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Nintendo Switch won’t have Netflix or any other streaming apps at launch

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Nintendo has confirmed that its new hybrid console, the Switch, will not offer any streaming video services when it launches in March. Nintendo told Kotaku that all of the company’s efforts were going toward making it an “amazing dedicated video game platform,” so streaming apps like Netflix, YouTube and Hulu will not be available upon release. The company added that support for video-streaming services “is being considered for a future update.” It’s an interesting sentiment from the company, which offers Netflix on other gaming-specific platforms, like the 3DS and the Wii U. A Nintendo representative told Polygon conversations were still ongoing — including with different companies it could potentially partner up with — and there was “more information to come.” The Switch will...

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Totaling the hidden costs of owning a Nintendo Switch

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The Nintendo Switch is launching March 3 for $299.99, and Nintendo says it had to make some tough decisions in order to reach that price. Everything you need to get started is included in the box, such as a pair of Joy-Con controllers and a docking station. But get started is the operative phrase there. While you could get by with consoles like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One without feeling like you needed to buy accessories at launch, the Switch is a bit different. Multiplayer gaming on the Switch is a major push for Nintendo, and it’s not always going to be as simple as asking friends to bring their own Joy-Con controllers. (Of course, both the PS4 and the Xbox One were significantly more expensive than the Switch when they debuted.) We’ve put together a list of items that Switch...

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Nintendo Switch is leaving these Wii U features behind

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The Nintendo Switch is, by all accounts, revolutionary. It’s a tablet that can connect to a TV. It’s a home console that can be played on the go. It’s no surprise that Nintendo is focusing on these and other novelties in the lead-up to the Switch’s springtime launch. Yet longtime Nintendo fans — or even just recent Wii U owners — may notice that, for all its fancy new features, there’s a lot that the Switch doesn’t include. While we can’t complain about the Switch ditching things like friend codes, we’re already mourning the loss of platforms like Miiverse. There’s plenty of other things Nintendo appears to be pivoting away from as it prepares to enter a new generation of gaming. Follow along for everything Nintendo seems to be leaving curbside to make room for everything the Switch has...

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Nintendo Switch: Everything we still don’t know

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Back in the fall, Nintendo left us with a mess of questions following its first Nintendo Switch teaser. When the company announced it would answer many of them in January, during a long-form presentation streamed live around the world for press and fans alike, we thought the event would wrap and we’d emerge with much more clarity about the console. Instead, the livestream invited even more questions about the upcoming hybrid console, which can be played both in the home and on the go. Although Nintendo has continued to give more details about the Switch since last week’s conference, there’s plenty more that we’re waiting to figure out. Online connectivity The Nintendo Switch’s set of online features remains one of the most mysterious parts of the system. Although we know that it will...

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The Nintendo Switch won’t kill the 3DS

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When Nintendo first revealed its new handheld-home console hybrid system, the Switch, I was convinced that it was more than a replacement for the Wii U: It would take the place of Nintendo 3DS, too. After going hands-on with the Switch last week, however, I’m not so sure that’s the case. Despite its stature and portable-friendly features, the Switch doesn’t read quite like Nintendo’s next move in the handheld space. Instead, the tiny console feels more like ... well, a tiny console. That’s a whole different thing There are plenty of obvious reasons for this. The Switch’s battery life is notably lackluster; games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the system’s most exciting launch title by far, will only last for three hours on a Switch that’s not plugged in. The Joy-Con...

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Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be the last Nintendo game for Wii U

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Not even four-and-a-half years after launch, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be the final first-party title to come to the system. This was confirmed by Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime, who spoke to Polygon following the Switch launch event in New York City Friday. “From a first-party standpoint, there's no new development coming after the launch of the legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” he said. “We really are at the end of life for Wii U.” Fils-Aime said that Wii U titles will continue to be sold at retail and on the Nintendo eShop, and the company had not begun any discussion for sunsetting online services for the console. “From our standpoint, sunsetting is quite some time into the future. The ongoing activity from an online standpoint on [Mario] Kart and S...

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Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia may have a big learning curve for modern fans

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On May 19, Nintendo will release a version of Fire Emblem Gaiden, the series’ second installment, stateside for the first time on Nintendo 3DS. But the newly dubbed Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia may look pretty unfamiliar to Fire Emblem fans who cut their teeth on other recent 3DS Fire Emblem entries. Based on the trailer Nintendo debuted during yesterday’s Fire Emblem livestream, Shadows of Valentia harkens closely to the 1992 original Fire Emblem Gaiden. As the Japan-only Famicom title’s name implies — “Gaiden” means “side story” in Japanese — the game deviates from the formula that more recent fans. Some of the most devoted Fire Emblem fans have detailed the most significants changes that this so-called experimental role-playing game brought about from its predecessor, many...

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Japanese Nintendo Switch buyers can customize their console’s colors

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Customers of the Japanese My Nintendo store can design their own Nintendo Switch bundles, starting Jan. 23. As seen on the Nintendo Topics blog, My Nintendo members can pick and choose just how many colors they want their Switch to arrive in on launch day, and they’ll receive some My Nintendo points for their trouble. Unlike out West, where there are just two color options offered to Switch buyers at launch — the all-gray set and the “neon” blue-and-red version — Japanese My Nintendo members can choose between three different colors for both Joy-Con controllers and four different colors for the Joy-Con straps. Instead of a red right controller and blue left one, for example, they can choose to switch them around. Nintendo All the different design options for...

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Nintendo Switch UI gets new close-up in deleted tweet

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The Binding of Isaac developer Nicalis posted a picture to social media that may have shown just a bit too much of the Nintendo Switch’s user interface. The tweet has since been deleted, but not before we could take a good look at what appears to be the Switch’s mid-game home menu. Nicalis, Inc. on Twitter A screenshot of the since-deleted tweet. The photo Nicalis tweeted appeared to be a tease of a different sort. Alongside The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth Plus, two other classic games by the indie studio appeared on screen. “Isaac was lonely so we brought a few friends to keep him company,” the company wrote. These friends are the action platformers 1001 Spikes and Cave Story, two fan favorites published by the studio. Neither title has been confirmed for...

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Fire Emblem Heroes brings the tactical RPG to Android and iOS

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Nintendo will bring Fire Emblem Heroes, a brand-new story in the tactical role-playing game franchise, to smart devices, the company announced during a Nintendo Direct livestream presentation today. The game will come to Google Play on Feb. 2 and later to iOS devices as a free download. Players can register for the Android version starting Jan. 19. As a summoner, players will “call upon Fire Emblem heroes throughout history,” including characters from Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade, Fire Emblem Awakening and Fire Emblem Fates, in turn-based battles. Those battles will take place on an 8x6 grid designed to fit on smartphones, Nintendo said, and feature the same weapon triangle system from the Fire Emblem franchise. Players will be able to upgrade their heroes and can even summon...

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