Slender: The Arrival scares its way to the Switch tomorrow (updated)

Slender: The Arrival scares its way to the Switch tomorrow (updated) 1

Slender: The Arrival comes out tomorrow on the Nintendo Switch eShop. For those who’ve never really got a taste of this classic horror game, you’ll be able to get your piece of the horrifying survival tale from Blue Isle Studios. Originally a PC game, Slender has gone through many changes and variations with multiple titles … Read more Slender: The Arrival scares its way to the Switch tomorrow (updated)

ARK’s Valguero map features 8 new biomes, new end-game bosses, and new breed

ARK's Valguero map features 8 new biomes, new end-game bosses, and new breed 2

ARK: Survival Evolved will be getting a new free map to all owners of the game on 6/18. The new content map is called Valguero, and has a bunch of new goodies for all players to rejoice in. Players will also be blessed with a new dinosaur breed, alongside other content packed into this free … Read more ARK’s Valguero map features 8 new biomes, new end-game bosses, and new breed

Two new Switch models being produced, China won’t be origin

Two new Nintendo Switch models to be produced, rumors say.

Nintendo will be pushing out a new console soon, based on reports that they’re pulling their production out of China. Nintendo hasn’t actually spoke about this yet, but speculation says that they’re currently working on two different models of the Switch. And a post on ResetEra states that they’re currently already producing these hot off … Read more Two new Switch models being produced, China won’t be origin

Bug Fables brings back Paper Mario, new trailer, release date

Bug Fables brings back Paper Mario.

The upcoming game Bug Fables is like old-school Paper Mario- you know, the good ones. The folks over at Moonsprout Games will be creating a game called Bug Fables, and they just released the trailer for the game. So far, this is almost like Paper Mario in another dimension or something. It seems to bring … Read more Bug Fables brings back Paper Mario, new trailer, release date

Pokemon Sword and Shield to be revealed at Pokemon Direct

Pokemon Sword and Shield release date

Pokemon Sword and Shield will be discussed through Pokemon Direct, coming next week. Nintendo posted some details on Twitter today that they’ll be releasing more details about their upcoming game Pokemon Sword and Shield. Pokemon Direct will take place next week and will answer some questions fans have been asking regarding the new game. This … Read more Pokemon Sword and Shield to be revealed at Pokemon Direct

Star Ocean: First Departure R remake confirmed by Square Enix

Star Ocean: First Departure R will be coming to the PS4 and Switch in HD.

Square Enix has announced and confirmed a remake of Star Ocean: First Departure R. This remake will be coming to the Nintendo Switch and PS4. The game will a complete remake with an HD recreation of First Departure R. Developed by tri-Ace and published by Square, this game was released back on the Famicom in … Read more Star Ocean: First Departure R remake confirmed by Square Enix

Nintendo adds Donkey Kong Jr., VS Excitebike, and Clu Clu Land for Switch Online

Nintendo's lineup for May revealed.

Nintendo has announced their next three games for the NES classic library for Nintendo Switch Online for May. This time around, we’ll be getting Donkey Kong Jr., VS. Excitebike, and Clu Clu Land for May. Typically, they release games in trios, and this month is no different. Donkey Kong Jr. is a sequel to the … Read more Nintendo adds Donkey Kong Jr., VS Excitebike, and Clu Clu Land for Switch Online

Devil May Cry coming to the Switch this summer

DMC on the Switch confirmed.

Devil May Cry doesn’t shy away from the big N, as the game series is coming to the Switch this summer. Dante will be coming to the Nintendo, but it the game won’t be a remastered collection from what we’ve seen. The official DMC5 Twitter account confirmed that the 2001’s DMC game will be coming … Read more Devil May Cry coming to the Switch this summer

Super Mario Maker 2 may not have amiibo support

Mario Maker 2? No amiibo support.

Nintendo has been speculated to not include amiibo support with Super Mario Maker 2. Although this isn’t confirmed yet, there are high rumors that Super Mario Maker 2 won’t have any amiibo support. A user on Reddit posted on the Mario Maker subreddit a link to a source that compared first-party Switch game posters. These … Read more Super Mario Maker 2 may not have amiibo support

Update 8.0.0 for the Switch speeds up loading times

The latest update to the Nintendo Switch firmware gives the console a huge speed boost to specific games.

The latest update to the Nintendo Switch firmware gives the console a huge speed boost to specific games. The Switch doesn’t have much to offer in terms of raw performance compared to its bigger brothers, but the handheld hybrid has been making strides in terms of performance lately. Nintendo does make some of the best … Read more Update 8.0.0 for the Switch speeds up loading times

Nintendo’s stock jumps 17%; Switch approved for China

Nintendo's stock had jumped up 17% on the Tokyo Stock Exchange because the console will be headed to China.

