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Octopath Traveler gave Nintendo and Square Enix a surprise nobody predicted

Octopath Traveler gave Nintendo and Square Enix a surprise nobody predicted

On Friday, Octopath Traveler launched exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. We knew that a lot of people were excited for the game heading into release, and over the weekend, we found out just how excited they were. As it turns out, Octopath Traveler has turned into a success even bigger than what Nintendo and Square Enix were expecting.

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Nintendo Labo Creators Contest: Here are the genius winners

Nintendo Labo Creators Contest: Here are the genius winners

Nintendo has probably struck gold twice with the Switch, first with the console itself and then with its Labo platform. The cardboard-based educational platform was meant to teach younger owners things like programming and crafting but naturally appealed to users of all ages. To test that goal, Nintendo announced a Creators Contest last month, looking for innovative creations using the platform. And boy did they get open the floodgates of creativity, whimsy, and, in a way, insanity.

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Genki dongle brings Bluetooth audio to Nintendo Switch

Genki dongle brings Bluetooth audio to Nintendo Switch

A new dongle called Genki promises to bring Bluetooth audio to the Nintendo Switch, offering a wireless solution to the console's wired audio problem. The Switch does not itself support Bluetooth audio devices, forcing users to plug in a pair of earbuds or headphones for private listening. Genki offers to be the solution by connecting to the device's USB-C port.

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Fortnite on Nintendo Switch adds motion control: here’s how to use it

Fortnite on Nintendo Switch adds motion control: here’s how to use it

Season 5 brought a small treat unique to the Nintendo Switch: motion control support. Users have been asking for motion aiming support since the port went live, something now possible...assuming you enable the control option. The feature utilizes the gyroscope in the Joy-Con and the Pro Controller for the Switch and works similarly to mobile games that let users rotate their phone for movement.

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Pokemon GO update: Gen 4 first details droppin’

Pokemon GO update: Gen 4 first details droppin’

This morning the folks at Niantic posted a teaser for their biggest update since the beginning. The release of Gen 4 - the fourth year and fourth region in the Pokemon universe proper. That's the region where all the FUN stuff was. And that's where all the fun stuff is going to be in the next update to Pokemon GO, if all goes according to plan.

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Animal Crossing NES emulator is a fully functional emulator

Animal Crossing NES emulator is a fully functional emulator

Like any other game console developer, Nintendo is not in favor of emulators. But unlike other game console developers, it actually uses emulators for its own benefit. The NES/SNES Classic, for example, is practically a Linux SBC running an emulator and the Nintendo Switch even had one as a tribute to the late Satoru Iwata. Apparently, this love-hate relationship extends way back to the early 2000s, when it used a NES emulator in the GameCube Animal Crossing which, it turns out, is an emulator that can actually load and run NES ROMs just like any normal NES emulator.

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Let’s Go, Pikachu, Eevee! will make Pokemon fans buy a Switch

Let’s Go, Pikachu, Eevee! will make Pokemon fans buy a Switch

If you’re a Pokemon fan who has been undecided on getting a Switch, you probably already know that Nintendo may have finally given you a reason to do so with the announcement of Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee! Still not convinced? The gaming giant has just published some details of the upcoming game that could very well clinch the deal for Pokemon fans who have been wishing for a literally new perspective on the classic first game.

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Nintendo Switch weekly eShop update: Mushroom men and epic adventures

Nintendo Switch weekly eShop update: Mushroom men and epic adventures

After going through a bit of a quiet phase last week, the Nintendo eShop has some big-name debuts in store over the next few days. Of course, many Switch owners have been looking forward to one of them, Octopath Traveler, for quite some time. A year-and-a-half after Square Enix first revealed the game, Octopath Traveler is finally scheduled to launch on the Switch eShop tomorrow.

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Octopath Traveler review in progress: A big, bold game

Octopath Traveler review in progress: A big, bold game

Tomorrow is a big day for RPG fans, as Octopath Traveler finally launches on the Nintendo Switch. This is a game that Square Enix has been advertising since before the Switch even launched, and a lot of people have been hoping that Octopath Traveler might be something of a return to form for the company. After all, it definitely looks like the RPGs that made Square a popular name among gamers back in the 1990s, such as Final Fantasy VI and Chrono Trigger.

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New Nintendo Switch batch reportedly patched against exploit

New Nintendo Switch batch reportedly patched against exploit

The Nintendo Switch is one of recent times’ most interesting gaming consoles and it isn’t only gamers that are loving it. Its tightly locked system has challenged hackers and modders to find exploits that will let them break into the system. One such vulnerability named Fusée Gelée was supposedly impossible to patch on existing Switch systems. However, reports now claim that a fresh new batch of Switch consoles are invulnerable to it without actually changing anything in the hardware.

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I am so bad at Mario Tennis Aces (but I still kind of love it)

I am so bad at Mario Tennis Aces (but I still kind of love it)

For the moment, Mario Tennis Aces is the Nintendo Switch game to be playing (at least until Octopath Traveler releases later this week). Mario sports titles have always been an interesting little offshoot of the main Super Mario series - at first blush, you wonder why you'd waste your time playing a sports game featuring the cast of Mario, but once you actually sit down and really get familiar with them, their often deep systems become addicting. It should be little surprise, then, that Mario Tennis Aces has a lot of people hooked.

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Warframe port on its way to Nintendo Switch

Warframe port on its way to Nintendo Switch

Nintendo's Switch console continues to be successful in attracting a wide range of indie games and big-name titles from other platforms, and now it's landed another port of the latter. Warframe, the popular sci-fi third-person shooter, is coming to the Switch. The announcement was made by the game's developer and publisher Digital Extremes at this weekend's TennoCon, an expo dedicated to the fan community.

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