This week Neal ranks his top 5 Franchises that can earn money from everything that is not a core game. His rankings look at merchandise saturation and the franchises standing with fans. So lets take a look at everything from Zelda t-shirts to Nuka-Cola in a bottle this week as Neal clears out his memorabilia shelf.
The summertime golfing fun with Mario Golf: Super Rush is never-ending. The game combines the layout of real golf with the wackiness of mini-golf and some crazy Nintendo magic for good measure. It’s a golf adventure like nothing you have ever played before.
Our intrepid Save State columnist plays two very different games this week. First he lets out his inner beast in a Pokemon Unite battle royale. Then he indulges his sensitive side with a little poetry reading with the girls from the Doki Doki Literature Club.
Nintendo Came to Play at E3 2021 with a Nintendo Direct featuring Metroid Dread, Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp, WarioWare: Get It Together!, Mario Party Superstars, the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and more. And Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser followed up with a detailed podcast.
This week Neal takes a look at the concept of artificial scarcity within Nintendo and how this cold reality effects their game releases going forward. This includes the recent death of Mario and the removal of Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon.
Michael’s back with another Mario Sports game for this week’s Retro Game Friday. It’s Mario Golf Toadstool Tour!
The only game set 100 years prior to Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity takes many core elements from that game, but presents a more lighthearted, and in some ways deeper, story within this fascinating franchise.
Modern Gamer Melissa is off on a holiday road trip this week, keeping safe from COVID-19 as she goes of course. Before she left, she picked up the ultimate road trip plaything, a Nintendo Switch Lite. She reviews it this week, playing with Mario and friends from the road.
This week the Save State goes to war in Blaster Master II and building a greener world in Stardew Valley.
The Skirmisher talks about how the Super Mario 3D All-Stars release has been a slap in the face to fans of the series. Not only is this being put out in limited release to artificially inflate interest, but used copies are being sold for hundreds of dollars. Come on Nintendo. There is a pandemic and gamers deserve better than this.