Nintendo recap: Bayonetta 3 finally gets release date, new Kirby game announced, and more
Hello and welcome to this week’s Nintendo recap. It’s been an odd summer so far, with no big first-party Nintendo Direct, but that hasn’t stopped the Japanese games company from making several separate announcements over the past few days.
On the one hand, we finally learned the release date of Bayonetta 3 with a new trailer. There’s also a new Kirby multiplayer game slated for release this summer and an N64 game that wasn’t on Nintendo’s roadmap landed on the expansion pack this week. There’s still more to discuss, so let’s get to it.
Bayonetta 3 Rated M and finally given the release date
In a surprise trailer, we learned that Bayonetta 3 has an October 28, 2022 release date, an MSRP of $60, and will have an M rating for Mature (surprise, surprise). The trailer also showed off more gameplay than we’ve seen before. The titular Umbra Witch is ready to stop Homunculi with the help of familiar faces, including several Bayonettas. You’ll want to make sure you have enough space on your microSD card as this has a larger Switch game file size at 15GB.
In addition to the base game, players can purchase the Bayonetta 3 Trinity Masquerade Special Edition which features three alternate box covers as well as a 200-page art book. Apparently, placed next to each other, the lids of the boxes form a panoramic poster. Pricing for this special edition has not been revealed at the time of this writing.
What got the internet talking after the reveal, however, involves a new game mode, called Naive Angel Mode, which makes some characters less revealing, including Bayonetta herself.
Ridiculously Sweet New Kirby Game Coming This Summer, Looks Like Fall Guys
Kirby is probably Nintendo’s most prolific character (beyond Mario, of course) as he tends to appear in multiple games each year. Even though it just starred in its own platformer in March with Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Nintendo revealed it’s getting a competitive multiplayer game called Kirby’s Dream Buffet this summer. From the trailer, we can guess that it will tackle the silly obstacle course recently popularized by Fall Guys.
Up to four players compete while going through decadent dessert dishes and different objectives. For example, you seem to be asked to collect as many strawberries as you can along the way to grow bigger and “prepare for the final battle”. Looks like it’s going to be a silly good time.
We don’t have a specific release date yet, or how much it will cost. However, it will probably release before the end of September and I can see it selling for $30 or less.
Updated Nintendo Scaling Patent
Last year, it was discovered that Nintendo had filed a US patent for upscaling techniques via machine learning, similar to how DLSS works. Basically, the technology would convert lower resolution games to higher resolution without requiring heavy hardware. Something like this was used in the Nintendo Switch version of Life is Strange to make it better without costing a whole ton.
It looks like Nintendo updated that scaling patent again in July, indicating that something could really be on the way. Since Nintendo’s business model has long been about using older technology in innovative ways rather than the most innovative technology, the idea of using scaling techniques fits in nicely. Nintendo could sell a better gaming experience without having to dive into much more expensive hardware.
Of course, patents are filed all the time and nothing comes of it, so we’ll have to wait and see if that comes to fruition. If Nintendo ends up doing something about it, it could be for the next-gen Nintendo console or even for another Switch iteration if the console’s lifecycle lasts much longer.
Pokémon Puzzle League has arrived on Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack after the initial roadmap
When Nintendo announced the Nintendo Switch Online+ expansion pack last October, it also announced a slate of Sega and N64 games that would be coming to the service. All of the previously announced games on the roadmap have arrived, but an unexpected announcement tells us more may be on the way.
This Friday, the classic N64 game Pokémon Puzzle League joined the service. It allows players to engage in battles and determine their outcome based on their performance in Tetris-like puzzles. Seeing a game that wasn’t on the roadmap making its way through the lineup gives us hope that we’ll see other great titles like Donkey Kong 64, Banjo-Tooie, the Super Smash Bros. original, and much more on the Expansion pack in the near future. Maybe we’ll even get GoldenEye 007 as rumors claim.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shredder’s Revenge Sells Over One Million Copies
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shredder’s Revenge wasn’t released until mid-June, but this indie game has already sold over a million copies. Dotemu CEO Cyrille Imbert clarified on Twitter that this doesn’t count Game Pass downloads. It’s an impressive feat, but not too surprising given that it’s a masterful throwback to the classic arcade style of gaming, and even utilizes the talents of the original cartoon turtle voice actors. 80 years.
With the popularity of Shredder’s Revenge, many players were hoping for a DLC that would bring even more villains and characters into battle. We know from an interview with IGN that the studio behind Shredder’s Revenge, Tribute Games, had no additional content planned, but that could change. As Imbert teased in a tweet, “It will depend on many factors like the reception of the game and the ideas/comments the awesome community sends us.” Hopefully we’ll hear back soon if this materializes.
What Switch games to play this weekend?
October is shaping up to be a very busy month for gaming with Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope and Bayonetta 3 among the biggest Switch titles expected. Until then, we have KLONOA Phantasy Reverie Series, which is a collection of two classic platformers remastered for Switch. If you’re more into a challenge, then Cuphead – The Delicious Last Course DLC is finally available for just $8 on the Nintendo eShop and well worth a visit.
Until next time.
- Rebecca Lance