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More new joycons for Splatoon 2
Last night Nintendo revealed some new details on two of its big upcoming Switch games, Arms and Splatoon 2. But mixed amongst the story trailers and new character reveals was some bright, colorful new hardware. The Splatoon-themed, neon pink-and-green options include both a pair of Joy-Con controllers, and the sleek Pro Controller. There’s also a similarly-themed Switch carrying case, complete with lots of squid graphics.

Japan and Europe — there’s no word on a release in North America. The accessories will be launching on July 21st, the same day Splatoon 2 releases on Switch, and in Japan you’ll be able to get the game and Joy-Con as part of a console bundle. For those in North America looking for a colorful new Joy-Con, there are other options. In June, Nintendo is releasing a bright yellow option to go along with the launch of Arms.
Article ARMS Global TestPunch Times

Try out the ARMS™ Global Testpunch demo during these days and times! Each play session will last for approximately one hour. You can download the ARMS demo now from the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch.

May 26
5:00 p.m. PT

May 27

5:00 a.m. PT
11:00 a.m. PT
5:00 p.m. PT

May 28

5:00 a.m. PT
11:00 a.m. PT

June 2

5:00 p.m. PT

June 3

5:00 a.m. PT
11:00 a.m. PT
5:00 p.m. PT

June 4

5:00 a.m. PT
11:00 a.m. PT
Article Arms Livestream Live Coverage
Me and some other People (Maybe even @Buzz or @MrMischief ) Will do a Live Coverage of the Arms Livestream on https://www.reddit.com/live/yy4lalmzt641 It will start in 50 Minutes so be ready :)
Game Stop Lycanroc give away
GameStop has announced that it’ll be distributing codes for a special Midnight Form Lycanroc for use with Pokemon Sun and Moon.

This level 50, Rock-type Pokemon will be available at select GameStop stores across the US, from May 15 to June 5.

The Midnight Form Lycanroc has a hidden ability that makes every move in battle hits, for both the trainer and their opponent. He also has a Life Orb that boosts its damage by using up some of his health every turn.

As always, you can download this Pokemon by clicking through the Mystery Gift option from the menu and choosing to receive it via a code, which you will get from visiting the GameStop stores. Then, speak to the deliveryman in any Pokemon centre to add it to your team.

Article Is MK 8 Dlx online service a sign of bad times ahead?

If you've played Mario Kart 8 Deluxe online enough you'll have found that there is a big issue with lagging. That red shell you threw and hit the person right in front of you may not have actually hit, despite you seeing the hit animation.

The main culprit for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s multiplayer mishaps may be Nintendo’s decision to use peer-to-peer servers rather than dedicated ones. In short, while the protocol is still favored by lots of console games today, it’s not well suited for a fast-paced game like Mario Kart. The basics of the technology suggest that much of the gameplay functions are handled off the server itself. That requires keeping track of 12 racers, their positions and the items each one is carrying. As we’re seeing, that load is too heavy for this game to handle.

So, if you’re looking for any magic fixes for your woes, you won’t find them here. The problems being encountered seemingly spring from Nintendo’s online design choice rather than an option that can be toggled in settings. Netcode can obviously improve with time, but the larger P2P environment makes that job all the more difficult.

This is especially frustrating considering gamers are expected to pay a fee for multiplayer access by the end of this year. While shifting Mario Kart 8 Deluxe off P2P would likely require too much heavy lifting to be viable, is its release a preview of what we’ll be seeing in 2018 and beyond? Will the same old Nintendo repeat its online regressions?
The Nintendo PlayStation lives
The recently unearthed Nintendo PlayStation prototype has had quite a journey since it was discovered but the good news is that it is now finally working in its entirety.

Due to the tireless efforts of Ben Heck, the Nintendo PlayStation prototype now not only plays old SNES games but also loads games from the CD-ROM drive.

Previously, Heck managed to get the SNES portion of the console working but the CD-ROM drive had eluded him.

However, in a new attempt (shown below) he manages to bring the CD-ROM to life and it seems that this prototype console is now fully functional.

The story of the Nintendo PlayStation is pretty legendary, as it was Nintendo’s attempt to get in on the disc based media console race. What with Sega releasing its own Mega-CD, Nintendo rushed to meet that challenge and partnered with Sony in the process.

Unfortunately, Nintendo decided to drop their partnership with Sony due to the revenue share. This in turn incensed Sony to take on Nintendo and make a console of its own. Thus the first PlayStation was born and Nintendo has likely rued that day ever since.

So this console prototype is a fascinating relic that in turn was responsible for Sony entering the gaming business and subsequently dominating the market.

The fascinating thing here is that it was assumed all the prototypes had been destroyed, so the fact this console has been unearthed after all this time is hugely important in regards to gaming history. Who knows, now that it is finally working maybe we can learn...
Kid launches a go fund me page for a switch
A teenager who wants the latest gaming technology is asking strangers to give him the cash through an online fundraising campaign.

