Recap Nintendo: Advance Wars Delayed Indefinitely Due to “Recent World Events” During Mario Day Celebration Week
Welcome, everyone, to this week’s Nintendo recap! Thursday was Mario Day and as such, several companies decided to celebrate by putting Mario games on sale and announcing new products. In more serious news, Advance Wars 1+2 has been delayed indefinitely due to its focus on political strife that hit too close to home with the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The Nintendo Switch Online app has been updated with a new look and new features, and Monster Hunter Rise currently has a free trial available to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers. There’s still more to discuss, so let’s get to it.
Mario Day discounts and Super Nintendo World opening in 2023
March 10, or March 10, is known as Mario Day among Nintendo fans. To celebrate our favorite plumber, Nintendo and various retailers like Best Buy and Amazon are running sales on all Mario games on Switch, many of which are dropping the prices of most of these games from $60 to around $41 or less. This also includes titles that focus on other Mushroom Kingdom characters like Yoshi’s Crafted World, Luigi’s Mansion 3, and more. You’ll definitely want to check out what’s on offer if you haven’t already.
As part of Mario Day celebrations, Universal Studios Hollywood has announced that the Super Nintendo World section of its theme park will open in 2023. This will include Nintendo-themed shops, rides, merchandise and food. . A Super Nintendo World has already been open in Japan for about two years now, but it will be the very first to open in the United States. The Hollywood location was announced in 2016, but its opening has been delayed a few times due to the pandemic, so it’s nice to hear it’s finally going to open. Personally, I can’t wait to check it out and get some fun Nintendo-themed collectibles and clothing.
LEGO Princess Peach Leaks Ahead of Mario Day
As part of the Mario Day celebrations, Nintendo and LEGO are once again releasing new LEGO Mario sets, but this time they’re focusing on the one and only Princess Peach. Interestingly enough, it looks like the Princess Peach LEGO set leaked a day early since an announcement about it appeared on the LEGO Instagram account on Wednesday and was taken down shortly after, only to reappear on Thursday.
As with the Mario and Luigi starter sets, the Princess Peach figure is sold in its own starter set, but there are also additional sets for sale. It looks like one of the coolest Mario sets yet, featuring Toadette, Bowser, and some of King Koopa’s minions. I especially like that there is a Goomba jumping out of a cake. If you’re a LEGO fan, these are definitely sets to watch out for.
F-Zero X now playable on Switch
Nintendo’s slow approach to adding additional N64 titles to the Nintendo Switch Online+ expansion pack continues with F-Zero X, which landed on the service last Friday. This is a cult classic racing game that many people love. The premise is that you take part in futuristic races where vehicles move extremely fast, rolling at hundreds of miles per hour.
Unfortunately, many people these days only really know about the racing series’ protagonist, Captain Falcon, thanks to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It’s no surprise considering it’s been 18 years since we’ve had a new F-Zero game while fans are still hoping for one. Either way, F-Zero X is a fun multiplayer experience that you can share with your friends locally or online, so check it out if you haven’t already.
The Nintendo Switch Online app is getting an update
As noted on Nintendo’s support page, the Nintendo Switch Online app received a major update on March 6. These changes include:
- The general design of the app has been updated.
- You can now see which of your friends are online.
- You can change your status settings online.
- You can see your friend code.
- Other minor changes have also been implemented.
I don’t know about you, but I haven’t used the Nintendo Switch Online app for a few months – not since the Animal Crossing: New Horizons abilities were added to it. This seems to be the consensus for most people I’ve spoken to, so I’d be curious to know how many people actually use this app.
Monster Hunter Digital Event and Rise Free Trial for NSO Members
Capcom has announced that there will be a digital 20-minute Monster Hunter event on March 15 at 7am PT/10am PT which will talk about the Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak DLC. Apparently, we will get information about DLC gameplay, new monsters, etc. As part of the hype leading up to the release of Sunbreak, Nintendo Switch Online subscribers will be able to experience Monster Hunter Rise on a free trial starting at March 11-17. If you have access to the service, be sure to take advantage of it.
Monster Hunter has been a huge franchise in Japan for a long time, but it’s been gaining more and more attention in the West in recent years with the latest game, Monster Hunter Rise, becoming a big hit on Nintendo Switch and PC. The main idea is that you take down powerful mobs on your own, or preferably with friends online, and can use the coins you gather to craft better armor and weapons for yourself or your cat or dog that accompanies you into battle. There are also 13 different weapons to master, each with intricate mechanics, so each player can bring different skills and abilities to the table to help others. If you haven’t checked out these games yet, you really should.
Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp delayed indefinitely
Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp is a remake of the Game Boy Advance war games that was scheduled to arrive on Nintendo Switch on April 8, 2022. However, this week Nintendo released a statement saying the game would be delayed indefinitely “at in light of recent world events.” This is undeniably linked to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
To better understand why this decision was made, the original games open with a group called Blue Moon, who are depicted as the USSR, invading a nearby people. It’s a little too close to my house right now. As such, delaying these games indefinitely is a very good move for Nintendo to make. It’s unclear how long the conflict in Ukraine will continue, so don’t expect this game to release anytime soon.
It’s really saddening to see what the Ukrainian people are going through right now. If you are looking for ways to contribute to their help, Ukrainian video game studios have shared ways to help the people of Ukraine. People need medical assistance, food, and other necessities, so donate if you can.
That’s all people
That’s it for this week’s Nintendo recap. I’m currently in the middle of my first game of triangle strategy and can’t wait to play this game again to see what other endings I’ll unlock. Regardless of what you’re playing this weekend, I hope it’s fun and relaxing.
Till next time.
- Rebecca Lance