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7 Nintendo Switch Games To Be Excited About



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It’s still early in the year, and many games are still as TBC or “coming soon.” Especially when you look at the games that we assume they will release from May onwards. But what are the Nintendo Switch games to get excited about? We have a look at seven new titles.

With a while to go, it doesn’t prevent us from the hype about the Nintendo Switch games that we can get existed about this year. For the innovation, the study that has created them, or the value they have shown on other consoles. Of all the games that will come out, we have made a list with the 7 most promising, ordered by release date.

1. Super Mario 3D World and Bowser’s Fury

Release date: 12 February 2021
Genre: platforms / multiplayer mode

There can’t be a single year that Nintendo doesn’t give us a Mario game. And we appreciate it. This year we celebrate the 35th anniversary of Super Mario. Nintendo gives us the reissue of the Wii U game Super Mario 3D World. They also include an added: Bowser’s Fury.

This improved version includes local and online multiplayer. The game, even in 3D, recovers the lateral or frontal mobility that made the plumber so popular. This makes it a simpler game (in a good way), without losing the fun of a good Mario game.

Adding Bowser’s Fury is like selling us two games for the price of one. With one of the best battles of Mario against Bowser, this game promises hours and hours of fun.

2. Bravely Default II

Release date: 26 February 2020
Genre: RPG

Those of you who have tried the demo will understand the desire to play it completely. This phenomenal RPG developed by Silicon Studio will try to hook us as their previous 3DS games did.

The battles will present an even greater difficulty than in their previous games. The game uses a turn-based system based on the saga’s special mechanics: Brave and Default. You can choose a normal attack or use Brave and Default to increase your statistics for future turns.

Seth, our protagonist, along with 3 companions, will form the Heroes of Light. With the importance of the argument, in this game, we will find a lot of conversations. A J-RPG that offers a different experience with the same atmosphere as its predecessor.

3. Monster Hunter Rise

Release date 26 March 2021
Genre: RPG / Action

Capcom’s powerful ARPG saga unfolds in all its greatness with this new release. MH world seeks to beat its sales record in the West with the new ideas proposed in this Switch game.

The game preserves the saga formula that balances crafting, world exploration, and fights with monsters. Facing the mobility system. One of the hardest points when it comes to bringing together veterans and new hunters. MH Rise will try to settle on Switch all we expect and we love of MH World.

Although you’ll see recognizable elements in Monster Hunter Rise, you can already feel all the new stuff. We will have new scrolling resources that give the game a huge but classic character. Despite there is still much to see in its set of contents, what it transmits to us is positive. As a result, the game is positioning itself as the next must-see for veterans of Monster Hunter,

4. New Pokémon Snap

Release date: 30 April 2021
Genre: Simulation

Bandai Namco and Nintendo are responsible for producing this new Pokémon game. The adventure gets inspiration from the classic Pokémon Snap of the Nintendo 64. This means that it is not the continuation, but “an all-new adventure for Nintendo Switch that’s inspired by the classic Nintendo 64 game.”

This game makes you explore the Lensis region and take pictures of more than 200 Pokémon. Our goal is to investigate the Lumini phenomenon that takes place in this region. In this new adventure, we will have the help of Professor Mirror and his assistant Rita.

Nostalgia for the Nintendo 64 Snap, coupled with the best-known graphics in a Pokémon game. Combined with our camera and the immense landscapes and routes that we will take, will delight lovers of photography and Pokéfans.

5. Subnautica and Subnautica: Below Zero

Release date: TBC 2021
Genre: Survival / Adventure

Although Subnautica finally came out in 2018, it is in this year when we can have a version for the Switch. The critics on its launch were positive. This and its sequel, created by Unknown Worlds Entertainment, offer us a set aquatic survival game.

A calm survival, but no less dangerous for that. Underwater environments immerse us in a peaceful environment, but with the tension of not knowing what is in the depths of the ocean.

To that, we add the “expansion” Below Zero. This transports us to a new frozen planet, with new biomes, monsters, vehicles, and an outstanding plot for an indie game. If the game already hooked on desktop consoles, now offering us a portable option is a wise decision on the part of the studio.

