Nintendo Introduces Nintendo Switch Lite, A Device Dedicated to Handheld Game Play

In a video today, Nintendo introduced Nintendo Switch Lite, a device designed specifically to play Nintendo Switch games in handheld mode. The Nintendo Switch Lite system launches Sept. 20 at a suggested retail price of $199.99 and will be available in three different colors: yellow, gray and turquoise. A carrying case and screen protector set for Nintendo Switch Lite will also be available.
 “Adding Nintendo Switch Lite to the lineup gives gamers more color and price point options,” said Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser. “Now consumers can choose the system that best suits how they like to play their favorite Nintendo Switch games.”


 The flagship Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017 and offers three different play modes: playing in TV mode by placing the system into a Nintendo Switch dock, playing cooperatively or competitively in tabletop mode by sharing Joy-Con controllers and playing in handheld mode. The system comes with either Gray Joy-Con controllers or Neon Red and Neon Blue Joy-Con controllers.
 Nintendo Switch Lite has integrated controls and is smaller than the flagship version of Nintendo Switch. It has no kickstand and, as a dedicated handheld gaming device, does not support video output to a TV. Therefore, it does not come with a dock or HDMI cable. For a full list of the differences between Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/compare.


 The new device can play all games in the robust Nintendo Switch library that support handheld mode*, although some games will have restrictions. Compatible game modes will be listed on the back of game packaging and in Nintendo eShop.


 Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite owners can get together to enjoy compatible multiplayer titles like Super Mario Maker 2Mario Kart 8 DeluxeSplatoon 2 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate together via Nintendo Switch Online** or local wireless multiplayer***.
 For additional information about Nintendo Switch Lite, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/lite/.
 * For games that support tabletop mode, players can wirelessly connect Joy-Con controllers (sold separately) to Nintendo Switch Lite. In these cases, users will need to have a device to recharge Joy-Con controllers, such as the Joy-Con Charging Grip.

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Nintendo Download, June 6, 2019: Pick a Card, Any Card!

This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
    • Slay the Spire – The Slay the Spire game fuses card games and roguelikes to make a dynamic single-player deck-builder. Discover hundreds of cards to add to your deck with each attempt at climbing the Spire. Select cards that work together to efficiently dispatch foes and reach the top. Whenever you embark on a journey up the Spire, the layout differs each time. Choose a risky or safe path, face different enemies, choose different cards, discover different relics and even fight different bosses. Craft a unique deck, encounter bizarre creatures, discover relics of immense power and Slay the Spire!

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Nintendo Switch Heads Across the U.S. for an Interactive Road Trip for Kids and Families

Nintendo plans to bring Nintendo Switchgames, memorable photo opportunities and activities for the whole family to cities across the country. The Nintendo Switch Road Trip tour runs June 26 through October and offers visitors a colorful and highly interactive space featuring playable demos of some of the hottest Nintendo Switch games of the summer like Super Mario Maker 2 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, among others. The stops throughout the road trip are designed with kids and families in mind, offering them a one-of-a-kind Nintendo-themed experience that they can enjoy together!
 “The Nintendo Switch Road Trip highlights the portability of Nintendo Switch as we travel the country to bring our games directly to fans,” said Nick Chavez, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Whether you’re visiting a state fair or just out for a day with the family, our event provides an opportunity to relax, play some games and have some fun.”
 The Nintendo Switch Road Trip is a great place to get hands-on time with the system and some of its games. The space offers many areas themed to different games, like a warp pipe-filled stage to play the Super Mario Maker 2 game, a neon-colored paradise for the Splatoon 2 game and a large-screen TV and bucket race car seats for the high-octane Mario Kart 8 Deluxe game.
 In addition to playable games, the colorful space offers fun photo opportunities for sharing on social media, Nintendo-themed challenges and special Target discount coupons that will be handed out at all stops (while supplies last).The Nintendo Switch Road Trip is scheduled to make the following stops:
LocationDatesNavy PierChicago, IllinoisJune 26-30 Summerfest®Milwaukee, WisconsinJuly 3-7 California State FairSacramento, CaliforniaJuly 12-14 Bite of SeattleSeattle, WashingtonJuly 19-21 MusikfestBethlehem, PennsylvaniaAug. 2-4 Iowa State FairDes Moines, IowaAug. 8-11 Kentucky State FairLouisville, KentuckyAug. 15-19 The Great New York State FairSyracuse, New YorkAug. 22-25 Minnesota State FairSaint Paul, MinnesotaAug. 30-Sept. 2 New Mexico State FairAlbuquerque, New MexicoSept. 6-8 LA County FairPomona, CaliforniaSept. 11-15 The Big EWest Springfield, MassachusettsSept. 26-29 Georgia National FairPerry, GeorgiaOct. 3-6
 The Nintendo Switch games playable on the Nintendo Switch Road Trip are:

