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American Ninja Warrior: Challenge - Launch trailer


Are you the next America Ninja Warrior? 

Begin your quest to achieve Total Victory with the action-packed obstacle course competition game, American Ninja Warrior Challenge! Do you have the strength and endurance to jump, swing, and sprint your way to hitting the buzzer at the end? Race against the clock with your friends and family while testing your skills in couch multi-player or take on the challenging career mode. Those who successfully complete the city courses move on to the finals will face a stunning four-stage course modeled after the famed Mt. Midoriyama in Japan. 

Google Chrome plans to support Nintendo Switch controllers


According to a recent report from the 2019 Game Developers Conference, various Nintendo Switch controllers will soon be compatible with Google Chrome via Bluetooth technology. Certain controllers, such as the Pro Controller, will also be able to be connected through a USB cable. 

According to a denofgeek article:

This implementation replaces the experimental Switch Pro support on Linux, which is removed in this CL," the Gerrit page clarifies. The whole point of this update is to "improve support for Nintendo Switch gamepads" on Chrome, although no timeline was given as to when these updates will take effect.

The Art of Super Mario Odyssey to be released in America this October


The Art of Super Mario Odyssey is a 368-page hardcover art book full of “concept art, preliminary sketches, and notes from the development team, plus insight into some early ideas that didn’t make it into the game itself.” The book has been previously released in Japan, and the publisher company, Dark Horse, now has plans to release it in North America. The book will be available on October 22 for $49.99. 

GameXplain visits Paris and interviews Splatoon 2 European Championship 2019 players


We got the opportunity to check out the Splatoon 2 European Championship 2018-2019 hosted in Paris! Splatoon fans from all over the world came together to share their love for this series and watch some of the best players battle against each other - and we had a chance to interview some of them!

Fortnite version 8.10 now available


BATTLE ROYALE - WHAT’S NEW?

The Baller
Keep the good times rolling! Combine your boost and grapple to perform unbelievable feats with the newest vehicle addition to Battle Royale!

Vending Machines
These convenient machines now dispense things free of charge but only provide one item/weapon before disappearing.


WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • Baller
    • This single seat vehicle is found at Expedition Outposts and around pirate camp loot stashes
    • Use the attached Grappler and Boost functionality to pull yourself up cliffs or swing through the trees
    • The driver is protected from damage, but The Baller is vulnerable to enemy weapon fire.
    • 300 Health
  • Infantry Rifle
    • Removed Common rarity
  • Heavy Assault Rifle
    • Adjusted rarity from Rare/Epic/Legendary to Common/Uncommon/Rare
    • Base damage scaling for Common/Uncommon/Rare 36/38/40
  • Clingers
    • Reduced max stack size from 10 to 6.
  • Vending Machines
    • Removed the material cost.
    • Each Vending Machine will be destroyed after claiming an item.
    • Common and Uncommon Vending Machines have been removed.
    • Removed Mounted Turret from Legendary Vending Machine
  • Reduced availability of Treasure Maps from floor loot .53% to .27%.
  • Reduced availability of Treasure Maps from chest loot 3.25% to 1.65%.


Bug Fixes

  • Fixed rocket smoke trails disappearing instantly on explosion.
  • Fixed an issue where the popping audio for Balloons would continue to play after using Balloons to get to max build height while using a vehicle.
  • Fixed an issue where Buried Treasure would not auto pickup when the Auto Pickup Weapons setting was enabled.
  • Fixed an issue where Buried Treasure chests could be placed on the Starting Island.
  • Fixed an issue where using an Impulse Grenade or a Shockwave Grenade while jumping on a Hoverboard causes the player to rapidly rotate.