6. Bayonetta 3

Release date TBC 2021
Genre: Hack-n-slash

Developed by Platinum Games and published by Sega, it’s the third installment in the popular beat’em up action saga starring the witch.

Tre trailer appeared at The Game Awards 2017. It was announced that it would be one of the games exclusive for Nintendo Switch.

Now it’s still in development, but in the trailer, we can see bullets, magic, and what could expect of our favorite witch.

Platinum Games CEO Hideki Kamiya suggests there is progress, but “let’s forget about Bayonetta for a while.” He ensures that when something finally comes up, it will become a bigger surprise. Until then, we can only wait for more news.

7. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2

Release date: TBC 2021
Genre: RPG

The sequel to the one considered by many the best Nintendo Switch game is in development. The little that we can know for now has been thanks to the E3 trailer. This trailer shows a much darker style than the first game, even competing with Majora’s Mask.

In it, you can see that Link and Zelda find a corpse under Hylure Castle (that looks quite like Ganondorf). It is also seen that a presence brings him back to life and affects Link. That gives rise to many rumours that in this sequel we will control Zelda.

Everything said above is speculation that people said because of the trailer. We’ll have to wait a bit longer for Nintendo to announce something about it.

Some Switch games will arrive sooner than others, but if it weren’t for the hype that their sale gives us, we would not enjoy them so much. So the only thing we have left is to wait and prepare the Nintendo Switch for when the time comes to enjoy it.

And that’s our list of seven Nintendo Switch games to be excited about. Do you agree or disagree with our list? Which game are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below.

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9 Rarest And Most Valuable Pokémon Cards In Existence



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If you’re one of the millions of people with a set of Pokémon cards stashed away somewhere, it might be time to dig-lett them out (sorry). Time to see if any of these babies are in your collection. Here’s our list of the top 9 rarest and most valuable Pokémon cards in existence.

Chances are you haven’t caught them all. But having even one of these could net you a large wad of cash.

Pokémon has been an on/off craze ever since it first started back in the mid-’90s. But despite releasing games, a cult anime series and several films, it’s those little cards that are making a profitable resurgence right now.

Even in just the last three years, rare Pokémon cards have been sold for thousands of dollars at auction. So now is definitely the time to check your collection. Time to see if you could be sitting on a small fortune.

9. 20th Anniversary 24-karat Gold Pikachu

Crafted in solid gold

Sold for 216,000 yen ($2,081) in October 2016.

You don’t get much more unique than a Pokémon card made from solid gold. Yep, you heard right. This insanely unique and incredibly rare Pokémon card was produced by Japanese jewellery maker, Ginza Tanaka. A limited number of solid gold cards were created as a replica of the original Japanese Pikachu card (affectionately nicknamed ‘Fat Pikachu’).

Made from 11 grams of pure 24-karat cold, the only way to get a copy of this ultra-rare Pokémon card was to enter a lottery held in 2016. If you won, you were given the chance to buy a copy of the limited-edition card for 216,000 yen (around $2,081/£1,700).

The solid gold card was shipped in its own unique box and housed in a plastic frame. And what makes this even more incredible is that, whilst most rare and unique Pokémon cards stem from early on in the game’s beginnings, this card appeared for the first time in just the last 5 years. Definitely one of the rarest (and coolest) Pokémon cards in existence.

8. Master’s Key

A more recent card – but no less rare

Sold for $21,000 in November 2019.

Like the 20th anniversary gold Pikachu, Master’s Key is another rare yet relatively new Pokémon card. It made its first appearance just over ten years ago when it was awarded to competitors in the 2010 Pokémon World Championships held in Hawaii.

Participants in both the TCG (Trading Card Game) and video game counterpart received a copy of Master’s Key. Only the trophy case differed depending on the category.

Only 36 copies of the card are estimated to exist – equal to the number of participants in all age divisions of the world championships. And to prove just how rare this Pokémon card is, one of them sold at auction in November 2019 for more than $21,000.