Visitors who are My Nintendo members can check in at each stop with their My Nintendo QR Code* pattern to receive a gift, while supplies last. For more information about the My Nintendo rewards program, and how to check in, visit https://my.nintendo.com/news.
 For more information about the Nintendo Switch Road Trip, visit https://events.nintendo.com/roadtrip.

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Take control of time itself on Nintendo Switch & Xbox One

Hi all! Today Chucklefish would like to invite you to go back… to the future! 

We’re excited to announce that Timespinner by Lunar Ray Games, a beautiful time-travelling pixel art action-platformer, is coming to Nintendo Switchand Xbox One!

You wait be waiting long either… 
Timespinner will be releasing next week, on June 4th!

Timespinner was met with a fantastic critical reception when it launched on PC, PS4 and PS Vita September last year, and currently sits with a ‘Very Positive’ rating on Steam.

It has since received several updates, supporting 8x playable languages (English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian & Simplified Chinese).

About Timespinner
Timespinner is a beautifully crafted story-driven adventure, and an ode to classic 90s action platformers. Follow Lunais, a head-strong young timekeeper, on her quest for revenge against the empire that killed her family. Use time-bending powers to explore a vast, connected world, and change fate itself.

With her family murdered in front of her and the ancient Timespinner device destroyed, Lunais is suddenly transported into a unknown world, stranded with seemingly no hope of return. Using her power to control time, Lunais vows to take her revenge on the evil Lachiem Empire, but sometimes the course of history isn’t quite as black and white as it seems… 
  • Control the Timespinner to bend time to your advantage, evading foes, using them as platforms and solving puzzles
  • Discover a lovingly-crafted, beautiful pixel art world and uncover a rich story universe
  • Explore both the past and present of Lachiem, from grand medieval castles, to sparkling serene lakes, a bustling metropolis and even a space-age laboratory
  • Clobber enemies with Magic Orbs which grow in power the more you use them
  • Befriend mysterious Familiars and train them to aid you in battle
    Take on challenging boss battles with an emphasis on skill, timing and dodging
  • Locate hidden areas and treasures through secret walls and platforming puzzles
  • Invite a second player to join the adventure by controlling Lunais’ Familiar in local co-op mode
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Funcom Reveals ‘Seed of Evil’, An Upcoming Expansion for Mutant Year Zero

Game set for Nintendo Switch launch – Expansion to be released on July 30th – New playable mutant announced – The expansion to the award-winning tactical adventure game picks up where the original game ended and introduces a new playable character, Big Khan the Moose.

Hours of gameplay, new locations to visit and a new leading character await fans of the award-winning tactical adventure game Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden, as Funcom and The Bearded Ladies today announce the upcoming expansion Seed of Evil.

The turn-based tactical adventure game Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden received critical acclaim for its gameplay, artwork and captivating characters. Set in post-apocalyptic Sweden, the player controls a group of mutants searching through the ruins of civilization for salvation or simply something to eat. Using a mixture of stealth and combat strategy, while evolving your characters through a series of interesting mutations, is paramount to overcoming the evil that is threatening to eradicate what is left of decent society.

A new menace is looming in the expansion. Powerful and ominous roots have emerged and seem to be taking control over the minds of friends and foes alike. Fortunately, a new hero has arrived, and players can now add Big Khan the moose to their squad of mutants. He is not only skilled at landing critical hits but comes with the unique mutations Ground Pound and Flame Puke, giving the option to apply a more diverse playstyle in order to succeed.

The expansion and the retail release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch was originally set to release on June 25th. The new release date is now July 30th. The expansion and the full game will also be available digitally on all platforms.

PC gamers can preorder the expansion on Steam later today for $ 14.99 (pricing may differ across territories). A Digital Deluxe Edition will also be released today on Steam, consisting of both the original game and the upcoming expansion. The Deluxe Edition will also be available in retail.

