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Can the Switch really outsell the Wii?

The Nintendo Switch is off to an impressive start, so impressive that many are now wondering if it can beat the Wii, the most successful Nintendo home console of all time.Selling a reported 2.7 million units in one month will surely attract those kinds of comparisons to the Wii, but is it realistic, given today’s gaming marketplace?Nintendo themselves believe the Switch can outsell the Wii, with president Kimishima expecting the console to sell 110 million units sold during its lifetime. And while the Switch is off to a great start, can it sustain that for the next 5-6 years, all while facing stiff competition from Microsoft and Sony (and their upcoming PS5/Xbox Whatever consoles)?Nintendo has overestimated beforeBack when the Wii U was gearing up for launch, Nintendo believed it would have a similar success to the Wii. The company internally expected to sell 100 million Wii U consoles. In the end, they sold less than 13 million.This time around with the Switch, they’re off to a better start than with the Wii U — they’ve doubled production and expect to ship 16 million units by March 2018. Great start, but to get to a 110 million, it’s a long marathon,…

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GameStop is selling real Splatoon ink guns

GameStop is now taking pre-orders for real-life Splatoon splatterguns, called Splattershot, which fire actual, water-based ink.The Splatoon Splattershot Mini and Splattershot Blaster will be released on July 4th, and retail for $30 and $15, respectively.The Splattershot guns fire real, water-based ink shots, which can easily be washed away. The small gun comes with one tank of ink, while the big one includes 2. You can also buy more separately (and in four different colors)You can check out some photos of the guns and a video of the Splatoon Splattershots below:[embedded content] READ FULL STORY AT NINTENDOTODAY!

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HORI reveals new Switch gaming headset

Earlier this month HORI revealed a headset for the Nintendo Switch, and now they’ve revealed a new one, and it looks way more sophisticated (and expensive) than the previous one.The new headset, called Air Stereo Headset, features a larger and more futuristic design, and from what we can tell, offers better audio than the other one.HORI has been on a Switch accessory spree, recently revealing the Nintendo Switch keyboard accessory, and a fight stick as well.The headset launches in Japan next month and will retail for 3,500 Yen, or about $30. No word on when the headset will be released in the rest of the world.And just like the other headset, you’ll need to use your smartphone and Nintendo’s app to actually use the microphone for voice chat. Here’s how the setup looks on the new headset:Hopefully Nintendo can come up with a more elegant solution in the future.Here’s a few more looks at the new HORI Switch headset: READ FULL STORY AT NINTENDOTODAY!

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You can now buy a real Zelda: Breath of the Wild bow and arrow kit

Merchandise sellers Merchoid are now selling a real life Zelda: Breath of the Wild bow and arrow kit — it’s an officially licensed product from Nintendo, so you can rest assured that it’s the real thing.The bow and arrow kit costs $33 (shipping included) and will launch this September. Pre-orders are now open for the product, but they are limited. Also, it doesn’t appear that you can buy more arrows — the bow comes with only one arrow (which has a suction cup at the tip).See also: Nintendo: open world is now standard for Zelda games going forwardsYou can check it out here. If you’re interested in pre-ordering, do it now, because there are only a handful left.It might be a nice gift idea for someone, or some official Zelda merchandise if you didn’t get the Collector’s Edition when the game launched. READ FULL STORY AT NINTENDOTODAY!

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You can now like and dislike news on the Switch

With the recent firmware update to the Switch, Nintendo has added some cool little features. Such as the ability to like and dislike articles in the Switch news section.But Nintendo doesn’t call it “like” or “dislike”, they call it “Great!” and “Oh.”The like/dislike feature serves as feedback for Nintendo on what sort of news Switch owners like, which helps them tailor the news section more accurately.It doesn’t seem to be based on an individual user’s preference, just as a general guideline to Nintendo on what sort of news people like.What do you think of the new feature — is it Great! or just Oh.? READ FULL STORY AT NINTENDOTODAY!

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Learn how to code on the Switch with FUZE Code Studio

FUZE Code Studio is unlike any other game on the Switch. We’re not sure if it can be called a “game” at all. Instead, it’s designed to help you learn how to code, and you’ll be able to code your own games using the program as well.The “game” will be released on the Switch eShop this Summer, and requires no prior coding experience to learn. Players will be able to use the app to create their own 2D and 3D games, and it will have full access to the Switch hardware, such as the Joy-con controllers.The app will include a music synthisizer and speech engine for music and voice, and it comes with graphics and music that you can use (you’ll also be able to download additional content).Finally, you’ll be able to use the app with a USB keyboard (we finally know what the Nintendo Switch keyboard can be used for). READ FULL STORY AT NINTENDOTODAY!

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Full Nintendo Switch release schedule revealed for 2017

Nintendo has released a new infographic that shows the full Nintendo Switch release schedule for 2017, and the 3DS release schedule as well.As expected, all of the games are on the board: Arms (just released), Splatoon 2 (next month), Mario + Rabbids (this Summer), Mario Odyssey (Fall), and more.It also has the various third party Switch games, including NBA 2K18, FIFA 18, Skyrim, LEGO Worlds, and others.The 3DS schedule features Hey Pikmin (Summer), Metroid Samus Returns (Summer), and more.Check out the complete infographic below. Which games are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments section!Nintendo Switch release schedule READ FULL STORY AT NINTENDOTODAY!

