Written by Zachary Reaves (Features Editor)
Over the past few months, there has been an influx within the new content being revealed and released for video games. New consoles such as the Xbox Series X and the Playstation 5 were revealed, and are planned to be released later this year. Nintendo is also holding several special events for the 35th anniversary of their flagship series Super Mario Bros. Several games, new and old alike, have shot up in popularity as well.
First, the Playstation 5 was revealed in early June to take on the coming Xbox Series X, which was unveiled back in December 2019. The PS5 will come with an HD camera accessory and USB-C charging for the controllers, as well as its own wireless headset and a media remote. There will be two versions available at launch, a standard edition with a 4K Blu-ray disc drive and a smaller “Digital Edition” which comes without a disc drive. The console is priced at $499, with the Digital Edition being $100 cheaper. It will be releasing on November 12th. On the other hand, the Xbox Series X has been advertised as Microsoft’s fastest and most powerful console, ever. The Series X goes for a more practical design over the PS5’s more aesthetically oriented design. In fact, the new Xbox looks very similar to most modern PC towers. It will be available on November 10th for $499, and pre-orders are available from now until then. Similarly to the PS5’s Digital Edition, there will be an Xbox Series S released alongside the main console. It will be cheaper, with the drawback of less storage and processing power.
Nintendo has been mostly quiet this year in terms of releases. Aside from Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Paper Mario: The Origami King earlier this year, they haven’t really had any major first-party releases. Fortunately, they recently revealed several plans for events and games to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the first Super Mario Bros. The biggest of these releases is Super Mario 3D All-Stars, a port of the biggest Mario games to the Switch, which came out on September 18th. It includes Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy, as well as their respective soundtracks. Nintendo is also porting Super Mario 3D World from the Wii U to the Switch, with an extra mode and other quality of life changes. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is to be available for purchase on February 12th. Some other games Nintendo is releasing for the anniversary include Mario Kart: Home Circuit, a kind of ‘toys to life’ game, and a special Super Mario Bros. Game & Watch system. Finally, because many of these games are to celebrate an anniversary, they are only available for a limited amount of time. Most of the games and merchandise will be unavailable after March 31st, 2021.
All in all, there has been a lot unveiled over the summer for the gaming community. First, both Microsoft and Sony have given out a ton of information regarding their next-gen consoles, including crucial details such as the prices and release dates. Secondly, Nintendo has a lot of new games lined up for Mario’s 35th Anniversary, and even some new non-Mario games as well! Finally, there’s bound to be a lot more game-related content revealed in time for the holiday season, so be sure to stay updated! All in all, this time of year is the richest in video game-related content, so there’s sure to be a ton to play!