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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 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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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild release date finally announced

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild release date finally announced

It's been a long time coming, but today's Nintendo Switch event finally gave us a release date for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Zelda fans have been waiting years for this new title, and with the Switch now on the horizon, so too is the release of Breath of the Wild. The only question now is whether or not a certain forest fairy-loving man named Tingle will appear.

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Super Mario Odyssey announced for Nintendo Switch, but not for launch

Super Mario Odyssey announced for Nintendo Switch, but not for launch

As expected, Nintendo has announced a new Mario title for the Nintendo Switch today. Dubbed Super Mario Odyssey, this new game plucks Mario from the Mushroom Kingdom and puts him in a location that has some striking similarities to our lovely planet Earth. Just as well, he seems to have a new travelling companion this time around.

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Nintendo Switch launch details revealed [UPDATE]

Nintendo Switch launch details revealed [UPDATE]

Nintendo finally announced the details that everyone has been dying to know: when the Nintendo Switch will become available and just how much it will cost you. Suffice it to say, it seems that many hypotheses have been spot on, especially on the pricing. Nintendo, however, did drop some more details that will delight Nintendo fans around the world.

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PlayStation 4 system update 4.5 beta testing signups start

PlayStation 4 system update 4.5 beta testing signups start

Sony says the next major system software update for its current-generation console is inbound, and if you want to get a chance to test it before it releases to everyone, now is the time to sign up. PlayStation 4 owners can sign up to be a beta tester anytime from now until ‘early’ February; those who get in will be able to test system software update 4.5.

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The next Pokemon GO event update could be Magikarp heavy

The next Pokemon GO event update could be Magikarp heavy

The Pokemon called Magikarp might very well be the subject of the first Pokemon GO event of April, 2017. A Silph Road user and Pokemon GO analyst by the name of S.Dangles decided earlier this week that the possibility of a Magikarp-infused event set for April Fool's Day was real. While we don't have our normal verification of consideration from our source familiar with the information, the possibilities for this next Pokemon GO event are just too intriguing to ignore.

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Nintendo Switch limited pre-order at NYC event

Nintendo Switch limited pre-order at NYC event

The Nintendo Switch is undoubtedly the hottest topic in the gaming world of late, whether you're a fan of this next gen console or not. Given the fire that will surely consume those who are fans, Nintendo is going to limit access to the Switch to better control supply and demand. Of course, it could backfire and cause some tension and controversy instead. Be that as it may, Nintendo has revealed that, come Friday, a very limited number of pre-order slots will be available at Nintendo NYC. Be ready for a stampede.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Portable 2 spotted at FCC

NVIDIA SHIELD Portable 2 spotted at FCC

While NVIDIA did make a big splash at CES 2017 by completely embracing Google Assistant in its SHIELD Android TV box, there was one resounding thread that begged to be heard: give us a new SHIELD Portable. The gamepad cum tablet form factor, the original bearer of the "SHIELD" brand, has not seen a refresh since, well, since it launched. Those prayers may be close to being answered as what is allegedly the SHIELD Portable 2 was just seen at the FCC, hinting at its imminent announcement.

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Resident Evil 7 preorders will include free digital copy of ‘Retribution’

Resident Evil 7 preorders will include free digital copy of ‘Retribution’

Those who preorder a video game usually get some perks for doing so — special downloadable gaming content, exclusive vehicles or weapons, or early access to the game, for example. The same is true for those who preorder Resident Evil 7, only with a bit of a twist: gamers will receive a code to download a free copy of one of the Resident Evil movies. The perk varies a bit, though, depending on where you preorder the game.

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