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Nintendo E3 2019 to Feature Smash Bros. Championship, Nintendo Direct

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Nintendo has revealed their schedule for E3 2019, which takes place June 11 – 13 in Los Angeles, CA. Their show presence will include tournaments for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Splatoon 2, as well as a Nintendo Direct broadcast and Treehouse live stream. Nintendo will also offer its own version of the fast pass – the Warp Pipe Pass.

“We’re starting with some heated competitions and delivering new content the whole week,” said Doug Bowser, president, Nintendo of America. “Whether people are attending the show in person or watching from home, our goal is to provide them with the best possible Nintendo experience.”

Nintendo typically kicks off the official E3 convention by airing first thing in the morning on the first day, and this year will be no different. The Nintendo Direct will air at 9 am Pacific/12 pm Eastern on June 11. Nintendo is keeping coy about the details, but the broadcast will focus on software launching in the second half of the year.

As in previous years, the Nintendo Direct broadcast will be followed by the Nintendo Treehouse: Live event. The live stream is hosted by Nintendo staff directly from the E3 booth as they play through games on the show floor and interview developers.

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Nintendo will also host the championship tournament rounds for its two biggest competitive games on the Switch. The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Championship and the Splatoon 2 World Championship will take place on Saturday, June 8. Fans can line up to attend live beginning at 8 am Pacific at The Theatre at Ace Hotel. Entry is free but badges are first-come, first-served. Doors open at 10 am and the tournaments are scheduled to begin at 11 am, with Splatoon 2 first followed by Smash Bros. They will also be streamed live via Nintendo’s E3 live feed.

Nintendo’s new Warp Pipe Pass works exactly like a fast pass from a theme park. Attendees can grab a Warp Pipe Pass with a scheduled time, giving them priority to jump ahead in line when their time arrives. Note that to gain a Warp Pipe Pass a Nintendo Account will be required.

E3 2019 will take place June 11 – 13.

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Choose Between Friends or Family in Splatoon 2 Frosty Fest

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Winter is coming and the new year approaches in the newest Splatfest event for Splatoon 2. The Frosty Fest Splatfest will run for only 48 hours next weekend, January 4-6, 2019.

Like previous Splatfests, the Frosty Fest begins by having everyone choose between two sides and battle it out for supremacy. Since the holidays are about spending time with friends and family, the Frosty Fest will force you to choose between them!

The Frosty Fest will blanket Inkopolis in festive, wintry decor. Inklings will also be able to shoot glitter-filled ink, which as a parent fills me with anxiety and dread.

The event will also add special seasonal hats, distributed via the Splatoon 2 News channel, beginning later this week. You can also redeem your My Nintendo Points for a Splatoon 2 Frosty Fest themed wallpaper, which showcases the new gear.

Note that to participate in the Splatfest and play online you’ll need a Nintendo Switch Online Membership. A free 7-day trial is available when you first sign up. Membership is $3.99 per month or $19.99 for a year. Discounted family memberships for up to eight accounts are also available. Membership provides access to online gameplay for all compatible games (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Super Mario Party, etc), as well as cloud saves and the NES virtual console.

Frosty Fest begins at 2 pm Pacific/5 pm Eastern on January 4, 2019. It ends at 2 pm Pacific/5 pm Eastern on Jan. 6, 2019. Splatoon 2 is available only on the Nintendo Switch.

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Splatoon 2 3.0 Update Adds 100+ Items and X Rank

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As previously announced during the March Nintendo Direct, Splatoon 2 has received a major update. The Version 3.0 patch adds more than 100 pieces of gear, new songs, a new top-tier X Rank for Ranked Battles, and the return of Callie of the Squid Sisters. The free update is available now.

“As promised when the game was first announced, we are determined to provide players with new experiences and content in Splatoon 2,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior VP of Sales and Marketing. “Through these regular updates, we are ensuring that both players old and new will log on to fun new experiences.”

The major new addition is X Rank. X Rank is an ‘extremely challenging’ tier of Ranked Battle mode that features only the best Splatoon players. Only players who are S+10 in the current Splatoon 2 rankings will be moved to X Rank. Players within X Rank will battle with each other for X Power levels. The top 500 players with the highest X Power level for the four different Ranked modes will be announced once a month on SplatNet 2.

X Rank requires constant battling, as rankings reset every month. Players who fail to meet the X Rank threshold will fall to S+9. The first X Power reset will take place May 31. Future resets will occur on the final day of each month. These Ranked resets will also rotate the pool of selected stages.

The new 3.0 update also adds more than 100 items, some of which are returning from the original Splatoon. Fans of Splatoon’s uniquely snappy soundtrack can enjoy more music tracks from in-game band Chirpy Chips.

Finally Callie of the Squad Sisters will maker her long-awaited return. Callie will appear in Tentakeel Outpost in Octo Canyon. She will provide multiplayer stats to visiting players.

View the full Version 3.0 patch notes, including any bug fixes and weapon balancing.

Splatoon 2 released last summer as a Nintendo Switch exclusive sequel to Wii U’s Splatoon. It’s a competitive team-vs-team 3rd person shooter involving paint guns and unique squid-changing kids. It’s rated E for Everyone.

