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RUMOR - HipHoptheRobot has his Switch taken back by Nintendo, may have been a stolen unit

Looks like the saga of HipHoptheRobot's early Switch isn't over yet. According to some of his posts on NeoGAF, it seems that Nintendo has been in contact and taken the Switch back. HipHop states he's not in any trouble with Nintendo, but he is out of a Switch. There's all sorts of crazy details going on in the thread, including discussion of the unit being stolen, but I don't want to get into the drama of it all. If you want to read up on it, you can grab details here. Thanks to fangzthewolf for the heads up.

RUMOR - Amazon's next Switch allotment may come at the end of March

We all know how trustworthy customer service reps are. Sometimes they have correct info, other times they're really off the mark. Let's hope they're right with this info, and customers won't have to wait too long to swoop in on an order.

RUMOR - Info on Best Buy midnight launch for Switch, day-one stock, demo units

The source behind this rumor is Reddit, but the actual person has been verified as legitimate.

- Best Buy stores have started receiving their demo system displays and are waiting for Nintendo reps to set them up
- there will be tickets printed for non pre-order systems
- no verification on quantity at this time, but Best Buy is expecting to have systems available
- tickets will be given out a minimum of 1-hour prior to the store opening for stores not doing the midnight launch
- all accessories are street dated in the system so none will be available before the 3rd
- 682 Best Buy locations are doing midnight launches
- tickets will be distributed prior to midnight but the timeline is up to the individual store managers

Today's BIG Story 2/13/17 - The biggest Switch info leak yet!

Welcome to Today's BIG Story for Feb. 13th, 2017. This is the biggest load of Switch information we've seen yet. You can bet Nintendo is trying to hunt down whoever leaked this info out!

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RUMOR - More info on GameStop's Switch demo kiosks, floor space

- Switch kiosks will be at the very front of the store
- the Switch section will also be at the front of the store after launch (the games, accessories)
- kiosks will NOT be playable before launch, but most likely will be "Several weeks after launch"
- kiosks will NOT have a Switch in them at first, but only a tablet with videos and information that is interactive

RUMOR - New round of Switch info shows more online details, system specs, dev info and much more




-HD Rumble's technical name is a Linear resonant actuator
- When in handheld mode, the Switch will have an unlock screen like a smartphone to prevent accidental waking.
- The Switch features a Quick Menu. Press and hold the HOME Button for at least one second to display the Quick Settings screen on top of all other screens, including the HOME Menu and any applications. Unlike the 3DS, the active software will not be suspended when this menu is invoked
- The Switch's keyboard will feature predictive text such as those on iOS and Android
- System Settings will allow the user to edit the following settings:

Flight Mode Toggle
Enable/Disable Bluetooth
Manage Wi-fi
Manage NFC
Manage screen brightness
Screen lock
User Settings
Create/Edit Mii
Theme management
Controller management
System Update

- Miis will have more options for hair, eyebrows, eyes, facial hair, glasses, mouths, and skin.
- Miis will not store the creator's name, their favorites, and their birthday anymore. Anyone can edit Mii characters
- Developers can create and sell Season Passes for their games
- This document confirms an X1 like SoC using Maxwell on the final retail version
- There are NO plans to provide an Internet Browser at this stage but developers are able to access a web applet to display specific websites within their game/app
- A maximum of 8 users can be registered on a system
- Friend requests and game invites CAN be sent from the console.
- "Friend Presence is a feature that uses the Internet to convey information in real time about the online status of friends and the applications they are playing. Among possibilities, we see this being used in the application to check whether friends are in the joinable state, and to use the Friend List system feature screen to show what applications friends are playing."
- A Nintendo Account can be linked to multiple Switches BUT save data is not automatically synchronized
- There are TWO dev kit devices: SDEV and EDEV
- SDEV - Has built-in ports; no built-in battery
- EDEV - Resembles the retail product exactly but is black color
- Game cards come in 1 GB, 2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB, or 32 GB variations.
- Nintendo is expanding its online network and offers a library called Network Extension (NEX).

Matchmaking:

This feature matches players for multiplayer games. It can be used to bring players together based on matching criteria from among unspecified numbers of users, or to create groups among friends only. Groups can be created temporarily for a multiplayer game, or they can be created as lasting entities usable as communities.

Ranking:

This feature uploads scores so users can get the relative rankings. Rankings can be calculated for only a certain period of time, or for only the scores of players registered in a certain group, and the score information can be periodically reset.

Data Store:

This is a network storage feature. Any data can be optionally saved to the game server. This saved data can be tagged, searched, and appended with ratings and the like.

Subscriber:

This is a messaging feature based on the publish-subscribe pattern. It can be used to post messages on certain topics, poll for posts on certain topic, and otherwise share information within the application.

- will release without support for free-to-play purchases
- at launch, Switch will only provide support for standard DLC, one-time purchase items, or subscription-based purchases
- timing for support of premium currency is to be determined

RUMOR - Snake Pass soundtrack to be composed by David Wise

Snake Pass is looking pretty damn fantastic, and now a new rumor gives us hope that the soundtrack will be just as good as the game itself.

The official Steam page for the game recently updated with the following line.

A brand-new soundtrack from fan favourite composer David Wise

The problem is, now that line has been completely removed. Was it a mistake, or was the info released earlier than it was meant to be? We'll just have to hang back and cross our fingers for this info to be true.

RUMOR - Splatoon 2 to have a single player campaign

Splatoon had a single player mode, and I actually really loved it. I've been hoping that single player content was heading to the sequel as well, and now we're hearing that a Nintendo PR rep has confirmed the info. There's a video of the interview coming up soon, so we'll get to see/hear the comments ourselves. From what we understand, the story mode will take place 2 years after the first game.

Could Michel Ancel is teasing the rumored Mario X Rabbids Switch game?

Everyday's life ... Got to fix the plumbery and felt a bit rabbitified...

A photo posted by Michel Ancel (@michelancel) on

Let the speculation run wild on this one. The picture, married with Ancel's comment of, "Everyday's life ... Got to fix the plumbery and felt a bit rabbitified..." has people talking. Do you think it's a tease, or just a passing Rabbids reference mixed with real life plumbing problems? Thanks to Rif for the heads up!

RUMOR - Snipperclips to hit Switch on March 3rd


We've known for awhile that Snipperclips was going to be $20 and available in March. What we haven't heard is that the title will be out at Switch launch. Nintendo's official website still lists a blanket March release date. We certainly know that information coming from reps at Nintendo booths can be iffy, so I don't know which way to go on the info. They had the pricing right, so could they be correct on release date? Thanks to Sky_Armada for the heads up.

Also, I feel it's worth mentioning that Sky_Armada is a long-time GN reader, so I don't worry one bit about trusting him when it comes to how he obtained this info.