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You can now buy a $258,000 Pokemon watch

Ultra high-end Swiss watch maker Romain Jerome have revealed two new Pokemon watches that retail for a stunning $258,000 apiece. The watches feature all that fancy Swiss watch design and mechanics that watches in that price range are known for, and they sport Pokemon design faces.One design features Pikachu, while the other features a collage of various Pokemon characters. So that when you’re out playing Pokemon Go, now people actually have a reason to rob you.Here’s what the $258,000 Pokemon watches look like:Source (thanks for the tip, Chris!) READ FULL STORY AT NINTENDOTODAY!

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Call of Duty World War 2 coming to Switch?

The upcoming Call of Duty World War 2 could be headed to the Switch, according several rumors. First off is the apparent addition of an option to link a Nintendo account to Call of Duty’s online system.The option to link a Nintendo account was removed for the previous game in the series, but has been added as shown in the image below:That’s not all: another source (a Tweet which has since been removed) said that Activision has contracted a subsidiary studio to handle the Switch port of the upcoming WW2 shooter.And that studio is apparently Beenox in Canada, who recently handled the remaster of the original Modern Warfare game, and who previously did ports of Black Ops 3 to Xbox 360 and PS3.Recently, the studio Tweeted a picture with members of the Canadian Army, suggesting that they are working on some sort of war game.And let’s not forget the fine print that was displayed in the reveal trailer of the game, as pointed out by a Twitter user:Right now this is just a rumor, but we wouldn’t be surprised if Activision pulled the trigger and took a chance on the Switch with its biggest franchise.Hopefully we’ll have some news about…

Uniqlo’s official Nintendo t-shirt line is now available

Clothing brand Uniqlo has partnered with Nintendo for their official Summer t-shirt line up, offering a series of t-shirts for men, women, and kids with favious Nintendo artworks.The lineup features 25 designs selected by none other than Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto. The t-shirts are available now on their site and retail from $10 to $15.Here are some of the designs you can pick:Nintendo t-shirt designs READ FULL STORY AT NINTENDOTODAY!

Shocker: Destiny 2 isn’t coming to the Switch

There’s lots of buzz right now about Destiny 2, the follow-up to the very successful online shooter Destiny. And of course, it was only a matter of time before someone asked developer Bungie if they have plans to bring the game to the Nintendo Switch.And they’ve said no, there are no plans to bring Destiny 2 to the Switch. And that shouldn’t really surprise anyone.Here’s what Bungie’s lead developer on Destiny 2, Mark Noseworthy, had to say about the Swtich:“I love my Switch, I’ve got Breath of the Wild here, I’ve got it with me. It’s incredible, I love the console, but in terms of where it’s at, I don’t want leave anyone with the possibility of, like, ‘it’s a thing we’ll consider, maybe next year.’ There’s no plans right now for Switch”At least he’s honest and upfront, instead of giving vague answers using words like “possibly” “maybe” and our favorite, “we’ll see”.See also: Developer calls Nintendo “douches”Destiny 2 will be released this September on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. READ FULL STORY AT NINTENDOTODAY!

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Nintendo will also sell a Splatoon 2 game box with no cartridge

What is going on with Nintendo today? First the company is selling an empty Splatoon 2 Switch bundle box in Japan, and now they’re also selling a physical copy of Splatoon 2 without the actual physical game card.Instead, you’ll get a download code for the game to grab it on the Switch eShop.We can’t help but think this will cause some confusion among buyers: there will be two physical versions of the game, but one is actually not a physical version.There’s a reason some people prefer buy physical games instead of digital.And for those who buy the game digitally but want a case for their collection, well, this isn’t that product. Because this is a fully priced game with a download code — you can’t buy just the box if you’ve purchased the game on the eShop already.It also means you can’t resell your copy of the “physical” game because it doesn’t exist physically. READ FULL STORY AT NINTENDOTODAY!

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Splatoon 2 Switch bundle, Pro Controller, and Joy-Cons revealed

Nintendo will be releasing several Splatoon 2-themed gear in Europe in Japan this Summer. First up is the Splatoon 2 bundle, which includes a Switch console, neon green/pink Joy-Cons, and a copy of the game. And if you’re in Japan, you’ll be able to buy just the box of that bundle as well.Europe and Japan will also get a Splatoon 2 Pro Controller, which features the same neon pink and green colors, and a similar carrying pouch for the console as well.Finally, a new set of Joy-Cons will be released as well, in the same neon pink/green colors. So far all of these have only been confirmed for Europe and Japan, no word from Nintendo if we’ll see them in North America.Check out some photos of the new gear below. Splatoon 2 launches on July 21. Be sure to check out the first singleplayer trailer of the game. READ FULL STORY AT NINTENDOTODAY!

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Nintendo is selling a Splatoon 2 bundle box. That’s right, just the box.

