The Nintendo Switch is a bona fide hit. By the end of 2017 — the system’s first 10 months on store shelves — Nintendo had sold nearly 15 million units of the Switch, eclipsing the entire lifetime sales of the Wii U. During that same period, Switch sales in the U.S. alone topped 4.8 million systems, breaking Nintendo’s own record with the Wii. The Switch’s $299 price tag only covers the basics — a docking station, two Joy-Cons, a Joy-Con Grip, an HDMI cable and an AC power adapter. Not to mention the frankly pitiful internal storage. A quick Amazon search for Switch accessories shows the extent to which the portable/console hybrid is primed for peripherals of all kinds. Some are a necessity, some would be nice to have, and some are just ridiculous. [Note: All prices listed in this guide are suggested retail prices, which may not be current. Check retailer listings for the most up-to-date information.] Storage The Switch’s internal flash memory … [Read more...] about Which Nintendo Switch peripherals are right for you?
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Last year, Nintendo announced that the Wii Shop Channel would be closing Thursday, January 31, 2019. It also announce that, starting on March 26, 2018, users will be unable to add points to their Wii Shop accounts, which effectively makes this weekend your last opportunity to add points to your account and purchase games. It’s been a long time coming, but the Wii Shop will finally begin the first steps of closing its doors. While Nintendo has assured us that WiiWare and Virtual Console games that users have already purchased will still be available for a limited time, Wii owners should definitely look to transfer their games to a Wii-U as soon as possible to prevent any losses. Additionally, if there’s any games you’ve had your eye on in the closing channel, now is the time to buy. While most purchasable titles are available on both the Wii and Wii-U, there are a number of them that are exclusive to the Wii, making it your last chance to own them if you see any that … [Read more...] about This Weekend Is the Last Chance to Buy Wii Shop Games
Sonic the Hedgehog was the first video game character featured as a balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. In 1993, arguably at the height of the Sega mascot’s popularity, the Sonic balloon soared above New York City until it neared Columbus Circle at the Southwest corner of Central Park. There it struck a light pole. The balloon ruptured and deflated, causing minor injuries to a child and an off-duty police officer standing below. The next year, the balloon reappeared, repaired and ready to fly once more. It successfully completed the parade’s route and Katie Couric noted on NBC’s live coverage of the event that she and co-host Willard Scott were happy to see Sonic doing well after running into some turbulence the year prior. In 1995, the year Sega released its Sega Saturn console in North America, the balloon struck another light pole. Then in 1997, the balloon hit a third light pole and deflated once again. The parade retired the balloon, keeping it … [Read more...] about Sonic the Hedgehog’s long, great, rocky history
For those of you who want to skip to the news , here’s a quick rundown of the new features and options included in the SNES Classic: Save points cache at least one minute’s worth of gameplay, so you can go back to the most advantageous place before starting over. You can choose your own border frames, which also change color during key gameplay moments. As with the NES Classic, the system has three display modes: 4:3, Pixel Perfect and CRT. A demo mode option includes footage from your own gameplay saves. Last week, I drove into San Francisco to get some hands on time with the Super Nintendo Classic. During a meeting held at an office for Nintendo’s PR agency, I got to mess around with the miniature hardware, something my colleagues did back in June and wrote about at length. This meeting was more about how the operating system and home screens work, especially in comparison to the NES Classic, which was launched last year to great commercial success. I … [Read more...] about Hands on with the SNES Classic’s cool new features, and Star Fox 2
Four days from today, Nintendo's latest console will go on sale. A little over four years since the launch of Wii U, a little over four months since Nintendo announced Switch, and to many, the system seems like a breath of fresh air — a game console Transformer full of potential with a steady stream of software to back it up. To some, though, the system seems incomplete. From early reports of controllers that don't properly sync to a limited launch lineup, a lack of non-game apps like Netflix, a missing Virtual Console library and lingering questions about the online service, there's a simplicity to Switch's launch that recalls the '90s — Zelda is Mario 64, and if you don't want that or a few other games, you might not need the system right away. In time, Nintendo will address those issues. Yet more than most consoles, Switch remains a bit of a mystery at launch. Are motion controls going to be a big part of it? What type of player will Switch developers cater to? And will … [Read more...] about What the game industry thinks of Nintendo’s Switch