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LISTEN: Lo-Fi Final Fantasy Album Arrives On Spotify

Need some chill Final Fantasy music to relax & study to? Square Enix’s got your back!

The lo-fi beats genre exploded in popularity recently. Many use lo-fi beats music to relax and study to, and it’s quickly becoming a lucrative musical lane for artists.

So, it makes all the more sense that Square Enix would take full advantage. They recently uploaded several new albums to Spotify, including Square Enix Chill Out Arrangement Tracks – Around ’80s Mix. The collection features music from Squaresoft’s 1980s releases. So, if you played Final Fantasies 1-3, Legends, and Adventure these should sound familiar.

The official description reads:

“Introducing new chill-out arrangements of music from Square Enix’s popular game titles. This album features a selection of classic tracks, mainly taken from Squaresoft’s 1980s releases, such as Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy II, Final Fantasy Legend, Final Fantasy Legend II, Final Fantasy Legend III, and Final Fantasy Adventure.”

“These arrangements have been produced by a wide variety of domestic and foreign talent, such as global trendsetter, DJ favourite, and treasure of New Zealand: Lord Echo, Ovall’s Shingo Suzuki, and Shingo Sekiguchi from Origami Production, both well-known from Seki Jam, and London keyboardist and pianist Chris Gulino, who also works as director for Kylie Minogue and Brian Ferry, as well as many more.”

Have you listened already? Tell me what you think!

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Man Arrested for Sending Square Enix Death Threats

Some people take losing way too seriously.

On February 26th, Shinjuku police arrested a 39-year-old male Saitama resident for allegedly sending death threats to Square Enix employees.

Why was it that serious? He allegedly became enraged because he couldn’t win the game he was playing.

According to police, the suspect sent over 37 threats between November 2nd and 19th of last year. It’s unknown what game he was playing, though he threatened to kill the designers over “unfair rules.”

This is the latest in a string of incidents for Square Enix. In 2019, police arrested a 25-year old nursing home worker. The suspect sent an email to Square Enix’s Tokyo employees which read, “Hey staff tomorrow I’m going to kill you get ready [for your punishment].”

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Super Smash Bros Creator Addresses Sword Fighter Controversy

Yes, we’re getting more sword fighters in Super Smash Bros Ultimate.

As of today, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 characters Pyra & Mythra join the fray as DLC. Both characters function similar to Zelda/Sheik in previous titles. Players can switch between the two fighters mid-battle and each have their own movesets/damage output.

Of course, fans previously criticized the abundance of sword fighters added to the game as DLC. Many feel Super Smash has more than enough sword wielders and is in need of variety.

Series creator Masahiro Sakurai addressed concerns during an interview on Washa Live. When asked about sword fighters, Sakurai said, “Like it or not, it’s not up to me whether another sword fighter goes in the game.”

He also elaborated on how easy it is to introduce sword fighters, stating “Well even if it is another sword fighter, it will be fine as long as we balance them properly. And in contrast, sword fighters are easy [to implement].”

So, like it or not, sword fighters aren’t going anywhere any time soon. Enjoy the variety of…swordplay?

You can nab Pyra & Mythra as part of the second Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass or buy them separately for $5.99. The characters come with the Cloud Sea of Alrest stage and new songs from Xenoblade Chronicles 2.

Also check out the new Kirby forms!

Will you be playing as these new fighters? Sound off below!

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“Super Mario 3D All-Stars” Being Removed from Stores on March 31st

No, love, it’s not clickbait. You’ve got until March 31st to get your copy of Super Mario 3D All-Stars, physical AND digital.

Nintendo reminded fans via Twitter its plans to discontinue games related to Super Mario’s 35th anniversary. Among these games are Super Mario 35, Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros, and Super Mario 3D All-Stars.

Smells a lot like the Disney Vault, right?

Understandably, fans are pretty frustrated with the news, considering Nintendo could keep a digital copy in the eshop. A limited amount of physical copies is fine, but it makes little sense to take away digital copies as well.

However, Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America President, assures us this won’t be a common practice moving forward. In an interview with Polygon, he stated, “it’s not strategy that we’re going to be using widely, but it’s one we thought was very unique for the actual anniversary.”

In the meantime, you can still enjoy titles like Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury and Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit. The Legend of Zelda series is also celebrating its 35th anniversary, so we’ll see if they too decide to snatch any games back up in the future.

What do you think about Nintendo’s decision? Sound off below.

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WATCH: “Hamilton” Remade in “Animal Crossing”

Thought you’d seen the last of Hamilton? Think again! Animal Crossing joins the long list of tributes for the Broadway hit musical.

First, the Muppets gave us their rendition of Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s masterpiece. Now Animal Crossing fans get to see some of their favorite villagers (Especially Raymond) remaking their favorite tunes.

YouTuber Guitar_Knight14 has been successfully remaking every song from the musical. Currently, all of Act 1 is finished and can be viewed below.

