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All posts tagged "Nintendo Switch"

  • Nintendo Switch tops hardware sales in US for third straight month

    The Nintendo Switch enjoyed a fantastic launch, as units flew off shelves around the world. The big question is whether that momentum can be sustained, and the answer thus far is yes. US sales figures released by the NPD Group show that the console is at the top of the charts for September. When you combine Switch, SNES Mini and 3DS sales, Nintendo systems account for two-thirds of all hardware sales for the month. Whichever way you cut it, that's a huge slice of the pie. "This marks the third straight month that Nintendo Switch has been number one, and the fifth...

  • Nintendo Switch gets huge update: here are all features

    If there's one major criticism of the Nintendo Switch, it's that the operating system is just too basic for modern tastes. Sure, it's fast, but there are loads of missing features that modern gamers take for granted. Now, the company has released the 4.0 update for the hybrid console, bringing a smorgasbord of major features to the table. Probably the most important feature is the ability to transfer user and save data to another Switch (system settings>users>transfer your user and save data). It's unclear exactly how this works, but here's hoping that we get cloud storage down the line as well....

  • 9 big third party games you can get for Nintendo Switch

    The Nintendo Switch is probably the gaming story of 2017, enjoying huge sales numbers and some well-received first party titles. However, the big question surrounding Nintendo platforms often tends to be the third-party situation. After all, the company has traditionally struggled with this over the years. Nevertheless, there are a few current and upcoming Nintendo Switch releases that buck the trend in a massive way. We pick some of the more prominent third-party Switch releases. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Yes yes, the joke about Bethesda releasing Skyrim on everything has some truth to it. But who doesn't like the idea of playing Skyrim...

  • South African game Semblance to appear on Nintendo Switch

    Local studio Nyamakop and their puzzle/platformer Semblance certainly made a splash at Gamescom 2017, winning the expo's "Underdog" award and being featured in a video by IGN. Now, we've got the news that the game is actually coming to the Nintendo Switch. The title was spotted in one of the latest Nintendo Indie (Nindie) montages by Critical Hit, making for quite a pleasant surprise. Semblance is a side-scrolling puzzle/platformer, with the kicker being that your adorable character can extensively shape the level. Check out the Nintendo compilation below (Semblance at 2:55).

  • How does Skyrim perform on Switch?

    Gamescom 2017 is in full swing and Bethesda and Nintendo have finally allowed gamers to try out the Nintendo Switch version of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. So the big question is whether it's actually too much for the system to handle... Eurogamer's Digital Foundry went hands-on with the action RPG for 15 minutes, noting that the game was running in handheld mode. The publication said that the game seems to run at native 720p in this mode. "It's the consistency in performance that's really impressive, especially compared to the last-gen versions of the game. The wobbly frame-rates with hitching and...

  • Nintendo Switch Online: what to know before downloading app?

    The Nintendo Switch Online app is now available to download for Android and iOS, although the servers aren't actually up yet. Of course, it should be available once Splatoon 2 launches on 21 July. Fortunately, Nintendo has published a frequently asked questions (FAQ) guide for the app, so what's some of the more pertinent information you should know? For starters, the app is free to use for now, but come 2018, it'll require a subscription fee (the fee also includes online play). "After the free-trial period, the online play portion of most games and the Nintendo Switch Online app will require a paid online service subscription from Nintendo," the...

  • Splatoon 2: what are the reviews saying?

    The original Splatoon represented a rather whacky and original take on the multiplayer shooter. Featuring kaleidoscopic visuals, unique traversal mechanics and fun paintball-style ink battles, was there any wonder that we'd see Splatoon 2? In any event, the review embargo has lifted, so what do some of the bigger outlets think of the sequel? Ars Technica The publication's Sam Machkovech writes that Splatoon 2 isn't the original game with a number attached to the end of the title. "Splatoon 2 is a bona fide sequel, if barely, but that jump in number matters when I offer it as an unqualified recommendation for the next purchase most Switch...

  • Nintendo Switch Online app finally hits Android, iOS

    The Nintendo Switch has truly been a sales phenomenon since its launch in March 2017, but one of the biggest issues has been the requirement for a separate app to use voice chat. Now, the app in question has finally been pushed out to Google Play and iTunes. The Nintendo Switch Online app comes ahead of this week's launch of Splatoon 2, being an eagerly anticipated multiplayer shooter and one of the bigger Nintendo titles of the year. As for features, the app lets you voice chat and invite social media friends to gaming sessions. However, Nintendo adds that you can...

  • 6 Wii U games we’d like to see on Nintendo Switch

    Sure, it might not be as powerful as the competition, but the Nintendo Switch is enjoying a hugely successful launch year thus far. It's not difficult to see why, as the allure of taking console quality games on the go is too strong for many a gamer to withstand. We've already seen Mario Kart 8 and Pokken Tournament being ported to the Switch, but here are a few more Wii U games we'd like to play on the go... Bayonetta 1 and 2 The first game was originally released on PS3 and Xbox 360 before being ported to the Wii U, along...

  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: or how I shouted ‘bomb’ on a plane

    "Urgh! Bomb!" It was at this moment that I realised what I had shouted. On a plane from Johannesburg to Cape Town. Granted, I wasn't shouting at the top of my lungs and it was interspersed between cries of "blue shell!" and swear words, but it still made for a flustered moment a few seconds later. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will do that to you. Hell, the entire series will do that to you. And when you're playing in split-screen with a fellow tech journalist on a plane, as hard as you try, there will be a rally of nasty words and exasperated cries. The...