Twitch Prime Members Now Receive 12 Months of Nintendo Switch Online

If you’re an Amazon Prime member, then congratulations, you’re also a Twitch Prime member, which also means you now have access to 12 months of Nintendo Switch online, free of charge. All you have to do is visit the Loot page (Click Here!) and claim the loot. You’ll be able to access your first 3 months, now, and the final 9 months after being a Prime member for 60 days after you first 3-month claim.

It’s a clever plan to keep subscribers going. Fortunately, if you’re already a Nintendo Switch Online member, this just extends your renewal date even further. So head over there and enjoy the perks!

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Monolith Soft Recruiting for New Zelda Game

Renowned video game studio, Monolith Soft, has posted a new staff recruitment page on their official website to hire programmers, designers, technical artists, and other positions to work on a new Legend of Zelda game. While it may seem like a strange listing for a non-Nintendo studio, but Monolith Soft also worked on Breath of the Wild, and Skyward Sword – two of the most recent modern Zelda titles.

The game is currently titled “Production 02” with Monolith Soft also currently working on a heavily guarded secret “Production 01” title. With Breath of the Wild still fresh in the minds of many, and several other Zelda titles releasing soon, including A Link to the Past, and Cadence of Hyrule, it’s a good time to be a fan of the franchise.

Nintendo Releasing Labo Toy-Box

Because Nintendo does nothing but think of us as people who want nice things, they have announced a new addition to the Nintendo Labo line-up. This time it’s
the Nintendo Labo Okatazuke Box, which roughly translates to the cleanup box, it is a box you build to hold your finished Nintendo Labo projects.

The box releases in Japan on April 12th, with a release outside of Japan likely to be announced soon. The box will retail for ¥ 800, making it quite the affordable addition.

Nintendo Nindies 2019 Spring Showcase

Nintendo has just finished a blockbuster Nindies 2019 Showcase and with it came a ton of reveals. Cuphead is releasing on the Nintendo Switch with help from Microsoft. Cadence of Hyrule is an indie Legend of Zelda game, and tons of new releases from well-known indie studios dominate, including the newest title from DoubleFine, Rad.

Check out the video above for the full showcase with loads of reveals and surprises from Nintendo.

Nintendo Announces Labo VR Kit for Switch

Nintendo has announced its entrance into the world of VR Gaming with its newest announcement, The Nintendo Labo: VR Kit. The kit will be available in two versions: a full set that will include software, goggles and five cardboard designs, and a smaller starter kit that will only include the goggles and one of the designs, a blaster/rifle. The larger kit will run for $80 while, the starter kit will retail for $40.

The kits will be available on April 12th, but keep in mind this will not make previous titles playable in VR, only the specific Labo games. Hit the jump for more images of the new kits.

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Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon Partners with Dippin’ Dots

As strange as it seems, Square Enix has partnered with futuristic ice cream brand, Dippin’ Dots, for its upcoming title Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy! The contest is free to enter here, and entrants can win a Nintendo Switch, a copy of the game, an exclusive lunchbox, and free Dippin’ Dots home delivery, obviously the best prize of them all.

The partnership even introduces a few “specialty” flavors, which actually equate to renaming the chain’s everyday flavors. This includes White Mage’s Healing Vanilla, Red Mage’s Sweet Strawberry Spell, and more. Head over to the site, and try your luck!

Pokemon Sword & Shield Announced for Nintendo Switch

It would appear we all had it right, as Nintendo took the time during this morning’s Pokemon Direct to announce two new entries into the mainline Pokemon saga, Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield. This marks the series’ first appearance on a home console for its RPG series of games, with beautiful 3D cel-shaded graphics. Additionally, the game takes place in a new region, Galar, and includes three new starters: Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble.

Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield currently have no exact release dates, but given the Late 2019 placement, it’s likely to expect them at the end of November 2019.

Pokemon Nintendo Direct On Its Way

Nintendo has revealed a new Pokemon-centric Nintendo Direct that will air on the embed above at 9:00am EST/6:00pm PST tomorrow, February 27th. They’ve said the direct will be 7 minutes long, and could give us the reveal of those long-awaited Nintendo Switch Pokemon RPG titles.

There’s no telling what we could see tomorrow, however, as we’re all known to get a little excited about the possibilities of showcases like this.

