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Nintendo’s Online Services Need to Catch Up With Everyone Else

Nintendo needs to get its online offerings caught up with other company’s consoles. Many Nintendo Switch owners haven’t been huge proponents of Nintendo’s online services on the handheld-console hybrid. Nevertheless, the company’s very own Shigeru Miyamoto believes that they’re not falling behind when it comes to their own online services, as well as technologies like virtual reality and cloud gaming. While the Nintendo Switch Online service is definitely a step up from what was offered through the Nintendo Wii and its successor, the Wii U, it still doesn’t really hold a candle to its competition.

Earlier this year, Nintendo introduced its first iteration of VR technology using Nintendo Labo. Switch owners can essentially make an affordable and simple VR headset using the cardboard provided in Labo. While it’s certainly a novel idea, the headset doesn’t offer nearly as compelling experiences as its competitors. The Labo VR essentially allows you to enjoy games like Super Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate from a distance.  Perhaps that’ll improve in the future, but for now, it’s not nearly as good as PS VR, Oculus, or HTC Vive.

Related: Nintendo Introduces Switch Lite Device for Handheld Play

IGN reports that in a General Meeting of Shareholders, Miyamoto contested the idea that the company has fallen behind when it comes to global trends in the video game industry like online, cloud gaming, and virtual reality. “We have not fallen behind with either VR or network services. We worked on them from the very beginning, and have been experimenting with them in a variety of ways,” Miyamoto said. He then goes on to point out that they do experiment with many of these technologies behind the scenes, but don’t put them out publicly until they’re absolutely ready. In that regard, it may seem like they’re falling behind from the consumer’s perspective.

Miyamoto then goes on to talk about cloud gaming. While he believes that it’ll certainly become more widespread in the future, there will always be a place for games that run locally on a device. Nintendo Switch Online actually offers cloud gaming to some extent with its digital NES library. Players who pay for the service have access to a wide variety of some of the retro console’s best titles for no additional cost, and the service also provides save states so they can continue their game from wherever they left off. However, fans have found issues with this, since it doesn’t offer access to previous console generations like Gamecube, SNES, or Nintendo 64. Much of Nintendo’s retro library is already available on prior consoles, but nowhere to be found on the Switch.

Nintendo still has plenty to fix with their current online service before they can even begin expanding their cloud and VR services. Multiple videos of their latest release, Super Mario Maker 2, show that the online functionality is in an incredibly rough state. Additionally, the hardcore Super Smash Bros. community widely considers the service unplayable when it comes to netplay. For a service that costs users a monthly subscription fee, it only seems natural that Nintendo buff out these issues before looking into anything else, especially cloud gaming.

Next: Nintendo Switch Online Library Service Might Be Expanding

Source: IGN


2019-07-10 08:07:23

Jordan Boyd

Saints Row: The Third – Nintendo Switch ‘Full Package’ Release Date Trailer



Saints Row: The Third “Full Package” is coming to Nintendo Switch on May 10.

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2019-04-22 18:01:22

Reggie-Fils Aimé’s Most Memorable Moments As Nintendo President

Today, April 15, 2019, is Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé’s last day at the company, marking the end of an era at Nintendo. Known lovingly by fans as “the Regginator,” Fils-Aimé has taken a remarkably involved role in Nintendo of America’s marketing, distribution, and localization since his arrival at the company in 2003, an active approach that few other gaming executives have managed to match. As president, Reggie has spent the past thirteen years presiding over a corporate position that usually attracts little else but ire from consumers, making his revered status within the gaming community the industry equivalent of a unicorn sighting. One of very, very few American executives who can even dare to claim to be well-liked, even Reddit’s foremost gaming community has rocketed Reggie to the site frontpage in a wholesome farewell.

Despite Nintendo of Japan being ever out of touch with Western audiences and making poor judgments at times throughout Reggie’s tenure, the man has tirelessly dedicated himself and his staff to ensuring that Nintendo games and consoles appeal to as many people as possible. Dubbed the “Reggielution,” Fils-Aimé’s work helped to create and capitalize upon global successes like the Wii and DS and calm the waters during the turbulent launch of the 3DS and lifetime failure of the Wii U, all the while maintaining a public presence that’s remained as consistent as it’s been friendly.