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Pixelkin 2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Nintendo Switch

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Make no mistake: the Nintendo Switch is the hottest video game product you can purchase this holiday season. The unique hybrid system offers both traditional home console use as well as complete handheld portability.

After a generally disappointing showing in the Wii U, Nintendo has roared back this year with huge titles like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Most impressively they’ve expanded their third-party support with lots of welcome indie titles like Stardew Valley and Shovel Knight. There’s also some more mature offerings courtesy of Bethesda with Doom, Wolfenstein, and Skyrim. Simply put, Nintendo has had one of the best console launch years in history, and it should only get better from here.

Younger Kids

Snipperclips – Cut it Out, Together

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A launch title for the Nintendo Switch, Snipperclips provides a unique puzzle design for two players. You play as both the paper and the scissors, cutting each other to form shapes in order to solve a series of puzzles. It’s simple yet brilliant game design that you can play solo with both controllers, but really shines cooperatively.

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is just 2014’s Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U plus all the DLC tracks and drivers and enhanced HD graphics. Mario Kart 8 happens to also be one of the best in the long-running series, featuring the refined controls, a huge assortment of drivers, vehicles, and tracks, and seamlessly integrated online multiplayer.

Also available on: N/A

Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap

Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap

Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap is a remake of a 1989 platformer on the Sega Master System. The remake offers new hand-drawn graphics, a female playable character, and the ability to switch between old and new audio and visual settings. It’s a solid side-scrolling platformer with classic design and modern features.

Also available on: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC

Arms

arms

A motion-controlled fighting game sounds horrendous but Nintendo may have stumbled upon something special. Multiple fighters and arms-styles can be configured to best suit your playstyle as you square off from a near-first-person view to swing your comically large but effective limbs.

Also available on: N/A

Splatoon 2

 

The first Splatoon was one of the few bright spots on the Wii U, and this Switch sequel provides more of the same great online multiplayer action. Transforming a third person arena shooter into a paintball match is a great way to make it family-friendly. Splatoon goes a step further by offering an intriguingly goofy world of squid vendors and a head-bobbing soundtrack.

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Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

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“It’s like XCOM but with Mario” is not a sentence I expected to see in 2017. Yet Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle presents a fantastic tactical strategy game when Ubisoft’s Rabbids drop into the Mushroom Kingdom unannounced.

Also available on: N/A

LEGO Worlds

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LEGO + Minecraft is an easy sell, but LEGO Worlds ended up being less than the sum of its parts. Still, LEGO gameplay is always kid-friendly and intuitive, and offers split-screen and online multiplayer. LEGO Worlds lets you earn gold bricks through quests and exploration as well as build your world brick-by-brick.

Also available on: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Super Mario Odyssey

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The moment we’ve all been waiting for: a new single player 3D Mario game. Super Mario Odyssey does not disappoint, with a wide array of beautiful worlds to explore, secrets to discover, puzzles to solve, and collectibles to collect. Super Mario Odyssey retains what makes Mario the king of gaming and also adds fun new elements, like turning Mario’s trademark cap into a sentient creature who can possess others, adding an entirely new dynamic to every encounter.

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Stardew Valley: Collector’s Edition

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Charming, pixelated farming sim Stardew Valley was my personal Game of the Year last year. The Collector’s Edition, which released this year, is mostly an excuse to buy a physical version, which includes a pull-out map, digital soundtrack, and a guide book. Cooperative multiplayer is slated to arrive sometime next year.

Also available on: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2

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The LEGO games have consistently remained one of the best go-to family-friendly series over the last decade. If you’ve played any of them, you’ve played them all. Marvel’s tone and characters mesh particularly well with LEGO’s silly storytelling and style. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 tells a tale of time-travel, meshing together multiple realms from the modern MCU, including Asgard, Sakaar, and Wakanda.

Also available on: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC

Older Kids

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Breath of the Wild was one of the most anticipated games of 2017. As a launch title for the Nintendo Switch it became an instant system seller, providing an enormous, detailed open world that let you tackle it however you wanted – including waltzing right up to the final area after the opening. It’s a hallmark of interlocking game designs that put as much freedom as possible in the hands of the player.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will go down as one of the all-time best games, Zelda or otherwise, and should absolutely be your first purchase on the Nintendo Switch.

Also available on: Wii U

Xenoblade Chronicles 2

One of the few games on this mega-list that’s not actually released quite yet, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is another big RPG coming to Switch, after the Wii’s Xenoblade Chronicles and Wii U’s Xenoblade Chronicles X. These games mostly stand on their own but feature giant open worlds and real-time combat, not unlike an MMO.

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Mature Teens & Parents

Doom

Doom

The hyper-violent first-person shooter wouldn’t seem like a good fit for a Nintendo system, but sometimes you just need to rip and tear your way through some demons. This Switch port of one of last year’s most satisfying remakes is mostly intact – minus the Snapmap editor, and you’ll need to download the multiplayer separately.

Also available on: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

 

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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It’s usually not exciting to see a 2011 game ported into a different console, but Skyrim is anything but usual. Being able to play one of the best RPGs of the modern era on the go certainly has its perks.

Also available on: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC