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Top Nintendo Switch Games Coming Out This Year

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2020 is almost over, but there are still new games that Nintendo Switch released this year. That’s good news considering that we’ve been bombarded with not-so-good ones in the past months. Luckily, our assignment is to try out some of these and to recommend the best ones. Our job has never been this good!

Regardless if you are someone who enjoys adventure or a combat game, we have here a list for you. Let’s cut the chase and get the ball rolling. 

1. No Straight Roads

If you love playing games with rockstars on it, then No Straight Roads will surely fit your preference. Mayday and Zuke are on a quest to prove that rock can change the world.

The characters can go to different venues of artists and hijack high-profile concerts. That alone sounds like fun, doesn’t it? 

While it’s not really considered mainstream, players have been telling that No Straight Roads surprised them with amazing adventures. Apart from the gaming experience, you will enjoy the music and, of course, the graphics. 

Price: $39.99 

2. Kirby Fighters 2

Let’s now go to another game that Nintendo Switch released this year – the Kirby Fighters 2. Apparently, it is a fighting game. Well, the fights aren’t exactly challenging, but it could be fun to play with your friends! 

The story mode takes long hours to finish, making the game all worth it. They say that it’s pretty much like Super Smash Bros but for kids and, of course, for Kirby lovers. 

Price: $19.99 

3. World of Tanks Blitz

If there are free games to play, then why should we miss the opportunity? World of Tanks Blitz is a decent 3D Tank shooter game that you might want to try out. To begin with, it has around 10 million players online. That data alone tells us that the game is definitely worth a shot. 

The tanks vary from another, and you will certainly appreciate its intricacies. However, if you are used to playing its PC counterpart, you can instantly notice the issues in terms of the progression.

Price: FREE 

4. Raji: An Ancient Epic   

The game, Raji: An Ancient Epic, took years before the creators launched it to the public. But is it worth it? 

The story revolves around a circus performer, Raji, who is on a quest to rescue his brother Golu. Golu was kidnapped by demons, which makes the entire plot even more interesting. If you love Hindu and Balinese mythology, then you will enjoy playing this game. 

The downside though is that you can finish this game in a few hours. For those who are longing for more challenging quests, you might feel shortchanged.  

Price: $24.99

5. The Long Dark 

Are you a fan of games wherein you are challenged by fatigue, hunger, dehydration, and hypothermia? If yes, then we recommend playing The Long Dark. It’s a good take on what an apocalypse looks like. And with the things going around the planet, this game can be a preparation for real life. Of course, that could be an exaggeration – or probably not.  

It is an outstanding survival game where you need to collect as many things as you can. Think about finding clothing that you can layer to survive the extreme cold. You can also use your creativity by cooking your own food, hunting, and even finding a shelter. 

Price: $34.99

6. Ori and the Will of the Wisps

We’ve already reached half of our list of the best games Nintendo Switch released this year, and it would be such a disgrace if we don’t add Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Many Nintendo Switch players waited for the game, and it did not disappoint. The story starts with Ku and Ori crashing on a mysterious forest where they got separated. It is now up to Ori to bravely explore the dangerous forest and rescue Ku. Apparently, it isn’t an easy quest, and a lot of mental energy is required. The story can get emotional, so be prepared for it. 

Price: $29.99

7. Super Mario 3D All-Stars 

Who doesn’t want Super Mario, right? This classic has impressed generation after generation, but does this game from Nintendo Switch live up to expectations? 

For its price, you get to enjoy three games, which isn’t a bad deal. These games are Super Mario’s best adventures. This includes the Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy. 

Price: $59.99

8. Hades

The last game in our list is Hades, which received outstanding reviews from experts and ‘home gamers.’ If you are looking for a game with superior mechanics, perfect music, and matching voice over, Hades should be in your option. In fact, we don’t get tired playing this game over and over. The narrative is commendable as well. 