Related: Breath Of The Wild Gets Full VR Support Later This Month

As the figurehead of a regional division with minimal control over top-down decisions from Nintendo of Japan, Reggie not only rolled with the punches but actively influenced Nintendo’s worldwide strategy and image. He accomplished the former by fostering stronger communication and creative collaboration between Japanese and Western teams behind the scenes, meanwhile he most notably achieved the latter by doing what he does best: reaching out to the community. Since his public debut as a Nintendo executive, Reggie asserted himself as a capable and approachable figure, and unforgettable moments from his countless appearances at key Nintendo press events and videos have constructed the larger-than-life character that the gaming community affectionately calls one of its own. Though Reggie’s time at Nintendo is nearly at its end, read on to relive some of the most popular memes and finest moments that his career has spawned – and perhaps learn about what’s still to come.

Reggie kickstarted his career at Nintendo of America as VP of Sales and Marketing at a run, with the first words that E3 2004 attendees heard come from his mouth being, “My name’s Reggie. I’m about kickin’ ass, I’m about takin’ names, and we’re about making video games.” At a time when Nintendo was viewed as too family-focused to make anything more adult than Mario and reeling from the relative failure of the Nintendo GameCube in comparison to the PlayStation 2 (which still holds the title of all-time best-selling console today), this aggressive approach was precisely what both the press and gamers needed to hear. Reassured that Nintendo wasn’t going the way of Sega with its own version of the failed Dreamcast, it was at this very conference that Reggie unveiled mature GameCube exclusives like Resident Evil 4, as well as the Nintendo DS, which went on to become the highest-selling handheld console of all-time.

Whereas 2004’s E3 presser introduced Reggie as a newcomer unafraid to come out swinging, a single, brief incident at E3 2007 solidified him into the goofy, lovable meme factory that persists to this day. Showcasing the Wii’s all-new Balance Board peripheral for Wii Fit, producer and illustrious developer Shigeru Miyamoto and translator Bill Trinen invited Reggie (now president of Nintendo of America) to test it out in front of the crowd. Appearing to suddenly deviate from the presentation script, Reggie jokingly announced, “My body is ready,” unknowingly spawning one of the decade’s most popular and influential internet memes. Embracing his online fame, Reggie has continued to reference this moment in other promotional materials, even reassuring fans that his body is still ready in his retirement announcement.

In an E3 2010 trailer for the all-new Nintendo 3DS (which Reggie also had the pleasure of announcing to the world during the same conference), Miyamoto and Satoru Iwata, the late and great CEO of Nintendo who passed away in 2015, are each literally sucked into 3DSes. After waltzing through a space strewn with various items from iconic Nintendo franchises like Donkey Kong and The Legend of Zelda, Reggie picks up a 3Ds of his own and laughs derisively when he finds Miyamoto and Iwata trapped in the Mario universe, running away from their own fiery creations. That is, until Bowser enters the real world and immolates Reggie’s screaming head, at which point the real, on-stage Reggie can be seen collecting himself and ditching his now smoldered jacket before moving on.

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Aware of what they and the online Nintendo fanbase had created together after 2007’s legendary “my body is ready” episode, Nintendo kicked off their first-ever Nintendo Direct in 2011 with an brand new Reggie-ism. Announcing the addition of Hulu Plus to the Nintendo 3DS’ software library, Reggie introduced the concept of Nintendo Direct in his characteristically deliberate manner (comparable to Barack Obama’s signature style of oration) before hitting viewers with a sudden, shocking curveball. Referring to those who had yet to buy into the 3DS family – which was a rather large number of gamers at the time, as the 3DS was very slow to pick up steam after a lukewarm launch – Reggie had only to ask, “What’s wrong with you?” It’s doubtful this jest pushed many 3DS units all on its own, and it certainly never took off online on the same scale as “my body is ready” had three years prior. Nevertheless, Nintendo fans were enamored with not only the phrase but the continued commitment to lighthearted, sometimes surreal humor demonstrated by Reggie and his staff.

In what may be the coolest, most over-the-top trailer Nintendo will ever release, an E3 2014 video featured Reggie and Iwata facing off in a sequence that looks as though it could have been ripped straight out of some bizarre anime about supernatural fight clubs for the corporate elite. After matching blows, their hilarious fight is revealed to be the announcement for the inclusion of the Mii Fighter character in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS, slated for simultaneous release just months later. Iwata brandishes a Wii U gamepad while Reggie takes up a Wii U Pro Controller, and the two show one another a bit more civility by letting their Miis do the fighting in-game. Until, of course, Iwata summons a high-level Mario AI using an Amiibo, which makes short work of Reggie and seemingly banishes his corporeal form to the Shadow Realm.

