Back to the court, ‘NBA Playgrounds’ Launching May 9!

I grew up with NBA Jam and other classic less serious sports titles. I long for the days of games where realism isn’t the focus. So when I saw the trailer for NBA Playgrounds, below, I instantly wanted to play it. Luckily, it doesn’t look like I’ll have to wait too much longer!

MAPLEWOOD, N.J. May 3, 2017 – Independent developer Saber Interactive has confirmed that NBA Playgrounds will be available on May 9 for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch™ and Windows PC (Steam) as a digital-only release for $19.99. Yes, next week!

Classic NBA arcade action is back! Take your “A” game to the playground and beat the best in high-flying 2-on-2 basketball action. Play as NBA superstars and legends from the past, including Allen Iverson, LeBron James, Steph Curry and Shaquille O’Neal.

Features:

  • Up your Game! Features a progression system to unlock real NBA players. Uncover new moves for each player as you upgrade their experience.
  • Tournaments and Online Play. Play solo, with friends in local and online multiplayer, or against the world in online tournaments.
  • Lottery Pick System. The lottery pick system introduces a new twist to the game by rewarding great play with unique rewards.
  • Massive Roster of NBA Superstars. Current and retired ballers from all the official NBA teams will be available at launch. Hundreds more NBA superstars will be added post-launch.
  • Over-the-top Moves. Timing is key, whether you’re shooting 3-pointers, pulling off major dunks, showing off your finger-roll game, or defying analytics and winning with long 2-pointers.

NBA Playgrounds is rated E (Everyone) by the ESRB and PEGI 3+. For more information, visit www.nbaplaygrounds.game, like NBAPlaygrounds on Facebook, and follow @NBA_Playgrounds on Twitter.NBA Playgrounds is published by Mad Dog.

Nintendo’s HackerOne program extended to Switch, paying hackers.

Are you a hacker looking for vulnerabilities on the Nintendo Switch? Work with Nintendo and you could net some cold hard cash. Our friends over at NintendoEverything described it perfectly,

In December of last year, Nintendo announced that it teamed up with HackerOne in order to find security flaws and vulnerabilities concerning the 3DS. Anyone can submit a report detailing such flaws, and if Nintendo deems it significant enough, they will pay the person who submitted the report a bounty ranging from $100 to $20,000, depending on various factors.

Last month, Nintendo extended this deal to include Switch security flaws, specifically the following:

 

  • System vulnerabilities regarding Nintendo Switch
    • Privilege escalation from userland
    • Kernel takeover
    • ARM® TrustZone® takeover
  • Vulnerabilities regarding Nintendo-published applications for Nintendo Switch
    • Userland takeover

It seems like the program is working, since today Nintendo has rewarded three people with a bounty (the sum was not disclosed).

Seems Nintendo is serious about fighting piracy on the Switch, which only means good things.

A first look at Modern Sonic in Sonic Forces!

I’m a bit of a Sonic fan with the games shaping my childhood. We’ve seen a teaser of what is now known as Sonic Forces earlier last year, but now we finally get to see a bit of Modern Sonic’s gameplay. It looks about how we expected but still looks fun. Check out the footage below, and let us know what you expect from Sonic Forces! 18

Sonic blasts through a city under siege by Death Egg Robot sentinels in this first look at Sonic Forces. Coming this Holiday season to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC!

Five things I hate about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

With a game like Breath of the Wild, its hard to really criticize it. There’s so much content that it all just sort of makes this amazing package. That said, when I asked on Twitter & Facebook, you guys seemed to want this. So, without further rambling: Here are five things I hate about Breath of the Wild:

The grass is too nice and makes the game’s framerate drop!

While more of an inconvenience, there are small frame drops in certain areas of the game. All of our testing has shown that each time the frames drop, its in areas with a ton of tall grass.

 

 

The Lack of “Music”

This is actually sort of a system-wide issue. The Switch has very minimal music. While Zelda has music, and while present is amazing, gone are the looping tunes that really drill into your head like an earworm. There ARE music tracks however in towns and around stables, so I guess I can’t complain too much.

Rain, rain, go away.

Seriously. Never come back. At first, I loved the rain and weather system. Lightning storms are amazing and it breathes new life into Hyrule. Except for the fact of when it rains, it becomes much, much, much harder to climb. Just…just leave and never come back.

 

 

That one gyro ball puzzle.

If you’ve gotten to it, you know the one. That single puzzle broke my love for the game in that play session. It wasn’t the fact that it was badly done, the gyro controls just didn’t cooperate. For a series that has used motion controls in every title since the Wii launch, you’d think they’d have it down.

