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Get ready to paint the town. The Splatoon 2 Global Testfire kicks off this weekend for gamers on the Nintendo Switch. The hot new game title is available to download now. Gamers can grab Splatoon 2 in the Switch eShop, however, they will not be able to play the game until their beta session starts. If gamers boot up the game, they will receive the message: “The Splatoon 2 Global Testfire hasn't started yet”. NeoGaf thread users created a handy chart detailing when the various beta rounds will be available in each timezone. Credit: Neogaf The Global Testfire will include two maps. One of the maps... Read more...
Do you remember when Nintendo of America Chief Operating Officer Reggie Fils-Aime said back in December that his company would boost NES Classic Edition production to meet the Christmas shopping rush? “All of our key retailers are letting consumers know when to go to stores to get it,” said Fils-Aime. “So, as we sit here today, two weeks before Christmas, I think consumers are going to be able to get their hands on it.” Still to this day, finding an NES Classic Edition in stock at a retailer is next to impossible. We thought that perhaps Nintendo would learn its lesson for the launch of the Switch... Read more...
If you have been hunting for a Nintendo Switch, you might as well go out looking for Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster while you're at it. The hybrid console has proven just as elusive. However, it does actually exist and with a little luck (and inside information), it's not impossible to find. To that end, we just received word from Toys R Us that its brick-and-mortar locations will be replenished with fresh stock this Saturday, March 25. Zelda fans rejoice! That does not mean you can mosey on over to your local Toys R Us at your leisure this weekend and get your hands on a Switch. This is a highly... Read more...
Despite some complaints about the payment model, Super Mario Run has been a huge hit on iOS where the mobile game made its debut last December. It has been downloaded more than 78 million times, with 40 million of those downloads taking place in the first four days of availability. To keep the downloads (and revenue) coming, Nintendo has updated the game on iOS with some new content. Super Mario Run version 2.0.0 introduces new playable characters, including different colored Yoshis. Nintendo notes that gamers can play Toad Rally with a Yoshi of a particular color to get more Toads of that same... Read more...
If you have a Nintendo Switch and have been afflicted with Joy-Con controller connectivity issues, help is on the way. We originally reported on the issue back in early March shortly after the Nintendo Switch launch, and it relates to a loss of connectivity with the left Joy-Con controller. At the time, Nintendo provided us with the following guidance: We have received some reports and are looking into them. As with all Nintendo video game systems, we will continue to monitor the performance of Nintendo Switch hardware and software, and make improvements when necessary. For help with any hardware... Read more...
Somewhere in a parallel universe, Nintendo's hybrid Switch console is running a custom version of Cyanogen OS, the now discontinued open-source operating system that has been forked into LineageOS. In this parallel universe, the OS lives on as founder Steve Kondik and and former CEO Kirk McMaster laugh about how CyanogenOS almost failed before Nintendo saved the day. Unfortunately for everyone who was involved with CyanogenOS, in the universe we live in, McMaster told Nintendo to "stick it" when the company inquired about using the OS to power its then-upcoming Switch. "In the early days of Cyanogen... Read more...
Nintendo deserves credit for recognizing there would be a market for a hybrid game console, one that can be docked in the living room for playing games on the big screen TV and played on-the-go via its built-in LCD panel. There was skepticism leading up the Switch's launch as to whether the market would be receptive to such a dual-purpose design, but if Nintendo had any concerns, they were put to rest when its newest console became the fastest selling system in its history. As to what the future holds, Eric Bright, senior director of merchandising for GameStop, believes the Switch has a fighting... Read more...
Among geeks like us, one of the biggest questions surrounding NIntendo's hybrid Switch console is what exactly makes the custom Tegra system-on-chip (SoC) inside different from existing Tegra parts. It turns out the answer is nothing. It has never been a secret that the Switch is powered by Tegra, but the assumption has always been that it's a customized version specific to the Switch. Nope. Following up on a recent teardown of the Switch, the folks at Tech Insights say an in-depth evaluation of the die structure reveals the Tegra part to be a Tegra X1 T210 featuring four Cortex A75 cores, four... Read more...
“It’s-a Me, Mario!” After first hitting the iOS platform on December 15th, 2016, Super Mario Run finally has an arrival date for Android devices. Mark off March 23rd on your calendars, because that’s when Super Mario Run will hop on over to the Google Play Store. You are able to pre-register for the game, which will allow you to know almost instantaneously when it is available for download. As of January 31st, nearly 80 million people had downloaded the game for iOS (40 million people downloaded the game within the first four days of availability). By now, that figure is probably fast approaching... Read more...
The Nintendo Switch has been unfortunately, but unsurprisingly difficult to find since its release. Gamers who have been desperate to get their hands on the device will receive another opportunity this coming week. GameStop just announced that a fresh stock of Nintendo Switches will be arriving this week to its brick-and-mortar stores. Wednesday, March 22nd is the estimated date, however, shipment arrivals will vary by stores. The company will be selling the standard $299.99 Switch without any additional packages/add-ons. This shipment of Switches will only be available in their brick-and-mortar... Read more...
It appears that Nintendo was once again caught off guard by the demand for a new game console, only this time the company is planning to amp up production in a big way. More specifically, Nintendo has told its suppliers to produce twice as many hybrid Switch consoles than originally ordered, as it has been flying off of store shelves just as fast as retailers can stock them.People who have supposedly been briefed on the matter told The Wall Street Journal that Nintendo has ordered 16 million Switch consoles, or possibly even more, for its fiscal year starting April 2017. That is double its previous... Read more...
Nintendo had set an ambitious goal of selling 2 million hybrid Switch consoles by the end of March, and it is looking like it will get there with ease. Having launched just two weeks ago, unofficial data suggests Nintendo has already sold 1.5 million Switch consoles, including 500,000 units in the United States and 360,000 in Japan. It's said that Europe is not that far behind—another 85,000 units have been sold in the U.K. and 110,000 in France.Those figures are based on tracking data from SuperData. They are largely attached to the first week of sales, so the actual number will be even higher... Read more...
Nintendo did not concern itself with getting into a specifications war with Microsoft and Sony when it developed its hybrid Switch console. As such, even though it is the newest game system on the block, it is not the most powerful, nor is it built for 4K Ultra HD game play. That means the widely praised The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is destined to live in 1080p on the big screen and 1,280x720 on the Switch's 6.2-inch display, though wouldn't it be neat if it could be rendered in 4K? Well, it has been, through a port to the PC. Exzap, developer of the Cemu Wii U emulator for PC, got the... Read more...
Well that did not take long. It has been less than two weeks since Nintendo released its hybrid Switch console and already someone has managed to hack the device. That bit is perhaps not too surprising—it was only a matter of time, after all—though the unexpected part is that the inventive hacker used an old WebKit exploit to thwart the Nintendo Switch's intentionally locked browser features. The hacker goes by "qwertyoruiop" on Twitter. If the name looks familiar, it's likely because he is the same one who contributed to the popular PlayStation 4 1.76 jailbreak. He has also post jailbreaks for... Read more...
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