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While there's plenty of talk about a new cheaper Nintendo Switch on the horizon, for those that want a game console right now, the original is still a damn fine system. For those that are looking to score a Nintendo Switch, Best Buy is currently running pretty enticing promotion that will get you a free game. The deal currently applies to the following gaming consoles: Nintendo Switch 32GB with Gray Joy-Con Nintendo Switch 32GB with Neon Red/Neon Blue Joy-Con Nintendo Switch Pikachu & Eevee Edition with Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! + Poké Ball Plus  When you add either of the consoles to your cart, you'll then be given the opportunity to add a game for free with... Read more...
Over the past month or so, we've been hearing lots of rumors concerning at least two follow-ups to the Nintendo Switch. Earlier this week, reports indicated that a Nintendo Switch Lite would launch in June with a more attractive price point than the $299 original. Today, however, Nintendo CEO Shuntaro Furukawa made it clear that a June launch is out of the question. "We have no plans to announce that at this year's E3 in June," said Furukawa. He also added that "[We are] always working on new hardware and we will announce it when we are able to sell it.” The Nintendo Switch has proven to be popular with gamers, partly due to the fact that it is a hybrid system that allows you... Read more...
There is an odd veil of secrecy surrounding Mario Kart Tour, the upcoming mobile port of sorts that will see Mario and his friends (and enemies) hit the pavement on smartphones and tablets. Nevertheless, while information is few and far between, we now know at least one additional thing—there is closed beta headed to Android next month. The close beta is only being made available on Android, which is interesting. Why? When Nintendo released Super Mario Run, one of its first smartphone games, Apple iOS device owners were able to play while their Android-wielding brethen could only watch in envy. It was not until three months later that Super Mario Run strolled over to Android. It seems Nintendo... Read more...
For most people, the thought of playing Super Mario Bros. on a Commodore 64 probably never occurred to them, for a number of reasons. The biggest one, of course, is that Super Mario Bros. was never made available for the best selling PC of all time—it's an NES game. However, the thought did occur to developer ZeroPaige, who made a ROM of the classic game, but unfortunately Nintendo is shutting down the party. ZeroPaige spent the better part of a decade—seven years, to be exact—developing a nifty port of Super Mario Bros., in the form of a ROM that is playable through C64 emulation software on a modern PC. While the gameplay appears to stay true to the original, however, it's... Read more...
Nintendo's gamble that gamers would be interested in a hybrid console that both connects to a big screen TV and can be played on the go paid off in a big way. The Switch, despite being relatively under powered compared to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, has proven immensely popular. Surely there will be another iteration at some point, and perhaps two more. According to a Japanese-language report at Nikkei, Nintendo is prepping a more affordable version of the Switch for a release this fall. There are not a ton of details to go on, but the Switch Lite, as we will refer to it, is said to be more compact. The smaller design will up the portability factor, as is the focus, though according to the... Read more...
Do you have an old GameCube console sitting around that you're not using anymore? If that is the case, and you also own a Nintendo Switch, you can literally hack (and saw) your old GameCube and give it a second life as a dock for your Switch, complete with working ports. That's exactly what someone did, and it looks awesome. Image Source: Reddit via Littlewolf128 Sure, it's bulky for a dock. But the fact that the front ports work is what ascends this mod from 'neat' to 'wow, that's really cool!' territory. It's also a well-timed modification, with Nintendo having recently launched Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Switch. The alternative is to buy a knockoff GameCube controller adapter and call... Read more...
There was plenty of pre-launch skepticism regarding Nintendo's Switch console, a hybrid game system that can sit in a dock connected to a big screen television, or be played on the go like a mobile device. However, there's now little question that Nintendo made the right the decision. Lest there be any lingering doubt, chew on this—the Nintendo Switch has sold more than 8.7 units since it launched in March 2017 through November 2018. That number is likely even higher now that we're midway through December. Regardless, the Nintendo Switch is outpacing sales of every other current-generation game system in the US during the same point in their respective life cycles. That means the Switch... Read more...