7. Espeon and Umbreon Gold Star POP Series 5

A pair of Gold Star Pokémon cards from one of the most valuable Pokémon sets of all time

Sold for $22,100 and $20,000 respectively between December 2020 and February 2021.

The Gold Star Pokémon cards are one of the most valuable Pokémon sets ever produced. At the time of writing, a near mint full set of 27 cards is for sale on eBay. The price tag? £35,000 ($49,717).

But it’s the Espeon and Umbreon which are the real moneymakers. Perhaps the rarest cards in the set, these two alone sold for over $20,000 in just the last few months.

The cards are named after the gold star that appears next to the Pokémon’s name at the top of the card. It signifies that the card features alternative colour artwork which is different from the common version.

Only 27 Gold Star cards were released from 2004 to 2007. Making them some of the rarest Pokémon cards in existence.

Whilst the Japanese versions of the cards remain the most valuable due to their limited availability, the English versions of the Espeon and Umbreon Gold Star cards still command a high price. PSA (Professional Sports Authenticator – the prestigious organisation that grades the quality, condition and value of trading cards) values the two cards at $194,209 and $187,277 respectively. Easily making them two of the rarest and most valuable Pokémon cards around.

6. 1999 Pokémon Japanese Promo Tropical Mega Battle Tropical Wind

An ultra-rare promo card – one of only 12 ever made

Sold for $65,100 in October 2020.

When it comes to availability, you don’t get much rarer than the Tropical Wind card.

With just 12 being given to the top players at the 1999 Tropical Mega Battle tournament, the Japanese Tropical Wind promo card is extremely rare.

This inaugural tournament – a precursor to the Pokémon World Championships – took place in 1999 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu, Hawaii. The event was invite-only and was a battle between the best 50 players from Canada, Latin America, Europe, the United States, and Japan. During the event, a handful of trophy cards could be obtained. One of these was this baby right here.

This particular Tropical Mega Battle promo card (the 1999 Japanese-language copy of Tropical Wind) has sold at auction for as much as $65,100 in PSA Gem Mint 10 condition, with the most recent sale taking place in October 2020. PSA estimates its value to be as high as $148,482. Making the ultra-rare card a contender for one of the most expensive and valuable Pokémon cards ever made.

5. No. 1 Trainer

Quite possibly the most unknown Pokémon card of all time

Sold for $90,000 in July 2020.

Most people won’t have ever heard of No. 1 Trainer, and it’s even more unlikely they’ll have seen a copy in person. When it comes to rare Pokémon cards, they don’t get much rarer than this.

With only seven copies believed to be in existence, No. 1 Trainer may well be the least known card in existence.

No.1 Trainer is a holographic promotional card awarded to finalists in the Secret Super Battle tournament held in Tokyo in 1999. To earn a place in the competition’s finals (which were held in a secret location) players had to first win a regional tournament. Their prize was the No. 1 Trainer card, which granted them access to the finals.

The text on the front of the card translates to: “The Pokémon Card Game Official Tournament’s champion is recognised here, and this honour is praised. By presenting this card, you may gain preferential entry into the Secret Super Battle.” It’s almost like a modern-day, real-life Golden Ticket to Willy Wonka’s factory.

As only seven regional tournaments were held, it’s believed that just seven copies of the No. 1 Trainer card were made – easily making it one of the rarest Pokémon cards in existence.

4. Pikachu Illustrator

Extremely expensive and extremely rare

Sold for $195,000 in October 2019.

The Pikachu Illustrator card is an incredibly rare Pokémon card. It still holds the Guinness World Record for the most expensive Pokémon trading card sold at auction (although, more about this later…).

Pikachu Illustrator was originally given to winners of promo contests held in 1997 and 1998 by Japanese magazine CoroCoro Comic. 39 copies were officially awarded to the winners. While two copies were reportedly later discovered by one of the creators of the card game, seemingly bringing the total number of Pikachu Illustrator copies to 41.

As well as being ridiculously rare, the card is unique in a number of ways. It’s the only Pokémon card to say “Illustrator” instead of “Trainer” at the top. And has a one-off pen icon in its bottom-right corner to acknowledge its creation for the design contest. The card’s artwork of Pikachu is by Atsuko Nishida, the original illustrator of the fan-favourite Pokémon.

