Two New Nintendo Switch Models May Be Coming Out This Summer, According To The Wall Street Journal!

Today, many video game media websites reported on an article written by The Wall Street Journal stating that “two new versions of its Switch gaming console as early as this Summer.” Though I couldn’t access the full report because of wsj.com’s subscription service, I’m going to be referencing the points noted by gamespot.com in this piece.

However, if you have a wsj.com subscription, I highly recommend reading the report on their website to support them. Click here to be taken to that article.

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Image courtesy of Nintendo.com.

According to gamespot.com’s article, wsj.com states that there’ll be an improved model and “a pared-down version” that’ll sell for a lesser price compared to the current Nintendo Switch models. The former will have “‘enhanced’ features” and will be targeted toward “‘avid gamers[,]‘” yet it won’t match the specs of the Xbox One X or PS4 Pro, according to wsj.com’s article.

The other system mentioned in wsj.com’s article will serve as a cheap alternative to the current Nintendo Switch hardware sold online and via local retailers. Yet these cheap models will be targeted toward a casual audience, essentially what wsj.com’s claiming “Nintendo sees as a successor to its aging hand-held 3DS device…

E3 2019’s allegedly the place where Nintendo will reveal both models and their plans to “launch them ‘a few months later,'” in time for the holiday season,” according to wsj.com and gamespot.comGamespot.com notes that one of WSJ’s sources stated, “you would be wrong to think the enhanced version is similar to what Sony did with PS4 Pro and the other is just a cheap alternative that looks very similar to some past hand-held machines, say, Sony’s PlayStation Vita.” This entails that we’re probably in for a unimaginable change with respect to these new Nintendo Switch models.

Apparently, the report also claims that the cheaper Nintendo Switch model will not have controller vibration as a means to “cut costs,” according to gamespot.com. The pricing for each system wasn’t discussed in the article either as it seems wsj.com wasn’t able to attain information or chose not to include that info from their sources.

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Image courtesy of Nintendo.com.

Gamespot.com also cites wsj.com stating that Nintendo’s partnering with Sharp, potentially the “Japanese multinational corporation that designs and manufactures electronic products,” to have them assist Nintendo with the new Switch models’ displays. Gamespot.com also cites wsj.com noting that this company originally “bid to make the displays for the original Switch consoles but lost out.”

Lastly, gamespot.com reports that wsj.com was where the Nintendo Switch revision rumors sparked as word about a “a new Switch revision in 2019” was a hot topic online for awhile. I stand with gamespot.com concerning these new models allowing Nintendo Switch consumers–old and new–to play Nintendo’s past, current, and future line-up of games.

Since the highly-acclaimed gaming media event, E3, is only two months away, I’m certain we’ll get more rumors, hints, and news concerning these alleged Nintendo Switch consoles before that event begins. For now, we’ll keep our eyes peeled for any follow-ups regarding these rumors before the time comes.

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The Nintendo Switch Exclusive Title, Little Friends: Dogs and Cats Receives A May 28th Western Release Date!

Today, the Little Friends: Dogs and Cats Twitter account announced that Little Friends: Dogs and Cats “will release in North America, Europe & Australia on May 28, exclusively on Nintendo Switch!” The Twitter account also responded to their release date announcement tweet with news that “Little Friends: Dogs & Cats will also be playable at PAX East & EGX Rezzed!”

So if you have the time and chance to attend either event, and want to meet your future furry friend, I’d recommend getting to their booth as soon as possible.

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Image courtesy of the Sold Out Games YouTube channel.

I covered the news a couple of weeks ago and discovered that Little Friends: Dogs and Cats released in Japan last year via Nintendoeverything.com’s article. I also found out that Sold Out Games, the developers behind Little Friends: Dogs and Cats, had announced plans to release the title in the west this Spring. This was also thanks to Nintendoeverything.com’s article covering the news.

At the time, we didn’t receive a solid release date. To check out that article, click here. However, it appears Nintendolife.com reported that the developer’s behind the title released a new press release that shares more information about the game. Here’s what was mentioned in the new press release, according to Nintendolife.com.

“Developed by Imagineer, Little Friends: Dogs & Cats is the first virtual pet simulator for Nintendo Switch. Choose from a variety of puppies and kittens to pet, feed, walk and play with in an adorable pet sim that’s fun for all ages. Take your Little Friends for walks, compete in the flying disc tournament and play with their favourite toys to develop a long-lasting friendship. Or dress them up in over 600 stylish accessories to make them look their best!”

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Image courtesy of @LittleFriendsEN.

As I mentioned in my previous article, I’m really pumped for this title. From what was shown in the announcement trailer (footage courtesy of the Sold Out Games YouTube channel), I believe this title will be great for those who want to take a break from their work-life. It may also be a great game-to-play on your spare time as well.

