The Game Corner: February 2021. Featuring Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury.

Since I recently finished Sega’s Yakuza spin-off, Judgment, I immediately found myself going in to finish the next game I was closest to beating: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD for Wii U. While I was around 20 hours in some weeks ago, I can happily say that I’ve finished the game!

In the midst, I’ve also been playing my fair share of Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury. Nintendo’s latest hit for the Switch brought forth quite possibly the best Mario game in existence as well as an expansion to the title. Though Super Mario 3D World, originally released for Wii U, was good enough to release standalone, the Bowser’s Fury expansion definitely sweetened the deal.

As always, I’m still playing Smash, Fire Emblem Heroes, and even finally picked back up my copy of Final Fantasy XV after three months of neglect. With that said, what are you playing this month?

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD

Finishing The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD gave me clarity on an old favorite. Though I beat the original Wii release in 2006, I revisited the game on GameCube several years later. While I found the latter marginally better due to the controls, both releases of Twilight Princess featured a few glaring issues. Perhaps the biggest was that enemies barely damaged Link which trivialized combat throughout the game.

The HD remaster not only condenses these fetch quests immensely but gives you the option to bolster the enemy difficulty. Using the Ganondorf amiibo will double enemy damage. Playing on Hero Mode will not only boost enemy damage but also keep Hearts from spawning in the field. You could even quadruple the enemy damage by stacking the two if you like.

In one fell swoop, Nintendo not only managed to restore a classic in HD but fixed the most glaring problems the original title suffered from. Plus they even added the Cave of Shadows which is a new enemy gauntlet that you can tackle in Wolf form. You can view a list of changes here.

You earn this statue for clearing the Cave of Shadows.

This remaster makes Twilight Princess HD the definitive version of the game and one that will hopefully come to Nintendo Switch later this year.

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury

I might have said this before, but Super Mario 3D World is my favorite Mario platformer. Not counting the RPGs like Super Mario RPG and Paper Mario, it’s my favorite Mario game thanks to its incredible level of polished design. I honestly believe it’s on the same tier as Super Mario Galaxy and its sequel, all of which were designed by the same team.

You can play around with filters.

Nintendo not only ported 3D World to the Switch but even added a few quality-of-life improvements. Perhaps the most stunning is that you now move at 1.5x speed which streamlines the levels even more than before. Plus you can now play online with friends!

But let’s talk for a moment about the expansion, Bowser’s Fury. This new mode marries Super Mario Odyssey’s open-world gameplay with Super Mario 3D World’s controls and powerups. This new quest introduces an awesome, powerful version of the titular villain known as Fury Bowser.

With 100 Shines to collect, Bowser’s Fury offers between 5-10 hours of gameplay in this fun little campaign on Lapcat Island. It also includes offline co-op allowing a friend to play as Bowser Jr. to aide you. Whether you enjoy the Super Mario Sunshine references, the new music, or Odyssey’s gameplay, you’ll have plenty of reasons to try this lovable new expansion mode!

Final Fantasy XV

I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve owned this game. I bought it in 2017 and have still only just cleared the first few chapters. Even worse is when I shelved it in November 2020 and only just started playing it again. Thankfully, re-learning combat wasn’t the rude awakening I was afraid it might be.

Sadly, the Naga was nowhere near as attractive as I was hoping for.

Right now, I’m about to storm an Imperial base to get the Regalia back. I finished the Ramuh trials and I’m looking forward to finishing this chapter as well. I’m honestly hoping to finish Final Fantasy XV before XVI comes out.

Super Mario Galaxy

Welcome to my guilty pleasure. I have already cleared 120 Stars on all three games of Super Mario 3D All-Stars. So why am I playing Luigi mode in Super Mario Galaxy? Either because I hate myself or because I love the game that much.

As I mentioned earlier, Super Mario Galaxy is one of my favorite games of all time. At the time of its 2007 release, one could argue that it was the greatest game Nintendo has ever released. Its Metacritic score speaks volumes about not just its quality but how well it has lasted throughout 14 years. 3D All-Stars remastered the title in glorious HD and it still looks and plays like a charm.

Wii version.

However, while I already enjoyed my run-through as Mario, Luigi mode is literally just the same game over again except you jump higher and skid on surfaces; a tribute to Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels. In the end, you get 120 Stars and unlock the opening level once more to collect one more star each: once as Mario, once as Luigi, for a total of 242 stars. No Grandmaster Galaxy or any such reward exists for doing so, either.

I literally did this years ago. Not once, but twice.