GAMEPLAY

  • Battle Royale Crossplay Matchmaking
    • Combined Xbox One and PS4 pools.
      • This requires you to opt-in to cross-play.
      • Players opt-ing out are restricted to Creative Mode and Playgrounds.
    • Combined Mobile and Switch pools.
      • Before, Switch players were combined with Xbox One and PS4 cross-play parties.
      • We expect an on-average better per-game experience for both Mobile and Switch players.
    • Motivating factor is unlocking optimization potential allowing us to run more playlists during more hours of the day while supporting more data center locations. Please provide us with feedback on your experience!
  • Reduced infinite dab duration from 12 hours to 11 hours in the front end
  • Just kidding, Increased Infinite dab duration from 12 hours to 13 hours in the front end
  • Elimination credit is now awarded to the last damager in cases of logging out, self-elimination, and eliminations due to Storm damage. The current threshold timer is 5 seconds for Storm eliminations and 15 seconds for logouts and self-eliminations.
  • Added visual effects for the siphon on elimination.
  • Players can now build as soon as they impact anything after being launched by a Pirate Cannon
  • Players can dance while holding a balloon
  • Added Pirate Cannon’s audio visualizer HUD icon to be a cannon.
  • Players automatically enter the driver seat when entering an empty vehicle.
  • Added custom consume animations for the following items:
    • Bandages
    • Medkit
    • Small Shield Potion
    • Shield Potion
    • Slurp Juice
    • Chug Jug

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed Pirate Cannon collision that would block bullets for a passenger inside of the cannon
  • Fixed Pirate Cannon not being able to shoot when moving backwards
  • Fixed an issue where a player may lose functionality when shooting themselves out of a Pirate Cannon.
  • Fixed Pirate Cannon player impact explosion effects sometimes being delayed
  • Fixed an issue where Pirate Cannons flipped onto their side, sliding across the ground for too long
  • Fixed Pirate Cannons dealing damage to itself if fired in close quarters
  • Fixed an issue where players wouldn’t break through structures when fired from Pirate Cannons at close range
  • Traps are no longer triggered by vehicles that are empty or carrying only friendly players.
  • Fixed an issue in extreme camera flicking situations that would cause an incorrect first shot when firing weapons.
  • Fixed an issue with the Conga emote not respecting environmental surfaces like Lava
  • Fixed an issue where a player may briefly stop their skydiving animation unexpectedly
  • Fixed an issue allowing emote-cancelling during door open/close animations.
  • Fixed players holding Buried Treasure map upside down
  • Fixed an issue where pressing Build and Edit buttons in quick succession would enter edit mode on the blueprint piece instead of build the structure.
  • Driftboards no longer explode when exiting one near a Mounted Turret.
  • Fixed PS4 players being unable to adjust mouse sensitivity.

LIMITED TIME MODE:

Summary
Welcome to The Getaway! In this mode, players will race to find a Jewel and take it to a getaway van before everyone else to win the match!

Mode Details

  • Jewels can be found in special supply drop safes, located along the edge of the first storm circle. The safes take a long time to open, so make sure the area is clear before attempting to claim a Jewel!
  • Four Jewels will be in play on the map at all times. If a player escapes with a Jewel or one is lost in the Storm, a new Supply Drop will bring a replacement.
  • Four total getaway vans will be on the map, three that arrive early in the match and one more that shows up near the end.
  • The goal is to find or steal a Jewel and take it to one of the vans in order to secure a Victory Royale.
  • Once they arrive, Safe drops and getaway vans will be visible on the map at all times.
  • When a Jewel is picked up, it will be visible on the map to everyone for 30 seconds.
  • Carrying a Jewel will give players health & shields over time, but also slow them down by 10%.
  • Getaway vans float in mid-air, Jewel carriers must build up and then interact with them in order to complete a Getaway.
  • 10 red "Pursuit" supply drops land at the very beginning of the match. These carry a variety of longer-range weapons and other items, and are the only way to obtain the new Grappler in this mode.
  • Only Rare weapons or better will be found in this mode.
  • Rifts, Rift-to-Go and Launchpads have been removed to reduce mobility for healthier Getaway Van engagements.
  • Profile Stats (K/D & Wins) are tracked in this mode, but Umbrellas are not awarded for wins
  • The ATK has been temporarily brought back in this mode as it is the only 4 person ground vehicle.

