Wed. Aug 10th, 2022

Nintendo Switch Oled Sora SamusSource: iMore

Hello and welcome to another Nintendo summary. This week started with some big news when the last Super Smash Bros. -fighter was revealed as Sora from Kingdom Hearts. Additionally, we found out that Kingdom Hearts games are coming to the Nintendo Switch, though not in the way that many people had hoped. So on Friday, the Nintendo Switch released the OLED model and Metroid Dread. There is a lot to discuss for each of these topics, so let’s dive right in.

Sora comes a-Smashin ‘

On Tuesday morning, Super Smash Bros.Ultimate fans gathered around screens to watch series creator Masahiro Sakurai unveil the latest DLC fighter. There were a lot of realistic predictions and prehistoric hopes running on this last chance, and some people were rewarded with a character they have long wanted: Sora from Kingdom Hearts. He will be available October 18 and can be purchased individually for $ 5.99 USD.

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Sora’s unveiling video starts with amiibo for all current warriors facing the iconic Flaming Smash logo that appeared in the game’s official teasers back in 2018. The flame burns out and all the amiibo seems to go lifeless. Then a spark appears in the darkness. Mario wakes up, walks forward and sticks his gloved hand into the flame. It reveals a Keyblade that opens a magical keyhole, and Sora flows through it accompanied by iconic Kingdom Hearts music.

As always comes with Smash fighter reveals, there is a mixed response that Sora is the last. Some players have been asking for him for years, and Sakurai even revealed that Sora was the most sought after new fighter in a 2015 poll. , where they think are more deserving as Waluigi, Doom Guy and Master Chief.

Kingdom Hearts Dive To The Heart No Donald Obesity Higher

Source: iMore

Whatever your opinion, it’s impressive that Sora came in. He has already tied himself to two other big companies – Square Enix and Disney – so it must have taken a lot of negotiation to get him in there to begin with. Not to mention that the iconic Mickey Mouse logo dangling from his Keyblade keychain must have been one of the biggest licensing hurdles compared to any of the warriors.

Unfortunately, none of his Disney friends appear to be included. Donald and Goofy are even edited based on the Art Nouveau-style image seen on the Dive to the Heart scene that was shown during the presentation. But they would have been a whole other big licensing issue in themselves, so that’s not so surprising.

All Kingdom Hearts games come to Nintendo Switch Cloud Streaming

Kingdom Hearts Sora and Goofy

Source: Square Enix

Along with Sora’s fighter announcement, Sakurai revealed that all Kingdom Hearts games participate in the best games on the Nintendo Switch, even though they are not available for download or in physical copies, as they can only be accessed via Switch Cloud Streaming. Some people are bored, but it allows the more graphically intensive Kingdom Hearts 3 to play on the Switch without having to upgrade the console hardware or downscale the graphics too much. No exact release date has yet been given.

Metroid Dread blasts on switch

Metroid Dread Clean Image

Source: Nintendo

After months of waiting, Samus has finally returned in his brand new Switch title Metroid Dread, which was released on Friday. Reviews across the lines have been overwhelmingly positive with many people saying the game feels like it fits perfectly into the existing series while being the right step forward. Our own Samuel Tolbert is currently testing the game and will have his review sometime next week. From what it looks like, this may just be Nintendo’s game material of the year.

The Metroid Dread amiibo has also appeared on store shelves and has quickly sold out on Amazon and other retailers. So if you haven’t got yours yet, keep an eye on availability and skip a purchase whenever you can.

Nintendo Switch OLED model launched and could theoretically support 4K

Nintendo Switch OLED model next to switch V

Source: Rebecca Spear / iMore Nintendo Switch V2 above, Switch OLED model below.

The OLED model was launched with Samus and has been in high demand. This is not surprising considering how much better the larger screen displays colors and contrast. Seriously, I was amazed at how much of a difference it made when I compared my Switch V2 display to the new OLED model. I am currently working on a comparison piece that will go up sometime next week, so check back for that.

If you want one but did not get a pre-order, you may be lucky enough to drop by a Best Buy or other retailer and see if they have it in stock, even though some retailers have only acquired enough to fill out their pre-orders. If you are interested in grabbing one, keep an eye on availability and jump on a purchase as soon as it arrives in stock. I recommend using Stock Informer as it can keep track of multiple stores and notify you if the inventory changes.

Now that the OLED model has come into people’s hands, some have been able to tear it down and look at the new hardware inside. One of the biggest things to note is that HDMI has been upgraded from 1.4 to 2.0. That means it could support 4K if the running software allowed it. As such, it is very likely that technically savvy people will hack the system and play with these resolution options.

It is possible that this hardware change was made with a larger plan in mind. After all, if these Nintendo 4K kits and AI upscaling rumors turn out to be true, this may be where Nintendo’s headed for the next generation of consoles. However, it is just as likely that the old HDMI outputs were no longer available and Nintendo was forced to make the change.

Until next week

Well, that was a lot was not it? We’re stuck in October now, which means Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl will be released next month along with a few other expected titles. But right now, I dive into Samus’ suite and run away from the EMMI robots while playing my new OLED model. I hope you can play a fun game this weekend and see you again next week.

Until next time.

- Rebecca Spear

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