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Original: Switch is getting its first baseball game very soon. Today, it was announced that a new version of R.B.I. Baseball 17 is coming to the console in September.

MLB says that R.B.I. Baseball 17 will be the first officially licensed professional sports game to be sold at retail outlets on Switch. The game features “unparalleled MLB action and features in new ways with the Switch’s myriad and unique controller options that supports gaming everywhere.”

Here’s a brief overview:

R.B.I. Baseball, which has long featured fast paced and fun gameplay, is a full nine-inning game in less than 20 minutes with easy-to-use controls. The game features Season, Postseason, Exhibition and Local Multiplayer, including season saving and simulation capabilities. All 30 MLB ballparks are rendered in stunning detail and teams feature the latest rosters in regular updates. Players can modify lineups with complete MLB rosters or classic rosters allowing them to play their games their ways.

R.B.I. Baseball 17 launches for Switch on September 5. We’ve included an older trailer below.

Source: MLB PR

First announced for the system in 2013, 90’s Arcade Racer was supposed to eventually end up on Wii U with Nicalis as the game’s publisher. After several years though, nothing materialized, and it has been difficult to obtain an update about the situation.

That brings us to Switch. Wii U is off the table at this point, but Nicalis appears to be bringing 90’s Arcade Racer to Nintendo’s new console instead under the name ’90s Super GP. The project is listed on the company’s revamped website.

’90s Super GP is still without a release date. But since it has a new name and is coming to a new console, hopefully it’s not too far off.

An overview of ’90s Super GP is posted below.

The latest Japanese hardware sales from Media Create are as follows:

New 2DS LL – 43,315
Switch – 31,906
PS4 – 28,569
New 3DS LL – 12,101
PS4 Pro – 7,649
Vita – 4,655
2DS – 1,901
New 3DS – 1,242
Xbox One – 200
Wii U – 146
PS3 – 129

For comparison’s sake, here are the hardware numbers from last week:

Switch – 26,256
PS4 – 22,704
New 3DS LL – 11,849
PS4 Pro – 7,067
Vita – 4,572
2DS – 2,196
New 3DS – 845
Wii U – 164
PS3 – 148
Xbox One – 72

And here are the software charts:

[Review] Splatoon 2

Posted 2 days ago by in Reviews, Switch | 16 Comments | 0 Likes

System: Switch
Release date: July 21, 2017
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher Nintendo


One of the best things about the original Splatoon when it first rolled onto store shelves a few years back was how it was never afraid to be itself. When creating a new IP, Nintendo didn’t choose to play it safe and instead provided completely new gameplay we had never seen before and a booming world to dive into like no other. It’s no wonder fans took an immediate liking to the concept, and throughout its near two years of support, players kept coming back. It makes perfect sense that Nintendo rolled out a sequel just in time for the Switch’s first year to put a “fresh” IP in the spotlight once again, but does this sequel provide enough to justify the 2, or does it provide “2” little?

Nintendo’s support site has updated with plenty of details about the new Nintendo Switch Online FAQ. Along with a FAQ, pages are up explaining how you create and join rooms. We’ve rounded all of the information up below.

Overview:

The Nintendo Switch Online app is available for iOS and Android devices.

The app is currently compatible with the Splatoon 2 game, giving players the ability to access SplatNet 2, invite friends to online matches, and voice chat during various game modes. Both the app’s functionality and online play are free, where available, until the Nintendo Switch Online service launches in 2018.

With the app and the Splatoon 2 game, you can access SplatNet 2 to see your online play stats, check out upcoming game stages, and more.

You can also invite friends who have the game to Private Battles, League Battles, Salmon Runs, and Splatfest Battles via social media and other services. When players are invited to a game, they’ll get an instant notification on their smart device.

The app lets you chat with friends in your Splatoon 2 online lobby and then talk to your teammates to coordinate strategy during the online match.

Requirements & Compatibility

What is required to use the Nintendo Switch Online app?