EVENTS

  • Tournament Update: Gauntlet Solo Test Event & Gauntlet Duo Test Event
    • Added another extended session, which will run 24 hours a day and concludes on March 19th at 12 AM ET.
    • Matchmaking:
      • Matchmaking will no longer wait to create a match with closest scoring players available after 8 minutes, and will now require enough players with similar scores to start.
      • Adjusted matchmaking point expansion to increase likelihood for high scoring players to be matched against other high scoring players.
      • Note: Due to the playlist featuring matchmaking based on your score, the quality or availability of matches may differ at certain times of day.
  • Updated Scoring:
    • Solo
      • +2 Points will now be awarded after reaching 15th Place (previously 10th Place).
    • Duo
      • Increased Bus Fare from -2 Points to -3 Points.
        • This is a temporary solution for the Duo event granting too many points to players due to eliminations, causing an inflation of points over the course of the event.
      • +2 Points will now be awarded after reaching 7th Place (previously 5th Place).
  • New Tournament: Scallywag Duos Cup (March 16th & 17th) [$100,000 in Cash Prizes!]
    • As a test of our prize payment systems leading into the Fortnite World Cup, we’ll be holding a $100,000 Duos tournament on March 16th and 17th. The prize pool will be distributed across all server regions, with official rules and details released later this week.
    • Participation in this event requires players to be in the Top 3% (global) of either the Solo or Duo Gauntlet Test Event as of 12 AM ET on March 16th.
    • Format:
      • Round One: All Eligible Players
      • Round Two: Top 3000 Players from Round One

PERFORMANCE

  • Fixed some instances of packet loss that could occur with certain ISPs that are prone to re-ordering UDP network packets.
    • Find more context in the Reddit Post we made last week.
  • Improved file I/O performance for Xbox One. This reduces the occurrence of late streaming meshes.
  • Fixed a regression in hitches on Switch due to GPU timing
  • Improved performance on Switch by reducing the likelihood of particles triggering when the day changes phases
  • Optimized the Ship Cannon
  • Optimized UI elements for large team modes
  • Improved performance for the Quick Bar
  • Fixed hitches that occur on the Match Stats screen due to synchronously loading assets

AUDIO

  • Added new audio for Balloons while in-air.
  • Reduced volume of small prop destruction sounds (chairs, beds, fences, etc).
  • Removed reverb from pickaxe swings.
  • Removed outdoor ambient sounds when gliding.


Bug Fixes

  • The Glider deploy sound no longer plays twice when using Glider Redeploy.
  • Fixed Glider land/open sounds ducking the Victory Royale music.
  • Improved music volume when previewing Gliders with music while in the lobby.
  • Pirate Cannon movement sound no longer stops after sprinting for over 10 seconds.
  • Fixed looping Balloon pop sound after going through a Rift.

UI

  • Key Bindings - The keyboard bindings are now categorized to make finding actions you want to rebind a lot easier.
  • Marker System:
    • Added hover details for in-world markers, actions a player may take on a marker will appear in these details.  Marker details will appear when the reticule is placed over the marker.
    • You can now mark vehicles and found consumables such as apples.
    • Reworked display of Item markers to increase readability across all platforms.
    • Items will display as a large icon for a short time when first marked, and will reduce in size when a player aims near their location.
    • Markers are now sorted by distance.
    • Reduced screen size of squad waypoint markers to reduce view obstruction.
    • Minimap markers updated to match in-world markers.
    • On keyboards there is now a keybind option to specify a dedicated key for placing a danger marker.
    • Double-Clicking the ping button to place a danger marker, is no longer blocked by items on the ground.
    • You can now ping while riding in a vehicle reliably.
    • You can now Mark While Bush.
    • Please continue to let us know what improvements you would like to see for the marker system!
  • Squad nameplates and team arrows now become more transparent when aiming down sights.
  • Restored the ability to view all of your current Challenges while in a match.
  • Wrap things up in a hurry! You can now apply a wrap to all slots by choosing "Apply To All" when picking a wrap in the Locker.
  • Enabled camera control on some reward types when viewing Challenges
  • Challenge Info panel in the lobby now defaults to Party Assist while you are in a Party.


