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See inside Nintendo Switch with iFixit’s teardown

See inside Nintendo Switch with iFixit’s teardown

The new Nintendo Switch game console has officially been released, and if you were lucky enough to get your hands on one, you're probably enjoying the new Zelda right now. And as with the debut of any new tech device, the teardown experts at iFixit have already managed to pull one apart, offering us a look inside. So if you're curious about what's powering your new console-handheld hybrid, or want an update after that questionable "early prototype" teardown from a few weeks ago, here's the details you're looking for.

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Nintendo Switch games you can get today (with trailers)

Nintendo Switch games you can get today (with trailers)

So, you went to wait in line this morning and now you have a shiny new Nintendo Switch to show for it. Well done! Now what do you do with it? The answer for many of you will probably be "play Breath of the Wild," at first, because for a lot of people, that's the only launch game that matters. When we look at eShop and retail releases together, though, the Switch actually has a fairly decent launch library, so here's a full list of all the games available today, complete with trailers.

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Nintendo Switch Buyer’s Guide: Accessories you should get

Nintendo Switch Buyer’s Guide: Accessories you should get

There's no lack of accessories launching alongside the Nintendo Switch today, but it can be difficult to distinguish what's essential from what's merely supplemental. Given the Switch's portability and interesting control scheme in the Joy Cons, you'll certainly want to consider some of the accessories you'll undoubtedly be offered when you purchase a Switch. With that in mind, here are a few Switch accessories that are, in my opinion, essential.

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Pokemon GO’s “Big 3” updates for 2017: Special Items need not apply!

Pokemon GO’s “Big 3” updates for 2017: Special Items need not apply!

We now have a list of the three game-changing updates for Pokemon GO in the year 2017 - and they're huge! While we do not know the order of the 2nd and 3rd update, the first will center on the Pokemon Gym. While we've had Gyms and Gym Battles since the start of the game, these battles have been notoriously simple and devoid of the complexities of battles as they've existed in core Pokemon games - all that's about to change.

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Where to get and buy a Nintendo Switch on launch day

Where to get and buy a Nintendo Switch on launch day

Nintendo Switch launch day is here at last, but if you don't have a pre-order, that means you're out of luck, right? Not exactly – a number of retailers have the Switch in stock for walk-in customers today, but it's still going to be tricky to find one. With pre-orders selling out quickly when they were first announced, there's going to be a lot of competition to get these extra consoles.

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Nintendo Switch parental controls app arrives in app stores

Nintendo Switch parental controls app arrives in app stores

Nintendo has launched the iOS and Android versions of its Nintendo Switch parental controls app. With the app, parents are given a wide range of features and control over their child’s gaming, including the ability to set time limitations, monitor play duration, automatically suspend gaming after a time allotment is exceeded, restrict communication features in games, and more.

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It looks like Nintendo Switch will use friend codes after all

It looks like Nintendo Switch will use friend codes after all

Nintendo's online systems have long lagged behind those of its competitors, and one of the best examples of that is the infamous friend code. Since the days of the Wii, Nintendo has substituted friend codes for more robust account systems, requiring players to enter a twelve-character code in order to add a friend to their friends list. With the arrival of the Switch, many of us were hoping for that to change, but it looks like that won't be the case.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild review roundup – the best Zelda ever?

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild review roundup – the best Zelda ever?

This is it: after years of waiting, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild finally releases tomorrow. As expected, many of the reviews coming in today are positive, but that's par for the course for the Zelda series. The bigger question is whether or not Breath of the Wild can hold its own in a series that's home to such greats as A Link to the Past, Ocarina of Time, and A Link Between Worlds.

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Zelda Breath of the Wild prototype was a deceptive 8-bit version

Zelda Breath of the Wild prototype was a deceptive 8-bit version

One of the nuggets of wisdom in game development is to create the simplest prototype as early as possible in order to see if it’s even worth doing all the hard work later. That’s true whether you’re an indie developer or even more if you’re a giant company working on a well-loved title for a one-of-a-kind device. That was what Nintendo did during the development of the upcoming Zelda: Breath of the Wild but apparently it took the advice to the extreme. It prototyped BotW in 2D, making it look like a mod of the classic Legend of Zelda game.

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Nintendo Switch eShop and News app previewed in new video

Nintendo Switch eShop and News app previewed in new video

Ever since the Switch was first revealed, we've caught glimpses of the main menu here and there, but today we're getting out best look yet. The Switch's main menu is on display in a new video that previews the console's News app and eShop, giving players a quick crash course in what to expect before the console launches on Friday.

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Pokemon GO tip: how to get Special Items on auto

Pokemon GO tip: how to get Special Items on auto

This week in Pokemon GO we've happened upon a way in which users can attempt to attain Special Items automatically. This method requires that the user have their own Pokemon GO+ (Pokemon GO Plus, if you prefer) accessory, and that they be reasonably comfortable opening this device up. Inside the device, there's a way to turn the appearance of PokeStops into automatic spins of said PokeStops, thereby making attempts at finding Pokemon GO Special Items far, far simpler.

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Nintendo Switch in stock at Walmart on launch day

Nintendo Switch in stock at Walmart on launch day

The Nintendo Switch launches in just two short days, but if you find yourself without a pre-order, hope is not entirely lost. Walmart has revealed that it will have a limited number of consoles available to walk-in customers on launch day. That's good news for anyone who couldn't pre-order before the Switch sold out, but in order to get one of these walk-in consoles, you'll probably need more than a little luck.

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