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When Nintendo revealed Switch last October, Silicon Studio was listed as one of its partners. Now we have a better idea as to how the company is involved.

Today, it was announced that Silicon Studio is pledging to provide technology for Switch. The postscript middleware YEBIS, the all-in-one game engine OROCHI which has over 40 dev tools, and the next-gen game engine Xenko which will be out in April, will all be made compatible with the platform. Worth noting, Silicon Studio already offered middleware and graphic technology for the Switch SDK.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is coming to Switch. In an official news notice sent out to system users via Nintendo of Europe, the game’s logo is featured alongside several other titles.

You can see Bloodstained’s logo in the second to last column below, towards the middle. The graphic is similar to what was sent out a few days ago following the Nindies Showcase, but Bloodstained’s inclusion is new here.

Bloodstained was originally targeted for Wii U. But since the title won’t be arriving until the first half of 2018, the team probably felt that moving it over to Switch would make the most sense.

Below are the latest Nintendo products that can be currently pre-ordered at retailers:

* Save 20 percent on pre-orders with Amazon Prime or Best Buy’s GCU. 20 percent off pre-orders on Amazon Canada as well. On Amazon UK, it’s £2 off.

United States

Switch

The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ – Amazon, GameStop
Skylanders Imaginators – Amazon, GameStop
Has Been Heroes – GameStop
LEGO City Undercover – Amazon, GameStop
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop
Puyo Puyo Tetris – Amazon, GameStop
Disgaea 5 Complete – Amazon
Ultra Street Fighter II (new) – GameStop
Ultra Street Fighter II [digital] (new) – Amazon
Arms – Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop
Sonic Mania Collector’s Edition – GameStop
Splatoon 2 – Amazon, Best Buy, Splatoon
NBA 2K18 – Amazon, Best Buy
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Amazon, Best Buy
Fire Emblem Warriors – Amazon, Best Buy
Super Mario Odyssey – Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – Amazon, Best Buy
FIFA – Amazon, Best Buy
Minecraft: Switch Edition – Amazon, Best Buy
Redout – Amazon, GameStop
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 – Amazon, Best Buy
Minecraft: Story Mode – The Complete Adventure – GameStop
Troll & I (new) – Amazon

Wii U

Darksiders Warmastered Edition – Amazon

3DS

Mario Sports Superstars – Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop
Runbow Pocket Deluxe Edition – New 3DS only – Amazon, GameStop, Best Buy
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia – Amazon, GameStop
Farming Simulator 18 – Amazon
RPG Maker Fes – Amazon
Culdcept Revolt – Amazon
Fire Emblem Warriors – Amazon, GameStop

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Fire Emblem Echoes – Alm & Celica – Best Buy

Accessories

Retro Fighters Pro NES Controller to NES Classic Edition Adapter – Amazon

Books

Pokemon Sun/Moon: Alola Region Collector’s Edition Pokedex & Postgame Adventure Guide – Amazon
Pokemon Sun/Moon: Alola Region Edition Pokedex & Postgame Adventure Guide – Amazon
The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition, Vol. 3 – Amazon
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Vol. 1 – Amazon
The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition, Vol. 4 – Amazon
The Art of Splatoon – Amazon
The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition, Vol. 5 Amazon

Other

Zelda: Breath of the Wild: Link Nendoroid (Deluxe Version) – Amazon
Zelda: Breath of the Wild: Link Nendoroid – Amazon

Canada

Switch

The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+
Puyo Puyo Tetris
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
LEGO City Undercover
Disgaea 5 Complete
Arms
Splatoon 2
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Fire Emblem Warriors
Super Mario Odyssey
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
FIFA
Redout

Wii U

Darksiders Warmastered Edition

3DS

Mario Sports Superstars (with amiibo card)
Runbow Pocket Deluxe Edition – New 3DS only
Fire Emblem Echoes (new)
Farming Simulator 18 (new)
RPG Maker Fes
Culdcept Revolt

Books

Pokemon Sun/Moon: Alola Region Collector’s Edition Pokedex & Postgame Adventure Guide
Pokemon Sun/Moon: Alola Region Pokedex & Postgame Adventure Guide
The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition, Vol. 3
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Vol. 1
The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition, Vol. 4
Art of Splatoon
The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition, Vol. 5

UK

Switch

LEGO City Undercover
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Disgaea 5 Complete
Arms
Splatoon 2
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Super Mario Odyssey
Fire Emblem Warriors
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
FIFA
Troll & I (new)

Wii U

Darksiders Warmastered Edition

3DS

Mario Sports Superstars (with amiibo card)
Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits
Yo-kai Watch 2: Fleeshy Souls
RPG Maker Fes (new)
Culdcept Revolt (new)

amiibo

Mario Sports Superstars amiibo cards

Books

Pokemon Sun/Moon: Alola Region Collector’s Edition Pokedex & Postgame Adventure Guide
Pokemon Sun/Moon: Alola Region Pokedex & Postgame Adventure Guide
Zelda: Breath of the Wild Deluxe Edition guide (new)
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Vol. 1
The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition, Vol. 3
The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition, Vol. 4
Art of Splatoon
Super Mario Encyclopedia
The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition, Vol. 5

More:

SEGA brought Puyo Puyo Tetris out for the launch of Switch in Japan, and a healthy dose of footage has now arrived. View 34 minutes of gameplay below.

