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Shin Megami Tensei 5 to be Delisted from Nintendo eShop Next Month

Shin Megami Tensei 5 to be Delisted from Nintendo eShop Next Month

Shin Megami Tensei 5 will be removed from the Nintendo eShop on June 13, 2024 ahead of the release of expanded edition Shin Megami Tensei 5 Vengeance.

Publisher Atlus confirmed the takedown in an X/Twitter post, making clear that all digital editions of the game, including the Standard and Deluxe, as well as all downloadable content will be unavailable ahead of Vengeance, which launches June 21, 2024.

Players who already own either the physical or digital versions of Shin Megami Tensei 5 will be able to continue playing after the takedown date, or redownload it if necessary.

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Vengeance is a revamped version of the original available across all platforms, meaning PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Series, PC via Steam, and Nintendo Switch, with various improvements and even additional content being added.

“Forge your path through a post-apocalyptic world in this definitive version of Shin Megami Tensei 5,” the official synopsis reads. “Two complete story paths await, including a brand new storyline with new locations and demons, and where your choices will determine the fate of all existence.”

Changes include improved gameplay systems and quality of life features, more than 40 new demons being available, and significantly different story beats in one of the two story modes playable in Vengeance. Atlus estimated each route takes around 80 hours each, meaning Vengeance offers around 160 hours of gameplay for those looking to explore both.

In our 8/10 review of the base game, IGN said: “Shin Megami Tensei 5’s excellent JRPG combat and deeply rewarding customization shine bright, even when it sometimes feels like Persona without the heart.”

Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelance reporter. He’ll talk about The Witcher all day.

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Legend Of Zelda Is “Dying For A Cinematic Treatment,” Director Says

Legend Of Zelda Is “Dying For A Cinematic Treatment,” Director Says

Nintendo is teaming up with Sony and Marvel producer Avi Arad for a live-action The Legend of Zelda movie. Director Wes Ball recently told Variety that Zelda is one of the last “untapped properties” that is ripe for a movie and that he’s excited to get to work on the film.

“I can’t say a lot about it, but Zelda is hugely important to me. It’s up there with Star Wars for me in terms of what shaped me as a kid,” Ball said. “Talking about adventure? That’s the thing. It’s like one of the last untapped properties that is dying for a cinematic treatment. But we’ll see what happens.”

Zelda has a dedicated and passionate fanbase, and Ball knows something about that having previously directed the Maze Runner movies. He said he got a “taste” of the “expectation game” with those films, and now he’s feeling it again directing Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes. For Zelda, though, he might be facing the highest expectations of his career.

“Obviously you can’t have that while you’re making a thousand decisions a day. You ingest it and hopefully you make good choices along the way in a string of thousands and thousands of choices that you make,” he said. “And so I count myself as a gigantic fan, and I trust that in a way as we move forward, and hopefully it lines up with other people that want to see the same thing.”

Ball was recently asked what his favorite Zelda game of all time is. He diplomatically and strategically chose to not reply, as doing so might have led the fanbase to conclusions about the film.

Ball recently talked about lessons he’s applying to his upcoming Zelda movie. Additionally, the director has previously expressed that the film has “got to feel like something real.” This comes after Ball mentioned swinging for live-action Hayao Miyazaki aesthetics, known for co-founding Studio Ghibli.

There is no release date yet for the Zelda movie, nor have any casting announcements been made yet. Meanwhile, Ball’s Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes premieres in theaters today, May 10. For more, check out GameSpot’s Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes review.

In other Nintendo news, a Switch 2 console–or whatever it may be called–is in the works and could launch in 2025. For more, check out everything we know about Switch 2.

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Switch Devs Keep Releasing The Same Game Over And Over To Top eShop

Switch Devs Keep Releasing The Same Game Over And Over To Top eShop

Gaming storefronts can be a wild place, and it seems that some publishers are taking advantage of the way the Nintendo Switch eShop works to get eyes on their games. A Twitter/X user posted footage that shows that the same game has been released dozens of times under different names, presumably to show up under the “New Releases” section.

Graphic designer Philip Summers posted a video to Twitter that appeared to show that publishers like Red Deer Games have released games like Sport & Fun: Swimming dozens of times in different bundles, using names like “Ultra Premium,” “Ultra Deluxe,” and “Amazing Edition” to make each release seem unique. Summers added that the newest version of the game will be on sale for very discounted price (in this example, $2) in order to get into the eShop’s sale list.

