Game Music to Get You Through Monday
After Nintendo's divisive event, I think the Song of Healing from Majora's Mask and Twilight Princess is a nice way to start out the week. As always, Nadia does a really nice job of analyzing the song in her Note Block Beat Box series. Have a read!
- In the course of writing this article, I noticed that Farming Simulator was confirmed for the Nintendo Switch. Killer app? Killer app.
- I really am trying to stay positive about the Switch, but dear lord those accessories are really expensive. Eighty dollars for additional Joy-Cons? Yikes! That might make it a little harder to get a four-player round of 1-2 Switch going...
- While Nintendo tries to get back on track in the console market, its old rival Sega is trying to revive Sonic in the eyes of hardcore gamers. I've only seen Sonic Mania at a distance, but I do love the way that it calls back to the days when Sonic was the coolest thing going. And it'll be on the Switch too! I love that I'm going to be able to take games like these on the road. It'll be a Day 1 purchase for me.
- Polygon ran a piece over the weekend wondering how the Switch will fare in terms of sports games. Here's my feeling as an avid sports gamer: probably not well. More than ever, sports games sell themselves on top-level graphics and online play, both of which figure to be weak points for the Switch. Much as I love the idea of playing a FIFA franchise mode on the road, I acknowledge that I'm an outlier. Ultimate Team rules the day in sports games, and that community is centered on the PS4 and Xbox One. For that reason, I think both FIFA and NBA 2K will be one and done on the Switch. But man, it'll be nice to be able to binge FIFA games on my flights again...
- Getting off the Switch for a moment, I mentioned in my piece about Ninja Gaiden earlier today that Team Ninja creative director visibly winced when I mentioned Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, and I'm not kidding either. Yaiba appears to be a very painful chapter in that team's past, along with a few of their other more "mainstream" games. I'll have more on their attempt to get back to their roots later this week.
- On that note, I also got to play Nioh last week, and it isn't too bad. It leans heavily on mechanics from Dark Souls, but with a few distinctly Team Ninja touches, such as high-speed super attacks. My god, though, it is hard. There was a point where I climbed up a ladder and found a Tengu—a bird-like demon from Japanese folklore. It proceeded to tear me apart and eat my heart on multiple occasions as I struggled to balance out my stamina. Hard as Dark Souls can be, I think Nioh might have it beat by a mile. Then again, it's hard to pick up games like this cold. I guess we'll see!
- Awesome Games Done Quick wrapped up over the weekend, smashing in their previous record in raising a million more dollars than last year's record. Lots of great stuff as always, but the Tasblock (shown above) definitely stands out as one of my favorites. What did you think?
- Axe of the Blood God: In case you missed it, Polygon's Matt Leone was on the show last week to discuss his absolutely massive oral history of Final Fantasy. Lots of good insights in here on how the piece came together, plus plenty of discussion from Nadia and I on what we learned.
- Mecha Party: I'm currently on the second to last level of SD Gundam G Generation Genesis and feeling oddly desolate about it. I don't want to play through the whole thing again with my current party; but at the same time, I don't want to put it aside either. I'll be traveling to Europe next week, and I'm ruing the fact that I won't have SD Gundam to keep me company. I guess I can take a crack at finally beating Persona Q instead.
- Looking Ahead: We've got a bunch more previews rolling in over the next couple weeks as big guns from both Sony and Microsoft highlight some of their games for the next three months. Jeremy will be continuing his Design in Action look at Symphony of the Night, and I will be continuing my Final Fantasy IV Let's Play. And of course, there will be tons more Switch coverage. Please look forward to it!