May 13

Final Nintendo Badge Arcade Update Coming to Japan on May 26

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Nintendo plans to end support for the Japanese version of Nintendo Badge Arcade beginning May 26.

The free-to-play crane game gave 3DS owners the chance to win badges to decorate the system’s Home menu. It will continue to be available to 3DS users and the selection of badge machines will continue to cycle periodically, but new badges will no longer be added.

Nintendo’s American and European branches have not said whether support will be ending in their respective regions.

Source: @Nintendo [via Siliconera]

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May 12

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Coming to Switch This Summer

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After launching on several platforms late last year, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero will make its way to the Switch this summer, complete with HD rumble support.

The team at WayForward is currently looking into the possibilities of a physical release, but cannot confirm anything at this time. The developers plan to share more details at a later date.

Source: @WayForward

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May 11

eShop Thursday: “Are You Okay?” Edition

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BUSTA WOOOOFF!

So, the ACA version of Garou: Mark of the Wolves drops onto the Switch this week, bringing with it Terry Bogard’s best voice clip.

Unfortunately, it is likely to get overshadowed by behemoth that is Minecraft, as the Switch edition makes its way to the eShop today.

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May 10

RiME Publisher Adjusts Game Price for the Switch eShop Release

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Aware of the complaints regarding the price of the Switch version of Tequila Works’ adventure puzzle game RiME, the publisher Grey Box announced today that they are dropping the price of the eShop version from $39.99 to $29.99, making it equal to the price set on other platforms.

In order to avoid selling at a loss, the retail release will remain $39.99. To make up for the increased cost, all physical copies will include a download code for the game’s complete soundtrack, which is expected to be priced at $10 when it goes on sale separately.

RiME launches on PS4, Xbox One and Windows on May 26, with the Switch release coming at a later date.

Source: Greybox.com

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May 9

Storing Credit Card Information Now Possible in the Switch eShop

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The Switch’s eShop is not as feature-rich as the ones on the 3DS or Wii U, but Nintendo is working on establishing parity.

In the latest update to the digital storefront, the company added the ability to save credit card information. Previously, users would have to manually enter their information every time they wanted to make a purchase.

The Switch eShop lacks two-factor authentication like the PlayStation and Xbox stores, but it does offer some protection in the form of a personal password.

Source: Nintendo Everything

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May 8

Splatoon 2 Halves the Time for Map Rotations

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Just like its predecessor, Splatoon 2 will only offer two maps at a time during online play when it launches this July. However, where the first game would rotate in new stages every four hours, the sequel will do it every two hours.

While speaking with EDGE magazine, the game’s producer Hisashi Nogami explained the decision to cut the rotation time in half.

“We feel that part of the gameplay is actually selecting which weapons would be best for that combination of two maps,” Nogami said. “In Splatoon 2, the maps rotate every two hours, so it’ll be a much faster cycle than the previous game.”

Source: NeoGAF

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May 7

This Week in Games: “Come Back Next Week” Edition

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As mentioned last week, there is not a lot going on in terms of retail releases in the first half of May.

However, things will pick up beginning next week, when Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia launches on the 3DS.

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May 6

Thumper Coming to Switch this May

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After releasing to critical acclaim on PlayStation 4 and Steam, the “rhythm violence” game Thumper will make its way to the Nintendo Switch on May 18.

While it will obviously not feature VR support like the previous releases, the developers confirmed that the Switch version will include support for HD Rumble, run at 60 frames-per-second at 720p in handheld mode and run at 60 fps in 1080p while docked.

Source: GoNintendo

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May 5

Nintendo PlayStation Prototype CD Functionality Restored

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In the latest video in his series on the Nintendo PlayStation prototype, modder Benjamin Heckendorn announced he was able to restore functionality to the system’s CD drive.

Heckendorn was able to successfully test the prototype with some music CDs. He also tried running some homebrew programs, but while they were able to boot, they did not run as intended.

As for how he was able to repair the system, Heckendorn said he did not know. He just jiggled some cables around and the drive just started working.

With the system in working order, Heckendorn plans to return it to it’s owners Dan and Terry Diebold.

Source: NeoGAF

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May 4

eShop Thursday: “Legally-Distinct NBA Jam” Edition

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NBA Playgrounds comes out this Tuesday. Saber Interactive’s arcade-y two-on-two basketball game definitely draws a lot of inspiration from the classic NBA Jam series, but there’s no telling whether it will play as well.

Other releases of note this week, Bonk’s Revenge is now available on the Wii U Virtual Console and there is a demo for Blaster Master Zero on the Switch and 3DS.

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