Hello everyone, and welcome back to another Nintendo recap. I stopped for a few weeks reporting on Nintendo news because I was on vacation, but now I’m back and jumping back into the fray. First, Nintendo has already revealed Black Friday deals to participating retailers while we await the release days of Sonic Frontiers, Pokémon Scarlet, and Violet later this month. So check out these deals to save money on games and consoles this year.
In other news, the NASCAR Driver used a real-life tactic he used in the GameCube to get ahead and prevent him from being eliminated in Tournament 4. Of course, there’s plenty of other news to cover, so let’s dive in.
Nintendo reveals Switch Black Friday deals
Black Friday is fast approaching, and businesses are gearing up for the biggest sales event of the year. As part of this, this week’s Nintendo Switch Black Friday deals were revealed, and there’s no surprise to the primary offering because it’s the same as the gaming company has been doing since the Switch first released in 2017. Yes, you guessed it. The Nintendo Switch bundle is back with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and a Nintendo Switch Online subscription. Here are all the official Nintendo Switch Black Friday deals this year:
- Nintendo Switch Bundle – $299.99: Includes console, digital edition of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and 3-month Nintendo Switch online single membership. You get the racing and membership game for free at this price.
- Save up to $20 on select Switch games: This applies to both digital and physical versions of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes, Mario Party Superstars, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, and Bravely Default 2. These games cost $60, so expect about $40 each.
- Save $40 on Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit: Mario and Luigi sets have an MSRP of $100, so this will likely bring them down to $60 each. The Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit box includes a remote control car with a camera and cardboard slots to create a track.
- 33% off Switch Games: This includes the physical and digital versions of WarioWare: Get It Together! and Big Brain Academy: Brain vs.Brain.
- 20% off select LEGO Super Mario sets: This deal runs through November 16th, so it’s technically a pre-Black Friday sale. However, LEGO Mario sets are fairly clever and often include fun mechanics for kids and collectors.
As you’d expect, these offers are only available at participating retailers, but large chains like Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy will likely participate while stock is available. We’ll also be covering Nintendo Switch Black Friday deals this week, so check back for the latest updates.
Bayonetta 3 is selling well despite calls for boycotts
Despite calls for a boycott in October, Bayonetta 3 appears to be off to a good start in terms of sales. When writing, it’s listed as the second bestseller on the US Nintendo eShop, right behind Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope. Of course, we’ll have to see exactly how the numbers rock as physical copies, and other sales numbers come in.
Anyone paying attention to the Bayonetta 3 drama from the past few weeks understands why we’re curious about the sales of this third installment. Via a video posted to Twitter on October 15, Bayonetta’s original voice actress, Helena Taylor, claimed that PlatinumGames only offered her a meager $4,000 salary for her lines in Bayonetta 3. She explained that this was the reason she refused to retake the role. . She continued to demand that fans boycott the game when it appeared later that month in support of better paying people in the voice acting industry. Many fans responded that they are eager to comply.
Shortly thereafter, PlatinumGames Vice President Hideki Kamiya responded on Twitter, saying Taylor’s allegations were untrue. His tweets were met with several angry reactions from fans, to which Kamiya responded by blocking several people. Unfortunately, this did not paint him in the best light. However, after a few days, it became known that Taylor did not reveal the full story regarding her salary offer.
Former Bayonetta voice actress Helena Taylor now confirms my report that she was offered at least $15,000 and that the final offer was for a cameo, despite claims in a video that went viral last week: pic.twitter.com/VD60B83IchOctober 24, 2022
As reported by Jason Schreyer, Taylor was offered at least $15,000, and that the $4,000 she had previously talked about was for a Bayonetta 3 cameo. Despite this news, Taylor continued to post a thread explaining her position further while asking fans to boycott Bayonetta 3. However, her streak did not help her claims. So if you’re feeling guilty about buying and enjoying a Bayonetta 3 because of what Taylor said, don’t worry.
Pokémon sends stop and stop Scarlet and Violet
Pokemon Scarlett and Violet are only two weeks away from launch. If you remember the 2019 version of Sword and Shield, that’s when several leaks hit the internet, including leaks of all new Gen 8 Pokémon. In response, The Pokémon Company has sent several cease and desist notices to gaming outlets and users who have posted information about Pokémon leaks.
Well, now it looks like the Pokémon Company isn’t just sitting on its hands and waiting for the Scarlet and Violet leaks to come out. Instead, he reportedly took a proactive approach and has already reached out to several potential leakers.