Fils-A-Mech was another result of Nintendo’s concentrated effort at E3 2014 to take Reggie’s reputation and run with it. The skit stars the cast of the Mega 64 web series and Reggie, playing an identical cyborg clone of himself called Fils-A-Mech. In a plot to infiltrate Nintendo of America’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington ahead of the upcoming conference, Mega 64’s Rocco Botte merges with Fils-A-Mech and walks in through the front door. Things quickly go awry, however, with Fils-A-Mech’s convincing appearance getting it swept into an executive meeting, in which Botte cancels the real Reggie’s meeting with the US president in order to host that year’s nationwide Smash-Fest promotional event, disintegrating a dissenting staffer with Fils-A-Mech’s obligatory laser vision in the process. While raiding Reggie’s office, Fils-A-Mech has an accidental run-in with the genuine Reggie, but the robot preserves itself by proclaiming to be one of Miyamoto’s latest peripherals.

Nintendo’s funniest crossover of E3 2014 was by far their collaboration with the industry savvy creators of Robot Chicken, who transformed Reggie into an action figure in one of their trademark stop motion sketches. In addition to parodies of major Nintendo franchises that poke fun at Link’s contentious art styles, Bowser’s attendance of company functions despite his repeated kidnappings of Princess Peach, and the inability of Little Mac from Punch-Out!! to remove his gloves, the skit also takes a jab at the usual industry and fan responses to the company’s E3 announcements. A heckler in a press badge invariably complains about everything Reggie has to say, grumbling about “another Mario game” and demanding a new Star Fox and an English localization of Mother 3, the Japan-exclusive sequel to EarthBound. It’s Reggie that does the immolating this time around, calmly absorbing a Fire Flower, launching a fireball at the unpleasant journalist, and continuing with his announcements.

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Announcing a promotional event to accompany 2015’s E3 conference through a skit in a similar manner to Fils-A-Mech the year prior, Reggie makes the decision to bring back and compete the long-abandoned Nintendo World Championships and quits his job as president to avoid a conflict of interest. Clearly, this video has gained renewed sense of perspective with Reggie’s impending resignation in the real world, but art doesn’t quite imitate life in this case as Reggie appoints a child to take his place, rather than current VP of Sales and Marketing Doug Bowser. (Yes, his name is actually Bowser.) Reggie can then be seen incorporating a number of visually amusing Nintendo consoles and peripherals into his training regimen, including the Wii Balance Board and the ill-fated, eye strain-inducing Virtual Boy. Interestingly, the Virtual Boy was such a catastrophic failure for Nintendo at launch that this is one of a small handful of the company’s acknowledgements of its very existence in recent years.

In one of Iwata’s final appearances, the late CEO, Miyamoto, and Reggie all voice reimagined versions of themselves as Muppet-like puppets. Himself roused by a production assistant, Iwata enters Reggie’s office to discover him performing “Nintendo 64” push-ups. Joined by Miyamoto, they prepare to host the introduction to Nintendo’s E3 2015 Digital Event, but each of the company icons begin to morph into the main characters of the Star Fox franchise before they can even begin. Of course, series creator Miyamoto transforms into titular protagonist Fox McCloud, while Iwata and Reggie turn into the older, wiser Peppy Hare and brash Falco Lombardi, respectively. Playing on a running joke within the Nintendo community inspired by Peppy’s incessant reminders in Star Fox 64 that players must perform aileron rolls in order to avoid incoming projectiles, Iwata and Reggie jokingly suggest Miyamoto “do a barrel roll,” prompting the announcement trailer for Star Fox ZERO to play.

On June 11, 2015, Satoru Iwata passed away in his thirteenth year as Nintendo CEO at the tragic age of 55, shaking the gaming world to its very core. His passing came just days before that year’s E3 conference, and his absence was deafening throughout the event. That year and in those to follow, countless Nintendo studios and others within the gaming industry paid their respects to the man who revolutionized the field through in-game tributes and posthumous awards. In a heartfelt speech at the 2015 Game Awards, Reggie was able to publicly pay his own respects to the company’s most influential leader in its long history. With his characteristically unflappable composure showing cracks at times, Reggie called attention to Iwata’s meteoric rise to prominence through sheer hard work as a programmer, engineer, and creative visionary, an honorable career path that granted him unmatched leadership capability over Nintendo. Remembering Iwata as a truly unique force for good within the industry, Reggie stated, “On a personal level, he was my boss, and he was my mentor, and he was my colleague. But, most of all, he was my friend, and I’m a better person for it.”

