Nintendo Badge Arcade - North American update for Oct. 20th, 2016

Nintendo Badge Arcade

- 1 FREE play being given away
- 16 returning sets of and 1 new set Pokémon badges
- 8 returning sets of Fire Emblem Fates badges
- 5 returning sets of Star Fox badges

Thanks to AlienboyVA for the heads up!

Platinum blog - The Wonderful 101 Original Soundtrack leaving stores

Unfortunately, we’ve got some bad news: The original soundtrack to The Wonderful 101 will no longer be available for purchase after December 2016*. This soundtrack, the first release from PlatinumGames’ record label, Polaris Tone, debuted in Japan on September 15, 2014. While we’re sad to see it leave the marketplace, we hope you’ll take this opportunity to get it while it’s still available. If you haven’t gotten your copy yet, scroll down to find out how. *Please be aware that some stores may discontinue sales of the soundtrack before December 31.

But first, we’d like to share some parting comments from game director Hideki Kamiya and composer Hiroshi Yamaguchi!

Full feature here

How do the Switch's Joy-Con shoulder buttons work when in horizontal mode?

This is something I've been trying to figure out since the reveal trailer. Just what goes on with the shoulder buttons on the Switch's Joy-Cons? Are there more shoulder buttons revealed when the Joy-Cons are slid out? Do the existing shoulder buttons still function? That would seem quite awkward if you were using the left-hand Joy-Con, but not so bad for the right hand.

I also looked at the best images I could to see if there were extra shoulder buttons revealed on the Joy-Cons once they are detached from the screen. I can't make that out for sure. I've provided the images above. Let me know what you think!

Pirate Pop Plus - soundtrack now live

Ubisoft sharing more on their Switch games at a later date

Coming straight from Ubisoft...

With the Nintendo Switch’s unique capacities and design, Nintendo will again redefine the way we play games. The Switch is accessible at its core and also seizes on the growing trend of sharing more experiences and playing anywhere at anytime. Ubisoft and Nintendo enjoy a long-standing partnership and we are currently developing a number of games for the console, including Just Dance 2017. We look forward to sharing more at a later date.

Nintendo says Switch is a home console 'first & foremost', shares future of Wii U/3DS

Coming from a Nintendo rep

“Nintendo Switch is a home gaming system first and foremos. We have made no announcement regarding the future of Nintendo 3DS. Obviously with sales of almost 60 million 3DS portables worldwide, there’s still a huge hunger for new games, such as Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. There are many more games in the pipeline.

We have nothing to announce about the production status of Wii U. We announced in April 2016 that as we prepare for the launch of Nintendo Switch in March of 2017, Nintendo will ship 800,000 Wii U hardware units to the global market for this fiscal year. As a result, the inventory of Wii U hardware at retail will become harder to find. We encourage anyone who wants Wii U to communicate with their preferred retail outlet to monitor availability.”

Various Switch devs share excitement over working on the platform

Now the really hard part begins. We have to wait to see what these companies are doing! How long will we have to wait for a software-only trailer?

Rumors on the Switch's battery life

Now that we have seen what the Switch is and what it will do, there are evne more questions to answer. Those questions will probably take months to answer, so the rumors and speculation come up once again.

I want to point out that the tweet above comes from someone that was spot-on with Switch rumors. From design to functionality, she got everything right. She also is the main source behind the Beyond Good & Evil 2 Switch exclusivity rumor. I just wanted to make all that clear so you could form the best opinion possible on her battery life comments.

That said, just what exactly does 'mediocre' entail? I honestly don't know, but I can tell you that Laura retweeted someone that said the 3DS battery life was mediocre.

Mario Switch - A better look at gameplay footage

I am loving what I see so far! Looks like an interesting vibe for a Mario game. I want to know SO much more, but I know it's going to be a long time until that happens!