eShop Thursday: “Better Than Golden Tee” Edition

March 23rd, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized

The Switch gets the arcade classic Neo Turf Masters this week, or as Nintendo puts it on the game’s details page: “The ultimate golf game! Meet glory in all the greatest courses around the world, and clear the Grand Slam!”

Mario Sports Superstars comes out in the 3DS eShop tomorrow, while Has-Been Heroes, the latest from the developers of Trine, makes its way to the Switch on Tuesday.

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Nintendo States “Manufacturing Variation” as Cause for Joy-Con Connectivity Problems

March 22nd, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized

After gathering data regarding reports about the Switch’s Joy-Con connectivity issues, Nintendo of America released an official statement today denying design issues with the system’s controllers. However, the company did discover a “manufacturing variation” which resulted in wireless interference in left Joy-Cons. This issue has been addressed and should no longer be a problem in future units.

There is no massive recall planned for problematic Joy-Cons, but individuals can contact Nintendo Customer Support to determine if their controllers need to be sent in for repairs.

“There is no design issue with the Joy-Con controllers, and no widespread proactive repair or replacement effort is underway. A manufacturing variation has resulted in wireless interference with a small number of the left Joy-Con. Moving forward this will not be an issue, as the manufacturing variation has been addressed and corrected at the factory level.

“We have determined a simple fix can be made to any affected Joy-Con to improve connectivity.

“There are other reasons consumers may be experiencing wireless interference. We are asking consumers to contact our customer support team so we can help them determine if a repair is necessary. If it is, consumers can send their controller directly to Nintendo for the adjustment, free of charge, with an anticipated quick return of less than a week. Repair timing may vary by region.  For help with any hardware or software questions, please visit http://support.nintendo.com.”

Source: IGN

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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Studio Shifting Development from Wii U to Switch

March 21st, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night project lead Koji Igarashi confirmed to the game’s Kickstarter backers that the developers are stopping development of the Wii U version to focus on bringing the game to the Switch.

Backers affected by the cancellation will automatically have their pledged copies exchanged for the Switch version. However, they can also request to get a PC, PS4, Xbox One or Vita version instead. A full refund is also available, but backers need to meet the following qualifications:

  • You filled out your backer survey and selected the Wii U version prior to this update
  • You backed at an unlimited tier ($28 to $500)
  • You are able to receive a refund via PayPal
  • You submit your refund request before the April 20, 2017 deadline

Bloodstained is slated to launch in 2018.

Source: Kickstarter

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This Week in Games: “Still Waiting on A Strikers Sequel” Edition

March 19th, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized

Mario Sports Superstars comes out on the 3DS this Friday.

Taking a page from Mario Sports Mix for the Wii, Superstars brings together five different sports in one package: Golf, Baseball, Tennis, Soccer and Horse Racing.

The Mario Sports Superstars amiibo card series also launches this Friday. Tapping one of these cards into the game lets players recruit powered-up versions of characters.

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Nintendo Reportedly Doubling Production of Switch Units for the Next Fiscal Year

March 18th, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized

The Wall Street Journals reports that Nintendo plans to bump up their initial Switch production plans from 8 million units to 16 million units for the next fiscal year, which starts April 1.

Nintendo has not officially announced an increase in production, but sources briefed on the plan told the Wall Street Journal that the decision was made in response to strong demand. It is a sentiment that would line up with comments made by Nintendo earlier this month, when the company boasted that the Switch’s launch weekend was the company’s most successful hardware launch ever in the Americas and Europe, beating out even the Wii.

Source: @mochi_wsj, Polygon, Eurogamer

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Super Bomberman R Patch 1.2 Is Out

March 16th, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized

The patch designed to address control issues in Super Bomberman R is now live. Switch owners can access the update by pressing the + or – buttons while highlighting the game on the Home menu, then choosing the “Software Update” option.

Konami also posted the official update notes on the game’s website:

You can now select the Room Type when you create a room to host an Online Free Battle.
By choosing “Room Number”, only players who know the room number can join.

Adjustments have been made to improve the controls.
– Adjustments have been made to reduce the input latency.
– Controls are now more precise to reduce the unintentional direction changes.
– Character speed has been adjusted so players can make quicker and more agile moves
– The characters are now behaving more naturally when in front of a pillar or a block.
– Making a turn while running along a block or a pillar is now easier.
– A kicked bomb can be stopped more precisely.

Control parameters have been improved in order to reduce the lag when playing online.
– Fixed a bug that made the game ignore some button inputs when packet loss occurs.
– The lag felt when planting a bomb has been reduced
– Sudden direction changes are easier to make.

Fixed minor bugs

To further reduce the chances of poor controller performance, Konami recommends not playing with a Joy-Con in each hand, and instead playing with a single, horizontal Joy-Con, a Switch Pro Controller or with the Joy-Cons connected in handheld mode.

Source: Super Bomberman R Official Site

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Blaster Master Zero Update Adds Pro Controller Support

March 15th, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized

Blaster Master Zero launched in the Switch eShop last week without support for the system’s Pro Controller. While it can be seen as a peculiar omission, the developers at Inti Creates quickly remedied it with the latest patch, which went live today.

The game is available on the Switch and 3DS for $9.99 each.

Source: @BlasterMasterZ

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Splatoon 2 Global Testfire Demo Pre-Load Now Available in the Switch eShop

March 14th, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized

Switch owners will have a chance to try Splatoon 2 early during the Splatoon 2 Global Testfire event, and they can download the demo right now in the eShop. However, since the event has not actually started, players will only be able to view the title screen.

The demo will go live during the following times beginning next Friday, March 24. All times in Pacific.

  • March 24
    • 12 p.m. – 12:59 p.m.
    • 8 p.m. – 8:59 p.m.
  • March 25
    • 4:00 a.m. – 4:59 a.m.
    • 12:00 p.m. – 12:59 p.m.
    • 8:00 p.m. – 8:59 p.m.
  • March 26
    • 4:00 a.m. – 4:59 a.m.

Splatoon 2 will launch on the Switch this summer.

Source: @NintendoAmerica

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild “Making of” Miniseries Premieres Tomorrow

March 13th, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized

A three-part miniseries taking a look at the development of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is set to premiere at 6 a.m. tomorrow, March 14. The teaser trailer put out by Nintendo suggests there will be segments on the creation of the game’s score, along with interviews with members of the development team.

On a related note, Nintendo’s Game Developers Conference panel “Change and Constant: Breaking Conventions with Breath of the Wild” is now available to watch in its entirety on YouTube. Clips from the presentation popped up earlier this month when it was revealed that the developers created at 2D prototype to test Breath of the Wild‘s mechanics.

Source: @NintendoAmerica

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This Week in Games: “Blood, Poop and Tears” Edition

March 12th, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized

The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ for the Switch is the only release this week. It comes out this Friday.

All launch edition copies of the game come with some stickers, reversible cover art and a 20-page instruction booklet. The bonuses will not be included in future print runs.

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