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Once again, if you have a Platinum Points-sized hole burning in your pocket, you can now spend those points towards custom icons with Nintendo Switch Online. This week, Nintendo Switch Online members can redeem their Platinum Points for icon elements from Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. These icons will only be available until December 8, 5 PM PDT, so make sure you redeem these now if you want one!

Have you been disheartened from playing Pokémon Scarlet and Violet due to its performance issues? GAME FREAK released Update 1.1 to allay some of those concerns. GameXplain has made a quick video, seen above, of the noticed performance improvements with Update 1.1, including comparison footage of pre- and post-patch.

Nintendo has released two new Japanese commercials on their YouTube page. The first commercial highlights a father and son playing Pokémon Scarlet and Violet together and bonding over a mutual love of Pocket Monsters. The second commercial is a another seasonal sing-along, this time themed after winter, with many games with snowy themes or backgrounds making a feature, including Super Mario Odyssey, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and more.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle R has two new fighters from Stone Ocean. Father Pucchi and Weather Forecast are two free DLC characters added to the fighting title, whose trailer you can watch above. A new stage from Stone Ocean has also been included with this update. For more information on this free DLC, you can check out BANDAI NAMCO’s post.


The official posters for The Super Mario Bros. Movie have been revealed! You can check out the official pictures below.

From Nintendo and Illumination comes a new animated film based on the world of Super Mario Bros. Directed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic (collaborators on Teen Titans Go!, Teen Titans Go! To the Movies) from a screenplay by Matthew Fogel (The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, Minions: The Rise of Gru), the film stars Chris Pratt as Mario, Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Charlie Day as Luigi, Jack Black as Bowser, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong, Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek and Sebastian Maniscalco as Spike.



Organizers of the Smash World Tour have announced via Medium that one of the biggest live events in the e-sports and fighting game scene is coming to an end. The Smash World Tour Team stated that, the night before Thanksgiving, Nintendo contacted the group and told them “[they] could no longer operate” due to the lack of an official license.

The organizers state that the Smash World Tour has hosted 6,400 events with 325,000 attendees across the world. The Smash World Tour Championships for 2022 “would have had the largest prize pool in Smash history at over $250,000,” with a planned prize pool of $350,000 in 2023.

This reported shutdown, which Nintendo gave “without any warning,” has caused a multitude of financial troubles for the Team, other organizers, players, and fans, who had contracts, sponsor obligations, bookings, and other plans orchestrated around these events. The Smash World Tour Team stated that they will lose hundreds of thousands of dollars due to this decision.

Nintendo’s statement also came as a surprise to the Smash World Tour team. Allegedly, Nintendo’s legal representations to the Team in the past have included interest in collaborating with the Team through the procurement of a licensing agreement. The Team also claims that Nintendo had remarked positively to the Smash World Tour, commenting on the Tour’s non-infringement of Nintendo’s IP via the Tour’s lack of game modifications. The Smash World Tour, in Nintendo’s eyes, was apparently a good representation of Nintendo’s values. Reportedly, Nintendo stated the primary reason it would “com[e] down on events” was an event’s usage of game modifications, which the Smash World Tour had avoided.

The Team announced that, in light of this decision, all attendees will be issued full refunds.

Want to show your love for the new Pokémon Scarlet and Violet starters? If you are a Nintendo Switch Online member with available Platinum Points, you can use these Points on icon elements of Quaxly, Sprigatito, and Fuecoco. These icons will only be available until November 24th, so make sure to get them while they are still available!

Clamoring for some JRPGs for the holidays, or maybe hoping to catch some deals before the closure of the 3DS eShop? Fans of Kemco games are in luck, as the company has announced sales on 19 of its Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS titles across the North American, European, and Australian Nintendo eShop.

The games on sale, with their corresponding percentage off, that are on the Nintendo Switch are the below titles:

  • Yōdanji, 50% off
  • Legend Of The Tetrarchs, 50% off
  • Revenant Saga, 50% off
  • Chronus Arc, 50% off
  • Revenant Dogma, 50% off
  • Seek Hearts, 50% off
  • Illusion of L’Phalcia, 50% off
  • Everdark Tower, 50% off
  • Archlion Saga, 50% off
  • Sephirothic Stories, 50% off
  • Alphadia Genesis, 50% off
  • Miden Tower, 50% off
  • Sword of Elpisia, 35% off
  • Ghost Sync, 35% off
  • Alphadia Genesis 2, 50% off

The Nintendo 3DS titles that are a part of the sale, which are all 50% off, are as follows:

  • Bonds of the Skies
  • Legna Tactica
  • Infinite Dunamis
  • Asdivine Cross

Need more Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope love in your life? Check out these two new Japanese commercials, featured above, that go deeper into the key playable characters, environments, weapons, stages, and other features of the new title. The second commercial also presents a song highlighting the game.

Three new Japanese television commercials for the Switch are available to watch today. While one commercial features Animal Crossing: New Horizons and the other two show gameplay from Splatoon 3, all highlight how people can use Switch first-party titles to connect with family members and friends. You can watch the commercials above.


The North American Splatoon account has announced that the Splatoon x Pokémon Splatfest Sneak Live is now available. Players can now choose a team, check SplatNet 3 to see the teams your friends chose, gain abilities with a Splatfest tee, and earn and spend conch shells at the Shell-Out Machine.

Nintendo has released a new commercial for Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet. The ad, seen above, highlights some of battle system, the new region, and the trainers and Pokémon you’ll meet along the way to becoming the best there ever was.


In the excitement for the Nintendo Switch Online Game Trial version, OBAKEIDORO! has released Castlevania DLC. Until November 1 at 11:59 PDT, subscribers to Nintendo Switch Online will be able to try out the full game.

The free Castlevania DLC for the game includes Leon Belmont, Alucard, and Alucard’s Sword.

You can check out the DLC for yourself on Nintendo’s store page.

Two weeks ago, we discussed the announcement of the next online competition for Pokémon Sword and Shield, and the moment has finally arrived. Registered trainers can now participate in the Ultimate Finale Online competition from now until October 30, 2022.

For more information on the event, including the format and the rewards for participation, you can read our article here or Serebii’s coverage of the event.

Fortnite recently dropped a new skin for Black Adam in its Item Shop for Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 4. Not only is the Black Adam Outfit available, but players can also purchase the Symbol of Shiruta Back Bling, Hawkman’s Mace Pickaxe, Teth’s Throne Emote and the Teth Ascended Loading Screen in the popular battle-royale shooter.