Neon Yellow Joy-Con and Battery Pack available for pre-order from Best Buy
Posted on 3 years ago by Zack in News, Switch | 2 Comments
The recently announced Neon Yellow Joy-Con, along with the Joy-Con Battery Packs, are now available for purchase on Best Buy’s website.
Gamestop – Switch “Digital Starter Bundle” available
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A Switch bundle is now available from Gamestop that includes a Gray Joy-Con Switch, a copy Breath of the Wild with the Expansion Pass DLC, along with download codes for Snipperclips, Has Been Heroes and Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove. The bundle will set you back $444.99.
You can purchase it from Gamestop’s website here.
20 Unreal Engine 4 titles in development for Switch in Japan
Posted on 3 years ago by Zack in News, Switch | 66 Comments
According to a recent with Automoton, Epic Games Japan representative Takayuki Kawasaki said that there are currently 20 games built in Unreal Engine 4 being developed for the Switch.
In the interview, Kawasaki went on to say that there may be “even more” in development now and that progress on adding Switch support for the free version of Unreal Engine 4 is happening soon.
On Unreal Engine 4 support for Switch in general:
Research firm SuperData estimates 2.4 million Switch consoles sold during first month
Posted on 3 years ago by Zack in News, Switch | 54 Comments
Hot on the heels of Nintendo’s announcement that the Switch is their fastest selling console of all time, research firm SuperData estimates that 2.4 million Switch consoles have been sold during the systems first month of release.
Obviously, this is a far larger number than the 906,000 units sold that was announced by the NPD Group yesterday. The research firm behind the 2.4 million estimate, SuperData, collaborated with market researcher Gfk and the Japanese gaming publication Famitsu to come to that figure. To be clear, this figure hasn’t been confirmed by Nintendo.
Additionally, SuperData changes its projected sales of the Switch for 2017. They now estimate that the Switch will sell 7.2 million consoles this year, up from 5 million. The Switch seems to be on the road to overtake the Wii U’s lifetime sales figure of 13.56 million very early, if SuperData’s estimated figures are correct.
You can read the full article from Gamesbeat here.
Owners of Dragon Quest X on Wii can get Switch version for free
Posted on 3 years ago by Zack in News, Switch, Wii | 6 Comments
After previously announcing that services for Dragon Quest X on Wii will be discontinued soon, Square Enix has now announced that owners of the Wii version of Dragon Quest X will have access to a free upgrade to the Switch version of the game.
When Dragon Quest X is upgraded to version 4.0 sometime this fall, services for the Wii version (not Wii U) of the title will be discontinued. While unfortunate news, Square Enix has stated that they’ll provide every registered Dragon Quest X player on Wii with a download code for the Switch version of the title.
Those who prefer a physical copy will still have to purchase the title themselves, but this undoubtedly will please some of the Dragon Quest X players who still played on the Wii version.
Square Enix said more details about the upgrade program will be provided in the future.
Ninja Gaiden series soundtrack restored with input from original composer
Posted on 3 years ago by Zack in General Nintendo, News | 3 Comments
The infamous NES series Ninja Gaiden may be primarily known for its unforgiving difficulty, but it also had an excellent soundtrack. While much of the music for the series was never released, the entire soundtrack has now been restored and is available for listening.
Called “Ninja Gaiden The Definitive Soundtrack”, the digitally restored album is split into two volumes, each of which includes 59 restored songs. The first volume covers the soundtrack from the original game’s NES and arcade versions, while the second covers both Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos and Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom.
According to Bravewave page for the album, each song has been rerecorded and restored to sound exactly the same as they did upon the release of the NES titles. Furthermore, the entire restoration process has been overseen by the original composer for the series, Keiji Yamagishi.
For the first time ever, the soundtracks for Ninja Gaiden on NES and Arcade and Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos are available exactly as intended by the composers originally and true to the original releases. This also marks the first time ever Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom has received an official soundtrack release in any format and in any territory.
The soundtrack will also be available in vinyl and CD formats. You can buy the digital release through Bandcamp here.
New 3DS exclusive Scoop’n Birds features musician Alice Cooper’s likeness
Posted on 3 years ago by Zack in 3DS eShop, New Nintendo 3DS | 0 comments
It seems the New 3DS eShop will be graced with another strange exclusive – featuring a character based on the legendary musician Alice Cooper, no less.
Releasing today, Scoop’n Birds is a New Nintendo 3DS exclusive which tasks the player with – you guessed it – scooping birds. Players will run a pet store and scoop birds to sell them to would-be bird owners. Due to being created in Unity, it’s locked to the New Nintendo 3DS as the original 3DS unfortunately lacks Unity support. Players will work under the owner of the store, Alice Scooper. Clearly meant to evoke Alice Cooper with his appearance and name of the character, developer TwinSky Games has a bizarre story behind the inclusion of the musical legend.
In an email to Polygon, Tim Winsky of TwinSky Games said this about the inclusion of Alice Cooper:
“I had previously met Alice Cooper (or Vince, as he’s known IRL) when visiting my artist’s church,” he said. “Later, when agonizing over the character that should own the bird store and guide the player, the character Alice Scooper came to me. When we approached him about this, he fortunately thought it was funny, so it’s been smooth sailing.”
It seems the best things in life really don’t make any sense. You can find the release trailer for Scoop’n Bird below, and can check out the full article from Polygon here.
Some more footage of Yooka-Laylee is available to watch now from the folks at GameXplain. About an hour of footage was recorded. Check it out below.
Sine Mora EX rated for a Switch release
Posted on 3 years ago by Zack in News, Switch eShop | 14 Comments
The Brazil Advisory Rating Board has rated Sine Mora EX for a Switch release, alongside iOS and Android.
While the Sine Mora EX is already confirmed to be launching for PS4 and Xbox One, there has been no official announcement of the Switch version of the title as of yet.
Digital Reality and Grasshopper Manufacture originally made the shoot ’em up a few years back. The “EX” version has new elements, but it’s unclear what additions are being included at this time.
3DS update 11.4.0-37 available for download
Posted on 3 years ago by Zack in 3DS, News | 35 Comments
The latest firmware update for the 3DS is now available to download. Version 11.4.0-37 is out now.
Similar to past firmware updates, your 3DS will now be more stable than ever. Nintendo’s official “notes” are as follows:
Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience
If you want to access the 3DS eShop, you’ll have to update to the newest firmware first.