Welcome back to Rebecca’s Nintendo Recap. This week we had to see how many people are unhappy with the prices for the N64 games coming to Switch, and The Pokémon Company has unveiled new Hisuian variants in a really clever way. In addition, the Nintendo Switch was kicked out of its place for the first time in several years as a best-selling console, but the Switch OLED sales are going strong. We also learned why Kingdom Hearts games don’t come to Switch locally and we got disappointing news about Metroid Dread’s credit policy. Having so much to talk about, let’s dive in!
Pokémon Legends: Arceus found footage reveals new Hisuian variants
Pokémon has begun to increase interest in Pokémon Legends: Arceus as we approach the release date in February. As part of that, videos in the style of the footage found have been posted on social media showing an attack like the Blair Witch project on a researcher in the mountains. The video ends with the discovery of Hisuan Zorua and Zoroark.
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This video shows the idea that Pokémon can actually charge you for this popular more open world franchise. This also means that there are probably other Hisui variants yet to be discovered.
The switch went off after 33 months, but the OLED Switch will be a hit for the holidays
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The September NPD report finally gives us an idea of how much certain games and consoles sold last year. However, keep in mind that eShop sales are not included in these figures. For the first time in 33 months, the Nintendo Switch was removed from its best-selling console position in September and replaced by the PS5. However, the Switch is still the best-selling of the year.
However, with the launch of the OLED model, it is likely that many people gave up buying the Switch at the time with the intention of taking the latest version. We will have to see how these numbers will agree in the coming months, but in any case, being able to keep that position for 33 months in a row is an impressive feat.
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Now, the Switch OLED model had the lowest number of launches compared to any previous Switch including the Switch Lite, but, according to a Famitsu report via Gematsu, it was still the best-selling console in Japan last week, selling 138,409 units. It is worth noting that these figures were affected by low inventories caused by consumer demand and supply chain problems. Since that’s the case, this presentation review is promising and likely indicates that Switch OLED will be an incredibly big seller this holiday season, as long as stocks can run.
If you want to order Switch OLED this year, I recommend using Stock Informer to keep an eye on online retailers. It can also send you notifications when an OLED model comes in stock. You’ll want to jump into shopping as soon as possible because these consoles sold out in minutes.
Now Saturn emulator found on Switch
Modern Vintage Gamer (MVG) has released a video, which you can watch above, detailing how players discovered that the Sega Saturn emulator runs on the Nintendo Switch. Given that Saturn didn’t have the best sales, which inflated the prices of the original games, and the fact that it’s hard to find these games on modern consoles anyway, the thought of being able to emulate them on the Switch is appealing. With any luck, this will lead to some of these classics coming to Switch in the near future.
Why Kingdom Hearts only does cloud streaming for now
Source: Square Enix
In an interview with Nintendo Life last Friday, Kingdom Hearts series producer Ichiro Hazama explained that the small storage capacity of the Switch was one of the reasons why the company decided that games could be played via Nintendo Switch Cloud Streaming instead of locally. Moreover, he said it is still possible that the games could come locally in the future:
“At the moment, production of the original version is undecided. We believe the Cloud version is currently the best way to deliver the Kingdom Hearts series to Nintendo Switch players, but we’re always excited to hear [sic] feedback from our fans and I want to thank them for all their support. “
It would be a bit strange if there was a cloud version and an original version of the games on the Switch, and although older titles could be more easily transferred, it is unlikely that Kingdom Hearts 3 will ever make a local purchase. After all, it is much more graphically intensive than other games and it would take a lot more work to be able to play on the Switch.
People are unhappy with the prices of the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack
Remember that Nintendo finally revealed the price for the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack during Animal Crossing Direct, of all places. This service begins Oct. 25 and gives you access to select N64 games, Sega Genesis games, and Animal Crossing Paid DLC for a $ 50 individual membership covering 12 months or a $ 80 family membership for the same time period. However, fans are not happy with this high price, as evidenced by the Nintendo official review trailer, which rested on over 87,000 dislikes and only 16,000 likes I last checked.
The subscription includes a basic Nintendo Switch Online plan that gives you online access and a library of NES and SNES games, but that means the Expansion Pack costs more than double the initial plans. Considering that most people don’t really care as much about Sega Genesis games (many of which are already available on eShop through various collections), this price seems pretty high for just giving away N64 games and the paid Happy Home Paradise DLC that is only of interest to Animal Crossing fans. It is understandable why so many people are dissatisfied with the price.
In many cases, complaints only serve to show how much a Nintendo service or game will work once it launches.
However, if there’s one thing I’ve learned about the Nintendo fan base, it’s that the complaints only serve to show how successful the service or game will be once it launches. Remember when fans decided to boycott Pokémon Sword and Shield because of Dexit? Those claims were pretty good; Gene 8 eventually sold out as the third best of any of the eight cores of the Pokémon RPG ever made. The same kind of success is likely to happen with the Expansion Pack.
Plus, if you manage to play through all the N64 games before your subscription needs to be renewed, you get access to nine classic N64 games for $ 30, which isn’t a bad offer. The really frustrating thing about the Expansion Pack is the focus on the N64 Switch controllers, which sold out minutes after they became available. Players are limited to shopping up to four per Nintendo account, but that hasn’t stopped a few scalpers from already making them on eBay and other sites. But it should still be in stock at the end of October, so watch out for that.
Metroid Dread developers were left without credit
Metroid Dread made a big sensation in the first week and holds the record for the Metroid game with the highest earnings at launch. However, they are not all just suits and rainbows.
Last week, some developers from MercurySteam talked about poor working conditions and non-inclusion in the merits of the game. Instead of apologizing, MercurySteam confirmed that it has a policy that “developers who have worked less than 25% of the total game development time are not included in the credits.” Since the game has been in production for about four years, that means employees would have to be involved for at least 12 months to be involved.
This is really disappointing, but it is not so uncommon in the world of development. Not including people in the credits prevents them from using those games as references to get extra jobs, which is simply contemptuous, especially since it doesn’t take that much effort to add people’s names to the end of the game.
See you in two weeks
A year ago, I scheduled a vacation for next week that takes me somewhere without an internet connection. Of course, this is just the week that Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack is released. A sigh. But the gaming team here at iMore will be working hard on coverage while I’m away. I’ll definitely talk about it when I get back. From now until then, I hope you all have fun playing some of these classic games.
Until next time.
- Rebecca Spear
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