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Rumour: Nintendo Switch Pro “Will Have Exclusives”, Says Insider


Bloomberg published a story earlier this week about Nintendo’s plans to release a new Switch model that would come equipped with a Samsung OLED display which will consume less battery, and offer higher contrast and possibly even a faster response time. It’s reportedly a 7-inch, 720p-resolution panel and will be able to support “4K ultra-high definition graphics” when paired with televisions.

ResetEra user and known industry insider NateDrake – who has been linked to various other Nintendo leaks in the past, has now expanded on this story, claiming the new Switch unit will host some “select exclusives”, especially from third-party partners.

“There will be some select exclusives, especially from third-party partners. May not be a big number of them, but I know of at least one.”

In a separate post, the same source said Nintendo’s plan was to position the device as a revision.

“Nintendo’s plans are to position it as a revision. A premium model, if you will.”

If this rumoured system does come with a bit of extra grunt, it would be no surprise to see third-party companies, in particular, wanting to port across more technically demanding titles that the current Switch would likely struggle with. In fact, there are even some games on the current models that could use with a much-needed performance boost.

As for Nintendo, if you reflect on the 3DS era, you’ll know it made a handful of titles exclusive to the New Nintendo 3DS. One of the first ones was Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, which no doubt provided some extra sales for the company. So it wouldn’t be a surprise if a Switch revision followed a similar pattern.

At the moment, Nintendo and Samsung representatives have declined to comment on these latest rumours, and Nintendo’s president last month went as far as saying the Japanese company had no plans to announce a new version of the Switch any time soon.

How would you feel about certain games being exclusive to the rumoured Switch Pro model? Share your thoughts down below.





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PSA: Switch Online Members Can Now Claim Some More Smash Bros. Ultimate Freebies


Nintendo’s Switch online service from time to time will offer a bunch of freebies for certain games. For Super Smash Bros. Ultimate it normally hands out a bunch of spirit board power-ups that can be used in the game’s events.

The latest offer for Switch Online subscribers (which is a bit different this time around) is Spirit Set 1, which is available via the Switch eShop. This set includes a random Ace-class primary spirit and a random Legend-class support spirit. Once again, this is an entirely free downloaded – provided you’ve got an active Switch Online membership.

According to the official Nintendo website, Spirit Set 1 will require an 8MB download. In related news, later today Masahiro Sakurai will be showcasing the new DLC fighters Pyra and Mythra. Will you be taking advantage of this offer? Do you even sub to Nintendo’s online service? Leave a comment below.





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Anniversary: Nintendo Switch Launched Four Years Ago Today


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Four years ago today on 3rd March 2017, the Nintendo Switch was first released across most regions worldwide.

With its monstrous sales records and incredible library of games, it’s not especially easy to remember how different things were for Nintendo before the Switch’s arrival. We all know the story of Switch’s predecessor, the Wii U – and how, despite a strong lineup of first-party greats, it ultimately disappointed in terms of sales and third-party effort – but Nintendo’s new console appears to have completely turned things around for the better.

Switch arrived in style back in March 2017, launching alongside The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – one of the finest launch titles the world has ever seen and indeed, one of the greatest games of all time according to critics. The system already had its killer app on day one, but its sales, success, and overall positivity have continued to flow ever since.

Name a better launch title, we dare you...
Name a better launch title, we dare you…

As the console reaches the “middle of its life cycle,” Nintendo is confident that it’ll go on to surpass the Wii. With an upcoming roster of games including The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, Monster Hunter Rise, Metroid Prime 4, Splatoon 3, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2, we certainly wouldn’t be surprised if that were to be the case.

Have you enjoyed your time with Nintendo Switch over the last four years? Did you get yours on day one? Feel free to share your favourite Switch memories with us in the comments below.





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Did The Official Pokémon Twitter Account Just Tease A Diamond And Pearl Return?


This weekend, on 27th February, the Pokémon series celebrates 25 years since the launch of the original Game Boy titles.

There have already been rumours floating about and now the official Pokémon Twitter account seems to be joining in on the fun. It’s currently doing a countdown featuring different generations of pocket monsters. With four days remaining, it’s shared the following tweet, saying “Let’s go, Sinnoh”.

Despite the fact the same account has referenced other Pokémon games and generations in its daily countdown, this particular tweet has some fans quite excited.

The Sinnoh region was first introduced in the fourth generation alongside Pokémon Diamond & Pearl for Nintendo DS.

In case you forgot, last month, Spanish fansite Centro Pokémon reportedly confirmed Switch remakes of the DS titles Pokémon Diamond & Pearl were in development and would be revealed around the time of Pokémon Day, on 27th February.

“Pokémon Center can confirm that, according to sources close to the company, remakes of Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl , originally released in 2006 for the Nintendo DS, are in development for the Nintendo Switch .”

A much older rumour dating back to 2019 suggests possible remakes of Diamond and Pearl would feature “let’s go catching” (the catching mechanic first featured in the Pokémon: Let’s Go games).

Since its original report, Centro Pokémon is still just as confident something is on the way – with its Twitter account last week tweeting out a message that fans “won’t have to wait until Pokémon Day on February 27 for the big news” (translation by Google). Attached to this is a clip of the legendaries from Diamond, Pearl and Platinum:

If that’s not already enough, it appears the Poké Ball Plus (first released alongside the Let’s Go games) is getting a timely reprint. Last year we saw reprints of older The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild champions which eventually led to the announcement of Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity.

