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Will Pokemon Colosseum & XD: Gale of Darkness come to Nintendo Switch?

Published: 22/Jan/2021 1:15 Updated: 22/Jan/2021 1:29

by Meg Bethany Koepp

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Colosseum and XD: Gale of Darkness are regarded as two of the best Nintendo GameCube games by Pokemon fans – but will they ever make their way to the Switch?

Colosseum first released onto the GameCube in the West in March 2004, and swiftly became a favorite among lovers of the franchise due to it being the first true 3D RPG entry in the series. It followed the story of Wes, a former member of antagonist Team Snagem, as he makes it his mission to purify Shadow Pokemon – monsters who have had their hearts closed off artificially. They could only level up and use normal moves once they were cleansed.

XD: Gale of Darkness was the successor, and came out in October 2005. It continued the story of the Shadow monsters, and saw a new protagonist trying to purify them and also return legendary Lugia back to normal, too.

Pokemon XD Gale of Darkness Shadow Lugia uses Shadow Ball
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Lugia caused havoc in Gale of Darkness.

GameCube on the Nintendo Switch?

In 2016, reports surfaced stating that the gaming giant would be putting GC titles onto its handheld console in the form of Virtual Console support. Nintendo were quick to shut down the rumors, and said that the Switch wouldn’t ever get VC, but that it would be releasing Nintendo Entertainment System games through its Online service. The company later stated that it wanted to “extend” the virtual software library offered through its online subscription, and followed this through by adding SNES titles. 

During an Annual General Meeting of Shareholders in June 2019, Nintendo Japan president Shuntaro Furukawa was asked about GC ports coming to the handheld. “At this place we cannot tell new information about future classic hardware among others, but we are thinking about providing an extension of the online service which is currently providing Famicom [NES] software, as well as other methods of providing them,” he responded. “We also recognize that there are opinions wanting to play past titles.”

While there’s no official news yet regarding GameCube titles coming to Switch Online, it’s hard to believe that Nintendo will just stop at SNES ports. It might not be GC straight away, but the possibility of Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, or N64 titles being added next is a hopeful thought in fans’ minds.

Nintendo Switch Online membership
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Perhaps we’ll see them offered through Nintendo’s online service in the future.

Nintendo is remaking Pokemon spin-offs

In January 2019, a Pokemon Direct revealed that the Red & Blue Mystery Dungeon games were being remade as a DX version for the Switch, which sparked hope that the company would finally be open to more spin-off remakes or remasters. 

While there has been a history of remakes with the mainline series in HeartGold and SoulSilver, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, and Let’s Go Eevee and Pikachu, there hadn’t been a re-release of a spin-off series before.

Obviously this doesn’t relate to Colosseum or XD at all, but it at least shows that Nintendo are open to giving non-main entries in the series a chance to be replayed again on new systems, and leaves the door open for them to be remade again or ported with the Online service in the future.

Could Pokemon Colosseum and XD Gale of Darkness come to Nintendo Switch
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Colosseum and XD remakes, when?

Shadow Pokemon in other games

Perhaps the biggest “hint” – if you can take it as one – lies with Niantic and The Pokemon Company’s hit mobile game Go. In June 2019, Shadow monsters were hinted at in the game’s code, and later launched properly into the app in August. The evil critters can be found by visiting a Team GO Rocket Pokestop and defeating the Grunt there, or by finding a GO Rocket balloon. One bested, players are given a shot at capturing one.

Like the GameCube titles, the monsters can then be purified to return them to their normal selves, but it’s not as easy in the mobile version. Trainers have to collect either 1,000 Stardust and one Candy, 3,000 Stardust and three Candy or 5,000 Stardust and five Candy, depending on the species. Whereas in the original games you either took them to Celebi’s shrine, used a Time Flute, or put them in a Purification Chamber after befriending them.

