July 20, 2017

Nintendo Sales Panic: June 2017 US NPD Group Results Switch3DS

by Donald Theriault - 6:11 pm PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: NPD Group

The question everyone has about Nintendo's new fighting game will be answered next month.

The NPD Group released their sales survey for June 2017 today, featuring a strong midfield performance for Switch games.

In the hardware race, the Switch lagged slightly behind the PlayStation 4 in the survey due to a combination of supply constraints and a golden US$250 PS4 model. The software... Read more...

Nintendo Downloads - July 20, 2017 WiiUSwitch3DS

by Donald Theriault - 6:09 am PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo

It's the inevitable return of the kid and squid dichotomy.

In terms of number of games, it's a light week (prior to Europe's PR, Japan has the lead with seven games just on Switch). But like was speculated the last couple of weeks, they had quantity to get away from Splatoon 2. Possibly the biggest game to hit Switch since day 1 and Breath of the Wild, I would wish good luck to anyone trying to buy a Switch this week. Especially in Japan.


July 19, 2017

R.B.I. Baseball Releases On Switch September 5 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 8:46 am PDT
Total comments: 3 Source: MLB Advanced Media

The latest major sports title to hit the platform.

The Switch's sporty September will include a late call up from baseball as well.

R.B.I. Baseball 2017 has been announced for a September 5 release on the Switch at a $29.99 MSRP. Officially published by Major League Baseball, the simulation title is only related to the NES and Super NES baseball series by their name.


July 18, 2017

Super Smash Bros Games for 3DS and Wii U Updated WiiU3DS

by Donald Theriault - 7:13 pm PDT
Total comments: 4 Source: Nintendo

Now with support for Bayonetta... Amiibo.

Support for the last Smash Amiibo releasing this week has necessitated an update to the two last Super Smash Bros games.

Both Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U have been updated to version 1.1.7 as of tonight. The updates are necessary to add support for the six new Smash Bros series Amiibo that will release Friday (two versions each of Bayonetta, Corrin and Cloud).


Nintendo Switch Online Application Now Live SwitchMobi

by Donald Theriault - 6:59 pm PDT
Total comments: 2 Source: Nintendo

Can't use it quite yet, though.

The Nintendo Switch Online application can be downloaded now, though it is currently in a maintenance mode until Splatoon 2 launches.

Android and iOS stores in the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan and Europe have all confirmed the app's availability. Launching the app right after its release showed the server "under maintenance" with a 2816-0700 error code.


July 17, 2017

Wii U Receives First System Software Update in Eighteen Months WiiU

by Donald Theriault - 6:52 pm PDT
Total comments: 7 Source: Nintendo

The dead cat bounce update.

The Wii U has become a little bit more stable.

A new system software is now available for Nintendo's previous console, version 5.5.2U. The first system software update for the system since January 11 of last year, the update notes are simply "Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience".


July 15, 2017

First Splatoon 2 Splatfest Results Announced Switch

by Donald Theriault - 8:56 pm PDT
Total comments: 11 Source: Splatoon 2

Who has the force of LAW on their side?

The exhibition Splatfests have wrapped ahead of Splatoon 2's release, and coming with the new game is a new scoring system. Popularity, solo battles and team battles are compared, with the winner of two of the three claiming the victory.

North America / Europe: Ice Cream 2, Cake 1 (76-24, 51-49, 47-53)... Read more...

July 13, 2017

Nintendo Downloads - July 13, 2017 3DSWiiUSwitch

by Donald Theriault - 6:16 am PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo

That's a lot of Switch games again.

For the second week in a row, a full hand of Switch games are hitting the shop. Perry reviewed Death Squared for us, while David L picked up I and Me out of its European release last week. There's also the odd looking De Mambo, and a puzzle game that bears a more-than-striking resemblance to Threes.


July 12, 2017

ARMS 2.0 Now Available: New Character, Multiplayer Fixes Switch

by Donald Theriault - 7:12 am PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo

And a new goal to strive for.

A new update for ARMS has added a new character, mode and top rank among other changes.

Version 2.0 adds final boss Max Brass to the playable roster, as announced at the end of Nintendo's Treehouse Live presentation at E3. A new Versus mode has also been added called Headlok Scramble, as well as the ability to reach level 20 in Ranked play and view records of play on the main menu.


July 10, 2017

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Makes Switch Debut In September Switch

by Donald Theriault - 6:50 am PDT
Total comments: 4 Source: Namco Bandai

A 50 hour game, but it's 20 if you remove the charging of attacks.

Bandai Namco will unleash the dragon on Switch this fall.

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 has been announced for release on September 22 in North America and Europe. The Switch version will offer a six-player local option as well as optional motion controls for throwing Kamehameha at opponents.

The base game is a combat RPG with a player-created fighter taking part in an original story set in the Dragon Ball universe.