Fire Emblem Heroes

I subscribed to Feh Pass. I’ve continuously apologized to myself for the past week for doing this. After a year of resisting, I finally caved. With the amount of time I spend on this game, despite being F2P, I figured I might as well treat myself to some of the quality improvements. I already love continuously auto-battling through Tempest Trials+ without having to check my phone every minute as well.

Brave Ike made me do it.

Onto other modes, though, as usual, I know nothing of what I’m doing. I still teeter on Aether Raids Tier 19-20 and Arena Rank 17-19. I seldom play a number of modes, like Hall of Forms and Pawns of Loki. I figure since I’m finally subscribing to Feh Pass for $10 a month, I may as well try to get a little better at the game, right?

My current main team for general purpose and Abyssal maps.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2

My on-and-off relationship with Xenoblade Chronicles 2 began since getting it in 2017 when it first came out. Unfortunately, I’ve just left this one largely on the backburner. It’s not a bad game and I even beat and enjoyed the first Xenoblade on the Wii. But when it comes to prioritizing my backlog, this one has scarcely been on my radar.

If you think I can’t juggle Xenoblade and Final Fantasy XV, you’re sorely underestimating me.

Thankfully, I decided to pick it up and play it for real. After a quick romp of re-learning some of the mechanics, I think I got a handle on everything for the most part. Blades, Cores, and all that complicated mess you don’t get in your standard JRPG really add to the learning curve. After 20+ hours I finally finished Chapter 3 and you know what that means!

I literally could not have picked a better time to get her.

I’ll be starting Chapter 4 soon. I enjoy watching the plot pick up from here. Hopefully, I can get Zeke soon and add him to my party. He’s my favorite character so far.

Zeke is represented by Cloud as a Spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

I’m still kicking around online. In addition to tormenting myself on Elite Smash, I’m also playing in Best 3 out of 5 sets against noteworthy players. For starters, I managed to beat a notable DK player from North Carolina and one of my longtime rivals, KDK, in a set 3-2 using Terry. I also battled Deluxemenu and won 3-2 against his Bowser, but I’ve also lost to his Min-Min in two sets. Mr. E won 5-3 in a First to 5 and I fought a close set with NickRiddle which he took 3-2.

On the bright side, I’m feeling pretty good about this win. I lost to his Sephiroth hard with Roy but Terry gave me three wins. Can’t be mad about that.

I’ve been doing well with The Legendary Hungry Wolf online lately.

While I still don’t intend to enter online tournaments yet, I’ll still keep it in the back of my mind just in case. Right now, I enjoy playing with my friends and other high-level players in competitive sets. As long as I get to do that, I’m happy.

Oh, and before I forget, here are some clips I can finally share with you!

Punch, Punch!

Here’s MY Falcon Punch!

I’ll follow you to your grave.

Finally, here’s an Ike mini-montage I made last year with Aether spike finishes. It’s the one thing keeping Ike viable in this meta!

That’s all for this week’s Game Corner! What are you playing lately? Share in the replies below!

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Until next time!

Preview: Nintendo Switch to Release with Multiple Hit Titles in 2021.

Nintendo’s 2020 helped define the year as one of the worst to go down in history. After the release of Animal Crossing, much of their first-party focus scattered itself among Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition, Super Mario 3D All-Stars, and Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. While the console did acquire the hit Steam title, Hades, original first-party releases were in short supply but heavy demand.

However, 2021 is already lining up to be a prime year for Nintendo. In addition to first-party hits, developers and publishers, like Koei Tecmo, Capcom, Atlus, and Square-Enix will release major titles throughout 2021. For fans of Nintendo’s first-party titles, console exclusives, and everything in between, the first part of the year already looks to be one of promise.

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury

The upcoming Mario title consists of a port of the 2013 Wii U title, Super Mario 3D World. Developed by the team behind Super Mario Galaxy, it features similarities to 2D Mario, such as the familiar powerups and level design structure, while being played in a 3D space. It also features 4-player co-op which can now be played online.

In addition to releasing one of the greatest Mario games of all-time on Switch, this title will also feature the Bowser’s Fury campaign. Here, Mario will team up with Bowser Jr. to save Bowser from a dark and powerful transformation. This open-world segment takes many cues from Super Mario Odyssey and will feature new goals, stages, and plenty of new elements with 2-player co-op enabled.

