Everything announced at Feb. 9’s Nintendo Direct

Splatoon 3, Kirby, Switch Sports, Mario Strikers, and more



After Pokémon Legends: Arceus’s red-hot launch last month, Nintendo wants to keep the hype going. To outline its future this year, the company hosted a Nintendo Direct recently, announcing new titles and updating previously announced ones. Here’s a rundown of what’s coming for the Switch.

Splatoon 3

Continuing one of Nintendo’s more recent tentpole franchises, Splatoon 3 comes to the Switch sometime during the summer this year. Though the Nintendo Direct did not include a definite launch date, Nintendo shared more teasers including a new Salmon Run Next Wave mode.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3

The upcoming title continues the story laid out by its predecessors. The open-world RPG takes players across a vast world filled with titanic monsters. Xenoblade Chronicles 3 launches in fall.

Nintendo Switch Sports

Sports is back! When the Switch launched, the console was conspicuously missing its own version of the Wii’s most popular titles, Wii Sports. Now, the title will make its return to the Switch, bringing badminton, bowling, football, tennis, and volleyball to the console. Nintendo Switch Sports launches on April 29.

Mario Strikers: Battle League

Speaking of sports, Mario continues his career as an athletic superstar. On June 10, Mario Strikers: Battle League brings Mario and friends to the world of football. Once again, expect quirky superpowers and powerful pickups for this sports game.

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes

Much like the previous titles announced, Nintendo taps into its thriving well of franchises. However, this title switches it up a bit. Rather than the usual formula, Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes is a hack-and-slash game coming on June 24.

Disney Speedstorm

One of the rare original announced this Direct, Disney Speedstorm is a Mario Kart-like racer but with Disney characters including Mickey Mouse, Mulan, and Sully. The racing games arrives sometime during the summer.

Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Despite being one of the more anticipated titles coming this year, Kirby and the Forgotten Land doesn’t get a lot of the limelight this time around. However, the Nintendo Direct did showcase the game’s Mouthful Mode, a power similar to Super Mario Odyssey’s Cappy. Kirby is coming on March 25.

Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition

Going past the new titles, let’s get into remasters and ports. A classic in the PlayStation pantheon, Chrono Cross is getting a visual remaster and some improvements over its first outing more than two decades ago. Besides the remaster, the game also comes with Radical Dreamers, a more obscure text-adventure game set in the Chrono universe originally released in 1996. Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition comes to the Switch on April 7.

Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp

Here comes another reboot. This time, it’s from the Game Boy Advance. Resurrecting a well-known series for the console, Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp brings the first two games of the franchise, along with graphical and gameplay updates.

No Man’s Sky

Ports incoming! Nintendo is bringing one of the most controversial titles in the last ten years. Though the game, originally launched for the PlayStation 4 and PC, started off with a torrent of negative press, No Man’s Sky eventually became a darling of indie games with massive updates that brought it from zero to hero. No Man’s Sky is coming to the Switch this summer.

Portal: Companion Collection

The Switch is getting another giant from another console. Portal: Companion Collection is bringing both Portal games to the console. Coming later this year, the collection will support both the enthralling single-player mode and the wacky multi-player mode (local, online, and split-screen).


Here’s a blast from the past. Both EarthBound and EarthBound Beginnings have arrived in the Nintendo Switch Online library. The two games were originally released to the SNES and the Famicom, respectively.

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Razer introduces two new Ornata V3 keyboards

Slim, clicky, and ergonomic



Ornata V3

Razer is releasing two new entry-level gaming keyboards in the Ornata V3 and Ornata V3 X, which will both have Razer’s Mecha-membrane switches.

The new keyboards come with all the basics expected of an affordable gaming accessory. That’s everything from their keycaps design, RGB backlight, and more.

The two low-profile gaming keyboards come with smaller footprint and slimline keycap designs. The ABS keycaps are UV-coated for scratch resistance, while the Ornata V3 X’s keycaps are spill-resistant.

The keyboards also feature Razer Chroma RGB with 10 lighting zones. The V3 X has four lighting effects: Breathing, Spectrum Cycling, Static, and Wave.

Aside from these, they have backlit dedicated media keys for more convenient controls such as playing and pausing, skipping, or adjusting brightness or volume.