The youth wants to buy a Nintendo Switch and has set up a page where people can donate via the fundraising website Gofundme. His page, titled 'I really want a Nintendo Switch', has been set up because his dad won't buy him one.

The 14-year-old, who lives on the Devon border, wrote: "Recently the Nintendo Switch was announced and as an avid teenage gamer, I want it more than anything. "After I went with my friend to CEX to trade in his old tech for a Switch, I have gotten the opportunity to play Breath of the Wild and 1, 2, Switch – these experiences have made me even more envious of the Switch owners".

The boy describes the moment he was denied purchasing the console from eBay as his father put a stop to it. He stated this was what encouraged him to shout out to the general public in bid for help. He said it would be a "dream come true" if he was able to fund enough money to buy the console.

Friends have already started donating and the bid has currently raised £15 out of the £300 needed. One friend wrote: "Have some money, I want to play some Zelda when you have it".

A friend told The Herald: "He has desired the new Nintendo Switch ever since it started to be advertised. Personally, I think this is a dumb idea considering the fact he has to raise £300 for no good cause."

The page raised £15 in its first three days.

Read more at http://www.devonlive.com/teen-launc...0318699-detail/story.html#cXeAHRJZBLCx0Gtg.99
NintendoRadar Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Tournament!!

Okay racers! Time to strap on your helmet and ready those pro controllers, let's do a site based Mario Kart Tournament!

Rules are this weekend only! 5/5 4 PM Pacific - 5/7 11 PM Pacific!

All Vehicles, No driver rating required, 100cc, No Teams, Normal Items, Normal Com, Smart Steering OK, Every 4th match the group will shuffle

There is no limit on the race count so race often to increase your point count!

This is NOT a public race, so a room code is required. Go to the online section, choose tournament and search for the code:

4807-0892-7019

Sorry I got nothing to give the winner, but you will get awesome bragging rights!
Pokemon Red and Green, Among others, inducted into the Video Game Hall of Fame
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Attention Halo Nation, "Halo: Combat Evolved" is in the World Video Game Hall of Fame.

The science fiction shooter game that enthralled a legion of fans after its 2001 launch with the Xbox system is one of four games to be inducted into the hall Thursday. "Donkey Kong," ''Pokemon Red and Green" and "Street Fighter II" round out the young hall's third class of honorees.

All will be on permanent display at The Strong museum in Rochester, New York, where the hall of fame was established in 2015 to recognize an industry that the Entertainment Software Association said generated $30.4 billion in revenue in the U.S. last year.

"Until 'Halo's' launch, the most successful shooters required a personal computer and the precision offered by a high-quality mouse," said Strong Associate Curator Shannon Symonds. "'Halo' proved a console could be just as effective, if not better, than a PC."

More than half of the Microsoft Xbox consoles initially sold included the launch game and players gave it high marks for its intricate storyline, characters like Master Chief and multi-player capability. The self-described "Halo Nation" of fans that emerged bought up 6 million copies, along with sequels, spinoffs, books and action figures.

An international committee of video game scholars and journalists chose the World Video Game Hall of Fame's class of 2017 from among 12 finalists that also included: "Final Fantasy VII," ''Microsoft Windows Solitaire," ''Mortal Kombat," ''Myst," ''Portal," ''Resident Evil," ''Tomb Raider" and "Wii Sports."

Inductees were chosen based on their longevity and impact on the video game industry and pop culture. Nominations of arcade, computer, console, hand-held and mobile games came in from more than 100 countries, The Strong said.

Twenty years before "Halo," fellow inductee "Donkey Kong" was a star of arcades and at the time of its 1981 release, Nintendo's most profitable game to date. Even more...
Fire Emblem: Shadows of Valentina DLC costs more than the game
Nintendo has announced its downloadable content plans for the upcoming Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, and it’s going to hit you hard in the wallet: either $44.99 for a season pass, or $51.95 if purchased separately.

Given that Shadows of Valentia costs $39.99, that makes either DLC option more expensive than the base game, something that even games with price $50 season passes like Star Wars: Battlefront, Call of Duty, and Battlefield 1 have yet to accomplish.

That price gets you five DLC packs: Fledgling Warriors, which offers two new maps and a dungeon to explore; Undaunted Heroes, for another two maps and a dungeon; Lost Altars, which will add some more dungeons and new character classes, Rise of the Deliverance, which offers some prologue story DLC with new missions and voice acting; and a fifth and final pack that Nintendo has yet to detail.

While that’s not a bad selection of content when it comes to add-ons to the base game, the total price — which is, again, more than the entire “main” game — isn’t a great look for Nintendo, which had spent years holding out on selling downloadable content and instead simply packaged games as complete experiences out of the box.

Then again, it’s not the first time Nintendo has offered pricey Fire Emblem DLC either. The previous entry, Fire Emblem Fates, offered two map packs that costs $17.99 and $7.99, respectively, along with an alternate campaign that would set players back an additional $19.99. Still, it’s not great to see that Nintendo is continuing the policy of costly DLC prices with this latest entry, especially in the face of things like...