Jan 21, 2024 4 min read

#34: It's Pokémon, but with guns

In today's overkill digest newsletter, we talk about the new Pokémon with Guns, a new AYANEO product, Microsoft's Xbox exclusivity, and more.

#34: It's Pokémon, but with guns

In today's overkill digest newsletter, we talk about the new Pokémon with Guns, a new AYANEO product, Microsoft's Xbox exclusivity, and more.

Hello, good morning, and welcome to a new edition of the overkill digest newsletter.

If you’ve been a regular reader of this newsletter (first of all, thank you!!!), you may realize some things have changed. Together with Chris, we went back to the drawing board and decided to change how overkill digest works. Instead of opening with an editorial, this newsletter will focus on what’s in the name: Helping you digest the most important news of the wider handheld gaming ecosphere.

So, the focus will be on summarizing and unearthing gems for your reading pleasure. Be it the most important news of the week from overkill or elsewhere, the best reads, or just a fun video or two, I aim to deliver everything you may want to read in any given week in 5 minutes or less.

As for the editorial, we will turn it into its own product in the future. I will, of course, keep you in the loop.

But now, let’s get to it.

Big this week

  • "Pokémon with Guns" is a wildly successful game. Palworld launched seemingly out of nowhere this week, and has been wildly successful, reaching over a million concurrent players on Steam in its launch weekend (Timo is checking how well this runs on Steam Deck). However, it only took a few days for the first controversy to appear, as it looks like they were more than just a bit inspired by Pokémon.
  • AYANEO AM02 Mini PC. A new week, a new AYANEO announcement. (Yes, I know how ridiculous this sounds.) The AM02 is AYANEO’s second mini-PC, and like its brother (review here), was inspired by a classic, the Nintendo NES. The AM02 comes with an AMD 7480HS, a beefy chip, and will start at $549 for early bird pricing. I’m intrigued by this product and surprised by its price, as I expected it to start at $799. I have also been wondering if pairing it with an eGPU might replace my Gaming PC. I’m planning to find out.
  • Microsoft apparently plans to release Xbox exclusives on other platforms, and people are angry. There are ongoing rumours about Microsoft planning to release some of its console exclusives (Sea of Thieves and Hi-Fi Rush) on the Nintendo and PlayStation Store. And while I don't know if this is typical console-war-fanboyism, it's clear that people are not happy about this rumour. Jez Corden from WindowsCentral thinks they are right to feel this way. I don't know yet where I stand in this discussion. On the one hand, I hate having to buy every console on the market to play every game I want to play. On the other hand, I understand how exclusivity forces developers to create better games to compete. Then again, I play primarily on handheld PCs, and so far, we've been lucky with most publishers releasing games on PC sooner or later.

In other news

OK, that's all for this week. I hope you like the new format. You can always send me feedback, suggestions or things you'd like me to link in a future edition of the overkill digest newsletter (especially if you created them yourself).

And with that, happy Sunday.


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