Nintendo Switch & Its Software Enjoying Success

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Nintendo Switch & Its Software Enjoying Success

Nintendo has released its financial results for the last nine months (ending December 31, 2018), and everything is going swimmingly with the Switch selling 14.49 million units worldwide – an increase of 19.5 percent from the previous year during the period.

On the software side, Nintendo is celebrating "record sales" from Super Mario Party (5.3 million units), Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee (10 million), and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (12.08 million). It's worth noting that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate released on December 7 but still racked up the sales numbers.

According to Nintendo, the Switch has 20 million-selling titles from first- and third-party publishers, and software sales during the nine-month period increased 100 percent.

Mario Kart Tour Delayed

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Mario Kart Tour Delayed

Nintendo has delayed the release of mobile title Mario Kart Tour from the end of the fiscal year (March 31) to some undisclosed time this summer.

Not much is known about the game, but Nintendo has said, like Mario Run, Mario Kart Tour will be "free to start."

Perhaps related to that comment, the company says the delay aims to improve the game's quality, but also to "expand the content offerings after launch."

Super Mario Bros. 3 Mid-Boss Boom Boom Comes To Mario Tennis Aces

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Super Mario Bros. 3 Mid-Boss Boom Boom Comes To Mario Tennis Aces

There aren't many enemies that can stand up to Mario's powerful stomp, but Boom Boom has always been pretty good about trying to do so. The officer in Bowser's army usually takes three hits in the head before he bites it, so maybe a nice relaxing game of tennis is exactly what he needs. 

Slated to arrive in an update this week, Boom Boom is joining the game as a defensive character, which makes sense because he's nigh-invulnerable from the Y-axis...unless you have any sort of item, then he falls apart like a house of cards. But that doesn't appear to be the case here, as you can see from the trailer below.

The update containing Boom Boom also includes the Boo Hunt co-op challenge and new balance updates to the game to help keep the competition alive, which is important because competition is how you access the character early. If you participate in February's online tournament, Boom Boom unlocks early for you; if not, you get him on March 1 regardless.

Overwatch Announces New Paris Assault Map

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Overwatch Announces New Paris Assault Map

Blizzard has just announced a new Assault map for Overwatch taking place in the city of love Paris, France. Though there's likely a lot less love and a lot more storming areas for objectives. That's still pretty Parisian, historically speaking.

Chance encounters lead to novel beginnings.
Get whisked away to Paris soon on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. pic.twitter.com/PGrVKw4JdH

The map is now live on the Playable Test Realm, so if you're a part of that, you can jump right in and check it out. For everyone who wants to wait for the full release, though, here's a quick look at what the new map looks like.

Report: Darksiders Warmastered Edition Coming To Switch

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Report: Darksiders Warmastered Edition Coming To Switch

While it has been rumored through retail listings for a month or so, it seems like THQ Nordic is ready to announce that the HD remaster of the first Darksiders game is coming to Switch before too long. This version has previously been released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Wii U, but has not come to the Switch since its release in November 2016.

The announcement trailer was found by the Australian Nintendo website VOOKS, which picked the trailer off THQ Nordic's wesite , clearly announces the HD remaster for Nintendo Switch. While no official PR has been released, and thus no real details, it doesn't seem like the port is particularly far off.  You can watch the accidentally uploaded trailer below.

Funnily enough, the trailer has been taken down and replaced it with this gif.

Overcooked 2 Getting Lunar New Year Content

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Overcooked 2 Getting Lunar New Year Content

There's probably no end to the number of relationships, friendships, and families that Overcooked has broken up, but that's also probably because there doesn't appear to be an end to actual Overwatch content. It seems every few months that Team 17 and Ghost Town Games have new levels to announce for the title and it seems that this time the theme is the Lunar New Year. Move over, Overwatch, there's other Over- prefix games in town doing Lunar New Year events.

The teaser really doesn't say much, but there's probably not a whole lot of details they can really add in here. There will be new Overcooked levels with a new theme and likely new dishes that will make you yell at people like you're Gordon Ramsey. That plus the fact that it's free is pretty much all you need to know.

Overcooked 2 is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC.

Update: Xbox One Black Screen Error Fixed

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Update: Xbox One Black Screen Error Fixed

Update: Microsoft has fixed the error, and it looks like everything is running normally.

Original Story: As of this afternoon, gamers turning on their Xbox Ones have reported (and we've experienced it ourselves) that the console won't let them sign in. Instead the console goes straight to a black screen.

Microsoft has acknowledged the problem, and at the time of this writing the company says it believes it has identified the issue.

Facetime Bug Was Discovered By A Teenager Playing Fortnite

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Facetime Bug Was Discovered By A Teenager Playing Fortnite

Apple officially acknowledged a bug in their iPhone Facetime feature the other day, confirming that callers could use Facetime to listen in on someone's phone while the call is ringing. The Cupertino tech company promised to send out an update soon to fix this security hole, but it turns out the flaw was found over ten days ago from a 14-year-old trying to play Fortnite with friends.

From a report by the Wall Street Journal, Grant Thompson was trying to play Fortnite with friends and conference them in using Facetime when he discovered the bug. Thompson told his mom and the two of them tried to contact Apple through multiple types of social media, email, and even faxing them. Apple denied the report of the bug without having a developer account, forcing the pair to take it to Apple's security team. Despite there being a "bug bounty" for finding and reporting security issues to the company, the roundabout way the Thompsons had to do it let Apple avoid paying out the bounty to them. Now that the story is public knowledge, it isn't known whether the company has paid young Grant Thompson for finding it.

Xbox Ones Currently Experiencing Black Screen Error

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Xbox Ones Currently Experiencing Black Screen Error

As of this afternoon, gamers turning on their Xbox Ones have reported (and we've experienced it ourselves) that the console won't let them sign in. Instead the console goes straight to a black screen.

Microsoft has acknowledged the problem, and at the time of this writing the company says it believes it has identified the issue.

In our experience with the problem and from anecdotal reports, users can get past the black screen (we pulled the power cord from ours and plugged it back in) but won't be able to sign in.

Ubisoft Outlines Content For The Division 2's Private Beta

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Ubisoft Outlines Content For The Division 2's Private Beta

The Division 2's private beta kicks off on February 7. Today Ubisoft outlined what exactly players will be experiencing when they walk into the decimated nation's capital for the first time. 

The array of content is impressive. Players start off by establishing the base of operations, then venture into a couple of story missions, a handful of side activities, one dark zone to explore, plus the Skirmish 4v4 organized multiplayer mode.

While checking out these offerings, agents can unlock skills and rank up to level seven. Starting February 8, players can also check out some endgame content. Developer Massive is giving players control of a level 30 agent to check out an Invaded mission and test out one of the three specializations.