Nintendo’s stock had jumped up 17% on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. This was following news after the Switch has been approved for sale in China. The Switch has been a huge success all over the world, especially in the US. Since its release just two years ago in March 2017, the Switch has shattered sales … Read more Nintendo’s stock jumps 17%; Switch approved for China

Nintendo reveals top 10 best-selling indie games on the Switch

Best indie games. Ever. Nintendo shows off their list.

Nintendo has revealed the top best 10 selling indie games on the Switch at GDC. Whether or not you’re a Switch owner, you’ll be surprised to hear that the Switch has been the home of the best-selling indie games so far this year. If you’re all about indie, you need to get on the Switch. … Read more Nintendo reveals top 10 best-selling indie games on the Switch

Dragon’s Dogma spinoff coming to Netflix; Dark Arisen coming to Nintendo Switch

Dragon's Dogma is coming to Netflix and the Nintendo Switch. Netflix will be creaing an original series based on the game.

The new action RPG Dragon’s Dogma will be adopted by Netflix and will be entwined with a whole new series based off the franchise. The RPG has been a cult classic following with its combat and huge worlds. The game has been released and released on current and older generation consoles, and it’ll likely be … Read more Dragon’s Dogma spinoff coming to Netflix; Dark Arisen coming to Nintendo Switch

Yoshi’s Crafted World free demo now available for Switch

Yoshi's Crafted World free demo now available for Switch 3

Yoshi’s Crafted World has a free demo out available today for Nintendo Switch owners. And it’s awesome! This was announced from Nintendo Direct and aligns perfectly with Yoshi’s (the game) release on bail for tax fraud. Yoshi can now do whatever he wants throughout the Mushroom Kingdom, such as hurling eggs at random targets as … Read more Yoshi’s Crafted World free demo now available for Switch

Nintendo releasing a special limited-time $35 eShop card/Switch bundle

Nintendo releasing a special limited-time $35 eShop card/Switch bundle 4

Want a Nintendo Switch? You can now grab one with a free $35 eShop card download. With the Switch being one of the best-selling consoles right now and easily beating out the competition over the holidays, right now is the perfect opportunity to snag up this deal and get the game you actually want with this … Read more Nintendo releasing a special limited-time $35 eShop card/Switch bundle

Xbox Live will be brought to Switch, Android, iOS, PC, and possibly PlayStation

Xbox Live will be brought to Switch, Android, iOS, PC, and possibly PlayStation 5

Microsoft wants to bring Xbox Live to more platforms and has revealed their plans on how exactly they plan to do so. They want to let users on PC, Xbox One, Switch, and even mobile to be able to exist together and use the same service for multiplayer, online gaming, achievements, voice, and pretty much everything … Read more Xbox Live will be brought to Switch, Android, iOS, PC, and possibly PlayStation

Nintendo working on an “online” title; Possible new first-party

Best indie games. Ever. Nintendo shows off their list.

Nintendo is looking at launching at launching a new Switch exclusive game anytime from now until March 2020. According to Takashi Mochizuki from The Wall Street Journal, he reported that Nintendo is prepping at least one title for the Switch. It’s unannounced, and it’ll be a first-party game most likely. He tried reaching out to … Read more Nintendo working on an “online” title; Possible new first-party

“Ultimate” GameCube Adapter for SSBU on Switch raises $30K on Day 1

"Ultimate" GameCube Adapter for SSBU on Switch raises $30K on Day 1 6

A GameCube adapter for the Nintendo Switch’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has been launched on Kickstarter- and it’s doing very well. With SSBU just coming out a little over a month ago, the game has already shattered sales records. Amazon listed it as the best-selling video game in the entire category (including other games and … Read more “Ultimate” GameCube Adapter for SSBU on Switch raises $30K on Day 1

Nintendo adds Zelda II and Blaster Master to NES classic library

Nintendo adds Zelda II and Blaster Master to NES classic library 7

Nintendo released a new video yesterday that features this month’s NES titles for the Nintendo Switch Online subscription service. This month’s two games will be: Zelda II: Adventure of Link Blaster Master They’ll both be available starting on January 16, 2019. Players will get access to virtual ports of NES classics every month, but that’s … Read more Nintendo adds Zelda II and Blaster Master to NES classic library

