Games inbox: will there always be a Switch Pro?
Tuesday’s inbox agrees that $ 1.5 million for Super Mario 64 is a bit too much, as a reader is hoping for a new Onimusha game.
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No more rumors
So now that we’ve all recovered from the surprise Nintendo OLED reveal, I’m going to ask the obvious question everyone seems to be avoiding: will there still be a Switch Pro next year or after? These rumors seemed pretty sure of some extra power and at some point there must be something new. The Switch can’t last forever and while Nintendo has said they want the Switch to last 10 years, even the Game Boy has gotten a mid-generation upgrade.
And yet, I still can’t bring myself to say it’s a dead certificate or something close to it. I literally have no idea what Nintendo is planning to do and I don’t think anyone else has. What I would like to know is if this includes them? Is there a secret plan going on like clockwork as we speak, or are they just stealing everything? I have the impression that this is the second option.
Now what we do know, they had no secret plan to celebrate Donkey Kong and Mario’s 40th anniversary, I can’t see how anyone can claim to have any reliable inside knowledge about them again. Donkey Kong seemed super obvious, there were rumors about it, and… nothing. As far as I’m concerned, Nintendo rumors are useless no matter who they come from.
Gains and losses
It’s been said before, but why is EA so determined to act the stupidest way possible at every opportunity possible? I’m not surprised to find out that they’re going to charge for the FIFA 22 upgrade, like they aren’t making enough money out of it already. I actually wouldn’t mind as long as this sort of thing happened with a small indie developer who needs the money, but what does EA gain from being 1% richer and everyone hates them? even more ?
I’m going to predict that just like Battlefront 2, everything will be turned upside down before the game’s release in October and whatever they get out of it will be an even worse reputation. Seriously, wouldn’t they have had a lot more to gain if everyone thought they were generous? Seems unlikely, I know, but they could try just to change the pace, surely?
There’s been a lot of negativity towards Bethesda lately, which I think has a lot to do with the admittedly obscene amount Microsoft has paid for them. But for my part, I really look forward to Starfield and appreciate that this is both new IP and a sci-fi game, which we don’t tend to get. for open world games.
My big hope is that it will be something more realistic though. So far, much of the artwork looks relatively realistic, as if it is the real world but a few hundred years in the future. There is no sign of aliens or magic or any of the usual tropes. Just spaceships and cities.
I hope, however, that different planets have different gravity. There is so much about space realism that would make a good game, but they never do. Low gravity, weightlessness, dangerous atmospheres… there is so much to do rather than just having a desert planet, an ice planet, etc.
I don’t know if this is the angle they are looking for, but I hope it’s something unique that justifies being a new franchise. I am delighted to know more.
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I saw Black Widow on the weekend and thought it was okay. Terrible use of Taskmaster and generally weak villains but otherwise I liked it, definitely above average for Marvel – especially Florence Pugh, whom I had never heard of before but now deeply in love with.
Despite the bad guys issue, it dawned on me later that this would be a very easy character to operate as a video game, as it’s basically a more wacky James Bond-type spy thing (you know, in the meaning that no one really does spy). I played Avengers and until I looked for it I had honestly forgotten if Black Widow was even in the game (she is) so I think it’s fair to say that more could be done.
Guess the obvious reason no one has made a game so far is that she hasn’t had a movie until this year, and she doesn’t have any superpowers, but I’m from agree with the idea that it is the more obscure characters who need games not the great ones. Avengers can’t get more popular, so a game is a little pointless, but a Black Widow game and a Hawkeye and Ant-Man game all strike me as more interesting.
Do not forget
Quick update on my ongoing struggle to access my Xbox account. I am baaaaack! With literally no help from Microsoft, which just gave me my ISP and has nothing to do with accounts for Microsoft, Netflix, etc., etc. !
I just entered every imaginable variation of my two, maybe three passwords and finally found the right one. You know what they say… throw enough mud on the wall and eventually some will stay. Yeah, that was me all night and yesterday! Safe to say I now have a post it slapped on the top of the Xbox with all the details on it.
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I don’t understand any part of this Super Mario 64 story. It sold for $ 1.5 million ?! For an ordinary copy of the game that had not yet been opened? I refuse to believe, for the sake of my sanity, that there is anyone in the world who has easy access to this kind of money and can’t find anything better to spend it on. It’s really offensive to me!
What I admit does interest me, however, is the question of what happens to physical games once everything is digital. People are even less likely to keep copies in the house these days, so even mass-produced games like Super Mario 64 are going to become harder and harder to find.
I have a large collection of games from different generations but recently realized that my shelves are going to be like this forever because nothing will ever be added. But what am I doing? Accept that this will never change or just put everything in boxes and use the space for something else? It’s so strange to think that a generation or two ago I was still buying everything regularly in a box and now I don’t even know what a PlayStation 5 box looks like.
So, once the new Ace Attorney comes out this month, is the last game Capcom has currently scheduled for now? Guess this hack must have ruined their plans pretty badly, as there’s no way they won’t have more going on.
I wonder what it is and if we will see it this year? I guess not, given that it is already July. But they love their early spring releases, so maybe a Tokyo Game Show revelation? I’m still shooting for this rumored new Onimusha game, but I’m not sure I can say I was exactly confident about it.
CG: There is Resident Evil 4 VR on Oculus Quest this year and Pragmata in 2023 but that’s all we officially know for now.
The good guys and the bad guys
Obviously, Microsoft has a huge financial advantage over the competition, and it looks like their offering of free game upgrades for the Xbox Series S / X has turned into a genius ploy. They take a little hit in the income but they are made to look like the good guys. Any other publisher must now follow suit or face the wrath of authorized gamers who think free updates are a god-given right.
same Eurogamer, which I thought was a respectable site, wrote a sensationalist post on FIFA 22:
The new system means that anyone who purchases the standard edition at £ 59.99 of FIFA 22, physically or digitally, for the latest generation consoles must then purchase the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X and S version for 69.99. £ at full price if they end up getting one of the coveted next-gen consoles. That would equate to an astounding £ 130.
What sort of logic is this?
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Inbox also works
Thanks John Atkinson for the helpful information on the hidden functionality of the PC Engine Mini. On another topic, just a quick message to say that Symphonia is currently free on GOG, here is the link.
I don’t care about Psychonauts 2, but if there’s a tough setting in Elden Ring, I predict a riot. I guess not.
This week’s hot topic
The subject of this weekend’s inbox was suggested by reader Futterman, who asks which game are you frustrated with not enjoying?
Are there any games or franchises that you tried to play but just couldn’t get in? What exactly was the problem, and did you try the game because it seemed like something you wanted, because it was rated well, or for some other reason?
Did you try to force yourself to enjoy the game and how long did you spend playing it? How often are your expectations for a new game confused and generally turning out to be better or worse than you expected?
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