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Working on 'Mario time'
Over the years, game development companies have found all sorts of euphemisms for unpaid overtime, but Nintendo’s might be the best. If legendary designer Shigeru Miyamoto ever comes up and tells you it’s “Mario time,” you’re in for a long night.

In a fantastic new interview over at Gamasutra by some dude named Chris Kohler, former Nintendo planner Motoi Okamoto opens up about his time at the venerable company, where he worked from 1999 to 2008 before leaving to found Entersphere. There are a lot of great nuggets in there, but the most shocking one might be this anecdote from the Super Mario 64 DS days:

In those days, Miyamoto would come to us at 11 PM, after he finished all of his board-member work, and say, “It’s Mario time.” At that point, we’d start a planning meeting that would run until 2 AM. At that point, Miyamoto would go home, leaving us with the words, “You should return home soon, for your health.” Over the next two or three hours, we’d write the game design documents and summarize the instructions for our artists and programmers.

It was the craziest crunch time that I’ve ever experienced in my development career. But if the God of Games was working so much, could we give up? Miyamoto had incredible stamina.

Crunch—extended overtime—is a ubiquitous practice in gaming, and it’s always been a nuanced issue. Many argue that unpaid overtime is toxic and counterproductive; others point out that collaborative creative projects would be impossible without it. And some simply say hey guys, it’s Mario time.

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Article Nintendo Switches are warping! Is your warped?
Technobuffalo ran an article about reports from people saying their Switches are warping. It appears the console portion of the system is getting so hot the body is warping over time which is worrying considering we're only a month into having the system.

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Word on the street is that Nintendo didn't want to wait on Nvidias Pascall chip which runs quite a bit cooler than the Tegra X1 Maxwell chip they decided to go with. Will this be a decision that will haunt Nintendo? Only time will tell.

Is your Switch warped? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Technobuffalo
Article Nintendo accepts a cow milking contest
After seeing the cow milking game included in 1-2-Switch, Billings Farm & Museum has issued a real-life milking challenge to Nintendo, which the company has reportedly accepted.

The Vermont-based history museum sent Nintendo a letter, challenging them to a contest to see who can milk cows the fastest. Billings Farm & Museum shared the letter on Facebook, along with a little light-hearted smack talk.

"So Nintendo has a new game out called 1-2-Switch and we noticed it includes a cow milking game. We sent them a message inviting them out to our farm to show them how it's REALLY done and to school them at their own game. Haven't heard back yet. Maybe they're too afraid of a little challenge..." the post reads.

Shortly thereafter, Nintendo responded in the comments section of the Facebook post, accepting the challenge and saying that flights to Vermont were currently being booked. Polygon reached out to Nintendo of America and received confirmation from a rep that "they're actually going up there this week."

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Update:
The contest has happened
I could not find the results or a video, if you find one, pm me
Article Nintendo Switch Update 2.1.0 Released; Offers System Stability Improvements
Nintendo has released Nintendo Switch update 2.1.0, which offers stability improvements for Nintendo’s new platform.

Just like many firmware updates for Sony’s PS4, the Switch 2.1.0 update merely offers “general system stability improvements”. You can check out the release notes down below:

Performing the System Update: In most situations, the Nintendo Switch will automatically download the most recent system update while it is connected online. You can verify your current menu version and manually start the update if necessary.

Improvements Included in Version 2.1.0

  • General system stability improvements to enhance the user’s experience
Nintendo released the Switch earlier this month, and according to the Japanese gaming behemoth, the platform has been selling amazingly well. Nintendo even stated that the Switch is currently the fastest-selling Nintendo console to date, even beating initial Wii sales. As covered yesterday, retailer GameStop has stated that the Switch is selling out within hours at the stores, and that the platform could very well “eclipse” the original Wii.

The Nintendo Switch is available now globally alongside 1-2-Switch and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a review of the latter can be read here. If you’re interesting in our very own Nintendo Switch review, check out this article.

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Article Physical Copies of Lego City Undercover to Require 13 Gig Download

Lego City Undercover is set to launch at retail on April 4th in the U.S. but some stores have their copies a little early. An employee at one such store took a look at the box for the Switch version and found a surprise, that the physical cart of the game does not include the full copy of the game. Instead, Switch owners will have to use an internet connection to download nearly 13GB of the game (the total game is 22GB).

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This comes shortly after some third party titles were revealed to be more expensive on the Switch. As of this writing, there has been no word from Warner Bros., the publisher on the download requirement, but current speculation believes that they chose a lower storage Switch cart for production to save costs. Such speculation has fueled fears over if this will be the norm for 3rd party Switch games in the future. The Switch only comes with 32GB of memory on board, with room for microSD cards to expand on that (for a separate fee). The mandatory 13GB download will take nearly half of that space.

Update: Warner Bros. responded to the confusion with an official statement, as follows.
Nintendo E3 Plans
Nintendo Switch owners will definitely want to keep an eye on this year's E3 gaming expo, as Nintendo confirms that it has major plans for the upcoming event.

In addition to Nintendo Switch game announcements, Nintendo has promised to reveal new games for the 3DS.

"E3 is always a big time for Nintendo," Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime told Fox News. "We look at each E3 as a unique opportunity to tell our story. And we’re gonna have a big E3 this year.

"We’re going to be showcasing a variety of games. We will have experiences for… consumers will be able to attend the show for the very first time.

