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IMGA gives Pokemon Go their 'Grand Prix' award

The International Mobile Gaming Awards have come out with their 13th installment, revealing that Pokemon GO has taken home the big prize. Pokemon GO was given their 'Grand Prix' award, which is the highest honor a game can receive from IMGA. Altogether, there was a pool of 159 nominees that a winner could have been chosen from.

Nintendo shares pre-recorded message at Epic Games' GDC panel on Unreal Engine 4

The following comes from Reggie Fils-Aime...

We at Nintendo are generally thrilled to partner with Epic Games in bringing Unreal Engine 4 support to the Switch. This has been the result of a joint commitment to give game developers a proven path for producing high quality games using the trusted tools and work-flows already familiar to Unreal developers.

Quality matters to both Nintendo and Epic. It shows in the games we make, the platforms we foster and the development tools we construct. Unreal is enabling a whole new group of developers to create games for Switch. High-quality games that take advantage of the hardware's unique ability to bring home console play with you wherever you go.

This partnership has built a developer pipeline that is already enabling a number of development teams to deploy Unreal Engine projects that are set to arrive on Switch. Announced games built on Unreal include the new installment in the Shin Megami Tensei series from Atlus, Snake Pass from Sumo Digital, and Redout, the retro-styled racing game from Nicalis and 34 Big Things.

What about unannounced games? Well, the developers themselves will speak up when the time is right. From our perspective, we can't wait. If you're interested in bringing content to the platform, we want to hear from you. We're ready to give approved Switch developers the support they need.

Thanks, and happy gaming.

Pokemon news - Prepare for Battle in France and Spain

Two big European Pokémon TCG and video game Championship Series competitions are on the way! Players can compete in Lyon, France, in April and in Madrid, Spain, in June for major Championship Points, trophies, Pokémon TCG booster packs, and more at exciting Pokémon Special Events. For the first time this tournament season, players in France and Spain will be able to take a major step towards securing an invitation to the 2017 Pokémon World Championships on their own home turf—and players from anywhere in the world are welcome to join the international fun.

The Lyon Special takes place in Cité Centre de Congrès de Lyon on April 22–23, and the Madrid Special will be in the Casa de Campo on June 24–25. The Pokémon TCG competitions will use the Standard format, while VG players will battle using the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon games. There is no entry fee to register and battle in the main events in Lyon and Madrid.

At both events, VG and TCG players will play Swiss rounds on the first day, with the best players advancing to day two. The second day will also feature a variety of exciting side events open to all attendees who want to keep playing with their favorite teams and decks.

Good luck battling at the upcoming Pokémon TCG and video game Special Events in France and Spain!

SteelSeries Arctis 3 Headset Perfect for Nintendo Switch

CHICAGO – March 1, 2017 – SteelSeries, the fastest growing major PC gaming headset brand in the US*, announces compatibility between the Arctis 3 gaming headset and the highly-anticipated gaming console, the Nintendo SwitchTM. Using the Switch’s headphone jack, the Arctis 3 headset brings the same high-quality audio performance gamers have come to expect from the Arctis line with a style anyone would be comfortable wearing while playing on-the-go.

“Arctis 3 is the best headset for everywhere you game, which makes it perfectly suited for the Nintendo Switch” said Ehtisham Rabbani, SteelSeries CEO. “We designed Arctis 3 with the industry’s best audio drivers, our exclusive athletics-inspired ski goggle suspension headband and AirWeave ear cushions, for performance and comfort at an accessible price for gaming on all-platforms.”

With the Arctis 3, SteelSeries shattered preconceived notions of what a gaming headset should sound, feel and look like. Arctis represents design-forward thinking and the best audio choice for all-platform gaming. In addition to compatibility with the Nintendo Switch, the analog wired headset is fully compatible with PC, Mac, Xbox, PlayStation, VR and mobile devices.

The Arctis 3 gaming headset is now available at Best Buy, Amazon and SteelSeries.com for $79.99. For more details about the Arctis or SteelSeries’ entire selection of gaming peripherals, visit http://steelseri.es/arctis.