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.

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Twitch to sell games, giving percentage of profits to streamers!

Twitch has been a great way for people to watch others play a game, and helping to decide if you should purchase it. Apparently Twitch and game publishers agreed! Starting “soon”, Twitch will allow opt-in for partnered streamers to sell copies of the game that they’re streaming.

 

You can find the entire Q&A below the cut, but the part I’m most curious about is this:

Q. If I’m a non partnered streamer, can viewers buy games from my channel page?

A. An offer to buy a game or in game content will appear on all streamer channel pages when a game is being played that is offered for sale by Twitch. Only partnered streamers will be eligible to earn revenue through this program.

So basically, if you’re not partnered with Twitch, prepare to make them money regardless!

You can read the rest of the Q&A below.  Click on to read the full PR…

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!

Click on to read the full PR…

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…

New Zelda: Breath of the Wild footage blows our mind.

The Game Awards has this weird way of always getting us excited. It might have something to do with there being Zelda footage the last two years. You can find the trailers below, along with some info from Nintendo:

The new trailer showcases the vast game world, and includes glimpses of a few new characters. The commentary video features Bill Trinen and Nate Bihldorff from the Nintendo Treehouse on a quest to find a mysterious shrine while encountering their fair share of new threats along the way.

Nintendo Switches things up!

REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 20, 2016 – In an introductory video released today (http://www.nintendo.com/switch), Nintendo provided the first glimpse of its new home gaming system and revealed that it is called Nintendo Switch. In addition to providing single and multiplayer thrills at home, the Nintendo Switch system also enables gamers to play the same title wherever, whenever and with whomever they choose. The mobility of a handheld is now added to the power of a home gaming system to enable unprecedented new video game play styles.

At home, Nintendo Switch rests in the Nintendo Switch Dock that connects the system to the TV and lets you play with family and friends in the comfort of your living room. By simply lifting Nintendo Switch from the dock, the system will instantly transition to portable mode, and the same great gaming experience that was being enjoyed at home now travels with you. The portability of Nintendo Switch is enhanced by its bright high-definition display. It brings the full home gaming system experience with you to the park, on an airplane, in a car, or to a friend’s apartment.

Gaming springs into action by removing detachable Joy-Con controllers from either side of Nintendo Switch. One player can use a Joy-Con controller in each hand; two players can each take one; or multiple Joy-Con can be employed by numerous people for a variety of gameplay options. They can easily click back into place or be slipped into a Joy-Con Grip accessory, mirroring a more traditional controller. Or, if preferred, the gamer can select an optional Nintendo Switch Pro Controller to use instead of the Joy-Con controllers. Furthermore, it is possible for numerous people to bring their Nintendo Switch systems together to enjoy local multiplayer face-to-face competition.

“Nintendo Switch allows gamers the freedom to play however they like,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO, Nintendo of America. “It gives game developers new abilities to bring their creative visions to life by opening up the concept of gaming without boundaries.”

Developers can design their games supporting a variety of play styles, which gives gamers the freedom to choose an experience that best suits them. Some of the publishers, developers and middleware partners announcing support for Nintendo Switch are as follows:
505 Games
Activision Publishing, Inc.
ARC SYSTEM WORKS Co., Ltd.
ATLUS CO., LTD.
Audiokinetic Inc.
Autodesk, Inc.
BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
Bethesda
CAPCOM CO., LTD.
Codemasters®
CRI Middleware Co., Ltd.
DeNA Co., Ltd.
Electronic Arts
Epic Games Inc.
Firelight Technologies
FromSoftware, Inc.
Frozenbyte
GameTrust
GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE INC.
Gungho Online Entertainment, Inc.
HAMSTER Corporation
Havok
INTI CREATES CO., LTD.
KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD.
Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
LEVEL-5 Inc.
Marvelous Inc.
Maximum Games, LLC
Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.
Parity Bit Inc.
PlatinumGames Inc.
RAD Game Tools, Inc.
RecoChoku Co., Ltd.
SEGA Games Co., Ltd.
Silicon Studio Corporation
Spike Chunsoft Co., Ltd.
SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.
Starbreeze Studios
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
Telltale Games
THQ Nordic
Tokyo RPG Factory Co., Ltd.
TT Games
UBISOFT
Ubitus Inc.
Unity Technologies, Inc.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Web Technology Corp

Today’s video incorporated short glimpses of representative gameplay to demonstrate the liberating nature of the Nintendo Switch home gaming system. Full game demonstrations, the list of launch window titles, as well as launch date, price, product configuration and related specifics, will be shown and announced prior to the March launch.

Miitomo is great, but these 7 Tricks would perfect it!

It’s safe to say that Miitomo has taken social media by storm. Everywhere I look, people are posting Miifotos, talking about it, answering questions and telling their friends. And it’s totally obvious why! Miitomo is the perfect simple Social Network. Learn more about your friends in a silly, not entirely-awkward way! But…it COULD be better. There’s a few small kinks that I have, but I think I’ve come up with a few work around.

WHY CAN’T WE BE FRIENDS?!