Bug Fixes

  • The Luxe bundle is now displayed in the Challenge Screen along with the Blackheart and Hybrid bundles.
  • Wraps are now previewed on the highest resolution version of the vehicle or weapon in the lobby.
  • Fixed an issue on consoles where you couldn’t select “Party Assist” for the last challenge in a bundle.
  • Fixed an issue where the next Stage of a Challenge was not automatically set to “Party Assist”.
  • Fixed an issue where the animation and sound effects would play twice when selecting Challenges on a controller.
  • Fixed an issue where scrolling with the mouse in the Challenge Screen would sometimes jump around unexpectedly.

REPLAY

  • Added bus paths to the minimap.

MOBILE

  • Introduced an Auto Fire tuning feature to allow adjustments per weapon. This was done previously for other weapons, but we’ve now added this for pistols.
  • Added occlusion to footsteps on Android.
  • Improve the quality of some sound effects on Mobile/Switch.


Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue with the shoot button getting stuck in a continuous fire loop or being unable to fire without being able to reset.
  • Fixed an issue that caused touch players to need a more specific crosshair location to interact with the Use button.
  • Fixed turbo build not starting when going from edit to build mode with the input held.
  • Fixed Left Trigger action getting stuck when using a Bluetooth controller
  • Fixed weapon stats on the inventory panel for mobile
  • Fixed autorun not fully sprinting if "Sprint by Default for Controller" is set to 'OFF' on mobile
  • Fixed build mode being exited if a build piece is selected before releasing the build/combat mode button
  • Fixed dragging an item off the hotbar triggering use actions on mobile.
  • Fixed Throwable items' trajectory line persisting when a player is driving different vehicles on Mobile

CREATIVE - WHAT’S NEW?
New Islands & Theme
Jump into two new exotic island locations! Build your best beach retreat with the new Wooden Lodge theme while enjoying a perfect, volcanic tropical view.
New Game Options
Offense or defense? We’ve added new game rule options that allow you to further customize team settings and setup advanced PvP games.

ISLANDS

  • New Islands
    • Sandbar Island
      • 105 tiles square in size
    • Volcano Island
      • 105 tiles square in size
  • Reduced the number of player islands on a server from 16 to 8.
    • Allows bigger islands
    • Improves server performance
    • Player loading after the first 8 players will not have access to their personal islands and instead have to start a new server. This will be fixed in a future update when the portal mechanic is updated.
  • Removed the blocking collision from islands to allow for the new larger islands.


Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where objects were missing after loading into an island, reloading and island, or finishing a game. Removed a delete record system that was causing many bugs.
  • Fixed an issue where islands were unable to be restored after resetting them.
  • Fixed a bug where island settings would not get applied to players joining islands.
  • Fixed an issue where some Prefabs and Devices were unable to be placed on certain areas of the default island.
  • Fixed an issue where players would occasionally lose functionality when loading into a Creative Island and quickly returning to the Hub.
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Players who prebook tickets for the movie Mewtwo Strikes Back EVOLUTION movie will receive Mewtwo in Pokemon Let's Go

According to the latest issue of CoroCoro, fans who pre-book tickets to the upcoming Mewtwo Strikes Back EVOLUTION movie in Japan before April 12th will receive a serial code that will grant them a Mewtwo in Pokemon Let's Go. The Mewtwo will have 10,000 CP. At the moment, this offer is only available in Japan. 

Nintendo Heads to PAX East with New Games and to Crown the Nintendo Switch Tournament Champions


Attend the Tournaments Live at the Show or Catch the Livestream Online

REDMOND, Wash., March 12, 2019 – Nintendo is headed to PAX East in Boston this year from March 28 to March 31 with a large assortment of games, events and activities for fans, headlined by the finals of the Splatoon 2 North America Inkling Open 2019 and the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate North America Open 2019.
 