Don’t expect that it will be easy for you to break out of the Underworld. It can be addicting, and at the same time, you’d learn a lot about Greek mythology. 

Price: $24.99

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Sony Stocks Plummet After Microsoft-Activision Deal

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Sony shares fell by more than after a Microsoft-Activision deal was announced. 

There is no doubt that this deal weakens Sony’s position in the market.

“Whether or not Activison Blizzard’s content is progressively made exclusive to Xbox platforms and services, inclusion of new releases into Xbox Game Pass for several major games franchises, including Call of Duty, will undermine Sony’s third-party business.” 

Piers Harding-Rolls, games research director at Ampere Analysis, explains the situation. 

Sony has benefitted from the ability to negotiate timed exclusive content for Call of Duty but this is now under threat.” 

Shots fired in the never-ending console war. 

Did The Market Overreact?

Serkan Toto, CEO of Kantan Games, thinks so:

I think the market has totally overreacted in Japan today.

See?

Sony will continue to push out blockbusters, there can be no doubt about that.

Those PlayStation exclusives are pretty sweet. Spider-Man, The Last Of Us, Ghost of Tsushima? Come on now. 

Sony can, of course, fight back: they still have their own top in-house studios spread around the world, PlayStation remains a powerful brand in gaming, and acquisitions are in the cards for Sony as well.” 

PlayStation isn’t going down without a fight. 

The Console Wars Continue

For some time, Sony has been ahead of Microsoft. But the $68.7 billion Microsoft-Activision deal raises the stakes the highest they’ve been since the Black Friday Battle of 2013. Franchises like Call of Duty and World of Warcraft could become exclusive. 

How will Sony respond? We shall see what happens next in the seemingly never-ending console wars.

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Are Online Gaming and Streaming Platforms Still Safe?

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Is online gaming not safe anymore? 

Many would argue that trolls and disrespectful players have made online gaming a “toxic community,” but extremists are adding to already hostile conditions in online gaming platforms. 

Researchers have found alarming activities that could fuel more hate in the gaming community and possibly influence gamers to take part in their radical group. This was found by the Institute of Strategic Dialogue (ISD), which released a series of research work regarding extremism and online gaming.

Extremism on An Online Gaming Distribution Service

The ISD found right-wing and terrorist groups on Steam. It seems that these groups have been on Steam since 2016, and it’s concerning that the distribution service allows these groups to continue to exist. Moreover, these groups spread certain ideologies and further expand their beliefs outside of Steam, such as Discord and Telegram. Not only that, but they also organize raids, terrorizing and harassing other groups on Discord.

Extremism on Messaging and Streaming Platforms

Discord

As mentioned above, those in Steam also transfer to Discord to build their community and do raids. Aside from right-wing organizations present in Discord, there are terrorist groups as well. Plus, it’s alarming that 15-year-old members are also in these communities, which could help them adopt these ideologies into adulthood. Moreover, it appears that these groups have been on the platform for years, considering that the ISD found discussions of groups talking about right-wing rallies in 2017.

DLive

DLive is one of the many live streaming communities that seem to allow extremists to engage in the community and get funds. After all, DLive may have more lenient policies over the content provided by these live streamers. However, the streaming platform has removed several accounts and moved to other sites such as Odysee and Trovo. In addition, it appears some groups were part of the US Capitol siege in January 2021.

Twitch

Many gamers and fans of online gaming swarm to Twitch. Despite its popularity, there’s a massive extremist following too. There are videos showing or promoting extremist activities that are easily accessible to the public. Similar to Steam, these groups further their ideologies elsewhere, particularly in Omegle. Here, they promote racist behavior.

Despite these things, the ISD found no evidence of recruiting and grooming individuals to extremist groups. Furthermore, it appears there are counter-speech groups that counter the behavior and ideologies of those who spread extremist beliefs. Plus, it seems that Twitch has been proactive in ensuring platform safety by publishing new community guidelines and a transparency report.