"So I’m not gonna tell you all of the various games and all of our little secrets for E3, but I can tell you that E3 is going to be a major opportunity for us to showcase not only Nintendo Switch, but also content coming to Nintendo 3DS."

Nintendo Switch owners will be particularly eager to see what Nintendo has in store for the second half of the year in terms of exclusive games.

Super Mario Odyssey is coming towards the end of the year, but there are rumours of a Super Smash Bros re-release, similar to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Hopefully by E3 Nintendo will have completely fixed those left Joy-Con connectivity issues.

Nintendo had previously denied that the issues were widespread, with Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé recently saying that he doesn't believe the problem is a significant one.

But in a recent update, Nintendo has now said that it has identified the problem and has altered the manufacturing process.

And with Nintendo Switch stock selling...
Water event for PoGo
Still haven't evolved that Magikarp into a Gyarados? Need a few more Dratini candy before you can get that uber-powerful Dragonite? Fret not, frustrated Pokemon Go players, for a new special event should help you along the way.


Dubbed simply the "Water Festival," this limited time celebration will result in a higher spawn rate for Water-type Pokemon from now until March 29, 1pm Pacific. Specifically, you should notice more Squirtle, Totodile, Magikarp, and their evolved forms. And if you're in a Water-type-heavy area, you have an increased likelihood of encountering Lapras in particular.

If you're all set on actual Pokemon, the Water Festival also adds a Magikarp hat for your trainer avatar to wear. Yup, Pokemon's dumbest fish, on your head. And it doesn't even cost any PokeCoins! ...Yay?
Mario Run on android
The Super Mario Run Android version was originally give a release date of March 23, however, it appears that the download link on Google Play has gone live a day early.

The Express Online can confirm we were able to download the popular Nintendo app via Google Play in the United States, it's unclear if the game is available everywhere else in the world.

"We've released Super MarioR un on Android a bit early," a message from Nintendo confirms.

The Nintendo game was originally announced during Apple's iPhone 7 launch last September and, until now, was only available to iOS users.

A tweet from Nintendo in the US revealed that the mobile title would be made available to Android users from March 23rd.

The tweet, which was posted earlier this week, reveals "Android version of #SuperMarioRun will be available on 3/23 with the Ver.2.0.0 update! Pre-register now."

This latest version of the game includes content from the 2.00 build, meaning that new Yoshi colors can be found, as well as more of the game being available to play for free.

Super Mario Run is an endless runner game in the vein of Temple Run with players simply tapping the display to make Mario jump over obstacles that get in his way.

The game also includes a new battle mode which can be played against gamers across the world.

Super Mario Run recently reached a major milestone, with over 50 million downloads recorded following its December 15 release on Apple devices.

The new app reached 40 million downloads after just four days, the added ten million was confirmed on December 23.
Image Pokemon GO shinies!!!
Pokemon Go has finally received shiny creatures, meaning you can now get that elusive Golden Magikarp you've always wanted!

Multiple users over on the Pokemon-themed Subreddit The Silph Road have posted screenshots and videos of both shiny Magikarp and shiny Gyarados.

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Neither Pokemon Go developer Niantic nor publisher The Pokemon Company have mentioned that shiny versions of their popular critters would be coming to the game soon, despite both a recent patch and new Water-type event. However, since the only shiny Pokemon sighted so far have been this Water-type pairing, it may be that these rare versions are tied into that event. It remains to be seen whether yellow Magikarp and red Gyarados will be available once the events ends on March 29, and also whether more shiny critters will become available.

Shiny Pokemon were first introduced in Pokemon Gold and Silver. Red Gyarados played a major part in those games, and it's catchable for every player at the Lake of Rage. Most shiny Pokemon are extremely rare in the mainline series, however: the probability of a random creature being shiny is around 1 in 8000.

In Pokemon Go, it's apparently not made clear on the game's overworld whether a Pokemon is shiny--you'll only discover its color once you enter battle. Be warned, however: one...
Article Joy-con issue being recognised and resolved
Nintendo says it has discovered why certain Joy-Con controllers experience sync issues when communicating wirelessly with its Switch game console, and that it has taken steps to correct the problem.

The issue, first reported by certain press outlets and experienced firsthand by TIME, involves the left Switch Joy-Con controller intermittently losing connection with the console itself. In TIME's case, the problem only manifested when completely obstructing the controller (we essentially had to sit on it). But in other instances, videos by Switch owners appeared to show the issue occurring during routine usage, without apparent obstruction.

In a March 9 statement to TIME, Nintendo said the number of Joy-Con replacement or repair requests was "not significant," adding that the number was also "consistent with what we’ve seen for any new hardware we have launched."

In a new statement to TIME, Nintendo is now saying that "there is no design issue with the Joy-Con controllers" and that there is no "widespread proactive repair or replacement effort underway." But it acknowledges that a "manufacturing variation" is responsible for wirelessly interfering with "a small number of the left Joy-Con." The company says the problem has been addressed in factories manufacturing the controllers, and that it will no longer be an issue. Furthermore, Nintendo says "a simple fix" solves the problem in currently afflicted controllers.

It's not clear if that fix is, as described by CNET here, a "small black square of foam [placed] in the lower-right corner," but the site's photographic detective work makes it seem likely.

What the heck is a "manufacturing variation"? According to...