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Nintendo President Hints Switch Online Could Move Beyond NES Classics

Nintendo might answer our retro gaming prayers by bringing games from SNES, Nintendo 64 and GameCube to its $20-a-year Switch Online subscription service. Company president Shuntaro Furukawa apparently told shareholders at its 79th annual general meeting on Thursday that it's looking into it.

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"At this place, we cannot tell new information about future classic hardware among others, but we are thinking about providing an extension of the online service which is currently providing Famicom [NES] software, as well as other methods of providing them," he said, according to a translation by Japanese Nintendo.

"We also recognize that there are opinions wanting to play past titles... Read more here.

Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled Nintendo Switch Review

Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled was released for the Nintendo Switch on June 21, 2019. The game has gotten many positive reviews. It is considered one of the best games in the Crash Bandicoot franchise.

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Check out this review below:


Which Nintendo Consoles are Region-Locked?

Some of the Nintendo consoles released are region-locked meaning you can only play specific games on a console in Japan versus a console in the United States. Here is a list of all the consoles and whether or not they are region-locked.

Nintendo Entertainment System
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(nesvsfamiom)

Region-locked: Yes
Regions:
NTSC (North America)
PAL-A (United Kingdom, Australia, and Italy)
PAL-B (other European countries)

Can it be hacked?: No

Super Nintendo Entertainment System

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Region-locked: Yes
Regions:
NTSC (North America)
PAL-A (United Kingdom, Australia, and Italy)
PAL-B (other European countries)

Can it be hacked?: Region-locks could be bypassed using special unlicensed cartridge adapters such as Game Genie.

Nintendo 64

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(assemblergames)

Region-locked: Yes

Regions:
NTSC-U (North America, South America, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia)
PAL (Europe and Oceania)
NTSC-J (Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan)
NTSC-K (South Korea)


Gameboy

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(turbosquid)

Region-locked: No

Gameboy Color

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(polygon)

Region-locked: No

Gameboy Advanced
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(etsy)

Region-locked: No

Gameboy Advanced SP
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(willem)

Region-locked: No


Nintendo Gamecube

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(neogaf)

Region-locked: Yes

Regions:
NTSC-U (North America, South America, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia)
PAL (Europe and Oceania)
NTSC-J (Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan)
NTSC-K (South Korea)

Can it be hacked?: The Gamecube's regional lockout can be bypassed either by console modification or simply by third-party software. Datel's FreeLoader or Action Replay discs are most notable.

Nintendo Wii

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Region-locked: Yes

Regions:
NTSC-U (North America, South America, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia)
PAL (Europe and Oceania)
NTSC-J (Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan)
NTSC-K (South Korea)

Can it be hacked?: The Wii's regional lockout can be bypassed either by console modification (also through BIOS hacking) or simply by third-party software. Datel's FreeLoader or Action Replay discs are most notable.

Nintendo Wii U

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Region-locked: Yes

Regions:
NTSC-U (North America, South America, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia)
PAL (Europe and Oceania)
NTSC-J (Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan)
NTSC-K (South Korea)

Can it be hacked?: Yes, you can add the Homebrew hack to your Wii U.

Nintendo DSi and 3DS

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(geek)

Region-locked: Yes

Regions:
NTSC-U (North America, South America, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia)
PAL (Europe and Oceania)
NTSC-J (Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan)
NTSC-K (South Korea)

Can it be hacked?: Yes



Nintendo Switch
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Cheapest Places to Buy Vintage and Newer Pokemon Cards and Packs

If you have just started to collect Pokemon cards or have been collecting for years, you probably know the cards can be pricey.  You can open countless packs to get the cards you need, but each pack costs about $4 for 10 cards. Most vintage packs online are usually weighed meaning the seller has kept the packs that are heavy because those packs usually contain holos.

Local Stores
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(alscardshop)

The best place to buy single Pokmeon cards to complete your collection is your local card shops. You can search on google for "Trading Card Shops Near Me." There are a few shops near me that sell individual commons and uncommons for 10 for $1 and individual holos and rares for 3 for $1. Some of the older or more expensive cards may be fifty cents to a few dollars. At least you do not have to pay for shipping and you get the card immediately.

Troll and Toad
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Troll and Toad claims to not weigh their packs. The vintage booster packs are fairly priced and they usually have a large selection. The individual cards they have are also fairly cheap, and they usually run promos where indvidual card ship for free.


CCG Castle

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CCG Castle is almost the same as Troll and Toad. They have very similar prices and about the same selection. I am not sure if they weigh their vintage packs.

TCG Player

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TCG Player is a website that vendors can list their pokemon cards and sealed products. Most packs are probably weighed. The prices for individual cards are probably the lowest you will find online. The cards are ranked by the condition. If you are searching for only near mint cards, you can filter by that.

eBay
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eBay is a great place to buy bulk lots of cards, but I do not recommend buying individual cards or vintage booster packs from there. The individual cards are usually shipped in a standard envelope with no padding or sleeves on the cards. The vintage pages are usually weighed.  You can get bulk card lots and bulk newer booster packs cheap.

Always do your research before you buy Pokemon individual cards or booster packs.


Nintendo News: Good news for Switch fans after Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 update

There could be a lot of new Nintendo Switch gamers joining the community in 2019 if Nintendo decides to launch more versions of their hit console.

