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  1. It’s a golden rule of gaming, especially mobile, that you’re eventually going to want some cool accessories on the go. It can be a tricky minefield of first-party bank breakers or third-party cheapskates, though, so it’s helpful to have a guiding hand in making your accessorizing decisions. We stopped by Nyko’s booth at this year’s E3 to check out their immense collection of Nintendo Switch accessories and determine which might be good fits for owners of Nintendo's hybrid device. Power Shell Case Release: July 2017 Price: $39.99 The kingpin of Nyko’s lineup, this hardshell case not only holds your Switch and up to 12 games, but it also stores up to three hours worth of charge for the Switch. The case doubles as a stand, with the USB plug-in resting at its bottom, allowing you to charge while playing stationary. The Power Shell Case might be a solid idea if you tend to play rough or have yet to pick up a case at all. Dock Bands Release: June 2017 Price: $4.99 Simple and stretchy, these little bands may not look like much. But for those worried about scuffing or scratching the screen on their Nintendo Switch, this item might be a lifesaver. The bands slip over the sides of the Switch’s screen and provide a protective buffer between the screen and dock when you insert it. Swivel Grip for Switch Controller Release: August 2017 Price: $9.99 Want a little extra grip on your Switch Joy-Con but don’t want to spring for a Pro Controller? These cheap plastic grips attach to the bottom of either Joy-Con and swivel out to form the traditional, not-quite-banana-like shape of most modern controllers. Charge Base for Switch Release: August 2017 Price: $29.99 The Switch is designed for portability, but it’s home dock definitely isn’t. If you’re the type to bring your Switch to a party, it’s easy to run out of power before the night grows old. Bringing the charge base along with you will allow you to restore battery life while you prop up the Switch on your friend’s mom’s dinner table. Which of these accessories do you think will be a good fit for you?
  2. Here it is, the first official day of E3! We've been doing daily recaps of the action leading up to the show and we'll be doing the same for the show itself, so tune in to the Facebook Live broadcast or catch it later via other channels. You'll get a great rundown of what it is like to cover E3 along with the news of the day as told by the talented bunch of people we've collected to cover the year's biggest gaming trade show. Day four covered began with a bang from Nintendo before the true craziness of the open show floor began. Now we know that Metroid Prime 4 is in development along with a new Pokemon RPG for the Switch. Jack Gardner, Marcus Stewart, Naomi Lugo, and Aiden Strawhun cover the basic, need-to-know announcements from the day. Kick back, relax, and enjoy the show with us! View full article
  3. Here it is, the first official day of E3! We've been doing daily recaps of the action leading up to the show and we'll be doing the same for the show itself, so tune in to the Facebook Live broadcast or catch it later via other channels. You'll get a great rundown of what it is like to cover E3 along with the news of the day as told by the talented bunch of people we've collected to cover the year's biggest gaming trade show. Day four covered began with a bang from Nintendo before the true craziness of the open show floor began. Now we know that Metroid Prime 4 is in development along with a new Pokemon RPG for the Switch. Jack Gardner, Marcus Stewart, Naomi Lugo, and Aiden Strawhun cover the basic, need-to-know announcements from the day. Kick back, relax, and enjoy the show with us!
  4. If you love Dynasty Warriors, or its Legend of Zelda adaptation Hyrule Warriors, you'll love what Koei Tecmo has next. Fire Emblem Warriors lands on Nintendo Switch this fall. Today's reveal trailer shows off a little more of the game's story line, with two new faces taking the spotlight. You'll play as two siblings in a kingdom protected by the magical powers of a sacred dragon, but one day, an evil dragon comes along. To protect your people, you'll have to stand up and fight along recognizable faces such as Marth, Corrin and more from the Fire Emblem universe with all the chaotic hack-and-slash gameplay Dynasty Warriors promises. View full article
  5. If you love Dynasty Warriors, or its Legend of Zelda adaptation Hyrule Warriors, you'll love what Koei Tecmo has next. Fire Emblem Warriors lands on Nintendo Switch this fall. Today's reveal trailer shows off a little more of the game's story line, with two new faces taking the spotlight. You'll play as two siblings in a kingdom protected by the magical powers of a sacred dragon, but one day, an evil dragon comes along. To protect your people, you'll have to stand up and fight along recognizable faces such as Marth, Corrin and more from the Fire Emblem universe with all the chaotic hack-and-slash gameplay Dynasty Warriors promises.
