WarioWare Retrospective: Nintendo’s Microgame Madness

Before our Get It Together! review, we explore Wario’s rise to videogame fame.

Every hero needs a villain, and that was no exception for Nintendo’s eponymous mustachioed plumber, Super Mario. After years defending against princess-thieving giant apes and overgrown turtles with spikey shells, Mario was faced with a new antagonist, an evil version of himself known as Wario. First appearing in the 1992 game Super Mario Land: Six Golden Coins, Wario (from the Japanese word “Warui” 悪い meaning “bad”) was the game’s primary antagonist and final boss, whose motivation was to steal an entire castle from Mario.

Wario’s debut appearance in Super Mario Land 2 – not much has changed!

And for many years Wario was well and truly the bad guy, with selfish motives and much lust for riches. This infamy didn’t stop him from having numerous games of his own! There was Wario’s Woods, where he attempted to take over a forest, Wario Blast! where the flatulent fiend invades the world of Bomberman and decides to loot it, and of course Wario Land, an entire platform game of his own where he finally takes the spotlight. Though it wasn’t until the era of the Nintendo Gamecube and Gameboy Advance that Wario’s rise to fame really began, where a unique 3D platformer titled Wario World was followed by a sleeper hit that took gamers by surprise…

WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgames! (2003)

WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgames! was the first of its kind, bringing mad-cap insanity, fast-paced gameplay, and ridiculous over-the-top humour to Nintendo’s first party franchise. Where Mario Party had popularised the concept of minigames, WarioWare took this one step further with its inclusion of over 200 “microgames” – short individual experiences that had to be completed within seconds. These often featured absurd designs, silly gameplay, and even the gameplay of iconic Nintendo titles adapted for the frantic gameplay. This was also the first title to introduce Wario’s companions, a colourful cast of characters with exaggerated designs and silly backstories, like my personal favourite Jimmy T. who has difficulty with the ladies but an unstoppable passion for disco.

The typical style of WarioWare’s classic microgames.

WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Game$ (2003)

The original game was expanded even further in WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Game$ which shared similar elements to the source material while adding in a multitude of competitive game modes. Though it featured the same microgames, there was far more of a focus on party gaming, where up to four players could compete in local split-screen or by passing the controller. Impressively, the game was ported and developed in a mere 6 months – clearly they wanted Wario on a home console as soon as possible! It really is one of the best multiplayer games on the Cube and cemented Wario’s place in multiplayer gameplay.

Balloon Bang is a crowd favourite – one player pumps while the other plays a minigame. If the balloon pops on your turn, you lose!

To capitalise on the popularity of the series and rake in some additional cash, Nintendo didn’t hesitate for a moment and the following year released two brand new WarioWare titles within less than two months of each other! Next up was the black sheep of the series and one that was often overlooked:

WarioWare: Twisted! (2004)

One of the lesser-known WarioWare titles came bundled with a unique GBA cartridge that featured an in-built gyroscopic “tilt sensor” with added rumble, leading to some seriously unconventional gameplay! To set itself apart from the previous games, instead of using the D-pad to control most of the microgames, the player had to move and shift the GBA console with corresponding movements in combination with button presses. This was only one of three GBA games to make use of a gyro functionality, the others being Yoshi Topsy-Turvy and a very Japanese puzzle game called Koro Koro Puzzle.

The cartridge for Twisted, which is bulky due to its added technology.

Many of the minigames featured rotating or spinning items to win, which was obviously a gimmick but tightly integrated into gameplay and surprisingly responsive. It felt very ahead of its time! Interestingly, during proposal for the game, Satoru Iwata jokingly called the game “idiotic” while playfully spinning around in an office chair.

WarioWare: Touched! (2004)

There’s an old slogan from the DS that some of you may remember: touching is good. And let me tell you, this WarioWare game touched you in all the right places. This is hands down my favourite in the entire series, and arguably one of the best games on Nintendo’s dual screen handheld. While there was definitely a focus on using the touchscreen, this was far more than just a gimmick, as the game was designed entirely with this in mind. This launch title expertly showed off the capability of touch-screen gaming as never seen before, and felt like the perfect fit for the microgame format.

Touched was one of the earliest DS titles to use the touch screen functionality to its full potential.