The latest Nintendo news for Switch gamers
There have already been a lot of reports connecting Nintendo to a new range of Switch devices.

No new hardware was revealed during E3 2019; however, the company did surprise fans with the Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 announcement... Read more here

Dragon Quest Builders for Nintendo Switch

As an avid fan of Minecraft and Stardew Valley, I picked up Dragon Quest Builders for the Nintendo Switch at the recommendation of friends.

With a storyline as deep as Stardew’s and a sandbox world as vast as Minecraft’s, Dragon Quest Builders combines the best elements of both games. The Switch features attractive graphics, dynamic gameplay, and controls that are simple to master.


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Essentially, Dragon Quest Builders tasks the player with rebuilding a lost world, starting with a tiny base crafted from just a few basic elements. One of the game’s main objectives is to collect new items and learn how to combine them for maximum results. This allows the player to build up the base, which, in turn, attracts new characters to inhabit the town. From there, the characters present new storylines, helping to find portals to new islands to find even more potential residents.

The player encounters new monsters while traveling and exploring new islands, especially at night. There are also random attacks on the player’s base, which usually results in large battles. The action is difficult enough to be exciting, but not so frequent that exploring becomes irritating. It’s easy to lose a few fights and die a few times, but you won’t lose much of your game’s progress as a result.

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Dragon Quest Builders was released for the Nintendo Switch in 2018 and currently sells for $49.99 on Nintendo’s website, though a free demo is also available. If the game piques your interest, but you don’t feel ready to commit to buying it just yet, maybe check back this summer. Dragon Quest Builders 2 will release for the Nintendo Switch on July 12 of this year. Perhaps we might see the price of the original Builders drop around then.


The Best Nintendo Switch Games That Use Amiibos


Some Nintendo Switch games allow you to use your amiibos to unlock special items. Here are the best games for the Nintendo Switch that use amiibos.

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
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(rpgsite)

Tap compatible Legend of Zelda character amiibo figures (sold separately) once daily for the chance to gain gear inspired by the series. Take down enemies with the Master Sword, protect yourself with the Hylian shield, and feel heroic in the Champion's Tunic! Tap other compatible amiibo figures to receive a chest of loot, exclusive to the Nintendo Switch version of the game. amiibo that are not Legend of Zelda characters do not yield gear inspired by The Legend of Zelda.


Kirby Star Allies
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(thegamesman)

Use compatible amiibo figures to get additional Illustration Pieces and helpful in-game items.


Little Nightmares: Complete Edition
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(g2play)

You can even tap the PAC-MAN amiibo figure (sold separately) to unlock the Pakku Mask when playing.


Super Mario Odyssey
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(mobygames)

Tap compatible amiibo™ accessories to access a variety of helpful, optional gameplay assists; some amiibo also unlock outfits for Mario when tapped! (Note: All outfits can be unlocked in-game without amiibo.)

Super Mario Odyssey amiibo figures are available both individually and as a set, and offer these in-game items:
  • Bowser (Wedding Outfit): Unlocks Bowser wedding outfit and reveals location of regional coins.
  • Mario (Wedding Outfit): Unlocks Mario wedding outfit and grants temporary invincibility.
  • Peach (Wedding Outfit): Unlocks Peach wedding outfit and gives a Life-Up Heart.
This game is also compatible with all existing amiibo figures and cards. Try tapping different amiibo to see what you can get.


Fire Emblem Warriors
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(duashockers)

Use any Fire Emblem™ themed amiibo™ figure (sold separately) to receive in-game weapons or items to help your heroes. Plus, get Chrom's Training Sword the first time you tap in the Chrom amiibo figure, and Tiki’s tear the first time you tap in the Tiki amiibo figure.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Gold Edition 
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(mobygames)

Unlock new in-game features with your amiibo™ figures.


Pokkén Tournament DX
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(nintendolife)

All amiibo unlock clothing, titles and in-game currency for your avatar.


Splatoon 2
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(splatoon2)

Compatible with all Splatoon™ series amiibo™ figures. By tapping these amiibo, the figure's character will appear in the game and befriend players. Befriend an amiibo character and they will remember favorited weapons, gear, outfits and option settings.

By tapping the Pearl and Marina amiibo figures, you can unlock and wear Pearl and Marina’s signature outfits from the Octo Expansion, and take photos atop the stage where Off the Hook perform. If you’re a Squid Beatz fan, these amiibo will also add a new visual theme and sound effects to the rhythm game.

*This game allows you to save game data on the amiibo figure. Game data must be deleted before saving data from another amiibo compatible game.


Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
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Receive special racing suits for your Mii™ character based on each amiibo character. Dress up your Mii like fan-favorite characters such as Mario, Yoshi, Kirby or even Samus Aran.



The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
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The Wolf Link amiibo from Twilight Princess HD, the Zelda 30th Anniversary series amiibo, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild series amiibo are all compatible with this game.

Tap the Wolf Link amiibo (sold separately) to make Wolf Link appear in the game. Wolf Link will attack enemies on his own and help you find items you're searching for.
Tap a Zelda 30th Anniversary series amiibo to receive helpful in-game items or even a treasure chest!
Use any other compatible amiibo accessory to get random in-game items, like plants, fish and meat.