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Nintendo Switch Named As TIME’s Top Gadget Of 2017

Tyler Lee November 20, 2017

With the Wii U flopping like it did, we suppose you can’t blame investors and the media for being a tad skeptical when the Nintendo Switch was officially announced. It seemed like it had potential, but then again so did the Wii U, but luckily for Nintendo, the Switch went the complete opposite direction of the Wii U.

In fact it seems that TIME has bestowed an honor onto the Switch by calling it the top gadget of 2017. TIME has recently published their top 10 gadgets of 2017 and the Nintendo Switch was on top of that list. The publication does not state why the Switch made it to the number one spot, but we’re sure that Nintendo and their investors have to be pretty chuffed about the accolade.

So far Nintendo has been enjoying a ton of success with the Switch. The company announced that they have managed to sell close to 8 million units worldwide since its release earlier this year, and it is also on track to beat the Wii U’s lifetime sales within a year, which says a lot about the Switch’s demand and also how badly the Wii U performed.

We are also seeing Nintendo enjoy a lot of success with first-party titles, such as Super Mario Odyssey which sold 2 million copies in 3 days. The Switch is also seeing a lot of support from big name publishers and developers, such as Bethesda who have released/will be releasing titles like DOOM, Wolfenstein II, and Skyrim for the platform.

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Sega Valkyria Chronicles 4 Announced For PS4, Xbox, And Switch

Adnan Farooqui November 20, 2017

The Valkyria spinoff that came out earlier this year might have disappointed fans but they’re going to be delighted with what Sega has announced today. It has confirmed that Valkyria Chronicles 4 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch is now being developed. Sega, the publisher of this title, has assured fans that Valkyria Chronicles 4 is going to be released in North America and Europe as well.

This is the first proper new Valkyria game in almost ten years. The last game, Valkyria Chronicles III, was only released for the PSP in Japan back in 2011.

The Valkyria Chronicles 4 game is going to be set in a fictional iteration of Europe during the second world war, much like the earlier titles in this franchise. The game is going to combine turned-based strategy and third-person shooting as players take a group of soldiers into different battles.

“Valkyria Chronicles 4 takes place in the same timeframe as the original Valkyria Chronicles, but focuses on a whole new cast of main characters,” Sega confirmed in a press release.

Players will be taking command of a young and eager soldier called Commander Claude Wallace, heavy weapons extraordinaire Riley Miller, ace sniper Kai Schulen, hotheaded Darcsen Raz, and more.

Sega has confirmed that Hitoshi Sakimoto, the legendary composer, is returning for Valkyria Chronicles 4.

The publisher is yet to confirm a release date but it does say that the title will be out at some point in 2018.

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Nintendo Switch Black Friday Discount Ruled Out

Adnan Farooqui November 20, 2017


The biggest online shopping event of the year is just around the corner. If you’ve been meaning to pick up Nintendo’s gaming console, you will probably not be happy to hear that a Nintendo Switch Black Friday discount has been ruled out by the company. Nintendo has confirmed that it’s not going to cut the price of its console for this holiday season.

Gaming consoles are one of the most sought-after products during the holiday shopping season. That’s why it was not surprising to see both Sony and Microsoft cut the price of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One respectively this past week.

Nintendo has had a great year so far. There has been ample demand for the new Switch console and its Super Nintendo Entertainment System-inspired mini-console has been very well received too.

Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé has confirmed in an interview with The Washington Post that Nintendo is working hard to ensure regular supply of both the consoles for the rest of the year.

The company has picked up some lessons from last year’s launch of the NES Classic. Fans didn’t like that it was seemingly impossible to get their hands on one. Therefore, Nintendo decided to increase the SNES Classic supply and to continue selling it into the new year.

As far as the Nintendo Switch Black Friday discount is concerned, Fils-Aimé said that Nintendo isn’t going to discount the console. “We’re focusing on making sure we have robust supply at retail,” he added.

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Arcade Classic VS. Super Mario Bros. Could Be Coming To The Switch

Tyler Lee November 20, 2017

While the Nintendo Switch has been designed to play as a modern console and to play modern games, let’s face it, it’s fun to revisit old classics that we used to play growing up, which is why titles like Super Mario Bros. is still pretty popular even until today. Now if you remember, there used to be a classic arcade version called VS. Super Mario Bros.

