Last Week in Gaming – January 7, 2020

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We read a ton of video game articles each week and wanted to share some of our favorites with the Average Gamer community. We’ll feature everything from previews to reviews and everything in between.

The articles we share will be from a combination of well-known sources (like IGN) and more niche blogs that you may not have heard of. In the previous TAG Roundup post, we talked about Minecraft, NVIDIA GeForce Now, Pokemon and more!

Here’s the first ‘Last Week in Gaming’ for 2020 so let’s get off to a great start to the new year! Here we go!

Ultra 64 Prototype Controller – Go Nintendo

Fun fact, the N64 was originally gonna be called the Ultra 64! Nintendo changed the name prior to launch but had a different controller back when they were in the development phase.

The joystick face is slightly bigger and the materials are a little different. Check out the video below to see all the differences up close.

Xbox Series X Processor – IGN

There’ll be speculation about the next-gen consoles likely for the next several months. Recently, the head of Xbox posted the processor as his Twitter profile picture.

The inner components lend some details to how powerful the system will be and we’ll be keeping a close eye out for future announcements. Needless to say, I’ll be grabbing the PS5 but I also don’t want to be biased in my reporting…

Xbox chief Phil Spencer has revealed the Xbox Series X processor. It’s marked with “8K” and Project Scarlett

— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) January 6, 2020

New Switch on the Way – Polygon

Last year, we got the Switch Lite, a smaller, sleeker version of the hit Nintendo console. In 2020, we expect to say a more advanced Switch, hopefully receiving a boost in screen resolution and processing power.

We’ve got reports that the new model will be released in mid-2020 and we know that the console body will change. Nintendo said there will be “an update to the CPU” so I’m excited about being able to run more taxing games, like Skyrim, at higher graphics settings.

SNES + Genesis on One Console – The Verge

The SNES and Sega Genesis both had classics for days. We’ve written about many of them in our Mt. Rushmore series.

In an unexpected turn of events, 2020 will bless us with a portable SNES-Genesis hybrid console that plays cartridges! You can hook it up to a TV then play multiplayer using the bluetooth controllers.

The article says you can’t load roms on here, but it’s probably only a matter of time before the system is hacked. If you have any cartridges lying around, this might be a nice use of $110 this year.

Super Retro Champ console

The PC Tower You Didn’t Know You Needed – Endgadget

Want to be part of the PC master race but also have a passion for consoles? Well, now you can satisfy both itches with one tower!

Back in the day, Origin created a marketing promotion of the most extra gaming PC, including an Xbox, Playstation and Switch in one tower. They’re bringing the prototype to market but you need to choose either a Sony or Microsoft console to put into the tower.

The price tag is ridiculous, starting at $2.5k, but it looks cool…also, you can run both PC and console at the same time, on separate monitors….so that’s cool. Overall, Origin will probably only sell a few hundred of these, but I really like the concept.

Video Games Improving Health – Metro

I like video games. I also like working out. Nintendo wants everyone to like both, as evident by their Ring Fit Adventure package.

One Ring Fitter has been dedicated enough to the game to have some real progress towards his fitness goals. In 30 days, Migui Minaj has combined a good diet with this adventure game to drop a bunch of weight.

It’s inspirational to see and I hope more people take advantage of this fun way to exercise!

Another Switch Competitor – Tom’s Guide

Last week, I talked about the really ugly Nanica Smitch. This week, I’ve got the exact opposite of that for you!

Alienware created a concept portable console that boasts specs that would rival a gaming PC. It’s apparently larger and “more solidly made”, with detachable controllers and an 8″ screen. 

Check out the images from Future below:

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Zelda Kaizo, Mario Style – Polygon

Super Mario Maker 2 brought a Link power-up to the game, upping the bar for extremely challenging levels. Creators are having their way with the new content and putting some really interesting levels online.

You’ll be able to shoot arrows, dash and platform your way around as the green-hatted man. I’m not exactly sure how people endure this craziness, but props to them for trying to complete these levels.

This has to be the craziest looking level I have played so far in MM2 and another .01 clear rate level taken down:) Shout outs to the mad genius @Carl_Sagan42 PLWEASE MAKE MORE WEBELS

Its Dangerous to Go at All

— GrandPooBear @ GDQ (@GrandPOOBear) January 1, 2020

Horror Games in 2020 – Bloody Disgusting

I’m not the biggest horror game fan, but I’m really excited about the release of The Last of Us Part II! Here are 24 other games in the genre that might be appealing for you. From this list, I’d consider these games, personally:

  • Dying Light 2
  • Rainbow Six Quarantine
  • Bayonetta & Vanquish 10th Anniversary

That’s All For Now

There were plenty of other highlights from last week but these ones really stood out. Be sure to check in next time to read about video game current events. 

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