Sadly, all good things must come to an end, and so it is that Reggie’s time as President of Nintendo of America is at its close. In a video posted to Nintendo of America’s Twitter in February, Reggie extends his thanks to Nintendo fans for giving him a “Mushroom Kingdom full of incredible memories that [he] will never forget – ever.” Taking a stroll down memory lane, Reggie related how his close relationship with the Nintendo community over the years has both humbled and honored him, fondly revisiting many of the career-defining moments and jokes seen here. In this video, Reggie announced VP of Sales and Marketing Doug Bowser as his successor, ensuring everyone that Bowser will be up to the job and “probably spent too much time in front of a Donkey Kong arcade machine” in his youth. Like his predecessor before him, it’s likely that Reggie will still be involved in high-level Nintendo decisions as its Chairman of the Board, but the fact remains that Bowser has a massive pair of shoes to fill as Nintendo’s next president. However…

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According to a reputable leak, Reggie Fils-Aime intends to take one final victory lap before handing the castle keys over to Bowser. Proving that his body always ready, Reggie is apparently going to share one final Nintendo Direct with the online community to coincide with his departure. It’s still unknown what topic(s) Reggie will cover in this rumored Direct, but it’s sure to provide some sense of closure for those who have matured alongside the rapid growth of Nintendo that Reggie has helped to foster for so many years. As always, Screen Rant will keep readers up-to-date on the time and contents of the hopeful surprise Direct; however, to those less keen to hear Reggie’s final goodbyes: what’s wrong with you? Reggie also just opened a Twitter account following his retirement:

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2019-04-15 06:04:56

Phillip Tinner

10 Things We Already Know About The New Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch set the gaming world on fire when it was released in 2018. The landmark device combines the ease of portability of a handheld machine as well as the ability to dock and play at home. This level of flexibility is a first in the video game industry.

Rumors have been circulating about what’s next for the Switch. It seems Nintendo may have something up their sleeve for fans who are ready for an upgrade. The changes will likely lure in new customers who weren’t swayed by the original model. What changes are in store for the console you ask? We’ve rounded up 10 theories that have either been confirmed or make too much sense to ignore.

RELATED: Two New Nintendo Switch Models Might Launch This Summer

10 Portable Play

There are a lot of rumors about what changes we can expect in the Switch 2. The most exciting is that Nintendo will be releasing not one iteration of its popular console but two. The first will pack all of the portability of the original into a smaller and more intentionally designed package.

The target audience for this new device is the avid gamer who’s always on the go. It will feature some hardware changed that don’t support the easy of in-home play of the original. Attached controllers and a downgraded display make the smaller version of the new Switch the perfect console for those who spend a lot of time away from their TVs.

9 Home Console

Nintendo’s second release of the new switch is a high powered upgrade from its predecessor. This console aims to provide a more traditional in-home gaming experience. The machine will feature the same ease of use with an external display as the original. There are rumors of hardware upgrades that could give the premium version of the console an edge for use with larger screens.

This iteration would move the Switch away from its original concept. What made the device so unique was its blend of home console and portable play. For players who value display and performance over ease of portability, this version may be just what it takes to get them on board with the Switch.

8 Upgraded LCD

A likely upgrade for the switch would be to it’s LCD display. The layout and design of the screen may see a reduction in its bulky bezel. Extending the screen would be keeping on trend with most digital devices today.

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Many would like to see the capability for 1080op resolution in the handheld device. This would be a major improvement over the current version at 720p. Nintendo fell slightly behind the curve with HD gaming. The company has said the technology became mainstream a few years earlier than anticipated. The regret of not jumping on that bandwagon right away may be what has compelled Nintendo to release such incredible 3D display technology.

7 New Software

When it comes to handheld consoles Nintendo is yet again at the cutting edge with the original Switch It’ll have to push the envelope further to remain there with this second iteration. A software update is one of the most obvious changes that will be coming to the console.

Nintendo has made statements that they want to target the avid gamer. In order to keep the hearts and minds of the most devoted players, Nintendo will have to improve their software to reap the benefits of the hardware upgrades throughout.

