Are you missing your Piranha Plant code for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch? Maybe you have the code, but the wily plant hasn’t shown up in your game? You’re not alone. Trust Nintendo to make getting a DLC character needlessly confusing.
It’s all in the support page. If you purchased a digital copy of Smash before today, you should’ve already gotten a code emailed to you. If you purchased a physical copy, you needed to have registered the game with MyNintendo to get a code. Those messages are going out in batches. But some folks haven’t gotten a code, or they’ve entered their code, and the DLC still hasn’t shown up. It’s all a bit of a mess in the support forums as Smash fans clamour for their free character.
The next scheduled DLC character for Smash Ultimate is Joker from Persona 5, but he costs $5, and hopefully there will be less confusion around his release.
Have you lost a Joy-Con to the inky depths of the couch cushions? Left one in the bathroom, perched on the magazine stand? Maybe you just want to slip one into a friend’s backpack and remotely cause it to buzz like an errant sex toy? The latest system update for the Nintendo Switch has something to help you find misplaced controllers. Buried in the patch notes is this cool feature: “Find paired controllers within communication range by activating the vibration feature.” From the home menu, go to Controllers then select Find Controllers. As long as you have the Joy-Con’s vibrate setting on and it has sufficient battery power, the little guy will fire right up. Sounds like it’s time to start hiding Joy-Cons around the house!
Ever since the Nintendo Switch was announced, one of the big questions people had was how chat would work on the new console? Nintendo’s answer has been a bit vague and disappointing. Essentially, the company told everyone to wait for the launch of a separate phone app in late 2017. Did this mean voice chat wouldn’t be handled natively on the console? Thanks to peripheral manufacturer Hori, we now know how this will look, at least on early solutions. It’s not pretty. The upcoming Hori Switch Splatoon 2 headset plugs into the Switch portable unit and your phone at the same time via a cable splitter. It’s a mess of cables and plugs, but at least the splitter is being manufactured to look like a stylized squid. You can have your in-game Splatoon 2 character wear a set of the same headphones, so there’s that.
The game cartridges for the Nintendo Switch taste terrible. “Of course they don’t taste good,” you say. “They’re not meant to be eaten.” It’s more than the normal plastic flavor. There is an acrid bitterness to the little cartridges that was first reported by Jeff Gerstmann of Giant Bomb when he jokingly put one in his mouth. Soon after, other people were trying the cartridge taste test and reporting similarly bitter results. Is it purposeful? Does the awful flavor have a reason? Nintendo has confirmed with Kotaku that they did indeed manufacture the cartridges to have a repulsive flavor.
“To avoid the possibility of accidental ingestion, keep the game card away from young children. A bittering agent (Denatonium Benzoate) has also been applied to the game card. This bittering agent is non-toxic.”
Denatonium benzoate is the most bitter compound known to humanity. If you say Nintendo Switch games make you gag, you won’t be exaggerating.
The latest marketing stunt from Nintendo begins with this cryptic bit accompanied by the image above:
Imagine driving in the middle of the desert and seeing a couch, TV and video game system in the middle of nowhere, or skiing down the side of a mountain and seeing another one of these surprising setups sitting there in the snow, ready for a round of gaming.
Imagine instead that you are placed into a glass box that’s been furnished in the latest dentist’s waiting room style, pitted against WWE wrestler and actor John Cena, and made to un-cork imaginary champagne bottles or milk virtual cows with 1-2-Switch. Such will be the fate of those that attend the Nintendo Switch promotion at the Blue Cloud Movie Ranch on February 23rd. Thankfully, only those that answer their special invitations will be doomed to being locked into a Portal testing chamber with John Cena and a Nintendo PR liaison, but there will be two more demo events available. Aspen, Colorado on the 27th and New York City on March 3rd will host similar events, sans John Cena.
What unique games will the Nintendo Switch have available on its March 3rd launch? There’s Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but it’s still a cross-platform game that will also be available for the Wii U. The same goes with Just Dance 2017. Arms, the spring-fisted fighting game is slated for “Spring 2017” so it will likely miss launch day. Super Mario Odyssey isn’t coming out until the holiday season. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is slated for April 28th, and it’s a remake of the last Mario Kart anyway. No, the two completely Switch-only games confirmed to be available on March 3rd are Super Bomberman R and 1-2-Switch. Bomberman is Bomberman, but 1-2-Switch is something else entirely.
Remember Wii Sports and how everyone immediately grasped the concept of waggling a controller for bowling or boxing? Nintendo sure hopes you do, because they want you to have the same thought process for 1-2-Switch. Using the Switch’s Joy-Con controllers as pretend cow teats, pistol grips, tennis racket handles, and a bevy of similar phallic objects, players square off in minigame waggle contests the likes of which haven’t been seen since Lando Calrissian and Han Solo shimmied their hips in an epic dance battle. It’s Wii Sports again, but instead of being a pack-in to demonstrate the fun and versatility of the hardware, Nintendo wants $50 retail for the experience. Doubtless there will be buyers if only to have something other than the new Zelda game to play, but is this really the push for the Switch?
Hey, Nintendo fans! It looks like you’ll finally be able to play The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on a Nintendo console soon. The Nintendo Switch, (formerly known by its work-in-progress designation “NX”) is a hybrid console that can be configured on the fly as a mobile game system, a home TV console, and weird tablet thing with detachable controllers. It’s probably easier if you just go watch the announcement video to see it in action.
The Switch is a progression of the Wii U console design, blending the traditional console experience with the newer generation’s mobile focus. The odd little controller bits, called “Joy-Con” by Nintendo, are the key to the strategy. They can be used as independent controllers, they can be configured to act cooperatively as one controller, and they can be used in conjunction with the tablet section to create a Wii U-esque gamepad. If that’s not your thing, a more familiar Pro Controller will be available as an option.
The Nintendo Switch will be available worldwide March 2017.