Nintendo Officially Announces Game Trials Program for US Switch Owners

Last week, Nintendo announced a program is called ‘Game Trials’ for Nintendo Switch Online Subscribers in the EU and Japan. I was left wondering, “What the fucking fuck about the US?”

Apparently I’m the asshole becasue Nintendo of America announced on Twitter that this is coming to the U.S as well and I missed it.

Get you’re tennis shoes ready and prepare for some serious volleys against Luigi. I hear he’s a real asshole.

[Source: Twitter]

The Nintendo Switch Lite Is and Actual Thing—Launches September 20

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All the rumors turned out to be true. One of the worst kept secrets of the past few months will be launching September 20—the Nintendo Switch Lite.

The Switch Lite will launch with three color variations: yellow, gray, and turquoise and will be priced at $299, a $100 cheaper than a standard Switch. Nintendo is positioning the Switch Lite as a console for those who want to play on the go, a more portable Switch, if you will.

Of course, the Switch Lite is slightly smaller than a standard Switch, and it has an old school D-Pad instead of buttons, but it will sport a longer battery life.

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Also, the Switch Lite will not have detachable Joy-Cons, a kickstand, and won’t support any TV mode, validating previous rumors. This is a true and handheld console folks.

So, is this the end of the 3DS? According to Nintendo’s Doug Bowser, nope.

“We’ll continue to support our 3DS family of systems as long as there is demand…”

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I wouldn’t hold my breadth though. The 3DS had a good had a good run, but it’s days are officially numbered.

[Source: Nintendo]

Suck at NES Games on the Nintendo Switch? You Can Now Rewind and Die Over and Over Again in Your Own Sisyphean Nightmare

I’m a big fan of the Nintendo Switch. Check that, I have an irrational love for this little console. What’s not to love about the Switch? It plays Nintendo games and handles modern ports surprisingly well.

I like the Switch so much I bought Mortal Kombat 11, so that I can play it when I’m out and about, even though I have also purchased the far superior version on the Xbox One X. I also own a version of Doom for both the Switch and the Xbox One X. This makes me a completely irrational person.

Another thing that makes the Switch so enjoyable is the library of classic NES games available to Switch Online subscribers. I love playing these games even though I am now horrible at them. At least Nintendo is giving me the option to rewind after I fuck up so that I can try again.

Also, Nintendo has announced two new additions for July, just in time to take advantage of the new rewind feature.

I’m going to need this rewind feature now more than ever. My gut is telling me that I’m not going to be very good at these games anymore either.

[Source: Business Wire]

A New Nintendo Direct is Coming

A new Nintendo Direct is set for tomorrow.

From Nintendo UK’s Official Blog:

Nintendo Direct is coming soon! Join us for a global presentation on upcoming Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS games, including new details on Mario Tennis Aces.

Check back here on Thursday March 8th at 10 p.m. (UK time) to watch the broadcast live!

 

[Source: Nintendo]

The Nintendo Switch Online Service has a Launch Date

The Nintendo Switch online service, which was originally supposed to launch in 2017 now has an official launch target of September 2018

The premium monthly subscription service, will cost $4 per month, $8 for a three-month subscription, or $20 for a year. Currently, playing online is free, but after September, logging in to play Splatoon 2 competitively will become a premium feature.

Of, course, Nintendo is sweetening the pot. Switch Online subscribers will also get access to a classic Nintendo library of games with additional online features and can play a free classic game of Nintendo’s choosing every month.

Things Are Going Very Well for Nintendo According to Latest Earnings Report

To say that the Nintendo Switch is a success would be a huge understatement. I will say it anyway, things are going very well for Nintendo and the Switch is the main reason.

According to Nintendo’s latest earnings statement, they have beaten their initial earning forecast of 407.86 billion yen and actually hit 482.97 billion yen ($4.44 billion) for the last three months ending last December 2017.

Demand for the Switch is also so high that Nintendo has increased sales projections from 14 million to 15 million units. The cherry on top of all of this is that Nintendo’s operating profit also jumped 261% year-on-year, according to a report from CNBC.

Below is a statement from Nintendo highlighting the success of the past nine months.

