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Loading times are now faster on some games, thanks to latest update

Thanks to their latest Labo VR updates on Nintendo Switch, Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are both seeing faster load times than usual. Super Mario Odyssey‘s 1.3.0 update has increased its load speeds, while The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild‘s load speeds have increased with its 1.6.0 update.

YouTuber and Twitter user Alexis de Champris posted a couple videos demonstrating the difference in load speeds for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild between versions 1.5.0 and 1.6.0.

In both instances, which involve the loading of shrines, version 1.6.0 had chopped down load times by a few seconds. This is fairly significant, as this adds up. In total, the game has 120 shrines, so the less load time, the better for obtaining the Tunic of the Wild, which requires players to complete all 120 shrines.

New My Nintendo Rewards for May include discounts on first-party titles

The My Nintendo program can be very rewarding at times. This May is one of those times, as Nintendo is offering, via the program, discounts on well-received select titles.

In total, there are nine games discounted. The games in question, all of which being 30% off with the required redeemed points, are listed below:

  • Kid Icarus: Uprising (3DS) – 80 Gold Points
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D (3DS) – 90 Gold Points
  • Metroid: Samus Returns (3DS) – 90 Gold Points
  • Hey! PIKMIN (3DS) – 90 Gold Points
  • Pocket Card Jockey (3DS) – 110 Platinum Points
  • Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure (3DS) – 140 Platinum Points
  • Pandora’s Tower (Wii U) – 300 Platinum Points
  • Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones (Wii U) – 120 Platinum Points
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii U) – 500 Platinum Points

Also, there is a printable Splatoon 2 relationship chart for anyone who fancies physical merchandise over digital. The chart requires 10 Platinum Points for redemption.

As well, there is an Animal Crossing Nintendo 3DS theme available for redemption at 100 Platinum Points. However, for Mario fans, there is an NES: Fire Mario theme. That one runs at 20 Gold Points.

While it’s still a bit of shame there are no rewards involving discounted Switch games, the available rewards are pretty good as it is. Games like Metroid: Samus Returns and Kid Icarus: Uprising are certainly ones worth anyone’s time.

Source: Nintendo Life

Super Mario Kart by Nintendo‘Super Mario Kart’ gets inducted into the Video Game Hall of Fame

Established in 2015, the World Video Game Hall of Fame is home to quite a few classic titles that many gamers are likely to hold near and dear to their hearts. Such titles include Nintendo favorites like Donkey KongSuper Mario Bros., and Pokémon Red and Green. However, non-Nintendo exclusives like Sonic the Hedgehog and The Sims have also managed to gather enough prestige to grace the World Video Game Hall of Fame. This year, it’s Mario Kart‘s time to shine, as Super Mario Kart has established itself as the cream of the crop.

Inducted alongside the likes of Mortal Kombat and Microsoft Windows Solitaire, as officially stated in their announcement, the National Museum of Play summed up Super Mario Kart as combining “the thrill of racing games with the beloved characters of its Super Mario Bros. franchise.” Additionally, the museum showered additional praise, stating that Super Mario Kart “has sold millions of copies on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and generated a dozen other titles,” which does capitalize on the sheer success of one of Nintendo’s most successful spinoffs, if not its most successful.

Ultimately, it’s great to see the Mario Kart franchise get some love in the Video Game Hall of Fame. It says a lot about the series as well, since the Video Game Hall of Fame hasn’t been around for too long. While I’m unsure if Super Mario Kart is necessarily the highest-quality entry in the series, it is certainly what spawned a series that has brought joy and happiness to many gamers and has provided a bevy of fond (and frustrating) memories for players everywhere.

Source: Engadget

‘Detective Pikachu’ Movie Tickets Sweepstakes Held By Nintendo UK

Pikachu’s detective story in Detective Pikachu nearly upon us, and in celebration of this, Nintendo UK is holding a sweepstakes in which you can win a pair of tickets to a screening of the upcoming Pokémon film.

There are 25 pairs of tickets available in the sweepstakes. The tickets themselves are to a private screening at the Warner Bros. London Private Screening Room on May 19 at 2:00 PM. According to the terms and conditions, winners should arrive at 1:30 PM.

You can enter the sweepstakes by heading to their ‘Detective Pikachu’ screening prize draw page.

As Detective Pikachu is one of this Spring’s most anticipated films, it’s a fairly enticing sweepstakes to enter into, especially if you’re a Pokémon fan. The movie is scheduled to release May 3 in Japan and May 10 in the U.S.

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age on Nintendo SwitchThis Week’s Releases

While the last week hasn’t been as packed with releases as the week prior, being devoid of hits like Mortal Kombat 11 and Dragon’s Dogma. However, that doesn’t mean the Switch hasn’t seen its lot of noteworthy releases this week.

For example, Duck Game was released on Nintendo Switch on May 1. Priced at $12.99 USD, Duck Game is an arcade-style action game in which players, as ducks, battle their “feathered friends” with wacky guns. Complete with creative level design and a map editor, Duck Game seems to be, as of recent, one of the Nintendo Switch’s most inventive multiplayer games.

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age was released on April 30 for the Switch. Running for $49.99 USD, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is a remaster of Final Fantasy XII, which released on PlayStation 2 in 2006. With HD graphics, an enhanced battle system, and rotatable soundtracks, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is a substantive addition to the Switch’s library.

Venture Kid launched on May 2 for the Switch as well. AT $10 USD, Venture Kid is an action-adventure platformer. Heavily inspired by the Mega Man series, Venture Kid is sure to satisfy those in favor 2D platformers from the late 80’s and early 90’s.

As always, you can find these titles and more like them on the Nintendo Game Store.




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