Nintendo Switch Blind Box launches next week

Nintendo Switch Blind Box launches next week 8

The Nintendo Switch Blind Box will be available for purchase next week which will contain one random game from various Limited Run Games’s offerings. Thanks to them, buyers of this new Blind Box will get a physical copy of an indie game for the Switch. These titles include Flinthook, Mercenary Kings, Slime-San, Saturday Morning RPG, Night Trap, Kingdom, and Thumper. This is … Read more Nintendo Switch Blind Box launches next week

DOOM for Switch gets a special update for DOOM’s 25th anniversary

DOOM for Switch gets a special update for DOOM's 25th anniversary 9

Panic Button, the developers of DOOM for the Nintendo Switch has announced that they’ve updated the game to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the series. The new update features some increased performance, a friends list feature, and the ability to even add recent layers in multiplayer to your friend’s list. There’s also an option … Read more DOOM for Switch gets a special update for DOOM’s 25th anniversary

Donut County confirmed for Xbox One and Nintendo Switch

Donut County confirmed for Xbox One and Nintendo Switch 10

Donut County has been confirmed to be coming to Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch. After a positive reception for Ben Esposito’s indie title, the game seemed to have put everyone in a trance and uplifted their spirits who played it on the PC and PS4 (and mobile). Now Xbox One and Switch owners will be … Read more Donut County confirmed for Xbox One and Nintendo Switch

Nintendo adds 3 more classic NES games to Nintendo Switch Online

Nintendo adds 3 more classic NES games to Nintendo Switch Online 11

Nintendo Switch Online subscribers will be getting a new trio of titles to the library this December.

The three new games for December 2018 are Ninja Gaiden, Adventures of Lolo, and Wario’s Woods.

Nintendo Switch Online debuted this past September and is the official and only way to play the Switch online. Playing online for Nintendo has been a free service, but Nintendo has “switched” to the paid method of offering online gameplay.

This should improve the overall service as now members are paying for an online experience (remember SSB Brawl online?) Other than being able to play against others (and with them), players will get a library of classic titles added to the service each month similar to Games with Gold for Xbox One and PlayStation’s offerings.

Nintendo has announced that the three new NES games will be available on the Switch starting December 12, 2018. The three games are pretty awesome and allow some veterans to relive some of the frustrations growing up with these games (Ninja Gaiden in particular).

Additional games will be added in January 2019 as an ongoing basis. We’ve seen Nintendo add games in packs of 3, so it’s likely going to be another trio. Nintendo has also confirmed that the NES Joy-Con controllers will be shipped starting next week for those who bought them. These are special retro controllers made just for playing the NES titles in 1:1 fashion.

The service costs $3.99 a month, $7.99 for 3 months, or $19.99 a year. There are also additional plans for multiple people. Some pretty good games have already been made available on the paid plan, namely Donkey Kong and the original Super Mario Bros.

You can get more details about the program here.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sets the record for highest pre-sales of any SSB game ever

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sets the record for highest pre-sales of any SSB game ever 12

Nintendo announced during a new video posted on Twitter that their next-gen Super Smash Bros. title has broken the record for highest-pre sales in all of the game’s history. This means that no other Super Smash Bros. game has ever recorded more pre-orders than Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

This is the fifth entry into the platformer fighting series that releases one game every new console. SSBU will have a whopping 74-character roster on launch day, online play (that probably actually works given that Nintendo’s online service costs money now), and the ability to get more content via free or paid DLC.

Some players have been eyeing the Nintendo Switch and waiting for this particular game to come out, so we can also expect to see some console sales alongside the game for those who aren’t buying the SSBU/Switch Bundle.

Masahiro Sakurai, the game’s director recently commented about the selection of characters for the game’s roster. This will be the next signature title from Nintendo and includes a free Pirahna Plant playable fighter if the game is purchased and registered by January 31st, 2019.

The game will have full compatibility for handheld play- locally, online, TV mode, or even Tabletop mode. And the game will work with Nintendo GameCube controllers. There will be new and returning techniques, like directional air dodge and shield timing. And for those who want to play the original levels, SSBU will have all past stages of every SSB game ever released into one brawler game for the ages.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will launch on December 7th for the Nintendo Switch. You can pre-order the game here on Amazon.

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Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee sells over 3M copies first week

Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee sells over 3M copies first week 13

Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee has received a mix of both praise and criticism for changing the game formula. However, the new pair of titles in the Pokemon series is still doing well in sales numbers on the market. The initial sales of the games have been revealed through a tweet on the Japanese Twitter account @poke_times:

Now, we can see how the games performed, and it appears that the two Pokemon titles had a level of success on greater than expected. The tweet announced that Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee have collectively sold over 3M units in the first week of the game’s short history.