Although the stylus was truly the star of the show, there were many more aspects of Touched that make it one of the best Wario games ever made! Many of the minigames also incorporated clever use of the DS’ microphone, especially in microgames belonging to Mike, the Karaoke Robot. Players were also particularly fond of the new character, Ashley, a young apathetic witch who lives alone in a haunted mansion. Her levels were accompanied by a seriously catchy theme song:

Ashley’s song, arguably the most recognised song in the whole series.

In addition to almost 200 microgames, there was also a huge collection of unlockable extra features, touch screen toys, and minigames, that made up enough content to be considered a separate game in itself. It’s a game that has aged incredibly well and is an essential part of the DS library.

WarioWare: Smooth Moves (2006)

Where Touched was an essential title for the DS, WarioWare: Smooth Moves was the same for the Wii. But there were no touch screens here! This time the entire game was played using the Wiimote in several strange and creative ways, taking full advantage of its motion sensor. At the beginning of a microgame, the player is given a prompt on how to use the Form Baton (Wiimote) in particular “forms“. Holding the Wiimote in a specific manner like a remote control, a waiter, an elephant’s trunk, or even just putting it on the floor, led to some ridiculous and hilarious microgame scenarios. The emphasis on comedy in Smooth Moves was turned up to 11, as it is easily one of the funniest games ever made.

Just a few of the forms featured in Smooth Moves. The Big Cheese feels so empowering.

Where the main campaign can easily be finished in a single sitting, the game keeps giving in its multiplayer modes and extra minigames. Seven unique ways to experience the microgames were included, many of which utilised creative gameplay to add to the challenge. One in particular called “Battle Buddies” required the use of a Nunchuck controller, with one player holding it and one player holding the connected Wiimote while jumping over pits and obstacles. Despite being one of the earliest titles for the Wii, it still holds up as being one of its best examples of clever use of motion controls.

Humour was a big aspect of Smooth Moves.

WarioWare: Snapped! (2008)

Following the brilliance of Touched and Smooth Moves is arguably the least popular of Wario’s videogame library: Snapped. This niche title was available exclusively on the Nintendo DSi as a downloadable title and was controlled entirely using the console’s camera. In a manner similar to old-school PlayStation 2 “Eye Toy“, the console captured the outline of the player as they positioned themselves to complete sets of minigames.

Even Iwata wasn’t particularly impressed with Snapped (as seen here).

This was undeniably the weakpoint of the entire series, as it was poorly responsive and featured only 4 playable characters and 20 microgames, becoming incredibly repetitive and lacking any sort of replay value. Despite being an interesting gimmick, especially for a handheld console, it was missing any sort of depth and the entire game could be experienced in approximately an hour.

WarioWare: D.I.Y (2009)

What’s better than playing someone else’s videogames? Playing your own! The only limitation of WarioWare: D.I.Y was your imagination, where the player was given the power to design microgames from scratch. Think of it as the Mario Maker of WarioWare games. The game’s inspiration was drawn from the drawing and music-creation tools found in the SNES title, Mario Paint, as series director Goro Abe loved creating the series’ microgames and wanted to share this joy with the players. Development began as early as 2003, but was abandoned temporarily due to technical limitations at the time. But the launch of the DS and the Wii eventually led to the completion of the project, particularly due to an online Wii file sharing service called WiiConnect24.

Players could create anything! Which led to some very NSFW microgames…

Players could design their own microgames on the DS, play and troubleshoot them on the handheld, and then upload them to the WarioWare D.I.Y Showcase channel on the Wii to be played on the big screen. It was a creative, community-driven concept that players could enjoy even without making games of their own. There were even special “Big Name Games!” created and uploaded by game developers or television personalities that could be downloaded. And even though the game’s focus was on creation, it still featured an in-built library of 167 pre-made microgames designed entirely using the in-game engine to showcase its potential.

Game & Wario (2013)

After about 10 years of microgames, Nintendo decided that it was time to take the Wario series in a very different direction. And so Game & Wario was conceptualised, created as a means of showing off the technical capabilities of the Wii U Game Pad. Fans were divided, as there was a complete lack of microgames, rather instead a collection of 16 minigames that focused on using the Game Pad in creative ways.

The “Gamer” mode, where players must complete microgames under a blanket while avoiding the watchful eyes of a demonic mother.

While this experience was enjoyable on its own when not compared to the usual microgame madness, it was not the gameplay the series was known for, and this disappointed many dedicated fans. However, the game did have its redeeming features. It felt like a decent title to crack out at a party, with four highly entertaining multiplayer experiences designed for passing around the Game Pad.

