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Nintendo Switch Pre-Orders Sold Out at All Major Japanese Retailers: Yodobashi, BIC, Sofmap and More

Nintendo Switch pre-orders have dried up in Japan at all major retailers, including Yodobashi Camera, BIC Camera, Sofmap and more. …Read More The post Nintendo Switch Pre-Orders Sold Out at All Major Japanese Retailers: Yodobashi, BIC, Sofmap and More by Giuseppe Nelva appeared first on DualShockers.

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Nintendo Switch to Sell 40 Million Units by 2020 Says Research Firm

Nintendo Switch to Sell 40 Million by 2020?!?! Are You Kidding? Yesterday, we told you about a massive Nintendo Switch tour that is unfortunately only making one Canadian stop. That is okay because we only have weeks to go before the big launch. One thing is for certain, the Switch is going to sell quite well out of the gate. Pre-orders have been selling out everywhere and there is a ton of buzz surrounding its launch. One research firm called DFC Intelligence is forecasting for the Switch to sell 40 million units by 2020. That may seem like a crazy high number but this firm has been accurate in the past with its forecasting. In comparison, the PS4 is Sony’s fastest selling console ever and it’s been out for over three years now. The PS4 is sitting at a little over 50 million units sold. If Nintendo kept that kind of pace by reaching 40 million by 2020 it would be a small miracle but hey anything can happen, right? DFC Intelligence stated that its prediction is on the conservative side, tempered by the failure of the Wii U. Bottom line, the Switch could end up selling better than projected….

Massive Nintendo Switch Tour Making Only Canadian Stop on Sunday January 29

Nintendo Switch Tour Comes to TO Weeks before its official launch, the new Nintendo Switch is making a special appearance in Toronto, and local gaming fans can be among the first in the world to try the new console. The Nintendo Switch Preview Tour is making its only Canadian stop next weekend at Toronto’s Metro Toronto Convention Centre, and on Sunday, January 29, fans can experience Nintendo’s newest home console first-hand. Across a 10,000 square foot event, attendees will be able to interact with the Nintendo Switch in original and surprising settings, each of which bring to life the console’s different play modes. This home video game system not only connects to a TV at home, but also instantly transforms into an on-the-go handheld using its 6.2-inch screen. Wristbands will be handed out beginning at 8 a.m. for three separate sessions taking place throughout the day. [10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. and 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.] Space is very limited, and wristbands will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Early arrival is highly recommended. The Nintendo Switch Preview Tour kicked off in New York on January 13, and will be making additional stops in Washington…

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The Way Wii Were: Growing Up With Nintendo’s Gaming Phenomenon

Two recent realizations have put me in a nostalgic mood. First, I covered my first press event for new Nintendo hardware by going to the Nintendo Switch unveiling. That along with going to E3 for the first time last year has made my games journalist bucket list much shorter. I also remembered that last November was the 10th anniversary of the Nintendo Wii, the massively successful motion-controlled system between Nintendo’s GameCube slump and its Wii U slump. I then started thinking about just how much the console meant to me as a developing gaming enthusiast. So I decided to write those thoughts down. [embedded content] If you’ve read any cover letter of mine you’ll know my earliest gaming memories are playing the Super Nintendo, the best game console of all time, with my older sister in the early 1990s. Sorry to make anyone feel old but it’s the truth. The Super Nintendo is such a default gaming console to me that I used to call the NES the lowly “regular Nintendo.” From there I played the N64, GameCube, various Game Boys, any PC with StarCraft installed, and even a PlayStation or Xbox from time to time. I’ve always enjoyed video…

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How Virtual Console Could Make The Switch A Must-Own

Nintendo has yet to say anything about how the Switch will approach classic games, which means there’s still hope that they won’t screw it up. Very slight hope. But we’ll take what we can get. Advertisement Historically, Nintendo’s Virtual Console—a service for buying and playing games from older platforms—has been disappointing. On Wii, 3DS, and Wii U, the games were expensive, the selection was erratic, and worst of all, there was no way to tie your purchases to a single account: If you wanted Earthbound on both your 3DS and your Wii U, you’d have to buy it twice. Based on this pattern, it’s easy to be pessimistic about Switch. But given the popularity of the NES Classic, which Nintendo apparently didn’t expect (Reggie Fils-Aime: “We thought that the consumer that already had a Wii or a Wii U and had purchased those games once or twice already, we didn’t think that they’d buy the NES Classic.”), one might think that the company now sees the value in classic games. As they should. Advertisement A great Virtual Console could turn the Nintendo Switch from “wait and READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Versus – Nintendo Switch Reveal vs. PS Vita Reveal

[embedded content] In case you didn’t know, Nintendo revealed almost every pertinent detail regarding its upcoming console/handheld hybrid, the Nintendo Switch. While the staff of PlayStation LifeStyle already weighed in on what we thought of it so far, we decide to take a look at how the Nintendo Switch reveal compares to Sony’s latest portable, the PlayStation Vita. While the Nintendo Switch is also a traditional home console, given that it’s mostly seen as a portable, we decided to pit it against the PS Vita rather than the PS4. So which reveal did we like better? Watch the video above for our Nintendo Switch vs PS Vita reveal face-off! Remember, we’re only sizing up each handheld’s reveal and not the actual games, power or other stuff. What do you think? Which handheld had the better reveal and got accepted by fans better? Sound off in the comments and let us know. Want to see more Versus episodes? Then be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more video content you can only find here, and of course, the latest game trailers. Versus is PlayStation LifeStyle’s recurring video series where we pit a game, franchise, basically anything game-related against another and pick a…

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That Time Some Players Thought Luigi Was In Super Mario 64

