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It’s official, Nintendo is releasing an updated version of their Switch console this summer with an extended battery that offers up to nine hours of gameplay on a full charge. Unfortunately, it won’t look like the concept above, but one positive is that it won’t cost anymore than the original console, just 29,980 yen ($279) and is set to hit stores in August. While there’s been no confirmation this model will release outside Japan, it’s almost certain that it is coming stateside sooner than later. Read more to see how to fix the Joy-Con drift problem plaguing many current Switch owners.
Super Mario Maker 2 lets you play a near limitless number of side-scrolling levels anytime, anywhere, but if you’re not up for an extreme challenge, these courses by Alex Tan, better known as PangaeaPanga, should be avoided. Before creating these seemingly impossible levels in Super Mario Maker, he was the world record holder for speedrunning Super Mario World in 2015, completing the game in a mere 1 minute and 38 seconds using arbitrary code execution. Now, he’s come up with Super Skyzo, Zero G’s Given, Panger Things and lots more. Read more to see him play through these stages like a true pro.
The Nintendo Switch Lite has been officially announced, and this device is designed specifically to play games in handheld mode. Available in three different colors (turquoise, gray, and yellow) and priced at $199.99 when it launches Sept. 20, the Lite sports integrated controls and is smaller than its predecessor, thanks to not having a kickstand or support video output to a TV. Therefore, the device will not come bundled with a dock or HDMI cable. Read more for a hands-on video, additional pictures and information.
No, this Pokémon card isn’t made of solid gold, but it is however valued at $60,000. Unfortunately, the card, “Trainer No. 3,” sold by eBay user Pokemonplace and insured for $50,000 before being shipped via USPS, went missing while in transit to its new owner. Why is this card so precious? It was an exclusive card gifted to the third-place finisher of a Japanese event in 1999, making it one of the rarest Pokémon cards ever. Pokemonplace is offering a $1,000 reward for anyone who that can successfully locate the card and send it to the original buyer safely. Read more for a video explaining the situation and what may have happened.
Dr. Mario World has been released a day early for both the iOS and Android platforms. This free-to-play game by Nintendo features in-app purchases consisting of diamond bundles that are priced from $2 to $70. These can be used by players to refresh their energy meter or be used to acquire items such as extra capsules. However, the Coins are free and earned through in-game progress and used to summon additional doctors. The game basically has you matching capsules with viruses and watching them disappear – just match three objects of the same color vertically or horizontally to clear them. Read more for a 10-minute gameplay video and additional information.
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Nintendo has been long rumored to be working on a Switch successor, or to be more specific, two new models, with one being a Lite or Mini version. Based on the leaks, the this miniature console has a smaller form factor and non-removable Joy-Con controllers, which means it can only be used purely as a handheld device. Chinese accessory manufacturer HonSon claims to have already prototyped accessories, including covers and cases, for the rumored Switch Mini. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Limited Run Games partnered with LucasArts to release physical cartridges of Star Wars for the Nintendo Entertainment System and Game Boy packaged in what looks like toy boxes from the 1980s. Unfortunately, these games won’t come with any limited edition action figures, but we do know that both will be available this Friday, June 28th, alongside Bounty Hunter, which only comes in a standard PS4 box. Read more for the official Tweet and additional information.
Nintendo fanatic David Barscheski specializes in modding game consoles, and what better way to show off his skills than by creating portable versions of his favorites? Meet the “Portable Wii GameCube Advance SP 2.0”. As you can probably deduce from the title, this SP-inspired device can play Game Boy Advance, Wii, and GameCube games, complete with buttons and controls similar to the latter. Read more for a video of it in-action and additional information.
Dr. Mario World was first announced earlier this year, but now, Nintendo confirms that the game will be released for both iOS and Android platforms on July 10th. This is a free to download game with optional in-app purchases and is being co-developed by Nintendo, LINE, as well as NHN Entertainment. Initially, it will be launched in approximately sixty countries/regions, including Japan and the United States. Read more for a gameplay video and additional information.
Yes, it’s true, Mario Royale is a browser-based version of the original Super Mario Bros that lets 100 players race to the end of a stage. You can’t exactly fight players, but they can be damaged via Koopa shells or by simply breaking the block they’re standing on to send them into the abyss. Power-ups are shared, so only a single player can snag that mushroom when needed. The game randomly chooses world 1, 2, or 3 at the start of a round, and to win you’ll need to be one of the first three players to reach Bowser’s castle at the end of the world. Read more for a video and the link to play it online.