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Charge your Nintendo Switch every six months or you might damage it – here’s why

When was the last time you charged your Nintendo Switch? If it’s been longer than a few months, you might want to give it some juice as soon as possible. Nintendo of Japan’s customer service Twitter account has urged owners of its hybrid console to “please charge [your battery] every six months.” This is to prevent the battery from becoming “unchargeable if it has not been charged or used for too long”, and will hopefully prevent issues such as battery swell and other issues that can arise after a prolonged lack of use. This problem isn’t solely isolated to the Nintendo Switch, of course. Any device that has a built-in or rechargeable battery can degrade if it hasn’t been used for a prolonged period of time. We saw a similar issue occur with Sony PSP models that were left unused for many months (if not years). There’s no need to panic if you use your Switch regularly or always leave it in the dock, then. However, Nintendo Switch Lite owners who may have stashed the handheld-only model away somewhere should take note to not neglect their device for too long. Game on If you haven’t dusted off your Switch for a while, there are plenty of good reasons to turn it on. Animal Crossing: New Horizons Halloween event is well underway, and Super Mario 3D All-Stars lets you play Super Mario Galaxy anytime, anywhere. Nintendo recently announced Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, too, a hack ‘n slash prequel to The…Continue readingCharge your Nintendo Switch every six months or you might damage it – here’s why

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Best Nintendo Switch headsets 2020: the top Switch gaming headsets

Looking for the best Nintendo Switch headphones/headsets? Then you’ve landed on the right page.  Playing on the Nintendo Switch is often a communal activity, but sometimes you just want to pull on a gaming headset, tune everything out and play something single-player. In which case, you might be searching for Nintendo Switch headphones so you can have some alone time with Mario, Link, and the rest of the Nintendo gang.  In this guide, We’re going to run through five of the best Nintendo Switch headphones/headsets on the market, pinning down the cans that offer the best sound quality, comfort, and design. Our picks range from cheaper options to high-end peripherals, so regardless of your budget, you should be able to find a solid choice in this buying guide. Best Nintendo Switch headphones on Prime Day and Black Friday Amazon Prime Day 2020 deals are set to begin in October, and Black Friday will follow shortly after at the end of November, meaning we’re likely to see some fantastic deals on Nintendo Switch headphones/headsets. We see small discounts on Switch headsets throughout the year, but Prime Day and Black Friday sales periods are when we’ll likely see the biggest price cuts on the best Nintendo Switch headphones and headsets. There’s truly no better time to get a fantastic deal on a gaming headset So if you’ve been playing around with the idea of picking up a Nintendo Switch headset in the near future, we would advise holding off until these sales periods – you’ll…Continue readingBest Nintendo Switch headsets 2020: the top Switch gaming headsets

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The Verge

Nintendo just announced a new Kirby game for the Switch, and it’s available right now

Nintendo has just announced Kirby Fighters 2, a brand new game in the Kirby series for the Nintendo Switch, and it’s available to download from the eShop right now for $19.99. In the game, you fight against up to three other players in local or online multiplayer. You can play as one of 17 different Kirbys, each wielding one of Kirby’s famous copy abilities (including a new Wrestler ability), as well as other characters including Bandana Waddle Dee, Meta Knight, and King Dedede. In addition, the game offers a story mode where you work your way through a number of battles to eventually take on Meta Knight and King Dedede, and you can play it co-op with a friend. The game also has a “Single-Handed Mode” where you’ll be tasked with clearing nine battles against increasingly-difficult opponents as quickly as you can, all by yourself. I’ll be honest that I had no idea that there was a Kirby Fighters game before this, but Kirby Fighters 2 follows Kirby Fighters Deluxe, which was released in 2014 for the Nintendo 3DS. And Kirby Fighters Deluxe was a standalone game broken out from a multiplayer mode in Kirby Triple Deluxe, also for the 3DS. Source linkContinue readingNintendo just announced a new Kirby game for the Switch, and it’s available right now

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Wired

The Nintendo 3DS’ Surprisingly Social Legacy

I tell this story a lot: I didn’t have much of a life before the Nintendo 3DS. It happened a year after I moved to New York. Aside from my housemates and a couple of over-friendly acquaintances, I didn’t know a lot of people, and certainly none who’d play video games with me. It was a sunny fall day in 2014 when Nintendo released its free demo for Super Smash Bros. 4 on the handheld 3DS system. The competitive fighting game’s launch, a month from then, was slated to be my highlight of the year. I’d celebrated every Smash launch before it. Unconscionable snack foods, hours of screaming in basements packed with friends and friends-of-friends left back in prior homes. As Smash 4’s launch approached, I prayed for a good online versus mode. I loved the demo, but sitting alone in bed, I quickly became bored of pummeling Smash 4’s CPUs. I packed my pearl-pink 3DS into a backpack and walked over to the nearest coffee shop. On the back patio, I sipped too-strong cold brew and practiced Zelda’s aerial combos. I was absorbed, not noticing the people around me, and hoping that, in a space better suited to ostentatious reading and Tinder dates, nobody would notice me. I looked up briefly between sips of coffee. Just people. Then, I noticed them: three Nintendo 3DSes, all at one table, and all running the Smash 4 demo. Whoa. I walked over to the table and introduced myself, a little too loudly.…Continue readingThe Nintendo 3DS’ Surprisingly Social Legacy

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Mashable

The Nintendo 3DS is dead. Long live the Nintendo 3DS.