“For the nine months ended December 31, 2017, the Nintendo Switch hardware sold well following the launch and sales volume rose substantially during the holiday season. For the Nintendo Switch software, Super Mario Odyssey was released in October and has been a big hit, with global sales reaching 9.07 million units. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, released in April, has sold 7.33 million units, and Splatoon 2, released in July, has sold 4.91 million units, bringing to 8 the total number of million-seller titles for this fiscal year including the titles of other software publishers. The result is that hardware sales during this period totaled 12.13 million units, and software sales volume totaled 47.10 million units.

Nintendo 3DS hardware sales did not weaken after the launch of Nintendo Switch. In fact, sales grew during the holiday season in the US. Sales volume was firm in other regions as well, with the total reaching 5.86 million units (9% decrease on a year-on-year basis). For the Nintendo 3DS software, sales of Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon, released in November, have grown to 7.17 million units, but overall software sales declined to 31.25 million units (33% decrease on a year-on-year basis).

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition, launched globally during September and October, proved to be a hit. We also expanded our amiibo lineup with new amiibo released simultaneously with software titles, pushing sales to approximately 9.30 million units for figure-type and approximately 5.00 million units for card-type.

In our download business, brisk download sales for Nintendo Switch helped push total download sales up to 43.1 billion yen (87% increase on a year-on-year basis).

In our smart-device business, consumers not only continued to enjoy Super Mario Run and Fire Emblem Heroes, which became available for download during the previous fiscal year, but also had fun with Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, released globally during October and November. Smart devices and IP related income were up to 29.1 billion yen (172% increase on a year-on-year basis).”

Seems like Nintendo has found themselves currently in a position where they can do no wrong.

 

Nintendo Switch Internal Components Revealed

It looks like it didn’t take long for a Nintendo Switch teardown to make it on the web. Via Chinese site tieba.baidu.com, we have a first glimpse of the Switch’s guts.

I’m not going to pretend that I know exactly what any of these components actually do, but the general consensus online is that this teardown proves that the technology used in the Nintendo Switch is a Maxwell based GPU and not the newer ‘Pascal’ variant from NVIDIA.

Early Nintendo Switch Sent to “Lucky Guy” May Have Been Stolen

So, that “lucky guy” who got a Nintendo Switch early and posted video online–looks like that console may have been stolen.

In a statement to IGN, Nintendo provided some information on exactly how a small number of Nintendo Switch consoles made it into the wild early.

“Earlier this week, individuals claimed to prematurely purchase a small number of Nintendo Switch systems from an unspecified retailer. Nintendo has determined these units were stolen in an isolated incident by employees of a U.S. distributor, with one system being illegally resold. The individuals involved have been identified, terminated from their place of employment and are under investigation by local law enforcement authorities on criminal charges.

Nintendo Switch will launch worldwide on March 3, 2017, and we look forward to everyone being able to discover the wonders of the new system for themselves at that time.”

Meantime, Neogaf user “hiphoptherobot,” who obtained the early Switch has sent it back to Nintendo according to Kotaku.

“I understand why they want it back and it sounds like that Switch might have been obtained in not the legalist of ways before I received it so them wanting it back is within their rights…” 

So we got some intrigue before the launch of the Nintendo Switch, which releases March 3, 2017.

We Kind Of Know How Much the Nintendo Switch’s Online Service Costs

One of the things still floating around out there regarding the Nintendo Switch is its paid online service. Today we got some clarity.

We already knew that Nintendo was going to be doing a free monthly game promotion, like Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus. However, unlike Microsoft’s and Sony’s monthly free game offering, which you get to keep, Nintendo snatches it back into it’s cold, greedy, hands. So think of it more as a free loan. People weren’t so happy about that, but whatever, this is Nintendo and they do what they want.

Nintendo has, until recently, been mum on the price for their online service. Both Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus cost $59.99 per year, which is not outrageous. However, the Nintendo Switch offering is  going to be cheaper, according to a Nikkei report.

The upgrades will likely apply to multiplayer online gaming and the library of downloadable classic games, and carry an annual fee of 2,000 yen to 3,000 yen ($17.60 to $26.40). 

Enhanced  online services is something new for Nintendo, but it’s something that gamers have come to expect. Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima was quoted by the Nikkei that “With paid [services], we will be able to fully commit to customers.”

I’m very intrigued to see how well Nintendo pulls this off. If anything, it’s a bargain compared to Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus, but Nintendo’s previous forays online haven’t been the most inspiring experiences.