The final events for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate North America Open 2019 and Splatoon 2 North America Inkling Open 2019 both take place on March 30 at the PAX Arena. Fans with a PAX East Saturday badge are free to attend on a first-come, first-served basis. Both tournaments have hosted online qualifiers throughout the past couple of months, all leading to these epic showdowns that promise to offer a showcase of smashes and splats. The tournaments will also be livestreamed at https://events.nintendo.com/, so anyone that can’t make it to PAX East will still be able to watch and cheer on their favorite competitors.
 
PAX East attendees who visit Nintendo’s booths will have the opportunity to get hands-on time with upcoming Nintendo Switch games like Yoshi's Crafted World, which launches on March 29 during PAX East weekend, DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS 2 from SQUARE ENIX, Mortal Kombat 11 from Warner Bros. Interactive and Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night from 505 Games, as well as a wide variety of anticipated indie games.
 
“PAX East will be really exciting this year. Not only will we have new games for fans to try, but it will also be the culmination of our Nintendo Switch tournaments across North America,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “From the thousands of competitors who began the journey, our finalists rose to the top and are ready to put the skills to the test for everyone in person and watching online.”
 
In addition to fun playable games, Nintendo’s booth will also feature a memorable photo opportunity inspired by Yoshi's Crafted World and mini-challenge competitions in the Yoshi's Crafted World
 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate games for the Nintendo Switch system. Fans that participate in these challenges can receive some fun branded prizes, while supplies last.
 
The list of playable Nintendo Switch games scheduled to appear in Nintendo’s booths include:

  • Booth 18055
    • Yoshi’s Crafted World
    • DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS 2 from SQUARE ENIX
    • A selection of anticipated indie games
  • Booth 20061
    • Mortal Kombat 11 from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
    • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night from 505 Games
    • Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice from Ninja Theory
    • Assassin's Creed III Remastered from Ubisoft

PAX East runs from March 28 to March 31 in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center at 415 Summer St., Boston, MA 02210. The two Nintendo Switch tournament finals will take place on March 30 in the convention center’s PAX Arena. For more information about PAX East, visit http://east.paxsite.com/.
 
Remember that Nintendo Switch features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about other features, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/.


Splatoon 2 Version 4.5.1 update incoming, fixes Clam Blitz bug

Splatoon 2 recently had a new game update with Version 4.5.0. However, with the update came a few issues pertaining to the game's Clam Blitz mode. The official Splatoon Twitter account has announced that the development team is aware of some of these issues, and they plan to release a new update that will correct these issues. An official release date for this update has yet to be confirmed.

Nintendo NY Mar10 Day photo gallery

Mario's feeling the love!

Photos of the MAR10 Day Event at Nintendo NY Store Are Available on Business Wire's Website.

Photo 1

In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, Nintendo fans gather at the Nintendo NY store in Rockefeller Plaza to celebrate Mario Day (MAR10) by personalizing their Nintendo Switch systems with various Mushroom Kingdom-themed decals by Controller Gear and a special MAR10 Day-themed skin.

Photo 2

In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, Luke T., 6, and Jack T., 3, celebrate Mario Day (MAR10) at the Nintendo NY store in Rockefeller Plaza by personalizing their Nintendo Switch system with a special MAR10 Day-themed skin made by Controller Gear.

Photo 3

In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, Lucia M., 11, and Adrian M., 8, celebrate Mario Day (MAR10) at the Nintendo NY store in Rockefeller Plaza with everyone’s favorite video game hero, Mario.

Photo 4

In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, Avery D., 7, and Quinn D., 4, celebrate Mario Day (MAR10) during a special event at the Nintendo NY store in Rockefeller Plaza with Mushroom Kingdom-themed activities and decals for personalizing their Nintendo Switch system.