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Master Gamer Spends 50 Dollars On Arcade Games At Dave & Busters, Wins A Nintendo Switch

As many of you probably know, it's near impossible to find a Switch for the suggested retail price right now. In a world where people are scrambling to drop a hundred dollars more on the Switch through Ebay and third-party sellers, one gamer got their hands on a Switch for $ 50 by using their skills at arcade games.

Reddit user Dragon Slaayer collected over a 100,000 points at Dave & Busters, only spending $ 50 on the games they played, and used the points to buy a Switch. Dragon Slaayer showed off a picture of their Switch and the redemption receipt as proof:

You can read the whole thread here if you want, where Dragon Slaayer dives into the time it took to win the console as well as other consoles they've won over the years, including two PS4s and Wii U.

[Source: Reddit]

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Nintendo Plans To Double Production Of The Switch

According to The Wall Street Journal, Nintendo will be increasing the production of its new console for the next financial year, producing 16 million units. This comes on the heels of the company's stock price shooting up 10% as well as the nearly unanimous critical acclaim for The Switch's launch title, The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild.

It's worth noting that The Switch also broke the 48-hour sales record for a console debut from Nintendo.

You can read our review of the console here.

[Source: The Wall Street Journal via Gameindustry.biz]

Our Take
The Switch continues to perform well but Nintendo still has to play the long game. It'll be interesting to see how the company's software plans work for them in the coming months. 

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Nintendo Releases The Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Making-Of Documentary

Update: The three-part series is now available on Nintendo's YouTube page. You can find the three parts below.

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Nintendo of America announced the debut of The Making of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a three-part documentary series, via Twitter this morning. A trailer included in the tweet shows clips of concept art, musical scores, and interviews with key figures in the game's development.

The series debuts March 14, 2017 at 6 AM Pacific Standard Time.

Check out our review of Breath of the Wild, one of our top-scoring games of 2017, along with our discussion of the game on the GI Show and four reasons you should be excited about Link's latest adventure. You can learn much more about the development of Breath of the Wild by clicking the banner below.

[Source: Nintendo of America on Twitter]

 

Our Take
Given Breath of the Wild's popularity, this documentary series is well-timed. Fans should be eager for some commentary and behind-the-scenes content, while newcomers or those still hesitant can get a look at what everyone's talking about.

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Analyst report: Nintendo Switch sells 1.5 million units worldwide

Market intelligence outfit Superdata says the Nintendo Switch has already sold 1.5 million units worldwide.  …


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Nintendo Outlines All The Improvements And Content Additions Coming To Mario Kart 8 Deluxe On Switch

When it first launched in May 2014, Mario Kart 8 was championed as one of the Wii U's most entertaining titles, but also as the apex of the entire Mario Kart series. Now, nearly three years later, an enhanced version of the mascot racer is making its way to Nintendo's latest console, the Switch, with a ton of new features in tow. Most of these additions have already been revealed, but this serves as a nice round-up for everything that will be new.

Right off the bat, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe comes packaged with all of the Wii U version's DLC, from Link and his home stage of Hyrule Circuit, to the endearingly wacky Mercedes-Benz kart bodies. On top of the baked-in DLC, Deluxe will also include a wealth of new content, including five new racers, bringing the grand total of playable characters to a series-high of 42 (but still no Birdo, who has been sadly missing in action since Mario Kart Wii). The new challengers are Dry Bones, King Boo, Bowser Jr., and Splatoon characters Inkling Boy and Inkling Girl. In addition, Splatoon-themed amiibos can now be used to unlock outfits for Mii racers.

No new courses are being developed for the traditional races, but the original release's oft-derided take on Battle Mode is getting a complete overhaul. Mario Kart 8 tried to shake up the classic Battle Mode formula by removing the traditional enclosed arenas and having the action take place on the normal circuits. Ultimately, the fandom unanimously rejected this approach, and Nintendo noticed. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe completely replaces the Wii U's Battle Mode, setting the action on eight arenas (five new, three from classic Mario Kart titles) and bringing back fan-favorite modes like Bob-Omb Blast, Shine Thief, and Coin Runners. A brand new mode, Renegade Roundup, has players attempting to capture one another with potted Piranha Plants.

Rounding out the package are a series of small, but significant, improvements: a new Smart Steering control setting will keep less experienced players from constantly falling out of bounds and falling hopelessly behind the pack; characters will be able to carry two items instead of just one, allowing for more action-packed races; when played in the Switch's Docked Mode, the game runs at 1080p, a marked boost from the Wii U's 720p mode.

LAN support allows for large-scale portable competition; of course, classic four-player split-screen mode in Docked Mode is still being supported. Additionally, two-player split-screen is possible in Portable Mode with sideways Joy-Con controllers.

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All told, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe aims to be the definitive edition of the crown jewel of the Wii U library, with the same classic gameplay and personality of the original Mario Kart 8, but with a slew of improvements, refinements, and enhancements.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe launches on Nintendo Switch on April 28 for $ 59.99. A new Joy-Con Wheel accessory will launch alongside the game for $ 14.99, allowing players to hold their Joy-Con controllers like a car's steering wheel, as was the case in Mario Kart Wii. For more on Mario Kart 8, check out GI's original review here.

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Switch sets new 48-hour sales record for Nintendo hardware in the Americas

Nintendo of America chief Reggie Fils-Aime reportedly said that the Switch has set a new record at Nintendo for most sales (in the Americas) in the first 48 hours. …


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Report: The Switch Sets New 48 Hour Sales Record For A Nintendo Console

It appears that Nintendo's new console is off to a strong start. In fact, it might be the strongest start the company has ever had when it's come to launching hardware.

The New York Times reporter Nick Wingfield says he recently had an interview with Nintendo Of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé and came back with some interesting information, particularly regarding the console's early sales performance:

According to Wingfield, Fils-Aimé also says that The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild is the company's best-selling launch title ever:

For more on The Nintendo Switch, be sure to check out our hardware review. You can also read our review of Breath Of The Wild, which scored a 10, here.

[Source: Twitter]

 

Our Take
Since this information is coming from a series of tweets sent out by a reporter for a (albeit very reputable) publication, it might be best to view these statements with a grain of salt. But still, if true, this is pretty big second wind for Nintendo.

Of course, this is only the beginning, so it'll be interesting to see how things play out once The Switch's honeymoon period is over and people are looking to use the console to play something that isn't The Legend of Zelda.

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PSA: Save Data On Nintendo Switch Can’t Be Copied Or Transferred

Losing save data for games you've put hours into can be the worst feeling. Nowadays, it's less of a concern when we can back up save files in multiple ways, with external and cloud storage options. However, with the recently launched Nintendo Switch, you can't transfer save files to any other external storage medium or other Switch console.

Nintendo confirmed to Kotaku that, “At this time, it is not possible to transfer save data from one Nintendo Switch system to another,” and according to the official Nintendo Switch online FAQ "Game save data cannot be saved or copied to a microSD card." We have scoured the console's settings ourselves and haven't come across any possibility for data transfer. Instead, it is only possible to delete save data to make space in the console's 32 GB internal storage. 

This is different from both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, which both had the ability to transfer data, even if the 3DS' save data transfer tool is cumbersome. 

Nintendo Switch launched a couple days ago. You can check out our review of the new console here.

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Becoming a Nintendo Switch indie dev will be tough early on

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