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Year In Review – A Look Back At Nintendo’s 2020 – Feature


2020 might have put most of us through the wringer to a greater or lesser extent, but it’s been a surprisingly strong year from a games perspective.

#Of course, it’s become #Nintendo’s MO in recent years to concentrate discussion on projects it has in the pipeline for the year in question, so while we’re all desperate to hear about big future games like #Metroid #Prime 4 and #Breath of the #Wild 2, we don’t expect to get any chewy details about those until they’re a matter of months away.

#While this silent approach might be frustrating, it has also led to some delightful surprises this year, with excellent games like #Paper #Mario: The #Origami #King and #Hyrule #Warriors: #Age of #Calamity announced and released in relatively short succession.

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#In the article below we shall recap some of the most significant stories and games of 2020 covered by our top news and reviews teams, as well as highlight the most popular article and review on #Nintendo #Life from each and every month of this long, long year. (#You can check out longer reads from the past twelve months by perusing our #Best of 2020 feature selection).

#So, while you might be hesitant to take a trip down #Recent #Memory #Lane, we promise this recap of 2020 will include mostly positive recollections. #That said, there’ll be a couple of unavoidable negatives to touch on, too — we’ll try not to dwell.

#So strap in and let’s have a look back on an eventful twelve months.

#January – #Pokémon #Direct, #Byleth #Direct, but no ‘proper’ #Direct

Pokemon Direct Jan 2020The #Pokémon #Company

#Looking at #Nintendo’s 2020 slate, there was #Brain #Training at the start of the year, #Tokyo #Mirage #Sessions #FE #Encore in mid-January, the delayed #Animal #Crossing coming in #March… and not much else on the horizon. #While many were hungry for a full-fat #Nintendo #Direct (something we wouldn’t end up seeing all year, in fact), the #January #Pokémon #Direct revealed a plethora of details around the #Sword & #Shield #Expansion #Pass, #Pokémon HOME, #Pokémon #Mystery #Dungeon: #Rescue #Team DX and more with over 200 old ‘mon returning to the expanded #Galar #National #Dex.

#Elsewhere, #Byleth was revealed as the 5th DLC fighter for #Smash #Bros. #Ultimate (as well as a whole new #Fighter’s #Pass), #Bethesda’s retro DOOMs received an update that made them essential purchases for rip-and-tearers, #Masahiro #Sakurai revealed that he’d played an awful lot of #Playstation games in 2019, a prolific leaker suggested we’d see a #Paper #Mario game and a 2D #Metroid game later in the year (we’re still waiting on the latter, of course), and #Hideki #Kamiya started off the year in fine form with his opinion on the #Switch #Home #Menu (and #Switch fans took to mocking up their own theme and folder ideas).

#January games included the excellent #Kentucky #Route #Zero: TV #Edition, the also-excellent 198X, and the triply-excellent #To The #Moon.

#Most #Popular #News #Article: #Remember #That #Zelda: #Breath #Of The #Wild #Clone #That #Killed A PS4? #It’s #Coming #To #Switch

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#Most #Popular #Review: SD #Gundam G #Generation #Cross #Rays – #Brilliant #Strategy RPG #Action #Bursting #With #Content

#February – #Wonderful 101 returns while we await the big one next month…

Wonderful 101© #Platinum #Games

The same leaker that mentioned a #Paper #Mario release made an oblique reference to a planned #Holiday 2020 release with “tires” in it — not exactly much to go on, but #Mario #Kart #Live: #Home #Circuit did end up releasing in #November. #Platinum #Games teased The #Wonderful 101: #Remastered just prior to its official announcement, #Nintendo was bullish about upcoming competition from next gen consoles and #Sakurai reacted to accusations of too many #Fire #Emblem characters in #Smash by pointing the finger in #Nintendo’s direction.

#Elsewhere, we wondered where in the world #Pikmin 4 has got to and NL readers voted for their favourite #Pokémon starters ever (with somewhat predictable results!). #More details about #Animal #Crossing were bubbling up, people were getting antsy with the lack of #Nintendo #Direct, #Witcher 3 on #Switch got an impressive update, and a story about #Nintendo #Customer #Support going above and beyond for an elderly #Tetris fan gave us all the warm fuzzies.

#Most #Popular #News #Article: #Nintendo #And The #Pokémon #Company #Release #Joint #Statement #On #Sword #And #Shield #Leaker

#Most #Popular #Review: #Two #Point #Hospital – #Arguably The #Best #Version #Of #An #Acclaimed #Modern #Classic

#March – A dear old favourite reappears in the nick of time

Isabelle#Nintendo

The gravity of the global situation that would come to dominate the rest of the year started to become apparent as events began to be postponed, adapted or cancelled. #We got an #Indie #World #Showcase, the #Nintendo #PlayStation sold at auction, #Nintendo hit a legal road bump in the ongoing #Joy-Con drift fiasco, and everyone and their dog was trying to get their hands on #Ring #Fit #Adventure ahead of lockdown and the gaming event calendar was dealt a significant blow as E3 2020 was cancelled three months out from its planned #June slot.

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#It wasn’t all bad news in the gaming world, though. #March heralded the significant and very welcome return of a old favourite around these parts: we are, of course, referring to the resurrection of our dear sister site, #Pure #Xbox. #Nice to have you back, old friend.

#In other news, #Nintendo put out some random little life sim where you potter about doing nothing much. #All eyes were following it, apart from the ones on other platforms which were on DOOM #Eternal, and even those got distracted occasionally by the delightful #Doomguy / #Isabelle fan art and memes.