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In general, gaming storefronts have struggled to keep up with the onslaught of new games coming out every day, with Steam instituting the Curator system years ago in order to try to bring some order to the chaos. However, given that sections like sales and new releases are relatively easy to manipulate by publishers, it’s up to the platform-holders to crack down on this if they ever want it to stop.

In other Switch news, Nintendo recently confirmed that the Switch 2 will be announced sometime this fiscal year, which ends in April 2025.

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Don’t Expect the Nintendo Switch 2 Before April 2025

Don’t Expect the Nintendo Switch 2 Before April 2025

Nintendo has signaled that its Switch successor console will not come out until April 2025 at the earliest.

In an investor-focused question and answer session translated by GamesIndustry.biz, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa confirmed that its forecast for the current financial year does not include sales of the console, dubbed Switch 2.

Nintendo’s current financial year ends on March 31, 2025, which means the Switch 2 will release April 1 at the earliest. This week, Nintendo announced plans to announce the Switch 2 during this financial year, but not during June’s Nintendo Direct.

Meanwhile, Furukawa confirmed that the Switch 2 will continue to use the Nintendo Account system already in place for the Switch and Nintendo’s mobile games. Elsewhere, Furukawa said Nintendo is calling the console “the successor to the Nintendo Switch” for now for the ease of simplicity.

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In February, reports indicated the Switch 2 was delayed until the early months of 2025. As reported by Bloomberg, VGC, and Eurogamer, sources claimed Nintendo had told publishers the Switch 2 was originally planned to be released at the end of 2024 but was now expected to slip to “March 2025 at the earliest.”

Recent alleged details on the power of the Switch 2 weren’t the first rumors to spread about Nintendo’s new console. Other allegedly leaked details have suggested that the device will feature magnetic versions of the Joy-Cons and maybe even let players use their old controllers, too. If these recent rumors are to be believed, you’ll also be able to enjoy your physical and digital games on the Switch 2.

For more on what may eventually become the Switch 2, you can read everything else we know about the company’s next console.

Which Switch 2 feature is most important to you?

Wesley is the UK News Editor for IGN. Find him on Twitter at @wyp100. You can reach Wesley at wesley_yinpoole@ign.com or confidentially at wyp100@proton.me.

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Nintendo World Championships: NES Edition Is Up for Preorder

Nintendo World Championships: NES Edition Is Up for Preorder

Update 5/8/24: Physical copies of Nintendo World Championships: NES Edition are back in stock at GameStop, but sold out everywhere else it has become available. It still hasn’t shown up at Amazon, Target, or Walmart, and we’ll update this page if/when it does. It’s also available to preorder in digital format from the Nintendo eShop.

The Nintendo Switch may be nearing the end of its run as Nintendo gears up for its successor, but the Mario company isn’t done releasing games just yet. Nintendo World Championships: NES Edition, a collection of over 150 challenges from 13 different NES games, is coming exclusively to Switch on July 18. It’s available for preorder now in digital edition, but physical editions have sold out everywhere they’ve become available.

Nintendo World Championships: NES Edition (Physical Edition)

Out July 18

Nintendo World Championships: NES Edition

The physical edition of the game is called the Deluxe Set, and for good reason. It comes with a physical copy of game itself, plus the following physical items:

  • Gold-colored replica NES cartridge
  • 13 art cards
  • 5 pins

Nintendo World Championships: NES Edition (Digital Edition)

Nintendo World Championships: NES Edition (Digital Edition)

If you don’t want all cool the physical extras, you can preorder the game on the Nintendo eShop for $29.99.

What is Nintendo World Championships: NES Edition?

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Nintendo World Championships: NES Edition is kind of a mini-game compilation, but the mini-games are all challenges based on 13 classic NES games. We’re talking games like all three NES Super Mario Bros. games, The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Kid Icarus, and more.

There’s a Speedrun Mode that has you run through sections of the games as fast as you can to set new personal records. There’s a World Championship Mode with global online leaderboards so you can compete with others. Party Mode lets you play local competitions with up to 8 players.

