Previously on This Week in Gaming | The Week of 09/15

Here’s your weekly round-up of last week’s gaming news, as told by us, on our podcast that you should totally be listening to. We’re way funnier in an audio format.

NES CLASSIC

[image: The NES Classic]
Nintendo will be releasing MORE NES Classics into 2018. We don’t know when this will start, and we don’t know what they mean by “more”, but keep your eye on the news if you really wanted a NES Classic and you couldn’t snag one the first time they were available. Also, as a reminder, the SNES Classic releases Friday, September 29 for around $80. Nintendo aims to have more units available for the SNES than they did for the NES.

 

SUPER MARIO 64

[image: Super Mario 64 Online]
Some fans made a Super Mario 64 fangame that turns it into an online multiplayer experience. You ever wanted to watch 24 Waluigi’s glitch through the SM64 levels? I know I do. And now you can. Here’s the website for this… fangame. Check it out before Nintendo files a DMCA and has the creator beheaded. The trailer has already been removed from Youtube by Nintendo.

 

SKY

[image: The Sky logo, as seen from its teaser trailer]
Remember thatgamecompany? Yeah, thatgamecompany. They made Journey, Flower, and Flow, and now they’ve made Sky, a game that, at least for right now, will only be available on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. It looks like a wonderful little game, and we’re excited for its release, whenever that will be. You can check out the teaser here.

 

NINTENDO SWITCH

Remember when Nintendo announced the Switch Online app that you’d be able to use to chat with your friends during online games? And remember how it… didn’t really work that great? You couldn’t turn your phone’s screen off, you couldn’t navigate to another app, and god forbid your mom sends you a text and it opens a message window. Well, now, they’ve supposedly fixed this – you can now turn your screen off during a chat AND navigate to other apps without it cancelling your chat!

[image: A Nord from TES V: Skyrim, dressed as Link from The Legend of Zelda, an outfit made available with amiibos)
Also for the Switch, Doom, Wolfenstein 2 and Skyrim are coming to the Switch sometime in November. I think this might open the door for more third-party big-name companies to port their games to the Switch, but who knows!

 

MINECRAFT FOR THE 3DS

[image: Minecraft: new Nintendo 3DS edition!]
Minecraft is now available in Nintendo’s eShop for the 2DS and 3DS! Unfortunately, it’s only on the NEW 2DS XL and the 3DSXL, not the older models of DS, but… still. There will, one day, be physical copies of the game available, but for now it’s on the eShop for $29.99.

 

BRUCE STRALEY LEAVES NAUGHTY DOG

[image: The Naughty Dog logo]
Bruce Straley was Naughty Dog’s 15th employee. He was hired to be a texture artist on Crash Team Racing in 1999, had worked on Jak & Daxter, co-directed art for Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, co-directed for Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, and The Last of Us… basically, a model employee who worked on a ton of truly amazing games. Well, he announced last week that he was leaving Naughty Dog (The Kennel, as they call it). He didn’t say why, exactly, but we can only assume he wants to explore other avenues in life. We wish him the best, though.

 

NEW POKEBALL THEMED 2DS XL

[image: The Pokeball themed 2DS XL. Image directly from Target’s website]
Gosh, we’re excited for this one. I mean, LOOK AT IT. It looks like a Pokeball! The only place I can find a listing is on Target.com, which makes sense considering the sweet deals Target has with Nintendo. We aren’t sure if these are limited edition or what, but you can pre-order now for $159.99.

That’s all the news we had for you this week. You can keep up with our This Week in Gaming podcast on Youtube and Soundcloud, as well as enjoying these weekly wrap-ups.