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Nintendo Switch eShop Update 3/16/17

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The Nintendo Switch eShop update has rolled around, and it is time to take a look at what new games we are getting this week!

Today in the eShop you can now download Human Resource Machine, World of Goo, and Little Inferno! After being delayed from the Nintendo Switch launch these titles are now available for $9.99 each. World of Goo and Little Inferno are both implementing local co-op which should make for a great time.

Also available today via the eShop are several NEO GEO titles including: The King of Fighters ’94, The King of Fighters ’98, NAM-1975, Shock Troopers, Waku Waku 7, World Heroes Perfect, and Metal Slug 3. These are all digital only and cost $7.99 each.

Slated to release tomorrow on 03/17/17 is another delayed launch title, The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ for $39.99.  None of these are necessarily new titles for the gaming world, but they are all great games nonetheless. I can’t wait to buy the physical copy of The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ to add to my collection! Here’s a brief summary of each of the games below for those who are interested:

  • The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ is a dungeon-explorer shoot-’em-up that thrives off the randomly generated maps. There are over 10,000 unique room configurations. Each of these have almost an infinite amount of enemies, items, challenges and more.
  • Human Resource MachineHuman Resource Machine is a puzzle game where you must complete a task for your boss. You can accomplish this by programming your office worker.
  • Little InfernoLittle Inferno is an adventure game that evolves around burning items. You really can’t go wrong with this game!
  • World of GooWorld of Goo is a physics-based puzzle/construction game, and it is all sorts of fun.

This wraps up the eShop update for 03/16/17. Stay tuned next week for all of the new releases that will be announced!

Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap Available April 18th on the Switch

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Wonder Boy is back and better than ever! The developers, LizardCube just officially confirmed that Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap will be available April 18th on the Nintendo Switch along with Xbox One, PS4, and PC (PC will release slightly after the other consoles release).

LizardCube really left us hanging with news as to whether or not the Switch will get a physical release, but they did mention on their Blog that they will have more news to share on March 22, 2017! Until then, here’s a nice little trailer which explains the game better than words can:

 

The ability to “Switch” from HD graphics to classic 8-bit graphics is insane and very appealing! I personally can’t wait to get some hands on time with this 2D platformer.

We will keep you posted on the latest news from Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap as soon as we receive it so stay tuned! Anyone else excited for this little gem?

FIX for Nintendo Switch Wifi Issues

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Gamers have been complaining of Wifi on the Switch being spotty, slow, or just outright disconnecting while trying to upload screenshots or browsing the eshop. If you are one of these unfortunate gamers Nintendo posted several “fixes” over on their support page you can try. Look below for some of the “fixes” Nintendo has recommended:
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Wifi is always great to have, however when multiplayer games do come out it may not cut it. Buying the Official Nintendo Switch Lan Adapter may be the best bet, if you’re serious about online gaming.

As always tell us what you think. Are you one of the gamers experiencing wifi issues? How has it affected you? Will you buy the Lan Adapter?

Leave your comments below and remember to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date on all the latest Nintendo Switch news and giveaways.

Nintendo Switch Dead Pixel Problems

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Since the Switch has released last Thursday many gamers have reported dead pixels on their screens. Dead pixels are nothing new. Yes they are becoming less and less common, especially since companies are mastering the creation of LCD and LED screens, but it’s still something that unfortunately happens. What shouldn’t happen especially since we have gotten so good at creating LCD and LED screens is for a company to basically say “Dead pixels happen, get used to it”.

Unfortunately this is what Nintendo is doing, on their own support page. Nintendo has recently released a comment on the topic stating, “Small numbers of stuck or dead pixels are a characteristic of LCD screens.” I consider dead pixels to be damaged product so I would hope Nintendo would be more willing to replace the damaged products. Nintendo had a VERY successful launch, and Legend of Zelda is honestly one of the best games I have ever played.. I would even put it next to Skyrim in terms of sheer enjoyment. However, if there’s one thing that can kill all this good media it is definitely this dead pixel problem.

While Nintendo may not officially replace consoles with this issue, your retailer normally will. Especially if you have a warranty on your Switch. Even without it many stores will take returns regardless of if there is any damage to your product within a designated time frame.

As always, tell us what you think. Do you have any dead pixels on your switch? Should Nintendo accept exchanges on switches with dead pixels or are dead pixels a characteristic of LCD?

We also have a Discord Channel! Come join us for friendly banter or to vent, we’re all Switch fans here.

 

Over 60 Nindies revealed for the Nintendo Switch!

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Woah.. Nintendo just hosted a live event to showcase upcoming nindie titles (Nintendo Indies), and there was more revealed than we imagined. Over 60 titles are currently confirmed to be coming to the Switch THIS YEAR alone! Did someone say the Nintendo Switch has no games?