Games Included in Nintendo World Championships: NES Edition

  • Balloon Fight
  • Donkey Kong
  • Excitebike
  • Ice Climber
  • Kid Icarus
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Metroid
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

See our article about the game’s announcement for more information.

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How To Save On Monster Hunter Stories PC Preorders Ahead Of Next Month’s Launch

How To Save On Monster Hunter Stories PC Preorders Ahead Of Next Month’s Launch

Monster Hunter has become one of Capcom’s biggest franchises over the years, and if you’re looking to experience one of the more interesting spin-off titles, then you should check out this PC preorder deal for Monster Hunter Stories right now. Originally released exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS in 2016 (and later ported to iOS), this new release updates the quirky adventure with improved high-definition visuals, full voice-overs in English and Japanese, and throws in a wealth of extra content.

Monster Hunter Stories
Monster Hunter Stories

Fanatical’s Monster Hunter Stories preorder deal drops the price of the PC version of the Pokemon-like RPG to $24.60. You’re saving 18% off the game’s $30 list price and will receive a key on launch day that can be redeemed on Steam. Monster Hunter Stories releases on June 13 for PC, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation. Your preorder comes with Navirou’s “King” and “Queen” Outfits.

Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin, the well-received sequel, has been available on PC and modern consoles since launch. You don’t need to play the games in order, so if you’d like to check out the sequel while you wait, PC players can grab it for $25.60 at Fanatical.

Monster Hunter Stories is also available to preorder for Switch and PS4 (it’ll be backwards compatible on PS5) in case you prefer console, and for buying options, you can check out our preorder guide through this link for those platforms.

For more games in the series, you can also check out the excellent Monster Hunter Rise and Monster Hunter: World games, both of which are on sale for cheap at Fanatical. Both games follow the traditional Monster Hunter action-RPG loop. World is the entry that turned the series from niche to massive hit for Capcom in North America. Both games include some great beginner-friendly mechanics to properly introduce you to the core concepts of the series. Namely, hunting down ferocious monsters, harvesting them to create better armor and weapons, and then venturing out into the wilderness to hunt down even deadlier prey.

Disclosure: GameSpot and Fanatical are both owned by Fandom.

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Star Wars 4v4 Hero Shooter Is Coming To Switch And Mobile In June

Star Wars 4v4 Hero Shooter Is Coming To Switch And Mobile In June

Over three years since its first gameplay trailer and nearly six since the deal between Disney and Zynga was announced, Star Wars Hunters–the 4v4 multiplayer hero shooter featuring new characters to the Star Wars lore–will finally launch on Nintendo Switch and mobile devices on June 4.

A new blog post on StarWars.com revealed the now-impending launch date for Star Wars Hunters, along with a trailer showing off some of the hunters players will choose from. Seen in the trailer are J-3DI, the droid that thinks it’s a Jedi master; Slingshot, a droidka piloted by an Ugnaught; and Utooni, which is two Jawas wearing a trenchcoat.

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Hunters will offer players multiple ways to play both with friends and against AI bots, which include standard “deathmatch” rules in Squad Brawl mode and point-control matches in Dynamic Control. Another mode, Trophy Chase, is a race for teams to control a small golden droid–the aptly named TR0-F33–for a certain amount of time.

Star Wars Hunters debuted during the February 2021 Nintendo Direct, where the first gameplay trailer aired. The game did soft launch in Asian countries later that year, though Zynga announced a delay of the worldwide launch soon after.

Star Wars Hunters will launch June 4 for Nintendo Switch and mobile devices. Interested players can pre-register now for special rewards which will unlock on day one.

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Nintendo Switch 2 Might Be Using Magnetic Joy-Con Controllers

Nintendo Switch 2 Might Be Using Magnetic Joy-Con Controllers

The Nintendo Switch successor is reportedly using magnetic Joy-Con controllers, and the Joy-Con controllers currently used with the Switch might not be backwards compatible with it.

According to a report from Spanish outlet Vandal (translated by VGC), it was able to get some details about the Nintendo Switch successor from accessory and peripheral manufacturers. Those companies were apparently able to touch the console through an opaque box, giving them a literal feel for the console without seeing it.

