New Nintendo 2DS XL.

Having outlived the traditional 5 year lifespan afforded most game systems, the 3DS has earned itself yet another face lift, this time in the from of the New Nintendo 2DS XL.
Coming in a black/turquoise or white/orange colour finish, the New Nintendo 2DS XL system is, in a nutshell a New Nintendo 3DS XL system minus the 3D feature and around $50. If you’ve yet to invest in a console with well over 500 games to its name & some real classics perhaps the newest member of the DS family will be worth a look.

NES Classic Is History.

The NES reveal is over, Nintendo’s mini NES is no more. Yes despite being adored by fans, largely praised by critics and most importantly of all sold out for the duration of its lifespan, Nintendo have decided to cease manufacture of both the NES Classic Edition and it’s Wii/Wii U compatible classic controller.
Nintendo issued a short statement apologizing to fans who have found the console hard to find since its release last year, however the actual reasoning behind the demise of the NES Classic was notably absent from the statement leaving gamers to speculate, could Nintendo be putting an end to the NES Classic so to add value to the Switch’s inevitable Virtual Console & or the “free” monthly NES/SNES games that will come with the Switch’s monthly subscription? We’ll probably never know for sure but what we do know is April is the last NES Classic shipment and the last chance to get one at a fair price.

Home or Handheld?

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One of the biggest debates circling the Nintendo Switch currently is what Nintendo’s hybrid console actually means for the future of the 3DS or it’s successor? This week we got an indication as to the direction Nintendo may end up heading with both President Tatsumi Kimishima & Legend of Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma commenting that the Switch doesn’t mean “the concept of a dedicated handheld will just disappear” but it could become a “first” games console for children.
Neither message (which you can read in full below) is likely to satisfy DS fans or settle their fears, in fact their tone is likely to do the opposite. Time will tell, it did for the GameBoy.

“There’s an element of that, but it doesn’t automatically mean things will happen more quickly or more easily. Plus, Nintendo 3DS still has plenty of titles in development. The concept of the Switch is that you have a home console that you can take with you on the go, and in that respect it is both home console and handheld, but it doesn’t mean for us that the concept of a dedicated handheld will just disappear.” Eiji Aonuma.
“I believe that for the time being, the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch can co-exist together. Compared to the Nintendo 3DS, the Nintnedo Switch is different in shape, size, and price, and the variety and quantity of games that are currently playable now are different between the two. With those differences in mind, I believe that a Nintendo 3DS would work well for parents that are looking into getting their children their first games. Therefore, as a portable gaming device, I believe the Nintendo 3DS has a different demand and market than the Nintendo Switch, and as we’ve gone about with portable consoles until now, we will continue considering a successor.” Tatsumi Kimishima.

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Pay to Play the Nintendo way.

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Nintendo more than shocked a number of gamers when they revealed that gaming online with the Switch will come at a cost & while that cost remains undisclosed, what you’ll get for your money has been outlined & it doesn’t seem like a lot. So for your money you’ll of course get online access to the likes of Mario Kart 8 & Splatoon 2 in addition to Nintendo’s voice chat app & a virtual console game a month. Much like a PSN or XBox Gold subscription, access to these games, rental games and additional discounts will expire should you decide not to renew your subscription, if any of that convinces you to take one out in the first place.

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Fire Emblem.

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The Fire Emblem franchise is now firmly one of Nintendo’s big hitters, so unsurprisingly the Mario Factory have dedicated a Direct event to the franchise revealing three new Emblem titles for the 3DS, mobile devices and the Switch. Of the three titles announced Fire Emblem Heroes received the most attention unsurprisingly as it’s the first time the series will make an appearance on Android and IOS devices offering players the chance to take on a number of missions with a wealth of characters from the series’ past, a past Intelligent Systems will be looking towards for Fire Emblem Echoes Shadows of Valentia, a remake of the NES’s 1982 Fire Emblem Gaiden coming to the 3DS this May. When & what form the forthcoming Switch Emblem will take however remains something Nintendo weren’t willing to reveal just yet however this direct made one thing very clear, the Fire Emblem franchise is a very important one to Nintendo these days.

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Switch.

