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Well, I think we're quite a bit past the expiry date. Thread 5, here we go. So, a big recap for a bunch of games: Minecraft is in version 1.17. It adds copper, amethyst, deepslate, moss, snowier snow, axolotls, glow squid, goats, stalactites and stalagmites, raw metals as a step between ores and ingots, the ability to place rails in the water, renewable lava, and a bunch of other stuff. Meanwhile, 1.18 is in some experimental testing right now, working out the new terrain and biome generation. And so far, it does not disappoint. This new update is gonna look amazing. Official snapshots coming soon. Pokémon Diamond and Pearl will be getting a Switch remake: Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. The overworld goes back to the chibi style from the pre-3D games. Most of the old mechanics are brought back the same, but the underground has some new functions to it that actually incentivizes using it. On the subject of Pokémon, there's a game set in the Sinnoh region in what looks like feudal times back when Sinnoh was called the Hisui region, with a Breath of the Wild-style open-world nature to it. Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Gorgeous graphics, Poke Balls have to be invented properly, wild Pokémon can attack you directly, new forms of Growlithe and Braviary, and new evolutions for Stantler and Basculin, among other changes we don't know yet. Metroid Dread! The long-rumored game marks Samus's return to the sidescrolling Metroid games. It's a sequel to Metroid Fusion, features an invincible robotic enemy called an E.M.M.I., and might feature a living Chozo for the first time in the series. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity will get its first wave of DLC. Featuring a new chain whip weapon and Zelda on a motorcycle. Anyone play Advance Wars? Well, it's getting a Switch port. First two games bundled in one. Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp. The sequel to Breath of the Wild will feature floating islands and a skydiving mechanic like in Skyward Sword. Combining aspects from the first game in the Zelda timeline with the world from the chronologically last game in the timeline? Sweet! Mario Party Superstars, for when you want to play some of the N64 Mario Party boards and minigames on newer hardware. Splatoon 3 has been announced. Featuring what looks like an Ink Bow (archery fans unite!), Octolings as a default character choice, gender no longer a selectable choice so you can mix and match however you want, a Salmonid companion pet, and what looks like the Eiffel Tower fallen over. Project Triangle Strategy looks like it's gonna fall in the same vein as Octopath Traveler, being 2D 16-bit characters in a 3D environment. The triangle in question appears to be a sort of reputation/karma meter type thing, with the three points being Utility, Morality, and Loyalty, and doing different things can boost or lower those things, ultimately affecting the story. Battles will also have a vertical component to them, making things easier or harder depending on where your and your opponents' units are. Looks interesting. If anyone likes the Touhou Project (a series of Bullet Hell vertical scrolling shoot-em-ups with an East-Asian Mythology theme), the 18th game in the series, Touhou Kouryuudou: Unconnected Marketeers, came out in May. It features a card mechanic in addition to the usual Bullet Hell. It's also the first in the series to debut as a digital release, for reasons that probably don't need to be mentioned *coughcovidcough*. Genshin Impact is an open-world RPG and it looks beautiful. I'll be honest: any 3D open-world game in a medieval fantasy setting reminds me of Breath of the Wild just by being a 3D open-world game in a medieval fantasy setting, which is not a bad thing as I love Breath of the Wild too. It has a lot more characters than Breath of the Wild and a story that's more involved in more places, so give it a looksie. Paper Mario: The Origami King is the 6th or 7th installment of the Paper Mario side series (depending on how you count Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam). The evil King Olly and his Legions of Stationary have taken over the Mushroom Kingdom! Princess Peach has been folded into an origami version of herself and is brainwashed to boot, and Bowser can't help because he's been quite literally folded into uselessness. It's up to you to save the Mushroom Kingdom. You want to fight on a circular arena against a giant stapler? Sure! Embrace the weirdness of the idea and have fun. A lot of people seem to like Cyberpunk 2077. It looks interesting. Looks like this thread closed down just before we could talk about Final Fantasy VII Remake. It's a remake of Final Fantasy VII, bringing the familiar story up to date with new graphics and reminding everyone what the characters' original personalities were. It's definitely a remake. Pay no attention to those Whisper things that weren't there in the original game. Among Us, which was