WarioWare Gold (2018)

As if the series wasn’t already an absolute gem, the only entry on the 3DS proved that WarioWare was solid Gold. Although being mostly a compilation game, featuring hundreds of games spanning the entire series, Gold returned to the series roots and mashed together all the best gameplay in a huge collection of microgames. With almost 300 returning microgames, 54 brand new ones, boss microgames, and a tonne of added game modes, this is arguably the definitive WarioWare experience. The console managed to incorporate almost every control scheme from previous titles – players had to mash buttons, prod and poke the touch screen, twist the 3DS’ gyro, and blow into the microphone until lightheaded. Understandably, no gameplay from Smooth Moves appeared, as a rogue Wiimote would definitely be fatal to a fragile 3DS.

Nintendo really struck gold with this entry!

Gold also had a comprehensive unlockable library of Nintendo’s history, a showcase of all the items produced by the company, dating back to their original Hanafuda cards. This visual library was a nice touch for fans of the company and gave extra incentive to play the game to 100% completion. However, some fans lamented the lack of unlockable interactive toys, which had become a mainstay of the series but were cut due to limited development times.

It’s time to Get It Together! (2021)

Fans have long awaited a Wario game for Nintendo Switch, and at long last the series makes its way to handheld hybrid in WarioWare: Get It Together! Experience the frantic microgame madness alongside a friend, as you both take control of a character and their unique traits as they’re thrust into the videogame world. The demo is madness and minigames change and become more complex when played alongside a friend. If you enjoyed any of the previous Wario games, be sure to check out WarioWare: Get It Together! when it launches on September 10th.

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Nintendo Direct Summary – 18.2.2021

Splatoon 3, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout and a new DLC fighter for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate among the many announcements in the latest Nintendo Direct.

18th February 2021 – In the latest Nintendo Direct presentation, Nintendo showcased more than 30 games coming to the Nintendo Switch family of systems – with many launching by this winter! Headlining the 50-minute presentation was the reveal of Splatoon 3, a new game in the splat-tacular series, coming to Nintendo Switch in 2022.

To view the Nintendo Direct video in its entirety, visit https://www.nintendo.com.au/nintendo-direct.

Other major news in the Nintendo Direct video included the reveal of Pyra/Mythra from Xenoblade Chronicles 2 as the latest playable DLC fighters to join Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – the fourth of six new fighters in Fighters Pass Vol. 2. Additional Nintendo Switch game announcements include The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, which will feature new control options; Mario Golf: Super Rush, the newest instalment in the Mario Golf series with new modes and motion controls; and Miitopia, a game starring customisable Mii characters that lets you personalise your own adventure.

The jam-packed Nintendo Direct presentation featured many exciting game reveals, including Project TRIANGLE STRATEGY (working title), a new tactical role-playing game from SQUARE ENIX; Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, which challenges players to claim the crown; Star Wars: Hunters™, a free-to-play online multiplayer game set between the events of Star Wars™: Return of the Jedi and Star Wars™: The Force Awakens; World’s End Club from the creators of the Danganronpa series; DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power, an action game based on the animated TV show; and the physical edition of hit game Hades.

Here’s a loooooooooooong comprehensive list of all highlights in the most recent Nintendo Direct:

Splatoon 3: In this new game in the Splatoon series, you’ll leave Inkopolis behind and head to a new region: the Splatlands. At its heart is a new city where battle-savvy Inklings and Octolings gather: Splatsville, also known as the “City of Chaos”. Splatoon 3 introduces various new features to the action-shooter series, including weapons such as the bow weapon, customisation options and new movement abilities to bring to the returning 4-v-4 Turf War matches. More information about the full-fledged sequel coming to Nintendo Switch in 2022 will be revealed in the future.

Pyra/Mythra Join Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Originally featured in Xenoblade Chronicles 2 as main character Rex’s two-in-one ally, Pyra/Mythra reawaken in March as the newest DLC fighters joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*. Pyra/Mythra are part of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass Vol. 2, which also includes DLC fighters Min Min from ARMS, Steve & Alex from Minecraft and Sephiroth from the FINAL FANTASY VII series, along with two yet-to-be-announced fighters. More information about Pyra/Mythra’s move set, as well as their exact release date, will be revealed in the future.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD: Originally released in 2011 for Wii, and depicting the earliest story in the series’ timeline – as well as the creation of the Master Sword itself – The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword now arrives on Nintendo Switch with smoother and more intuitive controls, in addition to improved framerate and graphics. In this enhanced version of the game, running at a smooth 60 frames per second, you can choose to play using motion control with the two Joy-Con controllers in a similar way to the original, or use new button-only controls to play the game with the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, in handheld mode, or on Nintendo Switch Lite. A set of themed Joy-Con controllers will also be released alongside the game: the right Joy-Con controller is themed after the Master Sword, while the left features the Hylian Shield motif. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, and the themed Joy-Con, launch for Nintendo Switch on 16th July. The game is now available for pre-order on Nintendo eShop.

