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Nintendo Switch is here to fight with ARMS

Posted on January 14, 2017 by Jason Nason

I’ll admit it. I did have a bit of a huh moment when the trailer started for this game. Nintendo tends to do silly little skits when they introduce a new game or concept, but this one was a bit bizare at first. But once it started to show gameplay it made a bit more sense.

ARMS is just as strange at first as I remember Splatoon looking when it was revealed. The game looks weird at first, but then starts to look like it could be a lot of fun.

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Super Mario emarks on an Odyssey this Christmas

Posted on January 14, 2017 by Jason Nason

Nintendo unveilled a new 3D Mario title at their Switch presentation on Thursday night. While the return to the classic 2D side scrolling games (New Super Mario Bros.) and the 2.5D games (Super Mario 3D World) were great, it’s been two generations since we’ve had a full 3D game.

That’s about to change. While details are scarce at the moment, and the game not landing in our laps until nearly the end of the year, Mario will embark on a new journey through unknown worlds, running and jumping through huge 3D worlds in the first sandbox-style Mario game since Super Mario 64 on the Nintendo 64 and Super Mario Sunshine on the Nintendo GameCube.

Set sail between expansive worlds aboard an airship, and perform all-new actions, such as throwing Mario’s cap.

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No Miiverse or StreetPass for Nintendo Switch

Posted on January 13, 2017 by Jason Nason

If you’ve had a Nintendo 3DS in your pocket for the last several years you’ve gotten used to the idea of StreetPass, as well as Nintendo’s own social network Miiverse for the Wii U and 3DS. Though it looks like neither of those features will be in the upcoming Nintendo Switch.

David Young, Nintendo of America’s assistant manager of public relations, confirmed this information during an interview with GamesBeat on Friday at the Switch event in New York City.

“I can answer that we’re not going to be using Miiverse for Nintendo Switch,” Young stated in the interview.

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Nintendo Switch Retail Specs, Packaging & Battery Life Revealed

Posted on January 13, 2017 by Rae Michelle Richards

Nintendo finally answered some of the questions about the Nintendo Switch that we had been asking since last Fall’s reveal trailer. We know how the console will charge, how long the battery life will last and finally what exactly awaits owners of the new Tablet hybrid console once they unpack the box on March 3rd.

Charging – Nintendo Switch will charge using a standard USB Type C cable and wall-plug adapter.

Battery Life will last between 3 hours and 6 hours depending on the game being played and other factors.

Up to 8 Nintendo Switch consoles can be linked for local play via Wireless.

The $299.99 USD retail package going on sale on March 3rd includes:

  • Nintendo Switch Tablet
  • Joy-Con (in either color)
  • Joycon Grip
  • Two Joycon Wrist Straps
  • AC Adaptor
  • HDMI Cable

Those looking to buy some of these accessories are in for a heck of a surprise including the fact that the Joycons aren’t sold as a set but rather individually. The Verge had an excellent rundown of just how out of touch Nintendo’s accessory pricing is – and a reminder that these prices are in USD, so for those of us in Canada these prices are going to be even worse. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Joycons are sold separately for $49.99 USD each – meaning for a complete set you need to buy both a left and right Joycon. Seriously Nintendo $100 USD for an extra set of controllers? Why are these not packaged together?
  • The Nintendo Switch Dock, which is just a powered HDMI box that provides no additional CPU processing power or memory to the console, will be priced at $90 USD… Ninty dollars for a plastic dock that acts as a pass through for your television…
  • Pro controllers will cost $69.99 USD.

What do you think of these pricey accessories, less than stellar battery life figures and sparse launch line-up? Let us know in the comments section!


Meet The Nintendo Switch Controller – The JoyCon

Posted on January 13, 2017 by Rae Michelle Richards

A good portion of Nintendo’s Switch presentation tonight was dedicated to the brand new controllers – dubbed Joycons – that attach to either side of the Nintendo Switch tablet itself or on the included “Joycon Grip” which forms the controller that we saw in the initial reveal video.  All of these features we knew about this past fall but in typical Nintendo style, the Big N had a number of features for the Joycons that they kept close to the chest.

At launch the Joycons will be available in either a slate grey color scheme – seen in all of the advertisements thus far or a special edition blue and pink color scheme. The Nintendo Switch will have two retail skus to reflect these color variations, meaning you’ll be able to pick out whichever color your local GameStop has to have in their allotment of 3 consoles for launch day.

In terms of input we knew that the Joycons both feature asymmetrical joysticks and 4 face buttons on the top of the controllers. What we didn’t know: The small little nubs next to the joystick on the right controller and the buttons on the left are used for sharing screenshots and reading amiibo NFC data respectively. The little buttons on the top of the Joycons not only connect them to the Tablet but are also used as the L & R buttons when detached.

The Return of Motion Controls

Here is where stuff gets kinda futuristic:

  • Each Joycon has built-in gyroscopes and accelerometers for 3-D dimensional sensing (think Wiimote)
  • The right joycon has a built-in IR sensor that allows it to recognize 3D objects and the distance between the controller and the object,
  • Haptic feedback, called “HD Rumble” in the Nintendo presentation, allows for precision rumble and emulation of physical objects – like the sensation of ice cubes in a glass, according to Nintendo.


Here’s hoping that developers find new and interesting ways to use all of the technology that Nintendo is packing into their latest controllers. Lest it become underutilized like the DS microphone or the 3DS’ dual cameras.



