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Crash Bandicoot and Wolfenstein 2 arrive on Nintendo Switch

There’s a lot of discussion recently about Nintendo Switch being a “port machine” and you know what? Personally, I’m okay with that! Many promising original games are arriving soon, like Octopath Traveler and Sonic Mania Plus, and in the meantime amazing older titles are going portable. The two latest are Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, both arriving last week on Nintendo Switch. Sure there are a few technical compromises, mostly in resolutions, but from my early hands-on with them they play great. I also find it exciting to see the original Crash Bandicoot on Nintendo Switch as back in the 90’s he was one of Nintendo’s biggest rivals! Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy is also out now on Xbox One

Mario Tennis Aces gets free DLC

You have to give Nintendo credit: they’ve been great at supporting their games with free DLC. Splatoon 2, ARMS, and Super Mario Odyssey have all received bonus DLC, and Mario Tennis Aces is following suit. Free DLC characters are coming, including Koopa Troopa and Blooper arriving in July and August. That’s not all though, Nintendo recently tweeted that Diddy Kong, Birdo, and Koopa Paratroopa will swing into action this fall as free playable characters. So five DLC characters will be joining the roster soon, all free for those who have the game. This is awesome news as it’ll help keep Mario Tennis Aces in the spotlight and give fans an extra incentive to keep on playing. Considering online multiplayer is the bread and butter of this game, having well-populated online servers is a must!

Fortnite launches a rocket, probably teasing Season 5

Amy Hennig Leaves EA

Four years ago former Naughty Dog creative director Amy Hennig made headlines when she joined Visceral Games to work on a new EA Star Wars project. Her resume includes writing and directing Sony’s Uncharted franchise, so Star Wars fans were understandably very excited about this news. Well, following the shuttering of Visceral Games and her Star Wars game moving over to EA Vancouver, we now know Amy Hennig is off the project entirely. In a brief statement, Amy said she “left in January” and has opened her own independent studio. As one of the industry’s top creative minds it’ll be very interesting to see where this all leads. In another recent development, EA’s Jade Raymond said a lot of Hennig’s and Visceral’s content will be retained in the reworked Star Wars game. Hopefully EA reveals more on this game soon!

Hot New Trailers

This week in gaming Overwatch gets a new hero… and it’s a hamster? EA also teased NHL 19 and has given us first details on the game.

Overwatch gets a new Hero

My Take:

Hammond the hamster? Okay that’s just too cute. He’s not just any old hamster either, Hammond taught himself mechanic skills, and modified his escape pod into a combat mech. He’s got some pretty cool moves too, like the ability to turn into a ball and roll to increase his movement speed. He can also grab opponents and give them a piledriver, a move I can really appreciate as a wrestling fan. It’s great to see Blizzard continuing to support Overwatch with new characters, and I can’t wait to give Hammond a spin!

NHL 19

My Take:

As per tradition, EA has once again saved the latest NHL game reveal for the NHL Awards in Las Vegas. It’s a fun way to tease the next entry and learning about its new features is always a thrilling moment. As the trailer implies, NHL 19 is taking us to frozen outdoor ponds surrounded by scenic environments. EA is also introducing a Free-for-all game of hockey where it’s One vs. One vs. One with no limits. Now that sounds cool!

Hands-on Impressions

Latest Reviews

Nintendo Switch had a big week with the releases of Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy and Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus. Here are the Metacritic scores for each, and links to reviews from prominent game sites:

Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy (Nintendo Switch, Xbox One)

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (Nintendo Switch)

Trending on Reddit

Reddit user Awesomekidd uploaded a picture of what happens when you feed Yoshi a Super Mushroom. As seen in the image to the right, it looks like Yoshi turns into Godzilla! So far this drawing has over 28K upvotes and over 200 comments. Good job, Awesomekidd!
Another popular image circulating Reddit this week is a cute pic of a kid holding a “Tap here to Power Up” sign. The sign is clearly aimed at marathon runners, so I hope they got a chuckle over this sign. What makes the whole scene even more humourous is the boy’s wearing a matching blue jacket and helmet—he looks ready for anything! Thanks to Reddit user DownVoteMegaGod for posting this funny picture.

What's Upcoming

So, what can we look forward to next week? Well, I’ll be giving you my impressions of Ubisoft’s The Crew 2 and NIS America’s Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana. Additionally, I’ll be taking a deeper look at Wolfenstein 2 and Crash Bandicoot to see how these ports hold up on Nintendo Switch. Plus, I’ll be touching on the hottest news of the week, latest game trailers, and trending posts on Reddit, stay tuned!

Have thoughts on this week’s roundup? Reach out to me on Twitter @NextGenPlayer and let’s discuss!

Paul Hunter Paul Hunter Sr. Editor, Gaming, Media & Tech

Based in Toronto, Paul is a proud Canadian, lifelong gamer, and consumer of all things tech! He is one of Canada’s most trusted gaming and technology experts with over 10 years’ experience managing the editorial content for national retail and entertainment brands. He is well known for sharing his view on what’s hot and what’s not in an honest, down-to-earth manner.

Connecting and engaging with gaming and tech enthusiasts on a personal level is core to Paul’s specialty. On a personal note, Paul is a dedicated husband and father, and loves travelling with his family to the US and Japan. His favourite franchises include Super Mario, Gears of War, and Star Wars, and he loves exploring cutting edge tech products!

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