Speaking of play-time, I want to remind you again that individuals who are attending either PAX EAST or EGX Rezzed this year will be given the chance to play the title before it’s released in the west. Yet, since the Nintendo Switch’s region free, I believe you can also purchase the title on the Nintendo JP eShop using a Japanese Nintendo account.

However, my best guess is that the title’s Japanese version does not include other languages. If you’re okay with that, then go ahead and purchase the title on the Japanese Nintendo eShop. To learn how to do that, click here (article courtesy of eurogamer.net).

We’ll be sure to update you all when or if more Little Friends: Dogs and Cats news is shared via a gaming media website or from the title’s developers.

What do you think about this news? Are you interested in purchasing this game when it releases on May 28th, 2019? Have you played the Japanese version of the game? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter, and follow us for more Little Friends: Dogs and Cats news, and everything gaming too.

A New Nintendo Nindies Showcase Presentation Is Happening This Wednesday!

Today, the Nintendo of America Twitter account announced that on “March 20th at 9 AM PT” they’ll be streaming “a new #Nindies Showcase video presentation featuring (…) 30 minutes of information on indie games coming to [the] #NintendoSwitch!

The Nintendo of America Twitter account also shared a link to their web-page where viewers can check out the event when it airs. Click here to be taken to that website.

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Image courtesy of the Nintendo of America YouTube channel.

Even though Nintendo linked to their website, I’m certain fans will be able to watch the presentation on other websites like Twitch or YouTube. In terms of the content, it looks like we’ll be getting lots of information since the showcase will be thirty-minutes-long.

As for what we can expect from the Nintendo Nindies Showcase, I think we’ll see titles like the Untitled Goose Game, A Hat In Time, Hollow Knight: Silksong, and other previously announced titles receive release dates. Your guess is as good as mine when it comes to approximate dates for these titles. Maybe, we’ll even see them announce titles that’ll be available to purchase on the Nintendo eShop–the same day as the presentation.

I also can see Nintendo announce new indie titles for the console that will either intrigue, wow, or make several fans a bit bummed. With the current relationship rumors between Microsoft and Nintendo, I’ve seen many gaming websites report on rumors that games like the highly acclaimed indie title, Cuphead, will be getting a Nintendo Switch port. However, I’m not sure if that’ll be the case.

Regardless with how this presentation turns out, we’ll try our best to cover the variety of indie titles that will get release dates or announcements for the Nintendo Switch platform.

What do you think about this news? What indie title would you love to see be ported over to the Nintendo Switch? Are you hoping for Nintendo to reveal release dates for previously announced indie titles? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter, and follow us for more indie news, and everything gaming too.

Nintendo’s PAX East 2019 Games, Activities, Events, & Tournament Details Revealed!

Today, the Nintendo of America Twitter account announced that they’ll be having a booth at Pax East 2019–featuring titles like Yoshi’s Crafted World, Mortal Kombat 11, Dragon Quest: Builders 2, and many others. The Twitter account also states that “the #Splatoon2 North America Inkling Open 2019 & the #SmashBrosUltimate North America Open 2019 Grand Finals” will occur at PAX East 2019 too.

The Twitter account also uploaded a few photos featuring the titles that they’ll be having at their booth to possibly encourage people to check out their booth. Click here to see those photos from their Twitter post.

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Image courtesy of east.paxsite.com.

In their Twitter post, Nintendo mentioned that they’ll be at PAX East 2019 from March 28th to March 31st. Video games and tournaments aside, the Nintendo of America Twitter account also announced that the Nintendo PAX East 2019 booth will have an assortment of activities set-up for fans to participate in.

According to MyNintendoNews.com, the events, games, and activities will be headlined by the “Splatoon 2 North America Inkling Open 2019 and the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate North America Open 2019 [tournaments].”

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Screenshot courtesy of the Nintendo of America YouTube channel.

Speaking of those tournaments, MyNintendoNews.com reports that “the final events for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate North America Open 2019 and Splatoon 2 North America Inkling Open 2019 both take place on March 30 at the PAX Arena.” If you’re going to PAX East and have the ‘Saturday badge,’ MyNintendoNews.com reports that you’ll be able to witness these tournaments take place “on a first-come, first-served basis.”

MyNintendoNews.com wrote that Nintendo has been streaming both tournaments online for quite awhile now because they’ve been building up the tournament finals for each competition–that’ll take place at PAX East in a few weeks. For those who can’t make it to PAX East this year, fear not, as MyNintendoNews.com reports that these “tournaments will also be streamed at https://events.nintendo.com/,” which means you’ll be able to watch them from the comfort of your own home.

