NES Switch controllers officially shipping soon

Did you order a set of NES Switch controllers from Nintendo? Keep an eye on your inbox, as it seems the orders are being prepared for shipment. The emails being sent out today are saying to expect shipping to take place on Dec. 12th, 2018. That would fall right in line with Nintendo's earlier mention of 'mid-December.'

Thanks to Kolma for the heads up!

Yes, the 'Engage Ridley Mother F^$*er' password will crash Metroid on the Switch

I don't know how this was discovered all those years ago, but it seems Nintendo still hasn't patched it, or has no idea it exists. As you can see in the clip above, if you enter the password 'Engage Ridley Mother F%$*er' in the game, a crash will happen right away. Remember...never, ever engage Ridley!

Latest Switch Online NES update tweaks CRT flickering

Switch Online NES app got updated to Version 1.2.0 earlier today, and the biggest feature was the inclusion of 4 new games. Since we don't have full patch notes, it's harder to discern what else was in the update. It does seem one other feature that got tweaked was the CRT flickering. The image above shows the before/after for the flickering change. This will most likely do away with the ghosting issue people were experiencing when leaving a game.

Switch Online NES games - Gradius SP, Metroid, TwinBee & Mighty Bomb Jack footage

Get a taste of what Gradius SP, Metroid, TwinBee & Mighty Bomb have to offer in this latest update to the Switch Online NES collection.

Switch Online NES - Version 1.2.0 now available, includes Metroid, Mighty Bomb Jack, TwinBee and Gradius SP (Mario Open Golf SP in Japan)

The Switch Online NES collection has been updated to Version 1.2.0, and it brings us 4 new NES titles. The lineup includes Metroid, Mighty Bomb Jack, TwinBee and Gradius SP. We knew the first three were coming, but Gradius SP was a surprise addition. Gradius SP gives you a fully powered-up Vic Viper and plops you down into the 5th stage of the game.

Over in Japan, Gradius SP has been swapped out for Mario Open Golf SP. No word on whether that will see release outside of Japan at this time.

Switch Online NES controllers set to ship in mid December

Switch Online NES controllers were originally announced to ship out in December to customers, and while we don't have a specific date, we do have a bit more information. Nintendo has sent out a tweet saying that shipments are going to make their way out in mid-December. Hopefully people who ordered will be able to enjoy them before Christmas hits.

The fan-made Triforce: The Topologies of Zelda is a truly unique way to experience The Legend of Zelda

Triforce is a short puzzle game by Patrick LeMieux (alt254) and Stephanie Boluk (chouxsalad) inspired by paradoxical places from the original Legend of Zelda.

In The Legend of Zelda, there are several strange spaces hidden around Hyrule that defy the logic of the Cartesian grid: the Lost Woods, the Lost Hills, and the Lost Roads. When navigating these 2D mazes, Link finds himself endlessly looping, temporarily arrested by a classic gaming trope. But when visualized in 3D, these labyrinths start to look different. Triforce features a non-Euclidean Hyrule full of donuts, Möbius strips, and Klein bottles as well as other secrets folded within the topologies of Zelda. Can you navigate three new dungeons in three dimensions to discover the three pieces of the triforce?

I'm sure Nintendo isn't going to be happy it exists, but it's certainly an interesting way to look at the original Legend of Zelda. Seems like something you'd find in a WarioWare game, or NES Remix! I can only imagine how much tougher it makes exploring Hyrule.

Boss Fight Books: Super Mario Bros. 3 misprint leads to a rather interesting mixup

Some people who've purchased Boss Fight Books: Super Mario Bros. 3 have found out that while the cover of their book is spot on, the rest of it is a completely wrong.

Due to a printing error, there are copies of Boss Fight Books: Super Mario Bros. 3 that include the entire contents of Grabbing Pussy, by Karen Finley. The only part of the book that's correct is the cover! Turns out both books have the same amount of pages, paper type, and specs. They also happened to be right next to each other at the publisher, which caused a printing error. Just how many copies were impacted is unknown. It appears this issue only happened with copies purchased through Amazon, so those customers with botched copies will have to contact the online retailer for a replacement.

Switch Online - NES game lineup for Nov. 2018 (North America, Europe, Japan)

On November 14, Metroid™, Mighty Bomb Jack, and TwinBee will be available to play anytime and anywhere on Nintendo Entertainment System™ – Nintendo Switch Online.

The first installment of the immensely successful Metroid series introduces us to the hideous title creatures and the slick, cybernetic bounty hunter Samus Aran. As Samus, your mission is to penetrate the space pirates' home planet, Zebes, and keep them from destroying the galaxy with the dangerous life-forms known as Metroids. Metroid has all the high-tech weaponry, creepy tunnels, and crawly alien creatures that anyone could ask for.

Mighty Bomb Jack
The hero of the game, Jack, must make his way through 16 levels of a pyramid in order to defeat the demon Belzebut and rescue the royal Pamera family. Each level is split into two parts: an action zone and a Royal Palace room. Action zones can be split up into several portions and contain power-ups, such as money bags, Mighty Coins, and Mighty Drinks, usually hidden in treasure chests. However, be careful to not get greedy with collecting too many Mighty Coins or Mighty Drinks.

A hit sensation back in the day, this vertical-scrolling arcade game made its 1986 release on the Famicom in Japan. Guide the spacecrafts, TwinBee and WinBee, as you dodge and destroy waves of aerial and ground enemies to save the island from a ruthless conqueror. In two-player co-op mode, you can combine forces to launch extremely powerful attacks.

Switch Online - NES overview trailer

With a Nintendo Switch Online membership, gain exclusive access to a large collection of NES™ games that are great to play anytime, anywhere! For the first time ever, you can play these classic games online and use voice chat via the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app. Compete or cooperate online with friends, share your screen, or virtually pass the controller, depending on the game.

Thanks to Sligeach_eire for the heads up!