What has happened so far: – The major media will get the revision copies early next week. Nintendo has sent threatening messages to other leaking accounts, likely in anticipation of C&D orders if they post any leaks. – We’ll cover all the leaks anyway.October 29, 2022
As explained by the popular Pokemon leak Twitter account, Centro LEAKS, “Nintendo has sent threatening messages to other leak accounts, likely in anticipation of the C&Ds if they post any leaks.” Nintendo and The Pokémon Company don’t mess around with the leaks. As Centro LEAKS succinctly stated, “Nintendo does a good job capturing [leaks from reviewers] And making sure they lose their jobs (and never get a job again in the industry).”
We’ll have to find out if these precautionary moves are good enough to stifle Gen 9 leaks before Scarlet and Violet is released on November 18, 2022. For many leakers, the call for attention is pretty big, and I wouldn’t be surprised if you find this information making its way online early on at anyway. But if that’s the case, Nintendo will do everything in its power to shut things down.
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope DLC Roadmap
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope was released towards the end of October with positive reviews. A few months ago, Ubisoft revealed that the game would be getting a decent amount of downloadable content, but now a roadmap has been revealed with some additional details. You can access the DLC by purchasing the Season Pass or the DLC stages separately.
So we heard you wanted to know more about the #MarioRabbids Sparks of Hope Season Pass? DLC 1️⃣ TOWER OF DOOOOM COMING IN early 2023DLC 2️⃣ Coming late 2023DLC 3️⃣ Coming late 2023 pic.twitter.com/4KwpNo1WYuNovember 2, 2022
DLC 1: The Tower of Doom – This first batch of bonus content is available exclusively to Season Pass purchases. The promotional image makes it look like this content takes place in a carnival and features, Spawny, Rabbid that merged with the SupaMerge headset in the first game. A short excerpt that says, “Face your doom in a new combat game mode.” It will be released in early 2023.
DLC2 – No title has been revealed for this content yet, but the promotional image shows a sharp-toothed rapid in a forest left behind by Pop-Omb. The heroes encounter a mysterious enemy on a new and enchanted planet “when he takes off sometime” in the middle of 2023.
DLC 3 – Finally, this is the downloadable content most people have been waiting for because it has Rayman! The promo reads “Rayman, Rabbid Peach and Rabbid Mario, set off on their adventure” and shows the three characters coming through a portal with different random items. It is scheduled to be launched “in late 2023”.
It’s been a while since Rayman games hit the top of the charts, but that’s the franchise that Rabbids comes from. They initially served as the protagonist’s enemies but are becoming better known throughout the Mario + Rabbids games as lovable silly characters. So bringing Rayman to Mario + Rabbid DLC feels right and is a proper way to finish off that extra content.
Mario Party 1 & 2 Expansion Pack Warning
A few months ago, Nintendo revealed several other N64 games for the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack. As of Wednesday, the original Mario Party and Mario Party 2 games, which were part of this announcement, are finally on the Switch. However, a warning pops up when the fun starts for the first time.
CAUTION: Some individuals may experience skin irritation and damage to the joystick if they rotate it with the palm of their hand. Nintendo recommends rotating the Control Stick using only the thumb.
Anyone who played their first game in the ’90s may remember that Nintendo was sued because several kids got sores or injured their palms from rotating the N64 joystick with the middle of their hand during competitive mini-games. As part of the settlement, Nintendo lost the lawsuit and sent sports gloves to any Mario Party owner who requested them. Unfortunately, these same actions can still lead to infections on the Switch, so don’t do it while playing Mario Party, no matter how tempting it may be.
NASCAR driver attributes win to GameCube tactic
Stock car driver Ross Chastain went from 10th to 5th on the final lap of the race last Sunday by using an unprecedented tactic he says he pulled straight out of NASCAR 2005, a GameCube he played when he was eight. So what did he do exactly? First, he drove toward a wall, which allowed him to turn faster to advance in the competition.
“I played a lot of NASCAR 2005 on the GameCube.” @RossChastain explaining his movement in the video game. #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/4jkF6BzAgkOctober 30, 2022
He was going so fast that he managed to do that last lap in just 2.5 seconds. He was about to get rid of the playoff series, but the move allowed him to advance to the NASCAR Cup Series 4 championship. It wouldn’t be surprising to see this video game-inspired tactic used more often or even banned in future races. But if more than one driver uses it, it will not be as effective.
Switch games to play this week
Pokemon Scarlett and Violet are only two weeks away!
I’m counting the days until I can insert a Pokémon Violet cartridge into my OLED Switch and choose a Sprigatito as a start. With so many new Pokémon out there and a brand new open world game, it’s set to be a Pokémon game like no other. Of course, before then, I’ll dive into Sonic Frontiers, which releases next Tuesday. So things are about to get very exciting for Nintendo owners, but we’ll be here to write guides and report back on Black Friday or other holiday deals in the coming weeks.
Until next time.