Nintendo Switch News

Nintendo Switch update adds ability to transfer save data between systems

The latest Nintendo Switch system update, version 8.0.0, is available today.

It adds the ability to transfer save data for individual games between Nintendo Switch systems - an interesting development ahead of the console's new models expected this year. If you're upgrading your Switch to a beefier model, say, you'd want to take that Breath of the Wild save with you.

Another welcome addition is the ability to sort games in your software library by last played, game name, publisher and total play time.

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Watch Nintendo's indie spring showcase here

UPDATE: Zelda! Double Fine! Stranger Things! More!

UPDATE: Starting with the announcement of Cuphead for Switch, Nintendo used today's indie game showcase to reveal a diverse range of games coming over the next few months, including Rad, a new title from Psychonauts studio Double Fine. The biggest surprise? A mash-up of Crypt of the Necrodancer and The Legend of Zelda, starring Link and Zelda themselves.

Report: YouTube launches on Nintendo Switch next week

Report: YouTube launches on Nintendo Switch next week

UPDATE: Available to download now.

UPDATE 8/11/18: Reports recently surfaced that Switch would finally receive a long-requested YouTube app this week. And guess what? Nintendo has now confirmed that the app is a thing that's actually real.

Those with a hankering for some YouTube action - and indeed the sunny visages of Eurogamer's video team - on their hybrid gaming device can now download the app (weighing in at exactly 89MB) from the eShop. However, at the time of writing, it hasn't appeared on Nintendo's Recent Releases listing, so you might need to do a manual search for 'YouTube'.

Having played around with the app for all of 90 seconds, I'm pleased to report that search and navigation is (unsurprisingly) a considerably less laggy affair on Switch compared to YouTube's previous offerings on Nintendo's consoles. Discerning fans of home screen icon aesthetics may be slightly less pleased, however.

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Nintendo to launch updated Switch next year - report

Nintendo will launch an updated version of the Switch in 2019, according to a Wall St Journal report.

There's no firm detail on what this will entail, however - the article [paywall] simply mentions a "brighter, thinner" screen as one of several possible options. As for a release date, a broad summer to late 2019 release window is apparently on the cards.

An earlier Wall St Journal article [paywall] from March this year stated the opposite - that Nintendo was "holding off on Switch 2.0" to make money on peripherals instead. But after several years on sale, a refresh for Nintendo's console is hardly surprising - especially after a noticeably quieter year for Switch following the console's meteoric launch.

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24 games launched on Nintendo eShop today

24 games launched on Nintendo eShop today

Bastion! Broken Age! And lots of others...

The floodgates to the Nintendo eShop opened some time ago, and this week is no different - a staggering 24 games arrived on the store today.

It's not an unusual number - last week offered the same amount, including Broforce, Gone Home and NBA 2K19 - and many of these are genuinely great indie games already released elsewhere I'd seriously consider buying again.

There's Bastion for example, Supergiant Games' brilliantly-narrated action role-player, and the beautiful Dust: An Elysian Tail. Double Fine's adventure game Broken Age also arrives on Switch today, alongside Wasteland 2, Surgeon Simulator and the Warlock of Firetop Mountain.

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Nintendo Switch sales near 20m, down slightly on last year

Nintendo Switch sales near 20m, down slightly on last year

Mario Tennis nets 1m sales in first two weeks.

Nintendo shifted another 1.88m Switch consoles between April and June this year, bringing the console's lifetime sales total up to 19.6m.

This figure is down slightly on the same quarter last year, when it sold 1.97m over the same three months, albeit soon after the console's launch and during a period when Nintendo released Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Arms.

Switch is still selling well, then, and roughly equivalent to the PlayStation 4 at the same point in its lifecycle (while only having had one holiday sales period when PS4 had had two). And, importantly, game sales more than doubled over the same period last year - where Nintendo makes a lot of its money.

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Super Mario Odyssey passes 10m sales milestone

Nintendo has sold an eye-opening 10.41m copies of Super Mario Odyssey since the game's launch last October. Odyssey is now Nintendo Switch's best-selling game - well over half the console's entire userbase now owns a copy.