6 Controller Support

The last thing Nintendo wants to do is irritate and alienate it’s existing customers. There are millions of Joycon controllers and accessories out there today. Switch players would be out a lot of money if the new device couldn’t be used with these peripherals.

This means the basic design of the home use model wouldn’t stray far from the original. The detachable joycons would remain a central part of the design.

5 Better Battery Life

A common complaint from Switch users is that the 3-hour battery life is just not enough. The hardware upgrades rumored to be coming to the switch provide the perfect opportunity to increase the amount of time the console can be used between charges.

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A smaller version geared specifically toward handheld play is just begging for extended battery life. The upgraded home version is meant for mostly in home use where players would have free access to charge the device. A longer lasting battery makes sense for either version. The console’s main distinguishing feature is that it was designed to be played on the go. That’s hard to do if you have to stay plugged in.

4 Release Time Frame

The Nintendo Switch was just released in 2018 making it a relatively young console. With the average generation lasting about 5 years between version, it’s still got a lot of life left in it. Nintendo has been a believer in mid-generation hardware upgrades with new versions of consoles like the 3DS every couple of years.

Following that paradigm, the Switch could see new iterations in the second half of 2019 and again in 2021. These upgrades wouldn’t render the current model obsolete but would serve to bring in new customers while giving an existing owner the option to beef up their experience.

3 Hardware Upgrade

The Nintendo Switch’s 5.0 firmware update provides an interesting clue about future hardware upgrades. Hackers on Switchbrew decided to tear apart the update and get a feel for the changes. There they found references to a T214 chip, an upgrade from the current model’s T210. They also saw evidence that Nintendo plans to double the system’s RAM from 4 gigs to 8. The circuit board would also be in for an update as well.

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You could easily write off the chip upgrade as a response to security issues such as pirated games. The massive jump in memory and improved PCB tell a different story. All of these things suggest a more powerful machine is on the horizon.

2 Price Points

If speculations are true and the Switch 2 will be released as two separate models they’ll each represent different price points. The smaller handheld console will appeal to the budget gamer. Nintendo cut the cost of the device by replacing removable joycons with affixed versions. The HD rumble display would also be downgraded to make the machine more cost friendly.

It would be harder to play on an external display with this configuration without purchasing an additional controller. The console as it exists now would now be at the middle of the Switch price range. A premium version of the console would be designed more for in-home play on a larger screen.

1 VR Unlikely

Augmented and Virtual Reality consoles seem like the wave of the future but it’s unlikely that the Switch 2 will catch it. Nintendo has released several statements, as recently as 2018, that the company has no intention of venturing into that arena. Nintendo prides itself on being set apart from most other gaming institutions. They’re comfortable shaping their own culture and avoiding trendy bandwagons.

Nintendo’s focus on peripherals demonstrates their desire to keep players’ feet planted firmly on the ground. They aren’t turning video games into reality but inviting players to take the game into 3D space. There have been rumors about 4K capability as well as 3D display technology but both of these seem unlikely.

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2019-04-15 05:04:34

Danyell Marshall

A Surprise Nintendo Direct Is Coming This Week, According To Leak

A new leak has emerged suggesting that a Nintendo Direct will be happening later this week, although details regarding the content of said presentation are currently unavailable. The most recent Nintendo Direct was nearly two months ago, when Nintendo revealed Pokemon Sword & Shield, the first mainline Pokemon titles to arrive on Switch.

Since then, Nintendo has been relatively quiet regarding large announcements as the company gears up for a future without Reggie Fils-Aime, CEO of Nintendo America, who will be retiring on April 15 this month. The biggest presentation since then was likely the Nindies Showcase for Spring that occurred a few weeks ago, revealing a new Legend of Zelda Necrodancer crossover alongside some other major announcements. The industry is also only a few short months away from E3 2019, one of the most important conferences of the year and a convergence point for big reveals from many different companies, even those that aren’t actually giving presentations on location.

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According to GamingIntel, a reputable source in the industry, another Nintendo Direct livestream is apparently scheduled for later this week on Thursday, April 11. The surprise Nintendo Direct will contain the usual Switch and 3DS-related news that fans have come to expect, but outside of that fairly easy assumption, not much is known about the content of the presentation. That hasn’t stopped fans from speculating, though, and the presentation’s close proximity to Fils-Aime’s retirement date suggests that he could be involved in some way for an on-screen send-off.

