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S-Charge 10,000 mAh Portable Power for Nintendo Switch Review



The Nintendo Switch is unique among the current generation of gaming devices, morphing between a console and a handheld. It’s a novel idea implemented well and a key factor in my choice to buy one for Christmas last year. For gaming on the go, the internal battery lasts a couple of hours which is usually enough for a commute, but for long journeys the Switch will need a recharge and this is where InDemand Design’s S-Charge comes in. Let’s take a look.

The S-Charge is a 10,000 mAh battery case for the Nintendo Switch that combines extra power with card storage and a multi-angle kick-stand. Originally, an Indiegogo project, the S-Charge is now available direct either from S-Charge or from Amazon for GB£65. This price includes the S-Charge itself, a carry case that takes a Switch with the S-Charge attached, a 45cm USB A to C cable and a screen protector.

The Switch slots into the S-Charge much like it slots into the standard TV dock, connecting into the lower USB C port. The Switch is retained in the S-Charge by a top hinge which rotates round and clicks into place, holding the the Switch securely while still giving access to the buttons and vents along the top edge of the console. The card slot’s not realistically available but it’s not much effort to flip the top up and switch the game card over.

Once connected up, pressing a small button on the left side powers up the S-Charge and there are four small white LEDs which show the battery level. Next to the button is a standard USB A port for charging other devices, such as phones or Bluetooth earbuds. Finally, there’s a USB C port for recharging the S-Charge via the supplied cable.

The long and adjustable kickstand on the S-Charge addresses one of the Switch’s other weak points, namely the flimsy, offset and single position built-in stand. The one on the S-Charge runs the full length of the unit and will click into about five different angles to get the Switch just right. Underneath the kickstand is space for two game cartridges.

Using the Switch with the S-Charge attached in handheld mode takes a little getting used for two reasons. One, the S-Charge weighs 325g and two, where do you put your fingers? A Switch with joycons attached tips the scales at 400g, so once the S-Charge is added, it’s 725g all in, which is hefty enough to hold. Depending on hand-size, fingers can either curl behind the joycons or lie along the the back of the S-Charge, but it’ll take a little getting used to. Obviously, neither of these are an issue if primarily using the Switch in tabletop mode.

The carbon fibre effect carry case is good too. It’ll take a Switch with both the S-Charge and joycons attached and there’s space for an extra six game cartridges. In the lid, there’s a zipped pocket to keep the charging cable and any other extras, like a screen cleaning cloth. The only thing I’d say about the case is that the zipped pocket has a metal pull on the zip itself. For the sake of the left hand joycon, I would have preferred a plastic one or at least a rubber coating.

The battery in the S-Charge is a beefy 10,000 mAh – that’s over twice the capacity of the Switch which Nintendo says is 4,310 mAh. How much extra gameplay depends entirely on the games being played with Zelda burning through the standard battery in less than three hours. Starting with the Switch and S-Charge at full capacity, Breath of the Wild play time could be extended to ten hours.

I used the S-Charge extensively over a couple of weeks and while I never managed to fit in a whole day of non-stop portable gaming, my experience was very much in-line with expectations. Taking the console round to another family’s home over Christmas, there was some serious Mario Kart for a couple of hours with only the loss of one white LED.

The S-Charge isn’t a pocket money purchase at GB£65, but you do get a multi-functional unit with a carry case and overall I think it’s a very good solution. Not only does it extend gaming-on-the-go to at least ten hours, the stand is much better, there’s cartridge storage and the S-Charge can recharge other devices too. It’s the perfect travelling companion for the Nintendo Switch.

There’s more on my YouTube video.

Thanks to InDemand Design for providing the S-Charge for review.


The World Ends With You: Final Remix Release Date Revealed



Nintendo revealed that The World Ends with You: Final Remix is coming to Nintendo Switch on October 12, 2018. The game was developed by Square Enix and is is a role-playing game. The number of players has not yet been determined.

Complete the mission…or face erasure.

That’s all Neku knows after regaining consciousness in the middle of a busy intersection without his memories. Now he and his partner must fight to survive a life-or-death game in this twisted tale with more turns than the urban labyrinth of Tokyo they’re trapped in. This definitive version of Square Enix’s RPG classic brings the dark story to life on the Nintendo Switch system along with a new scenario and some killer, new remixed music.