Game Centered Nintendo Switch Live Stream Announced For Jan 13th

Posted on January 5, 2017 by Rae Michelle Richards

Nintendo will be hosting a second Nintendo Switch focused live stream, this one dated for January 13th at 6:30 AM PST / 9:30 AM EST. This second video conference will focus on some of the games coming to the Nintendo Switch during its launch window. While the previous days stream, on January 12th, will reveal the Switch’s price & launch line-up this second showcase will give us in-depth gameplay and details of upcoming games.

Titles shown off during the October Nintendo Switch reveal video include an unnamed Splatoon sequel/expansion, a brand new Super Mario title, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Skyrim Remastered and an unnamed Mario Kart title.

Rumors have circulated for months that the Nintendo Switch will receive enhanced ports of several Wii U favorites like Splatoon, Super Mario Maker, Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros 4 although only Splatoon & Mario Kart have been confirmed, and those may be an entirely new titles. More recent release rumors have also pegged The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for release with the console this March, but Nintendo has made no official statement as such.

We will have more details on the Nintendo Switch in the coming week – the first official live-stream kicks off on January 12th at 8PM PST.



Snakebyte Announces Line of Accessories For Nintendo Switch

Posted on January 5, 2017 by Rae Michelle Richards

Nintendo’s upcoming hybrid Switch console doesn’t have an official release date, only a handful of confirmed titles or price but accessory creator Snakebyte have taken the opportunity to announce a line of accessories for the upcoming console at CES 2017.

The first of these accessories is a foldable headset that the company is the perfect companion for the tablet console. Here is how Snakebyte described the foldable headset:

“Ideal for on-the-go gaming, the Foldable Headset features powerful 40mm drivers for crisp, clear gaming audio. Neatly folds up when travelling, making it the perfect companion to your Switch tablet.” 

A second set of accessories from Snakebyte will be available in a Starter Kit for the Nintendo Switch. It will provide players with a pair of stero earbuds, a cleaning cloth, a game cartridge case, a set of control grips and a carry bag for the tablet itself. This is how a Snakebyte representative described the starter kit:

“Featuring all the essential accessories a gamer could ask for, the Starter Kit features a Carry Bag, Stereo Earbuds, Cleaning Cloth, Screen Protector, Control Caps and Game Cases to allow for an enhanced gaming experience and protection for the tablet screen and games.” 

Snakebyte will be showing these accessories at CES 2017 at South Hall  Booth 21666. In addition to the accessory descriptions they also provided a couple photos of these accessories.


Cube Life: Island Survival coming to Switch and PS4

Posted on December 31, 2016 by Jason Nason

Indie developer and publisher Cypronia has announced that the new version of its best-seller, Cube Life: Island Survival for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. Cube Life: Island Survival was the first block building open-world survival game for the Nintendo Wii U eShop and has since topped the charts for indie games in the eShop.

The game was originally released in June 2015 and received an update earlier in the year.

The new version of Cube Life: Island Survival will be released for the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 in late Spring 2017.

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Nintendo to preview Switch right after January Presentation

Posted on December 19, 2016 by Jason Nason

Nintendo plans to reveal additional details about the upcoming Nintendo Switch during the Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 on January 12th, 2017, and then shortly thereafter they’re taking the Switch on tour.

After the presentation in Tokyo, Nintendo’s next home gaming system is traveling across North America to provide hands-on time for fans, gamers, families and everyone in between. The Nintendo Switch will be the star of an interactive multi-city tour that is open to the public on select days.

The currently scheduled cities that are part of the tour include:
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Report: Nintendo Switch Will Have GameCube Virtual Console Support

Posted on December 7, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Nintendo’s next console may come with support for GameCube virtual console titles if tweet by a well known industry insider is to correct. The deputy news editor for outlet EuroGamer, which originally broke the news of the detachable Nintendo Switch “Joy-Cons”, has posted on twitter that the upcoming Nintendo Switch will have GameCube emulation support for the third iteration of the Virtual Console.

Here is the original tweet by Tom Phillips that has set a wave of speculation across the internet:

No details about what GameCube titles that may be currently in testing at Nintendo or which games the console manufacturer may be considering for the Switch’s launch next March. Tom Phillips is promising that an upcoming report on EuroGamer will outline what may be the 1st games to hit the 3rd generation of the Virtual Console service.

We will update this post as soon as more information becomes available.


Nintendo Switch price revealed?

Posted on November 14, 2016 by Jason Nason

While the price and launch details for Nintendo’s newest console aren’t planned to be revealed until the new year, Toys’R’Us Canada may have just let the pricing details slip early

A product listing (which has been since taken down) appeared on the Canadian retailer’s website Sunday which had the price for the Nintendo Switch listed at $329.99 CAD. The price, if accurate, gives the Switch a solid launch price and highly competitive to the Xbox and PlayStation.

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Nintendo Reveals Plans for Nintendo Switch

Posted on October 29, 2016 by Jason Nason

In a presentation to financial analysts on Wednesday in Tokyo, Nintendo Co., Ltd. president Tatsumi Kimishima announced that major details regarding the company’s new Nintendo Switch home gaming system will be shared at the Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017. This will be an event for invited media, financial analysts and trade partners in Tokyo that will be globally livestreamed on Jan. 12, U.S. time.

The presentation will include the launch date and pricing for Nintendo Switch, as well as a look at the lineup of games currently in development.

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