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Nintendo Switch eschews bundled games to keep price down

Nintendo Switch eschews bundled games to keep price down

The Nintendo Switch is unconventional in more ways than one. In addition to its unorthodox hybrid form factor, its launch is also a bit unusual, almost unsettling. Breaking away not just from its own tradition but that of other consoles as well, Nintendo won’t be launching the Switch with any bundled games, not even its own 1-2-Switch “tech demo”. That, according to Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime, was a decision made in order to keep the Switch price down to $299.99, nothing more, nothing less.

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Nintendo Switch pre order sellout sends gamers hunting

Nintendo Switch pre order sellout sends gamers hunting

If you slept on getting your Nintendo Switch pre-order in, you may end up disappointed come March 3, with just about every retailer selling out of their initial stock. Preorders for the hotly-anticipated console opened just a few days ago, with GameStop, Best Buy, Target, and others all taking part. However, in the time between Friday and today, all of those orders have been snapped up.

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Nintendo Switch: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Nintendo Switch: The good, the bad, and the ugly

In a roughly 14 hour period spanning Thursday night and Friday morning, we received an onslaught of Nintendo Switch news. A lot of new information was revealed, including details about the Switch's release, its online systems, and its launch titles. As a lifelong Nintendo fan, I'd been looking forward to these events since they were announced, and I thought I'd take some time to go through my personal hits and misses with Nintendo's Switch reveal.

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More Nintendo Switch details: 2TB microSD card support, no Miiverse or StreetPass

More Nintendo Switch details: 2TB microSD card support, no Miiverse or StreetPass

While almost all the details about the new Nintendo Switch console have been revealed, there's still a few things that leave eager gamers wondering about their potential future purchase. Most of the hardware specs have been sufficiently outlined, but one troubling item is the fact that the Switch only comes with 32GB of internal storage, a paltry amount compared to the 500GB and 1TB hard drives we're used to.

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Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app supports time limits, game ratings

Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app supports time limits, game ratings

Parental restrictions and controls have been a part of the software on game consoles for years now, but the soon-to-be-released Nintendo Switch has an innovative take on this: moving the controls to a smartphone app. Amid the plethora of new details on the console and its games, Nintendo revealed that the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app, coming to both iOS and Android, will allow parents to set time limits on their kids' use of the system, enforce restrictions based on game ratings, and collect data on how kids spend their play time.

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Nintendo Switch online service: monthly games not really ‘free,’ smartphone-based multiplayer chat

Nintendo Switch online service: monthly games not really ‘free,’ smartphone-based multiplayer chat

As you've probably already heard, Nintendo has finally announced its new Switch console in full, and there's a lot to be excited for, including all the interesting ways games can be played on the system, both at home and on the go, as well as the new game lineup, which includes a fantastic-looking new Zelda title. However, in the day that's passed since all the details were revealed, a few less than pleasing tidbits have also surfaced, mostly focused on the Switch's online service.

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Here’s every Nintendo Switch game trailer released so far

Here’s every Nintendo Switch game trailer released so far

We were hoping that Nintendo would have a lot of games to show off during last night's Switch event, and boy did Nintendo deliver. With an impressive of number of games announced, that can only mean one thing: a lot of game trailers. Luckily for you, we've collected them all in this one place you don't have to go searching for them. There are a lot of trailers to get through, so grab a snack, put your feet up, and enjoy the show.

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Nintendo Switch: Everything you really need to know

Nintendo Switch: Everything you really need to know

Nintendo's Switch reveal event has come and gone, and now that we're on the other side of it, there's a lot of information to get through. Nintendo announced everything from release date and pricing to which first-party titles will be launching for the console within 2017. With that in mind, here all are the Nintendo Switch details you need to bring yourself up to speed.

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Nintendo Switch pre-orders open up at Best Buy, GameStop, and Target

Nintendo Switch pre-orders open up at Best Buy, GameStop, and Target

Even though we finally have a release date for the Nintendo Switch, the pre-order situation has been left up in the air. Pre-orders opened in New York City today in limited quantities, but what about pre-orders for the rest of us? We're still waiting on some retailers to open up pre-orders, but others have beat the rest to the punch.

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Nintendo Switch online service, parental controls detailed

Nintendo Switch online service, parental controls detailed

Consoles, more than their Gaming PC counterparts, used to be very local machines. While they did limit you to one physical location, it allowed for a local mutiplayer experience rarely available with PCs (unless you have more than one in the same place). Nowadays, however, all consoles have some online feature and the upcoming Nintendo Switch is no different. You know what else isn't different? You'll have to pay to take advantage of those features, at least when the Switch Online Service goes into full gear in Fall.

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Nintendo Switch accessories: here’s what they’ll cost you

Nintendo Switch accessories: here’s what they’ll cost you

So the Nintendo Switch is out. Or rather, it has been dated and, at least in some lucky few cities, pre-orders will begin soon. But if you're not yet in a hurry to buy one and are still trying to save up for a Nintendo Switch, here's a handy list of how much you'll need to get the console itself as well as the accessories you might want to grab along with it.

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Nintendo Switch titles: here’s what’s coming soon

Nintendo Switch titles: here’s what’s coming soon

Nintendo has just finished its hour-long spiel about how the Nintendo Switch is the culmination and the amalgamation of its gaming history, from the very first Nintendo Entertainment System all the way up to the Wii U. But while the console might be interesting, it will only be as strong as the games available for it. And the Switch definitely has a varied roster, with some bordering on the "meh" and others on the "take my money already!"

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