During this live presentation Nintendo revealed and showcased many of the games that are in development for the Switch. Here’s what Nintendo’s Vice President of Press Relations had to say,

“Our Nindies Showcase gives fans a taste of some of the great content on its way to Nintendo eShop. “We’re working with both mainstream and independent developers to make Nintendo Switch the destination for entertaining games and experiences.”

Want to watch the whole presentation yourself? Go right ahead and watch it HERE:

Here’s a full list of the titles showcased during the presentation:

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  • Runner3 from Choice Provisions: (RELEASE DATE: FALL) Runner3 continues the joyous adventures of CommanderVideo from BIT.TRIP RUNNER and Runner2. Players will encounter quests, branching paths, item shops, new Retro Challenges, new character moves, new dance moves and a roster of characters that somehow manages to rival the strangeness of Runner2.
  • SteamWorld Dig 2 from Image & Form Games: (RELEASE DATE: SUMMER) In the sequel to the award-winning original, you must dig deep, gain riches and explore an underworld riddled with danger.
  • Yooka Laylee from Team 17 and Playtonic Games: (RELEASE DATE: N/A) Explore huge, beautiful worlds, meet an unforgettable cast of characters and horde a vault-load of shiny collectibles as buddy-duo Yooka (the green one) and Laylee (the wisecracking bat with the big nose). The buddy-duo platformer is coming to Nintendo Switch soon, with multiplayer functionality perfect for the system.
  • Blaster Master Zero from Inti Creates: (RELEASE DATE: March 9th) The same elements that made the original Blaster Master a hit are back, including side-scrolling vehicular combat, top-down adventuring and a huge sci-fi landscape, in addition to a host of new and improved gameplay systems. The game includes a two-player mode and will have numerous character cameos coming soon. Blaster Master Zero will launch exclusively on both the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS family systems
  • Pocket Rumble from Chucklefish Games and Cardboard Robot Games: (RELEASE DATE: March) This deep 2D fighter makes players want to throw down, anywhere, anytime. The battles get even more intense with the inclusion of HD rumble: When players get hit by a weak attack, it’ll feel very different from getting rocked by a strong one.
  • Flipping Death from Zoink Games: (RELEASE DATE: 2017) Welcome to Flatwood Peaks, a small whimsical town with a problem – Death is on vacation. Play as Penny and help the ghosts with their peculiar problems on The Otherside.
  • Mr. Shifty from tinyBuild and Team Shifty: (RELEASE DATE: April)Shift through bullets, and master lightning-fast takedowns in a new kind of action game. Mr. Shifty follows a teleportation-fueled heist to break into the world’s most secure facility. Shift through walls, through bullets, cover huge distances and be everywhere at once. One shot kills. Survive on skills. HD rumble allows players to feel every punch, shot and crash.
  • Wargroove from Chucklefish Games: (RELEASE DATE: 2017) This turn-based strategy game offers local and online matches for one to four players.
  • Stardew Valley from Chucklefish Games and ConcernedApe: (RELEASE DATE: Summer) Nintendo Switch will be the first console to support the game’s new multiplayer feature.
  • Shakedown Hawaii from vBlank: (RELEASE DATE: April) This 16-bit spiritual successor to Retro City Rampage aims to be twice as good with twice the bits. From the boardroom to the streets, Shakedown Hawaii parodies big business and the white collar crimes that go alongside. Build your empire, monopolize the markets and collaterally re-zone the island’s destructible sandbox.
  • Graceful Explosion Machine from Vertex Pop: (RELEASE DATE: April) Skillfully pilot the advanced Graceful Explosion Machine (GEM) fighter while blasting swarms of crystalline enemies with your ludicrously overpowered quad-weapon array. This side-scrolling arcade shooter features HD rumble support, which means players will really be able to feel those machines explode.
  • Tumbleseed from aeiowu: (RELEASE DATE: Spring) A small seed heads up a mountain to save his home in this physics-based game. More than 30 unique upgrades help the seed overcome challenges and enemies. HD rumble means players will feel seeds traversing across the screen.
  • Overcooked: Special Edition from Team 17 and Ghost Town Games: (RELEASE DATE: 2017) In Overcooked, players must journey through a variety of cruel and unusual kitchens on their quest to become master chefs capable of conquering an ancient edible evil which plagues the land. Play solo or engage in classic, chaotic couch co-op for up to four players in both co-operative and competitive challenge modes. The special edition features the original game, plus all of the DLC. HD rumble integration means they can feel every chop through a tomato and the slosh of soup in a pot.
  • The Escapists 2 from Team 17 and Mouldy Toof: (RELEASE DATE: 2017) The sequel to the hugely popular prison escape series supports drop-in/drop-out co-op for up to four players (additional accessories are required for multiplayer modes, and are sold separately). Players can tie together knotted sheets and use them to climb down high windows in new multi-level prisons, and find other new ways to make a break for freedom. 
  • GoNNER from Raw Fury and Art in Heart: (RELEASE DATE: 2017) GoNNER is a tough-as-hell, score-based, procedurally generated platformer with roguelike elements. GoNNER is also a story about friendship between Ikk, Death and a space whale named Sally. You will die. A lot.
  • Kingdom: Two Crowns from Raw Fury and Noio: (RELEASE DATE: 2017) In Kingdom: Two Crowns, attend to your domain, border to border, or venture into the wild to discover its wonders and threats. First revealed today, two players can come together in co-op mode to rule a kingdom. Their choices bring hope or despair to their subjects.
  • Dandara from Raw Fury and Long Hat House: (RELEASE DATE: Summer) Dandara has awoken to reshape the world. In this strange world of quirky characters, nothing is at it seems. In this bizarre, gravity-bending world with hidden beauty, it’s up to Dandara, jumping from surface to surface, to restore order and direct a directionless world.

