Sept. 24, 2021

Bayonetta 3: A reveal 4 years in the making! - GWS#053

We have some very interesting announcements from last night's Nintendo Direct such as the much-awaited reveal of Bayonetta 3! Gamers in the GCC should also look at the Abu Dhabi Gaming Festival as it's a unique esports tournaments where the prizes are experiences instead of cash!

Nintendo Direct 23rd Sept

Bayonetta 3

  • Reveal trailer
  • Gameplay footage
  • New butterfly transformation?
  • Persistent summon?
  • Available 2022
  • Mystery character with sword?

Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack

  • New membership plan that will include a collection of Nintendo 64 games
    • Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64, Starfox 64, Yoshi's Story, Zelda Ocarina of Time, Win Back, Mario Tennis, Dr. Mario 64
  • Play online with up to 4 players locally or online
  • More Nintendo 64 and Genesis games will be added like Zelda Majora's Mask, F-Zero X, Pokemon Snap, Kirby The Crystal Island, Paper Mario, Banjo Kazooie
  • Collection of Sega Genesis games added
    • Castlevania Bloodlines, Contra, Golden Axe, Gunstar Heroes, Musha, Phantasy Star 4, Ristar, Shinobi 3, Sonic 2, Streets of Rage, Strider
  • Nintendo 64 and Genesis controllers will be available and can be used wirelessly.
  • They will be available for purchase by any Nintendo Switch Online member for $49.99 each
  • New plan will include the new platforms as well as features of the base online plan
  • Available in late October, more details coming at a later time

Mario Movie

  • Presented by Shigeru Miyamoto
  • Collaboration between Nintendo and Illumination (Studio behind Despicable Me)
  • Theatrical release in Holiday 2022
  • NA release date is December 21st
  • Europe and other region release dates announced later
  • Voice actors reveal
    • Chris Pratt voicing Mario
    • Anya Taylor-Joy voicing Peach
    • Charlie Day voicing Luigi
    • Jack Black voicing Bowser
    • Keegan-Michael Key voicing Toad
    • Seth Rogen voicing Donkey Kong
    • Kevin Michael Richardson voicing Kamek
    • Fred Armisen voicing Cranky Kong
    • Sebestaian Maniscalco voicing Spike
    • Charles Martinet (original voice actor of Mario) will be involved and will be shown in surprise cameos

Kirby and the Forgotten Land

  • 3D open world adventure, moving around with familiar Kirby moves
  • The setting is mysterious with abandoned structures from previous civilizations
  • Mall, Zoo, Garden, Cities, Theme park, Arcade?
  • Different caps, different abilities
  • Link, Bowser, etc...
  • Coming Spring 2022

Castlevania Advance Collection

  • Circle of the Moon, Harmony of Dissonance, Aria of Sorrow, Dracula X
  • Rewind, quick save, button mapping features
  • All regional versions of each game
  • Gallery mode with never-before seen artwork
  • Available today

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity - Expansion Pass

  • Trailer
  • Wave 2 - Guardian of Remembrance:
  • New story
  • New stages
  • New playable character: Purah and Robbie, and more
  • New actions for existing characters
  • Available October 29

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

  • The final fighter will be revealed by Mr. Sakurai in the final Mr. Sakurai Presents video on October 5th with a tutorial on how to use the fighter

Chocobo GP

Race as familiar Final Fantasy characters

  • Drift boost to cut corners
  • Magical stones called Magicites have items to cast magical spells against enemies
  • Acquire magicites with the same element to cast more powerful spells
  • Each racer has a special ability
  • Engine customization options
  • Local and online multiplayer
  • Up to 64 players can complete in a bracket style tournament
  • Coming exclusively in 2022

Splatoon 3

  • Takes place in Splatsville, city of chaos
  • Turf wars takes place in the Splat lands
  • New main and special weapons
  • Mech ball, bow, slinging
  • Story mode: Return of the Mammalians
  • Reappearance of mammals
  • Available in 2022

Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars

  • From Square Enix
  • Tabletop turn-based RPG where everything in the realm is represented as cards, from protagonist, shops, towns, and environments
  • Available October 28, Preorder and free demo available now

Deltarune Chapter 1 & 2

  • Chapter 2 available today as free update to chapter 1

Metroid Dread

  • New trailer featuring abilities and enemies and a narration with overview of the game's story
  • New Metroid Dread report on with information on the game that can help players
  • Available October 8, preorders available now


Abu Dhabi Gaming Festival

  • Collaboration between Zawaya Gaming, Abtal 360, and AD Gaming to introduce the region's first experiential gaming event.
  • An event that is the first of it's kind in the region if not the world where the prizes are experiences that are offered from their partners and not cash prizes.
  • More prizes will be announced, but the ones confirmed so far are:
    • Tickets to Ferrari World
    • Tickets to Yas Waterworld
    • Tickets to a flying experience at CLYMB
    • One-night stay for two w/breakfast at Yas Marina Circuit
    • Passenger experience at Yas Marina Circuit
    • Driving experience at Yas Marina Circuit
    • Kartzone passes at Yas Marina Circuit
  • A month-long online event with more than 5,000 players in the GCC competing across 10 games
  • Each day the tournament will be for a different game and will run between 1 to 6 hours
    • COD: MW
    • LoL
    • LoL Wild Rift
    • PUBG Mobile
    • Tekken 7
    • Valorant
    • Fifa 22
    • Fortnite
    • Grab Turismo
    • Rocket League
  • Open to all gamers in the GCC and on PC, PS, Xbox and Mobile platforms.
  • Registration opened on the 19th Sept on
  • Tournament stars on October 1st, ends October 28th
  • Live online finals on October 29th and 30th

Twitch agreement with NMPA

  • Twitch announced via email to streamers that they have entered an agreement with the NMPA to build a productive partnership between Twitch and music publishers
  • A new process is being created with participating publishers that will allow them to opt in and report certain uses of their music
  • Streamers will now get a warning instead of being penalized if they are reported by the rights holders
  • Twitch will remove any VODs or Clips that contain the copyrighted music
  • For live streams, Twitch might issue a warning or penalize a streamer depending on their history with that kind of music use.
  • Twitch still doesn't condone using music that streamers don't have rights to, but they said "we recognize that not all unauthorized uses of music merit the same treatment, and it is our hope that we can, as part of our agreements with music rights holders, take a balanced approach that supports creators on Twitch."

  • One method around the DMCA problems that streamers are having is an extension called SpotifySynchronizer which was developed by Peter “Pequeno0" Madsen.
  • This extension will sync the Spotify accounts of the streamer and viewers, allowing both parties to listen to the same tracks via official channels.
  • This will allow musicians to get paid accurately for every playback on Spotify because it will not only count the streamer's playback, but even those who are listening in.
  • For listeners who are not using Spotify, they will hear no music at all.
  • Streamers will need to press a force sync button every time they want to switch to a new track mid-song.

Toby Fox explains why Deltarune chapter 2 was free

  • Toby Fox surprises the world about the next chapter being free and out that soon
  • The hype caused a rush of everyone downloading the game at the same time that crashed all of io , for 5 whole minutes.
  • He explains that he decided to release Ch2 for free because of the world going through a tough time for everyone.
  • He compares himself as a cat dropping a bug at your doorstep. Which is a kind of affection in which he hopes will help people through this tough time.

F: I have finally finished chp1 again, including the secret boss (again) and reached the beginning of chapter 2 and have the biggest smile on my face instantly.

Sony fixes the PS4 CBOMB

  • The latest firmware update, version 9.0, on the PS4 fixes the CBOMB issue
  • Since it was discovered earlier this year everyone was worried about the future of the console and games
  • The Cbomb issue is that if the battery inside the PS4 runs out, which governs the date and time of the console, it will stop you from running physical and digital games on the PS4.
  • After the update, you can play any game with a dead CMOS battery
  • You can earn trophies as well, however the date and time will be blank