Chances are, many of you reading this probably weren’t expecting much, if anything, from the announced Nintendo Direct as one of the biggest stories of the week. Turns out there was actually a lot to rave about, from Mario + Rabbids to the curious case of the missing Mrs. Pac-Man.
Elsewhere this week, Amazon made some big casting decisions for its Fallout show, and we may have John Cena to thank for Metroid Dread. More on that and much more in this week’s game news.
Mario + Rabbids 2 will be out in October
Since the Nintendo Direct was bigger and better than most of us expected, that seems like the best place to start. Quite a few things competed for the headline slot, but it probably went to Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope. The sequel to the hit crossover game is rumored to be launching exclusively on Nintendo Switch on October 20, 2022. composing his soundtrack.
Pac-Man World Remake Missing Ms. Pac-Man
Another big reveal during the fast-paced Direct was Pac-Man World: Re-Pac – an unexpected remake of the 1999 PS1 game that took Pac-Man out of the mazes he was known for and into a platformer. The response to Re-Pac has been mostly positive, but there’s one element of the remake shown in the trailer that Pac-Man fans are raving about: the absence of Ms. Pac-Man. The ongoing legal issues surrounding the character mean that Ms. Pac-Man has been replaced by Pac-Mom in the remake, and people aren’t happy about it. It also seems to mean that Bandai Namco just gave up trying to get the rights to use Ms. Pac-Man.
Amazon starts casting for Fallout
With so many video games being turned into TV shows right now, it can be hard to keep track of which ones have been picked up and by which companies. Amazon’s Fallout adaptation had fallen pretty far down the pecking order until this week when some of the stars for the show were revealed. Kyle MacLachlan of Twin Peaks and Dune fame leads the charge. He will be joined by Xelia Mendes-Jones, who will appear alongside Tom Hardy in Netflix’s Havoc, as well as Aaron Moten, who is best known for his roles in Disjointed and Mozart in the Jungle.
An unofficial look at the PSVR2
PlayStation has provided information about the upcoming PSVR2, presumably if and when that information is ready. Unfortunately for those responsible for that gradual console unveiling schedule, indie studio BitPlanetGames was a bit ahead of itself this week. Someone in the studio shared a photo of a PSVR2 they have in the office, seemingly unaware that they were giving the world its first glimpse of the headset and controllers in the wild. The photo was quickly deleted, but thanks to the permanence of the internet, it’s still there if you want to see it.
More Skate 4 tests
EA kicked off 2022 by revealing that Skate 4 would be coming soon. We are now half way through the year and we still have no idea when that will be soon. On the plus side, the news early this week that EA would be doing a second playtest for Skate 4 was confirmed towards the end. EA showed some very rough alpha images on Thursday, admitting the game needs work and asking for insiders to help shape the future. The next alpha test will take place later this month, and if you want to be a part of it, you’ll need to sign up as an insider.
John Cena is a gamer
When someone spotted the image of John Cena on a Switch at Nintendo headquarters from the console’s launch, most thought it was to point to his camouflage shoes for the 1000th time. In fact, Dan Ryckert, who previously worked in WWE, was able to reveal that Cena had been nagging Nintendo the entire time he was there to hurry up and make a new 2D Metroid game. The photo was taken in 2017, so four years before Dread would finally arrive. Nintendo reportedly sent Cena a copy of Dread when it launched last year, to which Cena’s folks replied, “John loves it.”
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