Release date: 2/12/21

Bravely Default II

From the developers of the Bravely titles and Octopath Traveler, Bravely Default II will take place in a new world and era from its predecessor. Square-Enix’s upcoming Japanese Role-Playing Game (JRPG) pays homage to their familiar Final Fantasy series with its job system, enemies, and spell names. In doing so, it offers a unique twist to familiar JRPG combat in the form of its Brave and Default battle system.

Fans who enjoy classic JRPGs are in for a thrill with the upcoming Bravely Default II. If you’re a fan of REVO’s music, known for his opening themes in Attack on Titan and Sailor Moon Crystal, you will surely enjoy the title’s soundtrack as well. Bravely Default II also features a 5-hour demo currently available on the Nintendo eShop.

Release date: 2/26/21

Persona 5 Strikers

Atlus and Omega Force’s upcoming title, Persona 5 Strikers, will take place after the hit JRPG, Persona 5. Serving as the storyline sequel to the title, Scramble will feature the Musou (or Warriors) elements familiar with Omega Force’s series of games. Nintendo recently released the Musou title, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, last November.

Much as Age of Calamity incorporates Zelda elements into its gameplay, Persona 5 Strikers will feature Persona 5 elements to include its UI and numerous battle cues such as turn-based combat while summoning Personas.

Release date: 2/22/21

Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection

Capcom’s upcoming 2D platformer will feature the long-awaited return of the Ghosts ‘n Goblins series. The beloved side-scroller features some of the most soul-crushing difficulty in the history of gaming. Starring the knight, Arthur, he must rescue the Princess from the hellish demons which have kidnapped her.

Fear not, as more recent Ghosts ‘n Goblins titles include easier difficulties if you enjoy a more leisurely stroll through the horror lands. Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection will be the first title released in the series since 2006’s Ultimate Ghosts ‘n Goblins for PlayStation Portable. If you’re looking to try an entry in the series and have Nintendo Switch Online, I strongly recommend playing Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts from the SNES library.

Release date: 2/25/21

New Pokemon Snap

Nintendo’s upcoming New Pokemon Snap will be the Pokemon spin-off’s first new entry since 1999 for the Nintendo 64. Players will ride in a machine in an on-rails experience while snapping pictures of Pokemon. While adding Pokemon pictures to their library, they can also interact with the creatures through the use of various items.

Pokemon Snap was known for such interaction which created some unique and hilarious animations from the creatures. They could also evolve Pokemon and unlock new areas which ultimately brought them to Mew in a cosmic rainbow finale! New Pokemon Snap will feature Pokemon from the past 8 Generations of the series and offer many new terrains to explore.

Release date: April 30, 2021

Monster Hunter Rise

Capcom’s Monster Hunter series has seen a rise in popularity ever since the release of Monster Hunter World in 2018. While the series has invited new fans over the course of its 3DS, Wii U, and past generation releases, Monster Hunter World took the world by storm with its release on multiple platforms. This series features bounty-hunting missions where players will hunt down massive creatures.

For players seeking online co-op action and want to equip themselves with the mightiest weapons available, Monster Hunter Rise will offer the ideal experience. Partner with the Palicoes and cook up delicious new meals. Monster Hunter Rise will feature a new era of massive weapons and creatures to go after later this year.

Release date: 3/26/21

Shin Megami Tensei V

Atlus’ latest entry in the SMT series featured a strange development cycle. Originally announced in January 2017, Atlus has remained quiet on the series since its original announcement. Likewise, the series has not seen a release since Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse in 2016. However, last year they featured a trailer unveiling the game for a Switch release alongside the remaster of Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne.

This dark fantasy JRPG series features players summoning demons from hell and other mythological beings from history. You can recruit creatures into their party, level them up, and even fuse them to create new and stronger creatures. Known for its difficulty, SMT fans can look forward to the challenge while newer fans can appreciate the shared enemy designs from the Persona series.

Release date: TBD

What Else Will Come to Switch in 2021?

While these confirmed releases will arrive on the Switch later this year, we also know of confirmed titles, such as Metroid Prime 4 and Genshin Impact coming to Switch. Though we do not know of their release date, Metroid Prime 4 remains in development while Genshin developer, MiHoYo, confirmed the Switch release of their gacha RPG giant last year.

If the past year’s Game Awards taught us anything, it’s entirely possible to have a digital gaming event during a quarantine. While Nintendo’s lack of a full Nintendo Direct left many players disillusioned last year, perhaps a returning E3 might invite the developer to showcase some major hits during the summer.

We will keep you posted on upcoming developments on Nintendo Switch titles over the course of the year. In the meantime, follow our social media links below and keep up with our content! If you’re interested in an upcoming title, be sure to let us know in the replies.

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