To use the Nintendo Switch Online app, you must have the following:

A Nintendo Switch and compatible game (either physical or digital).
An Android or iOS smart device.
A Nintendo Account linked to your Nintendo Switch console and smart device.
Important: The Nintendo Switch Online app service can be used by Nintendo Account holders who are age 13 and older.
A persistent Internet connection for the Nintendo Switch and smart device. Data charges may apply.

How much does this service cost?

Both the app’s functionality and online play are free until the Nintendo Switch Online service launches in 2018. After the free-trial period, the online play portion of most games and the Nintendo Switch Online app will require a paid online service subscription from Nintendo.

Where is this service available?

Within the Americas, the free-trial period, the paid service, and online play (for applicable modes in compatible games) will be available for customers in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

How do I get the Nintendo Switch Online app?

The Nintendo Switch Online app can be downloaded to your smart device from the App Store (iOS) or the Google Play Store (Android). Click here, for additional instructions.

Which smart devices are supported?

iOS: Devices using iOS 9.0 or later are supported.

Android: Devices using Android 4.4 or later are supported.

Important: While the Nintendo Switch Online app supports the above operating systems, it doesn’t not guarantee compatibility with all devices using these OS versions.

What games are supported?

Currently, the Nintendo Switch Online app is compatible with the Splatoon 2 game.

Which languages are supported?

The following 9 languages are currently supported:

English
French
Spanish
Japanese
German
Dutch
Russian
Portuguese
Italian

Do I need to use the Nintendo Switch Online app to play games online?

The Nintendo Switch Online app provides additional features, such as voice chat and the ability to send user invites over social media, but it is not required to play Splatoon 2 online.

Features & Usage

How do I use the Nintendo Switch Online app to create an online match and voice chat with other players?

For instructions on how to complete this process, click here.

Can I invite anyone or just friends to play online and chat?

When creating rooms and inviting users, you can invite friends you have from Nintendo Switch, friends you communicate with over social media or messaging apps, and other users you have recently played with through the Nintendo Switch Online app.

In addition to this, users must be age 13 years of age of older to use the Nintendo Switch Online app.

Can I use the app to voice chat with other players when not playing a game?

No. Players are not able to start voice chat communication until they have joined the Online Lounge within Splatoon 2.

Can I use the Nintendo Switch Online app on multiple smart devices?

If you would like to change devices, you can sign into a new device using your Nintendo Account. However; it is not possible to use voice chat on two or more smart devices at the same time if they use the same Nintendo Account. Each user would need to use his or her own Nintendo Account in order to voice chat with each other.

Can I use a headset or headphones for voice chat?

Yes. You are able to use headsets or headphones connected to your smart device. If using a wireless Bluetooth headphone or headset with your smart device, ensure it supports the HSP or HFP Bluetooth profile.

Please note that game sounds normally output from the TV or Nintendo Switch console will not be heard from your smart device.

If I use my smart device’s other features (texts, social media, etc.) will I be disconnected?

The voice chat will disconnect while you’re talking on the phone or using another application, but your voice chat will restart in the same room once you open the Nintendo Switch Online application again as long as the game session is still ongoing.

Parents

How do I set Parental Control restrictions?

The service can be used by Nintendo Account holders who are age 13 and older. Because the app runs on your smart device, it cannot be controlled by the parental controls offered in Nintendo’s ecosystem. To set restrictions for use of the Nintendo Switch Online app, please refer to your smart device settings.

Create a Room

From Splatoon 2:

  1. Press the X Button to open the Menu, and then select “Lobby.”
    • Select “Grizzo” instead of “Lobby” if you are joining a Salmon Run.

  2. Scroll down and select “Online Lounge.”
  3. Select “Create Room,” and use the drop down menu to select the game mode.
      • Private Match
      • League Battle (pair)
      • League Battle (team)
    Important: Only Salmon Run can only be selected when the Online Lounge is created from Grizzco.