As of 31st March this year, Nintendo has sold 17.79m Switch consoles - an impressive figure for a console just one year old.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe now stands at 9.22m sales, Zelda: Breath of the Wild at 8.48m sales, and Splatoon 2 on 6.02m. These figures include bundled copies and downloads.

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Nintendo has a new president

Shibata gone as head of Europe, too.

There's a changing of the guard at Nintendo, with company president Tatsumi Kimishima retiring after two-and-half years in the job.

Everything announced in Nintendo's new Switch indie showcase

Everything announced in Nintendo's new Switch indie showcase

16 games, including Mark of the Ninja Remastered.

Nintendo has just wrapped up its Nindies Showcase Spring 2018 broadcast, which was headlined by the the reveal of Mark of the Ninja Remastered.

Originally launched in 2012 for Xbox 360, the side-scrolling stealth game became a cult classic. Its Switch re-release is slated for the autumn.

Other noteworthy announcements include Lumines Remastered and West of Loathing - both due this spring - plus The Banner Saga 3, headed to Switch this summer before imminent releases of both Banner Saga 1 and 2.

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Nintendo Switch system update 5.0 doesn't live up to its big new version number

Big new version numbers typically mean big new changes - but this isn't the case for Nintendo's fancy-sounding Switch update 5.0.

Install the update and you'll be able to add Facebook and Twitter contacts to your Switch friends list - a useful feature.

Digital software bought online will start downloading faster with 5.0 installed - which is good.

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Nintendo Labo: the internet reacts

Play your card right.

Nintendo surprised the world last night with its announcement of Nintendo Labo, a DIY cardboard accessory range for Nintendo Switch. So, of course, the world promptly took to Twitter to record its hot takes and jokes.

Nintendo has announced Nintendo Labo, a bizarre new interactive cardboard toy line

Nintendo has announced Nintendo Labo, a new range of cardboard-based "build-and-play experiences designed to inspire creative minds and playful hearts alike".

That certainly sounds lofty, yet the opening moments of Nintendo's announcement video below make it a little tricky to see what all the excitement is about.

Nintendo Labo toys start out as flat bits of perforated card that can be popped out into shapes, folded, and assembled into the likes of a bike, a piano, a fishing rod, robot suit, and more - creations that Nintendo is calling Toy-Cons.

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Nintendo Switch announcement tonight to reveal "new interactive experience"

Nintendo Switch announcement tonight to reveal "new interactive experience"

"Specially crafted for kids and those who are kids at heart."

Nintendo is prepping a big Switch announcement tonight, at 10pm UK time.

A "new interactive experience" for Nintendo Switch will be revealed, "specially crafted for kids and those who are kids at heart".

Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima recently emphasised how important growing the Switch's audience was for the console's second year - and, crucially, that the console now needed to attract an audience who were not already core gamers.

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Nintendo fans spent all of last night waiting on a Direct announcement

Nintendo fans are convinced there will soon be a Direct, the company's semi-regular YouTube bulletin of news and surprises, and many stayed up all of last night waiting for an announcement.

Nintendo itself did little to quell the flames - and posted numerous knowing pictures from official Twitter accounts seemingly acknowledging the fan excitement.

As fans waited for the announcement to drop at the top of each hour, Nintendo broke off from its usual pattern of PR tweets to send out (or simply retweet) the following:

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Nintendo Switch hits 10m sales in nine months

Nintendo has now sold more than 10m Switch consoles worldwide in just nine months.

It's an impressive total, and one which will only rise higher as the Christmas sales season continues.

For comparison, Wii U sold just 13.56m in five years - although that figure shows how much of a flop the Switch's predecessor was. The original Wii sold more than 100m - there's still a long way to go for Switch to hit that.

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Wii U's karaoke app has made the jump to Switch

Japan-only at the moment but don't let that stop you.

Stellar karaoke app Karaoke Joysound is out now on the Switch eShop. Sadly it's only officially available in Japan at present, but that doesn't mean you need to miss out.

US video-streaming app Hulu launches on Switch

Nintendo Switch just got its first video-streaming app outside of Japan: US TV service Hulu.

You can download Hulu from the Switch eShop now if you have a US-registered account. Setting up a US account is easy - Switch is region-free - although you'll need a US-registered IP address and Hulu subscription to watch anything using the app.