This throwback to Colosseum and XD might be nothing, but it serves as one step closer to fans possibly being able to revisit the GC classics in the future. Out of all the mechanics and gimmicks Nintendo could have chosen to use in GO, it strikes many as odd that the company went with the Shadow Pokemon.

Shadow Pokemon in Pokemon GO
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Shadow Pokemon were incorporated into Go.

Shadow Mewtwo was seen in 2015’s Pokken Tournament for the Wii U, and later on in the DX version on the Switch. It was included in first-edition copies of the first game, or could be unlocked after beating the Red and Chroma leagues.

In February 2016, Polygon interviewed PT producer Masaaki Hoshino and asked him if Shadow Mewtwo was considered as canon in the Pokemon universe and whether fans would be seeing more of the foe in the future. “Because everyone really liked Shadow Mewtwo, I have a personal hope that they’ll continue to use it, but it’s not really our decision, unfortunately,” he said. 

When the outlet reached out to The Pokemon Company for an answer, a representative responded with “no comment” – something that seemed rather strange. Why wouldn’t they just say no if they had no plans? Though, it could be GO related, it doesn’t stop supporters from holding out hope of the monster being added to a DX remake of the GC games.

Shadow Mewtwo in Pokken Tournament
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Pokken Tournament added Shadow Mewtwo to its roster.

While fans have had absolutely no official confirmation of Colosseum or XD ever being remade or ported onto the Nintendo Switch, it doesn’t stop anyone from wishing – especially when the company has revisited Shadow Pokemon since.

Regardless, it just goes to show that fans desire for the spinoff series is very much alive, and who knows? Maybe prayers will be answered some day.

Call of Duty

How to unlock FARA 83 (Galil) in Warzone & Cold War Season 2

Published: 25/Feb/2021 3:11

by Brad Norton

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Season 2 of Warzone and Black Ops Cold War introduced the FARA 83 Assault Rifle to the mix. Here’s everything you need to know to grab this devastating weapon for yourself.

With the arrival of Season 2 in BOCW and Warzone comes an assortment of new content. From fresh Operators to new modes and maps, there’s a ton to sink your teeth into. Chief among the new additions is a powerful Assault Rifle.

The FARA 83 marks the seventh Assault Rifle in Treyarch’s latest release. While it is a force to be reckoned with in multiplayer, it’s also usable in Warzone thanks to the recent integration.

Whether you’re exclusive to the battle royale or a multiplayer grinder in BOCW, unlocking this new gun couldn’t be simpler. Here’s what you need to know.

How to unlock the FARA 83 in Season 2

FARA 83 gameplay in Black Ops Cold War
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The FARA 83 Assault Rifle packs a punch in BOCW & Warzone Season 2.

Given it’s the newest addition to BOCW and Warzone, everyone will be wanting to get their hands on the Assault Rifle as soon as possible. Thankfully, you’ll be able to grab it without much of a hassle.

The FARA 83 is unlocked at Tier 15 of the Season 2 Battle Pass. Regardless of what you’re playing, you’ll be earning progress on the overlapping Battle Pass. Just 15 Tiers of progress and this new weapon is all yours.

As a result, XP gains are vital if you’re trying to secure the gun early. The more you play, the quicker you’ll be able to grab it, however, there is another option.

Fastest way of unlocking new FARA 82 in Season 2

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Rather than a specific challenge, the FARA 83 is unlocked through the Season 2 Battle Pass.

As with all previous Battle Passes in Call of Duty, Season 2 allows you to buy your way through it. While you can grind and earn each Tier, there is a paid alternative to quickly rush through.

Purchasing the Battle Pass Bundle at 2,400 CP instantly unlocks the first 20 Tiers as usual. Therefore, the FARA 83 can be yours instantly, without even having to play a single match.

Once the new Assault Rifle is in your possession, you’ll still have to level it up all the same. There’s no buying your way through weapon progression for now. 

Be on the lookout for the FARA 83 across both Warzone and BOCW; it’s sure to be a popular pick as everyone gets their hands on the new gun.