Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Nintendo recap. We’re less than a week out from the release of Pokémon Legends: Arceus. As has, unfortunately, become common, the full game has already leaked, including all Hisuian variants and the final evolutions for starters. Additionally, we got some huge news in the gaming world when Microsoft announced it was acquiring Activision Blizzard, so we’ll be discussing what this means for Nintendo Switch owners. Lastly, Banjo-Kazooie finally made it to Switch and Konami made a pretty penny by selling some NFTs. There’s plenty to discuss, so let’s dive in.
Castlevania NFTs sell for $160,000 total
The most valuable of them all proved to be the Castlevania – Holy Water VS Dracula NFT, which is currently up for sale again for $215,779.56 last I checked. Seeing as how NFTs could potentially make for some easy cash and are easy to make, we’ll continue to see them selling from various developers as the year goes on. It’s unlikely Nintendo will get in on the fad, but developers who make games for the Switch will likely try.
10 Kingdom Hearts games coming to Switch in February
Unfortunately, many players who’ve already tested the demo aren’t impressed with the streaming quality and want native ports for the games. This could easily have been done with the older entries, but Kingdom Hearts 3 would have required more work to tone down those graphics and get it running smoothly on Switch.
So why aren’t they available locally on Switch? It likely has to do with the file sizes for each collection. Considering the Nintendo Switch only has 32GB of internal storage and the Switch OLED only has slightly more at 64GB, Nintendo makes a concerted effort to keep its games at a smaller size. So the easiest way to get Kingdom Hearts on Switch without spending a ton of money was via cloud streaming. Still, it feels like a pretty cheap move for die-hard Kingdom Hearts fans.
Banjo-Kazooie finally releases on Switch and Majora’s Mask incoming
Source: Rare / Xbox Game Studios
Of course, the news that Banjo-Kazooie, now owned by Microsoft, was coming to Switch was overshadowed by a much bigger announcement from that same company.
What Microsoft acquiring Activision Blizzard means for Nintendo
Bobby Kotick will reportedly step down once the deal has been finalized.
As part of the deal, Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick will reportedly step down once everything has been finalized. This being such a big acquisition, the deal isn’t expected to close until July 2023.
While there aren’t a ton of Activision Blizzard games on Nintendo Switch, there are a number of notable ones including Overwatch, Spyro, and Crash Bandicoot. Now the question becomes if the relationship between Nintendo and these games will change.
As reported by Bloomberg, Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer strove to make it clear that these games would continue to find themselves on various platforms and that Microsoft will, “continue to support those communities moving forward.” So while it’s possible there will be fewer to no ports from previously Activision Blizzard-owned games on Nintendo consoles, the opposite is also possible. It will take years for these changes to take effect, so there’s nothing to worry about in the short term.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus spotted in the wild along with leaks
Source: The Pokemon Company
I don’t want to ruin anything so I’ll refrain from posting anything here. Just prepare yourself and take extra care if you don’t want anything to be spoiled. Some of the other things that have been dumped online are late-game images, mechanics, characters, videos, and even the game files. Pokémon Legends: Arceus is set to release next Friday, Jan. 28, so you only have a few more days to hold out for.
That’s all for now
There’s sure to be plenty to talk about next week, seeing as how Pokémon Legends: Arceus will be releasing. I’m eagerly looking forward to that day and will discuss it next week. Until then, I’ll continue reliving my childhood with Banjo-Kazooie.
I hope you all have a great weekend and can play some truly awesome games on Nintendo Switch.
Until next time.
- Rebecca Spear