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Testing the Switch's battery life

The following test used a fully-charged Switch.

- played Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for 2 hours and 39 minutes until a battery warning popped up
- the battery was at 1% when the warning popped up
- you could get another 9 minutes of playtime before the Switch entered sleep mode
- the default brightness setting was used
- the Switch needed four minutes of charging time before it could be turned on again
- after one hour of charging, the system’s battery power was at 45%
- it took 2 hours and 11 minutes to charge the battery to 90%
- it took 3 hours and 4 minutes until the battery was at 100%

Thanks to VGAMER for the heads up!

NoE PR - Nintendo eShop, indie games ready for Nintendo Switch launch

23rd February, 2017 – The launch of Nintendo Switch is rapidly approaching on 3rd March, and Nintendo of Europe can confirm that Nintendo eShop will be available at launch, complete with a line-up of downloadable indie games. To celebrate many of these upcoming “Nindie” creations before launch, Nintendo of Europe will publish a localised version of Nintendo of America’s Nindies Showcase video presentation on Tuesday 28th February, at 17:30 (UK Time). Please visit this website at this time to watch the video.

This year, the Nintendo eShop will be home to more than 60 Nindie games, in addition to digital versions of packaged games, downloadable content, and more. Three Nindie games that are planned to launch in Europe alongside the console on 3rd March are:

FAST RMX from Shin’en Multimedia: This lightning-fast anti-gravity racer is exclusive to Nintendo Switch.
Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment from Yacht Club Games: The latest campaign from the critically acclaimed hit Shovel Knight is a full-featured game starring Specter Knight, one of the enemies from the original game. The massive prequel campaign includes even more content than the last campaign update, Plague of Shadows. Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment is exclusive to Nintendo Switch for a limited time.

Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove from Yacht Club Games: For both new knights and Shovel Knight’s biggest fans, Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove includes the original Shovel Knight game, as well as all previously released campaign updates – even Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment! Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove will be exclusive to Nintendo Switch for a limited time.

Some additional news about the launch of Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch includes:

People who already have funds in their accounts on a Nintendo 3DS family system or Wii U can access them using a shared wallet that works on Nintendo Switch as well. Once they link their Nintendo Network ID and Nintendo Account and then their Nintendo Account to their Nintendo Switch console, this functionality becomes possible.

Virtual Console games will not be available on Nintendo Switch at launch. We will share more information in the future.

A News feature will offer updates about the latest additions to Nintendo eShop, as well as providing information about upcoming games and other updates from Nintendo.
To access Nintendo eShop, a system update is required that will be available on launch day. The system update downloads in the background, is designed to install quickly, and doesn't disrupt gameplay.

After visiting Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch for the first time, gamers can also purchase downloadable games on Nintendo Switch via this website. Users can purchase the games on Nintendo’s website and have them download directly to their Nintendo Switch console at home or on the go, wherever there is a Wi-Fi connection.

Tune in to our website at 17:30 (UK Time) on Tuesday 28th February for the Nindies Showcase video to celebrate upcoming Nindie creations.

NoA PR - Nindies Showcase presentation on Feb. 28, no Virtual Console at launch

The launch of the Nintendo Switch system is rapidly approaching on March 3, and Nintendo can confirm that Nintendo eShop will be ready to go, complete with a lineup of downloadable indie games. To celebrate many of these upcoming “Nindie” creations before launch, Nintendo will host a Nindies Showcase video presentation on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 9 a.m. PT. Just visit http://live.nintendo.com to watch.

This year, Nintendo eShop will be home to more than 60 indie games, in addition to digital versions of packaged games, DLC and more. Three indies that will launch at the same time as the system on March 3 are:

FAST RMX from Shin’en Multimedia: Challenge your friends to local split-screen competition or take part in online races against players from all over the world. This lightning-fast anti-gravity racer is exclusive to Nintendo Switch.

Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment from Yacht Club Games: The latest DLC for the critically acclaimed hit Shovel Knight is a full-featured game starring Specter Knight, one of the enemies from the original game. The massive campaign includes even more content than the last DLC, Plague of Shadows. Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment is exclusive to Nintendo Switch for a limited time.

Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove from Yacht Club Games: For Shovel Knight’s biggest fans, Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove includes the original Shovel Knight game, as well as all previously released DLC – even Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment! Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove will be exclusive to Nintendo Switch for a limited time.

Some additional news about the launch of Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch includes:

- People who already have funds in their accounts on other Nintendo devices can access them using a shared wallet that works on Nintendo Switch as well. Once they link their Nintendo Network ID and Nintendo Account and then their Nintendo Account to their Nintendo Switch system, this functionality becomes possible.
- Virtual Console games will not be available on Nintendo Switch at launch. We will share more information in the future.
- A news feature will offer updates about the latest additions to Nintendo eShop, as well as providing information about upcoming games and other updates from Nintendo.

To access Nintendo eShop, a system update that will be available on launch day is required. The system update downloads in the background, is designed to install quickly and doesn’t disrupt gameplay.

After visiting Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch for the first time, gamers can also purchase Nintendo Switch digital games on Nintendo.com. Users can purchase the games on Nintendo’s website and have them download automatically to their Nintendo Switch system at home or on the go, wherever there is a Wi-Fi connection.

