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Here’s the Top 5 Third Party Games the Nintendo Switch Needs

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One of the first things that excited me about Nintendo’s new console, the Nintendo Switch, after its reveal was the staggering amount of third parties that have partnered with the big N to develop for the platform. Ranging from big names in the industry such as Activision and Ubisoft to some personal favorites of mine like Level 5 and Platinum Games, there’s quite the impressive list. Now, if we see sales like the Wii U, a lot can make like Sonic and get out of the system fast.

But, the fact that we saw Skyrim (albeit as an unconfirmed title) tells me that we could be seeing a console from Nintendo with a decent range of third party support that can rival the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One (hopefully)...

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Nintendo Gets Nominated in 6 Categories at The Game Awards 2016

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Well it’s that time of year again, as the 3rd annual Game Awards hosted by Geoff Keighley is rapidly approaching. While this hasn’t been Nintendo’s most successful year in recent memory, they are still absolutely dominating the handheld/mobile category with exclusive titles in Monster Hunter Generations, Pokemon GO, and Fire Emblem Fates, all excellent games each deserving of the win.

Pokemon GO also has a nomination for best family game, with Fire Emblem Fates also picking up another nomination for best strategy game. Worth noting, Xenoblade Chronicles X is nominated for best RPG while Pokken Tournament is nominated for best fighting game. To top it all off, surprising absolutely no one, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is nominated for most anticipated game.

Personally, I think N...

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The Switch Won’t Need Breath of the Wild at Launch to Succeed

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Nintendo Switch is a fairly ambitious piece of hardware. Setting aside the hybrid nature and detachable controllers, it marks a first in hardware pairing for Nintendo, teaming up with Nvidia to essentially handle the entirety of the insides of the system. It’s a risky proposition over sticking with AMD, but it’s a partnership that could pay off in massive ways long haul.

That being said, most folks that care to know have heard the recent rumors that Breath of the Wild likely won’t be there when the system launches. This feels like a blow to the proposition of buying the Switch, and for those who were going to pick it up just to play that game it certainly is. Of course, you can still argue that when it does release, it’s not as if you can’t just pick the system up then too...

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NP Podcast Ep. 006: SNES Turns 25 & the SEGA Genesis Returns

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This week’s podcast tackles the birthday of the SNES (turned 25 in August in the United States) as we look fondly back at one of Nate’s all time favorite video game consoles. We also learn that for some strange reason, the SEGA Genesis is actually back in production for Brazil only (full legal production, backed by SEGA), so we dive a bit into the war that existed between these two consoles in their heyday. Lastly we turn our attention to the Pokemon Moon game leak and how it negatively impacts gamers and gaming media.

We are now taking fan topics, games, and ideas for future podcasts down in the comment section, so feel free to make a suggestion! You can catch our audio only stream below.

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Some Truth Behind the SNES PlayStation Fallout, Literally Just a CD-Rom Drive for Multimedia

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Many folks are aware that Nintendo and Sony at one point were not competitors, but rather partners. Back in the late 80’s and early 90’s, Sony and Nintendo reached a contractual agreement for Sony to create an attachable addon for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (known as the Super Famicon in Japan). There has been a lot of mystery and intrigue around this device not only because a prototype has recently surfaced, but because the falling out from this deal lead to the entire creation of the PlayStation brand of home consoles that are beloved by millions today.

There was a point in history where this could have been prevented, and instead Nintendo and Sony could have established a long standing partnership...

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Looking Back on the Wii U: Why It Still Will Be Remembered Fondly By This Gamer

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The Wii U is on its death bed. One could argue it’s been this way for years, but the full reality of the end of this era has been upon us ever since the announcement of the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo hammering home that it is a home console first and foremost. Nintendo of Japan has now announced that the Wii U is going out of production “soon”, which is the first official signal that the Wii U era is coming to a close.

To me, that means now is the best time to look back on what the Wii U was, why it failed, and how I’ll be remembering this system. Now, in the past I’ve stated quite publicly that the Wii U stands among my favorite consoles. Instead of re-explaining that reasoning, here is a Boss Man episode I did for Zelda Informer on this very topic:

For those that don’t have the time t...

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NP Podcast Ep. 005: Pokemon Demo Fails to Impress, Plus Mario Switch Rumors Galore

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We’re back a bit later than planned this week but with good reasons, I assure you. You may have noticed (or maybe you haven’t), but this week has been the spiritual “launch” (like, a serious launch, rather than a beta test) of Nintendo Prime. We’re currently hiring and have already brought on board a slew of staff to help out with the daily news grind, create amazing editorial content in the future, and also someone who is going to help us get our twitch streaming started in about a week.

All of this lead to various delays this week as I am not only the host of the podcast, but also the sole editor of it...

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NES Classic Edition is Sold Out, but Nintendo Promises Steady Flow of New Systems

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Just hours after the release of Nintendo’s newest item, the NES Classic, it’s sold out!  Were you one of the lucky few to get one? If not, don’t worry! A quick search on eBay and you’ll find consoles as low as $500.00! This is all too familiar if you tried to purchase a Wii back in 2006. Not everyone is willing to shell out that kind of money for their newest toy.  So what does Nintendo have to say about this? Here is a statement they released today.

 “The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition system is a hot item, and we are working hard to keep up with consumer demand. There will be a steady flow of additional systems through the holiday shopping season and into the new year. Please contact your local retailers to check product availability...

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Nintendo States All Wii U Units for “This Fiscal Year” Have Arrived at Retailers in the United States

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Is Wii U production already finished for the west (in particular, the United States)? A Nintendo representative talked to IGN about the recent announcement that the Wii U is going out of production for the Japanese market and dropped a pretty heavy hint that production for the west may already be over with. Here is what they had to say in response to an inquiry about the current production levels for the Wii U:

“As recently posted by Nintendo on the Wii U website in Japan, Wii U production will end in the near future for the Japanese domestic market. We have nothing to announce in terms of exact timing.

We can confirm that as of today, all Wii U hardware that will be made available in the North American market for this fiscal year has already been shipped to our retail partners...

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