#Yes, #Animal #Crossing: #New #Horizons would come to dominate the news cycle for a good few months, fuelled partly by its awesomeness and partly by global circumstances that led millions to find comfort and escape to #Nook’s getaway island. #Islands filled with critters, the ability to poop, #Isabelle and the #Doom #Slayer in animated form — you name it, #Animal #Crossing provided.

#Most #Popular #News #Article: #Fan-Made #Website #Lets #You #Create #And #Share #Animal #Crossing #Town #Tunes

#Most #Popular #Review: #Animal #Crossing: #New #Horizons – #An #Accessible #And #Addictive #Masterpiece

#April – #Lockdown, review-bombing and a return to the #Streets of #Rage

Streets Of Rage 4#Dotemu

#Animal #Crossing fever took over and people got busy showcasing their talents with incredible island projects and custom designs (and bemoaning #Bunny #Day). The start of #April was also filled with customary pranks, #Super #Mario #Maker 2 received its ‘final’ update, thousands of #Nintendo accounts were reported to have been compromised, and #Lord of the #Rings star and all-round good egg #Elijah #Wood visited randoms on the internet to flog his turnips.

A slew of #Summer 2020 online presentations were announced to fill the vacuum left by E3 2020’s cancellation. #Japanese ratings organisation CERO shut down temporarily as the world reacted to COVID-19, although #Nintendo’s biggest release of the year couldn’t stop making headlines, with the game making the front page of the #Financial #Times in amongst all the sobering pandemic-related news articles.

#Games-wise, #Jupiter put out its 472nd #Picross title, #Trials of #Mana delivered a beloved and long-missing RPG classic to the #West in reimagined 3D form, #Sam #Barlow continued pushing at the boundaries of the FMV detective genre with #Telling #Lies, and #Dotemu, #Guard #Crush #Games and #Lizardcube took us back to the ’90s in the brilliant retro revival #Streets of #Rage 4.

#Most #Popular #News #Article: #One #Month #Later, #Animal #Crossing: #New #Horizons’ #Review-Bombing #Is #Only #Getting #Worse

#Most #Popular #Review: #Cooking #Mama: #Cookstar – #Definitely #Needed #More #Time #In The #Oven

#May – #Surprise announcements as #Animal #Crossing mania grips the globe

#Nintendo posted some very healthy sales figures and also revealed #Paper #Mario: The #Origami #King scheduled for release in #July. The #Nintendo #Switch #Online offering was expanded with four more titles, #Pikmin 3 rumours bubbled away and the company also suffered a massive leak of development material.

The news, though, was dominated by #Animal #Crossing as the game exceeded #Nintendo’s lifetime sales predictions in its first six weeks on sale. #Toom #Nook grabbed the zeitgeist by the throat and wouldn’t let go, with #Gary #Whitta’s #Animal #Talking chatshow attracting huge celebrities, artists reimagining characters as humans, players exploiting glitches before they were patched out, and even the person who wrote the #Sea #Bass joke admitting he was getting tired of it.

#Elsewhere, #Pac-Man turned 40, #Indivisible snuck out onto the #Switch eShop without the knowledge of the developer, and #Xenoblade #Chronicles: #Definitive #Edition launched at the end of the month.

#Most #Popular #News #Article: #Ever #Wondered #Why A #Villager #Left #Your #Island #In #Animal #Crossing? #This #Latest #Datamine #Reveals #All

#Most #Popular #Review: The #Elder #Scrolls: #Blades – A #Grindy #Free-To-Play #Bastardisation #Of #Bethesda’s RPG #Classic

#June – The #Isle of #Armor, #Clubhouse #Games, LEGO #Mario and, yes, more #Animal #Crossing

51 Worldwide Classics#Nintendo

A #Pokémon #Presents broadcast (the first of two, in fact, although the second was something of a damp squib) accompanied the release of the first #Isle of #Armor DLC for #Pokémon #Sword and #Shield and revealed a host of new #Pokémon-related games and products (including #New #Pokémon #Snap). #People got a little confused about which DLC they should be buying, but the expansion itself was rather good.

#In other news, #Min #Min was revealed as the next #Smash fighter, the #Joy-Con drift saga continued, the opening of #Super #Nintendo #World was postponed to 2021, supply constraints hindering #Switch production eased a little, and #Nintendo and #Lego lifted the lid on their #Super #Mario collaboration.

#Fans took to creating their own #Direct presentation, #Ori developer #Moon #Studios threw us off the scent of a #Switch port of #Will of the #Wisps, #EarthBound turned 25 in the US, and #Sega revealed the impossibly cute (and entirely useless) #Game #Gear #Micro. #And #Animal #Crossing continued its rampage across news desks, with a host of brands jumping on #Nook’s band wagon.

#Nintendo’s #Clubhouse #Games: 51 #Worldwide #Classics landed on #Switch in #June, as did free downloadable title #Jump #Rope #Challenge to help you stay active during lockdown. #Other notable releases included XCOM 2, #Bioshock: The #Collection and the #Borderlands #Legendary #Collection.

#Most #Popular #News #Article: #Here #Are The #Seven EA #Games #Reportedly #Coming #To #Switch #In The #Next #Year

#Most #Popular #Review: The #Outer #Worlds – #Obsidian’s #Fallout-Style RPG #Is #Worth A #Look #On #Switch





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