Were you as impressed as I was reading through that whole sea of text? There’s some REALLY promising games lined up. On Day 1, an update will be required to access the eShop store. The updated does download in the background though which means it won’t mess up your gameplay and it should be a quick install.

Also, Nintendo confirmed after visiting the eShop, gamers can purchases digital games via Nintendo.com. Once purchased through the website, gamers have the option to have the game automatically begin downloading on their Nintendo Switch. As long as you have a Wifi connection you would be good to go!

I hope you enjoyed reading through this recap! What are your thoughts on all these announcements? Which title announced was your favorite? Let us know!

 

GameFly will have Switch Games Available

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Are you interested in trying 1-2 Switch, but don’t want to touch the $50 price tag (and don’t want to deal with the politics of splitting the price with friends)? Are you interested in ARMS, but aren’t sure if it will grab you or not? Perhaps you’re curious about Super Bomberman R but aren’t committed to buying it until you’ve tried it yourself.

For all these on-the-fence cases and more, GameFly has you covered with game rentals for the Nintendo Switch!

You can click this link to be taken to GameFly’s Nintendo Switch lineup.

For those not familiar, GameFly offers rentals through a subscription service. You pay a monthly fee according to the plan you choose, and they send you games according to a queue you set up. When you’re done with a game, you send it back to them, and they send you the next one in your queue. Because it’s a subscription service, there are no due dates or late fees and you can keep each game as long as you please. But because it’s a subscription service, it’s not ideal for games that you intend to play for a long time (though they do offer a way to buy the games at a discount).

GameFly deals strictly in physical copies of games, so you won’t have a chance to try download only titles this way. But if you’re interested in trying out a lot of the more expensive physical titles, this might be a good option for you. As we wait the final week for the Switch release, think about how you might be able to schedule a rotation of rental games. Perhaps you could allow yourself a number of days per title and stick with it to try as many titles as possible for your money. Or you could give each title more time to get a satisfying one-time experience out of it before going on to the next. If you’re really good with your scheduling, you could even have your queue ready to try new games as they release later in the year!

GameFly seems like a good way to try some of the okay looking titles whose price tags may look too high.

Joy-Con fix will be included in Day 1 Update

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After worrying reports of the left and potentially  right joycon losing its connection to the switch started showing up from various news outlets twitter user @Steath__ stated that his contact from Nintendo of America says the issue is known and will be resolved before launch.

When I first heard of the issue I was very concerned. With a system as versatile as the switch you want to be able to play in many situations without problems. And an issue like this could severely hinder the experience. So it’s great news that it is being dealt with swiftly and something that can be fixed via a software update and not due to faulty hardware.

@Steath__  has so much faith in what his contact has said that he wants his tweet retweeted as much as possible to spread the good word. So what are you waiting for get tweeting!!

Nintendo eShop Indie Games are ready for the Switch!

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Fresh off the press, we just got news from Nintendo confirming 3 indie titles will be available at launch for the Switch! Below I have provided a list of these games:

  • FAST RMX from Shin’en Multimedia
  • Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment from Yacht Club Games
  • Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove from Yacht Club Games
Shovel Knight and FAST RMX at launch?! Heck yeah! Also, Nintendo released all sorts of details about the eShop:
  • The Nintendo Switch will use a shared wallet which allows people who have funds in their accounts on other Nintendo devices to access them using a shared wallet that works on Nintendo Switch as well. All you have to do is link your Nintendo Network ID and Nintendo Account.
  • Virtual Console games will not be available on Nintendo Switch at launch. Nintendo will be releasing more information about this in the future.
  • An update will be required on day 1 to access the Nintendo eShop.

In order to further showcase the eShop and these new titles, Nintendo will be hosting a Nindies Showcase video presentation on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 9 a.m. PT. You can watch the stream via http://live.nintendo.com. Is anyone else stoked about these additional titles at launch? I know I am!

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?