This is a very successful launch for the Pokemon series itself, which is still going after all these years, though isn’t as quite popular as before. The launch has now become the bets first-week release in the entirety of the Switch sales history.

However, the fact that the user base for the Nintendo Switch has grown since other games like Super Mario Odyssey and Zelda: BotW have definitely contributed to these sales figures for getting the users pooled together for the next major release.

Regardless, these two games are now the leader in week-one sales on the Nintendo Switch’s relatively short history. The only other game that I can see breaking this record in the coming weeks is Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

We’ll report back to see how they compare soon after launch in early December. There’s a lot to be excited for Switch fans.

Nintendo Switch Diablo bundle revealed; Get the details

Nintendo Switch Diablo bundle revealed; Get the details 14

Nintendo Europe announced that a limited edition, special version of the Switch console will be released to pair with Diablo III on the local EU markets. The pack will include Diablo III: Eternal Collection and a special console with docking base that has a custom paint job and special carrying case- all themed to D3’s getup. And the Ganondorf armor set will be paired with the bundle, of course.

There are no current reports on when the bundle may release in North America. The only news was a trailer and a few product picture show sing off the console and accessories, one of which is attached as the featured picture on this article.

UPDATE: Nintendo has announced that the Diablo Switch bundle will launch in the US at the same time as the EU market, but will exclusively be sold at GameStop.

Here’s a trailer showing off the awesome paint job:

The Switch Diablo bundle will launch on the same day the game rolls out- November 2nd. But then again, this is just for EU players. The game will be a port to console from PC back in 2012 and will obviously include extra content for the Nintendo market.

There were also rumors that the game would feature cross-platform play between the consoles, but that was later debunked by a Blizzard representative.

Here’s a screenshot of all the goodies included in the bundle:

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Final Fantasy X/X-2 Remaster and XII on Switch: Details and release date

Final Fantasy X/X-2 Remaster and XII on Switch: Details and release date 16

Square Enix revealed that they would be bringing new Final Fantasy games to the Switch. This was news back in September of this year and would be the first time many of these Final Fantasy games would be on a Nintendo platform.

A trio of the newest entries into the long-running, legendary series that is Final Fantasy just made the list of games to be ported onto the Nintendo Switch:

  • Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 (HD Remaster bundle)
  • Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age

Here are some product features (via Amazon)

  • Updated and reconstructed visuals to be Far more realistic and richly textured vs the original game
  • Upgraded models for each character, graphical updates for a more immersive environment, Xbox One exclusive Achievements
  • Estimated gameplay hours: 40-50 per title
  • Sound – players will be able to choose between original sound and the new, re-arranged sound

They’ve all just become available for pre-order. Pricing for X and X-2 HD will be available on the Switch as a collection and will run you mere $49.99- less than the price of a AAA title for these bundled, remastered, epic games.

This is an awesome price, especially if you’ve never played them before. Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age will also be available for $49.99 and will be the Definitive Edition of FFXII. For the books, these prices are identical to the launch prices on PS4.

FFX is the most recent game that features turn-based strategic combat and does it right. FFX-2 has a newer combat system based on character avatars and equips that focuses more on real-time combat. FFXII is a passive combat system that works by deciding what your character will do before the actual battle takes place.

Each game is wildly different in terms of the combat, so players can literally cherry pick their favorite. PC and PS4 had their share of FF games, now it’s time for some Nintendo action! Awesome.

Release dates have been confirmed. The games will be released on December 31, 2019. So that’s more than a year from now. Regardless, we’ll keep you updated until then.

Splatoon 2 update Version 4.1.0: What’s new?

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Another update just went live for Splatoon 2. Since its inception on the Switch, Splatoon 2 has sen a bunch of new updates packed with fixes, content, and more. Yesterday, the latest update just rolled up. Find out what’s new in Version 4.1.0.

For starters, players will get access to the game’s final arena called the Skipper Pavillion, which is themed as an old magical temple located somewhere outside the land of Inkopolis. Players will also get a new Booyah Bomb and a new selection of special weapons known as the Kensa Collection.

Lastly, there will be four new music tracks featuring music from artists SashiMori and Diss-Pair.

The latest update can be downloaded by going online on your Switch or manually updating it via the Options menu tucked in the Software icon. Although the 4.1.0 update isn’t much, it’s still worth trying out Skipper Pavilion just for fun. The new music tracks are also pretty cool and catchy. And the new set of weapons are neat to look at.

Splatoon 2 is Nintendo’s latest entry into the ink-slinging domination game and has gone as far as hosting esports events. Although it’s not as popular as other leading esports game and genres, it’s still a decent and competitive game for the Nintendo Switch. If you still haven’t played this game yet and you’re interested in it, you can easily find it for cheap online (eBay, Amazon, etc.).