Beyond that, there’s still plenty of news fans already know about that could make up the bulk of the surprise Nintendo Direct. Persona 5‘s Joker DLC fighter is going to release for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate soon, and coupled with an upcoming announcement from Atlus about Persona 5 S later this month, a Nintendo Direct could be the perfect time to reveal further plans for the Phantom Thieves on Switch. A recent Best Buy leak also unveiled the existence of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Metroid Prime Trilogy for Switch, and if those were already in the company’s inventory system, it’s possible they’re close enough to a release that Nintendo could structure a presentation around them. Finally, there’s also a chance Pokemon Sword & Shield will make up the bulk of the presentation, as many details about the world of Galar have yet to be uncovered.

Nintendo usually reveals the time and date of its livestreams pretty close to when they actually occur, so this rumor won’t be cemented until the next few days if it’s true. Still, the timing of the surprise Nintendo Direct makes a lot of sense, and it would be an appropriate platform to give Nintendo fans one last chance to see Reggie Fils-Aime in all his internet meme-generating glory before he takes a well-deserved step back from the spotlight in a week.

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Source: GamingIntel


2019-04-08 08:04:20

Cody Gravelle

Nintendo, Sony, And Microsoft Under Investigation For Unfair Online Services

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has begun an investigation into Nintendo Switch, Sony PlayStation, and Microsoft Xbox practices over fears that the online subscription services for each are unfair. Online services have quickly become a lightning rod for various legal battles and debates over ethical business practices as companies continue to carve out spaces for themselves in an increasingly digital environment.

The CMA is a department in the United Kingdom with many responsibilities, including enforcing the protection of consumers through upholding legislative practice. Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft all have online services that, to varying degrees, interact with a consumer’s ability to purchase or maintain membership of a subscription service. For Nintendo, it’s the Switch Subscription service that has been so widely panned for its currently anemic offerings. For Sony, it’s the PlayStation Plus membership that offers players free games each month. Finally, Microsoft’s Games With Gold Xbox Live subscription program offers much the same as Sony.

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According to a report from The Guardian, the CMA believes that the way the big three console companies conduct their online subscription services—in particular, the way the companies renew these services—could be unfair. The competition watchdog said earlier today that it will be conducting an investigation into whether these practices are legal, with a focus paid on the use of auto-renewals for online gaming contracts, the companies’ cancellation and refund policies, and their terms and conditions for online services. In a statement on the UK’s government website, the CMA wrote about the investigation process:

The CMA has written to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation and Xbox requesting information about their online gaming contracts to help better understand their practices. It is also calling on customers who use these services to get in touch with the CMA and share their experiences in order to assist the investigation.”

The probe from the CMA is in an effort to determine if contract terms are unfair, whether obtaining a refund or cancelling a payment is deliberately obtuse, and if the auto-renewal process is made clear during signup and is easy to detect when it is reoccurring. The organization currently stated it does not have enough information regarding whether the companies had broken consumer law, but indicated that if such a thing had occurred, it was fully prepared to take action when necessary.

The digital landscape is shifting, and with more companies becoming better aware of how to conduct legal practice online, practices like loot boxes and microtransactions are no longer the simple money earners they were previously. A wide-scale investigation into the three major console companies conducted simultaneously might seem frightening, but ultimately, it’s more likely the CMA’s probe will either establish a better outline of what is permissible from these companies or help protect consumer interests from exploitative practices. There’s little danger any of Nintendo, Sony, or Microsoft will be greatly affected by the investigation, and if anything, this is a win-win for gamers looking to make sure they’re treated fairly during digital distribution practices.

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Source: Official Website of the UK Government


2019-04-05 02:04:39

Cody Gravelle

Mike Tyson Blasts Nintendo For Excluding Him From Switch Punch-Out

Former boxing world champion Mike Tyson has taken a jab at Nintendo for being excluded from Punch-Out!! on Switch. Tyson famously starred as the final boss in Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! for the NES.

Although Punch-Out!! previously existed in arcades and on the Game & Watch handheld in the mid ’80s, most people tend to remember the 1987 NES version the best. The boxing title puts players in the boots of underdog fighter Little Mac as they square off against a wacky roster of opponents. The game culminates in a final bout against Mike Tyson, a showdown that’s still considered one of the most difficult boss fights in video games (although this long-hidden trick might help). When Nintendo lost the license to the boxer’s name and likeness, the game was re-released in 1990 as simply Punch-Out!!. That version sees Tyson’s character model replaced with fictional boxer Mr. Dream. Outside of the aborted pseudo sequel Mike Tyson’s Intergalactic Power Punch, Iron Mike hasn’t appeared in a Punch-Out!! game since.

