Nintendo Direct, PvZ: Battle for Neighborville, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from The Gaming Observer, for Thursday September 5th, 2019. thegamingobserver.com for links and a transcript. We got lots to get into today, so let’s jump right in.

Tons of Nintendo Direct announcements

Nintendo had a Nintendo Direct which was laden with announcements. The first one here is that while there were some NES games available through Switch Online, SNES games will now be launching as well. There will be 20 titles initally, headlined by Mario Kart, Mario World, and Link to the Past. It will also be joined by a Switch compatible SNES controller. Overwatch is heading to the platform as well, arriving on October 15th with some unique motion controls. Super Smash Bros is getting Terry Bogard from Fatal Fury this November, with more DLC to come. Divinity Original Sin 2 is available now, and it supports cross saves from Steam. And lastly, Bethesda will be re-releasing Doom 64, so that’s quite the throwback.

Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville announced, and available now

This isn’t a huge surprise, but there is a new game announced called Plants Vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville. This looks like its planned to be a games-as-a-service title, and apparently the fans of Garden Warfare will feel right at home with this one. There is a mulitiplayer, and quest filled campaign, and a social hub. This is a full-priced game, which will have seasonal content and free battle passes. The release schedule is a bit wonky here. You can buy and play it today for $30, with features of the game slowly unlocking over the next few weeks. They throw in some cosmetics for doing that. On October 15th, the standard edition becomes available for Origin Access subscribers. Then 3 days later on the 18th, it has the full release priced at $40, and a Deluxe Edition at 50.

The Legend of Bum-Bo releasing on November 12th

There’s a prequel to The Binding Of Isaac coming out, and it’s called The Legend of Bum-bo. The setting and characters of this game will be intimiately familiar to those who have played Isaac, but the aesthetic and gameplay are a little different. The game is a turn-based match-4 style puzzle system. It’s a little complex but looks like lots of fun, and I always Edmund McMillen with this sort of thing. Anyway, it releases November 12th.

Steam library is getting an overhaul

Steam is a getting an overhaul for the library, which will begin as an open beta on September 17th. It’s going to have a more visual style than it used to, which will allow for some new features in the library which will come in handy. For one, at the top of the screen will be a “What’s New” section, which show you the games you have that have been recently updated, as well as an events page if something fun is happening within a game. They’ve also added something called Collections. This will essentially be the same as categories, but with way more functionality and customization. I gotta say it looks really nice, and a part of me wishes I didn’t make the full switch to GoG Galaxy 2.0.

That’s the news. A quick reminder to get your questions in for the Q&A on Saturday, mailbag@thegamingobserver.com. I’d like to thank M for their 5-star review on Amazon as well. Thank you so much for tuning in, I’ll be back tomorrow with the news, and until then, Happy Gaming everyone!

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