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Much has been made of Rime’s price on Switch. Unfortunately, you’ll have to pay $10 / £10 extra for the game on Nintendo’s console in comparison to other versions of the game.

So what’s going on here? Well, Eurogamer reports that it comes down to how “the cost of manufacturing a Nintendo Switch game is higher than the cost of making a PS4, PC or Xbox One game, because the cartridges the Switch uses cost more to make than Blu-ray discs.”

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a must-have game on Switch. If there’s one thing to criticize though, it’d be the game’s technical performance. Specifically, Breath of the Wild sometimes experiences frame rate drops. Some players have even experienced the screen freezing for a second or two.

Zelda isn’t actually the only game with frame rate issues. FAST RMX and I Am Setsuna both have problems with resolution drops and frame rate fluctuations respectively. However, an anonymous third-party developer has told Nintendo Life that the situation is resulting from a known issue with Switch’s Wi-Fi connection which places additional load on the processor.

One of the site’s readers, JunkRabbit, also provides the following explanation:

The Wall Street Journal reports that Amperex, otherwise known as ATL, is providing the battery for Switch. That’s the same company behind the replacement batteries that powered the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

Switch has a non-removable battery, though Nintendo will replace it for a fee. Battery length is estimated to be 2.5 to 6.5 hours.

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Switch is about two and a half weeks away. To prepare for launch, retailers are starting to get their plans together. Best Buy is one such store in the U.S. readying for Switch’s release.

Based on information posted to the Switch section of Reddit which was verified by the moderation team, 682 Best Buy locations will have a midnight launch. Tickets will be handed out before the clock strikes 12, though store managers will decide on the specific timeline.

For those who didn’t pre-order, tickets will be printed for systems that were not reserved. Consumers will be given a ticket at least one hour before the store opening for locations not doing the midnight launch. As for quantities, we don’t have any numbers unfortunately, but systems are expected to be available.

As one final note, all accessories are street dated in Best Buy’s system. You won’t be able to purchase any of them until March 3.


Update: Added in details about Nintendo’s expanded online network and library called Network Extension (NEX).

Original: Earlier today, a new thread popped up in the Switch section of Reddit with very interesting information and images about Nintendo’s new hardware. Someone seemingly managed to get a hold of several files, in-development images, and new shots of Switch (when it was known as NX) revealing additional information about the system, including specs. While some of the content might be outdated, there’s no question that a good deal here is still relevant and applies to Switch’s retail version.

There are three files online at the moment. We have an NX overview, system features guide, and SDev Kit quick start document.

Reddit user dreamsomebody compiled the following information based on what’s surfaced:

A list is making the rounds of a few hundred Nintendo Network IDs that have supposedly been hacked. In total, roughly 440 users seem to be affected.

You can see if your name is listed in the document here. Obviously, if your Nintendo Network ID is there, you should change your password immediately.


Update: This may unfortunately just be an error on Nintendo’s website. As one example, the Ultra Street Fighter II page has “Pokemon Moon with Lunala Figure for Nintendo Switch”, which linked to a 3DS pic.

Original: Nintendo is holding a Fire Emblem based Nintendo Direct this week, but one bit of news from it might have dropped early. NeoGAF user Mr. Pointy found evidence that a version of Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation may be making its way to the Switch. Searching through the source code for the Fire Emblem Warriors page from Nintendo’s website reveals a hidden image/link for “Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation for nintendo switch”. There is no listing for either Birthright or Conquest, but that doesn’t rule them out. Hopefully this shows up in this week’s Direct!

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild may have dual audio voices. After speaking with a French Nintendo representative, one person was told that all copies will provide the option to use Japanese voice acting instead of the game’s native language. Since this isn’t confirmed by Nintendo officially, take this news with a grain of salt for now.

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During the Nintendo Switch Presentation, EA announced that it will be bringing FIFA to Switch. Eurogamer’s Tom Phillips now reports that it’ll be based on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions that the publisher still churns out. It’s unclear if that information comes from EA directly, though it wouldn’t be entirely surprising.


Update: Bumped to the top. This has the SKU 5670100 in Best Buy’s price system with the description “Nintendo N2”, and is $249.99. The name is definitely a placeholder. Whether or not the price is as well remains to be seen.

Original: Reddit user radoster95, who is a staffer at Best Buy, claims to have seen a price change report from the retailer today. The document apparently states that Switch will cost $249.99.

Normally this is the sort of thing we’d pass on sharing. However, judging by radoster95’s history, he does actually seem to be a Best Buy employee.

The $249.99 tidbit is the only thing we have from radoster95 at the moment, unfortunately. He did not elaborate on the possibility of bundles (there have been rumors of a higher-priced package) or anything else.

Note that even if what radoster95 has seen is accurate, it’s not a confirmation of Switch’s price by any means. Thankfully, we’re just a couple of days away from an official announcement.

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