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Perhaps Mike has caught the gaming itch again. Today he tweeted his displeasure over getting shafted from appearing in what he describes as “the new Punch-Out.” The problem with his tweet is that, if taken literally, Nintendo hasn’t actually announced a new Punch-Out!! game, so one could only assume that Tyson is referring to the recent news that Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream is heading to Nintendo Switch Online’s NES catalog. If not that, then maybe Mike has some insight about Nintendo’s upcoming portfolio that the rest of us don’t. Check out the tweet below:

It’s worth noting that Tyson only appeared in the 1987 version of the game, meaning that Punch-Out!! did, in fact, exist before his inclusion. Regardless, it’s a bit hard to tell if Mike is merely joking or is sincerely miffed. He seemingly didn’t have a problem missing out on Super Punch-Out!! for Super Nintendo or the 2009 Punch-Out!! for Wii. As the gaming world waits for answers, Nintendo Switch owners can look forward to playing the Tyson-less version of Punch-Out!!, along with Super Mario Bros. 2: The Lost Levels, and Star Soldier on April 10.

It’ll be interesting to see if Mike decides to elaborate on his gripe or if Nintendo offers any sort of response. A fun, though improbable outcome would be if the company worked out a new deal with Tyson to re-release the original Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! on Switch. At the very least, a stretchy-armed Tyson appearing in an Arms sequel would probably be welcomed with open… arms.

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Source: Mike Tyson



2019-04-04 05:04:53

Marcus Stewart

Nintendo & Twitch Team Up To Bring Switch Online To Prime Members

Twitch Prime and Nintendo are partnering up to offer Twitch Prime members up to a full year of Nintendo Switch Online’s services, including access to the platform’s collection of classic NES games with added online play. Twitch Prime has been aggressively expanding its offerings over the past year, adding a focus on its lineup of free game offerings alongside skins and other add-ons for popular multiplayer titles.

Twitch Prime offered members over 70 free PC games during 2018, as well as in-game loot in 20 popular games including Overwatch. Twitch Prime is a popular service that offers more than just video game access, thanks to a partnership with Amazon that also offers free-day delivery of items and access to Prime Video, Amazon’s streaming platform that features many exclusive and popular television series. Twitch Prime plays a major role in supporting the streaming industry as well, as the subscription offers users one free sub they can use each month to support their favorite content creator.

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Starting yesterday, Twitch Prime members can now claim three months of Nintendo Switch Online by visiting this link. After 60 days, members can go back to the link and claim another nine months of Nintendo Switch Online, which amounts to the full year being advertised by the partnership. Twitch Prime members have until September 24, 2019 to claim their three months, and January 22, 2020 to claim the additional nine that will extend the service. The only catch is that interested parties will need to link a credit card or PayPal information to their Nintendo account to access the service through the partnership. Screen Rant confirmed this through Nintendo PR, who released this statement:

You’ll be required to link your Twitch and Nintendo accounts. After that, for users age 18+ in certain countries, register a credit card or link a PayPal account on the Nintendo website. Finally, you’ll be able to redeem your Nintendo Switch Online membership on your Nintendo Switch.

It’s nothing out of the ordinary for deals that offer free access to subscriptions, as having payment information saved to an account means it’s easier for consumers to resub should they be on the fence about continuing their time with the service past the free trial period. Those Prime members with a Nintendo Switch Online account won’t be left out of the offer, as they’ll be able to claim an additional twelve months onto whatever time they already had remaining on their subscription.

On the surface, this move makes a lot of sense. Nintendo has often struggled to attract people to its online services after ignoring them for so long, only developing a serviceable platform over the last few years thanks to the Nintendo Switch. For Twitch Prime, it’s just another addition to an already long list of incentives for people to consider the subscription service. Honestly, Nintendo Switch Online isn’t a big get for something already as alluring as Twitch Prime, but for Nintendo, the partnership could mean the world as the company continues to try to develop its online presence.

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2019-03-29 10:03:14

Cody Gravelle

Hacker Steals Info From Microsoft And Nintendo, Avoids Jail

A Malwarebytes security researcher named Zammis Clark won’t be serving jail time after hacking into Microsoft and Nintendo servers and stealing 2,365 usernames and passwords from the respective companies. Clark, also known as Slipstream or Raylee, was found in May of 2018 and plead guilty on March 28th of this year in a London Crown Court.