Here are the game features from the product’s sales page (from Nintendo):

  • Turf War – Team up in fierce 4-on-4 multiplayer battles* to see which team can cover the most turf with ink
  • Salmon Run – 2-4 players* can team up for co-op fun and defeat waves of enemy Salmonids.
  • New weapons – Dual wield the new Splat Dualies and avoid getting splatted with the new Dodge Roll move. Mainstays like the Splat Roller and Splat Charger have been remixed to include new gameplay mechanics, and all special weapons are brand-new.
  • Local and Online Multiplayer – In a first for the series, compete in local multiplayer Turf War battles*, whether in TV mode or on-the-go in handheld or tabletop modes. Online battles also make a return**
  • New ways to play – Play with the Joy-Con™ controllers or the Nintendo Switch™ Pro Controller (sold separately), both of which support motion controls for better aiming
  • Fresh Updates – Similar to the Splatoon™ game for the Wii U™ console, updates will roll out post-launch, adding new content and in-game events.
  • Smart Device Support** – An upcoming smart-device application for the Nintendo Switch system will allow players to set play appointments with friends and teammates, as well as voice chat with friends during play sessions.
  • LAN Play – Up to 10 docked systems – eight players and two spectators – can connect via wired LAN (additional accessories required; sold separately). This feature allows players to create local Private Battle tournaments without the need for an internet connection. Local wireless play is perfect for your regular gaming get-togethers, but LAN Play is where it’s at when you want to organize a serious tournament.
  • Customize – Change your Inkling’s style with different weapons, headgear, clothes, and shoes. Gear isn’t just aesthetic; it offers different boosts in battles.
  • amiibo – Compatible with all Splatoon™ series amiibo™ figures. By tapping these amiibo, the figure’s character will appear in the game and befriend players. Befriend an amiibo character and they will remember favorited weapons, gear, outfits and option settings.

Solomon’s Key, Super Dodge Ball, Tournament Golf coming to Switch Online

Solomon's Key, Super Dodge Ball, Tournament Golf coming to Switch Online 18

Nintendo Switch Online launched last month and we’re just a few weeks into the new service by Nintendo. The service allows players to save cloud games, play NES classic games, and play online- of course. A trio of new NES titles will be added to the online library on October 10th:

  • NES Open Tournament Golf
  • Solomon’s Key
  • Super Dodge Ball

Each game will have online multiplayer so players can compete against each other in these retro classics that were previously only local multiplayer capable.

NES Open Tournament Golf was released for the NES back in 1991 and a Famicom Disk System version was released in 1987 in Japan. This game was the predecessor for Mario Golf and allows you to play as Mario and Luigi across three courses with Donkey Kong as the accountant and Princess Peach and Daisy as golf caddies. Pretty cool, huh?

Solomon’s Key is a puzzler that came out in 1987 by Tecmo for the NES. Since then, it’s been available on every Virtual Console and the PS4 as an Arcade Archives game.

Super Dodge Ball is exactly what it sounds like. The game is a sports title released back in 1989 by Technos Japan Group for the NES. The game is based on the arcade cabinet of the same name and features a special “bean ball” mode where six players duke it out until only one remain. The game features the full roster of ten teams each with individually-named players respective to each team. This was a lesser-known title, but still was a blast to play.

Nintendo Switch Online can be paid for different lengths, but the yearly subscription is the best deal at $19.99. Buying the service allows players to purchase special NES Joy-Con controllers that work with the NES titles. They’re replicas of the classic NES controllers for some real retro gaming. You can get more details about Nintendo Switch Online here.

Super Hyperactive Ninja coming October 25th to the Switch

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The hyperactive platformer Super Hyperactive Ninja is making its way onto the Nintendo Switch.

After a release on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, the game will be coming to the Switch on October 25th. Super Hyperactive Ninja is a game built for speedrunners where players control one of several ninjas that are fueled by society’s favorite energy beverage- a steaming cup of coffee!

You’ll have to speed through the many levels by jumping, running, and even wall-climbing as you try to collect all the cups of coffee before falling asleep. As you drink coffee, your ninja will enter Hyperactive Mode, which lets you run even faster and kill enemies even faster than your hyped-up self. Don’t run out of coffee or else the game’s over.

The game also has a one-on-one fighting mode that’s somewhat hidden. The mechanics of it is similar to Super Smash Bros where you fight on platforms rather than a sidescrolling fighter. The mode also has some guest characters like Aragami, Jack from Caveman Warriors, and Ice Cream Surfer’s Ace.

Here’s a trailer of the game: