4)
  • The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners (PSVR)
  • The Persistence (PSVR)
  • Until You Fall (PSVR)

Knockout City (PS4 & PS5)

The first game on the list is Knockout City, which was originally released by EA in May 2021. This is a multiplayer dodgeball game with fast and fun gameplay. The players knockout their enemies with different types of balls that have differwnt powers. The clever gameplay mechanics make this a unique experience. This is definitely worth checking out while you can grab it as part of the PS Plus subscription.

First Class Trouble (PS4 & PS5)

First Class Trouble is a multiplayer party game that involves 6 players. While aboard a space cruiser, the players decide who among them is actually a human-like AI. 4 of the players will need to use deduction to decide who they can trust.

Kingdom of Amalur: Re-Reckoning (PS4)

Kingdom of Amular: Re-Reckoning is a remaster of a game from 2012 that originally released on XBOX 360, PS3, and PC. It is an Action RPG where you play as “The Fateless One” who sets out to solve the mystery of his own death. This is a vast game with plenty of fun RPG elements if thats your thing!

The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners (PSVR)

This is a virtual reality survival/horror game based in the ruins of New Orleans. You fight off zombies and scavenge for materials to craft with. This is probably one of the more immersive games on PSVR. If you can, definitely check it out.

The Persistence (PSVR)

The Persistence is a survival/horror game set in 2521, aboard a failing deep space colony starship. You upgrade your character and your inventory as you descend deeper and deeper into the ship to fix its systems. Along the way you will fight and avoid aggressive clones of the past crew that infest the ship.

Until You Fall (PSVR)

Until You Fall is a VR sword fighting experience where you fight many types of enemies. The gameplay allows you to develop your own style as you defeat twisted humanoids and monsters. It is fun to use different strategies to cut down your enemies. This is a solid addition to the PSVR if you don’t have it yet.

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Sony State of Play – October 2021 Highlights


Today Sony aired their anticipated State of Play announcement and update event. The general response seems to be that people are a little disappointed in the announcements. This was all third party games, so no Sony AAA titles were announced. Among the announcements there were a few highlights.

Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach

In the latest installment of Five Nights at Freddy’s, you play as a little boy named Gregory who has to escape Freddy Fazbear’s Mega Pizzaplex after being trapped there overnight. Like the other games in the series, this is a survival horror game and you will have to use your wits to avoid the animatronics. This is one of the trailers that stuck out to me from todays ‘State of Play’.

Star Ocean The Divine Force

This year marks 25 years since the first installment of the Star Ocean series was released. The new installment, Star Ocean The Divine Force looks to have some serious depth based on the trailer. Players choices will affect events and outcomes in the game. There will be a solid list of characters to choose from and this game will have fast and intense action.

Death’s Door

Death’s Door by developer Acid Nerve is heading to Playstation consoles (and Switch) on November 23rd. Death’s Door is definitely one of the better indie games released this year and it will be a welcome addition to the consoles lineup. This game has been compared to the Zelda series. It is an action-adventure game where you play as a Crow who reaps souls for the ‘Reaping Commission Headquarters’ in the afterlife. It has a very unique art direction and offers simplicity that makes it easy to pick up and play.

This State of Play event didn’t blow up away gamers, but I am excited to check out a few of these titles.


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The GTA Trilogy: Definitive Edition Requires a Download on the Switch


I really love the Switch. Despite being underpowered, I think it’s a great console with a great concept and game library so far. One of the annoyances that I have with it is how often development studios port games to the system only to have a digital download code in the case. Most of the time it is totally reasonable to fit the game onto a cartridge. Studios likely do this to cut down on costs and increase profit. This way they don’t have to pay for any physical media to put the games on.

The new GTA Trilogy: Definitive Edition is set to release next month on console e-shops and then in December for physical media. Looking at the Switch game case that is already listed on Target’s website, you can see that it says there is a download required. This is a major bummer. At this point, I have to delete games anytime I want to play something new because so many games require massive downloads. Or I could spend money on another SD card, which I also don’t love the idea of.

There’s no word yet on how big of a file will need to be downloaded. If I had to guess, I would say that the physical cartridge will have one of the three games on it, and then you will have to download the other two. We will likely have to wait until the official release to see how much of the trilogy needs to be downloaded.

When you look at what Saber Interactive did with the port of The Witcher 3 to the Switch, you can’t deny that Rockstar could’ve fit all three of these games on one cartridge. The Witcher port featured all the DLC. On PS4, this is a file size of about 70 GB. Saber Interactive managed to compress that down to 32 Gigs on the Switch. Of course you are going to have make some sacrifices to make the file size that much smaller. But the sacrifices would be even less significant with the GTA Trilogy. I would’ve loved to see all three of these games on one cartridge.

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People are Getting a Weird Green Tint on the Switch Oled

The new Switch Oled was released on October 8th. It was not quite the ‘Switch Pro’ that people were hoping for, but the reception seems to be decently positive. In general, the display looks better and the bigger screen is a nice addition, but whether the price is worth it or not is still up for debate.

However, as with all hardware launches, there have been some defects popping up. Some Oled users have taken to the internet to ask about a strange green tint that is appearing on their fancy new Oled screen. It is still uncertain how widespread this issue is, but it is definitely affecting some users.

u/BassyDave on Reddit detailed that at low brightness, the green haze is appears on the left edge of the screen. During gameplay it doesn’t seem to be as noticeable, but on a uniform color as shown below, the tint is especially bad.

u/yuri_hime commented on the thread and shared that this may not be a defect. This may be happening just due to the nature of how an Oled display works.

If you take the time to research this phenomenon, you find that all oled displays run the risk of having this problem. There are countless forum posts about oled tv screens and phone screens that experience the exact same problem. This is probably getting more attention because of the fiasco with the Switch Joy-Cons having drift issues. People are quick to assume that Nintendo is releasing another piece of hardware that has major potential for a defect.