Bringing all my friends from Facebook and Twitter is fantastic, and I love seeing a new friend request pop up. And seeing friends of friends pop up is great too! However… I’ve noticed that it’s somewhat difficult to find my Facebook and Twitter friends in the suggested friends. There’s a few work-arounds for this, such as separating the suggested into “Facebook” “Twitter” and “You May Know” categories. Another option would maybe be a “Not Now” button on the suggested friends list. This would do something like dismiss the mutual friend notification for a while, but not completely ignore it.

Friends should be Friendly! I give gifts to my friends! 
After playing Miitomo Drop, I’ve got SO many cat sweaters and skirts. Now, I’m a dashing gentleman. But I can’t really pull off a skirt. So why can’t I give my friends any duplicates or items that I don’t want? A simple gifting option or even a trading option would make having extras or items you don’t want a lot more tolerable, perhaps making it impossible to trade or gift an item if they already have that item.

THERE’S TOO MUCH! MAKE IT STOP!

I, like many others, set up push notifications when I set up Miitomo. This has led to basically non-stop notifications. A way to set up that you only receive notifications from certain friends to limit the amount of notifications. Perhaps with a “Best Friends” feature. If you and another friend both select to be “Best Friends” then perhaps that unlocks the ability to send gifts, select to receive notifications from them, and possibly other features.

JUST LET ME TALK TO MY FRIENDS! 

Such as…a Direct Messaging system. With Miitomo truly feeling like a social networking platform, perhaps now would be the best time to bring something like Swapnote back? Perhaps only with Twitter and Facebook-matched friends, the risk of strangers is a bit lessened. Bring back Nikki, bring back SwapNote, and introduce a proper messaging system.

This game seems to have a lack of..games. 

Though Miitomo Drop is a ton of fun, it gets a bit old after a bit. Introducing a few new small new minigames would be a great introduction. Perhaps bring the Badge Catcher from Badge Arcade, a pinball style game, or maybe even a simple multiplayer game. What would these different games get you? Well…

CUSTOMIZE MII CAPTAIN!

Miitomo has a ton of customization options, and is all about showing your personality and style to the world. What if you could add a customized room to that? Maybe the games above could nab you sweet things like wallpapers, carpets, furniture sets, or even potentially special themed music. It would make visiting friends into an even more unique experience.

I just can’t stop dying! 

One of the biggest complaints I have with Miitomo is that my battery won’t stop dying! While I am using the app a bit more than normal, I’ve heard similar from multiple other users that the battery just can’t last while Miitomo is running, even while in the background. While there is a Power Saver mode, it does cut performance pretty hard. A bit more optimization might not be the worst thing to happen to Miitomo.

While all of these are just my personal wish list I honestly feel like they’d make Miitomo a more complete game. What features would YOU like to see in Miitomo?

Shovel Knight Gets His Own amiibo! First Indie Game with amiibo Compatibility!

I literally can’t contain my excitement. I’ll just let the PR do the talking.

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– During a presentation at Nintendo’s [email protected] event at EMP Museum in Seattle, Nintendo made several announcements about the future of independent games on the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems. These announcements included the reveal of a Shovel Knight amiibo figure from Yacht Club Games that unlocks exclusive features for the hit game on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, making it the first indie game to support amiibo technology. Other reveals at the event include the upcoming launch of Kerbal Space Program for Wii U early next year with exclusive features and functionality, first-look Wii U debuts for Hive Jump and FAST Racing Neo multiplayer game play, along with exciting details concerning each of these anticipated Nindies. Click on to read the full PR…

Nintendo Packs 2015 with a Huge Lineup of Games for Everyone

Holy…ho boy. So Nintendo has finally announced when everything they’ve announced is coming out, and let me just say: I hope you have two jobs. Let’s just get started.

 

Roadmap

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Ensuring that 2015 is packed with gaming fun for everyone, Nintendo announces a robust lineup of games and special offers for the remainder of the year. The Wii U home console and the Nintendo 3DS family of portable systems will showcase a huge number of games, most of which are exclusive to those platforms.

“Nintendo has games, amiibo and systems to satisfy all kinds of players, whether they’re looking for back-to-school gifts or getting an early start on their holiday shopping,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “No one can match the quality or uniqueness of what Nintendo has to offer for the rest of 2015.” Click on to read the full PR…

Super Mario Maker Overview Trailer & Amiibo Support Details!

Today Nintendo has shared a new update about Super Mario Maker, with some awesome new features!

  • New sound effects and music block customization – You can create your own sound effects in Super Mario Maker, with some sounds even generating fun visuals! And by shaking a classic Note Block during level creation, it becomes a Music Block. When something activates one of these Music Blocks, it will play a note based on its height, allowing players to arrange songs of all types.
  • Ease into creation – Start creating with a set number of tools to help you learn, then watch the number of tools at your disposal expand more and more every day you play!
  • Compatible with more than 50 amiibo – Many amiibo are compatible with Super Mario Maker, including classic figures like Link, Wii Fit Trainer and Kirby. With the special 30th Anniversary Mario amiibo, you can take on mustachioed enemies in levels using Big Mario!

We can’t WAIT to play Super Mario Maker, and perhaps even run a contest or giveaway to go alongside the title!

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