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At GDC a few weeks ago, Niantic’s Dennis Hwang hosted a panel relating to Pokemon GO. Hwang touched on “the various UX and visual design choices that were shaped by a focus on real-world gaming, and how they led to a fun and accessible play experience for a diverse set of players across age and gender demographics.”

The full recording for Hwang’s session is now online. You can watch the full talk below.

Switch isn’t the easiest thing to find at retail right now. Due to that as well as the strong response to Zelda: Breath of the Wild, pre-owned Wii U sales have been “reinvigorated,” according to GameStop senior director of merchandising Eric Bright.

Bright told GameRant that GameStop has been moving many pre-owned Wii U systems and new copies of Zelda. The situation overall “completely racked up the Wii U market.”

Bright said:

“With The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild coming out, we’re seeing great results in our pre-owned Wii U sales. We’re selling a lot of pre-owned Wii U consoles along with brand new Wii U copies of Zelda. Breath of the Wild has reinvigorated sales of the Wii U with Nintendo Switch being sold out at so many retailers. The Switch launching and Zelda launching completely racked up the Wii U market.”

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This week’s episode of Nintendo Minute has gone live. In today’s video, Kit and Krysta highlight SteamWorld Dig 2 and chat with Image & Form while taking on challenges. View the full episode below.

Nintenod Treehouse was back for a special live stream today to celebrate the start of Splatoon 2 Global Testfire. If you missed it, you can watch the full recording below.

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Pokemon GO received its first Shiny Pokemon this week. In conjunction with the Water Festival, players can get their hands on a Shiny Magikarp. A video promoting this addition is posted below.

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IGN managed to get some extensive gameplay of Snake Pass, hosted by one of the developers from Sumo. View the video below for 25 minutes of footage.

The first session of Splatoon 2 concluded a short while ago. While it was taking place, fans came across a neat little Easter egg relating to music and lobbies. Check out the full discovery below.

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The first Splatoon 2 Global Testfire session is now up and running. Coinciding with that, members of the Treehouse are back for a special live stream. Watch Nintendo’s official event as it happens below.

As a reminder, here’s the full rundown of Splatoon 2 Global Testfire sesions:

March 24

• 12-12:59 PM PT / 3-3:59 PM ET / 7-7:59 PM in the UK / 8-8:59 PM in Europe

• 8-8:59 PM PT / 11-11:59 PM ET / 3-3:59 AM in the UK (March 25) / 4-4:59 AM in Europe (March 25)

March 25

• 4-4:59 AM PT / 7-7:59 AM ET / 11-11:59 AM in the UK / 12-12:59 PM in Europe

• 12-12:59 PM PT / 3-3:59 PM ET / 7-7:59 PM in the UK / 8-8:59 PM in Europe

• 8-8:59 PM PT / 11-11:59 PM ET / 4-4:59 AM in the UK (March 26) / 5-5:59 AM in Europe (March 26)

March 26

• 4-4:59 AM PT / 7-7:59 AM ET / 12-12:59 PM in the UK / 1-1:59 PM in Europe

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Update 2 (3/24): Now live on iOS.


Update (3/23): Version 0.59.1 is now live on Android. Not up on iOS just yet.


Original (3/21): Niantic is rolling out another new update for Pokemon GO. Users on iOS should soon have access to version 1.29.1 while Android players will have their game updated to version 0.59.1.

According to Niantic, the 7-day ‘First PokeStop of the Day’ streak will now award a random Evolution item. Minor text fixes have also been implemented.

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When a new device comes out, tech-focused YouTube channels can’t help but put them through all sorts of durability tests. Yesterday, GizmoSlip did just that, and in some… creative ways.

As a new Switch owner, I almost couldn’t help but cringe a bit seeing the abuse it was being put through. But hey, it survived numerous drops onto concrete, various trick shots such as being tossed through the air into the dock, and more. Guess Nintendo made a pretty sturdy device!

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