Update (3/5): Even more maintenance has been scheduled for 3DS tomorrow on top of what’s already posted below. The schedule is as follows:

– 5 PM PT – 6 PM PT
– 8 PM ET – 9 PM ET
– 1 AM in the UK – 2 AM in the UK
– 2 AM in Europe – 3 AM in Europe

From Monday, March 6, 2017 5 :00 PM – Monday, March 6, 2017 6 :00 PM Pacific Time


Original (3/3): On Monday / Tuesday, Nintendo will be conducting its latest platform maintenance. Certain network services such as online play, rankings, etc. may be impacted on Switch, Wii U, and 3DS while this is taking place.

The maintenance schedule is as follows:

– 8 PM PT (March 6) – 2 AM PT (March 7)
– 11 PM ET (March 6) – 5 AM ET (March 7)
– 4 AM in the UK (March 7) – 10 AM in the UK (March 7)
– 5 AM in Europe (March 7) – 11 AM in Europe (March 7)

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How Switch will do in the long run remains to be seen. That being said, early indications from GameStop point to the system having a successful launch.

Eric Bright, the retailer’s senior director of merchandising, shared a few comments about Switch’s performance on launch day. According to Bright, Switch saw “one of the strongest and most successful gaming console launches for GameStop in the last several years.” He also noted how many stores “were packed with customers”, with some fans lining up early to nab a Switch for themselves.

Bright said:

“Stores across the country last night were packed with customers who couldn’t wait to get their hands on the brand new Nintendo Switch. We even had customers lining up as early as yesterday morning so that they could be one of the lucky ones to score one of the additional units for our walk-in customers. This is one of the strongest and most successful gaming console launches for GameStop in the last several years. For those fans who are still looking for the Nintendo Switch, don’t worry–we’re getting more. And, we’re pretty sure that there are a lot of gaming fans who pulled all-nighters last night playing their new Switch, and who also called in sick to work today with ‘game-fluenza’ just to stay home and play even more.”

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This month’s issue of EDGE puts the focus on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. As it’s the cover story, Link takes center stage on the magazine’s cover. There are two versions out there though.

We previously saw what the subscriber cover looks like. Equally as good is the art for the standard issue. You can see it in its full glory below.

Square Enix hosted a stream on Friday to show off I Am Setsuna on Switch in-depth. The recording with an hour of footage can be found below.

Yacht Club Games is at Switch’s launch with Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove and Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment. But how’d the studio find out about the new console anyway?

In a recent interview, lead programmer and studio co-founder David D’Angelo said:

“Nintendo first came to us. They said, ‘We have something coming. No we can’t tell you what it is, but if you have something around this time then that would be great.’ They do a pretty good job of keeping us in the loop in case our projects line up.”

D’Angelo also mentioned that “Switch is light years ahead of the Wii U. It’s an incredibly easy system to develop for, even compared to other consoles.”

With Shovel Knight, Yacht Club Games had it running “within a week”. In D’Angelo’s experience, developing for Switch is very close to the PlayStation 4. “I’ve been very impressed with how put together it is,” he said.

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Within the past week or so, new 1-2-Switch interviews with producer Kouichi Kawamoto appeared in both in Famitsu and on Japanese website 4Gamer. While nothing too major was mentioned, there were a few excerpts we thought were worth highlighting.

First, on 4Gamer, the site started out by talking about how 1-2-Switch feels reminiscent of WarioWare. Kawamoto responded to this and later directly commented on why the game isn’t pre-installed.

Below is the relevant exchange between the two sides:

The first game I created after joining Nintendo was the Sound Bomber mini-game included in 64DD title Mario Artist: Polygon Studio. Sound Bomber became foundation for WarioWare, so I am credited as being responsible for coming up with it.

Does that mean 1-2-Switch is based on WarioWare?

No, it doesn’t (laughs). I happened to come up with something completely new this time. […]

Did you ever consider making a game like 1-2-Switch as part of the WarioWare series?

WarioWare throws new games with different rules at you one after another, and they are fairly difficult games. If you played them without looking at screen, they would be extremely difficult. Furthermore, the players themselves are the characters in 1-2-Switch, performing on their ‘stage’ in front of the screen, so there isn’t really any room for the Wario characters. Because of that, I decided not to use Warioware from the outset. I made something new.