3 of the year's best Switch games are down to their lowest prices

Best Buy is running an extremely limited-time sale, bringing some of the year's hottest Switch games down to their lowest prices to date. This offer is good through August 21 or until supplies run out.

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Wave 6 release window, tracks so far and characters

The checkered flag is being waved and the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Wave 6 release date is inching closer to the finish line.

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keegamer8015d ago

Nintendo has done great things with Mario Kart 8 on Switch. After horrible Wii U sales the port has become the biggest and best Mario Kart to date.

Tacoboto15d ago

I'm glad they didn't actually make an MK9 for the Switch. 8 was so solid and didn't get the appreciation it deserved, now it's reached like 5-6x the amount of players it ever could have and has grown to be almost like a repository for the best maps the franchise has put out.

Unknown_Gamer579415d ago

For a fun statistic, apparently the Switch port of MK8 has sold more than 4X what the Wii U console sold.


poppatron14d ago

I wonder what the plan will be on the switch 2. Unless they add major new gameplay mechanics, doing away with the huge mk8 and starting a new with an mk9 must be pretty terrifying. There’s a huuuge amount of tracks in mk8 now

Yi-Long14d ago

I hope they just stick with MK8, perhaps change the ‘8’ into the ‘Infinity’ symbol, and just build and expand on what they have, so bringing in new Nintendo characters and locations (Metroid, Zelda, F-Zero, Xenoblade, etc), as well as including a fantastic track-creator (ala Modnation).

poppatron14d ago

Couldn’t agree more! Starting again seems like a real waste of time

Sgt_Slaughter14d ago

That's the same issue Smash Bros. is currently facing; How do you move on from the biggest entry in your series' history that celebrates everything that came before it?

JimmyDM9014d ago

I hope they just go full smash/Nintendo kart with it. Bringing in a bunch more characters, tracks and items from the different Nintendo franchises (Kirby, Pokemon, Starfox, etc). They've already dipped their toe with 8, leaning much heavier into it for 9 would be an easy way to differentiate the new game on top of some new mechanical gimmick. Not sure what the new gimmick would be but destructible environments could be cool. Blast a hole through a wall with a green shell then speed through shortcut you just created. Knock out the support beams of a roof to create a ramp, etc.


Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Booster Course Pass Wave 6 - Nintendo Switch 9.14.2023

The final wave of the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Booster Course Pass arrives this holiday!

darthv7217d ago

Hope they add DK Mountain to this one.


Everything in Tears of the Kingdom is Temporary, and it’s Annoying

Shaz from GL writes: “Tears of the Kingdom retreads many of the same waters as Breath of the wild, taking away much of its magic and outlining its many frustrating elements”

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closed_account70d ago

Wow, I had no idea creations start disappearing like that. I haven't played yet and the building of machines seemed pretty awesome.. but if they get destroyed after a short period of time, what's the point? I would want to keep my favorite creations across the entirety of my adventure. :\

I sure hope they rework this on the next console after Switch. I'm actually surprised this didn't lower some of the 10/10 scores.

phoenixwing70d ago

the rabid nintendo fans would probably have sent death threats if it got lowered

senorfartcushion69d ago

Always thinking of rabid fanbases means that you’re rabid too.

GryestOfBluSkies69d ago

You can save your creations to have them automatically rebuilt, as long as you have the resources for it

Vx_68d ago

one of the most boring games of the year

Christopher69d ago

I mean, I've always hated weapon deterioration and that's normal for the game, so those creations have a limited lifespan built in. As far as creations in the world, I think it's a bit much to expect those to last. That's a lot for the game to remember and track let alone with how many things can and are created.

closed_account69d ago (Edited 69d ago )

Too much to expect for a Switch, sure. But it would be nice to retain at least 10 creations longterm if they ever remaster this for the next console. Like a gta garage almost. Clear out the ones you don't want anymore. I'd like an airship that I can continuously fly around the world. Be able to take several out at once. (I can imagine leaving them in strategic spots, set like a cross-country rally. People streaming their fastest times.)

I really think I'll just wait for a next gen remaster. I'm still playing Breath of the Wild and enjoying it. I've read that it can be hard to go back to after Tears bc of the re-used world, so I'd like to continue getting the most out of Breath of the Wild.

As for the quickly degrading weapons, I always hated that too. Wish they lasted longer, or you could cast a spell to retain at least 3 or so of your favorites. it is what it is though, and I'm not going to stop playing just bc of that. I really like the atmosphere of the game.

**Edit - For reference, you can retain many, many creations on Lego Worlds even on a Switch, albeit not vehicles. Also the rest of the game isn't nearly as complex as the Zelda games, the draw distance is horrendous and over all a buggy mess. Still, I'm confident that a next gen Tears of the Kingdom remaster could handle a garage worth of creations.

Concertoine69d ago (Edited 69d ago )

Not to mention it wouldn’t necessarily be a good thing. A lot of crafts are used for moments in gameplay, why should they be littering the world and disrupting the scenery? Sometimes the devs place vehicles or parts as a hint or gameplay option, but if those vehicles are coexisting along random vehicles that would be impossible to distinguish. The system the devs chose (build whatever with free local resources or craft anything with materials) makes the most sense and gives the least cluttered experience.

closed_account69d ago

Sure I agree on that point, but what about end game? I'd like for it open up to full freedom after you've finished everything. Would give incentive to keep playing.

BrainSyphoned69d ago (Edited 69d ago )

Switch doesn't have the option to cut its FPS in half like the excuse Bethesda is pushing for Starfield's 30fps. Vanishing items or 15fps Zelda.

Zhipp69d ago

Switch just doesn't have the memory to handle that many persistent items in the world. That was actually the reason for the Blood Moons as well. It allows the game world to reset and free up memory before it becomes a problem.

meganick69d ago

The blood moon is about keeping enemies in the world. Otherwise there would be no threats if you’ve killed all the enemies and they never returned.

fr0sty69d ago

Framerate would have to do with how fast the GPU could draw everything. This issue has to do with not being able to fit everything in RAM, so even if the game ran at 5fps, it wouldn't free up the RAM needed to fit more items. The same textures, assets, sound, etc have to go into RAM regardless of how fast the GPU is drawing frames.

TheEnigma31369d ago

But the game got multiple 10s right?

Ryuken198569d ago

Nintendo googles.