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Controllers for game consoles or PCs are sort of like shoes in that one type or size doesn't fit everyone. Some folks are perfectly content to game away on their Switch using the Joy-Con controllers that came with the console. Others want to throw those Joy-Cons into the trash the second the console comes out of the box.  One of the many companies out there who make aftermarket game controllers is a Japanese company called Hori. Hori's latest product for the Switch is marketed for use with the game Daemon X Machina and is called the Grip Controller. The controllers look like a full-size controller that has been cut in half. The left side controller has a D-pad, a thumb stick, and a couple... Read more...
Yes A lot of gamers were hoping that Nintendo would be rolling out some new Switch hardware at E3 2019 as rumors had suggested. Sadly, Nintendo has now confirmed that there will be no new hardware at that event. However, something else interesting about the Switch has surfaced recently that allows gamers to get more performance out of the existing Switch hardware. With the Switch being a hybrid system, game designers have to design games around docked and undocked performance modes. Inside the Switch is an NVIDIA Tegra processor that changes its clock speed depending on if the Switch is in docked or undocked mode. Hackers have found a way to gain access to change the clock speed of the Tegra... Read more...
The Nintendo Switch has been an incredibly popular game console that has sold very well for Nintendo. The Japanese gaming giant confirmed in January that it had sold over 32 million Switch consoles as of the end of 2018. Now, a new report claims that there are two new versions of the Switch in the works. The report claims that one of the new Switch models will have "enhanced features" and will aim directly at avid gamers. However, the Wall Street Journal report claims that the enhanced Switch won't be as powerful as the PS4 Pro or Xbox One X consoles. That would seem to indicate no support for 4K resolution gaming, but we don't know that for sure. Multiple sources from within the supply chain... Read more...
Nintendo has been doing well with the cool Labo Toy-Con kits that it launched last year. Nintendo has now announced a new addition to its lineup: the Labo VR Kit. These kits allow gamers to build cardboard accessories for the Switch that turn it into a VR gaming platform.  The Starter Set + Blaster offers a headset that appears to have lenses inside for the Switch and a cardboard blaster. After buying that starter set, gamers can add a couple of expansion sets. Expansion Set 1 includes a camera, and an elephant add on. The elephant is interesting with images showing the Joy-Con controllers inside the cardboard trunk; that trunk appears to move as part of the associated game. Expansion... Read more...
Nintendo is doing very well with its Switch console after having a very rough time with the previous generation Wii U. Late last year, the Switch was crowned the fastest selling game console of this generation. With sales going so well for Nintendo, any idea of price cuts or new hardware seem unlikely, something confirmed by Nintendo's President recently. Nintendo has made its latest earnings release public, and in that release, the gaming company confirmed it had sold 32.27 million Switch consoles as of December 31, 2018. Nintendo moved 9.41 million Switch consoles in Q4 2018 alone. Software sales for Nintendo boomed in Q4 2018 thanks to holiday shopping; for that three month period Nintendo... Read more...
The gang from Failoverflow guaranteed that the Nintendo Switch would be hacked to run all sorts of content not originally targeted for Nintendo's latest console, once the elite hacker group figured out how to get Linux to run on the device. That hack takes advantage of an unpatchable exploit as it turns out. And now, fans of retro GameCube games can now run some titles on their Switch using an emulator and Linux. The hack was shown off by a YouTube user called Mizumi using a Dolphin GameCube emulator program running on Lakka. Lakka is a Linux distribution specifically made for game consoles that happens to look a lot like the PS4 interface. The front-end for the emulator is called... Read more...
Nintendo has been peddling the slick Labo cardboard builders set since early this year and it has proven to be popular. Labo allows gamers young and old to build very cool cardboard creations that can be used as interactive controllers for video games played on the Switch. Nintendo is now announcing that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is getting a free update that will allow gamers to use the Toy-Con Motorbike from the Labo: Variety Kit to control their kart. The controller will support every game mode and vehicle type in the game. Nintendo promises it makes players feel as if they are in the driver's seat. After downloading and installing the update, the player will select the Nintendo Labo icon on... Read more...