If you have been contemplating buying a Nintendo Switch, now is the time to do it. Black Friday and Cyber Monday typically bring out the best console deals across the board, including rare bargains from Nintendo and its retail partners. We've rounded up a few of the better deals on Nintendo's hybrid console, the only question is, which one suits you best? Over at Walmart, you can snag a Nintendo Switch system with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundled in, for $299. The deal goes into effect this evening starting at 6 PM and is advertised as an in-store price. It remains to be seen if it will also be available online, but for the time being, plan on making a trip to your local Walmart. This is a great bundle.... Read more...
As much as we like Nintendo's hybrid Switch console for gaming, there is not much in the way of non-gaming entertainment, and certainly not on the level of an Xbox One or PlayStation 4. If the latest rumor has any truth to it, however, Nintendo might be starting to change that with the introduction of a YouTube app, perhaps as early as this week. The streaming situation on the Switch is underwhelming at the moment. Nintendo launched the console with not just a limited catalog of games (which has since been rectified), but also a lack of any streaming video services. That changed a year ago this month when Nintendo introduced support for Hulu. However, both Netflix and YouTube remain noticeably... Read more...
Nintendo has a hit on its hands with the Switch, a hybrid console that users can connect to their big screen TV or take with them for a portable gaming experience. Part of the success is because of first-party hits like Super Mario Odyssey. Interestingly enough, Super Mario Odyssey is now playable on the PC through an emulator. In a video posted to YouTube, BSoD Gaming demonstrated Super Mario Odyssey running on PC through the Yuzu emulator. This has been a work in progress for several months by the same developers who built Citra, a popular Nintendo 3DS emulator. Back in January of this year, the Yuzu team noted that their Nintendo Switch emulator is "written in C++ with portability in mind,"... Read more...
It's official, Nintendo has now sold more of its hybrid Switch consoles in just over a year and a half since it launched than GameCube consoles over its lifetime. That includes 5.07 million Switch consoles sold so far this year, 3.19 million of which were sold in the previous quarter. In total, Nintendo has sold 22.86 million Switch consoles to date. That is enough to edge out the GameCube's 21.74 million unit sales over its lifetime, and is nearly twice as many as all Wii U consoles ever sold, which stands at 13.56 million. It's still well short of the original Wii, a wildly popular game system that saw more than 101 million unit sales over its lifetime. That said, it wouldn't surprise us if... Read more...
Nintendo made waves in the gaming community when it debuted its Wii console, one of its most interesting game systems to date. What made the console so unique was its motion-controlled Wii Remotes. Perhaps in a parallel universe, the Wii Remote would have debuted even earlier, as prototypes actually exist of versions built for the GameCube. Wii Remotes for the GameCube are only slightly less rare than unicorns, though unlike those horned horses, the controllers actually exist. One of them showed up over the weekend at an auction in Japan on Yahoo Auctions, alongside an accompanying Nunchuck controller. The prototype controllers sold for 74,000 yen (around $663 in US currency). Source: Yahoo Auctions... Read more...
One of the perks of subscribing to Nintendo's online service for its Switch console is that it comes with free access to a growing catalog of retro games, including 20 games right off the bat. Er, make that 21 now. In addition to titles like Super Mario Bros, Tecmo Bowl, and Double Dragon, Nintendo has added a special version of The Legend of Zelda. Anyone who grew up playing games on a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) probably has fond memories of adventuring with Link in the kingdom of Hyrule. That game is now more than three decades old and considered a classic. It can also be daunting for a first-time player to jump into, or even for a returning fan. That's where the Special Edition comes... Read more...
Nintendo is launching a paid online service for its Switch console next week, as we get closer to the launch, more details have been made available. We now know exactly which retro games will be available when the online service goes live. Nintendo also shared details about upcoming classic games, and revealed a new accessory. To start with, the Nintendo Switch Online service goes live on Tuesday, September 12, in the evening hours. Users will first have to install the upcoming 6.0.0 system update before using the service. The online membership costs $3.99 per month, or if you're willing to commit for a longer period of time, you can a discounted $7.99 rate for three months, or $19.99 for 12... Read more...
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