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Mario Kart 8 is getting what Nintendo has called the “definitive edition” on Nintendo Switch. On April 28, the Mario Kart you know and love on Wii U is getting even better with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
Not only will new characters, maps, karts, and items be back, they have also fixed what was arguably the worst aspect of the original — Battle mode. That’s the part that excites me the most. In fact, it is enough to make me feel all right about buying it again.
On top of all this, another thing many will love hearing is that the game will run at 60 frames per second even in multiplayer. The Wii U version dropped frame rate in multiplayer, but this will always be 60, even in handheld mode.
Just check out this video, which shows all the new features in action. Then, let us know what you think about Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in the comments! Will you get it?Click to view slideshow.
RACE AND BATTLE YOUR FRIENDS IN THE DEFINITIVE VERSION OF MARIO KART 8
Hit the road with the definitive version of Mario Kart 8 and play anytime, anywhere! Race your friends or battle them in a revised battle mode on new and returning battle courses. Play locally in up to 4-player multiplayer in 1080p while playing in TV Mode. Every track from the Wii U version, including DLC, makes a glorious return. Plus, the Inklings appear as all-new guest characters, along with returning favorites, such as King Boo, Dry Bones, and Bowser Jr.!
Race your friends in the definitive version of Mario Kart 8, only on Nintendo Switch!
Race as every character on every track from the Wii U version, including DLC characters and tracks.
Pop some balloons in the revamped Battle mode, complete with Balloon Battle and Bob-omb Blast.
Battle on new courses, like Urchin Underpass and Battle Stadium, or returning ones, such as GCN Luigi’s
Mansion and SNES Battle Course 1.
Inkling Girl & Inkling Boy from Splatoon, King Boo, Dry Bones, and Bowser Jr. join the roster!
Players can choose a new Smart Steering feature which makes driving and staying on the track easy for novice players and kids even at 200cc.
Three new vehicles have been added, two are even inspired by Splatoon
Carry two items at the same time.
Returning items include Boo, the item stealing ghost, and the Feather, which gives you a high jump in battle mode.
Play your friends in local wireless multiplayer with up to 8 players.
Drive through in 1080p HD quality in TV mode.
Play on the go with handheld mode and play anytime, anywhere.
[Source: Nintendo Press Site]
The Nintendo Switch is officially launching worldwide on March 3, 2017, at a suggested retail price of $299, here in the United States with many games. Among them are The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but also some new games like 1-2-Switch.
Look out for much more from us on this event, including our podcast, where we will discuss what we thought about the event and what we think about the console and games.
Until then, you can check out the full video presentation below. Just under that, we’ve posted the entire press release with even more information.PRESS RELEASE: Nintendo Switch Launches March 3 at $299.99 Nintendo Reveals Upcoming Games, New Hardware Features TOKYO, Jan. 13, 2017 – Nintendo announced today that the new Nintendo Switch system will launch worldwide on March 3, 2017 at a suggested retail price of $299.99 in the United States.
The system will include the main console, Joy-Con (L) and Joy-Con (R) controllers, a Joy-Con grip (to which two Joy-Con are attached and used as one controller), a set of Joy-Con wrist straps, a Nintendo Switch dock (which holds the main console and connects it to a TV), an HDMI cable and an AC adapter. Two stylish versions of the system will be released: a version with a set of gray Joy-Con, and a version with one neon blue and one neon red Joy-Con. Both versions will be the same price.
“Nintendo Switch is a brand-new kind of home gaming system that offers a wide variety of play modes,” said Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima. “We will introduce the world to new experiences made possible by the unique characteristics of the Nintendo Switch hardware and the Joy-Con.”
Nintendo Switch is a breakthrough home video game system. It not only connects to a TV at home, but it also instantly transforms into an on-the-go handheld using its 6.2-inch screen. For the first time, players can enjoy a full home-console experience anytime, anywhere. The screen includes capacitive multi-touch capabilities for compatible games. Battery life can last for more than six hours, but will vary depending on the software and usage conditions. For example, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild can be played for roughly three hours on a single charge. While away from home, Nintendo Switch can be charged by plugging the AC adapter into the console’s USB Type-C connector.
