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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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Report: Switch cartridges to blame for higher game prices

Some games will cost more on the Switch than on the PS4 or Xbox One, and, according to Eurogamer, both Switch cartridge manufacturing costs and Nintendo’s own policies might be to blame. …


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Report: Switch cartridges to blame for higher development costs

Some games will cost more on the Switch than on the PS4 or Xbox One, and, according to Eurogamer, both Switch cartridge manufacturing costs and Nintendo’s own policies might be to blame. …


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UK games industry voices Brexit concerns in latest UKIE report

British games industry trade body UKIE has published an extensive ‘State of Play’ report looking into the impact of Brexit on the country’s games sector, and it makes for nervous reading.  …


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Report: China halts licensing for South Korea-made games amid political turmoil

China has ordered a stay on issuing new licenses to South Korean games, effectively blocking the release of any new South Korea-developed games in China. …


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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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Report: Adhesive Skins Damage Switch Consoles

Dbrand manufactures cases for phones, computers, headsets, and game consoles. They're one of the most popular in the world, and chances are you've probably bought a case from them. Today, however, Dbrand is advising you not to buy any kind of adhesive skin for your new Nintendo Switch.

Posting on both Reddit and Twitter, the company issued a warning to all prospective Switch skin buyers, urging them to avoid buying adhesive skins for the console. "Simply put, the coating which exists on the JoyCons [sic] . . . is either cured or designed in a way which doesn’t play well with adhesive," a company spokesperson posted on Reddit.

The company received their first consoles short before launch. While experimenting with the ways to skin the console, it found that adhesive marks would etch onto the consoles and the Joy-Cons, leaving them scratched and worn (image below). Told the unit they'd received was not final, Dbrand waited until they got their hands on retail software to make their final decision. After seeing the problem persisted, they decided to discontinue their prototype, will not be making any skins for the console, and will be refunding all skin orders over the next couple of days. "If you pre-ordered a Switch skin alongside other item(s), you’ll receive a refund for only the Switch portion and the remaining pieces will ship normally," said the representative.

[Source: Dbrand on Reddit, Twitter]

 

Our Take
This is a bit unprecedented. The Switch actually feels really nice without a skin, but you have to wonder how much a company like Nintendo thinks about how its users interact with their consoles (like with skins). It's good to see Dbrand get out there before products were out in the wild instead of sitting on it, but that would have been a PR nightmare for them, so there's a bit of self-interest there, of course. Good looking out either way. 

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Analyst report: Nintendo Switch will sell 5 million units in 2017

“Launching much earlier in the year than its predecessors, we expect the Switch to initially appeal mostly to the loyal fanbase, before a broader, more mainstream audience adopts it.” …


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Report: Nioh Updates Introduce Hard Missions & PvP

Koei Tecmo has revealed some info in Japan about updates to Nioh that add harder missions as well as PvP to the action title.

The more difficult missions are coming in late March, with the PvP following in late April.

For more on the game, check out Dan Tack's review as well as his handy guide.

[Source: Siliconera]

 

Our Take
For a game that's already known for being merciless, it'll be interesting to see exactly in what way the March missions will make things even more difficult.

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Report: Nintendo Switch Consoles Stolen From US Distributor, Featured In Leaked Videos

A series of recent leaked videos have shown off Nintendo Switch consoles in the wild before the official release this March. According to IGN, these units were stolen by employees of a U.S. distributor and then illegally resold. The videos, which were posted on YouTube and NeoGAF, gave an overview of the Switch's menu screens, storage space, and UI.

NeoGAF user hiphoptherobot wrote in a post that he was "lucky" when he thought his retailer shipped him his pre-ordered Switch early. According to Nintendo, however, this unit was one of the several consoles that were stolen in an "isolated incident." The U.S. distributor remains unnamed. You can view Nintendo's full statement to IGN below:

Earlier this week, individuals claimed to prematurely purchase a small number of Nintendo Switch systems from an unspecified retailer. Nintendo has determined these units were stolen in an isolated incident by employees of a U.S. distributor, with one system being illegally resold. The individuals involved have been identified, terminated from their place of employment and are under investigation by local law enforcement authorities on criminal charges. Nintendo Switch will launch worldwide on March 3, 2017, and we look forward to everyone being able to discover the wonders of the new system for themselves at that time.

Although these videos are leaked, they show off some interesting tidbits of information for the upcoming console. The video from hiphoptherobot shows several features, including the account creation process in order to create a new user on the system, customization options, and storage. For example, the Switch's internal storage is apparently limited to 25.9 GB.

According to Kotaku, user hiphoptherobot sent back his system to Nintendo after learning that it was stolen from whomever he bought it from.

You can view the video for yourself below, though it may not be available for long.

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As it says in the above statement from Nintendo, the individuals who committed theft have been "identified, terminated from their place of employment and are under investigation by local law enforcement authorities on criminal charges."

We have reached out to Nintendo for further comment, and will update this article should we hear back. The Nintendo Switch releases on March 3. Check out the full list of announced Switch titles here, and also read about how eShop purchases will be tied to an online account on the Switch.

[Source: IGN]


Our Take
We've known so little about Nintendo Switch's hardware, that leaks seem inevitable. Fans have been eager to hear more about it despite its release in just two weeks time, and many would prefer to hear more about the console from Nintendo itself. However, these thefts are a blow to Nintendo, and it's good to hear that the perpetrators have been identified and are facing consequences.

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