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Nintendo Download, May 23, 2019: Brotherly Love

This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
    • Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons – Play the award-winning adventure with a new two-player mode for the Nintendo Switch system. Guide two brothers on an epic fairytale journey from Swedish film director Josef Fares. Control both brothers at once as you experience co-op play in single-player – or team up with a friend in the new two-player mode. The Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons game is available May 28.
    • SWORD ART ONLINE: Hollow Realization Deluxe Edition – The SWORD ART ONLINE series finally arrives on Nintendo Switch. The year is 2026. A new VRMMORPG called “Sword Art: Origin” is suddenly unveiled to the world. During a closed beta test, Kirito meets a mysterious girl, an NPC without so much as a name, who is offering a strange quest. Will the meeting between this NPC girl and the Black Swordsman prove to be the world’s salvation, or its undoing? Watch as a new death game begins to play out. The SWORD ART ONLINE: Hollow Realization Deluxe Edition game features the main game, as well as the additional content “Abyss of the Shrine Maiden” and the large-scale update “Warriors of the Sky!” The game is available May 24.

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In addition to video games available at retail stores, Nintendo also offers a variety of content that people can download directly to their systems. Nintendo adds new games weekly to Nintendo eShop, which offers a variety of options for the Nintendo Switch console, the Wii U console and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.
 Nintendo eShop is a cash-based service that features a wide variety of content, including new and classic games, applications and demos. Users can add money to their account balances by using a credit card or purchasing a Nintendo eShop Card at a retail store and entering the code from the card. All funds from one card must be loaded in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, Wii U or the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, but can be used in any Nintendo eShop if the systems are linked to a single Nintendo Account.
 Customers in the U.S. and Canada ages 18 and older can also link a PayPal account to their Nintendo Account to purchase digital games and content for the Nintendo Switch system both on-device and from the Nintendo website. Once the accounts are linked, users may also use PayPal as a payment option when buying digital content for the Wii U or Nintendo 3DS family systems from the Nintendo website.
 My Nintendo members can earn Gold Points on eligible digital purchases. Already have Gold Points? Redeem them toward your next digital purchase of Nintendo Switch games and DLC on Nintendo eShop, or on discount rewards for select Nintendo 3DS and Wii U software. Visit https://my.nintendo.com/reward_categories for more details.

Remember that Nintendo Switch, Wii U, Wii, New Nintendo 3DS, New Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo 3DS, New Nintendo 2DS XL and Nintendo 2DS feature parental controls that let adults manage some of the content their children can access. Nintendo 3DS players who register a Nintendo Network ID gain access to free-to-start games and free game demos from Nintendo eShop, and also get the latest news and information direct from Nintendo. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/switchhttp://www.nintendo.com/wiiu or http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

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Dota 2 Battle Pass has a feature which should be free.

Dota 2 is a free to play MOBA where you have the option to pay for a battle pass in order to get a better experience. I don’t mind this business model at all as it lets the most players play the game, and helps the developer make money. That is unless the battle pass includes something that should be free.

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Who’s to say what should be free? Well, its my website so I guess me. You’re free to disagree with me if you want, in fact I welcome the debate. But what Valve is doing here is just wrong in my opinion.

MOBAs are famous for two things. Intense player vs player action, and toxicity. Now to be fair, in the MOBAs that I’ve played you can mute the offending players, and I’m sure that you can mute players in DOTA 2, though I haven’t tested this myself. However there are ways that players can ruin your fun that muting them won’t help with. For instance they could “feed” which is where they intentionally get killed by the opposing team. This makes the other team level up faster and makes them more powerful, This makes it more difficult for your team to win, for one you’re one team-mate down, and secondly the other team has outleveled you. Enjoy your loss!

You might ask why someone would do that? Probably because they are a basement dwelling jerk nose, and they think its funny when you complain about it in chat. The game is free after all, so they can just make an account and do this without any repercussions.

So what’s valve doing about this? Well you now have the option to avoid this player in the future. Which is awesome. Great solution, but its only available to people that have the battle pass. Which is very bad. Now if you want to avoid troll players its going to cost you money. I get that Valve needs to make money on their game, but to lock such an important feature behind a paywall is pretty lame.

Let’s play devils advocate for a minute. Why would valve make this unavailable to free players. The only reason I can see this is if it can be abused in some way. Perhaps if enough players say avoid xxSepiroth756xx then that player gets banned? Then the trolls can use the feature to ban players they don’t like, just for fun. That would be a bad idea, and the only wait to combat this would be to put the feature behind a paywall. I think the better solution is just let everyone avoid players, but don’t do anything with that data. Simply create the matchmaking system that says oh, Bill doesn’t want to play with xxSepiroth756xx any more. We’ll not match them up.

What do you think? Leave a comment below.

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