Super Mario 64 was a watershed moment for our favorite video game plumber. Mario made the leap into the third dimension and brought a colorful array of characters with him but a major ally was missing: his brother Luigi. Was he just hiding the whole time? Advertisement Mario’s brother Luigi has always had his back ever since the pair conquered arcades in 1983. When Mario went missing, Luigi was on the case. But he was notably absent in Super Mario 64. It’s hard to know the precise origin of the rumors regarding Luigi. The most popular myth centers around what has become known at the “Eternal Star.” It is a statue resting inside of a fountain that can be found on one of the lower levels of the game’s castle hub world. “Eternal Star” or “L Is Real 2401?” The statue gained its name from the plaque it bears. Some players claimed that it read “eternal star.” The most interesting fan translation was a coded message: “L Is Real 2401.” It was a sign from the creators according to some. The statue was a key for unlocking READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Fix the NES Classic's Biggest Problem With a Pair of 10' Extension Cords For $10

Nintendo, ever intent on fumbling on the one yard line, made the otherwise-excellent NES Classic’s controller cables shorter than Trump’s fingers. Luckily, you can get a pair of 10′ extension cables for just $10 today with promo code Z9P5QAUV. You can even chain them together if your couch is really far away from the TV. $10 From amazon Use code Z9P5QAUV Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Nintendo Answers (And Avoids) Our Switch Questions

The Switch won’t have Netflix or any other video apps at launch, but it will have a Mii Maker app. No video capture, sad to say. Advertisement Last week, just after the Switch event, we sent Nintendo a bunch of questions about their new hardware, which launches on March 3. Today, Nintendo sent back responses. Here’s the full list, complete with Nintendo’s answers (and non-answers): Is Switch backwards compatible in any way? Will you be able to download or play Wii, Wii U, or 3DS games? Advertisement The Nintendo Switch system is not backward compatible with games designed for other systems, and is not currently compatible with controllers designed for other systems. Support for certain controllers may be considered for a future update. We have nothing to announce regarding Virtual Console or other types of digital purchases at this time. How if at all does the Switch connect to Wii U and 3DS owners’ existing accounts? We have nothing to announce at this time. Will the Switch be compatible with existing Virtual Console purchases? We have nothing to announce at this time. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Nintendo Switch Will Sell Between 6 and 8 Million Units in 2017 According to Michael Pachter

Crystal ball holder extraordinaire Michael Patcher weighs in on the chances for Nintendo Switch to be successful on today’s market. …Read More The post Nintendo Switch Will Sell Between 6 and 8 Million Units in 2017 According to Michael Pachter by Giuseppe Nelva appeared first on DualShockers.

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RIP Miiverse, Nintendo’s Awful, Beautiful Social Network

We know a lot more about the Nintendo Switch than we used to after watching last week’s presentation. However, we still have a lot of questions about the upcoming console/handheld hybrid. One of the biggest question marks for the system is the online features. We haven’t heard much, and what we have heard sounds less than encouraging. A paid subscription service? Voice chat limited to mobile devices? One old game a month that we can’t keep? No Virtual Console news? For me, though, one of the most truly disappointing confirmed parts of the Nintendo Switch online experience is the lack of the Miiverse social network. Nintendo announced the Switch will not inherit the Wii U’s Miiverse functionality nor the 3DS’s StreetPass functionality. The removal of StreetPass makes sense since Nintendo is still trying to spin the Switch as a home console with portable elements. But Miiverse would’ve been perfect for the device. It’s one of the best/worst experiments Nintendo has ever concocted, and we’ve come to mourn it. .@GarfieldFanArt @BadMiiversePost pic.twitter.com/1ZoCkcRlVz — Harley (@onewa64) August 25, 2016 If you’re (un)fortunate enough to not know what Miiverse is, Miiverse is a Wii U feature and Nintendo’s take on what READ FULL…

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Nintendo Switch’s Charge Time May Exceed Battery Life

The Nintendo Switch’s Battery Reportedly Takes 3 Hours to Fully Charge, Can Run out in 2.5 We know that running modern video games on 1280 x 720 is going to be taxing on the Nintendo Switch‘s battery life. But could the battery literally run out faster than it takes to charge? According to the most recent information we have on the transforming, portable console, the answer could be yes. According to Nintendo’s Japanese website, the built-in 4310mAh rechargeable 3.7V Lithium-ion battery for the Nintendo Switch will take 3 hours to charge fully. During the official Switch announcement just a week ago we all saw that the battery, while in handheld mode, is supposed to last 2.5 to 6 hours. This huge disparity in battery life is due to the fact that different games will place different amounts of strain on the system. For instance, playing Zelda: Breath of the Wild or Skyrim will put a whole lot more stress on the Switch than a game like Mario Kart. The good news is that the Nintendo Switch can be charged while playing in handheld mode. So long as you have an electrical outlet nearby, you can plug in your USB type-C adapter and…

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Super Mario Run Jumps to Android in March

Super Mario Run made its debut on iOS late last year and broke various download records upon its release. Nintendo announced that it would bring the endless runner to Android, but never specified an exact date. Today, Nintendo has revealed when Android users can get their hands on this mobile game. Super Mario Run will make its way to Android in March. This is an interesting release window considering how a little system called the Nintendo Switch will also launch in March. This announcement comes from Nintendo’s Twitter account. You can see that tweet below. #SuperMarioRun will arrive on Android in March. You can pre-register in Google Play to be notified when it launches! https://t.co/u4H9bxVi9R pic.twitter.com/Hd5uzRcYcK — Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) January 19, 2017 Like with the iOS version, users can play the first three levels of Super Mario Run for free. To unlock the full game, players have to plunk down $10. The full game includes the Kingdom Builder feature, Toad Rally, and Friendly Run mode. When Super Mario Run was launched, many were upset by the game’s price. Considering how the most expensive mobile games usually top out at READ FULL STORY AT GEEK!