  6. Nintendo has detailed the first two of three DLC bundles planned for Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild. The first, The Master Trials, releases June 30 and the second, Champions Ballad, will launch this holiday. The Master Trials includes the Trial of the Sword chapter, Hero's Path mode, Master mode and new armor inspired by past titles and Breath of the Wild characters. Champion's Ballad will follow Princess Zelda's side of the story and how her champions came together. In addition, four amiibo, Mipha the Zora, Revali the Rito, Daruk the Goron and Urbosa the Gerudo will be available to use in this DLC. These four new figures currently do not have a release date. Both of these DLC packs will be available only through the Breath of the Wild Expansion Pass for $19.99. View full article
  7. Nintendo has detailed the first two of three DLC bundles planned for Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild. The first, The Master Trials, releases June 30 and the second, Champions Ballad, will launch this holiday. The Master Trials includes the Trial of the Sword chapter, Hero's Path mode, Master mode and new armor inspired by past titles and Breath of the Wild characters. Champion's Ballad will follow Princess Zelda's side of the story and how her champions came together. In addition, four amiibo, Mipha the Zora, Revali the Rito, Daruk the Goron and Urbosa the Gerudo will be available to use in this DLC. These four new figures currently do not have a release date. Both of these DLC packs will be available only through the Breath of the Wild Expansion Pass for $19.99.
  8. New Donk City is calling your name; book your trip in Super Mario Odyssey on Oct. 27, 2017. In a new trailer released in today's Nintendo Spotlight, Mario's latest adventure is led by his hat. You'll have to collect Moons to power up your spaceship, the Odyssey, and rescue Princess Peach from her untimely wedding to Bowser. With some handy hat flinging, you'll take over enemies and items around the world to solve new puzzles and make unlikely friends with a dinosaur? Check out the E3 trailer below: What other weird worlds do you think Mario and his cap will find themselves in? View full article
  9. New Donk City is calling your name; book your trip in Super Mario Odyssey on Oct. 27, 2017. In a new trailer released in today's Nintendo Spotlight, Mario's latest adventure is led by his hat. You'll have to collect Moons to power up your spaceship, the Odyssey, and rescue Princess Peach from her untimely wedding to Bowser. With some handy hat flinging, you'll take over enemies and items around the world to solve new puzzles and make unlikely friends with a dinosaur? Check out the E3 trailer below: What other weird worlds do you think Mario and his cap will find themselves in?
  10. During the Nintendo E3 Conference, Pokémon President Tsunekazu Ishihara revealed that developer Game Freak is working on a "core RPG" Pokémon title for the Switch. There was no release window as Ishihara admitted that he didn't know how long the game would take. News of a new game might be in response to fan's reactions to the June 6 Nintendo Direct that revolved around Pokémon but did not announce a new title. The announcement came alongside an update on the previously announced Pokkén Tournament DX, a remastered Wii U game coming to the Switch. Its release date is set for September 22. Pokkén Tournament DX will have some new content in the form of Pokémon and it will utilize the Switch's controllers for two player combat. The game will be on display at E3, and will be played competitively on June 14 during the Pokken Invitational . View full article
  11. During the Nintendo E3 Conference, Pokémon President Tsunekazu Ishihara revealed that developer Game Freak is working on a "core RPG" Pokémon title for the Switch. There was no release window as Ishihara admitted that he didn't know how long the game would take. News of a new game might be in response to fan's reactions to the June 6 Nintendo Direct that revolved around Pokémon but did not announce a new title. The announcement came alongside an update on the previously announced Pokkén Tournament DX, a remastered Wii U game coming to the Switch. Its release date is set for September 22. Pokkén Tournament DX will have some new content in the form of Pokémon and it will utilize the Switch's controllers for two player combat. The game will be on display at E3, and will be played competitively on June 14 during the Pokken Invitational .
  12. Metroid fans have been clamoring the Metroid Prime universe for years, ever since the days of the Wii, and especially since the series went into weird waters with a competitive multiplayer sports game for the 3DS. Now fans will only have to wait a little longer with the announcement of Metroid Prime 4 for the Nintendo Switch, teased in a brief video during E3’s Nintendo Direct. Nothing else is known about the latest Metroid, but we’re sure Nintendo will have plenty up their sleeves in future announcements. To tide players over, Nintendo announced a separate Metroid game titled Metroid: Samus Returns for the 3DS that releases on September 15 this year. View full article
  13. Metroid fans have been clamoring the Metroid Prime universe for years, ever since the days of the Wii, and especially since the series went into weird waters with a competitive multiplayer sports game for the 3DS. Now fans will only have to wait a little longer with the announcement of Metroid Prime 4 for the Nintendo Switch, teased in a brief video during E3’s Nintendo Direct. Nothing else is known about the latest Metroid, but we’re sure Nintendo will have plenty up their sleeves in future announcements. To tide players over, Nintendo announced a separate Metroid game titled Metroid: Samus Returns for the 3DS that releases on September 15 this year.