This week's North American downloads - February 23 (Harvest Moon 64 and more)

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

Virtual Console on Wii U
Harvest Moon 64 – Hard work is rewarded as you struggle to bring prosperity back to a neglected farm. Raise cows, chickens and sheep in this classic Nintendo 64 simulation RPG. Celebrate seasonal festivals with nearby townsfolk. Work the land, pick up odd jobs and get to know the neighbors. One of the town’s residents may even prove to be the love of your character’s life!

Nintendo eShop sales:

Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
Celebrate the upcoming launch of Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove and Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment on Nintendo Switch with this great discount on Shovel Knight for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.
Defend the innocent with courtroom hero Phoenix Wright! Purchase Ace Attorney games at up to 60 percent off until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 1. Click here for more details.

Also new this week:
Go! Go! Kokopolo 3D (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
forma.8 (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Ghost Blade HD (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Maze Break (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Placards (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Vaccine (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)

Aonuma reveals his top 3 favorite Zelda games, and one he thinks is underrated

Coming from Eiji Aonuma...

3. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

"Twilight Princess, because I wanted to create something better than Ocarina."

2. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

"Ocarina of Time is a game that gave me the opportunity to create a 3D world."

1. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

"This is something my wife also likes, Phantom Hourglass. That’s number one. I was developing Twilight Princess, and the goal for that was to make something better than Ocarina. But then that game was something I proposed as a new style of gameplay, and I was a producer on that game for the first time, so I have a lot of sentiment for it."

The Most underrated Zelda?

"The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes. I wanted the users to play a little bit more of that game and have that experience. I love that game."

GameStop Announces Limited Supply of Nintendo Switch Systems Available for Walk-In Customers

This just in: GameStop, a family of specialty retail brands that makes the most popular technologies affordable and simple, announced stores will have a limited supply of Nintendo Switch systems available for walk-in customers on the March 3 launch day. Customers who were not able to pre-order the system are encouraged to attend GameStop’s midnight launch events held at stores across the nation for an opportunity to purchase Nintendo’s revolutionary new home gaming system.

“We will have a limited supply of the Nintendo Switch systems on launch day for walk-in customers,” said Bob Puzon, senior vice president of merchandising at GameStop. “Our teams made this happen. I would strongly suggest customers plan on attending one of our midnight launch events for a shot at securing one of these extra units. They will go fast!”

GameStop will also offer online a very limited supply of two different Nintendo Switch bundles. Bundle 1 will include the Nintendo Switch, the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller and a copy of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game for $429.99. Bundle 2 includes all the previously mentioned items, plus The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild official strategy guide for $454.99. Customers should visit www.gamestop.com/switch for more information.

Customers can trade games, consoles, accessories, and electronics towards the purchase of the Nintendo Switch system ($299.99), or either of the previously listed bundles.

Alan Stone, Nintendo of America cofounder, passes away

...Alan 'Al' Stone passed away on Friday due to cancer. Stone was a game industry veteran, best known as one of the cofounders of Nintendo of America in 1981. He was an integral part of Nintendo's early efforts to distribute its coin-op games in America, among them Radar Scope and Donkey Kong.

Our hearts go out to all those impacted by the passing of Alan Stone. His contributions to the game industry will surely be remembered for years and years to come.

GameStop seeing "tremendous demand" for Switch, says "response has been amazing"

The following comes from Eric Bright, senior director of merchandising at GameStop...

“We’ve seen tremendous demand for Switch and of the initial allocation of pre-orders we took, the majority of them were done by PowerUp Reward customers. They’re definitely looking for this device. We have a ways to go before we satisfy all the demand that’s out there The response has been amazing.

They’ve taken a lot of franchises like Zelda and Mario that were popular in the Wii days, gave them HD graphics, and created a system that can be played on your TV and is portable as well. Those are two big technology changes for games that didn’t exist before.

The Q1 launch is one of the smartest moves Nintendo could have done. Instead of pushing units out during the heaviest time of the year (in Q4), this allows them to build a base. So by holiday, we can focus on games. There will be millions of people who will be hungry for content, creating a richer development cycle for game publishers who will have an install base to support titles. This also will take some of the brunt off of Christmas and enable Switch to be better stocked at stores.

Nintendo has learned from the mistakes it made with Wii U because there’s a wide assortment of third-party games from developers like EA, Ubisoft, Bethesda and Take-Two, as well as first-party Nintendo titles like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey and Splatoon 2.

The variety of indie games for Switch is one of the brilliant things Nintendo was able to do,” Bright said. “Any new console launch is all about software and content and providing people a huge variety of games. Indie developers will only expand how many consumers adopt Switch and expand the age range. We see this appealing from the hardcore gamer down to the overall family gamer.

The biggest win for the customer is they can make their own choice with games. They can pick which of the games they want to pair with the hardware they’re buying—whether they’re Zelda fans or 1-2-Switch. From our sales perspective, we’re seeing incredible demand. We’re pleased with the Switch attach rate. People are not just buying one game. They’re buying multiple games.

We’re looking at which stores, but you can expect to see all sorts of events throughout the year as we educate the customer on this launch. We’ll also have incredible launch day activities on March 3. Customers are going to easily be thrilled with the fact that it’s something you can play with anyone in the house because it has that Wii playability.

We’re no longer purchasing Wii U units, although customers can come in and pick them up pre-owned. That’s mainly because it’s no longer being made available to mass retailers. Nintendo and ourselves are fully engaged in the new hardware line-up."

Bright also talked about the interest in the NES Classic Edition...

“We’re still seeing incredible demand for the unit. There’s no slowdown, and we don’t see that stopping. We see that continuing for some time.”