PODCAST: Is Nintendo’s King of Swing Making His Grand Return? – Nintendo Pow Block Episode 301

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Is Nintendo’s King of Swing Making His Grand Return?

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In this episode of Nintendo Pow Block, Edward and Corey discuss the possible return of Donkey Kong due to a substantial patent renewal, the Fire Emblem, Metroid Prime Remake, Zelda ports, and other rumored games in development, a canceled third Epic Mickey game, Death’s Door, Nintendo’s second half of 2022, and much more.

Time Stamps:

0:00 – Welcome to Nintendo Pow Block
2:13 – Major Events Affecting The World
12:54 – Nintendo Direct Mini Discussion

35:08 – A Little Housekeeping

42:14 – Snacktendo
56:10 – Support The Boss Rush Network on Patreon!

58:14 – Playing With Power!

  • Death’s Door
  • Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes
  • Metroid Dread
  • Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2
  • Little Noah
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Outriders
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • Destiny 2


1:37:16 – Nintendo Updates Donkey Kong Patent

Nintendo has filed a new trademark for Donkey Kong. Though companies file and re-up trademarks all the time, this one has caught the eye of many. Instead of a standard trademark renewal, this new one is significant because mentions “downloadable programs for portable and electronic consoles,” lending more truth to the rumored 3D DK game supposedly being developed by Nintendo EPD, the Super Mario Odyssey team. They also just renewed Donkey Kong along with Mario, Zelda, and Metroid relatively recently for their releases on NSO, so it wouldn’t make sense for them to do it again so soon. The last Donkey Kong titles released were Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze from Retro Studios which came to Wii U in 2014 and later to Switch in 2018, and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars releasing on the 3DS in 2015 developed by Nintendo internally.

Read More: Nintendo Has Filed A New Trademark For The Donkey Kong Series

1:40:14 – Sega Genesis NSO Drops Four New Games

Last week, Nintendo dropped four new games to their catalog of Sega Genesis Nintendo Switch Online games. These games include Comix Zone, Target Earth, Zero Wing, and the rarely discussed Mega Man compilation, Mega Man: The Wily Wars. What are these games? Let me tell you. 

  • In Comix Zone, experience an action game in a setting based on American comics, complete with superhero power-ups and intense fighting moves. Comic artist Sketch Turner finds himself lost in the Comix Zone – a comic book world of his own creation – and must battle mutants to escape it, panel by panel.
  • In Target Earth, enemy Chron cyborgs are attacking Earth and its space bases! Battle across eight different levels filled with exhilarating mech suit platforming action and customize your loadout by earning equipment based on your performance. Can you save the planet and uncover the true legacy of Chron?
  • Zero Wing is a side-scrolling classic created by Toaplan, a developer of popular arcade games. Cats, the leader of a band of space pirates, is terrorizing the galaxy. Pilot the only remaining Milky Way attack craft and deploy Valcan shots, lasers and homing missiles to stop him and his buccaneers – for great justice!
  • MEGA MAN: THE WILY WARS features the first three games in the renowned Mega Man series, compiled for the SEGA Genesis! Wily’s mechanical minions are on the loose and Mega Man must defeat a bevy of robot masters to win the day. Beat all three games to unlock Wily Tower, where you can challenge a new boss.

There are now 29 Genesis games available on Nintendo Switch Online, all of which are compatible with the Genesis wireless controllers sold on the Nintendo online store.

Watch the announcement trailer below:

1:46:49 – Fan Spends $40,000 to Ask About Missing Franchises

A Nintendo Superfan reportedly spent over $40,000 to ask if Nintendo would ever revive franchises like F-Zero, Baten Katos, Wario Land, and others that haven’t seen new entries for a long time. According to Video Games Chronicle, the fan bought 100 shares in Nintendo stock in February in hopes to ask the question any have asked themselves time and time again. Nintendo actually had a response ready, stating

“It is realistically difficult to develop new titles and remakes, including sequels, for every Nintendo game that people request, but we are very grateful and appreciate the expectations our fans have for our games … We are always considering how to develop new titles and remakes that can be enjoyed by many players.”