The versatile Joy-Con offer multiple surprising new ways for players to have fun. Two Joy-Con can be used independently in each hand, or together as one game controller when attached to the Joy-Con grip. They can also attach to the main console for use in handheld mode, or be shared with friends to enjoy two-player action in supported games. Each Joy-Con has a full set of buttons and can act as a standalone controller, and each includes an accelerometer and gyro-sensor, making independent left and right motion control possible.
Nintendo Switch also contains a number of built-in features that make it more interactive. The left Joy-Con has a Capture Button that players can press to take instant screenshots [...]
The Nintendo Switch event just wrapped up in Tokyo. They covered so much information, including a host of games, but one they omitted until the very end was possibly the most anticipated — The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
After witnessing some amazing gameplay videos, we were teased many times before the date finally popped up on the screen — March 3, 2017. Zelda will officially be a launch title for the Nintendo Switch.
Unfortunately, they did not mention anything about the Wii U version. It may come out the same day, at a later date, or it could be scrapped altogether. We will keep looking into this and update it if we find out.
UPDATE: We have confirmation that the Wii U version will also be available on March 3.
As we have stated before, the game will work with the Zelda 30th Anniversary series amiibo, the Wolf Link amiibo (to be re-issued on February 3) and the upcoming Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild series amiibo. In addition to Link (Rider), Link (Archer) and Guardian amiibo, Zelda and Bokoblin amiibo will also join The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild series amiibo.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be available as a standard edition, Special Edition and Master Edition. The Special Edition will include the game, a Switch Sheikah Slate Carrying Case, Sheikah Eye Collectible Coin, Relic of Hyrule: Calamity Ganon Tapestry and Weather-Worn Map, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sound Selection CD for a suggested retail price of $99.99. The Master Edition will have all of the items from the Special Edition plus a Master Sword of Resurrection figure. This will cost a cool $129.99.
As you wait for the game to launch, here are some new screenshots and boxart!Click to view slideshow.
For some of us, just playing our favorite games isn’t enough. Sometimes we like to make underpaying careers out of our hobbies (protip: don’t major in journalism). Sometimes we like to combine our passions with our creativity. There’s all manner of nerdy creativity out there, from original scores inspired by videogames, to traditional fanart, fanfiction and original characters, but my personal favorite is cosplay. Cosplay has come a long way, and has almost become mainstream in recent years. It’s something that has benefited my life in many ways, and I decided to ask a few Nintendo cosplayers some questions. Please take the time to visit their social media pages and check out their other work when you’re done reading. Be sure to check out the photographers’ pages as well, as their work goes vastly unappreciated in the cosplay community.
Pinku Perfect as Princess Peach
Facebook: Pinku Perfect Cosplay Instagram: @pinkuperfect Photo by Convention Shenanigans
How did you get into cosplaying? I discovered that cosplaying was an actual thing around my sophomore year of high school, from a friend who went to conventions and came back during class to share stories. She wasn’t a cosplayer herself, but she would show pictures of AMAZING cosplayers she saw at these cons. I specifically remember a picture of a World of Warcraft cosplayer. I asked her if she knew where he bought the costume from, and she responded with “Oh, he made that all himself”. I was baffled, but my interest for cosplay perked immediately. I started researching conventions in my area (North Carolina), and I attended Animazement 2014, wearing a Leafeon cosplay I had made the ears and tail for myself. I went to panels, met a whole group of cosplay friends whom I’m still in contact with today, and made my cosplay myself, which I was very proud of. I was really happy that I had gotten involved with this community, and I’m still very happy that I call this my main hobby. It also gave me a reason to use my creative side, while being active with my nerdy side as well.
Why Peach? Princess Peach is a very well-known character, but also someone who I haven’t seen cosplayed a lot. This is how I choose my cosplays in general- ones that people know but who haven’t been done. I’m a really big fan of the color pink (hence the name of my cosplay page, Pinku Perfect Cosplay for Facebook and pinkuperfect for Instagram), and Peach’s dress screams pink, from the actual dress itself, to her parasol, to her lips. When I started working on Peach, it was also the time when my sewing skills had come to the point where I could consider myself somewhat skilled, so that’s why I wanted to tackle a bigger project and work on a ball gown styled dress, aka Peach. I’m really proud of how she turned out, and I’m looking forward to making other large dresses for future cosplays (I already have two in the making).
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