Controllers are available now for pre-order!

Mario Golf: Super Rush: Tee off in the latest instalment of the Mario Golf series, coming to Nintendo Switch this year. In Mario Golf: Super Rush, enjoy golfing with familiar Mushroom Kingdom characters through a variety of lush, scenic courses. Mario Golf: Super Rush features several local** and online multiplayer modes***, including Speed Golf, which finds players teeing off at the same time and racing to the green. The game also features a Story Mode, starring your Mii character as they interact with Mushroom Kingdom characters, compete in golf challenges and earn experience points to power-up stats. You can even use motion controls by holding the Joy-Con controller as a golf club. The fairway opens for players on 25th June. Pre-orders are available on Nintendo eShop now.

Project TRIANGLE STRATEGY (working title): In this game that continues SQUARE-ENIX’s celebrated legacy of tactical RPGs, battles take place on terrain with different elevations. A character’s attack range is determined by their location and their equipped weapon, so it is imperative to survey the battlefield before acting. Additionally, the decisions made will affect how the story unfolds and which characters will join your cause. Project TRIANGLE STRATEGY (working title) launches exclusively on Nintendo Switch in 2022. A free demo for the game is available to download in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch today.

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout: Be the last Fall Guy standing! The hit party game finds up to 60*** players running, jumping and shoving their way to victory. Dive into a series of ridiculous challenges and wild obstacle courses with masses of other competitors online, all with the hopes of making the cut and advancing to the next round of mayhem. Shift between competitive free-for-alls and cooperative challenges where everyone on the losing team gets eliminated! Do you have what it takes to claim the crown? Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout launches for Nintendo Switch this winter.

Star Wars: Hunters™ offers a thrilling take on the galaxy in this squad-based, online multiplayer game. Build a team from a cast of unique and all-new Star Wars™ characters, from daring Bounty Hunters to heroes of the Rebellion and Imperial stormtroopers. Face off against other squads in arenas based on iconic Star Wars™ settings. Set between Star Wars™: Return of the Jedi and Star Wars™: The Force Awakens, the free-to-play Star Wars: Hunters launches in 2021.

MONSTER HUNTER RISE: In the new Rampage story event featured in MONSTER HUNTER RISE, hunters team up to defeat an onslaught of monsters attacking Kamura Village. As previously announced, players who want to be fully immersed in the MONSTER HUNTER RISE experience can pick up the Nintendo Switch MONSTER HUNTER RISE Edition hardware, which comes bundled with a digital download code for MONSTER HUNTER RISE plus the Deluxe Kit DLC and bonus content. This bundle launches alongside the game on 26th March. Also launching the same day is the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller MONSTER HUNTER RISE Edition, which is adorned with striking art inspired by Magnamalo, the game’s flagship monster.

Miitopia: Embark on a hilarious adventure with friends, family or anyone you choose, to bring down the face-stealing Dark Lord. In Miitopia, a customisable adventure for Nintendo Switch, create and customise Mii characters of anyone you’d like, and cast them in the fantasy adventure of a lifetime. With expanded customisation features in Miitopia, including wigs and make-up, you can make your Mii characters look more fabulous than ever. Also, you can have a horse as an ally. When you become closer, it’ll lend a hand – er, hoof – in battle. Which Mii characters will you assign as allies… and who will become the evil Dark Lord? The light-hearted romp Miitopia launches for Nintendo Switch on 21st May. Pre-orders on Nintendo eShop are available now.

Knockout City: Team up and duke it out with rival Crews in Knockout City™, where epic dodgeball battles settle the score in team-based multiplayer matches. Throw, catch, pass, dodge and tackle your way to dodgeball dominance. Knockout City launches for Nintendo Switch on 21st May.

DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power: Based on the hit Cartoon Network show, play as one of many classic DC superheroines like Batgirl, Supergirl and Wonder Woman as teenagers who must overcome high school, all while saving the city. Each of these superheroes has her own set of special abilities, like flight or gadgets, that can be used in battle. As your teenaged alter ego, explore Metropolis, show off your selfies from around the city on your in-game Superstapost account or rebuild a run-down part of the city. DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power soars onto Nintendo Switch on 4th June. Pre-orders on Nintendo eShop are available now.

Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir & Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind: Two Nintendo deep cuts from Japan are coming to Australia and New Zealand for the first time, localised with English text and fully modernised for Nintendo Switch****. Twists, turns, and drama await at every corner in both of these suspense-filled games. Uncover the deadly truth in Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir and Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind, coming to Nintendo eShop as a bundle on 14th May. Pre-orders for the games are available now in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch.

Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville Complete Edition: Ready the Juice Cannons and prepare for battle in Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville Complete Edition – the wackiest shooter yet! Party with up to three friends and goof around in Giddy Park, or dive into some 8-v-8 multiplayer in Turf Takeover. Prepare to battle solo or in online multiplayer*** in a plant-on-zombie conflict that will take you to the outer edges of Neighborville and back again. Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville Complete Edition launches for Nintendo Switch on 19th March. Pre-orders are available now in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch.

Apex Legends: This free-to-play***** battle royale features a growing roster of powerful contenders named Legends, strategic combat, cross-platform play and more. To celebrate the game’s legendary launch, all players on Nintendo Switch will receive a new Legendary Pathfinder skin and 30 free levels for the Season 8: Mayhem Battle Pass. Plus, for the first two weeks after launch, earn Double XP when you play on Nintendo Switch. Fight for fortune, fame and glory when Apex Legends launches for Nintendo Switch on 10th March.

Legend of Mana: The beloved JRPG classic from SQUARE ENIX, Legend of Mana, is coming to Australia and New Zealand with fully remastered HD graphics, rearranged music and additional features. Experience the timeless story of Legend of Mana when it launches for Nintendo Switch on 24th June.

Outer Wilds: In the acclaimed and award-winning Outer Wilds, you are the newest member of Outer Wilds Ventures, a fledgling space programme searching for answers in a strange, constantly changing solar system. Pilot a spaceship to visit planets packed with remnants of an extinct advanced civilisation across locations that change with the passage of time. Explore and piece together the mystery before the end of the time loop when Outer Wilds launches for Nintendo Switch this winter.

SAMURAI WARRIORS 5: With revamped character designs and a vibrant, illustrated art style, SAMURAI WARRIORS 5 dives into the Sengoku period and shines its spotlight on Nobunaga Oda and Mitsuhide Akechi. The game slashes its way onto Nintendo Switch this winter.

World’s End Club: From the creators of the cult classic Danganronpa and Zero Escape series comes a fight for your life … literally! You and 11 others, known as the Go-Getters Club, set off on a captivating journey across Japan, and experience an adventure that blends side-scrolling action with a suspenseful narrative. As you make your way back home to Tokyo, you’ll alternate between working solo and teaming up with the group to overcome challenges and monsters that stand in your way. World’s End Club launches for Nintendo Switch on 11th June.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons + Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary: Items inspired by the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. are coming to Animal Crossing: New Horizons******. Familiar items like the Super Mushroom and the “?” Block can be ordered in the game as furniture items, so you can place them wherever you want. You can even place multiple Warp Pipes on your island and easily travel between them. The new Super Mario Bros.-themed items will be available starting on 1st March, following the free update to Animal Crossing: New Horizons on 25th February.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity: Expand your quest to save Hyrule with upcoming downloadable content, as two waves of DLC are coming to the Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Expansion Pass. Newly added characters, stages and more are all on their way, with the first wave coming in June and the second hitting in November. Players who purchase this Expansion Pass on Nintendo eShop for AU$30.00 / NZ$33.00 will get both waves of DLC as they are released. They’ll also get an additional in-game weapon and costume for Link as a purchase bonus starting on 28th May. The Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Expansion Pass is available for purchase in Nintendo eShop now.

Ghosts ’n Goblins Resurrection: As the brave knight Arthur, you’ll unleash weapons, magic spells and skills to battle monsters across challenging stages within the Demon Realm. Local co-op play is available for the first time in the series. Help Arthur in his quest with one of three supporting characters: Barry for defence, Kerry for transportation or Archie for bridges. Ghosts ’n Goblins Resurrection launches for Nintendo Switch on 25th February. Pre-orders for the game are now available.