If you do remember it, then you might be pleased to learn that according to Nintendo Life, it looks like the game could soon find its way onto the Nintendo Switch. This was discovered in a printed Holiday booklet in Japan, in which it seems to have listed VS. Super Mario Bros. as one of the games that will be arriving for the Switch.

The listing even has a release date for the 22nd of December, although to be fair we’re not sure if that date is only for the Japanese market or if it could be a worldwide release date, but then again the Switch is capable of playing games from other regions, so worst comes to worse you’ll just have to download it from the Japan eShop.

The game is being produced by HAMSTER who has produced other classics in the past, but if you did enjoy this particular version of Mario, then do keep an eye out for its release.

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Arcade Classic VS. Super Mario Bros. Could Be Coming To The Switch

Tyler Lee November 20, 2017

While the Nintendo Switch has been designed to play as a modern console and to play modern games, let’s face it, it’s fun to revisit old classics that we used to play growing up, which is why titles like Super Mario Bros. is still pretty popular even until today. Now if you remember, there used to be a classic arcade version called VS. Super Mario Bros.

If you do remember it, then you might be pleased to learn that according to Nintendo Life, it looks like the game could soon find its way onto the Nintendo Switch. This was discovered in a printed Holiday booklet in Japan, in which it seems to have listed VS. Super Mario Bros. as one of the games that will be arriving for the Switch.

The listing even has a release date for the 22nd of December, although to be fair we’re not sure if that date is only for the Japanese market or if it could be a worldwide release date, but then again the Switch is capable of playing games from other regions, so worst comes to worse you’ll just have to download it from the Japan eShop.

The game is being produced by HAMSTER who has produced other classics in the past, but if you did enjoy this particular version of Mario, then do keep an eye out for its release.

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EA: Suspending Battlefront 2’s Microtransactions Won’t Harm Earnings

Tyler Lee November 20, 2017

Recently due to the controversy surrounding Star Wars: Battlefront 2 and its loot boxes, EA announced their plans to temporarily suspend the feature. Given that in-game purchases have proven to be a good way to generate revenue from games beyond the initial purchase, it does seem like the suspension could affect EA’s earnings.

However the publisher doesn’t seem to think so. In a disclosure in the filing made to investors, EA claims that the suspension of the feature will not harm the company’s earnings. “On November 16, 2017, Electronic Arts Inc. (“EA”) announced in a blog on its website at www.ea.com/news that it will turn off all in-game purchases for the Star Wars Battlefront II title until further notice.  This change is not expected to have a material impact on EA’s fiscal year 2018 financial guidance.”

This seems to go against the predictions of analysts who believe that as a result, the game could sell below the predicted 14 million units sold in this fiscal year. It has also been noted that EA’s stock price has dropped following their announcement. We’re not sure why EA is confident that this will not harm their earnings.

It is possible that they see the suspension as temporary and that for the short time it is disabled, they don’t expect their losses to be that great. In the meantime regulators in various parts of the world are starting to look into loot boxes and whether or not they constitute as online gambling.

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Bungie Could Be Working On Free Trial Program For Destiny 2

Tyler Lee November 20, 2017

These days developers and publishers love to encourage gamers to pre-order games before they are released, sometimes tempting gamers with bonus in-game content as an incentive. However some gamers might prefer waiting for the game to be released before buying, like waiting to check out reviews and so on.

Now if you’re the type that likes to try before they buy, you might be interested to learn that a free trial feature could be coming to Destiny 2 soon. It has been noted that a new emblem added to the game called the Mentor of Light, which in turn has led to speculation that a free trial feature could be coming to the game.

With the original Destiny, Bungie did introduce a free trial where players could unlock a limited amount of content before deciding if they wanted to buy the game, so it wouldn’t really be a stretch to think that such a feature could find its way to Destiny 2 in the future as well. Based on the emblem, it has been hinted that the free trial for Destiny 2 could function similarly, where players can access some story missions and some Crucible modes, and where players who help trial players can earn the Mentor of Light emblem.

