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We’re just 32 days away from Nintendo’s big Switch presentation, and with the rest of the industry shutting down for the holidays, it’s a great time to talk about everything that’s been happening with the upcoming console.
The biggest news from this past week is that the consolemaker brought the Nintendo Switch (and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Run) to The Tonight Show. Jimmy Fallon got to grope the coveted console for a few minutes, and it was our first “live” look at the machine operating in the wild.
But perhaps more interesting is all the rumors surrounding the Switch, including a fairly credible report that states From Software will release a Dark Souls Trilogy collection next year. Fans of classic gaming might also be interested in the rumored inclusion of GameCube games in the Switch’s Virtual Console.
Indie developers are wholeheartedly embracing the Switch and two new games were announced this week: a dreamy exploration game known as Seasons of Heaven, and an adventurous RPG known as The Sacred Hero.
More news from the previous seven days can be found after the break.
New Game Announcements
- Dragon Quest Heroes II will be released for the PS4 on April 25.
- Housemarque has teamed up with the creator of Smash TV to develop Nex Machina.
- Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3 is also in development for the PC and Xbox One, and it’ll be released in March 2017.
- Yakuza Kiwami and Yakuza 6: The Song of Life are both in development for the PS4.
Pre-Launch Updates and Release Date Announcements
- Bandai Namco will add Kuma and Panda to Tekken 7.
- DICE will partner with Motive Studios to give Star Wars: Battlefront 2 a single-player campaign.
- Super Mario Run won’t be released for the Nintendo Switch.
- The Gigantic Open Beta is now available, along with a Founder’s Pack that’ll give players a boost in the free-to-play game.
Other Game News
- Conan O’Brien and Terry Crews played Battlefield 1 while petting bunnies.
- Activision will add the final six multiplayer maps (plus the “Winter Crash” bonus map) to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered on December 13.
- Doom’s latest Free Update added bots, new SnapMap options, a new multiplayer mode, and more.
- Sony has sold 50 million PlayStation 4 consoles since its launch in 2013.
- Batman: The Telltale Series will come to an end next week in Episode 5: City of Light.
- Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare‘s “Terminal” map is now free to all, and some new “Quartermaster” weapons are available to purchase.
- Akuma will be available to download in Street Fighter V on December 20.
- Super Mario Run – “Meet Super Mario Run” and “Live-Action Commercial”
- MLB The Show 17 – “PlayStation Experience 2016 Trailer”
- Marvel Vs Capcom: Infinite – “Gameplay Trailer”
- Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy – “PlayStation Experience 2016 Trailer”
- Blizzard launched a book-publishing label known as Blizzard Publishing.
- A Hungarian company used a racing game on the Xbox One to train their self-driving cars.
New Release Round-Up
- Retail Releases: The Last Guardian, Dead Rising 4, Werewolves Within
- Nintendo Download: Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome Amiibo Edition, Metroid: Other M, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, more
- PlayStation Store (Tuesday): The Last Guardian, Ark: Survival Evolved, Red Faction, more
- Xbox Games Store (Wednesday): Dead Rising 4, Abzu, Her Majesty’s SPIFFING, more
- Xbox Games Store (Friday): Gigantic, Westerado: Double Barreled, Sky Force Anniversary, more
- Next Week’s Retail Releases: None