WWE 2k18 Enters The Switch Arena Switch

by Donald Theriault - 6:36 am PDT
Total comments: 4 Source: 2K Games

Finally, you can have a Brock Lesnar match last more than six minutes.

The WWE will return to Nintendo consoles this fall after a five year hiatus.

WWE and 2K announced today that the annual wrestling franchise will have a Nintendo Switch version this year. WWE 2k18 launches October 17 alongside the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions, with early access for preorders four days earlier.


July 6, 2017

RiME On Switch Has "No Official Release Date" As Of Now Switch

by Neal Ronaghan - 2:43 pm PDT
Total comments: 1 Source: Grey Fox

Cool your jets: Rime is not officially delayed to winter

RiME, according to publisher Grey Box, does not have any official release date at the time.

The Switch game, which came out on other platforms in May, was most recently slated for a summer 2017 release on the system. On Nintendo's official site, its release date changed to "Winter 2017".

When...

Splatoon 2 Direct Roundup: Pre-Launch Splatfest Announced SwitchMobi

by Donald Theriault - 7:43 am PDT
Total comments: 8 Source: Nintendo

It was more than a refresher.

The Splatoon 2 Direct has wrapped, showing off new weapons and returning characters plus a first look at the Nintendo Switch Online app.

Updates will be available to add gear, stages and weapons for up to a year, with Splatfests running for up to two years. The first Splatfest will actually be... Read more...

Nintendo Downloads - July 6, 2017 3DSWiiUSwitch

by Donald Theriault - 6:09 am PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo

You ever get the feeling you're about to be upstaged?

With Splatoon 2 just a couple of weeks away and its Direct hitting an hour after press time, there's a bit of a rush to get Switch software out before we all become squids / kids in a couple of weeks. For instance, North America has four brand new Switch titles this week including Implosion: Never Lose Hope (check our YouTube page for video), Bulb Boy, and lamb solitaire title Shephy.


July 4, 2017

Blaster Master Zero 1.3 Update Adds Two More Characters Switch3DS

by Donald Theriault - 2:00 pm PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Inti Creates

Steel thy hair.

Some more guest characters of prominence are coming to Blaster Master Zero.

Inti Creates announced at their panel at Anime Expo today that the upcoming version 1.3 update would enable support for two more DLC characters: Shovel Knight and Shantae. Shantae will arrive on Thursday (July 6) while Shovel Knight will dig in on August 3.


July 3, 2017

Splatoon 2 Direct Airing Thursday Switch

by Donald Theriault - 7:38 am PDT
Total comments: 3 Source: Nintendo

Squids and kids of the world unite.

The next Nintendo Direct will provide a refresher on the month's biggest game.

A Splatoon 2 focused Nintendo Direct will air on Thursday, July 6 starting at 10 a.m. Eastern / 7 a.m. Pacific / 1500 Central European time. The Direct promises "new features in the upcoming Splatoon 2".


June 29, 2017

Nintendo Downloads - June 29, 2017 SwitchWiiU3DS

by Donald Theriault - 6:05 am PDT
Total comments: 1 Source: Nintendo

150? You're barely a day over 94.

As we head into the beer-a-palooza that is the Canada Day / July 4 double shot, it's a light week for download releases given that we're at the end of the quarter. Tuesday saw the North American release of RPG Maker FES, which Matt reviewed and found to be tricky, but servicable. The other big release... Read more...

June 27, 2017

Kirby's Blowout Blast Fires In North America July 6 3DS

by Donald Theriault - 7:54 pm PDT
Total comments: 1 Source: Nintendo

The puffball's 25th birthday celebration continues.

The second of three Kirby 3DS games this year will blast into the 3DS eShop next week.

Kirby's Blowout Blast, an expanded version of a minigame found in last year's Kirby Planet Robobot, will launch in North America on July 6 according to an announcement from Nintendo of America's Twitter account.


First Switch Game Sale Announced Switch

by Donald Theriault - 7:19 am PDT
Total comments: 2 Source: Sumo Digital

It'll be the answer to a trivia question, probably.

A bit of history was made today with the first Switch game to have an eShop sale.

Snake Pass is currently on sale for 40% off in the European eShop, and will be reduced in North America starting at 10 a.m. Pacific time (1 p.m. Eastern). The US price for the game would be $11.99.

The sale, intended to promote an upcoming patch for the title, will run until July 4.


June 26, 2017

Japan To Receive Super Famicom Mini In Early October NES

by Donald Theriault - 7:08 pm PDT
Total comments: 2 Source: Nintendo

Five substitutions for the 21 game lineup.

Japan isn't being left in the dark on classic consoles this fall, though there is a slight delay.

Nintendo has announced a Super Famicom Mini will be available starting on October 5, for ¥7980. The unit will also come with two controllers, a USB cable and a HDMI cable, but the AC adapter will be sold separately for ¥1000.

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