Nintendo Announces New Joy-Con Colours; One Pair is Waluigi Inspired

Nintendo announced a new colour-schemes for the Switch joy-cons after the announcement of the updated Nintendo Switch console.


These new Joycons are Blue/Neon Yellow and Purple/Neon Orange. The Blue and Yellow design is said to be inspired from Buck Bumble, a character from a Nintendo 64 with the same name.

The Purple and Neon Orange one is said to be inspired from the Gamecube but we feel it’s super inspired by Waluigi and maybe Wario. Waluigi’s main colour is Purple but the colour of his shoes are the same as the Neon Orange found here.

There’s no news on whether or not these are updated Joycons since a lot of people are complaining of Joycon drift. One hopes that these issues are fixed considering that these new colours launch on October 4th for $79.99.

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The Nintendo Switch Gets a Hardware Update, Better Battery Life

The Nintendo Switch is getting an under the hood upgrade that helps it get better battery life for the same price and it’s coming very soon.

The updated Nintendo Switch features the new Mariko SoC which is also present in the Nintendo Switch Lite. This upgrade helps vastly improve battery life over the older version.

As reported by Nintendo themselves, the upgraded Switch has a battery life 4.5-9 hours as compared to the older 2.5-6.5 hours. For Breath of the Wild, on the old model, it would last for about 3 hours while the new model will last for a whopping 5.5 hours. This is almost as much as the normal battery life of the older model.

While this isn’t the “Pro” model that’s been rumoured for a while now, it’s still a great upgrade to the Switch that too with no changes to the price. This new  HAC-0019(-01) model will hit the shelves in August.

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Nintendo Switch Lite Announced; Releases on 20th September

We’ve got leaks for months on end but we finally have it. The Nintendo Switch Lite has been announced by Nintendo and is aimed at those who just want a portable experience.

The Nintendo Switch Lite has a few notable changes from the regular Switch. One of the biggest changes is the lack of Joy-Cons but instead has a single body frame with the controls all attached to the body. The lack of Joy-Cons means no IR Sensors or HD Rumble so if you need to play games that require it, you’ll need to get additional Joy-Cons.

 

Furthermore, another change is the size of the screen and the body. The screen has shrunk from 6.2″ to 5.5″  while the body has also shrunk down a bit. A much-needed change that the Lite sees which I’d call an upgrade is the inclusion of an actual D-Pad which replaces the old separate d-pad.

The Switch Lite also has a slightly longer battery life as Nintendo claims it will last roughly between 3-7 hours long from the original Switch’s 2.5-6.5 hours. They state that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will drain the Switch Lite in 4 hours as opposed to the Switch just lasting for 3 hours. This change in battery life comes thanks to the new modified chipset that they use as well as the slightly smaller screen.

Lastly, since this is 100% focused on portability, the Switch Lite lacks the dock, the HDMI cable connection or a kickstand. All of these changes help bring down the price of the product.

The Nintendo Switch Lite costs $199 while the regular Nintendo Switch still costs $299. The Nintendo Switch Lite released Worldwide on September 20, 2019, and comes in three colours namely,  Grey, Yellow, Turquoise. There’s also a special Pokemon Sword and Shield Version of the Switch Lite which also costs $199 but will release much later on 8th November 2019.

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What Remains of Edith Finch Comes to the Switch on July 7

The critically acclaimed game, What Remains of Edith Finch is making its way to the Nintendo Switch and will be available on 7th July.

As Edith, you’ll explore the colossal Finch house, searching for stories as she explores her family history and tries to figure out why she’s the last one in her family left alive. Each story you find lets you experience the life of a new family member on the day of their death, with stories ranging from the distant past to the present day.

The gameplay and tone of the stories are as varied as the Finches themselves. The only constants are that each is played from a first-person perspective and that each story ends with that family member’s death.

Ultimately, it’s a game about what it feels like to be humbled and astonished by the vast and unknowable world around us.

Created by Giant Sparrow, the team behind the first-person painting game The Unfinished Swan.

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Nintendo Switch Mini Leaked?

There’s been a lot of rumours about two new Nintendo Switch models. One being a “Pro” model that is more powerful and one being a more Portable version and we might have gotten our first look at the new Nintendo Switch Mini thanks to a leak from a Chinese Console Accessory website.