There is no word on when this feature will be officially announced, but we’ll keep an eye out for it.

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Microsoft Recommends Xbox One X Not Be Plugged Into A Surge Protector

Tyler Lee November 20, 2017

With our electronics costing hundreds if not thousands of dollars, obviously it would be such a shame if they were to be damaged during a thunderstorm, which is why sometimes we turn to surge protectors to help give our electronics that added layer of protection. However if you were thinking of using it with the Microsoft Xbox One X, think again.

In a tweet by the Xbox Support account, the company has recommended that users not plug their consoles into a surge protector. This is in response to several complaints in which some gamers were discovering that their consoles wouldn’t turn on when connected to a surge protector.

Did you know that your Xbox One is designed to be plugged directly into a wall outlet? Check out our console power guide here: https://t.co/lGymrPOQEV

— Xbox Support (@XboxSupport) November 17, 2017

According to Microsoft’s Xbox support page, they note that this is because the console comes with a built-in surge protector of its own, so plugging it into another is redundant and actually reduces the power needed to turn on the console. “Because the console has a built-in surge protector, you should not connect it to an external surge protector. If you connect the console to another surge protector, the console cannot reach the full power that is needed for optimal performance.”

Of course there could be a variety of reasons why your console isn’t turning on, but if you have plugged it into a surge protector, try plugging it directly into the wall outlet and see if that works for you.

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Blizzard Reiterates Commitment To Combating Overwatch Toxicity

Tyler Lee November 20, 2017

The unfortunate reality of multiplayer games is that there will be players who are toxic to other players and might be abusive in the things that they say and do. Overwatch is no exception to this, although Blizzard is working on it. That being said, a recent post on Reddit has highlighted the seriousness of the problem.

In a post by NessDan, it basically compares how Overwatch’s toxic player problem is starting to look a lot like the issues Valve had at the start of DotA 2, where it was discovered that players were quitting the game not so much because they didn’t like the gameplay, or found it too hard, but rather because of the toxic players that they encountered that ruined the experience for them.

It was suggested that Blizzard needs to start treating this more seriously if they’re hoping to avoid the pitfalls of DotA 2 (which Valve has managed to correct and reverse, at least to a certain extent). To that end, Overwatch Community Manager Griffin has responded to the thread, reaffirming the company’s decision to combat toxicity.

“Thank you for sharing this. We do take this very seriously and eliminating toxicity is still a priority for us. I’m sure you’ve all read this post from back in July and we’re still committed as ever as we continue to invest in improving the entire process.” Blizzard had previously suggested that trying to combat the toxic behavior of players has slowed down updates of the game, where resources are spent putting out those fires rather than being able to move forward.

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French Senator Wants Loot Boxes In Video Games To Be Investigated

Tyler Lee November 19, 2017

Loot boxes in video games, love them or hate them, they seem to be a feature that developers and publishers are putting into games these days as another means of generating revenue through microtransactions. However it seems that not everyone is a fan of them, and some have even gone as far as calling loot boxes a form of gambling.

Recently Belgian authorities have launched an investigation into EA’s Star Wars: Battlefront 2’s loot boxes, and it seems that over in France, the authorities could be interested in taking a look as well. In a post on Reddit (via PlayStation Lifestyle), a letter penned by French senator Jérôme Durain (translated by Redditor Artfunkel) was shared in which he asks France’s online gambling regulator to investigate loot boxes to see if it could be constituted as gambling.

According to Durain, “While I do not think it is necessary at this stage to put in place specific legislation, I wonder about the desirability of providing consumer protection in this area. The use of loot boxes conferring cosmetic additions to the games seems well-accepted by the public. The development of so-called pay-to-win practices is more contentious, as shown by the recent controversy over the game Star Wars Battlefront 2. Quite aside from the acceptance of the practice, some observers point to a convergence of the video game world and practices specific to gambling.”

That being said, EA has since disabled microtransactions for Battlefront 2, although with the debate getting hotter and steeped in controversy, we have to wonder if the company has plans to bring it back.

French Senator Wants Loot Boxes In Video Games To Be Investigated , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.