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If for whatever reason you want to make an environmentalist cry, just show them a Nintendo Switch game box with a tiny cartridge still nestled inside. The reason that would be frightening to them is because Nintendo is wasting a lot of space and plastic materials on game cartridges, which take up just a sliver of the entire retail case. Even including box art on the inside flaps can't mask how silly it looks.I come from an era when computer games came on floppy disks (5.25-inch and later 3.5-inch) and shipped in big boxes. As any old school geek can attest, browsing the aisles of PC games at the... Read more...
Nintendo refuses to engage in a spec war with Microsoft or Sony in the console arena. Otherwise, we would expect the company's upcoming hybrid Switch console to deliver more than just 32GB of internal storage. That's not much, though the good news for gamers is that the Switch's storage is expandable via microSD. A good thing too, because fans of digital media will find themselves short on space after installing a handful of games. Each Switch console has a total of 32GB of storage. After accounting for the OS, users are left with less than 26GB for local content, such as downloadable games. For... Read more...
We are not sure of the authenticity of this one, but over at one of Baido's Chinese-language web forums is a teardown of Nintendo's not-yet-released Switch console. If it turns out to be fake, then someone put a lot of time and effort to make it appear otherwise, as the part selection lines up with what Nintendo has revealed about the Switch. The cramped layout looks legitimate to us as well.It is also possible that these naked shots reflect a prototype design and not the final console. Either way, it's an interesting view of the system's guts.The first thing that stands out is the 4,130 mAh lithium-ion... Read more...
Finders, keepers? Not in the case of the Nintendo Switch. It turns out the the Nintendo Switch GAF user Hiphoptherobot received two weeks early from an “unnamed store” was actually stolen “by employees of a U.S. distributor.” Nintendo released the statement, “Earlier this week, individuals claimed to prematurely purchase a small number of Nintendo Switch systems from an unspecified retailer. Nintendo has determined these units were stolen in an isolated incident by employees of a U.S. distributor, with one system being illegally resold. The individuals involved have been identified, terminated... Read more...
It shouldn't be too shocking to learn that there are many people anxious to get their mitts on Nintendo's Switch console, and thanks to one retailer that didn't check its calendar carefully, many people are now envious of one lucky customer who managed to get their unit a full two weeks early. That lucky user is Hiphoptherobot, who happens to frequent popular gaming site NeoGAF and decided to show off his unexpected wares. In a three-minute video posted to Vidme, Hiphoptherobot shows us what we can expect to see after powering on the Switch tablet for the first time. While there's not a lot to... Read more...
Just when you thought you were close to catching them all, Niantic announces plans to add dozens of more Pokemon characters to Pokemon Go, the mobile game that became an overnight sensation by tapping into augmented reality to allow people of all ages to go out in search of popular creatures from the Pokemon universe. If anyone was looking for an excuse to get hooked again, this could be it. Chikorita, Cyndaquil, and Totodile are among the more than 80 new Pokemon characters that are getting added to Pokemon Go later this week. The update will introduce Pokemon that were originally discovered in... Read more...
There’s no question that there is plenty of excitement building up around the launch of the Nintendo Switch console. The hybrid console can function as a mobile gaming device thanks to its 6.2-inch 720p display and integrated battery. However, using the included dock, you can hook the console up to your big screen television for “comfy couch” gaming sessions. One of the gaming titles that will launch with the Nintendo Switch next month is The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild (it will also be the final first-party title for the unloved Wii U). In a somewhat surprising move, Nintendo announced... Read more...
Nintendo is getting ready to shake up the gaming console space with its Switch, a hybrid system that equal parts about playing games in the living room as it is about getting your gaming fix on the go. A key aspect of being able to tackle stationary and mobile gaming is the control scheme. We'll need some hands on time to truly get a feel for how things work, though in the meantime Nintendo has released a video that focuses on its detachable Joy-Con controllers. There are left and right Joy-Con controllers that detach from the Switch when playing games in front of a big screen TV and attach to... Read more...
This might come as a surprise to, well, absolutely no one, Nintendo appears to be dealing with a shortage of its new hybrid Switch console almost a full month before it even releases to retail. Anticipated supply is so far behind demand that reports are surfacing of major retailers cancelling pre-orders. Among them are Target and GameStop, though the latter has since issued a statement denying that's the case. "GameStop has not, and is not, cancelling any Nintendo Switch pre-orders due to allocation issues. We are working very closely to confirm and validate any and all pre-orders of this innovative... Read more...
How popular is the NES Classic Edition console? According to Nintendo, it has sold 1.5 million Famicom Mini and NES Classic Edition consoles since their release in November. These numbers were confirmed by Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima, who spoke about the consoles’ success during the company’s most recent earnings briefing. Nintendo managed to sell 1.5 million consoles despite chronic shortages. The NES Classic Edition sold out within hours on its release date, with scalpers selling the console on eBay for four times the device’s regular retail price. The console continued to sell out during... Read more...
Even though Nintendo’s Super Mario Run is currently only available on the iOS platform, it has still been a tremendous success for the Japanese company. The game has been downloaded over 78 million times since it was released in mid-December (40 million downloaded the game within the first four days of availability) and has generated about $53 million in revenue. What’s more impressive, however, is that the number of gamers that paid the $10 to unlock the full game stands at just over 5 percent. While that take-rate might see rather low at first, 5 percent is higher than many games that cost a... Read more...
Details surrounding Nintendo's forthcoming Switch console have come out in spurts, some of it by way of leaked info and rumors, and some of it confirmed through various press events. As we get closer to the console's launch, Nintendo finally got around to posting an extensive spec sheet that is nearly complete. It reveals some details that were not previously known, though one big question still remains—what are the specs of the custom Tegra processor used in the Switch?We're still waiting for the answer to that one. In the meantime, Nintendo revealed that its upcoming console measures 102mm x... Read more...
Nintendo is not being coy about why you might want a hybrid game console that you can take with you for gaming on the go. Or when you have to go, as in, to the bathroom. Just as tablets and smartphones replaced the practice of reading shampoo bottles and paper magazines in the holy sanctuary of bowel movements, the Nintendo Switch could be the next must-have gadget when it's time do your personal business. Mario and the gang will be more than happy to join you in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. As the retail launch for the Nintendo Switch draws near, Nintendo has begun ramping up its advertising efforts to... Read more...
Nintendo is looking to wash out the bad taste that the Wii U left in gamers’ mouths with the upcoming launch of the Switch. The Switch takes a different approach from previous Nintendo “home” consoles and adopts a hybrid form-factor. The primary Switch unit is a 6.2-inch tablet-like device with detachable Joy-Con controllers, yet can be placed into a dock for big screen TV gaming. Until this point, Nintendo has shown us how games look and play in portable mode, but we had not yet seen how games will take advantage of the device’s touch screen. Thankfully, a new hands-on video is giving us an early... Read more...
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