The new Nintendo Switch Mini seems to be much more compact in size. It gets rid of the joycons and fuses the controllers to the body similar to the PSP and PS Vita. While the controller layout stays the same the D-Pad looks a bit different with a proper, more traditional D-Pad.

The screen looks to be the same but the colour scheme that they’ve showcased is a gun-metal grey colour for the entire console.

There are no specs given so we can assume its either the same chip used or the rumoured modified new one that is clocked slower than the Pro version for longer battery life and lack of proper cooling.

One of the biggest complaints with the Switch was how the Joycons were too small which resulted in people’s hand cramping and not feeling comfortable while using the joycons. If they make the design even more compact it will be interesting to see how they tackle the joycon issue with a fused body since for the regular Switch you can get a Hori “grip controller” that is much bigger but is not made by Nintendo themselves.

Since they are focusing on portability with this version, they shouldn’t expect players to use a Pro controller or any other controller with it since that would defeat the Switch Mini’s whole purpose.

As with any leak, take this with a grain of salt but there are high chances that this is what the final product looks like.

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New Pokemon Game to be Revealed Today?

Way back at E3 2017, Nintendo teased the fact that a mainline Pokemon game was in the works for the Nintendo Switch with a release of 2018 or later. Well, that later might just be very soon.

Nintendo is hosting a Pokemon Direct today at 7:30PM IST/ 6AM PT which is going to be just 7 minutes long. It’s been a while since Pokemon: Lets Go Pikachu and Eevee have been out so our bet is on the fact that it is a small glimpse of the upcoming 8th Generation Pokemon game.

Earlier in 2018, The Pokemon Company had stated that “The next introduction for the popular core RPG series would arrive in late 2019 on the Nintendo Switch”.

There are multiple reasons to be excited about this upcoming title. First of all, it’s going to be a brand new generation of Pokemon which means more new Pokemon to fall in love with and also despise. The second reason is that they’re going to surprise us with new mechanics according to Nintendo Magazine.

Translated:
“After a lifetime associated with portable consoles, the canonical Pokémon will take the leap to a home console with its eighth generation. Game Freak and The Pokémon Company are rethinking the saga to surprise with new mechanics, either in 2018 or later.”

However, the main reason to be excited is because of this statement by
Pokémon Company CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara:
“We want to make Pokémon fans say ‘this is what I’ve been waiting for’ by delivering a brand-new product packed with gameplay elements and plenty of new Pokémon to encounter.”

This also means that they will be pushing the visuals and the way the game is presented thanks to the move from weaker handheld devices to the Switch so maybe we could see an open world third person game like we always wanted similar to the style of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild.

“It is not an entry game, but a game that we want longtime fans of the Pokémon series to look forward to.”

As a long time fan of the series, its good to see that they’re acknowledging the players who have been playing since the days of Red and Blue and want to make a game that will appeal to them while also evolving the Pokemon formula.

Another thing to keep an out on is the addition of some sort of co-op play. Ishihara-san said “Until now, games were made as one for one person, but now you can go home and play with everyone — so how do we tackle these themes, and how do we make sure it’s not complicated?”

So maybe we could get a 2 player Pokemon game where you share the same world as your sibling/friend and they could replace your in-game rival. They might also bring the Pokemon Bank to the Switch so that you can transfer your Pokemon from the Sun and Moon and, Lets Go Pikachu and Eevee titles to the new game. At least this way your Pokemon won’t be lost to the sands of time.

Or maybe they’ll just announce an HD remake of Detective Pikachu with Ryan Reynolds voicing Pikachu as a tie-in with the film. Thankfully, it’s only a few hours away so Nintendo please, show us some of that Gen 8 goodness.

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Tetris 99 Has Made the Tetris Battle Royale Meme Reality

Battle Royale games are everywhere and after everybody joked ” What game is next? Tetris?” The mad folks at Nintendo actually went ahead and did it with Tetris 99.

This game isn’t a cheap rip-off or anything but is an actual certified Tetris game that is exclusive to the Nintendo Switch but only for those who are Nintendo Switch Online members.

The game is free for Switch Online Members and pits you against 98 other players in an attempt to see who is the one true Tetris God. You can mess with your opponents by sending them Garbage Blocks but the same goes for you so it’s a very risky affair.