Adding value to the Ornata V3 and V3 X is their magnetic soft-touch wrists rest. These are not often included for keyboards in their price range.

Pricing, availability

The Razer Ornata V3 and Ornata V3 X keyboards are now available on Razer’s official website, Shopee, Lazada, and through their authorized sellers.

The Ornata V3 will retail for PhP 2,590 while the Ornata V3 X is priced at PhP 4,199.

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SteelSeries unveils Arctis Nova Pro series

The almighty future of audio



Arctis Nova Pro

SteelSeries has released the Arctis Nova Pro series. It’s latest and most advanced gaming and esports headsets yet from the company.

The series has two variants — the Arctis Nova Pro and Arctis Nova Pro Wireless. The new series is enhanced by SteelSeries’ Sonar Audio Software Suite. It helps deliver the ultimate sound quality and clarity.

The software is the first in-gaming Pro-grade Parametric EQ which gives gamers even more control over sound across games, team chat, and the microphone and allows them to adjust individual frequencies on the fly seamlessly.

Both variants come with immersive 360° Spatial Audio which is fully compatible with Tempest 3D audio for PS5 or Microsoft Spatial Sound.

They also feature Multi-System Connect which allows users to switch between platforms easily. Complementing the next-level sound experience is an AI-powered noise cancelling and broadcast-quality bidirectional microphone.

Price and availability

The Arctis Nova Pro will retail for US$ 279.99 for both the PC/PlayStation and Xbox options, while the Arctis Nova Pro Wireless is priced at US$ 379.99.

In Singapore, pricing are as follows:

  • Arctis Nova Pro – SG$ 439
  • Arctis Nova Pro (Xbox) – SG$ 449 (available in Sep 2022)
  • Arctis Nova Pro Wireless – SG$ 599 (available in Sep 2022)
  • Arctis Nova Pro Wireless (Xbox) – SG $620

There are also booster packs for users to be able to customize the headsets with headbands and metallic color speaker plates of their choice.

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Final Fantasy XVI producer reveals game details in interview

Things just got more exciting



Final Fantasy XVI

Ever since the announcement of Final Fantasy XVI a few years back, enthusiasts have been on the edge of their seats in anticipation how exactly the latest installment in the popular video game franchise would look like.

Now, no less than producer Naoki Yoshida is teasing us all with even more details for what is there to expect before FFXVI releases officially in the summer of 2023 exclusively on PS5.

Here’s a quick rundown of the highlights of his latest interview regarding FFXVI.

FFXVI won’t be traditional open world

Unlike previous iterations of Final Fantasy, the upcoming video game is going in a different direction as it will not be open world, surprisingly.

Instead, it will be an “independent area-based game design”. Still, Yoshida did give away that it will take a lot of inspiration from “triple-A open world RPGs” to allow players to experience the game on a “global scale”.

Clive’s got company — making battles more interesting

Prior to Yoshida’s interviews, players have been expecting FFXVI’s protagonist, Clive, to be a solo fighter which meant that the game would have been a single-player type for the first time.

But apparently, Clive’s got company — other characters who will fight alongside him but will be AI-controlled, according to Yoshida.

Something that will also resonate uniquely with players will be the Eikon-versus-Eikon battles. Players will be able to control an Eikon in real-time and engage with another Eikon.

Yoshida recalled the original Final Fantasy in making XVI

Citing the importance of making each of Final Fantasy’s releases true to its essence, Yoshida mentioned that he went to as far as thinking about the original Final Fantasy and remembering how it felt like while playing the lead role.

He said that he “wanted to recapture that feeling in XVI”, plus the advancements in technology and modern game design.

This is something Yoshida hopes could turn into reality for people to look forward to.

The game is almost ready as of the moment

Yoshida also mentioned that in terms of progress, the game is “fully playable from start to finish” already. 

As it stands, it looks like voice-overs in different languages are currently the focus as of the moment, as well as finetuning to make sure there are no bugs or glitches.

Since FFXVI is full of action, it is only natural for the developers to have it undergo several tests to ensure smooth gameplay.

A third trailer will drop later in 2022

Lastly, a third trailer that will succeed the “Dominance” trailer released a month ago will drop this fall.

That will surely excite players even more as they get closer and closer to Final Fantasy XVI’s launch next year.

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