installment in the ever-popular Pokémon franchise, Sword and Shield, has been
met with mixed reactions. Nintendo has been switching up the formula, and not
everyone likes it.
First they took away
the National Dex, then they took away Mega Evolutions and replaced it with the
new “Gigamax” system. Some people love it, some hate it. As a
massively bloated franchise, it’s impossible to please everyone.
But they’ve just come out with yet another announcement. Hatsune Miku will not be featured in this installment of the Pokémon franchise.
Do you see Hatsune Miku in this screenshot? No? That’s because she’s not in this game. They’ve already said so, it’s official. Sword and Shield will feature the largest map of any Pokémon game, and through all of those virtual acres you will never find Hatsune Miku.
At this point, it really feels like they’re just stripping more and more features from this game. It’s beginning to to feel like they’re just going to ship the most bare-bones product imaginable. Pokémon has a problem as a franchise with how massive it’s gotten, but is this really the best way to fix things?
We’ll just have to wait and see if Nintendo feels the pressure or not. The consumers will vote with their wallets. Pokémon Sword and Shield are currently dated for November 15th.
There’s been serious controversy lately on white washing characters and having proper representation of minorities in media. Disney’s upcoming remake of The Little Mermaid, and various debates over Pokémon Gym Leaders have ravaged the internet.
Nintendo, ever the conservative company, has been taking steps to broaden their appeal to a wider demographic. They’ve been including more diverse characters in their games, and have been catering to other audiences besides autistic white children.
Their latest push, making Toad black. In their upcoming live action remake of Super Mario 64, using face rendering tech similar to what Kojima used to put Norman Reedus into Death Stranding, Toad will be played by Lil Wayne. Super Mario himself will be played by Danny Devito.
This drastic shift for the Mushroom Kingdom cast will no doubt stir controversy, but Nintendo is already prepped for such a backlash.
“If you look at it, I think Toad has always been a black character” said Miyamoto, who will be overseeing the new project. “Toad has always been a character that has faced great hardships, and has bounced back. In the original Super Mario, Goombas were just Toads that were enslaved with Bowser’s magic. And Bowser is definitely white.”
Super Mario 64 HD will be a Nintendo Switch Lite exclusive and launch with the console exclusively. If you attempt to put the game chip into a regular Switch, you will be charged with a hate crime.
Rumors have been circulating around that Nintendo has several new design iterations of their popular Switch console in development. And with high profile titles like Animal Crossing and Pokémon Sword and Shield on their way, it makes sense they’d unveil one of them for the holiday season.
The new Switch Lite, which forsakes all console elements in favor of a sleek, portable design, will be the perfect alternative for people that prefer to game on the go. The cheaper price point will also serve as a much more accessible entry point for small children, since their parents don’t love them as much.
The Switch Lite also comes with sixty (60) pounds of cocaine.
The consoles will come in blue, yellow, and gray. In one fell swoop, Nintendo has made the Switch Lite this holiday’s hottest new console.
The Switch Lite releases September 20th and retails for $199.99 USD.