Nintendo Switch Presentation Recap

January 12 has finally arrived and the Nintendo Switch presentation finally happened. While many details were discussed much was still left out. Most importantly, the system will retail for $299.99 on March 3rd and Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be a launch title. The system will have a free online trial until fall of 2017 for their online services and then it will have a paid subscription that some games would need. How much will people be paying for said service was not discussed. Also the joycons have an improved motion sensing technology in them.

As far as new games, there will be Super Mario Odyssey, a new Fire Emblem game, a new boxing game called Arms, Splatoon 2 and Xenoblade 2 most prominently. However, these titles’ release dates range from release date to fall 2017.

For more information on the switch Nintendo has updated their switch page.

The Nintendo Switch is revealed!

Nintendo just revealed the NX which is officially named the Nintendo Switch. It is a handheld console hybrid which goes back to cartridges format for games. You can use it on your tv while it is on a stand which connects it to the wall and tv. Or you can take the main unit out of the stand and add two controller sides to it making it look like a Wii U gamepad that youcan actually take out with you wherever you go. The controller sides have a base that you can put them on when you’re using it like a console, making it a regular controller. A more traditional controller was also shown in the video. It has the Xbox layout for the joysticks and and handles on the sides kind of like the PS4 controller.

Amazingly enough, no touch screen abilities were shown in the video which makes us here at respawn area wonder if the games shown simply did not support it or if it has been taken out completely. Here’s the video:

Iwata Dies at 55

Today Kotaku reported the news that Nintendo of Japan’s CEO has passed away. While many were reluctant to believe the news , thinking it was some sort of click bait link when posted in social networks the news is indeed true. The death was “due to a bile duct growth.” He was forced to skip E3 2014 due to this and underwent surgery shortly afterwards. Iwata became CEO of Nintendo in June 2013, he was approved by Hiroshi Yamauchi for the position of director in June 2000 and was in charged of the company for most of the GameCube era, all of the Wii era and up to the Wii U.  He also helped create Earthbound and the Smash Brothers games.

He was quite a unique individual and will be missed. Rest in peace, Mr. Iwata.

Wii games on the Wii U and a Majora’s Mask limited edition New 3DS.

Today’s Nintendo Direct had some pretty interesting bits of information. Now you can buy Nintendo Wii games through the eshop and play them on your Wii U. The games will have a 50% discount for the first week they’re available.

The New 3DS will not have a charging cable included in the box but it uses the same charger as the regular 3DS.  Also, there will be a limited edition Majora’s Mask 3DS on February 13 along with the game. The game won’t be included with the limited edition 3DS unlike the last Zelda themed 3DS which came with Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds.

Here’s a link to the Nintendo Direct in Nintendo’s channel if you want to know more.

Bayonetta 2 demo on the eShop

The Bayonetta 2 demo has been in the eShop for some time now. I just got to play it and all of the positive feedback the game has received is well justified. The controllers are incredibly spot on and if you mess up, it’s most likely your own fault. The graphics show that it was originally a seventh generation title. For example, Jeanne’s hair shows some clear polygons but the game has an overall artistic style that makes it look good overall. The game will be releasing in October 24th on the Wii U.


Nintendo Wii U Update 5.0.0 is out.

Nintendo recently updated the Wii U OS with version 5.0.0. Here is a list of new features according to the Nintendo support page.


Version 5.0.0 U, available via an Internet connection, includes the following improvements:

New Features:

  • A Quick Start Menu is now displayed when users press the GamePad POWER Button or HOME Button to power on the Wii U
    • Users can start recently played or newly installed software directly from the Quick Start Menu *1
  • Wii U GamePad Alerts (special notifications from Nintendo) can be displayed on the GamePad when the Wii U is powered down
    • Users will be notified with an audio ringtone when a new GamePad Alert is displayed
    • GamePad Alerts that have been received can also be viewed through the Quick Start Menu*2

Changes to Standby Functions:

  • System updates will now automatically install after download when the Wii U is in Standby

Changes to the Wii U Menu:

  • The User Settings screen now displays when users select their User Mii from the Wii U Menu
  • The design and layout of the Users Settings screen has been updated
    • This includes the ability to switch the active user from the User Settings screen

Changes to System Settings:

  • Quick Start Menu options have been added to Power Settings
    • Wii U GamePad Alert options are located within the Quick Start Menu options

Changes to the HOME Menu

  • A Notification icon is now available on the HOME Menu, allowing users to launch the Notifications feature from the HOME Menu

Improvements to system stability and usability:

  • Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience

(*1) The Quick Start Menu is only displayed when the Wii U GamePad POWER or HOME Buttons are pressed. Other controllers, such as the Wii Remote Plus and Wii U Pro Controller, will continue to power on the Wii U

(*2) Wii U GamePad Alerts are different from the notifications received via the Wii U Notifications feature. Wii U GamePad Alerts settings can be changed via Power Settings located in System Settings.