Nintendo recap: Wii Channel outage update, Kirby’s latest game and graphics upscaling tips from developers on Switch

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Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s Nintendo recap. Kirby and the Forgotten Land finally launched last Friday, but not before it leaked all over the internet. We also learned that Hogwarts Legacy is coming to Nintendo Switch, and that has us wondering what the graphics will actually look like. Likewise, we’ve learned that the developers behind Life is Strange: True Colors have used AMD FSR to scale the graphics of the Switch port in docked mode, which opens up some exciting possibilities for future Switch games. There’s a lot more to discuss, so let’s get to it.

Wii and DSi Shop Channel Outage Update

Wii Wiimote Motion ControlsSource: Nintendo

Last week, some people noticed that the Wii and DSi Channels were down, not allowing players to redownload games for either game system. The Wii Shop does not allow purchases since 2019 while the DSi channel does not allow purchases since 2017, but players can still re-download games if they have purchased them before. With the recent news that the Wii U and 3DS will be shutting down in the near future with rumors of server shutdowns to follow, this news for the Wii and DSi Channels has alarmed a few people, thinking the same is happening with these others brackets. Some people have even wondered if Nintendo was aware of the issue, as these are older game systems.

However, Nintendo has finally answered questions about the Wii and DSi Channels not working properly, thanks to Kotaku. According to an email from an official spokesperson, “The Wii Shop Channel and Nintendo DSi Shop are currently undergoing maintenance. We will provide an update at a later date.” With Nintendo’s focus on the Switch, repairing Wii and DSi channels may not be a priority. It’s unclear when the Wii and DSi Channels will be back, but we’ll keep our ears to the ground and update when we know more.

Kirby and the Forgotten Land is getting mostly positive reviews

Kirby's Forgotten Lands Sale MouthSource: Nintendo (screenshot)

After months of waiting, Kirby and the Forgotten Land finally released on Nintendo Switch this past Friday, however, the full game also leaked ahead of the official launch. So far the reviews have been very positive. Now Kirby is one of those franchises that has had far more misses than hits over the last 30 years, but this latest game really mixes things up and brings Kirby’s signature moves into 3D platforming, a much like Super Mario 3D World. When I last checked, Kirby and the Forgotten Land was resting at an 85 Metacritic score. I’ll be working on iMore’s own review and should post it next week, so check back for that.

I can say that Kirby is not exactly for everyone. In some ways, these games may resemble baby’s first platformer, but that’s also what makes them so charming. Kirby is a lightweight puffball that can float by repeatedly pressing the jump button. This makes it easier to maneuver in deceptive platform areas. He can also swallow most enemies he encounters and steal some of their attacks using copy abilities.

Forgotten Land takes this silliness even further by allowing Kirby to wrap his mouth around certain objects in Mouthful mode (horrible name, I know) and then use those objects to attack. For example, being able to pull sodas from a vending machine. If that sounds like fun to you, or if you’re looking for a game that can handle two-player co-op throughout the main campaign, you should check it out.

Folders are finally coming to Switch UI

Nintendo Switch Folders Update 14.0.Source: iMore

On Monday, the 14.0.0 update for Nintendo Switch went live and brought the ability to create parties. These groups essentially act like files and allow you to group similar games together so they’re easier to find. For example, you can group all your Pokémon games together instead of having to locate them individually in your library. You can create up to 100 groups with a maximum of 200 titles per group, which is probably way more than you’ll ever need.

Now that’s a quality of life improvement that really should have been on the Switch before now. But unfortunately, you cannot view groups on the home screen. But as we’ve learned time and time again, Nintendo doesn’t always do things in a way that makes sense. Either way, it’s a welcome feature that I’ve used a lot already. Now we just need to be able to customize our Switch backgrounds and have better search options in the eShop.

AMD FSR improves Life is Strange graphics on Switch

Life Is Strange Switch True Colors Vs PcSource: Square Enix

You may recall that a few weeks ago the Switch Sports beta was datamined and people found out that it uses AMD FSR which can scale graphics and improve performance on various devices. Well, we now know that Life is Strange: True Colors also used AMD FSR when the Switch is rooted, thanks to an article posted on Square Enix. It’s a great read that talks about the many challenges and tricks developers use to bring games like this to the hybrid console, so I suggest you read it if you have the time.

“In Life is Strange: True Colors, we’ve incorporated the AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) technique when the game is docked, which boosts performance to 1080p without compromising visual quality.” While the Nintendo Switch version of True Colors doesn’t look quite as good as its PC, Xbox, or PlayStation counterparts, it looks amazing overall and takes that grounded experience to the next level.

I’m excited to see what developers are able to do with this technology in the future, especially since Nintendo has said we’re only halfway through the Switch’s life cycle. This may be how Avalanche Software plans to bring Hogwarts Legacy to Switch.

Yes, Hogwarts Legacy is coming to Nintendo Switch

Hogwarts Legacy student doing magicSource: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Last week, Sony held a State of Play centered around the upcoming Hogwarts Legacy game. The video shows just how ambitious a project is, with players able to befriend animals, ride broomsticks, mix potions, use the Room of Requirement, battle other people, and more. The graphics featured in this showcase were truly stunning and looked right at home on the PS5. However, as is often the case with presentations of this nature, we have not learned which other consoles will receive the game.

A few hours later, a listing for Hogwarts Legacy on Nintendo Switch appeared on Amazon and surprised just about everyone. As of now, there has been no confirmation as to whether it will be a Cloud Streaming Switch game or if it will run natively on the hybrid console. If this is the first, we can expect the visuals to still be very high-end, but they might not work very well for everyone, as we saw with Kingdom Hearts Cloud Version. On the other hand, if we get a localized version of Switch, the graphics will undoubtedly be heavily degraded and will look nothing like what we saw in the trailer.

Now we’ve seen some companies make seemingly impossible ports, like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for Nintendo Switch, which didn’t look as good as the PS4 version, but looked decent and worked well too. So it’s possible that Hogwarts Legacy could look and work fine if not perfectly on Switch. But we’ll have to wait and see what WB Games actually comes up with.

Have a good week-end!

That’s all we have for Nintendo news this week. I’m playing Kirby and the Forgotten Land this weekend and can’t wait to see what Kirby can do with his new Mouthful mode. Gobbling cars and vending machines has been incredibly fun so far. Whatever games you play this week, I hope you find them fun and relaxing.

Till next time.

- Rebecca Lance

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