The website also quoted a comment made by Nintendo of America’s future president, Doug Bowser, who stated the following:

“PAX East will be really exciting this year. Not only will we have new games for fans to try, but it will also be the culmination of our Nintendo Switch tournaments across North America,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “From the thousands of competitors who began the journey, our finalists rose to the top and are ready to put the skills to the test for everyone in person and watching online.”

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Image courtesy of digitaltrends.com.

According to MyNintendoNews.com, some of the activities Nintendo has planned for their fans and other PAX East attendees are “a memorable photo opportunity inspired by Yoshi’s Crafted World and mini-challenge competitions in the Yoshi’s Crafted World and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate games.”

Similar to other events Nintendo often has, participants can receive “fun branded prizes.” However, Nintendo may run out of prizes due to amount of people who may jump on-board with the activities their holding. Here’s a list of the Nintendo Switch titles that’ll appear at the following booths–according to MyNintendoNews.com.

“Booth 18055:”

  • “Yoshi’s Crafted World[.]”
  • “DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS 2 from SQUARE ENIX[.]”
  • “A selection of anticipated indie games[.]”

“Booth 2006:”

Lastly, the PAX East 2019 event itself will begin on March 28th and will conclude on March 31st at “the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center at 415 Summer St., Boston, MA 02210.” Both tournaments will occur on March 30th “in the convention center’s Pax Arena.” If you want more concrete information regarding the PAX East 2019 event, then you should check out the http://east.paxsite.com website.

It looks like Nintendo’s trying their best to make sure their upcoming titles are in the minds of current and future Nintendo Switch owners based on the information reported above. We’ll be sure to cover any new game announcements or reveals during PAX East 2019 if Nintendo or another company decides to lift up the gaming cloak on us all.

What do you think about this news? Are you attending PAX East this year? Will you be watching the Splatoon 2 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament finals? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter, and follow us for more PAX East 2019 news, and everything gaming too.

Nintendo Removes Tweet Regarding Pokemon Sword & Pokemon Shield That Revealed The Gym Leaders’ New Titles!

Today, the Nintendo of America Twitter account tweeted new information concerning Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield’s gyms and gym leaders. According to their tweet, the gym leaders in the Galar region are called “Gym Masters” and the gyms in these games will be larger than those found in previous mainline Pokemon titles.

Unfortunately, Nintendo removed the tweet minutes after posting it on Twitter. However, IGN.com took a screenshot of the tweet and posted it in their article. We’ve provided the image below for your viewing pleasure.

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Screenshot courtesy of IGN.com.

Although we haven’t been introduced to some of the games’ gym masters yet, I’m curious how the format in these stadium-like gyms will differ from the previous Pokemon titles. I think that these ‘gyms’ could work similarly to the coliseums found in spin-off Pokemon titles like Pokemon Stadium, Pokemon Coliseum, and Pokemon Battle Revolution.

Essentially, you would face three trainers–each getting tougher as you progress further up that gym’s ladder. Then, you would meet the gym master and duke it out with them to receive their respected-badge. However, I’m just spit-balling here and I could be completely wrong when The Pokemon Company reveals the Galar region’s gym concepts themselves.

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Image courtesy of gamerevolution.com.

On the note of utilizing concepts from prior Pokemon titles, IGN.com speculates that the tweet’s possibly hinting at the ‘following you’ Pokemon feature returning in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield. This is based on the fact that the Nintendo of America Twitter account tweet said, “you and your new partner Pokemon will have to train hard and find out.”

Furthermore, IGN.com referred to a statement written on “the official Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! page,” that stated, “unlike regular Pokémon, your partner prefers to be out of its Poké Ball, so it will stay with you by hanging on your shoulder or riding on your head.” Based on the information provided in this quote, IGN.com claims that this statement could relate to Nintendo’s tweet, since they refer to your Galar region starter Pokemon choice–Grookey, Scorbunny, or Sobble–as new partner Pokemon.

However, IGN.com states that the partner Pokemon quote could relate to “any other Pokémon you choose.” Yet, they assume that they could be misinterpreting that specific part of the tweet and that the ‘Pokemon following you’ feature will not be included in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield.

Even if these speculations I and IGN.com made are fictitious, I believe these new Pokemon games will add some new flavor into the Pokemon video-game experience. Furthermore, we’ll be sure to keep you updated on more Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield news when more information is publicly available.

What do you think about this news? Was Nintendo’s reasoning for deleting the tweet due to misinformation or was it because they shared exclusive details that The Pokemon Company didn’t want their fans to learn about yet? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter, and follow us for more Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield news, and everything gaming too.

Another 2D Legend of Zelda Game May Release This Year, According To A Well-Known Leaker!

Yesterday, Nintendo-Insider.com reported that the well-known Super Smash Bros. Ultimate leaker, Vergeben, conversed with a GameFAQS user on gamefaqs.gamespot.com about another 2D Legend of Zelda title coming to the Nintendo Switch this year.