  14. With music one would not usually associate with the serious dreary winters of Skyrim, Bethesda released an official look at The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on the Switch . After reminding viewers of the gorgeous landscapes of the beloved game, a character seemingly out of sync makes an appearance: Link. Or at least Link in his Amiibo form. A hand then appears to tap the Breath of the Wild Link interact with the Switch Screen. Then we hear the oh-so-familiar treasure chest soundbite, and a piece of the Zelda universe is in the world of Elder Scrolls. The player then opens a chest and gains some signature gear, the Master Sword and Link's blue ensemble. We then get a look at the controller capabilities. In a move that embraces Skyrim's core gameplay, each of the controllers represents a weapon in dual-handed combat. Both controllers are used when handling a bow as well. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim releases for Nintendo Switch this fall. What do you think of Link's gear making an appearance in Skyrim? How do you think the Switch will handle a massive game like Skyrim?
  15. With music one would not usually associate with the serious dreary winters of Skyrim, Bethesda released an official look at The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on the Switch . After reminding viewers of the gorgeous landscapes of the beloved game, a character seemingly out of sync makes an appearance: Link. Or at least Link in his Amiibo form. A hand then appears to tap the Breath of the Wild Link interact with the Switch Screen. Then we hear the oh-so-familiar treasure chest soundbite, and a piece of the Zelda universe is in the world of Elder Scrolls. The player then opens a chest and gains some signature gear, the Master Sword and Link's blue ensemble. We then get a look at the controller capabilities. In a move that embraces Skyrim's core gameplay, each of the controllers represents a weapon in dual-handed combat. Both controllers are used when handling a bow as well. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim releases for Nintendo Switch this fall. What do you think of Link's gear making an appearance in Skyrim? How do you think the Switch will handle a massive game like Skyrim? View full article
  16. After much speculation and numerous leaks, Mario + Rabbid Kingdom Battle had its official unveiling at Ubisoft's E3 presentation. Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto took the stage with Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot to pitch this strange partnership to Rabbid and Mushroom Kingdom enthusiasts around the globe. The title has been in the works for three years and is being developed by Ubisoft’s European studios. A tactical turn-based adventure, Mario, Luigi, and Peach team up with the Rabbids (wearing the outfits of their Nintendo allies) to battle not-so-nice Rabbids. Miyamoto promised "great layers of strategy and tactics" in the experience. The party explores several colorful locales with designated battle zones triggering combat. Encounters take an XCOM-esque approach, with players taking turns to position characters across various maps, placing them in strategic locations such as destructible cover points and launching attacks via their arm cannons. Party members can use tandem abilities, such as a Rabbid climbing atop Mario’s feet and Mario launching it to a higher area. Another clip showed Mario and Luigi chaining together blaster attacks to juggle other characters. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle arrives exclusively for Nintendo Switch on August 29. View full article
  17. After much speculation and numerous leaks, Mario + Rabbid Kingdom Battle had its official unveiling at Ubisoft's E3 presentation. Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto took the stage with Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot to pitch this strange partnership to Rabbid and Mushroom Kingdom enthusiasts around the globe. The title has been in the works for three years and is being developed by Ubisoft’s European studios. A tactical turn-based adventure, Mario, Luigi, and Peach team up with the Rabbids (wearing the outfits of their Nintendo allies) to battle not-so-nice Rabbids. Miyamoto promised "great layers of strategy and tactics" in the experience. The party explores several colorful locales with designated battle zones triggering combat. Encounters take an XCOM-esque approach, with players taking turns to position characters across various maps, placing them in strategic locations such as destructible cover points and launching attacks via their arm cannons. Party members can use tandem abilities, such as a Rabbid climbing atop Mario’s feet and Mario launching it to a higher area. Another clip showed Mario and Luigi chaining together blaster attacks to juggle other characters. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle arrives exclusively for Nintendo Switch on August 29.
