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  • 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...

  • Can’t wait? SNES Mini now available to preorder on Raru

    Nintendo's miniature NES was a sensation upon its release last year, being produced in small numbers but seeing great demand. So we were happy to see the company announce the SNES Classic console, giving the Super Nintendo the miniature treatment. The console is only set to launch in September 2017, but South African online retailer Raru has listed the machine for preorder on its website. Raru lists the console at R1249, adding that it's expected on 29 September. The retailer adds that they're limiting preorders to one per customer -- presumably to combat reselling. As for games, the SNES Mini comes packed with:...

  • 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...

  • SNES Classic is real: Star Fox 2 playable for first time

    We heard murmurings of a mini SNES console earlier this year, following the success of the mini NES. Now, Nintendo has officially taken the wraps off of the SNES Classic console. Much like the mini NES, we've got a miniature console in the same style as the original machine, as well as two SNES controllers. The console officially launches in the USA on 29 September and comes in at US$80. No word on a local release date or price just yet, but we've asked Core Group for more information. Still, a console lives and dies by its games, and the SNES had a...

  • Nintendo Switch 3.0 update brings some small but welcome features

    The Nintendo Switch is enjoying very healthy sales, thanks to the likes of Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart. However, it's not a perfect console, with the biggest complaint being the barebones nature of it all. Nevertheless, Nintendo is hard at work on crafting system updates, with the latest version 3.0 update being pushed out last night. So what does it bring to the table? For starters, you can now get news for specific games (news>find channels), add friends from your Wii U and 3DS friend lists (my page>friend suggestions) and get alerts when your friends go online/offline (system settings>notifications>friend...

  • Nintendo at E3 2017: Metroid Prime, Super Mario and more [Videos]

    Last year saw Nintendo hit the ball out of the park during E3 week, delivering a pre-recorded presentation filled with killer titles and Switch goodness. Now that the Switch is in millions of hands around the world, what has Nintendo delivered at E3 2017? Here are some of the major highlights. Metroid Prime 4 is coming for Switch The Metroid Prime series is one of gaming's most beloved, delivering a first-person adventure back in 2002 and going from strength to strength since then. Now, Nintendo has used to E3 to merely confirm that the game was in development for Switch. No gameplay or...

  • E3 2017: get your conference times here

    The world's most prominent gaming expo, E3, kicks off in just under two weeks, promising plenty of surprises and details for gamers. Want to watch the conferences but not sure what time they start? We've got the timetable for you, found below. They'll also be streamed live on Twitch (and most companies will stream it via their YouTube pages). Electronic Arts The huge third-party publisher will no doubt show off some FIFA (and "banter"), as well as Star Wars Battlefront 2 and other wares. The company's E3 conference kicks off on Saturday 10 June at 12pm PT. In South Africa, this is 9pm...

  • Nintendo Switch paid online delayed, pricing revealed

    The Nintendo Switch is on fire right now, with brisk sales and reports that the Japanese firm is going to increase production of the console. If there is a major downside to the console, it's that the online service was quite barebones and would become a paid service later this year. Now, Nintendo has announced that the paid service won't launch in 2017. "Please note that online play will continue to be free for Nintendo Account holders until the paid service launches in 2018," the company wrote on its website. Nintendo has also revealed pricing for the online service, with a one...