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Last week after what felt like a lifetime of waiting Nintendo finally lifted the curtain on their newest console, the Nintendo Switch. I’m sure by now you’ve seen or at least read the event highlights as everyone seemed to have an opinion on the unveiling, hell I too would have like to offer my immediate thoughts on the event but real life got in the way. That said however perhaps such was for the best, now having had time to digest what Nintendo served up a more measured response can be issued so here goes.
I’m not going to rehash the whole event again here, as I said I’m sure you’ve seen or read about it elsewhere already but what I will say is how struck I was with how clearly this presentation demonstrated Nintendo’s gear change, marketing wise from the Wii U to the Switch. It reminded me very much of the Wii era Nintendo, as did the likes of 1-2-Switch & to a lesser extent, Arms. Thankfully however my nerves were eased with the impressive wave of titles that came after, Fire Emblem Warriors, Project Octopath Traveler, Shin Megami Tensei, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and of course Super Mario Odyssey which looks amazing. Heck even Bomberman made a surprise comeback after the show with Super Bomberman R making the Switch software line for the year ahead one to be excited about, sadly the same cannot be said for the console’s price, Nintendo’s decision to charge for online usage, the system’s shocking battery life or the limited number of titles available.
By the end of the event and more than a week on the Switch’s issues are clear for all to see but very difficult for Nintendo to resolve at this point, posing the question, will the Switch really be worth investing in? Well I certainty think so & as such will be pre-ordering mine next week however I’m doing so with realistic expectation, I’m buying the Switch for Nintendo games & oddities like Super Bomberman R, if games like that are enough for you then so should you.

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Good Switch?

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The Nintendo Switch is drowning in a sea of rumours at the moment and the latest of these revolves around Ubisoft’s long awaited Beyond Good and Evil sequel and it goes a little something like this.
Jade and Double H’s next adventure is now not only heading to the Nintendo Switch but its heading there exclusively for a whole year and will be showcased at Nintendo’s big Switch event next week. Now of course this is a rumour and should be taken with a pitch of salt but given that Ubisoft have already pledged to strongly support Nintendo’s next console as well as Beyond Good and Evil 2 being in the works, this might indeed be one of those rumour that turns out true.

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Everyone Loves The Switch?

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With Nintendo’s next home console getting closer and closer everyday, publishers everywhere are beginning to come out and endorse the potential of the Switch with both EA’s Chief Competition Officer Peter Moore and Take-Two’s president Karl Slatoff stating that they were both very “optimistic” in regards to the Switch and while Karl Slatoff wasn’t optimistic enough to confirm support for the console Mr Moore on the other hand reiterated that a major EA title is on its way.
In other Switch news Developers ConcernedApe have revealed that Stardew Valley, the Harvest Moon inspired farming simulation will no longer be appearing on the Wii U but will now make its way to the Switch.

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Pokémon Switch.

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From the moment Nintendo announced the Switch rumours have been rampant in regards to what games we’ll see on the system, ports in particular, and while many of these rumours appeared to fade just about as quickly as they appear, one is picking up steam and it goes like this. Game Freak are hard at work on bringing both Pokémon Sun & Moon to Nintendo’s next console, along with the inevitable third version apparently dubbed “Stars”. By way of proof, Eurogamer who are championing the rumour point to the 1:48 second mark in this video which they claim clearly shows a HD model for a Pikipek. I’ll let you decide for yourself. Pokémon Sun & Moon are both out now on the 3DS, meanwhile the the Nintendo Switch will launched early next year.

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Nintendo Switch.

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After what feels like forever Nintendo have finally decided to give the world a look at their next console, the Nintendo Switch. Much as the rumours had suggested the Nintendo Switch will indeed look to be both handheld and home console, allowing players to take their tablet inspired machine with them wherever they go or connect it directly to a big screen for a more traditional home console experience. The distinctly trendy trailer which revealed the Switch also revealed the console will opt for DS style carts instead of disks and feature a detachable controller reminiscent of the Wii’s nunchuk and that Splatoon, Mario Kart and more unexpectedly Skyrim are all to head to the new console, in fact a “sample” list of developers backing Nintendo’s latest endeavour can be found below.
Sadly more juicy details like pricing or system specifications were frustratingly absent from the reveal, however at least we now know for sure which direction Nintendo are heading in with the Switch and everything else will become clear in time.

Nintendo Switch Developers.
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.

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