Capcom Arcade Stadium: Dozens of Capcom’s most beloved arcade classics are coming to Nintendo Switch as part of Capcom Arcade Stadium. Rewind gameplay, adjust game speed or difficulty, and select from a variety of display options to relive that sweet arcade goodness. Get 1943 – The Battle of Midway for free, then purchase game packs or the standalone Ghosts ‘n Goblins add-on to build your collection. Prior to the 25th February release of Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection, the original Ghosts ‘n Goblins add-on will be available for free in Capcom Arcade Stadium. After that release, the Ghosts ‘n Goblins add-on will be available for individual purchase or as part of the Capcom Arcade Stadium all-in pack. Scratch that nostalgic itch with Capcom Arcade Stadium with local co-op, available on Nintendo Switch today.

No More Heroes 3: As the crass, Beam Katana-wielding assassin Travis Touchdown, you’ll fight your way to the top of the Superhero Ranking tournament to save the world. But wait… you’ll also battle aliens?! With a new and improved Death Glove, you’ll have access to a variety of deadly skills that can be customised and upgraded before each match. No More Heroes 3 lands on Nintendo Switch on 27th August.

Neon White: Neon White is a lightning-fast first-person action game about exterminating demons in Heaven. You are White, an assassin hand-picked from Hell to compete with other demon slayers for a chance to live permanently in Heaven. The other assassins seem familiar, though … did you know them in a past life? Neon White, which was developed by the creator of Donut County, launches for Nintendo Switch in summer 2021.

BRAVELY DEFAULT II: Save the Crystals and the continent of Excillant with the help of four new Heroes of Light! Ahead of the game’s launch for Nintendo Switch on 26th February, check out a new trailer: BRAVELY DEFAULT II – Final Trailer (Nintendo Switch). You can also try out a new free demo for BRAVELY DEFAULT II, available now in Nintendo eShop.

Tales from the Borderlands: Return to the unforgiving world of Pandora in Tales from the Borderlands. The Nintendo Switch version of the game includes all five episodes, filled with classic Borderlands characters and humour. Gangsters, bandit lords and Vault Hunters are just a handful of the obstacles you’ll encounter in this choice-driven, narrative adventure out on 24th March.

Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse: In this return of the action game from Aspyr, you’ll build your zombie horde and take revenge on the city by turning humans into your undead allies. Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse eats its way onto Nintendo Switch on 17th March. Pre-orders are available on Nintendo eShop in Australia.

Hades: The winner of numerous Game of the Year awards, Hades is getting a physical release on Nintendo Switch. This physical version comes with some fun extras, including a PC download code for the Hades Original Soundtrack and a 32-page, full-colour character compendium, featuring portraits of the game’s vibrant cast of gods, ghosts and monsters. And let’s not forget the game itself, offering dozens of hours of exhilarating action paired with a compelling story. The physical version of Hades launches on 19th March.

NINJA GAIDEN: Master Collection: Three action-packed entries in the acclaimed NINJA GAIDEN series are coming to Nintendo Switch in NINJA GAIDEN: Master Collection. Wield an arsenal of killer weapons as legendary ninja Ryu Hayabusa, each weapon offering a playstyle with a different set of lethal skills, along with ruthless ninjutsu to swiftly take down enemies. The NINJA GAIDEN: Master Collection comes to Nintendo Switch on 10th June.

SaGa Frontier Remastered: Eight protagonists, eight captivating journeys. In this remastered version of the classic RPG SaGa Frontier, travel through a stunning sci-fi world with any of the protagonists, each with their own goals and ambitions. With a new playable character, scintillating battles and new events, SaGa Frontier Remastered is an adventure not to be missed. The game launches for Nintendo Switch on 15th April.

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Nintendo Direct Announced!

With very short notice, Nintendo has announced the next Nintendo Direct on 17/2/2021 2pm PT – that’s the 18th of February 8am EST and 9am EDST for Australians wanting to watch the Direct live. Nice to not have to wake up at 2am for once to watch it as it airs!

I put out a poll on the Qualbert Facebook page on what people were hoping to see from this Direct, and some of the responses included:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 news
  • Bayonetta 3
  • Mario Kart 9
  • Fatal Frame 6
  • No More Heroes 3 release date
  • Monster Hunter Stories 2 release date
  • Metroid Prime Pinball 2!?

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