released in 2018, got a surge of popularity once Covid trapped everyone at home and some YouTubers started playing it. Speaking of games by Puffballs United, the Henry Stickmin Collection combines all of the first five Henry Stickmin games into one compilation game and adds in a sixth game to cap off the story. The collection tweaks many of the references to be less copyright-infringing while cleaning up the first five to improve the graphics. As a side note, the airship from the Henry Stickmin games was turned into an Among Us map. It's a pretty big map. Oh snap! It's New Pokémon Snap! The classic rail (photo-)shooter is back! On the subject of Pokémon, we also get Pokémon Unite! The first Pokémon MOBA game! Anyone who likes Subnautica might like its sequel, Subnautica: Below Zero. Now includes ice. And now for a big list of Super Smash Bros. fighters: Min Min Arms Herself! It was known that an ARMS character would join the Smash Bros. roster, but everyone thought it would be Spring Man (despite him being an Assist Trophy). Everyone was surprised to see Min Min instead. She's a fun character. Her stage is Spring Stadium, which, in ARMS, is Spring Man's home stage, funnily enough. Also including 18 tracks from ARMS, which is pretty much the entire ARMS soundtrack already. Only two of those--the main theme and the Ramen Bowl theme (Min Min's home stage in ARMS)--are new remixes. Steve Rocks the Block! Steve from Minecraft! Minecraft in Smash! Also including Alex, a Zombie, and an Enderman as alternate costumes. Yes, you can place blocks on the stage! The stage, Minecraft World, looks like something we can just build (I've certainly taken a crack at it). Includes seven music tracks, six of which are new remixes, from Minecraft Dungeons, Earth, and Console Edition. Sephiroth Descends into Battle! Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII joins the roster! Easily the most powerful character in terms of average raw damage output per move and one of the four most powerful characters in the roster lore-wise (next to Kirby, Palutena, and Bayonetta). He brings the Northern Cave as his stage, and with it, some measure of spoilers for the end of Final Fantasy VII. There's also nine new music tracks from Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, including Sephiroth's iconic theme, One-Winged Angel. Pyra Blazes into Battle! and Mythra Awakens! Pyra and Mythra from Xenoblade Chronicles 2 share the invitation, being able to switch between one another mid-battle, much like Zelda and Sheik in Melee and the Pokémon Trainer in Brawl and Ultimate. Pyra's attacks are stronger but slower, and Mythra's are quicker but weaker. It's all in the balance. Their stage is the Cloud Sea of Alrest, which is basically riding on the back of the character Azurda (also known as Gramps), a Titan (a giant creature) sailing through the, well, cloud sea on the world of Alrest, passing by other, much larger Titans in the background. Includes 16 new music tracks from Xenoblade Chronicles 2. Kazuya Gets Ready for the Next Battle! Kazuya Mishima from Tekken joins the Super Smash Bros. cast! After his father Heihachi and son Jin have shown him up several times, Kazuya finally gets to be the focus of the Tekken crossover this time, and arguably in the much more famous and iconic crossover too. Fitting, since Kazuya was the protagonist of the first Tekken and was demoted to antagonist for later games. He's got a whole bunch of moves from his home series, including a famous 10-Hit Combo. Kazuya has far more moves than anyone, so there's a high learning curve for anyone who isn't a Tekken veteran already. His stage is the Mishima Dojo stage from Tekken 7, and it brings thirty-nine tracks from the Tekken series. Also it's kinda neat to think the next Street Fighter x Tekken game is Super Smash Bros. One more to go... We also got a number of new Mii Fighter costumes: Ninjara (ARMS), Heihachi (Tekken), Callie and Marie (Splatoon), Vault Boy (Fallout), Creeper, Pig, and Diamond Armor (Minecraft), Gil (The Tower of Druaga), Bomberman (Bomberman), Travis Touchdown (No More Heroes), Barret, Tifa, and Aerith (Final Fantasy VII), Chocobo hat (Final Fantasy), Geno (Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars), Hunter Equipment, Rathalos Equipment, and Felyne hat (Monster Hunter), Arthur (Ghosts 'n Goblins), Lloyd Irving (Tales of Symphonia), Dragonborn (The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim), Dante (Devil May Cry), and Shantae (Shantae). Shantae's costume also unlocks a music track: Burning Town from Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. In other news, I got Celeste, which is pretty fun. I'm stuck on this one room in Core B, though. I've almost made it on a couple of occasions, but the timing is a bit too strict for my level of skill. I need more practice. I also got to play Octopath Traveler for a bit, which is also pretty fun. I beat Ophilia and Cyrus's stories and finished chapter 3 of everyone else's. Love this game. Also Octopath has some of the best music.