Keep in mind, we’re just days out from Pokémon’s 25th anniversary, so all will be revealed soon. What do you make of this yourself? Leave a comment down below.





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The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles Has Been Rated For Nintendo Switch


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Taiwan’s Digital Game Rating Committee has recently rated a total of four games for the Nintendo Switch.

The first title is The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles – which is part of Capcom’s Ace Attorney series (you know, Phoenix Wright) and is apparently a two in one release, according to the infamous Capcom leak dating back to last November.

It’ll feature The Great Ace Attorney (known in Japan as Dai Gyakuten Saiban) and The Great Ace Attorney 2. The first made its debut on the 3DS in 2015 and the second launched in 2017. This would also be the first time both games were released outside of Japan.

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The next title apparently en route to the Nintendo’s hybrid device is Tales from the Borderlands. This is an episodic adventure starring Rhys, Fiona and Handsome Jack. It was developed by Telltale Games and dates back to 2014.

This same title was recently announced for various other platforms, but hasn’t been officially confirmed for the Switch just yet – so stay tuned.

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The third is Secret Neighbour. This is a scary online multiplayer version of the Hello Neighbor games by tinyBuild Games. It was originally released in 2019 and follows the release of Hello Neighbor on the Switch in 2018.

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Last of all is the off-road vehicle game SnowRunner by Saber Interactive and Focus Home Interactive. This one was first released in April last year and received plenty of positive reviews.

Would you be interested in playing any of these games on your Switch, if they are officially announced for the platform? Tell us down below.





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Will You Be Clearing Up Some Space For The Switch Version Of Apex Legends?


One of the bigger games arriving on the Nintendo Switch next month is Apex Legends by EA and Respawn Entertainment.

This team-based battle royale shooter doesn’t cut corners – bringing the “full-featured” experience to Nintendo’s hybrid system. According to Respawn, port specialist Panic Button (Rocket League, DOOM Eternal) worked its magic on this one, achieving some “smart” optimisations.

So, if it’s the “full” experience, just how big will this version of the game be? The official Switch eShop page reveals you’re going to need to clear up some space – with the game listed as requiring “15.2 GB” of free space. At the same time, the description further down mentions the game needs “at least” a 30 GB download.

“Game requires a download of at least 30 GB via a wireless Internet connection. You may also be required to create or link a Nintendo Account. microSD card required (sold separately). Storage requirements may change, visit www.help.ea.com/apex-legends for details.”

The Nintendo webpage in the US also states the file size is 30 GB, but the UK page says it’s 15.2 GB. Confusing, huh?

So… it’s one or the other. Either way, it’s a fairly sizable download for the Switch. If you are in need of more space. Respawn has teamed up with Western Digital and created an Apex Legends Switch themed MicroSD card priced at $67.99. It’s 128GB in size, and no different from your standard MicroSD apart from the logo.

When the game does land on the Nintendo Switch, it’ll support cross-platform play and kick things off with Season 8. As Switch players are joining in on this season a little late, there’ll be 30 free levels of the Season 8 Battle Pass to claim and in addition to this, double XP for the first few weeks.

Will you be clearing up some space on your MicroSD card for Apex Legends? Tell us down below.





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Video: 13 Great Wii U Games Still Not on Switch






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Frame Rate And Resolution For Monster Hunter Rise Demo Revealed


Capcom has launched the highly anticipated demo for its upcoming Nintendo Switch release Monster Hunter Rise.

Now that the download issues on the eShop have been sorted, VG Tech – the same YouTube channel that investigated the performance of the demos for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity and Pikmin 3 Deluxe – has taken a look at the new Monster Hunter entry. It confirms the game runs at a stable 30 fps (in docked and handheld mode), even in more intense moments.





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Turns Out Zelda: Breath Of The Wild’s NPCs Share A Common Bond With The Humble Mii


Switch launch title Zelda: Breath of the Wild continues to throw up cool secrets even today, and Twitter user @HEYimHeroic has just unearthed another: the NPCs in the game use an updated version of the Mii face creation tool which first appeared when the Wii was released in 2006.

It makes sense that Nintendo would use an existing tool to streamline the process of creating characters for the game, but it’s still somewhat surprising that a system created 15 years ago is still being used in Nintendo’s AAA software.

It’s also interesting because it means that hackers who are pulling the game apart on PC (via emulation) can ‘inject’ new faces into the game now they understand how those faces are created. Expect to see some famous faces arriving in modified versions of Breath of the Wild soon, then.





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Random: YouTuber Shows Google Stadia Version Of Cyberpunk 2077 Running On Switch


Cyberpunk 2077 might have only been released last week, but someone is already playing it on the Nintendo Switch.

YouTuber Nintendrew has uploaded a video of CD Projekt Red’s latest release running at full speed on Nintendo’s hybrid system. The game can even output 1080p when the device is connected to the dock, and it’s playable with the Joy-Con and Pro Controller (both are recognised as Xbox gamepads).

As always, there’s a catch…and in this case, the secret is a hacked Switch with Android and Google Stadia installed. It’s also noted by the YouTuber how this same method can be used to play various other next-generation games.





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