It appears that Vergeben responded to a post made by GameFAQS user ZenythVidya who sent an i.imgtc.com-leaked-direct-message-photograph between him/her and Vergeben. According to Vergeben, he didn’t know ZenythVidya posted the message on GameFAQS, but in his response Vergeben confirmed it’s legitimacy. To view the leaked message, click here.

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Image courtesy of polygon.com.

From what Nintendo-Insider.com saw in that leaked direct-message image, they state that Vergeben has heard from several people that this other 2D Legend of Zelda title “is a ‘smaller’ Nintendo eShop release compared to Link’s Awakening.”

According to Vergeben’s third source, Link’s Awakening’s “a full project” while this unannounced 2D Legend of Zelda title’s a minuscule project that will “release before Link’s Awakening” for the Nintendo Switch. This same source also states that this other Legend of Zelda title will be announced “in a few months,” meaning we might see it revealed before, during, or sometime after E3 2019.

Nothing else was shared between the two regarding this game’s name, graphical appearance, or game-play, but I assume it’ll play similarly to other 2D Legend of Zelda titles.

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However, we must take this rumor with a grain of salt. Although several of Vergeben’s rumors for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate have come true like Isabelle and Ken making it into game, he’s gotten some things incorrect in the past. According to Nintendo-Insider.com,  “he incorrectly claimed that (…) [the rumored Star Fox: Grand Prix game] would finally be revealed to the world in last month’s Nintendo Direct.”

And if you’ve seen the February 2019 Nintendo Direct, you should know the only Star Fox content we received was add-on content for the Nintendo Switch version of Starlink: Battle for Atlas. Essentially, it’s important to not take Vergeben’s word as fact until we receive news about this second 2D Legend of Zelda game from Nintendo themselves.

We’ll be sure to update you all when or if Nintendo releases news about this other 2D Legened of Zelda title.

What do you think about this news? Do you believe Nintendo would release another 2D Legend of Zelda title before Link’s Awakening for the Nintendo Switch? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter, and follow us for more rumors and leaks, and everything else gaming-related too.

Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit Announced And It’s Being Released On April 12th!

Today, the Nintendo of America Twitter account revealed a new Nintendo Labo Toy-Con set which is based on Virtual Reality. The Nintendo of America Twitter account states that the Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit will have “more games and creations than any previous kit” and described it as “a unique first VR experience kids & families can build themselves!”

Although Nintendo hasn’t uploaded a trailer featuring the items in-action, some of the items in the promotional image were showcased in the first Nintendo Labo trailer. To view that first trailer, click here.

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Image courtesy of the Nintendo of America YouTube channel.

According to the Nintendo Labo website Nintendo linked-to in their tweet, this new Nintendo Labo VR kit will come in three separate sets that are referred to as the “Starter Set + Blaster kit, Expansion Set 1 Camera + Elephant, and Expansion Set 2 Bird + Wind Pedal.” Here’s what Nintendo discussed about these sets on their Nintendo labo website.

“The Starter Set + Blaster kit provides an action-packed introduction to the experience. You can then add to the fun with the Expansion Sets. Or, if you want an even broader experience right away, you can purchase the full Nintendo Labo VR Kit, which features six VR Toy-Con projects in one package.”

According to Polygon.com, the full Nintendo Labo VR kit will cost consumers $79.99 USD and “will include (…) a set of VR goggles, a rocket launcher-like blaster, a camera, a bird, a wind pedal, and an elephant.” Polygon.com also reports that the bundle will include “an additional screen holder and safety cap.”

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Screenshot courtesy of labo.nitnendo.com.

If consumers desire to purchase this VR kit in separate chunks, Polygon.com reports that Nintendo’s releasing “a Starter Kit including the VR hardware and blaster Toy-Con at $39.99.” Polygon.com also reports that the two expansion sets will cost $19.99 USD each as the first set will have the elephant and camera. The second expansion set “will include the wind pedal and bird.”

Polygon.com states that consumers who have access to “the Toy-Con Garage software suite[,]” may be able to “experiment with their own VR creations” by using that software. However, as they mention in their article, Nintendo hasn’t mentioned how that garage software will work alongside these new Nintendo Labo kits.

Although this a neat idea, I’m a little skeptical if Nintendo will be able to provide a grand VR experience with these new Nintendo Labo sets. It was shocking to see them announce something like this out-of-nowhere. However, it’s exciting to see Nintendo dipping their hands into the VR realm.

We’ll be sure to keep you all updated when more news on the Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit is publicly shared.

What do you think about this news? Will you picking up any of the VR kits mentioned above when they all release on April 12th, 2019? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter, and follow us for more Nintendo Labo news, and everything gaming too.