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Nintendo Switch Dev Kits Estimated to cost $500

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We have a report that dev kits for the Nintendo Switch are estimated to be priced at about $500. The announcement came at The Game Creators Conference in Japan and was reported in a Japanese article and translated into English, so the information may not be finalized or perfectly accurate, but should give us an idea of what to expect in the future.

Here are a few key excerpts from the article. We edited it slightly for readability:

Nintendo’s third party representative revealed that it plans to open the platform of Nintendo Switch even for indie developers.

Game developers … can acquire a Nintendo Developer Portal account for Nintendo developer’s website, develop and distribute titles for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. It was announced that the Nintendo Switch will be treated similarly.

Also, for Nintendo Switch, the price of the development machine, which was somewhat expensive for individuals and small developers, is said to be “about 50,000 yen”.

With current conversion rates as of this writing, 50,000 yen is about equal to $443. However, considering the price of the Switch in Japan is 29,980 yen and the U.S. price is $299.99, we can safely guess the U.S. price of the dev kit will be about $500. Dev kit prices vary from company to company and can get quite expensive, especially when they aren’t open to any developer who wants them. Before hearing this news, I expected a Switch dev kit to be about $600 (twice the price of a standard console), so it is a bit welcome to hear the price is more manageable than that.

And of course, we already know that the Switch will have support from Unity and Unreal Engine 4, two platforms that are accessible to game developers of all levels. This combined with a reasonable price should go a long way toward opening up Switch development to anyone who is interested. At the same time, for my team of two developers, we would still need to allocate a good $1000 for dev kits, so it is a bit of a hurdle for a small team.

What are your thoughts? Do you or someone you know plan on pursuing development for the Switch? Does the estimated price seem reasonable, or do you think the price needs to be adjusted?

Zelda Breath of the Wild DLC Announced

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We just received word today that Zelda: Breath of the Wild will indeed have an expansion pack. This title seems to be quite large even without the expansion, so I don’t think anyone should worry about having an empty game at launch. Here is all the details on the Breath of the Wild DLC:

Starting when the game launches on March 3, players will be able to purchase an Expansion Pass for $19.99, granting access to two new sets of downloadable content for the game when they become available later this year. Immediately upon pre-purchase or purchase of the Expansion Pass, three new treasure chests will appear in the game’s Great Plateau area. One of these treasure chests will contain a shirt with a Nintendo Switch logo that Link can wear during his adventure, exclusive to the Expansion Pass. The other two will deliver useful items. The first content pack is scheduled to launch this summer, and will include the addition of a Cave of Trials challenge, a new hard mode and a new feature for the in-game map. The second content pack will launch in Holiday 2017, and adds new challenges that will let players enjoy a new dungeon and a new original story. The Expansion Pass will be available for both the Nintendo Switch and Wii U versions of the game and are identical. Content packs cannot be purchased individually.

A Nintendo Switch t-shirt for Link to wear? I may fork over the $20 for that alone. Honestly, I may hold off just until I can finish most of the game, but I may buy the expansion for some extra gameplay. It’s fairly cheap for the content that will be added. Here’s a video of the announcement below if you prefer to watch that:

So what are your thoughts on the expansion pack? I personally don’t mind as long as the game feels complete without it, which I ‘m sure it will. Will any of our readers be pre-ordering the expnasion pack or at least purchasing it in the future?

1-2 Switch has revealed Baseball as a Mini-Game

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I have to hand it to Nintendo, they have been on their A-game when it comes to showcasing games and the Switch. Nintendo also hasn’t backed down from relentlessly reminding us of 1-2 Switch’s existence.

This time, Nintendo is showing off the baseball game, one of the 28 mini games that comes in 1-2 Switch, you can view the video below:

As always, tell us what you think. Will you get the 1-2 now knowing it has 28 mini games? Has nostalgia gripped you and you need to check out this game to see if it’s anywhere near as fun a the Wii version? Tell us in the comments below and make sure to follow us on twitter and facebook for all the latest news and giveaways.

Splatoon 2 Global Testfire Announced

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Looks like the team over at the Squid Research Lab is at it again. Nintendo just announced that Switch owners world-wide will have a chance to participate in a Splatoon 2 Global Testfire event from March 24 – 26. During the event players will get a taste of the sequel to Nintendo’s latest smash hit before its’ summer release.

The announcement of the testfire demo and the news from the other day that the game will allow for 10 docks to ink up…I mean link up via LAN to create local private battle tournaments with included spectator mode really shows that

Nintendo is investing big time with Splatoon 2. With the kind of brand care they are obviously showing this IP it definitely has a solid chance of being a giant squid…I mean hit (I’m sorry, I want to stop but I can’t)

The dates and times for Global Testfire can be found below:

March 24
12-12:59 p.m. PT / 3-3:59 p.m. ET
8-8:59 p.m. PT / 11-11:59 p.m. ET

March 25
4-4:59 a.m. PT / 7-7:59 a.m. ET
12-12:59 p.m. PT / 3-3:59 p.m. ET
8-8:59 p.m. PT / 11-11:59 p.m. ET

March 26
4-4:59 a.m. PT / 7-7:59 a.m. ET
So what squid you think? Are you excited to test out Splatoon 2?

Brand New Nintendo Switch Commercials Unveiled

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Three brand new Switch commercials featuring Japanese celebrities just showed up on Nintendo of Japan’s YouTube page early this morning. The ads showcase Professor Layton, voice actor and general TV personality Yo Oizumi, playing the Switch at home, while being driven to work, in the dressing room and other various places around a TV production studio. You can check out the videos below:

 

These commercials are really pretty similar, but they each showcase different games. TV personalities are huge in Japan so this was a smart move on Nintendo’s part. There have been quite a bit of commercials released in the past few weeks. It’s awesome to see such a push from Nintendo in the marketing department. 