It’s been an interesting run, but the days of the Nintendo 3DS are officially done. The gaming company confirmed the end of production of the 3DS family of consoles on Thursday, adding a note to the official website, “The manufacturing of the Nintendo 3DS family of systems has ended.” With significantly sharper focus placed on the Switch of late and reports citing declining sales for the 3DS, the news doesn’t exactly come as a surprise, though if you’ve coveted your 3DS, you might pour one out for the family of consoles.  Exactly when Nintendo made this decision for the 3DS family remains a mystery, but the company confirmed its end on Sept. 16. Unveiled in 2010 as a successor to the Nintendo DS, and released in 2011, the 3DS saw a drastic price reduction not long after its initially shaky release. The biggest drawcard to the 3DS was the ability to see 3D graphics without the dorky glasses, but its steep price tag and totally fine OG lineup of games saw customers on the fence at first. The price drop, along with a pretty sweet games bundle deal, seemed to have worked though, with sales increasing over the first few years. After several redesigns, including the New Nintendo 3DS, the New 3DS XL, the 2DS, and the New 2DS XL, the Nintendo 3DS family has sold over 75 million units to date. But it seems it’s all about the Switch these days. Source linkContinue readingThe Nintendo 3DS is dead. Long live the Nintendo 3DS.

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Engadget

Nintendo has discontinued the 3DS family

Three years after launching the Switch, Nintendo is putting the 3DS out to pasture. Back in July, the gaming giant shut down the Wii U and 3DS eshops in dozens of regions. Now, it has officially discontinued the family of handheld devices, which used to be wildly popular until the Switch took over as the company’s main console. As The Verge reports, Nintendo has posted a notice on the 3DS’ UK and Japanese pages that says “The manufacturing of the Nintendo 3DS family of systems has ended.” You can still click through the individual models’ pages — the 3DS, 3DS XL, 2DS and 2DS XL — but they all have the same notice. Nintendo’s US website has pulled the 3DS page down completely, though, and visiting it only redirects you to its homepage. You can, however, still access the 3DS games list on the website’s Games Store. Source linkContinue readingNintendo has discontinued the 3DS family

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The Verge

The next Nintendo Switch Online games include Donkey Kong Country 2

Nintendo has announced the next round of games to be added to the ever-growing Nintendo Switch Online retro library. The headliner is Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest, the 1995 sequel to the original Donkey Kong Country that was added to Nintendo Switch Online back in July. I will be straight with you and admit that I am not a Donkey Kong Country fan. But I am a Picross fan, so I’m excited for the next addition: Mario’s Super Picross, a 1995 SNES game that has never been released in the US. (It did see release on the Wii and Wii U Virtual Console in PAL regions, though.) If you’re not a Picross player already, Nintendo has posted a tutorial for Mario’s Super Picross here: The other additions this month are Jaleco’s 1993 SNES beat-em-up The Peace Keepers and Natsume’s 1990 NES scrolling shooter S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team. All four games will be available to Nintendo Switch Online members on September 23rd, bringing the library to a total of 90 titles. Source linkContinue readingThe next Nintendo Switch Online games include Donkey Kong Country 2

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Engadget

Nintendo reportedly boosts Switch production due to pandemic-driven demand

Nintendo is sticking with its forecast of 19 million consoles for the year, likely out of an abundance of caution. However, it’s own figures show it has sold 11.4 million consoles in the last two quarters alone, nearly double over the same period last year. To keep things rolling, Nintendo is reportedly working on a new Switch that’s set for release next year. It could be a high-end model, as the company asked “several outside game developers” to prepare 4K upgrades for their titles. That ties in with previous rumors that Nintendo has more Switch consoles planned and that Sharp could be making high-resolution panels for them. Source linkContinue readingNintendo reportedly boosts Switch production due to pandemic-driven demand

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The Nintendo Switch goes on sale in Brazil on September 18th

Buying directly from Nintendo is something people in Brazil haven’t been able to do for more than five years. Citing the country’s taxes at the time, Nintendo stopped direct sales in Brazil in 2015. Since then, consumers there have had to either import Nintendo products or buy them from a reseller. Last August, however, Brazillian President Jair Bolsonaro lowered import taxes on gaming hardware. Provided the cost of the console doesn’t scare consumers away, Brazil offers a significant opportunity for Nintendo. After India, the US and China, the South American country is the fourth largest gaming market globally. That’s something that could help Nintendo build on the 61 million Switch units it has already sold.   Source linkContinue readingThe Nintendo Switch goes on sale in Brazil on September 18th

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Nintendo hamstrings Super Mario 3D All-Stars by being Nintendo

It finally happened! Nintendo revealed its plans for the Super Mario Bros. 35th anniversary. And while I’m happy and excited, Nintendo is still being weird about it. A lot of this has to do with the event’s marquee attraction: Super Mario 3D All-Stars. I’ve been hearing rumors about this compilation for months, and it is finally real! Hurrah! But this collection also feels less than what it could have been. I know — I feel silly complaining about getting Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy together in one package for Switch. But I’m surprised that these versions of the games are just remasters and not remakes. I mean, it’s weird to see Crash Bandicoot and Spyro get more attention than Mario when it came time to repackage their classic 3D platformers. Half-empty galaxy In a way, I don’t really mind. I like the low polygon look of Super Mario 64. I think that the original versions of Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy looked good enough that they just need the addition of HD. I guess I have my own expectations to blame here. These rumors have been swirling around for awhile, and they filled my head with visions of graphical overhauls that would have these games looking more like Super Mario Odyssey. And while rumors are out of Nintendo’s control, it could have combated them by announcing this package earlier. I know I should be glad that Super Mario 3D All-Stars is coming out…Continue readingNintendo hamstrings Super Mario 3D All-Stars by being Nintendo