 

There’s just so much to do. There’s too much!

Everywhere you go, there’s something to do. So much to see, someone to talk to, a shrine to conquer. It’s a bit overwhelming. Sometimes a guy just wants to kill enemies and save Hyrule, you know? All of this adds to the experience, though.

 

All of these things add to a much bigger picture. One that I absolutely adore and can’t wait to continue to get lost in. I’m going to have to ask you to please continue to be patient for our Breath of the Wild review. I want to make sure that we truly get as in depth as we can!

No Pro Controller/JoyCon jokes here! 5 Pros and Cons of the Nintendo Switch!

The Nintendo Switch has now been out a full weekend and I think its fair to say I’ve spent a good amount of time with it. Well, enough to make an arbitrary list of my personal Pros and Cons of the system. These could change, of course, in the future. But enough introduction. Let’s get to the list:

Pros:

Portability is a dream.

There’s nothing quite like playing a game and being able to get up and take it with you. Every game I’ve played on the Switch looks absolutely fantastic on the screen, as well as feeling like an overall perfect way to play. Bringing a battery pack and going outside for a bit and just enjoying the air feels amazing. (If not cold, currently!)

 

 

Fantastic Indie line up.

There isn’t a ton to say about this. An absolutely huge amount of indie support is coming to the Switch, with most of it being exclusive or a timed exclusive. Shovel Knight, Flipping Death, SteamWorld Dig 2, Pocket Rumble, Stardew Valley, there’s always something for you.

 

HD Rumble

While a hard thing to explain, HD Rumble really breathes into the controls. The first time you notice it, it is a bit of a shock how amazing it gets you into the goods.

 

 

Screenshots / Meme Creator

Similar to the PS4’s Share button, the Nintendo Switch also allows you to snap a quick screenshot of the moment. The notification quickly vanishes and you can head into the gallery from the main menu. There you can add text and share via Facebook or Twitter. The editor is small, but its a ton of fun. Makes meme making easier than ever!

Couch Co-Op is back!

Possibly the best feature of the Switch is the fact that I can now take my system anywhere and instantly play with a friend for most games, no TV required. Having mobile Shovel Knight or FAST RMX co-op is amazing. I can totally see this being great in the future for making new friends.  Continue reading…

The Nintendo Switch is here! [Nintendo NYC Event Gallery]

March 3, 2017 12:00AM, That is the time the Nintendo Switch has been let loose into the yearning hands of every single Nintendo Fan. While some stood in line for a full 30 days at Nintendo NY, others dressed up as their favorite Nintendo character just to show their dedication to what they love. As the night/early morning continued everyone began opening their console for the first time. Some smelling the packaging the others tasting game cartridges. Remember kids don’t put game cartridges in your mouth. One thing they all have in common is the feeling of Christmas Eve. Therefore, the date and time of March 3, 2017 12:00AM has been called Switchmas by all.

You can find the full gallery below

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Fast RMX, Shovel Knight, and more make the Switch eShop Launch!

Competing with Zelda and 1-2-Switch! are some of Nintendo’s brightest Nindies: Shovel Knight and FAST RMX. In a PR statement today, Nintendo confirmed that both Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove (along with the new Specter of Torment campaign!) and Fast RMX will be launch titles for the Nintendo Switch. They also announced a Nindies showcase that will be releasing on the 28th. Along with this news, they also shared that the Virtual Console service will not be live at launch, with more info incoming. You can find the press release below the jump, and enjoy this off-screen footage for FAST RMX!

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Going back to the Roots with The Magic of the First “Legend of Zelda”

Game Maker’s Toolkit has brought an amazing video about series going back to what made them popular today on YouTube, and we had to share it.

In the description, it’s quoted:
The next Zelda game, Breath of the Wild, is said to be inspired by the very first game in the series. Let’s revisit that seminal game, to see how Nintendo made such an intoxicating adventure.

So what exactly makes Zelda 1 so amazing? And what is Nintendo doing to recapture that magic?

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild first Nintendo Switch title to receive DLC.

DLC and season passes aren’t a new thing to many gamers, with Nintendo finally embracing the system in the Wii U’s life.It isn’t a surprise that the Switch will see DLC and “Season Passes” or as Nintendo is calling them, a “Expansion Pass”. The first of these has been confirmed to be The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. You can hear all about it from Mr. Aonuma in the video below.

Starting when The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 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.

For the full press release including when we can expect this content, hit that read more! Click on to read the full PR…

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