Nintendo recap: Sega discusses Sonic plans, 3DS and Wii U eShops no longer accept credit card funds
Welcome to another Nintendo summary where we will talk about everything about Nintendo! For starters, three additional classic games have found their way into Nintendo Switch Online this week. In addition, 3DS and Wii U e-stores no longer accept credit card funds, as we count back to the day that these services no longer accept purchases of any kind.
In other news, some Pokémon fans have created an impressive video showing what first-generation games would look like if they used the original 3D artistic style. Sega also discussed plans for Sonic games in the future. There’s even more Nintendo news to cover, so let’s dive in.
Sega intends to Sonic Frontiers to lead future Sonic games
In a recent Q&A session after an investor briefing, Sega talked about its plans for Sonic Frontiers and what it hopes to achieve with the upcoming blue blur (thank you, VGC). The game will premiere this holiday season and reaches everyone. major platforms such as Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and PC.
During the question and answer session, Sonic Team leader Takashi Lizuka explained that the team’s intention is to make Sonic Frontiers as influential as Sonic Adventure.
Sonic Adventure laid the groundwork for 20 years of Sonic titles after its release, so just as I hope this new title released in 2022 lays the groundwork for future Sonic titles to come, this is the idea behind the challenge. for the team. .
The team says it is also focusing on making sure Sonic Frontiers gets a high score on review sites like Metacritic, as this will help sell games. It may seem like an obvious goal, but it’s no secret that the latest Sonic games have been more mistakes than successes, including a number of failed ports. For example, Sonic Colors Ultimate was released in 2021 with several bugs that initially made the game frustrating, but eventually fixed. This has resulted in very low Metacritic scores for the franchise.
However, with so much attention to Sonic Frontiers, it seems that Sega claims to be a very different type of Sonic game. Hopefully, this gives the series the update it needs to allow the games to be as successful as the recent movie franchise.
Wii U and 3DS eShops no longer accept credit card funds
Source: Nadine Dornieden / iMore
We are now on the final line before 3DS and Wii U owners can no longer buy digital games in their respective eB stores. As of May 23, these stores no longer accept credit card funds. However, players can still add funds to these eShops using the eShop gift card until August 29, 2022.
As a reminder, regardless of the funds left in your accounts, 3DS and Wii U eShops will no longer accept purchases of any kind once eShops close in March 2023. So if there are games you want to buy on these systems, will want to get there.
The fan video reimagines red and blue Pokémon with an original 3D art style
Source: @pokeyugami on Twitter
Those of us who have been fans of the Pokémon franchise since it began in 1996 remember that the original artistic style looked very different from today. Pikachu was much rounder, the style looked more like watercolor and there was an indefinable quality to the line strokes that made the characters look charming. Today this style is full of nostalgia.
On May 20, pokeyugami on Twitter posted a short video showing how she would like a Gen 1 game reimagined with this original but 3D artistic style. As expected, the Internet has fallen in love with it. RobPlayinGames responded to the initial tweet by adding audio to the video, which included the iconic Viridian Forest track and battle music, and really completed the whole experience.
Personally, I’d love to see an official Pokémon game with this OG art style, but I won’t hold my breath. If nothing else, it’s always fun to see what the creative side of fandom is.
Three more games on Nintendo Switch Online
Although Nintendo Switch Online (NSO) has been around for a few years, Nintendo has recently added SNES and NES games to the subscription service every few months. This week, three titles have joined the ranks:
- Congo’s Caper (SNES): A caveman-themed platformer game.
- Rival turf! (SNES): A Streets of Rage-like multiplayer.
- Pinball (NES): A classic pinball game with several modes, including Jump Man (Mario) mode.
While these games are retro classics, they are not really titles that people expected. Looking at the list of SNES and NES games in NSO, there is one notable SNES game missing from the line: Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. For those of you who don’t know, Mario RPG is the spiritual forerunner of the Paper Mario franchise, and is loved by people both inside and outside the industry. I’ve been obsessed with this game since it was first released and I was looking forward to it coming to Switch since NSO was announced.
So why isn’t it on the NSO line? It may be because the game was developed by Square when the company was having trouble entering the US market and partnered with Nintendo to help make a name for itself. As part of Nintendo and part of Square, Mario RPG has some complicated licenses, which could explain why it has not yet found its way to NSO.
Although it includes characters from Mushroom Kingdom, they use turn-based battle mechanics reminiscent of those in the Final Fantasy franchise. In addition, there are cameos of Final Fantasy characters mixed with Nintendo character legs. In many ways, NSO will not feel complete until Mario RPG arrives.
We fear Pokémon-like will hit Switch in September
Source: Rebecca Spear / iMore
In early 2020, the role-playing game of creature collections, Temtem, was released on Steam. This Pokémon-inspired game has proven to be very popular with thousands of players and has garnered a very positive rating in Valve’s service. At the time of release, Crema said it was working to bring its game to other platforms and now, two years later, it has finally been announced for PS5, Xbox Series X and of course Nintendo Switch with a release date release on September 6th. Interested buyers can even purchase physical versions of the game from Humble Bundle.
Given that we still have some time to wait before the release of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet this year, Temtem could be a great way to get our creature collection solution. The battle system will seem very familiar to Pokémon fans, but it also includes more intense mechanics and changes that many may find refreshing.
Games to play this week
It’s been a quiet week overall, but we managed to get the Kao the Kangaroo platform reboot and a collection of retro titles under the name Pac-Man Museum + on Nintendo Switch. They’re both full of bright, fun images, so I recommend you take a look at them this week.
This week I’ve been doing a JRPG stitch waiting for the upcoming release of Xenoblade Chronicles 3, so I’ve sunk into Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana to scratch that itch. It’s a fun game and has a few things in common with Nintendo’s adventure, so I recommend it to anyone who wants to fight huge monsters and level up with their teammates.
Until next time.
- Rebecca Spear