  18. EA announced details on the Nintendo Switch version of FIFA 18, which is sure to give football fanatics a reason to rejoice outside of home. As expected of the Switch’s unique portability, players can bring FIFA 18 wherever they want by disconnecting it from the home dock. The game reportedly outputs at 1080p when docked and 720p when mobile. Visual performance might take a hit if you prefer to game on the field, but at least it’s nowhere close to the downgrade cross-generation ports of previous sports games entailed. Players can participate in Local Seasons mode across two Switch consoles, in addition to Kick-Off mode, Career, Online Seasons, Tournaments, Women’s International Cup and Skill games. EA also debuted a new gameplay trailer for FIFA 18, although footage largely looks to be from the PlayStation 4 edition of the game, so take any visuals with a grain of salt if you're planning on getting the Switch edition. FIFA 18 is out on September 29 for all major consoles. Where do you plan on hitting the field? View full article
  19. EA announced details on the Nintendo Switch version of FIFA 18, which is sure to give football fanatics a reason to rejoice outside of home. As expected of the Switch’s unique portability, players can bring FIFA 18 wherever they want by disconnecting it from the home dock. The game reportedly outputs at 1080p when docked and 720p when mobile. Visual performance might take a hit if you prefer to game on the field, but at least it’s nowhere close to the downgrade cross-generation ports of previous sports games entailed. Players can participate in Local Seasons mode across two Switch consoles, in addition to Kick-Off mode, Career, Online Seasons, Tournaments, Women’s International Cup and Skill games. EA also debuted a new gameplay trailer for FIFA 18, although footage largely looks to be from the PlayStation 4 edition of the game, so take any visuals with a grain of salt if you're planning on getting the Switch edition. FIFA 18 is out on September 29 for all major consoles. Where do you plan on hitting the field?
  20. Natsume announced that it will be launching two new River City titles later this year, continuing the company's revival of the long dormant franchise. The two games are titled River City: Knights of Justice and River City: Rival Showdown. Both titles will be launching on 3DS this summer and fall. "River City: Tokyo Rumble was a huge success, and these two follow-ups in the popular River City/Kunio-Kun franchise are the perfect continuation of the series," said Hiro Maekawa, President & CEO of Natsume. "We are looking forward to showing the games for the first time at E3 and garnering feedback from gamers and the media!" So, we can expect to see more about each game when E3 rolls around in about two weeks. In the meantime, here's what we know so far. River City: Knights of Justice will launch this summer as an exclusive on the Nintendo 3DS e-Shop. Protagonist Kunio and his friends transform into RPG-inspired heroes and villains in a unique spin-off adventure. Players will have access to all sorts of medieval weaponry including swords, staves, and magic to bring peace to the kingdom of Riverandia. River City: Rival Showdown follows the events that transpire after Kunio is assaulted one night by two mysterious attackers. Riki's girlfriend finds herself kidnapped that same night. Kunio has three days to uncover the mystery behind his attackers and the kidnapping or something truly nefarious could happen. Faces new and old collide in this more mainstream incarnation of the River City franchise. Rival Showdown releases on the 3DS this fall. It's really neat to see new life breathed into this franchise and to see Natsume trying new things with it.
  21. Natsume announced that it will be launching two new River City titles later this year, continuing the company's revival of the long dormant franchise. The two games are titled River City: Knights of Justice and River City: Rival Showdown. Both titles will be launching on 3DS this summer and fall. "River City: Tokyo Rumble was a huge success, and these two follow-ups in the popular River City/Kunio-Kun franchise are the perfect continuation of the series," said Hiro Maekawa, President & CEO of Natsume. "We are looking forward to showing the games for the first time at E3 and garnering feedback from gamers and the media!" So, we can expect to see more about each game when E3 rolls around in about two weeks. In the meantime, here's what we know so far. River City: Knights of Justice will launch this summer as an exclusive on the Nintendo 3DS e-Shop. Protagonist Kunio and his friends transform into RPG-inspired heroes and villains in a unique spin-off adventure. Players will have access to all sorts of medieval weaponry including swords, staves, and magic to bring peace to the kingdom of Riverandia. River City: Rival Showdown follows the events that transpire after Kunio is assaulted one night by two mysterious attackers. Riki's girlfriend finds herself kidnapped that same night. Kunio has three days to uncover the mystery behind his attackers and the kidnapping or something truly nefarious could happen. Faces new and old collide in this more mainstream incarnation of the River City franchise. Rival Showdown releases on the 3DS this fall. It's really neat to see new life breathed into this franchise and to see Natsume trying new things with it. View full article
  22. Hey everyone! In case you didn't know there's a monthly Nintendo meet up group that's meeting Sunday, May 21st at the new central library in downtown SD starting at 1pm. If anyone's interested in attending here's their Instagram post! (FYI we now have an IG account! Follow ExtraLifeSanDiego )