The Nintendo America website says that Neku needs to learn how to work together with a partner to complete the Reapers’ Game. They only have seven days to do it. Right now, it’s unclear if The World Ends with You: Final Remix is going to be a one-player game (where Neku pairs with an non-player character) or if the game will be two-player. The Nintendo website also says: “Take control of real-time, action-fueled RPG battles using touch controls or Joy-Con controllers.”

Other details include:

  • Fight to survive the week-long “Reaper’s Game” playing out on the twisted streets of Shibuya, Tokyo
  • Delve into Square Enix’s remastered RPG classic
  • The Nintendo Switch exclusive new scenario makes this the definitive experience
  • Collect an array of mysterious, stylish pins with powerful psychic abilities, then point the way to victory in real-time, action-fueled RPG battles
  • New remixed music tracks, new enemies, and hours of additional content – all exclusive to The World Ends With You: Final Remix
  • Distinctive modern art from a team of artists led by producer Tetsuya Nomura, best known for his work on the Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy game series.
  • The expansive soundtrack boasts a wide array of genres, including everything from rock to hip-hop to electronica

Nintendo Announced Super Smash Bros. Ultimate at E3



Nintendo announced a new Super Smash Bros. game with new fighters, stages, and more at E3 2018. It will be released on December 7, 2018.

Legendary game worlds and fighters collide in the ultimate showdown – a new entry in the Super Smash Bros. series for the Nintendo Switch system! New fighters, like Inkling from the Splatoon series and Ridley from the Metroid series, make their Super Smash Bros. series debut alongside every Super Smash Bros. fighter in the series…EVER! Faster combat, new items, new attacks, new defensive options, and more will keep the battle raging whether you’re at home or on the go.


Features include:

  • A new game in the Super Smash Bros. series
  • New fighters, new stages, and every fighter ever featured in the series…EVER!
  • Inkling from the Splatoon series joins the roster
  • Ridley from the Metroid series also joins the fight
  • Returning fighters include Wolf, Ice Climbers, Pokémon Trainer and more
  • Elevate the Super Smash Bros. experience to new heights with faster combat, new attacks, new items, and new defensive positions
  • Hold a 4-player-free-for-all, or kick it up to 8-player battles. (Additional accessories may be required for multiplayer mode. Game, system, amiibo and some accessories sold separately.)
  • All current Super Smash Bros. series amiibo figures are supported.

The retail edition of Super Smash Bros.Ultimate can be preordered now. Players in the United States can purchase it from GameStop, Best Buy, Amazon, Walmart or Target. Each one has priced it at $59.99. Canadian players can preorder the game from Walmart for $79.96. The digital edition of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is “coming soon”.


Nintendo is Ending Miitomo



Nintendo announced that Miitomo will no longer be available as of May 9, 2018. Nintendo is preparing some special events that will take place between now and the end date.

There is now a Daily Login Bonus. Users can log into Miitomo to receive daily bonuses until the very end. Those items include: Miitomo coins x 2,000 and Game Tickets x 5. It is no longer possible to purchase Miitomo coins.

The final Miifoto Event has begun. The final theme is Miitomo memories. To participate, create a Miifoto that best reflects your favorite Miitomo memory and post it to Twitter. Each user can make as many posts for this event as they want to. Nintendo will select 10-20 Miifotos on or about April 27, 2018, to post on the official Miitomo website.

After Nintendo ends service of the Miitomo app, those who launch it will see a message informing them that the service has ended. It will no longer be possible to use any of the apps features. Users will not be able to see their answers or messages in the app, and they will no longer be able to use items they obtained in the app (like clothing items, wallpapers or posters).

You can transfer your Mii character to your Nintendo Account by linking it to Miimoto. Nintendo points out that the character’s personality and other information will not be carried over.

Sidekick Mii characters will be deleted. If you want to keep your Sidekick Mii characters, you can save them as a QR Code before the end of service. They can then be transferred to Mii Maker on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems or the Wii console.

After the Miitomo service ends, users will not be able to view Miifotos, including the Miifotos they have shared to their social media channels. If you want to save your Miifotos, you must save them to your smart device before the end of service.


Nintendo Reveals Games for Nintendo Switch



Nintendo revealed a list of games that are coming out for Nintendo Switch. The games were revealed in a video that was posted on Nintendo Direct (which has more details).

