Update: Here’s a friendly reminder that Nintendo’s huge Digital Deals sale is ending later today in North America; the sale will remain live in Europe up until 27th June.
Full details below.
Original Article (Wed 16th Jun, 2021 12:30 BST): Nintendo has kicked off a mighty Digital Deals sale on the Switch eShop across Europe and North America, discounting plenty of its own major releases in the process.
The sales are slightly different across each region (Europe’s boasting discounts of up to 75% off, while North America only has up to 50% off), so we’d urge you to visit the eShop in your region to see all the deals for yourself.
Having said that, we’ve rounded up some of the sale’s highlights for you below. These deals are part of the North American sale; a full list of EU deals can be found here.
According to E3’s official voting panel – comprised of editors from IGN, GameSpot, PC Gamer, GamesRadar+, Game Bonfire and IGN China – Microsoft held the best presentation. It also apparently showed off the most anticipated game: Forza Horizon 5.
Now, while we could leave it there – if you want to know who really ‘won’ E3, or at least who was the most popular – it was Nintendo’s E3 Direct broadcast. According to data from Stream Hatchet – “Nintendo Dominated” E3’s developer conferences, with its highest peak of viewers coming in at 3.1 million.
Keep in mind, the stats for all broadcasts cover both YouTube and Twitch views:
In second place was Xbox with 2.3 million viewers. Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, noted how it was the company’s most viewed E3 ever – congratulations to the team.
Noticeably, indie publisher Devolver Digital was also up with the best – attracting over one million viewers with its parody skit littered with real game announcements. So, what did you think of E3 2021? Was Nintendo’s presentation your favourite?
Update #2(Sat 12th Jun, 2021 15:40 BST) And Nintendo of America has now taken the game page down. We can expect to hear more details and see a ‘reveal’ trailer later today at the Ubisoft Forward event — join us to watch the livestream at 12pm Pacific / 3pm Eastern / 8pm UK / 9pm CEST.
Update (Sat 12th Jun, 2021 12:35 BST): It appears Ubisoft’s Switch exclusive has been revealed ahead of schedule, and as rumoured it’s a sequel to the 2017 title Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle.
Here are some screenshots and a bit of extra information about what to expect:
Team up with Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Rabbid Peach, Rabbid Luigi, and their friends on a galactic journey to defeat a malevolent entity and save your Spark companions. Explore planets throughout the galaxy as you uncover mysterious secrets and compelling quests!
– Build your dream team with three heroes from an eclectic roster of nine. – Take down all new bosses, along with some familiar enemies throughout the galaxy. – Rescue the adorable Sparks throughout the galaxy, who provide distinct powers that will help you in battle. – Unleash your heroes’ skills but be strategic as you dash your enemies, team jump on your allies, and hide behind covers.
Original story (Fri 11th Jun, 2021 11:00 BST): Well, it’s E3 season, and the reality is that companies really struggle to keep secrets at this time of year. One rumoured title appears to have escaped the vault a little under two days ahead of time, taking us back to a rather dramatic Switch rumour from back in the day.
[Note: we’ve been deliberately obtuse with the headline and lead image so that people just browsing the site or social media aren’t spoiled. This approach is very much case-by-case, it’s just the call we made this time around.]
When Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle leaked it caused bemusement, and then Ubisoft’s E3 event turned public opinion around and got plenty of us excited for the tactical shooter. It’s an excellent game, and now ‘PracticalBrush12’, a leaker with an impressive track record – recently including the likes of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl – has struck again and listed ‘Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope’.
Ubisoft Forward will reveal all soon, of course – it’s on 12th June at 12pm Pacific / 3pm Eastern / 8pm UK / 9pm CEST. A sequel certainly makes sense – the first was well received and had solid sales, while there was a sense that the development team were hugely passionate about the concept and IPs involved.
We do recommend only following the Reddit source link if you want to be potentially spoiled; the leaker’s strong history and the dizzying scope of the list are quite something to behold. Time will tell on how accurate this leak truly is.
Would you be excited to see a Mario + Rabbids sequel?
In the magazine business, the Back Page is where you’d find all the weird goofs that we couldn’t fit in anywhere else. Some may call it “filler”; we prefer “a whole page to make terrible jokes that are tangentially related to the content of the mag”.
We don’t have pages on the internet, but we still love terrible jokes — so welcome to our semi-regular feature, Back Page. Today we bandy around predictions that absolutely positively won’t come to pass over the coming E3-filled days…
It’s almost E3 time, even though it feels (to us, anyway) like it’s been going on for ten thousand years. We had our fun predicting things last week, but now it’s time to blow off all the E3 steam for real with our Back Page predictions. If any of these come true, we will eat our hat (which, for the record, is one of those old-timey journalist hats with the word PRESS on it).
RYAN: I don’t know any Fire Emblem characters, but the internet tells me I should be angry that they exist.
TOM: They’ll shock the world and choose an FE character with differently coloured hair.
GAVIN: You’re just reminding me I need to get back to Three Houses. And by ‘get back to’, I mean ‘start’.
The one thing that becomes a social media meme
KATE: We see the triumphant return of Reggie Fils-Aimé, dressed as Mario, who defeats Doug Bowser in a very convincing wrestling match. At the end of the match, Reggie pulls fistfuls of spaghetti out of his pockets and throws them into the crowd. Everyone goes wild.
RYAN: Bowser goes to pull something out of his pocket, just like Reggie did at the Nintendo DS reveal, and fans think it’s the Switch Pro. Turns out it’s just an old hanky; a metaphor for overwhelming disappointment.
The thing that everyone asked for, but they’re still angry about it for some reason
KATE: Metroid 4 is announced, but everyone gets mad that Samus Aran now has a combat-ready short haircut. That ponytail would not fly in the army.
RYAN: Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl will have a complete Pokédex/won’t have a complete Pokédex/look great/look awful/are true re-imaginings of the base games/aren’t faithful enough to the base games/exist.
TOM: New content for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe that looks amazing and is a bargain price, but people complain it’s not Mario Kart 9 at $ 60.
GAVIN: More games/consoles on Nintendo Switch Online. All the classic video games, except that one, and this one, and the other, etc.
Nintendo hires a new CEO with a Super Mario name
KATE: Doug Bowser is replaced by Brian Chain-Chomp, and everyone starts to suspect that something weird is going on at Nintendo of America.
RYAN: After a change.org petition, Nintendo finally gives in and replaces Furukawa with the actual Dr. Goomba Tower from Dr. Mario World. That’s Japan and NoA down, Europe’s next.
GAVIN: Tony Question Block plants his square derriere in Reggie’s old Herman Miller. He’s a nightmare at the Investor Q&As, apparently.
The next Labo set
KATE: In keeping with the cardboard theme, Nintendo announces their next Labo set is a pizza box, with genuine grease stains. You can even get an amiibo of the little plastic table that goes in the middle to keep the cheese off the lid.
RYAN: Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 05: Money Printer Kit, where fans can recreate all those ‘it prints money’ Switch memes with a real, physical cardboard version of the console. Smallprint confirms that it doesn’t actually print money, because Nintendo’s already taken it.
TOM: Konami tie in, it’s just Snake’s box – is compatible with Smash Bros. Ultimate as an amiibo, at least.
There we have it: several very believable, totally real E3 predictions. We’re extremely excited to win Pulitzer Prize awards for our investigative reporting. Tell us your predictions in the comments!