Online Games With A Large Number of Extremists

Knowing that extremists are on these platforms, what games do they take part in? Some reported games include:

  • Roblox
  • Minecraft
  • Call of Duty
  • Feminazi 3000

On Roblox and Minecraft, these groups will build concentration camps, like ones from World War II and Ughyur. On Roblox, in particular, members of extremist groups encouraged other players to be racists by running over minorities using a car. Meanwhile, on Feminazi 3000, they promote ideologies and imagine themselves winning World War II as extremists.

The first three listed games have had spokespeople say they ensure their platforms are safe and condemn any terrorist and racist behavior by these extremist groups. And through monitoring and technology, they can take action and remove them from their platforms.

Many would ask themselves these questions: how do I keep myself (or kids or young people) safe on these platforms? Considering that the research is UK-based, Ukie (trade body) says that they use AI, moderation tools, and community managers to ensure these platforms are safe. Plus, they also work hand-in-hand with law enforcement and report potential problems they might encounter.

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Super Mario Bros Film Brings Back Nostalgia with 2022 Film Release

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Remember that familiar sound of Mario and Luigi consuming a mushroom and doubling their size to fend off from pits and enemies? Well, Super Mario Bros. fans might get a bit nostalgic because the Super Mario Bros movie is in the works. And with an A-list cast, of course!

If fans have been wishing for a Super Mario Bros movie, then their wish has been granted. In 2022, the film will be released with impressive casting. 

Super Mario Bros, a game developed by the men behind Nintendo Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka, was first released in 1985. It’s the successor to its arcade game version Mario Bros. in 1983. If millennials haven’t played a game of Super Mario Bros, here’s how it works. 

The brothers, Mario and Luigi, go through various levels with different pits and enemies in the Mushroom Kingdom to save Princess Peach Toadstool. The princess is held captive by the villain King Koopa (Bowser). They would journey through the Mushroom Kingdom in their standard capabilities. 

However, they can grab mushrooms, flowers, or stars along the way, giving them superpowers such as extra life, size, or speed. At every end of the Mushroom Kingdom level, either of the brothers (depending on what players choose at the start of the game or in multiplayer mode), would have to fight the Bowser to rescue the princess. 

The Super Mario Bros is deemed as one of the best games in history. It’s even one of the best-selling games worldwide, selling about 50 million copies around the world. And now, fans can relive their Super Mario Bros days in the upcoming Super Mario movie this 2022. 

A-List cast

Fans will be in for a real surprise as the movie bombards them with an A-list casting. The voice behind one of the protagonists, Mario, will be played by Chris Pratt. Pratt is the hunk who starred in the Guardians of the Galaxy. Charlie Day will also give life to Mario’s counterpart Luigi, making the superb duo complete. 

Anya Taylor-Joy will be giving a real voice to Princess Peach Toadstool. And let’s not forget the villain Bowser, who will be playing a monumental role in the movie. The star behind Tenacious D Jack Black will play Bowser. 

Seth Rogan, who starred in comedy films Superbad and Pineapple Express, will play Donkey Kong. Keegan-Micheal Key will liven up the character Toad, Kevin Michael Richardson will be Kamek, Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong, and finally, Sebastian Maniscalco as Spike.

Is it coming soon? 

The Super Mario Bros film is co-financed by Nintendo and Universal and distributed by Universal Pictures. The producers are Shigeru Miyamoto and Chris Meledandri, together with Michael Jelenic and Aaron Horvath, both also partly directed the movie Teen Titans Go!. The scriptwriter, Matthew Fogel, will be handling the Super Mario Bros’s script. He also worked on the script for The Lego Movie 2. 

Fans can say, directors, producers, and the whole team behind the Super Mario Bros film will definitely end the year in 2022 with a bang. The movie is set to be released in December 2022. So hold your horses as we wait for the best-selling game in history to come to life next year!

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