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Nintendo Theme Park features “Zelda’s Kingdom”, “Super Mario World Ride”, more

More details have emerged about the currently under-construction Nintendo theme park, including the names of the attractions.Recently leaked plans and concept art for the theme park under construction in Japan reveal the “Super Mario World Ride”, which includes Mario Kart, and the Zelda area, which will be called “Zelda’s Kingdom”.The plans also reveal “Kirby’s Playland”, and “Donkey Kong Island”, in addition to the Mushroom Kingdom at the entry area with all the shops and so on.You can check out some of the plans and concept art below. The theme park is set to open in 2020 and will reportedly cost a whopping $545 million to build.Check out the plans and concept art below. READ FULL STORY AT NINTENDOTODAY!

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Nintendo stock rises on successful E3 showing

There’s no doubt that E3 2017 belonged to Nintendo: we got a ton of great Switch games (and even a great 3DS game), and the company easily overshadowed its competitors (just look at how popular Nintendo’s E3 booth was).And the stock market has been paying attention to Nintendo’s performance at E3: the company’s share price saw a boost in value during E3, hitting a new high for the last 12 months.The showcase of Mario Odyssey and announcements of several new games (Kirby, Yoshi, Metroid 4) have made investors quite optimistic about the company’s future.And the fact that the Switch is selling like hot cakes right now: so well that Nintendo is doing everything they can to increase production.Today is officially the last day of E3 2017. We’ll have more post-E3 news coming tomorrow and a roundup of all the goodness from E3 2017.Stay tuned, and don’t forget to follow NintendoToday on Twitter and to like us on Facebook for the latest Nintendo news and updates READ FULL STORY AT NINTENDOTODAY!

Here’s 30 minutes of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 gameplay on Switch

One of the many games Nintendo is showcasing at E3 is Xenoblade Chronicles 2 for the Switch, and boy did they showcase it: developer Monolith Soft showed off over 30 minutes of gameplay from the upcoming JRPG at Nintendo’s Treehouse Live event.You can check out the gameplay above, which focuses on combat with Rex and Pyra, the lead characters from the game. And the video makes one thing clear: the developers have clearly overhauled the gameplay and combat mechanics from Xenoblade Chronicles. And it looks like it’s for the better.Xenoblade Chronicles will be released this Fall exclusively on the Nintendo Switch.

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HORI reveals Switch keyboard accessory

Japanese accessory maker HORI has revealed a brand new Switch keyboard accessory. The keyboard will be released in Japan in September and will connect via the USB-C port (unfortunately it’s not a wireless Bluetooth keyboard). We don’t really know why you would need a Nintendo Switch keyboard, but if you’re interested, you’ll be able to pick one up in Japan this September for 3.000 Yen, or about $27. No word from HORI if they plan on bringing the Switch keyboard to the West. Check out some photos of it below. Would you buy this keyboard for your Switch console? Let us know in the comments section! Nintendo Switch keyboard READ FULL STORY AT NINTENDOTODAY!

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Koopa Troopa and Goomba Amiibo announced

Nintendo is going Amiibo crazy at E3. We’ve got the Super Mario Odyssey Amiibo, and four new Zelda Amiibo figures.And now we’ve got Koopa Troopa and Goomba Amiibo — two of the oldest Nintendo characters ever, and it’s about time they get their own Amiibo figures.Nintendo didn’t reveal what functionality the new figures will have and what games will support them. But we do know that Super Mario Odyssey will support every single Amiibo released so far, including the new Koopa Troopa and Goomba.Will you be getting these two new figures when they are released? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section! READ FULL STORY AT NINTENDOTODAY!

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The Nintendo booth at E3 is so packed it’s insane!

E3 has opened its doors to the public for the first time in many years and it seems that everyone has flooded here to the Nintendo booth. Because the number of people trying to play the new Switch and 3DS games is just insane.Nintendo is showcasing Super Mario Odyssey and other upcoming titles, but everyone seems to be going straight for Mario Odyssey.It’s by far the most crowded booth at E3 this year, see for yourself: READ FULL STORY AT NINTENDOTODAY!

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Four (4!) new Zelda Amiibo have been announced

If you wanted more Zelda: Breath of the Wild amiibo, well now you’ve got ’em: Nintendo has announced four new Zelda amiibo figures for the new expansions.The new figures are: Daruk, Mipha, Revali, and Urbos. Each of the figures represents a champion from Hyrule’s different races (Goron, Zora, Rito, and Gerudo)The four new Amiibos will be released in time for the new DLC, although Nintendo wasn’t specific about release dates or what the new figures will add to the game.And if that’s not enough, Nintendo will also be releasing a set of Mario Odyssey amiibo.Will you be getting any of these? Let us know in the comments section! READ FULL STORY AT NINTENDOTODAY!