Recent Nintendo Switch rumors have suggested that the Nintendo console may soon be getting what was regarded as one of 2021’s best games: It Takes Two. The multiplayer game from Hazelight Studios and Electronic Arts swept awards shows last year and even managed to win the Game of the Year award at The Game Awards 2021 among other accolades. If the recent rumors play out as people suspect, we may hear about this game’s Nintendo Switch report soon during a Nintendo Direct that’s supposedly taking place this month.
The first indication of this game coming to the Nintendo Switch surfaced when prominent leaker The Snitch posted a line of emojis within his Discord server. Bookended by Nintendo Switch emojis, the images used showed things like a tree, a clock, a bee, and a book among other things.
After analyzing the message, The Snitch’s followers came to the conclusion that this was a hint about It Takes Two coming to the Switch. The theory behind that is that the emojis represent different levels or key parts of the game. The Tree and Cuckoo Clock are levels from It Takes Two, for example, while the bee likely represents the game’s wasp battles. One of the bigger giveaways was the red book towards the end of the teaser which was apparently meant to be a stand-in for Dr. Hakim, the character from It Takes Two who takes the form of the red “Book of Love.”
Not too long after this leak was shared, Jeff Grubb spoke on this rumor in the latest episode of The Nintendo Shack. He referenced The Snitch’s message while saying that It Takes Two is one of the games Grubb has heard will be featured in the Nintendo Direct.
That Nintendo Direct itself is something that hasn’t even been announced yet, but given how much it’s been talked about already, people are already fairly convinced that the Direct is coming this month. It’s supposedly going to take place in approximately two weeks Collaborative project seeks to protect, rumors have suggested, so if that’s the case, look for It Takes Two to be among the games showcased.
For years at this point, most Xbox Live Gold subscribers have been generally pretty disappointed with the service’s offering of monthly free games. As Microsoft has started to more heavily support Xbox Game Pass, the free titles that come to Xbox’s Games with Gold program have started to dwindle. Now, that disappointment has only become greater as Microsoft is soon set to discontinue free Xbox 360 games from the service at the start of October. Luckily, many Xbox Live Gold members have at least found that these 360 additions are going out on a high note in September.
As of this week, Microsoft revealed that Portal 2 would be the final game coming to Games with Gold as an Xbox 360 title. First released all the way back in 2011, Portal 2 isn’t just one of the most popular puzzle games ever, but it’s also one of the most critically-acclaimed games ever released. To this day, it still holds a staggering 95/100 score on Metacritic, making it one of the best-reviewed games from the Xbox 360 era. And while many people have likely already played Portal 2, that hasn’t kept a number of fans from celebrating its addition to Games with Gold.
Not long after Microsoft unveiled that it would be new September 2022 additions to Xbox Games with Gold, social media began to fill up with a number of responses from fans who were beyond happy to see Portal 2 arriving on the platform. A number of subscribers stressed that those who still haven’t played Portal 2 now need to do so since it’s free. Others were merely surprised to see that Games with Gold was finally giving out a truly great title.
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