It has been quite a while since the last entries in these series The last F-Zero title was F-Zero Climax, a Japan-only GameBoy Advance game while the rest of the world last saw the franchise on GameCube in 2003. Baten Katos’ last entry was also on the GameCube in the form of Baten Katos Origins, releasing on December 5, 2003 by Monolith Soft. Wii saw WarioLand Shake It! release in July of 2008.

Read More: A shareholder asked for a new F-Zero at Nintendo’s latest annual meeting

2:00:32 – Footage of New Epic Mickey Game Found

Footage of a cancelled Epic Mickey game starring Donald Duck has been discovered. In a recent video posted by YouTuber Slope’s Game Room shows footage of Mickey and Donald wandering around a money vault ala Scrouge McDuck’s bank vault, which makes sense as it was rumored back in the day that the third game would be centered around Disney Afternoon cartoons such as DuckTales. The Epic Mickey video games were developed by Deus Ex creator Warren Spector and his now defunct studio Junction Point. The first game was released as a Wii exclusive on November 25, 2010 and received both a spin-off on the 3DS called Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion and a multiplatform sequel revolving around two player co-op called Epic Mickey 2: ˆThe Power of Two, both releasing on November 18, 2012. There is still a rumor that an Epic Mickey collection will make its way to Switch and other platforms, though has lost traction over the past year.

Watch the video below. Footage appears at the 18:40 mark.

2:03:06 – Sea of Stars Delayed Until 2023

Sea of Stars, the RPG prequel to the hit indie game, The Messenger, has officially been delayed to 2023. In a recent message on Twitter, Sabotage stated:

“As we are closing in on a very big milestone the road to launch becomes clearer, and we find ourselves here with a large body of text and our logos at the bottom. Keeping in mind our two main priorities – quality of life for our team and quality of the finished game – we can now confirm that Sea of Stars will be released in 2023. We understand waiting is a big ask, and want to sincerely thank our community for the overwhelming support and positive vibes. In the meantime, we are looking at options to get a playable slice out to everyone this year.”

The game was first revealed in 2020 via Kickstarter, evoking classic SNES titles like Chrono Trigger, Illusion of Gaia, Breath of Fire, and more. Their previous title, The Messenger, made its debut on Switch in 2018. It was a cool blend of Ninja Gaiden meets Metroidvania, using a time portal mechanic that jumped between an 8-bit and 16-bit inspired art style depending on what time period you were playing in. Sabotage also stated they were looking at options on getting a playable slice of the game out this year. Read their statement below:

2:05:30 – Ubisoft Ending Online Support for Wii U Titles

Ubisoft is closing online support for its Wii U games on September 1, 2022 for Assassin’s Creed III and Black Flag, Watchdogs, ZombiU, and Rayman Legends. The company has stated that it will be ending support for these games as well as older games on other platforms to focus its resources on newer games for players who are enjoying more recent and popular titles. It also means that you will not be able to link these titles to your Ubisoft account after this time. This isn’t surprising as companies end online support for older games all the time and the Wii U’s online functionality hasn’t been relevant since the Switch launched in 2017.

Read More: Ubisoft Press Release Decommissioning of online services (September 2022)

2:06:26 – Nintendo Repair Subscription Opens in Japan

With even more proof that joy-con drift is ever existing on the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo has now opened a subscription service for repairing the hybrid controllers. In an article from Video Games Chronicle, the service is called WideCare for Nintendo Switch, which covers all hardware and accessories made by Nintendo. Customers can claim up to six repairs per year on the various products, even claims covering water and accidental damage. There are no current plans on the service expanding outside of Japan.

Read More: Nintendo has launched a subscription service for Switch repairs in Japan

2:08:20 – Docked Mode: Are Health Bars Helpful?

Corey and Ed have been playing Death’s Door lately, and they argree that it is a top tier game on the Switch. One thing that struck them however was that they noticed when fighting some of the enemies that they really wanted life bars or some sort of HP tracker to know progress against the bosses. For this Docked Mode, they ask the question: how important are boss health bars to a player? What do you prefer? Are you ready Elite Block Agents? LET’S GOOOO!

2:26:30 – Question Block

  • DaShawn Malone: What do you think of the second half of 2022’s lineup for Switch? Does Nintendo have anything else to announce? Do they need anything else? Congrats again on y’all’s 300th episode.

2:49:58 – Getting Back on Track and Outros

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