The Nintendo Switch Will Not Be Region Locked

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The Nintendo Switch Will Not Be Region Locked

During the Nintendo Switch presentation this evening, Nintendo revealed that the upcoming console will not be region locked.

The Nintendo 3DS and Wii U were both region locked, so this is a welcome step forward for the Nintendo Switch, which means Switch games bought from any country will still work with the system. During the conference we also found out the launch price for the console, which is $300.

The Nintendo Switch will release in North America, Japan, and other select countries simultaneously on March 3.

Nintendo Announces Switch Price And Release Date

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Nintendo Announces Switch Price And Release Date

October's reveal of the Nintendo Switch gave us a look at the console/handheld hybrid for the first time, but it left us with more questions than answers. Two of the biggest questions were "How much will it cost?" and "When will it come out?" Thanks to tonight's Nintendo Switch Presentation, we now know the answers to both of those questions.

Nintendo Switch launches on March 3 worldwide. If you're looking to pick one up, it will set you back $299.99.

Currently, the PlayStation 4 is priced at $300 for the Slim model and $400 for the Pro model, while the Xbox One retails for anywhere between $300 and $450 depending on the model and hard drive size. When the PS4 launched, it started at $400, while the Xbox One set players back a whopping $500. The Switch starting at $300 means that it is positioned to be competitive with the pre-existing heavy hitters from Sony and Microsoft.

1, 2, Switch Is A Multiplayer Game That Doesn't Require A Screen

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1, 2, Switch Is A Multiplayer Game That Doesn't Require A Screen

Would you believe Nintendo announced a game that doesn't require a screen at all? The first game shown at today's Nintendo Switch Presentation is called 1, 2, Switch, it's a two-player party game that Nintendo says is best played by looking into the eyes of your opponent, studying their body language, and reacting to their movements.

Each player holds one of the two joy-cons that come with the Switch unit. The idea of this game was first shown in a live-action sequence that shows a high-noon standoff between two cowboys. They gazed deeply into each other's eyes for a few seconds, and then reached to their holsters to draw their weapons, which just happened to be joy-cons. It wasn't entirely obvious what happened next, but it looked like the losing cowboy's joy-con was vibrating. The TV screen, which apparently isn't required, may have shown the time it took each cowboy to draw.

Yes, this game sounds confusing, but it looks simple and consists of a number of activities ranging from dancing and sword fighting to boxing and what appeared to be a shaving competition, with both players using the joy-con to mimic a morning shave. The screen clearly introduces and shows visuals for the game type at play, but isn't required to be viewed by the players when the action begins.

Destiny Details Next Iron Banner, Incoming Hotfix

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Destiny Details Next Iron Banner, Incoming Hotfix

The Dawning event provided some fun content for Guardians to dig their teeth into, including a refined and expanded Sparrow Racing League, along with the addition of Strike Scoring. Now that the holiday event has wrapped up, Destiny players can expect a return to the more regularly scheduled event roll-out; specifically, Bungie has used today’s weekly update to detail the next Iron Banner competitive tournament. 

Crucible players can take to the battlefield next week on Tuesday, January 17, and engage in a full week of ranking up with the Iron Banner vendor, Efrideet. If you’re still looking for an excellent sidearm or rocket launcher, the event should definitely be on your radar, as both weapons will be available for acquisition. In addition, if your armor set still needs either the Iron Banner arms or chest piece, it’s time to equip your favorite gun and get out there to win some matches. 

Microsoft Touts Highest U.S. Xbox One Sales Ever In December

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Microsoft Touts Highest U.S. Xbox One Sales Ever In December

For many months of this generation's console race, the question of the winning console was a foregone conclusion; Sony’s PS4 held a commanding lead for a long time. But Microsoft has seen a surge in sales in recent months, leading to its place as the top-selling console for the latter half of 2016. 

Microsoft reinforced that strong market position with a statement that released today. In it, corporate vice president for Xbox marketing Mike Nichols made a case for the console’s ongoing success. “December was the biggest month ever for Xbox One sales in the U.S. and Xbox One was the only eighth generation console with year-over-year growth, according to NPD,” Nichols notes. In addition, he cites that Xbox Live engagement hit an all-time high in November and December of 3.9 billion hours, which is up 23 percent compared to 2015.

