Nintendo Direct, EA Buys Dev, Microsoft FPS Boost! RPG News (19th Feb)

This week on Ready Player Gone

Before we get into the news of Nintendo Direct and other things, this week Ryan spoke about Out Of Tune Games and how they developed 6 prototypes in 6 weeks, and more info about their upcoming release Crooks Like Us. To be in with a chance of winning a copy of Crooks Like Us courtesy of Out Of Tune, head on over to that article for details on how to enter our give away!

Also this week, I shared my thoughts on Monster Train, recently released on Gamepass. Do deck building games still have that “just one more” appeal? Read my Gamepass: Gold or Garbage article for Monster Train here. 

Memory Monday this week saw Zachary write about one of his most beloved platforming games of all time, Super Meat Boy! Click here to reminisce with Zach!

And lastly this week, we saw Joey and his review of Final Fantasy VII Remake for PS4. What’s changed, what’s improved & what’s hit the fan? Click here, I bet it’ll take you to the review. Without further ado, let’s get right into this weeks biggest headlines!

Nintendo Direct 

If you want to avoid any spoilers, please watch the Nintendo Direct first.

Maybe as a sign of better things to come, Nintendo presented their first Nintendo Direct in over a year on the 17th this week. After a year that caused the world to come to a standstill, it seems like the gaming industry is finally getting back on track, especially at Nintendo it seems. The hype as always was huge and probably over inflated for this Nintendo Direct, and many fans were left disappointed. If you want to watch the Direct in full, click here. If not, keep reading for a brief summary of the more important announcements made by Nintendo.

Smash Bros Ultimate

Xenoblade 2 legend Pyra is joining the Smash Bros Ultimate battlefield in March. I sense a feeling of unwelcomeness amongst the community to have another sword based fighter in the game, but it is what it is. She does have a cool ability that allows her to swap into her creator Mythra, similar to how the Zelda/Sheik swap worked back in the days of Melee.

Splatoon 3

Completely out of nowhere at the end of the Nintendo Direct, we had a Splatoon 3 announcement scheduled for release in 2022. It’s incredibly unusual for Nintendo to release sequels of games so close together, there will be just 7 years between all 3 games. (We haven’t had a new Mario Kart game for 7 years!) Basing my opinions completely off the trailer as that’s all of the information available right now, I can’t say it looks to be too much of a sequel worthy game just yet. I hope Nintendo has given this sequel a reason to exist, and not turned a potential DLC pack into a full release.

More games coming soon!

Skyward Sword HD was revealed, with a new control scheme for people to play in handheld mode which is a very welcome addition. However, paying full price for a HD remake of a Zelda game not many fans wanted has triggered the community a little. I know we all want Windwaker & Twilight Princess on the Nintendo Switch, but they still feel too recently released to me to be ported yet again. Nintendo has set the release date for Skyward Sword for July 16th.

Mario Gold Super Rush was announced, with a considerable amount of gameplay shown. It includes a story mode in which your Mii character can progress through the ranks of Rookie golfer up to Champion (I presume, bit weird if it stopped at amateur), teeing off against the likes of Yoshi, Mario, Luigi, Donkey Kong and other staples of the series. The golfing green will be open on 25th June this year!

There was much more included in the Nintendo Direct, so make sure you give it a watch!

EA Acquisition

Electronic Arts have acquired another developer for a whopping $1.2b this week, that being Codemasters. For anyone unfamiliar with Codemasters, they develop the F1 series of games. We can only expect to see an annual release of racing titles from Codemasters under EA now, with potentially some microtransactions thrown in for good measure. Who knows, this could be a good thing for the developer & the sports as a whole if it increases its popularity, but as we all know EA doesn’t exactly have the best track record when it comes to buying out developers.

Microsoft caught boosting

Microsoft has enabled an FPS boost for Series X & S owners this week. So far, it’s only available for a few select titles, but it means the frame rates in those games can be multiplied by up to four times. Four! This incredible feature is a must for FPS fans like myself, you cannot beat sweet stable high frame rates. For more information on how this works, check out Digital Foundry and their analysis on this.

That’s all for this week folks!

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