Whatever happened earlier in the week was completely ignored by the time Thursday rolled around and Nintendo took the stage on January 12th in Tokyo, Japan to announce the Nintendo Switch’s price and release date. It’s due to drop on March 3rd, 2017 for $299.99 in North America.
The actual launch games are kind of paltry, but the launch window games are plentiful, with lots of games announced for spring, summer and fall releases, totaling 80 games. These stories and more in this January 14th, 2017 edition of the Weekly Recap.
NieR: Automata Fake Butthole Bungling
There was some controversy surrounding the butthole of lead character 2B from NieR: Automata. Some gamers rendered a sphincter into her stool sinkhole using a modded character model from an IllusionSoft game and Photoshop. Well, the developer caught wind of the whole controversy and had some rather funny comments to share about the whole ordeal. Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs is making a return to form on Steam through Steam Greenlight. BioWare’s general manager revealed that Mass Effect: Andromeda won’t have a season pass at launch. And it was revealed that Outlast 2 on PC will receive a DRM-free version via GOG.com.
Microsoft made the difficult decision to cancel Scalebound, the dragon-riding, third-person hack-and-slash game from Platinum Games. The news sent shock waves through the Xbox gaming community, as a lot of gamers are now worried about the Xbox brand’s 2017 line-up. In the e-sports realm, Brawlhalla‘s 2017 line-up is looking good, with up to $100,000 up for grabs during the tournament season. Modders and designers are completely remaking Sonic 2006 in the Unity 3D game engine, and they’ve released the first level for free so gamers can play-test it and offer feedback. You can now make your very own tracks in Mario Kart: Double Dash thanks to the release of a new track editing tool. And, CyberPowerPC released a new VR-ready gaming PC for under $499.
Cemu Adds Customizable Graphics Packs To 1.7.0
The Cemu team is just knocking it well out of the park when it comes to updating the Wii U emulator. Their latest update, version 1.7.0, adds customizable graphics packs to the emulator, enabling users to customize and modify the graphics to best suit their visual output preferences. Ubisoft’s For Honor will enter into its closed beta phase starting January 26th, giving PC, PS4 and Xbox One gamers an opportunity to try the game out. Square can also rest easy knowing that they’re beyond halfway to the 10 million mark for Final Fantasy XV, after dumping gobs of money into the game and making a tie-in movie with professional Hollywood actors. They’ve managed to ship 6 million SKUs for both the Xbox One and PS4. And Microsoft added a bunch of games to the Xbox One’s backwards compatibility library, including Battlefield 3 and Battlefield: Bad Company 2.
Games Hated 2016’s Games
It’s no surprise that following on the revenue numbers revealing that 2016 wasn’t that great when it came to hardcore gaming, and the fact that Steam’s 2016 GOTY Awards went to a lot of games not made in 2016, new stats show that the most played games in 2016… were also not from 2016. There appears to be a trend where all of the focus on diversity and identity politics over actual gameplay and fun seems to have had an adverse affect on sales. Who would have thunk it that gamers actually prefer fun games over indoctrination pamphlets posing as interactive entertainment? Speaking of actually fun games… Yacht Club Games announced that Shovel Knight is coming to the Nintendo Switch. So that’s something worth looking forward to. And Frontwing finally released the 18+ version of Labyrinth of Grisaia.
Nintendo Switch is $299.99
The Nintendo Switch received its official release price of $299.99 and a release date of March 3rd, 2017. Nintendo dropped the pricing details and release date in a short and snappy presentation while revealing tons of new games for the Nintendo Switch, including Fire Emblem Warriors, Super Mario Odyssey, Splatoon 2 and Super Bomberman R.That’s not to mention other games such as Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and Sonic Mania. Additionally, there’s a series of articles chronicling the rise and hopeful fall of social media maniac Brianna Wu. It’s a lengthy three part series, so sit back, kick up your legs and prepare for the wild ride.
Modders Reverse Criminal Girls’ Censorship
NIS America may have felt they were doing SJWs a favor by censoring Criminal Girls from top to bottom as if it were a woman of night being converted to work in a convent, but the general target audience for the game was none too pleased with getting a good girl our of what they thought was a digital bad girl. No worries, though. Modders took on the task of turning that nun back into that naughty princess of the night that they originally signed up for. This includes removing the pink censor smoke, restoring the sexual voiceovers and adding back the naughty NSFW images to the game. All praise be to the modding community. Very little else was worth mentioning other than that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is coming to the Nintendo Switch, along with Syberia 3 and racing games like Redout. And if you needed a complete overview on everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch, we got you covered.