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Gaming: Sony shifts to PS5; Piranha Plant hits Smash Bros.; Wargroove earns praise

By Jacob Oller
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New, new, new is the name of the game in today’s video game roundup, with new consoles, characters, and games being the focus of the headlines.

First, a report has surfaced from industry analyst Daniel Ahmad that Sony's first party game development has its eyes on the future. Posting on ResetEra, Ahmad explained that the focus has moved on from the PS4 and “is on PS5 right now. It is still early to talk about next gen but I imagine we'll hear some whispers come out of GDC.” Additionally, he notes that "PS5 dev kits are out there and I've heard positive things about it."

While fans have known that the PS5 was in the works for a while now, the fact that Sony itself had turned its priorities towards it could give a clue about when a reveal or even a release date could be expected.

Next up is an addition to one of the fastest-selling games on the Nintendo Switch and a lauded entry to a legendary franchise. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has introduced their first DLC character to the game and he’s a new one for the series. The Mario universe’s Piranha Plant is now in the game after its 2.0 patch released last night — and he’s ready to chomp on some Nintendo fighters.

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The pot-bound plant was a bonus for those that purchased the game and registered their copy before 1/31. Those that didn’t meet the deadline will have the ability to purchase the fighter on his own.

Finally, another Switch release is making waves as turn-based strategy game Wargroove was released to excellent reviews. Outlets like Kotaku and Waypoint have praised the game while The Daily Dot calls it “one of the best indie games on Nintendo Switch.” The game, from Stardew Valley developer Chucklefish, aims to ape the Advance Wars series and offers up crossplay options between the Switch and PC players.

Wargroove is out Feb. 1.