Hulu's arrival on Switch is notable, though, as the precursor to more video-streaming services launching - ones which us UK folk might actually benefit from.

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Nintendo Switch system update 4.0 adds video capture - for four games

Nintendo Switch system update 4.0 adds video capture - for four games

UPDATE: And wireless USB headphone support.

UPDATE 4.45pm: As noted by Nintendo Life, the update has stealthily added USB headphone support, including for wireless headphones. You will, however, need a USB to USB-C headphone adapter when playing in portable mode.

Nintendo Switch has a big system update with some much-requested features: video capture and save game transfers.

But, for video capture at least, there's a catch: it currently only works with four Nintendo-developed games: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (version 1.3 onwards), Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (1.3 onwards), Splatoon 2 (1.2 onwards) and Arms (3.1 onwards).

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Nintendo Switch system update fixes battery charge issue

There's a new system update waiting to download to your Switch this morning.

Firmware update 3.0.1 fixes a recently-introduced bug which affected your battery charge indicator.

According to Nintendo Life, the issue had stopped the Switch's on-screen charge indicator from updating correctly - disappearing or not updating during charging, or showing zero per cent charge while the device was still operational.

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Nintendo Switch Online app launches for iPhone, Android

Nintendo has launched its mobile phone app for Switch owners on both iPhone/iPad and Android.

The app will let you voice chat with Switch friends and invite others to play via Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp.

It will also offer game-specific information, for example your online match history. For now, this is limited to just Splatoon 2.

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Nintendo Switch has officially reached the 1m mark for unit sales in Japan. It took 17 weeks but it's clear that Japan is loving Nintendo's newest hybrid console, with stock consistently selling out.

Nintendo Switch's new system update, as explained by Nintendo's helpful Switch mascot

Turn on your Nintendo Switch today and you'll find a new system update waiting for you: it's version 3.0, with a bunch of handy new features.

You can now add friends with a Switch who were on your 3DS or Wii U friend lists, find nearby paired controllers by getting them to vibrate, and use a Switch Pro Controller via wired connection.

But, perhaps best of all, is the way Nintendo has doled out the update's patch notes.

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Nintendo's voice chat solution for the Switch is, as we've known for some time, that you use your mobile phone. But what if you want to use a pair of wired headphones and listen to your game's audio as well as voice chat?

Nintendo Switch off to solid sales start in UK

Nintendo Switch off to solid sales start in UK

Lower than Wii, but double Wii U.

Nintendo Switch sold 80k units during its first weekend on sale.

In figures published by Eurogamer sister site, Switch can be judged as off to a solid, if not stellar, start.

80k is double what the Wii U managed at its UK debut - a positive increase for Nintendo's home console fortunes.

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GAME is having trouble with launch day Nintendo Switch deliveries

GAME is having trouble with launch day Nintendo Switch deliveries

UPDATE: Amazon, Nintendo UK store, ShopTo having issues too.

UPDATE 3.15pm: Back to GAME's issues now - and a spokesperson for the company has told Eurogamer that all orders will apparently be delivered by midday tomorrow.

We contacted GAME for comment on this morning's story, below. The chain has assured us it is contacting everyone affected.

"We are aware some consumers have received conflicting emails regarding their Nintendo Switch orders being dispatched," a GAME spokesperson said.

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Friend codes return for Nintendo Switch

You can also add local users or people you've played with.

The year is 2017, and Nintendo Switch features the return of friend codes - 12 digit numbers which let others add you as a friend.

Snipperclips now a Nintendo Switch launch title

Snipperclips now a Nintendo Switch launch title

UPDATE: Retail bundle with Joy-Con saves 13.

UPDATE 27/2/17: Snipperclips' retail bundle with a pair of coloured Joy-Cons is now available to pre-order on Amazon for 79.99.

A pair of Joy-Con usually sell for 74.99 - meaning you get Snipperclips bundled in for a fiver.

Snipperclips is priced 17.99 to download from the Switch eShop on its own, so you save 13.

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Nintendo Switch Joy-Con connection issue sparks concern ahead of launch

Nintendo fans were left concerned after reports of Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controllers occasionally disconnecting during play emerged yesterday.