Additionally, it looks like Guitar_Knight14 plans to release Act 2 as soon as possible, so be on the lookout for more from Nintendo’s favorite playground.

Meanwhile, if you’re an Animal Crossing player, don’t forget that Spring is just around the corner. Build those Snow boys while you still can and get ready to see green grass again. We survived winter!

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Final Fantasy 16 to Feature Story-Focused Mode

Final Fantasy 16 remains largely a mystery. Square Enix being Square Enix as usual, right?

Outside of a few trailers released a few months ago, we still don’t know much about the upcoming PS5 release. However, it seems we’re getting a mode that focuses on story rather than gameplay.

FF16 producer Naoki Yoshida appeared on Tokyo FM to shed more light on how it would work. Speaking to interviewers on the “Game Hack” corner of One Morning Today, he stated:

Final Fantasy XVI is quite action-oriented. It’s a Final Fantasy featuring story and action”

(What about players who aren’t good at action games?) “We really want players to enjoy the story, so we’re preparing a mode for players who want to focus on story. Since we have quite the substantial support actions, we’re of course preparing something easy to operate and smooth to play. Don’t worry too much (players who aren’t good at action games.)”

“I’m from the generation that has been playing the Final Fantasy series from the first game in real-time—I’m almost in my 50s. I think the Warriors of Light have grown up in their own worlds, so I want to create a world of Final Fantasy that those who know the good and bad of reality can also be passionate about. I believe there are certain hardships that are experienced when becoming an adult, so I want to make the main theme of this game something that those who grew up playing Final Fantasy and understand reality can still enjoy, get something out of, and think about.”

So basically, if you tend to get stuck on every boss battle, fear not! There’s apparently going to be a mode created just for you to enjoy the story.

After all, Final Fantasy games are known for their iconic, moving, and compelling plots. It makes perfect sense for a story-focused option, given many people’s disdain for FF15’s narrative structure (or sometimes lack of).

Meanwhile, Final Fantasy 16 is still in development for PS5.

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How Zelda: Skyward Sword Motion Controls Work On Switch

Now that Skyward Sword HD is a certified best-seller on Amazon, players have a question. How will motion controls work this time around?

Will they be as clunky and unforgiving as they were in 2011? Will I find myself getting bashed to death by a Deku Baba because my joy-con won’t calibrate properly?

Okay, that’s more than just “a question.” And like me, I’m sure you have several questions of your own. So, let’s see what Nintendo has up their sleeve to alleviate our motion control concerns.

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You Have Options!

Nintendo announced motion controls for the game will be optimized for the Switch. This will certainly come as a relief to those who played the game on the Wii. Many found the controls to be inconsistent, with the Wii Remote losing connectivity and having to constantly be re-calibrated. That’s one less headache!

Nintendo also recognized that motion control exclusivity can be a major pain. That’s why you’ll be pleased to know Skyward Sword won’t just utilize motion controls.

You Can Use Buttons Instead!

That’s right! Skyward Sword HD includes button controls in addition to motion controls. I would assume you get the option to choose your preference at the start of your adventure like most entries.

It’s also good news for Switch Lite players who don’t have joy cons and want to experience the adventure.

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Did You Order Your Joy-Cons?

Speaking of joy-cons, Nintendo plans to release special joy-cons alongside the game, scheduled for release on July 16th.

As previously stated, motion controls are optimized for the Switch. The right joy-con controls the sword, while the left allows for Link to use his shield.

Does that answer most of your questions? What other concerns do you have? Let me know in the comments!

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Zelda: Skyward Sword Temporarily Sells Out On Amazon

Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword just sliced the “least popular Zelda entry” opinion to pieces.

Earlier this weekend, Skyward Sword was listed as “temporarily out of stock” on Amazon’s US & UK storefronts. Keep in mind the game isn’t available yet and is only listed as a pre-order.

Currently In Stock!

However, that “out of stock” status was only temporary. As of writing, I could pre-order a copy on Amazon, but it was still listed as a Best-Seller on the online retailer’s website.

That’s good news for those of us eager to get a copy. I haven’t played this game in almost 10 years, so I can’t wait to literally dive back into this world again.

Unpopular Opinions?

As I stated earlier, Internet opinions aren’t always the truth when it comes to a game’s popularity. Many have listed Skyward Sword as their least favorite entry in the franchise. Still, that hasn’t stopped a nearly 10-year-old game from reigning supreme on Amazon.

Of course, that speaks to the overall popularity and branding of the series as a whole. Zelda has an extremely loyal fanbase, after all. Plus, Skyward Sword was only available on the Nintendo Wii before now, even though previous entries were later ported to the Wii U such as Twilight Princess and Wind Waker.

Are You Getting It?

Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is scheduled for release on July 16th of this year. You can currently pre-order physical and digital copies from most retailers that supply games.

Will you be getting a copy? Let me know!