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Coming soon: Remakes of Nintendo classics will be released in November

The Nintendo Switch remakes of "Pokémon Diamond" and "Pearl," classics first released in 2006, will come out on Nov. 19.The big picture: As much as the video game industry and its culture focus on the novelty of new releases, 2021 is shaping up to be a showcase for the appeal of the old.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free."Pokémon Brilliant Diamond" and "Pokémon Shining Pearl" will claim yet another spot on the release calendar for new versions of games millions of people have already played.Production delays due to COVID, tied with the ever-increasing difficulty of making new games is resulting in more visibility for remakes, remasters, and other recycled efforts.Game publishers have mined their back catalog for decades. The abundance of reissues and their rising prominence in 2021 is what's startling.The "Pokémon" releases will come just a week after Rockstar starts selling an "expanded and enhanced" version of 2013's "Grand Theft Auto V," a game that has already shipped 145 million copies.Between the lines: May 2021 has been rife with reissues and the many reasons for them:May 14: EA's "Mass Effect Legendary Edition," a chart-topping remaster of a trio of sci-fi games from a decade ago, is an attempted franchise revival.May 18: Sony's release of its formerly PlayStation-exclusive "Days Gone" to PC continued the trend of Microsoft and Sony expanding their audience by putting their games on previously verboten platforms.May 21: Nintendo's Switch release of 2017 Nintendo 3DS game "Miitopia" hit in the midst of an extraordinarily successful company effort to re-sell games, some of which floundered on older platforms, on its ubiquitous newer machine.Don't forget the new consoles. Publishers see a chance to shine up recent games and try to sell them again on the new generation of consoles.See “GTA,” but also next month’s expanded version of 2020’s “Final Fantasy VII Remake,” which was itself already a radical remake of a classic game. Older games also help add value to expanding catalogue services, most prominently Xbox Game Pass, which keeps showcasing the acquisition of classic content--a range of beloved “Final Fantasy” games, a whole series of “Yakuza” titles, etc.The bottom line: As much as some fans crave new games, all of these reissues are arguably a healthy development.Reissues defy the old currents that would cause most games, even the biggest, to largely exit the public eye within a year or two after release.More from Axios: Sign up to get the latest market trends with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free

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The Pearl in San Antonio reimagines Día de los Muertos with online and on-site offerings

click to enlarge Courtesy of PearlFeliz Modern POP iss selling DIY skull piñatas designed by local artists Manola & Maria and Lua Bash. The Pearl is transforming its annual Día de los Muertos celebration into a virtual experience this year, though some in-person amenities will still be available.The downtown development will host a community altar on site, while video of two offsite altars will be streamed on the its social media pages. The second virtual altar, created by local artist Kaldric Dow at the invitation of the Carver Community Cultural Center, will honor those who have lost their lives to social injustice.Pearl’s community altar is centered on the theme of Amor y Esperanza (Love and Hope), and will be on display at the complex's Shade Structure November 1-8. Dedicated to those who lost their lives to COVID-19, the four-sided altar was made by SAY Sí Artistic Executive Director Jon Hinojosa with help from SAY Sí alumni and staff. In-person visitors will be required to wear masks.SAY Sí is also developing an interactive app so visitors can leave the names of loved ones instead of a physical mementos at the altar.Hotel Emma and La Gloria will also have their own altars on display during the holiday.The Pearl’s fall programming will include the continuation of its weekend farmers markets, a video series on pumpkin recipes featuring Hotel Emma chef John Brand and a curbside event for pickup of curated Thanksgiving boxes to help avoid crowded stores during the holiday season.

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