During the trial, prosecutors disclosed that Clark had originally gained access to Microsoft’s server on January 24, 2017. He proceeded to share access to Microsoft’s network in an Internet Relay Chat server, giving other hackers easy access into the company’s servers. He was arrested a few months later in June after uploading malware into Microsoft’s network. The police, with the help of the FBI, EUROPOL, and the NCA’s National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU), all found stolen files on his home computer as well. Clark was then bailed out with no restrictions on computer use. Not long after, he went on to hack Nintendo’s network, via the use of Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), and gained access to their game development servers in March of 2018.

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In May of 2018, Nintendo discovered the breach and Clark was brought into custody again. Clark’s defense stated that since the former security researcher is an autistic person with face blindness, he would be “highly vulnerable to violence from fellow prisoners“, and, “at a greater risk of reoffending if imprisoned.” As reported by The Verge, Clark’s damages are not an inconsequential figure for the companies, either:

Nintendo estimates the cost of damages between £700,000 ($913,000) and £1.4 million ($1.8 million), and Microsoft previously provided the court with a vague estimate of around $2 million in damages.

Judge Alexander Milne made the decision that Clark will be sentenced to 15 months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months. This means that Clark will avoid jail time as long as he doesn’t re-offend. Clark’s parents penned a letter to the judge, revealing plans for rehabilitation for Clark and his challenges with autism, which aided in swaying Judge Milne’s decision. A Serious Crime Prevention Order was also put in place for up to five years which, if breached, results in an unlimited fine and up to five years in prison.

This news comes only a few days after another case where a man plead guilty to stealing a total of $122 million from both Google and Facebook between 2013 and 2015. Both cases weigh in on the importance for companies to consistently adjust and heighten their internet security. It’s a sobering reminder that even the biggest tech companies in the world don’t have impenetrable defense networks, and that we should all be extremely careful with any information about ourselves that we use online.

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Source: The Verge


2019-03-29 02:03:38

Hannah Hoolihan

Nintendo Switch Comics Service Releasing Free Content

A Nintendo Switch comics service is now a thing, thanks to comics subscription service InkyPen. The company has stated it has the intention of creating a “Netflix for comics,” and apparently that goal begins with offering an expansive catalog of content for Switch owners, who will be receiving some free comics out of the deal.

The idea of a Nintendo Switch comics service is a tantalizing one for many users, who already use the device primarily because it allows them to take their gaming wherever they like. The portability of the Switch has made it one of the most successful consoles Nintendo has launched, and it continues to churn out first-party titles that are Game of the Year contenders with a reliability many studios could only dream of. Any service that brings easily-consumed content to the Nintendo Switch will immediately begin garnering attention simply because of the console’s flexibility.

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According to an InkyPen press release, the company boasts “one of the largest” subscription catalogues in the world, ranging from new indie hits to big-name corporate properties that comics fans need access to when it comes to justifying a subscription. The Nintendo Switch comics service delivering free content is part of an initiative from the company to attract new readers, especially because InkyPen has managed to iron out many of the bugs that were affecting its service previously. With “new publishers coming on board in the weeks ahead” it makes sense to give potential customers a sample of what the subscription service entails.

InkyPen also seems like one of the best places to offer a Nintendo Switch comics service because it boasts a more eclectic catalogue than some of its competitors. InkyPen doesn’t focus on a specific genre or region, instead offering a wide range of comics from the United States, Europe, the webcomics scene, and manga from Japan. The company is also making the expansion of the manga section a “main priority,” which makes sense since the Nintendo Switch is such a dominant force in Japan and there’s a substantial amount of crossover between fans of anime and manga and gamers who enjoy Nintendo products.

InkyPen is only available for the Switch at the moment, but the company has also noted that as the service expands, it will support the ability for other user accounts to carry over. There aren’t any other platforms currently mentioned as being a target for InkyPen’s services, but it’s clear the intent exists, and it will be interesting to see how a Nintendo Switch comics service fares. The device certainly seems like a perfect fit, and if InkyPen manages to find success with a newly improved system and some free samples, there’s a chance other subscription based content services begin to consider the Nintendo Switch for their needs as well.

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Source: InkyPen (via CBR)


2019-03-22 10:03:22

Cody Gravelle