Defeating other players will give you KO Badges which will give you an advantage for future attacks so you’ll want to be a little aggressive just to stay safe.

Tetris is one of my all time favourite games and it’s a game that is so simple yet so complex and this battle royale mode makes it so much more competitive that might just bring this game back in the limelight even though it has been a constant for a lot of people.

It sucks that the game is exclusive to the Nintendo Switch because I’d love to see this game on other platforms, maybe even with a bit cross-platform, this game could have a pretty long life. But hey, Nintendo has made this meme real and it’s actually pretty good and looks like a lot of fun.

Tetris 99 is out now on the Nintendo Switch and is available for free and exclusively to Nintendo Switch Online members.

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The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Announced for Switch

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening has been announced for the Nintendo Switch and is set to release in 2019.

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening for the Switch is a remake of the 1993 Gameboy title that is considered to be one of the best titles in the series. The game takes place after the events of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, another fantastic title.

This is also one of few games that take place outside of Hyrule itself and doesn’t include Princess Zelda or any of the regular main characters of the series, including those that were present in A Link to the Past.

For the Nintendo Switch, the game has been giving similar visual treatment like A Link Between Worlds on the Nintendo 3DS but even more visually improved. The game has a very cute aesthetic that makes you feel like it is one of those old claymation videos that used to play on TV when you were a kid.

The lighting also looks really gorgeous along with bright, saturated colours and a slight depth of field effect giving it a tilt-shifted look. The music in trailer perfectly complimented the visuals with a very upbeat and a somewhat tropical rendition of the very famous “Overworld Theme” which has become the main theme for the series.

After recently finishing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, I wanted to play some of the older titles and this announcement came at the perfect time. While there’s no fixed release date, the game will release in 2019 and I’m extremely excited to get my hands on this game.

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Microsoft to extend Xbox live to Nintendo Switch and Smartphones, a step towards unified gaming platform

Microsoft is quite ambitious about Xbox’s future. Project xCloud, which the company launched in 2018, stated company’s clear goal to make Xbox games available on all platforms.

The latest reveal by Game Developers Conference says that Microsoft is planning to support cross-platform multiplayer gaming. This means that iOS, Android, Switch, PC and Xbox players would be able to play together. This move brings a lot to the table. Introducing all social and interactive tools including leaderboards, means that Microsoft would be able to tap into currently untouched 2 billion devices and integrate them into mainstream gaming, becoming the most ‘expansive’ platform.

Having a unified gaming platform means a win-win for everyone. But, disappointing, Microsoft has restricted the purchase of games to Microsoft’s own store only.
We’ll surely get more details and information when Microsoft does its presentation at GDC 2019. Stay tuned.

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Assassin’s Creed 3+Liberations For Switch Leaked; Releases 15th February

Multiple Czech online sellers have leaked an Assassin’s Creed remaster bundle for the Nintendo Switch.

The remaster bundle comes with Assassin’s Creed 3 and Assassin’s Creed Liberation. While we knew a remaster for 3 was in the works, what we did not know was that there was also a Switch bundled release coming.

The choice of the remaster also seems weird at first glance because Assassin’s Creed 3 is a game which has fans split. They either hate the game or love the game and also received a lot of flak on its original release. Liberation was a handheld exclusive before making its way to other platforms and featured the first playable female assassin.

The reason for this remaster though is probably because Assassin’s Creed 3 just got a remaster for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 so porting that would be much easier along with added benefits of having better textures and lighting.

There are a lot of games releasing on February 15th with Far Cry New Dawn, Metro Exodus, Crackdown 3 and also the Anthem Early Access. While all those won’t be coming out on the Switch, they’re all games that have a lot of hype behind them.

The fact that there’s been no official release from Ubisoft yet is also not going to help it but then again, many of the Switch users who have heard this news are pretty excited to get their hands on an Assassin’s Creed game on the Switch.

If this is the start of Ubisoft porting more Assassin’s Creed games to the Switch then it ain’t bad at all. While we most likely wont get games like Unity which is notorious for its power hungry requirements and the newer titles like Origins and Odyssey, we might just get a title like Assassin’s Creed IV or Rogue which are both really good Assassin’s Creed game and also closely tie in with the plot of both Assassin’s Creed 3 and Liberation

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