ARMS is a fighting game where players equip two customizable ARMS per fighter. The ARMS range from standard gloved ARMS to curved weapons like boomerangs. Each ARM has a special attribute like fire, ice, or electricity that activates when delivering a punch. The game can be played as 1-v-1 matches or 2-v-2 matches. A new character, the super-fast, ramen-armed Min Min has been revealed. This character is exclusive to Nintendo Switch.

Splatoon 2: Salmon Run has a new four-player co-op mode. Players can team up to battle the new Salmonid species. When players fail in co-op mode, their teammates can revive them by inking them on the battlefield. Splattoon 2 launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch on July 21, 2017. There are three new amiibo figures for the game – a new Inkling Girl, Inkling Boy, and Inkling Squid – which will all launch on the same day and grant special limited gear in game.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will launch on April 28, 2017. It will include more characters, karts, and tracks unlocked from the start than any other game in Mario Kart history. Traditional racing and redesigned battle modes can be played in Local Wireless mode with up to 8 players and Online or LAN mode with up to 12 players. Nintendo will be hosting two Mario Kart 8 Deluxe online tournaments in game.

Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers launches for Nintendo Switch on May 26, 2017. It includes all the classic characters and two new fighters: Evil Ryu and Violent Ken. A “Way of the Hado” mode lets players throw HADOKENS with first-person motion controls.

Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition will launch in the Nintendo eShop on May 11, 2017 (and stores on a later date). It includes the Super Mario Mash-Up pack along with new multiplayer play and control options.

These are just a few of the games coming to Nintendo Switch. In addition, Nintendo announced some new games coming to Nintendo 3Ds and some new amibos. The Nintendo Switch Standalone Dock will be available for purchase starting on May 19, 2017.


Super Mario Run is Coming to iOS Devices



super-mario-run-for-iosNintendo has announced that Super Mario Run is coming to iPhone and iPad. It is the first Mario game to be released on iOS. The game will be free to download, and is scheduled for release in December of 2016.

Super Mario Run is being described as “a new kind of Mario game that you can play with one hand.” Hold your iPhone or iPad in one hand, and tap the screen with your other hand. In short, they are making it clear that you won’t need a controller to play this Mario game.

In this game, Mario constantly moves forward through the courses while you use a variety of jumps to navigate. Mario will behave differently depending on the timing of your taps, so it’s up to you to show off particularly smooth moves, gather coins, and reach the goal.

Nintendo says the game has three different modes. The first mode is a challenge course for players to complete while gathering coins. The second mode lets players challenge the play data of other players to show who “can beat a course with the most style to impress Toads into joining you.” The third mode lets players create their own Mushroom Kingdom, using the coins and Toads collected in the first to game modes.

The is no information about when, or if, Super Mario Run will be released for Android. Based on the comments I’ve seen on Twitter, there are some people who are really upset about that.

Super Mario Run is free to download, and some content will be available for free. Additional content will be available for purchase.


Full Archive of Nintendo Power Magazine Now Available



Nintendo Power pages JPGCoverage of the gaming industry is virtually inexhaustible at this point. Pick any console, platform, franchise, or game title, and you’re likely to find a plethora of blogs, vlogs, and podcasts catering to that subject. But back in the days when the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) reigned supreme over the gaming world, news about the console and its attendant game titles wasn’t so easy to find. As a video-game obsessed kid, I remember the wait in between new editions of Nintendo Power magazine (and its predecessor, Nintendo Fun Club News) felt like a lifetime, despite the publication’s bi-monthly print schedule.

In its day, Nintendo Power magazine was required reading for anyone who took their gaming exploits seriously. Each issue came packed with news on the latest games and gaming accessories, as well as helpful things like gameplay maps and cheat codes. Just in time for the upcoming release of the NES Classic Edition (was this planned or just pure coincidence?), the entire run of Nintendo Power magazine has been digitized and archived online.

I took a quick flip thru the first issue, which features write-ups on NES classics Super Mario Bros. 2 and Double Dragon. The digital magazine even contains a reader survey that was filled out by the magazine’s original owner but never clipped and sent. There’s also a short piece on the latest Pee-Wee Herman film, as well as a celebrity player profile section devoted to Candace and Kirk Cameron.

Get your own Nintendo Power nostalgia fix at Internet Archive, where the magazines can be flipped thru in all their original glory.