Approximately 19 copies of the card are believed to still exist, with 10 having been certified by the PSA.

A near-flawless copy of the card graded at Mint 9 (one grade under perfect condition) sold at auction in 2019 for $195,000 and broke a Guinness World Record. But arguably, there are a couple of contenders to that crown.

3. Black Star Ishihara Signed GX Promo Card

A signed card to celebrate the Pokémon founder’s 60th birthday

Sold for $247,230 in April 2021.

Of all the cards featured on this list, this rare and incredibly valuable Pokémon card is definitely one-of-a-kind.

Just last month on April 26, 2021, a copy of the Black Star Ishihara Signed GX Promo Card made headlines when it sold for nearly a quarter of a million US dollars.

The card depicts the Pokémon company founder and current president, Tsunekazu Ishihara. It was given to staff as a celebration of his 60th birthday in 2017.

What makes this specific version even rarer is that Ishihara actually signed this near-mint card to boost its price even further.

The ability “Red Chanchanko” refers to the red vest which is traditionally worn on 60th birthdays in Japan and prevents the effect of any attack, ability or trainer card against Ishihara. Meanwhile, its GX move “60 Congratulations” tells you to flip 60 coins, and take a present for each one. A truly unique, legendary card.

2. Pokémon Blastoise #009/165R Commissioned Presentation Galaxy Star Hologram

Quite possibly the only card one in existence

Sold for $360,000 in January 2021.

This Blastoise card is probably the single rarest Pokémon card in existence. One of only two such Pokémon cards ever made, it sold for a whopping $360,000 (£266,000) in January 2021.

This Pokémon card was created in 1998 as a presentation piece by Magic: The Gathering maker Wizards of the Coast to convince Nintendo executives to allow it to handle the TCG’s English-language release. The game would eventually make its international debut one year later in 1999.

While two Blastoise ‘Presentation’ cards were produced, this is the only one that has been seen publicly. Even more impressively, it has been graded at a NM/Mint+ 8.5 level by certification website CGC, meaning that the 20-plus-year-old card is in near-perfect condition. The location and state of the other Presentation card remain unknown. This either means that this card is the sole one remaining, or someone somewhere is unknowingly sitting on a small fortune.

1. 1999 First Edition Shadowless Holographic Charizard #4

The card that every kid wanted

Sold for $369,000 in December 2020.

Charizard. The card that absolutely every kid (and adult too now, apparently) wanted. And while the shiny Charizard has always been a firm favourite, this particular variant is even rarer.

While a number of top quality, first-edition cards from the Pokémon TCG’s early days are worth some money, due to their limited availability and age, this specific version of the holographic Charizard absolutely stands out as one of the rarest and most valuable Pokémon cards ever released.

What sets the card apart is the lack of a shadow underneath the dragon graphic. This was a printing error which was corrected for most of the cards printed but the few that sneaked passed quality control are incredibly sought after.

According to auction house Iconic Auctions, the rare card is “the Holy Grail of Pokémon cards, the most iconic and important card to both the Pokémon franchise and its die-hard fans”.

A mint-condition first-edition shadowless holographic PSA 10 Charizard sold at auction in October 2020 for a staggering $220,574 to the retired rapper – and Pokémon fan – Logic. Then, just two months later in December, another one of the same quality sold for a mind-blowing £350,000.

There’s more

But as if that wasn’t enough, just a few hours after that, yet another card broke all records, selling for a mind-numbing £369,000.

Although this hasn’t officially been recognised by Guinness World Records, this certainly knocks the Pikachu Illustrator off its perch, as well as the staggering sum held by the Blastoise Galaxy Star Hologram.

Either way, despite not being the rarest, this is definitely the most valuable Pokémon card sold to date. But with the desire for rare Pokémon cards showing no signs of slowing, the big question is: how much higher can their value go?

One thing’s for sure, if anyone out there truly has caught them all, that would make for one incredibly valuable collection.

And that’s our list of the 9 rarest and most valuable Pokémon cards in existence. Did you ever have any of these? Which is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below.

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