Reggie Fils-Aime to Retire From Nintendo of America

One of the most beloved figures in all of video games is retiring from his longtime position as President with Nintendo of America on April 15th. Reggie Fils-Aime is iconic across the gaming world for his large appearance, and his E4 2004 introduction, in which he loudly announced, “My name is Reggie. I’m about kickin’ ass, I’m about takin’ names, and we’re about makin’ games.”

After his retirement, he will be replaced by Nintendo of America Marketing director, Doug Bowser. No, that’s not a joke.

Future Dragon Quest News Revealed

It’s been a massive 24 hours for the Dragon Quest franchise. To begin with, Square Enix has revealed a new CG animated movie, Dragon Quest: Your Story, based on the story of Dragon Quest V. The film will release on August 2nd, directed by Takashi Yamazaki, with music by Koichi Sugiyama.

Additionally, during the February 2019 Nintendo Direct, Square Enix revealed Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition. The Nintendo Switch version of the massive RPG will feature English and Japanese language voice acting, as well as the addition of a 2D map feature that was included on the 3DS version of the game. Dragon Quest XI S: Echos of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition will be available this fall.

Lastly, it was revealed that Dragon Quest Builders 2 will release in North America on July 12th.

PlatinumGames Reveals Astral Chain for Nintendo Switch

During the February 2019 Nintendo Direct, PlatinumGames revealed a surprising new title, Astral Chain, coming soon for the Nintendo Switch. The sci-fi action RPG allows players to choose between two characters to fight mysterious dimensional creatures using a new weapon called the Legion.

Making his game directorial debut for his work as the game designer on NieR: Automata, Takahisa Taura is responsible for concept and planning on Astral Chain. Hideki Kamiya, creator of the Bayonetta series, is supervising, with character design by manga artist Masakazu Katsura, creator of Zetman and Video Girl Ai.

New Trailer for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order

Marvel Entertainment and Nintendo have revealed a new trailer for the upcoming, long-awaited sequel, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order. The new trailer focuses on cooperative play, and attacking in the game, as well as the addition of Captain Marvel.

Gameplay will allow up to 4 players to play on the same TV, locally with 4 Nintendo Switch consoles, or online, making it the most dynamic Ultimate Alliance game yet.

MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: The Black Order: For the first time in 10 years, the MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE series returns with four-player action and an original story … all exclusive to Nintendo Switch! Assemble your dream team from a huge cast of Super Heroes, including Marvel’s ultimate cosmic protector, Captain Marvel.

Zelda: Link’s Awakening Headed to Nintendo Switch

During last night’s fantastic Nintendo Direct, Nintendo revealed a surprise remake of the classic 1993 hit, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening for the Nintendo Switch. The remake features a uniquely beautiful visual style, and a world filled with bizarre creatures, including Mario’s classic enemies, Goombas.

The Game Boy classic is considered one of the best games ever made, so this should come as great news for fans of the series after the massive success of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Xbox Live Headed to Nintendo Switch

The GDC 2019 scheduling website has revealed that Xbox Live is coming to Nintendo Switch and smartphones using a new development platform, that will be revealed by Microsoft in a talk titled “Xbox Live: Growing & Engaging Your Gaming Community Across Platforms.”

Here’s Microsoft’s description of the talk:

Xbox Live is one of the largest, most engaged gaming communities on the planet with decades of experience providing managed game services to developers that save you time and unlock all of the social and engagement features that players love.

Now Xbox Live is about to get MUCH bigger. Xbox Live is expanding from 400M gaming devices and a reach to over 68M active players to over 2B devices with the release of our new cross-platform SDK.

Get a first look at the SDK to enable game developers to connect players between iOS, Android, and Switch in addition to Xbox and any game in the Microsoft Store on Windows PCs.

Takeaway

  • Xbox Live players are highly engaged and active on Xbox and PC, but now they can take their gaming achievement history, their friends list, their clubs, and more with them to almost every screen.
  • This will break down barriers for developers that want their communities to mingle more freely across platforms. Combined with PlayFab gaming services, this means less work for game developers and more time to focus on making games fun.


Metroid Prime 4 Restarting Development

In a move that simultaneously is fantastic, yet troubling, head of development at Nintendo, Shinya Takahashi, has announced that Retro Studios, creators of the original Metroid Prime series, has taken the reins of Metroid Prime 4 and is restarting development on the title.

After its announcement in 2017, development of the massive title has been “very challenged,” according to Takahashi, and there’s a long road ahead before we should expect to see more from the game. “It will be a long road until the next time we will be able to update you on the development progress and development time will be extensive,” said Takahashi.