     
  4. Select “Allow Nintendo Switch friends to join the room with a password” if you would like users without the Nintendo Switch Online app to join.
  5. Select OK to create the room.
  6. Select “Send Notification to My Smart Device.”
  7. Return to your smart device and complete the following steps.

On your smart device:

  1. Select the notification you’ve received, or open the Nintendo Switch Online app and select the room you’ve created.
  2. Select from the following invitation methods and follow the onscreen steps to send the invite(s):
    • Social Network Friend.
      • Send a URL using messaging applications or social media platforms which other players can open on their smart device to join your lounge.
    • Nintendo Switch Friend.
      • Send a notification to the smart device of players from your Nintendo Switch friend list that use the Nintendo Switch Online app.
    • User You Played With.
      • Send a notification to the smart device of players you recently played with that use the Nintendo Switch Online app.
  3. Once the other users have accepted your invite and joined the Online Lounge in Splatoon2, you will be able to voice chat with the users.

Join a Room

From you smart device:

  1. Select the notification you’ve received, or open the Nintendo Switch Online app and select “Invitation List,” and then select the room you’d like to join.
    • If you were invited via Social Network, open the URL that was sent to you by your friend.
  2. Return to Splatoon 2 and complete the following steps.

From Splatoon 2:

  1. Press the X Button to open the Menu, and then select “Lobby.”
    • Select “Grizzo” instead of “Lobby” if you would like to join a Salmon Run Online Lounge during the designated Salmon Run times.

  2. Scroll down and select “Online Lounge.”
  3. Select the room you were invited to join.

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The Nintendo Switch Online app looks to be launching slightly early. Nintendo had intended to release it alongside Splatoon 2 on Friday, but it’s already appearing around the world.

For folks on iOS in the United States, it’s up on the App Store here. The Google Play equivalent is here. The Nintendo Switch Online app is also being distributed across the rest of the world.

You can download the app, though servers are currently undergoing maintenance. It should hopefully be fully live soon.

Ubisoft delivered its latest financial results today. Following that, the regular investors call was held with CEO Yves Guillemot.

Yves shared an interesting tease during the call. We know that Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is slated for next month, but the publisher will also be announcing new Switch games “quite soon,” according to Yves. Nothing else was shared beyond that.

Ubisoft released Just Dance 2017 for Switch’s launch in March. The company is also preparing the previously-mentioned Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, Starlink: Battle for Atlas, Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition, Monopoly, Just Dance 2018, and (supposedly) Steep.

Source

Today, GamesIndustry published a new interview with a couple of people involved with Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. Director Davide Soliani and composer Grant Kirkhope participated in the discussion.

During the interview, Kirkhope talked about first finding out about the game, also shared an… interesting story about an encounter with Shigeru Miyamoto from his time at Rare. Soliani also talked about being starstruck with Kirkhpoe, worries stemming from the initial leaks, and the game’s inspirations.

You can find that and a bit more below. You can read up on GamesIndustry’s full piece here for additional comments.

Miiverse

Miiverse launched with Wii U back in 2012. It expanded to 3DS in later years, but the service as a whole could be coming to an end soon.

As we reported earlier, Nintendo pushed out a new update for Wii U tonight. We don’t really have any specifics, though dataminers appear to have made an interesting discovery.

This text was apparently changed with version 5.5.2:

“The Miiverse service has ended. Miiverse and any software features that make use of Miiverse are now unavailable.”

Miiverse isn’t a part of Switch at all, so it wouldn’t be entirely surprising to see the service end at some point soon. Some community members likely wouldn’t be too happy though.

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Nintendo’s older console just received a new update. All system owners can download version 5.5.2.

The update notes haven’t been exciting for Wii U in awhile, and nothing really changed this time either. Nintendo simply states, “Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience”. The update may address certain exploits within the hardware.

Note that you’ll need today’s update in order to access the eShop.

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