It's not an issue Eurogamer or Digital Foundry have experienced with our Switch units - but reviewers from a number of other sites have reported the problem.

The problem appears to be a loss of signal between one Joy-Con (most frequently reported as the left-hand controller) and the Switch unit itself. But it's unknown whether the signal loss is due to interference from other sources or it simply being blocked by other things in the way.

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Nintendo Switch's updated Mii creator lets you turn your hair blue

You may have already seen our detailed unboxing video where we finally unpack a Nintendo Switch - and switch it on. But what you won't have seen is this little addition to the game's Mii creator.

Yes, you can now dye your Mii's hair pretty much any colour of the rainbow.

It's a first for the Mii avatars, despite them having existed since the Wii. Now, carried over from 3DS and Wii U, the little avatars return, and are accessible via the Switch's system settings menu.

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Nintendo Switch won't have Virtual Console at launch

Nintendo Switch won't have Virtual Console at launch

eShop indie game presentation dated for next week.

Nintendo Switch will not host a Virtual Console service at launch, Nintendo has now confirmed.

Switch's eShop for purchasing digital games will open its doors on 3rd March alongside the console - once you have downloaded a system update.

But it won't host any games from older consoles - at least, not for now. "We will share more information in the future," a Nintendo press release simply states.

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Nintendo: Switch launch day "not be-all and end-all"

Nintendo: Switch launch day "not be-all and end-all"

Fans "hoping there's a GameCube Virtual Console".

Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime has defended Switch's meagre five game launch line-up by saying it was not the "be-all and the end-all" for the console.

More important than the system's launch offering, Fils-Aime told CNET, was a continuous pipeline of new games throughout the rest of the year - which Nintendo has revealed at least some of already.

3rd March brings Zelda: Breath of the Wild, 1-2 Switch, Super Bomberman R, Skylanders Imaginators and Just Dance 2017.

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Nintendo Switch battery life detailed, capacitive touchscreen confirmed

Nintendo Switch battery life detailed, capacitive touchscreen confirmed

Connect up to eight controllers. Joycons also have gyros and image sensors.

Nintendo Switch's battery life will range from 2.5 to 6.5 hours, Nintendo has said. That's a wide range of estimates - but it'll depend on what game you're playing.

Nintendo is confirming new details in rapid-fire succession - including Eurogamer's exclusive report from last year that the Switch will have a capacitive touchscreen.

Up to eight controllers can be connected to the system, and each Joy-con controller will have gyro controls. There's also a Capture button to nab a screenshot. After launch, you'll be able to capture video as well.

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What's going on with Zelda: Breath of the Wild's release date?

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild looks like it's back on for a March release, alongside the launch of Nintendo Switch - at least in Japan and North America.

But what about Europe? The situation here is less clear.

Last year, sources close to Nintendo told Eurogamer that Zelda was content complete but "still four-to-six months" from launch and would miss the Nintendo Switch's March release. Since then, things have changed.

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Nintendo won't announce Switch launch date, price and games line-up until January

Nintendo Switch's exact launch date and line-up of in-development games won't be revealed until an event on 13th January.

The Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 will be held in Japan and live-streamed online for those not in attendance. In the room will be media, analysts and trade partners.

Expect a date at some point in March 2017 to be nailed down, along with detail on what you'll be playing on launch day.

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"We have to do better when we launch NX"

"We have to do better when we launch NX"

Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime on learnings from Wii U.

Nintendo has said it must do better at launching NX than its predecessor, Wii U.

It's not exactly a surprise to hear Nintendo say this, but it's pleasing to hear Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime admit specific things which went wrong with Wii U - and what needs to be done different for the upcoming NX.

"One of the things that we have to do better when we launch the NX," Fils-Aime told alistdaily, "[is] we have to do a better job communicating the positioning for the product.

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Nintendo's NX console launches March 2017 globally

Nintendo's NX console launches March 2017 globally

Wii U Zelda delayed until 2017, NX port confirmed.

Nintendo's NX console will receive its global launch in March 2017, the company has just confirmed - missing the Christmas release window many had expected.

The news comes as part of Nintendo's financial results briefing in Japan this morning.

Zelda for Wii U, previously slated for this year, will now arrive in 2017 as well - presumably at the same time as NX.

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