As of now, the statement has to stand on its own, as NPD has yet to release its full report about December 2016 industry sales (Microsoft's statement does not explicitly say that the Xbox One outsold the PS4 in December).  We’re expecting that info next week, and we’ll report on any important details the report contains as soon as we analyze its contents. 

Nintendo Reveals Hardware Details For The Switch

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Nintendo Reveals Hardware Details For The Switch

During Nintendo's Switch presentation, the publisher finally revealed hardware details for the upcoming console.. Nintendo Switch is both a portable and home console system, capable of switching modes. Nintendo specified that the console could change between three modes;

TV Mode: Play the Switch on your television.

Tabletop: Put the Switch into a kickstand mode.

Watch Live-Action Trailer For Ghost Recon Wildlands: War Within The Cartel

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Watch Live-Action Trailer For Ghost Recon Wildlands: War Within The Cartel

Ghost Recon Wildlands has shown a lot of promise in its early appearances, and we’re eager to get our hands on the final product. Before that happens, Ubisoft is expanding on the fiction of the game with a promotional live-action film treatment called War Within The Cartel. The story of the live-action movie focuses on the Santa Blanca drug cartel, but it’s unclear from the teaser exactly how the events depicted relate to the game’s storyline.

Check out the teaser trailer below, which precedes a launch of the full film on February 16. The Ghost Recon Wildlands game is targeting a launch on March 7 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC; read more about the game in one of our previews

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Mysterium Launches Across Digital Platforms

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Mysterium Launches Across Digital Platforms

A popular trend over the last several years has been the adaptation of strong tabletop games into digital incarnations, including excellent titles like Elder Sign, Eclipse, and Ticket to Ride. The latest project to make the transition is Mysterium. The tabletop version of this cooperative game of deduction has been handed numerous awards since its release in 2015, including being named as one of Game Informer’s Best Tabletop Games of 2015

Asmodee Digital has since adapted the project into a video game, allowing up to seven players to work together to solve the mystery of an unsolved death in a haunted mansion. One player controls the ghost, and they have only limited ways, in the form of visions, to communicate the circumstances of their passing to the other players, who control psychics. Up to seven players can work together to solve the puzzle. The new video game version also includes a solo story mode that promises several hours of investigations. 

You can watch the full trailer below to see if Mysterium might be for you. The game is out today on Steam ($9.99), iOS ($6.99), and Android ($6.99). For more on recommended tabletop games, check out our Top of the Table hub.

Wizards Of The Coast Signals Increased Video Game Investment

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Wizards Of The Coast Signals Increased Video Game Investment

Chris Cocks, the president of Wizards of the Coast, took to the company’s website today with some interesting things to say about future plans. A list of goals for the company lines up a clear agenda; Wizards of the Coast is investing more heavily in video games and technology moving forward, which should produce a direct effect on its biggest brands, including Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons. 

While few specifics about any one project are provided, Cocks presents the evidence of several ongoing initiatives within Wizards of the Coast, all of which relate back to increased digital involvement. First, he highlights the recent creation of Wizards’ Digital Games Studio, led by Jeffrey Steefel. The studio includes designers drawn from places like Valve, Cryptic, Warner Bros, Activision, and BioWare. The Magic Online game has already been folded into this development group, and Cocks suggests that additional projects may be forthcoming. 

Pick Your Favorites Among The D.I.C.E. Award Nominations

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Pick Your Favorites Among The D.I.C.E. Award Nominations

Every year, the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences combs through the many games that released over the past 12 months, and selects some of the best for consideration in the D.I.C.E. awards. Those nominations are then voted on by over 33,000 game industry professionals to determine the winners; in that way, the selections are a little different than some gaming awards, as they represent the collective thoughts from colleagues within the field. 

This year’s nominations represent the variety we saw from the 2016 gaming year, including some big success stories in both large scale and indie development. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End has a lot of chances to win big, snagging 10 distinct nominations, followed closely by indie darling, Inside. Other strong contenders include Battlefield 1, The Last Guardian, Firewatch, and Overwatch. Winners will be revealed at the 20th annual awards ceremony on February 23. This year's awards will also feature Bethesda's Todd Howard as he is inducted into the organization's Hall of Fame. If you'd like to make a note in your calendar, you can plan to watch a full stream of the event at 7:30pm PT that evening, though the link provided to the live stream appears to be inactive as of this writing.