Nintendo Unveils More Games for 1-2 Switch

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In japan, the official Nintendo site opened showcasing 28 mini games for 1-2 Switch.

The first couple games are ones we’ve already seen in the commercials: Sword fighting, shaving, Runway, etc. However the new ones seem much different. There are still 10 games yet to be revealed, but it appears they may be as follows: Air traffic controller, Treasure finding, Baseball, Boxing, Air Guitar, Yoga (or meditation), Balancing, and there’s one for a picture of a gorilla…which I hope isn’t anything too weird.

My one worry with these games is that there’s not going to be any single player. These games seem to be party games, mostly intended to show off the Switch to other people. If that is the case I can’t justify the 50 dollar price point. Especially if the whole point is for gamers to do Nintendo’s job for them by trying to sell the system to their family and friends through these games.

Wii sports was able to subtly do that, but the game came with the system. I usually try not to cast aside anything without trying it first, but unless I see some interesting first person mini games, the 50 dollar price point is too high for me still. Every company has a game that’s a flop though, If this is Nintendo’s, I count this as a win.

As always, tell us what you think. Will you be getting 1-2 switch at launch? Do you have a group of friends
that you can show the game off to? Or like me, will you be saving your money for another launch title?

Nintendo Switch Superbowl Commercial

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First off what a crazy game right? I mean Falcons were winning 28 to zip then the Patriots made that stunning comeback. The Nintendo Switch trailer was revealed right in the middle of all the carnage and confusion. So, not only did Nintendo release a great commercial, they did it all while history was being made.

I really think this time around Nintendo hit the jackpot with this trailer. Although in the past, there were some unbelievable scenarios. For example the trailer when the group of people stopped their basketball game to play NBA on their 6.5 inch screen. We all know that when a game of basketball goes down, it doesn’t stop until someone breaks something, or the winners start doing the basketball version of the shimmy sham dance.

In all seriousness, this time around Nintendo showed what they should have, friends and couples playing with the console together. Showing good ol’ fun between family and friends is the perfect focus to market the Nintendo Switch. Good job Nintendo for going back to your roots, and not forcing the whole “everyone will literally stop what they’re doing to play this” scenarios. If you haven’t seen the Super Bowl trailer yet, or like me, want to watch it again and again, the link is below:

 

And as always, tell us what you think. Did you like the super bowl trailer? Do you think it sent the message Nintendo wanted to? Will Tom Brady be named King of all surface dwellers?

Pankapu will Release on the Switch and Not the WiiU

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The developer of Pakapu: The Dreamkeeper, Too Kind Studio, has canceled WiiU production in order to focus on bringing the title to the Nintendo Switch.

Pankapu was originally set to release on multiple platforms including the WiiU, but there has been a change of plans:

As you can see, there was also a teaser photo posted on Twitter which shows a screenshot mock-up of Pankapu on the Nintendo Switch. I guess this game can be added to the list of games who abandoned the WiiU to make the Switch!

For those who don’t know, Pankapu is a platforming title which focuses on a deep narrative. As the player, you guide Pankapu through a dreamlike world called Omnia.

There is really no other news on what kind of price point/release date for Pankapu at this time, but we will keep our readers posted as soon as we find out more!

Snake Pass is Slithering onto the Switch

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Snake Pass has just been confirmed it will be slithering onto the Nintendo Switch list of games for 2017. Sssso what do we know about this title?

(*Warning* There may be an abnormal amount of puns and clever word play in this article *Warning*)..

Snake Pass is a newly developed title which focuses on puzzle platforming. Players will have to “think like a snake” in order to get through the puzzles. Here’s what the developers, Sumo Digital, had to say about this announcement:

That’s right! Very soon Nintendo fans across the world will be challenged to ‘think like a snake’ by slithering, coiling and climbing across the once idyllic mountain of Haven Tor. Taking control of Noodle the Snake, accompanied by his hyperactive best buddy Doodle the Hummingbird, players will face snake-bending obstacles and perilous pitfalls in their quest to find and restore the Keystones that give Haven Tor its’ mythical power!

Whether you want to slither on the go in handheld mode, coil up in tabletop mode or climb into a comfy sofa and play in TV mode, Snake Pass on the Nintendo Switch is the perfect way to play, wherever you are!

Snake Pass sssounds, and looks, very unique and intriguing. This title is currently set to release on the PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Switch in early 2017. According to Eurogamer, Snake Pass will run 30FPS (frames per slither) at 720p when undocked, and 30FPS at 1080p when docked. The price point has yet to be revealed, but there are currently no plans for a physical release.

What are your thoughts? Anyone else dying to get their hands, or slithery bodies, on Snake Pass?

 

Nintendo Switch Online Subscription Price Revealed

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Not only does today mark the Switch being released in exactly one month, but we found out how much Nintendo’s online service will be.

The Nintendo President, Tatsumi Kimishima, recently had an interview with a Japanese financial newspaper, the Nikkei. Kimishima revealed the Switch’s online service will cost between 2,000 and 3,000 yen a year. After some conversion, that’s about $17.50 – $26.50 or about $1.50 – $2.20 a month. Considering PS4 charges $49 a year and Xbox charges $60 a year, we’re all pretty happy to hear about the low cost of online services. That’s not all either, Nintendo hasn’t fleshed out all of the details, but with the subscription we will be given free “rental” retro games to play on the Switch. No one knows which games from which consoles we will get, but knowing Nintendo, I doubt we will have anything to complain about.

As always tell us what you think. Do you like the price of the online services? Or do you think the price is still too high?