Well this is an odd one from Nintendo. The company isn’t selling a Splatoon 2 Switch bundle. But they are selling a Splatoon 2 Switch bundle box for $5 in Japan.This isn’t some third party store that made these up, it’s Nintendo themselves. They are selling the box for Switch owners who already have a console but want a nicer display box.It’s available for purchase (Japan only) on Nintendo’s site here. The box retails for 540 Yen, or about 5 bucks.I’ll bet 5 bucks that these will show up on eBay in the US marked up 500%. READ FULL STORY AT NINTENDOTODAY!

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe update removes offensive gesture

Nintendo has updated Mario Kart 8 Deluxe to remove an offensive gesture by one of the characters. It removes the “up yours” gesture of the Inkling Girl, which is considered offensive in Europe, especially in southern countries like Italy.The original version had the Inkling Girl hold her arm on her bicep as she raised her fist (the offensive gesture), which has been replaced with her simply holding up her harm.You can check out the before and after shots below.The patch also includes some other minor updates to the game and its multiplayer. For example, starting positions now reflect the order in which players joined the race, and you can now properly create a friend lobby if you have more than 100 friends.The previous gesture from Inkling Girl which was considered offensive:And the updated one: READ FULL STORY AT NINTENDOTODAY!

30 minutes of “Constructor” gameplay

Developer System3 will be releasing their city-building game “Constructor” on the Switch later this year. To see just what it’s about, check out a 30-minute gameplay video above. The game will be released on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One as well.And if you think that Constructor looks somewhat dated, that’s because it is: it’s a remake of the 1997 original. Still looks like a fun time for gamers who enjoy city-building titles.There’s still no firm release date or price on the game.

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Someone got a Switch with a screenshot of the quality control system

Apparently, someone has received a Nintendo Switch with a screenshot of the quality control system on the console. The screenshot, seen below, shows the console’s QC function where it goes through all the steps to make sure all the functions and hardware are working correctly.Whoever was testing the console must have accidentally pressed the screenshot button. Or maybe they were testing to see if the button works but forgot to delete the image.Either way, it’s pretty interesting to see what the QC system on the Switch looks like.Image via Reddit READ FULL STORY AT NINTENDOTODAY!

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Someone made the ultimate Super Famicom Switch

A Japanese Switch owner made what looks like the ultimate Super Famicom Switch. The Super Famicom, also known as the SNES in the West, has a distinct 90s color scheme which looks pretty good on the Switch.Not only did he do the Switch and Joy-Cons in the Super Famicom color scheme, he also did the dock as well. Judging by the photos and level of detail, it must have taken quite a while to get it done properly.Maybe Nintendo should make a limited edition Super Famicom Switch?Check out some photos of his creation below.Thanks for Luke for sending this one in! Via Ruliweb READ FULL STORY AT NINTENDOTODAY!

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Super Mario postage stamps coming to Japan

Japan always gets some cool stuff that we in the West never will. Like these new Super Mario postage stamps that will be available in June. The Japanese Postal Office, officially called Japan Post (日本郵政公社) will be selling limited Super Mario stamps next month, which will surely be sold out quickly and become a collector’s item.The stamps feature Super Mario and other characters from the series. And if you mail a letter with the Super Mario stamp, the letter will get a special Super Mario stamp (seen on the blue envelope below). READ FULL STORY AT NINTENDOTODAY!

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Deux Ex and Unreal composer is working with Retro Studios

Veteran game composer Alexander Brandon has revealed that he is now working with Retro Studios on a game and that it’s “incredibly exciting”. He revealed the news on Facebook, but didn’t get into more detail about what he’s working on.Brandon has worked on a number of high profile games, such as Deus Ex, Unreal, and Thief: Deadly Shadows.He didn’t reveal any news about what project he’s working on, only saying that it’s “incredibly exciting” and that the team at Retro Studios is “awesome”.Retro Studios is owned by Nintendo and became famous for the Metroid Prime series. However, over the past many years the team has mostly worked on smaller projects for Nintendo, such as Donkey Kong Country Returns for the 3DS and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for the Wii U.Hopefully we’ll know more about their project at E3 next month. And hopefully it’ll be a big game like Metroid. READ FULL STORY AT NINTENDOTODAY!

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Side-scrolling action game “RiftStar Raiders” coming to Switch

Indie developer Climax Studios have revealed via Twitter that their side-scrolling action game RiftStar Raiders is coming to the Switch. They made the announcement with a simple photo of the game running on the Switch.RiftStar Raiders was announced for the PS4 earlier this year, and is a new take on the classic side-scorlling spaceship action game. Players can custmize their ships in a variety of ways, and the game also supports co-op.There’s no release date yet, but hopefully we’ll see it later this year on the Switch and other platforms. Check out a trailer above and some screenshots below.Oh, what’s this? #nintendoswitch #SWITCH pic.twitter.com/ivGOzpYmRh— Climax Studios (@climaxstudios) May 4, 2017 READ FULL STORY AT NINTENDOTODAY!