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Nintendo roundup: More Pokemon leaks and what Microsoft’s acquisition means for Switch

Nintendo roundup: More Pokemon leaks and what Microsoft’s acquisition means for Switch

Source: HowHow

Hi everyone, and welcome to this week’s Nintendo roundup. We are less than a week away from the release of Pokémon Legends: Arceus. As has sadly become common, the full game has already been leaked, including all Hisian variants and the final beginner evolutions. Also, we got some big news in the gaming world when Microsoft announced the acquisition of Activision Blizzard, so we’ll discuss what this means for Nintendo Switch owners. Ultimately, Banjo-Kazooie finally made its way to Switch and Konami made quite a bit of money selling NFTs. There’s a lot to discuss, so let’s get to it.

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Castlevania NFTs sell for a total of $160,000

Source: OpenSea

Whether you like it or not, NFTs are going to be something you’ll hear a lot about this year. As well as being relatively shiny and new as companies move into the metaverse craze, they allow companies to make money without even doing anything or even doing a lot. For example, last weekend, Konami auctioned off several NFTs as part of Castlevania’s 35th anniversary and was able to raise a total of $160,000 from the combined sales. You can see NFT on OpenSea.

The most valuable of these turned out to be Castlevania – Holy Water VS Dracula NFT, which is currently on sale again for $215,779.56 last time I checked. Since NFTs could easily make money and are easy to create, we will continue to see them being sold to various developers as the year progresses. Nintendo is unlikely to jump on the bandwagon, but developers making games for the Switch will probably give it a try.

10 Kingdom Hearts games are coming to Switch in February

Source: HowHow

This week we finally got the release date for the entire Kingdom Hearts series coming to Nintendo Switch cloud streaming. They launch on February 10, but demos are already available on the eShop. All 10 games are in three separate collections: Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5, 2.8, and 3 + Re Mind. As any Kingdom Hearts fan can tell you, the story is pretty complicated, and honestly, complicated at times. Fortunately, you don’t need to play every Kingdom Hearts game to understand the overall story, but you’ll miss out if you stick to games 1, 2, and 3. You’ll want to play in this order: Kingdom Hearts 1, Kingdom Hearts 2, Birth by Sleep, Dream Drop Distance and finally, Kingdom Hearts 3.

Unfortunately, many gamers who have already tried the demo are not impressed with the streaming quality and want native ports to play on. This could easily have been done with the older entries, but Kingdom Hearts 3 would have required more work to tone down those graphics and get it to work properly on Switch.

So why aren’t they available locally on Switch? It probably has to do with the size of the files in each collection. Considering that the Nintendo Switch only has 32GB of internal storage and the Switch OLED only has a little over 64GB, Nintendo is making a concerted effort to keep its games smaller in size. So the easiest way to get Kingdom Hearts on Switch without spending a ton of money was through cloud streaming. Still, it sounds like a pretty cheap move for diehard Kingdom Hearts fans.

Banjo-Kazooie is finally coming to Switch and Majora’s Mask is coming

Source: Rare Game Studios / Xbox

The Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack brought an N64 emulator to the handheld gaming system and included several notable games like The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Super Mario 64. We were told last month that Banjo-Kazooie would be coming to the service in January and this Thursday, it finally came out. I have reviewed these classic platformer levels and I highly recommend anyone who has never played this game to try it out now. We also learned that The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask is coming to the service in February, though no specific date has been given yet.

Of course, the news that Banjo-Kazooie, now owned by Microsoft, would be coming to Switch was overshadowed by a much larger announcement from the same company.

What Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard means for Nintendo

Source: Microsoft

This year is already off to a wild start with some of the biggest news we’re likely to get all year. Microsoft is acquiring Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion, a figure most of us can’t even imagine. This means that several major franchises will now be owned by Microsoft, such as Call of Duty, Diablo, World of Warcraft, and many more. Of course, this is all happening amid the Activision Blizzard lawsuit that began in July 2021 when employees said there was a “culture of fraternity” with multiple reports of sexual harassment and pay disparity among their female employees.

Bobby Kotick will step down once the deal is finalized.

As part of the deal, Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick will step down once everything is finalized. This is such a significant acquisition that the deal is not expected to close until July 2023.

While there aren’t many Activision Blizzard games on the Nintendo Switch, there are several notable ones, including Overwatch, Spyro, and Crash Bandicoot. Now the question is whether the relationship between Nintendo and these games will change.

As reported by Bloomberg, Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer went to great lengths to make it clear that these games will continue to come to various platforms and that Microsoft will “continue to support these communities in the future.” So while it’s possible that there will be fewer or no ports of games previously owned by Activision Blizzard on Nintendo consoles, the opposite is also possible. These changes will take years to take effect, so there is nothing to worry about in the short term.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus seen in the wild with leaks

Source: The Pokemon Company

Several people online have reported seeing copies of Pokémon Legends: Arceus on store shelves before the game’s official release, so some players have already started playing this new adventure and leaked information online. (That seems to be the trend with Pokémon games lately.) These leaks include all of Hisuian’s Pokémon and what they look like, as well as the latest Hisuian evolutions from all three entries.

I don’t want to spoil anything so I will refrain from posting anything here. Just be prepared and be very careful if you don’t want to mess anything up. Some of the other things that have been uploaded are images, mechanics, characters, videos, and even final game files. Pokémon Legends: Arceus will be released next Friday, January 28, so you only have a few more days to wait.

That’s all for now

There’s sure to be a lot to talk about next week, given the release of Pokemon Legends: Arceus. I am looking forward to that day and will talk about it next week. Until then, I will continue to relive my childhood with Banjo-Kazooie.

I hope you all have a great weekend and get to play some really amazing games on the Nintendo Switch.

Until next time.

-Rebekah Lance

my friends are my power

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