  23. In 1992 Super Mario Kart released on the Super Nintendo and changed how the world thought of racing games. A new sub-genre formed: The kart racer. Utilizing a cast of characters plucked from the Super Mario Bros. franchise, players could race against a friend or the computer across Mode 7 courses. Though Super Mario Kart initially began development as a sequel to F-Zero, Nintendo decided to take it in a drastically different direction, lowering the skill it took to play the game to be more accessible. On release, it captivated gaming audiences everywhere across all age brackets. The result was a franchise that all other titles attempting to break into the sub-genre sought to surpass - often without success. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's critical acclaim has us wondering: Is Super Mario Kart, the game that started it all, one of the best games period? Each week we will be tackling a video game, old or new, that at least one of us believes deserves to stand as one of the greatest games of all time. We'll dive into its history, development, and gameplay, while trying to argue for or against the game of the week. Sometimes we will be in harmonious agreement, other times we might be fighting a bitter battle to the very end. However each episode shakes out, we hope that everyone who listens will find the show entertaining and informative. Outro music: Mario Kart 64 'Day's End' by Sole Signal and Tweex (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR01706) You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. A YouTube version is (sometimes) available as well, so you can watch what we are talking about while we talk about it! If you want to have your opinion heard on air, share your opinion in the comments, follow the show on Twitter, and participate in the weekly polls: @BestGamesPeriod New episodes of The Best Games Period will be released every Monday
  24. In 1992 Super Mario Kart released on the Super Nintendo and changed how the world thought of racing games. A new sub-genre formed: The kart racer. Utilizing a cast of characters plucked from the Super Mario Bros. franchise, players could race against a friend or the computer across Mode 7 courses. Though Super Mario Kart initially began development as a sequel to F-Zero, Nintendo decided to take it in a drastically different direction, lowering the skill it took to play the game to be more accessible. On release, it captivated gaming audiences everywhere across all age brackets. The result was a franchise that all other titles attempting to break into the sub-genre sought to surpass - often without success. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's critical acclaim has us wondering: Is Super Mario Kart, the game that started it all, one of the best games period? Each week we will be tackling a video game, old or new, that at least one of us believes deserves to stand as one of the greatest games of all time. We'll dive into its history, development, and gameplay, while trying to argue for or against the game of the week. Sometimes we will be in harmonious agreement, other times we might be fighting a bitter battle to the very end. However each episode shakes out, we hope that everyone who listens will find the show entertaining and informative. Outro music: Mario Kart 64 'Day's End' by Sole Signal and Tweex (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR01706) You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. A YouTube version is (sometimes) available as well, so you can watch what we are talking about while we talk about it! If you want to have your opinion heard on air, share your opinion in the comments, follow the show on Twitter, and participate in the weekly polls: @BestGamesPeriod New episodes of The Best Games Period will be released every Monday View full article
  25. Modern games are fantastic. The internet can fix broken games or give long dead titles new life. There are a myriad of benefits to the way gaming today differs from that of the past. One of the less appreciated benefits is translation and localization, which has brought western audiences a huge number of titles from Japan and vice versa. And because of that exchange of gaming, language has become critical to how many people appreciate titles. For some, there is only one "correct" language in which to enjoy certain games or sometimes a game simply sounds better to some of its players in a different language because of the different voice actors used in the localization process. That's why, despite near universal acclaim, some fans of The The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild were disappointed that its western release didn't include the Japanese language version of the game that some saw in the original trailers. Though there were no gameplay differences, some players truly preferred the way the Japanese version sounded over the English version - many attributing this difference to the quality of the voice acting. A separate camp in the community grew to similarly clamor for the Japanese version, not because they could understand the game better, but specifically because they couldn't understand the vocals. The Legend of Zelda has traditionally avoided voice acting in the series and this small subset of gamers preferred a version of the game that they could enjoy in the same way - even if the language used was real - as long as they couldn't understand and had to rely on subtitles like the older games in the series. Nintendo released a patch for Breath of the Wild today that allows players to turn on Japanese audio for their action-adventure critical darling. Players can find the option in the game's main menu after updating and switch over to Japanese, Spanish, German, or Italian. If you're worried that you will inadvertently switch over all the text, too, never fear! Switching over only affects audio. Hooray for small changes that satisfy niche portions of the gaming populace!
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