While the console will reportedly be bigger than the current Switch system, it won’t be nearly as big as the Steam Deck. As mentioned, because the magnetic system would replace the rail-based one, it would mean the original Joy-Con controllers will not be backward-compatible. However, this should not be an issue for the Switch Pro Controller, which is said to be compatible with the new system.

Furthermore, the manufacturers allege that Nintendo can already put the console out in the market, but wants to wait until it has a stronger launch catalogue. This indicates that we might not see it release until later, like in 2025 as rumors have suggested.

It’s currently unknown what Nintendo has in store for its next console, but we do know that Pokemon Legends Z-A is due out in 2025.

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Garry’s Mod Removing All Nintendo Content From Steam Workshop After Takedown Request

Garry’s Mod Removing All Nintendo Content From Steam Workshop After Takedown Request

The developer of Garry’s Mod has announced it is in the process of removing all Nintendo-related content from Steam Workshop after receiving a takedown request from Nintendo.

In a posting to Steam, Facepunch Studios confirmed the takedowns were in fact legitimate – perhaps in contrast to previous takedowns this year thought to be sent by a fraudster. Facepunch added that the request was “fair enough” given that the content does belong to Nintendo, but noted that the process would take time as “we have 20 years of uploads to go through.”

“If you want to help us by deleting your Nintendo related uploads and never uploading them again, that would help us a lot,” Facepunch wrote.

Say goodbye to Link in Garry’s Mod.

Nintendo has historically been extremely protective of its owned content, having in the last year issued legal challenges to Palworld Pokemon mods, a popular Switch emulator, and a Nintendo 64 Portal revival that used the official Nintendo 64 SDK. So Nintendo asking (well, demanding, really) for Nintendo-related content to be taken out of a goofy sandbox game isn’t shocking.

What’s a bit more surprising is how long it took Nintendo to actually do anything about it. Twenty years is a long time to let mods like this one that lets you fill the world with gun-toting Marios or this one that turns Waluigi into a weapon go unremarked upon! It’s not like this has been some well-kept secret, either. Garry’s Mod’s whole deal is letting people, well, mod it. You’re supposed to throw a bunch of weird characters and items and ideas together in its sandbox and make goofy scenarios. That’s what’s made it such popular streaming and video fodder.

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Searching for “Mario” in Steam Workshop for Garry’s Mod at the time of this post brings up over 5,500 entries alone, and Luigi listings are at over 1,200. “Zelda” brings up 800. “Kirby” gets 739. “Waluigi” has 286! This is a gold mine we’re losing, here!

Regardless of what prompted Nintendo to start caring about this now, care they do – so say goodbye to making jumpscare horror games starring Kirby in Garry’s Mod. IGN has reached out to Nintendo for comment.

Rebekah Valentine is a senior reporter for IGN. Got a story tip? Send it to rvalentine@ign.com.

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Woot Has a Nintendo Switch OLED (New, US Model) with 1 Year Warranty for Only $319.99

Woot Has a Nintendo Switch OLED (New, US Model) with 1 Year Warranty for Only $319.99

Woot is currently offering a brand new Nintendo Switch OLED gaming console for only $319.99. Amazon Prime members get free shipping, otherwise there’s a $5 shipping charge. This is a guaranteed US model (not import) with a full 1 year Nintendo warranty.

Nintendo Switch OLED (New, US Model) for $319.99

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If you can afford the small price premium of the Switch OLED over the non-OLED model, then I think it’s worth the upgrade. The Nintendo Switch OLED features an OLED display that offers better image quality than the original LCD display. That includes deeper blacks, more vibrant colors, and a better color gradient. The text is sharper and easier to read as well. The screen isn’t that much bigger (7″ on the OLED vs 6.2″ on the non-OLED), but it does feel a lot bigger thanks to a thinner bezel. Other upgrades worth mentioning are a new and improved kickstand, a hard-wired ethernet port on the docking station, and an exclusive white Switch shell and matching Joy-Cons.

The “Switch 2” Isn’t Coming in 2024

If you’re holding out on the next generation Switch console, well be prepared to wait for a while longer. It turns out that the rumored console update won’t be released until Q1 or Q2 of 2025, at the earliest. If you don’t own a Switch, now is still a good time to join the family. The games are still as amazing as when they were first released, and they’re on sale more often than ever before.

If you’re looking for deals on accessories, check out the best Switch deals of 2024.

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