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  • Official Nintendo Switch pricing revealed for SA

    Following Takealot's announcement earlier this morning, Core Group has officially revealed pricing for the Nintendo Switch in South Africa. "Core Gaming Systems announced today that Nintendo Switch will be available for the recommended retail price of R5599," Core wrote in an emailed press statement. "Nintendo Switch offers a completely new gaming experience that South Africans will love -- we are thrilled to introduce this unique gaming console locally at the same time as the rest of the world," says Matthew Grose, General Manager for Core Gaming Systems. Want to get your hands on one before that? Well, the distributor will be holding...

  • Nintendo Switch gets price on Takealot

    The Nintendo Switch is hitting South Africa at the same time as the rest of the word, but pricing has been a mystery for us. Sure, Nintendo announced a US$299 price tag for the USA, but what about South Africa? Now, local online retailer Takealot has revealed its price (h/t: Cheap Gamer), coming in at R5299 (Takealot claims that this is down from R5599). The Nintendo Switch price on Takealot is similar to the PS4, although we have seen discounts from both Sony and Microsoft Switch peripheral prices have also been revealed by the retailer, with the Pro Controller available for R1199, a pair of...

  • Xbox One Creators Update starts rollout: what to expect?

    Microsoft has announced that the Creators Update for Xbox One is slowly making its way to gamers enrolled in the Insider Programme. Now, we've already covered some of the key features, such as tapping the Xbox button once to open the guide, but there are a couple of less notable features too. For one, the Home screen has received a fresh coat of paint, with the goal of making it intuitive and faster. "You’ll notice the main tile for what you’re currently playing has changed. Now, you’ll see a smaller icon for the game and a few options to dive deeper...

  • How does Nintendo Switch launch library compare?

    The Nintendo Switch event on Friday provided some much-needed details surrounding the new console, offering release information (including SA) and much more. But one of the biggest concerns was the launch library, featuring five titles for PAL territories and nine if you include Japanese releases. So how does it stack up to previous Nintendo consoles then? Wii U Starting with the Switch's predecessor, the Wii U actually had a launch library far bigger than the Switch, numbering over 20 (24 in the UK). There were multiplatform titles such as Assassin's Creed III, Arkham City, Skylanders Giants, Black Ops 2, Epic Mickey 2, Just Dance 4,...

  • Nintendo Switch: 5 things the console needs to nail

    The Nintendo Switch event made for an entertaining watch on Friday, as the Japanese firm revealed a price and release date for the hybrid console. However, it's clear that there are a few sticking points to be had at this stage, with the launch library looking very thin, for one. But what about the device and associated online service? Here are a few things Nintendo needs to nail with the Switch itself and online functionality. A proper cloud-based account system Nintendo has always been one step behind the competition when it comes to online functionality. While the original Xbox and PS2 (to...

  • Nintendo Switch: six things you might not know

    We've covered the Nintendo Switch presentation extensively this morning, looking at the event itself, game trailers and the South African release date. In other words, there's a lot to know about the console, but we've still got some more information you may have missed. You're getting a NES/SNES game a month (with online play) One of the more notable tidbits was that the Nintendo online gaming service would be a paid service. But did you know that you're getting a free NES or SNES game as well? "Subscribers will get to download and play a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) or Super Nintendo Entertainment...

  • Yes, South Africa gets Nintendo Switch on 3 March too

    Local Nintendo distributor Core Group has confirmed that the Nintendo Switch will be hitting South Africa on 3 March 2017. "On 3rd March, Nintendo Switch will be available in the following European territories: Austria, Andorra, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Hungary, Isle of Man, Italy, Jersey, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Russia, San Marino, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the Vatican," Core Group explained. "It will also be available in South Africa at the same timing." We've enquired about local pricing and will update the article when we receive information....

  • Nintendo Switch event: 3 March release, but what about price?

    Update: Core Group has confirmed a 3 March release date for South Africa as well, but hasn't mentioned a price. Original article: The Nintendo Switch is just a few months away from its launch date, with the Japanese video game titan holding its big go-home presentation in Tokyo today. So what did they reveal about the innovative new console? Well, the all-important launch date and price were revealed. Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima confirmed that the device would release on 3 March 2017 in the USA, Japan, Canada, major EU nations and Hong Kong. Price-wise, you're looking at 29 980 yen or US$299. Kimishima added...

  • Nintendo Switch: CPU, GPU clock speeds revealed

    I don't think anyone was expecting the Nintendo Switch to be more powerful than the Xbox One or PlayStation 4. After all, the new Nintendo console is designed to be portable, which means that heat management and battery life is paramount. We know that the device is using a mobile-oriented Tegra X1 processor, which means that there's already a little gulf between Nintendo's machine and rival consoles. But just how big is the performance gap? Eurogamer confirmed that its quad A57 CPU cores stay steady at 1020Mhz (a far cry from the 2Ghz+ maximum for the CPU core). However, GPU speeds vary,...

  • PS4 gets two promotions in SA for December

    Ster-Kinekor Entertainment has announced two promotions for the PS4 for the month of December. "The first promotion will commence from 9 to 14 December offering consumers who purchase any standalone or bundled PS4, a free copy of EA Sports FIFA 17 on PS4 resulting in a saving of up to R1200," the local PlayStation distributor wrote in an emailed statement. The standalone PS4 currently has a suggested retail price of R5199. "Immediately following this consumers will be able to pick up the brand new standalone PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system with a 500GB HDD at an astonishing R3999.99 from 15-24 December," SKE wrote. Want a PS4...