Nintendo has been selling the Switch about as fast as it can build them resulting in some bountiful profits for the company. The Switch has been the subject of some hacks with all the consoles on the market suffering from an unpatchable exploit thanks to the NVIDIA Tegra chip inside. Hackers have been able to leverage that exploit to do things like install Linux on the device. The ability to load unauthorized software led to concerns of piracy for Nintendo. The exploit may be something that Nintendo can’t fix but it can most certainly tell if you are running pirated software. Nintendo is banning consoles running any pirated software from its network. There are a few ways that Nintendo can... Read more...
We have previously talked about the Nintendo Switch 5.0.0 software update, and it seemed to be a rather standard release adding parental controls and more social media hooks. What we didn’t know is that added code in the update appears to be bricking consoles that are using third-party accessories. Reports are coming in that after updating to the 5.0 update, some consoles are unable to charge and boot. It appears that the consoles unable to boot or charge are using unlicensed third-party accessories such as the Nyko Portable Docking Kit or the YockTek USB-C converter. The only comment that Nintendo has made about the bricked Switch consoles is "don't use unlicensed third-party accessories."... Read more...
The Nintendo Switch has been incredibly popular and is the fastest selling game console in U.S. history. Late last year, word surfaced of a band of hackers working on a homebrew hack that could allow users to put their own content on the Switch, but that hasn’t come to fruition just yet. Another group of hackers has now been able to install and run Debian Linux on the Switch by taking advantage of what the hackers call an unpatchable exploit. The hackers say that the backdoor that allowed them to install Linux on the Switch can’t be shut with a future firmware update, however, the hackers don’t go into great details on how exactly the hack was pulled off. What we do know from... Read more...
Now is a good time to be a multi-platform gamer. That's because some high profile games are on sale, including Super Mario Odyssey for the Nintendo Switch and Red Dead Redemption 2 for the PlayStation 4 (and maybe the Xbox One as well). You have to act fast, though, as we are not sure how long either of these discounts will last. Red Dead Redemption 2, for example, seems to have already sold out of discounted Xbox One preorders. It's been a bit of a wild ride for Red Dead Redemption 2 so far, which Rockstar Games first announced in October 2016. At the time, the developer said the sequel would release in Fall 2017. That changed in May, with Rockstar Games pushing the launch back to Spring 2018.... Read more...
Back when Super Mario Odyssey was originally announced, the game wasn't expected to get any DLC to bring new features and gameplay modes. As it turns out that wasn't exactly true; Nintendo Direct announced this morning that DLC would be rolling for the game at no additional cost. The DLC doesn't involve a new world before you get too excited. The new content includes some new outfits and a new gamely mode. The new mode is called Balloon World and it will feature asynchronous online multiplayer gameplay. The new mode is only available to players who have finished the main story of the game. One version of the new mode allows players 30 seconds to find balloons that other players have hidden.... Read more...
A new report is making the rounds that claims Nintendo has given some bad news to developers out there working on Switch games that require more space than what's available on today's cards (32GB max). According to the report, Nintendo has told developers that the 64GB game cards for the Switch that were expected by mid-2018 will be delayed until 2019. Nintendo allegedly cited unknown technical issues with the 64GB game cards that would delay the roll out. The problem for game developers working on titles that need that extra storage space is that any scheduled for roll out in 2018 that would have required 64GB physical media won’t happen. This will likely result in delayed game launches,... Read more...
It goes without saying that every single year, there are a handful of products that seem to dominate headlines more than the others. During 2017, Nintendo's much-anticipated Switch would have to be near the top of the list. When it launched earlier this year, it was almost impossible to avoid chatter from those glued to Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which many have called their favorite game "ever". Well, the hype around Switch isn't going to be dying down anytime soon - especially not in advance of the holiday season. In fact, Nintendo only sees things going up from here. To date, a total of 8 million Switch consoles have been produced, and is on track to produce 17 million through March 2018  ... Read more...
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