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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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Ori and the Will of the Wisps comes to Switch

Microsoft came to the latest Nintendo Partner Showcase to announce that Ori and the Will of the Wisps is coming to Switch later today. It wasn’t too long ago that the idea of a Microsoft game coming to a Nintendo platform would seem insane, but Microsoft and Nintendo have been building up something of a relationship. Former Microsoft exclusive Cuphead was the first Microsoft game (outside of Minecraft, which is on every platform) to show up on Switch. Ori and the Blind Forest followed not long after. Now its sequel is on the way to Nintendo’s hit console. Ori and the Will of the Wisp debuted earlier this year for Xbox One and PC on March 11. Coming to Switch will expose the Metroidvania to an even larger audience. Although you do have to wonder how well the game will run, considering the Switch’s processor isn’t as powerful as the Xbox One’s. Even on an Xbox One X, Will of the Wisp can sometimes be a bit sluggish and prone to bugs (although patches have smoothed those problems). Source linkContinue readingOri and the Will of the Wisps comes to Switch

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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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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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Forget PS5, Xbox Series X and Switch – the PC is the best place to play

Timing is everything, isn’t it? While we’ve been running TechRadar’s PC Gaming Week 2020, which has been celebrating the best gaming platform on Earth, both Nvidia and Intel held big product launches which will have huge ramifications for the future of PC gaming – further proving our point that the PC is the best place to play. All of this, while Microsoft struggles with a woeful Xbox Series X launch lineup, now that Halo Infinite has been delayed, and along with Sony refuses to let us know how much the next-gen consoles will be, and Nintendo’s frankly anti-consumer celebration of Mario (limited run digital games to drive up demand? Gee, thanks Ninty), means there’s no question for gamers. Forget the PS5, Xbox Series X and Switch – buy or upgrade your gaming PC instead. (Image credit: Shutterstock) First of all, those launches. Nvidia revealed its powerful new graphics cards; the RTX 3070, RTX 3080 and the gorgeously bonkers RTX 3090, which looks like it could finally pave the way for 8K gaming. These three new GPUs will likely easily blow past whatever the Xbox Series X and PS5 will be capable of, and will remain cutting edge for years. While the RTX 3090 and RTX 3080 are expensive cards, they are investments. And, Nvidia pleasantly surprised us with rather decent pricing for its GPUs (ok, the RTX 3090 remains obscenely expensive, but the others are rather reasonable). In fact, as my esteemed colleague Bill Thomas wrote, the Nvidia GeForce RTX…Continue readingForget PS5, Xbox Series X and Switch – the PC is the best place to play

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The Next Web

Nintendo now lets you cancel Switch pre-orders — here’s how it works

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Nintendo recently updated its Switch eShop policies, making a change many fans have been requesting practically since the console released: the ability to cancel pre-orders if you don’t want the game. Here’s how you can do it. Previously, whenever you paid for a game on the Switch, all sales were final. As soon as money changed hands, you couldn’t decide you didn’t want the game. Needless to say, this did not make gamers happy, as the flexibility to cancel pre-orders should you change your mind is one of the benefits of pre-ordering. In fact, some European authorities investigated whether it was illegal (it’s not). But suffice to say gamers have been lobbying for this change for quite some time. Now the store policy has changed so that the pre-order charge will only go through 7 days before the game is released, at which point the product is considered paid for and the sale is final. NintendoLife also reports that another change to the eShop is that it’ll now say how long is left on a sale or discount, so that buyers can make informed purchasing decisions. Again, this fixes a longstanding bugbear for Switch users, as there was previously no indication of how long you’d be able to get the sale price, unlike just about every other gaming store out there. So say you do want to…Continue readingNintendo now lets you cancel Switch pre-orders — here’s how it works

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8BitDo’s Arcade Stick launches in October for Switch and PC

One of the best peripheral makers is getting into the fight. Or, at least, it’s getting into the fighting-game community. Manufacturer 8BitDo revealed the new 8BitDo Arcade Stick today. This gamepad works with the Nintendo Switch and PC, and it is available for preorder for $90. It begins shipping out to customers October 20. The 8BitDo Arcade Stick comes with a variety of options for how you play and even the kinds of inputs you use. If you’re an arcade-stick enthusiast, for example, you can swap in universal buttons from renowned companies like Sanwa and Seimitsu. If you prefer a bat-style stick as opposed to a ball, you can add in your own. But even if you’re not going to open up your stick, it still has a ton of options. 8BitDo’s Ultra Software works with the Arcade Stick, and this enables you to customize your inputs. It also has two macro buttons that you can program to complete a specific series of inputs. The designers at 8BitDo also added a toggle to switch the stick from controlling the left stick, the D-pad, or the right stick. When it comes to connectivity, the Arcade Stick supports Bluetooth wireless, 2.4Ghz wireless, and USB. The Bluetooth option works with Switch or PC. You can use the 2.4Ghz option to connect to a receiver that is hidden inside a compartment in the base of the stick. In these wireless modes, the controller runs on a rechargeable battery. But if you are afraid of…Continue reading8BitDo’s Arcade Stick launches in October for Switch and PC