The long drought of no Nintendo Directs is finally over, sort of. Nintendo stealth-dropped a Nintendo Direct Mini today to remind everyone that yes, there are a few notable Switch…
One of the most anticipated games of the year has finally arrived. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is available now on Switch via physical stores and digital download on the Nintendo eShop, for $59.99.
In New Horizons you’ll customize your character and travel to a deserted island. The island won’t be deserted for long as you harvest resources, build tools, and craft buildings and furniture. All this work will attract new island residents who want to join with your friendly community.
“In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you can transport yourself to a virtual island paradise,” said Nick Chavez, Nintendo of America’s Senior VP. “With relaxing gameplay you can enjoy by yourself or with friends and family, the game is a breath of fresh island air.”
Nintendo will supply free updates throughout the year, starting today. The first update adds the seasonal holiday Bunny Day in April. Nintendo Switch Online subscribers can also use NookLink to scan custom QR code patterns from New Leaf and Happy Home Designer using their smartphones, and download them to New Horizons.
New Horizons supports online and local multiplayer, though you’re limited to one island per Switch system. Up to four players can play locally on the same system and game cartridge, or up to eight with additional systems and games.
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp mobile players can link their accounts to receive special items in New Horizons, and 50 Leaf Tickets for Pocket Camp.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is available now on Switch. It’s rated E for Everyone.
While Nintendo quietly drops the “Nindies” moniker, their support for indie games on the Switch continues unabated. The latest Indie World Showcase video streamed this week, presenting a number of…
After the Lego-Nintendo tease earlier this week, we didn’t have to wait long for the reveal. The Lego Group has partnered with Nintendo to produce an interactive line of Mario…
Mario is one of the most iconic mascots in pop culture, and one of his best-known qualities is smashing bricks. This time he’s joining forces with brick-building Lego toys.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) March 10, 2020
Both the official Nintendo and Lego twitter accounts are teasing an upcoming crossover project using the hashtag #LEGOSuperMario. It’s such an obvious partnership that it took me a minute to realize that it hadn’t happened until now.
— LEGO (@LEGO_Group) March 10, 2020
Neither company is announcing what exactly this partnership, or project, entails. The biggest question: is it a new licensed Lego video game, like Lego Star Wars or Lego Marvel Super Heroes? Or a new physical Lego set with Mario figures?
Judging by the brief video clip showing a Lego Mario figure, we’re guessing the latter. Lego is no stranger to using official licenses with their Lego toys, including video game licenses like Overwatch and Minecraft.
Today is also Mario Day (Mar. 10), making it a fun day to announce a new Mario-related project.
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is now available on Nintendo Switch in physical retail and digital eShop, for $59.99.
Rescue Team DX is an enhanced remake of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team (Game Boy Advance) and Blue Rescue Team (Nintendo DS), both released in 2006. Unlike the core Pokémon series, this spinoff series let you play as an actual pokémon from 16 different choices (or at least a human who’s been turned into one).
As part of the rescue team, you’ll delve into randomly generated dungeons to defeat rogue pokémon while rescuing others. You’ll also be able to recruit other pokémon into your party. Over 400 pokémon can be found, including Mega Evolved pokémon like Charizard and Gengar.
This new enhanced remake includes updated visuals to create a storybook-like world, as well as Auto mode in dungeons and other new additions. Rescue requests can also be sent and received online to receive extra rewards.
Online functionality requires a Nintendo Switch Online membership.
“Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is a different type of Pokémon adventure that allows fans to actually become a Pokémon and interact with some of their favorite characters in a special way,” said Nick Chavez, Nintendo of America. “This game can be enjoyed by Pokémon fans of all ages, with tons of enemy Pokémon to battle and treasures to discover.”
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is rated E for Everyone.