Bayonetta 3 Bewitches in October

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Bayonetta 3 Bewitches in October

It likely feels like it took an eternity for diehard Bayonetta fans, but Nintendo and developer Platinum have finally provided the release date for Bayonetta 3. The highly anticipated third entry in the series will come to Nintendo Switch on October 28. Just in time for Halloween—how fitting. You can get a look at combat, new and old characters, and some of what the story has in store in this trailer (which is age-restricted, so head directly to the link to view it):

Here’s what Nintendo has to say about Bayonetta 3:

In this third installment of the Bayonetta series, the unstoppable Umbra Witch must join forces with some familiar faces, the mysterious Viola and a multitude of other Bayonettas to stop human-made Homunculi from wreaking havoc.

Pikmin Bloom Adds Challenges, Friend Invites, and More in New Update

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Pikmin Bloom Adds Challenges, Friend Invites, and More in New Update

Niantic is having trouble of late, with word dropping that the company will be laying off eight percent of its workforce as it tries to cut back on costs following the failures of some of its recent mobile games and what it refers to as “a time of economic turmoil.” Its efforts with Pokémon GO, however, remains highly lucrative and successful. Not quite as successful, but still apparently relevant to the company’s future despite not being the cash cow that GO is, is Pikmin Bloom. It just received a fairly significant update that fans both new and old will want to take a look at:

Here’s a rundown of what the changes are:

Ready to #WalkOnGameOn?

Kirby’s Dream Buffet Brings Four-Player Competition This Summer

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Kirby’s Dream Buffet Brings Four-Player Competition This Summer

Well, this is a pleasant surprise. Most fans probably (rightly) didn’t expect to see a new Kirby game so soon given Kirby and the Forgotten Land just launched this past March (we loved it, by the way). As it so happens, Nintendo is already gearing up for the pink puffball’s next adventure: a four-player competitive multiplayer game for Switch. Here’s a first look at Kirby’s Dream Buffet:

Kirby’s Dream Buffet is a four-player multiplayer experience where everyone competes to gobble up the most strawberries and dominate their opponents. It’s a bit like Fall Guys, from the sound of things, but with that distinctive Kirby flair (including Copy Abilities). Here’s the synopsis straight from Nintendo:

Roll through a smorgasbord of food-themed stages in 4 rounds of 4-player fun as Kirby… who seems rounder than usual? Race through delicious obstacle courses to collect strawberries as Kirby grows. Then, turn the tides in the final round—a fruity fight atop a floating platform.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is the Latest Switch Online Game Trial

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Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is the Latest Switch Online Game Trial

The latest Nintendo Switch Online Game Trial is here. From July 6 until July 12, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is free to play. It should be the perfect primer for Mario + Rabbids Spark of Hope before it launches this October.

#NintendoSwitchOnline members! From 7/6 at 10 a.m. PT to 7/12 at 11:59 p.m. PT, you can download and try the full Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle game at no additional cost.

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LEGO Super Mario Adding The Mighty Bowser Set in October

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LEGO Super Mario Adding The Mighty Bowser Set in October

There’s just no slowing the LEGO Super Mario line of toys. Besides the forthcoming fifth wave of LEGO Super Mario Character Packs arriving this August, LEGO and Nintendo will also be launching an enormous set based on the Koopa King himself. The Mighty Bowser is a 2,807 brick behemoth that will be part of LEGO’s 18+ lineup. Here’s an overview:

Here’s what comes in the box according to the product page:

The gorgeous, articulated figure will sell for $269.99 starting October 1, making it one of the most expensive sets yet in the entire series. Do you fancy owning The Mighty Bowser for yourself? Tell us in the comments!

Pokémon Puzzle League Joins the Switch Online Lineup Next Week

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Pokémon Puzzle League Joins the Switch Online Lineup Next Week

The Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack game catalogue is expanding once again. Next week on July 15, Pokémon Puzzle League comes to the service. If you’ve never played the game or would like a refresher, check out this video:

Anime favorites Ash, Misty, and Brock are looking to become Pokémon Puzzle Master in this fast-paced puzzle game. This Nintendo 64 classic launched back in 2000. 22 years have passed, but the colorful, engaging mashup of the two series remains a delight to this day. Be sure to have your account current if you’d like to join in the fun on 07.15!

Source: Nintendo of America Twitter Page

Nintendo Switch OLED Splatoon 3 Edition Announced

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Nintendo Switch OLED Splatoon 3 Edition Announced

Get ready to clear some shelf space. Nintendo has announced that it will be releasing its first themed OLED bundle this coming August. Behold, the Splatoon 3 Edition of Nintendo Switch OLED Model. You can give it a proper viewing in this delightful trailer:

This is arguably one of the most ambitious special versions of Nintendo’s Switch hardware thus far, with the gorgeous Animal Crossing: New Horizons take on the console a close second. The beautiful Joy-Con each have a bold pattern and color gradient across the front, as well as a custom Dock that also bears Splatoon 3 imagery. The whole shebang will sell for $359.99 when it hits stores on August 28.

The bundle will be followed on September 9 with a special Splatoon 3-styled Nintendo Switch Pro Controller. You can give it a peep in these photos:

Pre-Purchase of the Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Special Edition Begin (Again) Today

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Pre-Purchase of the Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Special Edition Begin (Again) Today

The tension begins anew as fans line up online to once again try and snag a copy of the Special Edition of Xenobldae Chronicles 3. Today, June 30, Nintendo is reopening the portal on its My Nintendo Store to let fans get a chance at pre-purchasing a copy for themselves. Here’s the announcement that was made via the company’s official Twitter account:

Pre-purchase for the #XenobladeChronicles3 Special Edition will be available on the My Nintendo Store on 6/30.

Please note that you may be placed in a waiting room as pre-order requests are processed, and the purchase limit has been set at 1 per account. pic.twitter.com/g6bOJqcGwy

Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration Collects Over 90 Games

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Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration Collects Over 90 Games

The grandfather of video game consoles, Atari, is turning 50. To mark this golden anniversary, Atari is working with Digital Eclipse to release a special collection: Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration. This compilation will have a staggering 90-plus games for players to experience. The list hasn’t been finalized, but here are the consoles which will be providing the games:

The Jaguar and Lynx are especially intriguing additions, as those games have yet to be officially released in any capacity on modern consoles. Take a look at this first trailer for Atari 50 for more details:

Here’s a bit of additional information about Atari 50 from the official press release:

System Update 14.1.2 Has Been Refreshed

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System Update 14.1.2 Has Been Refreshed

Version 14.1.2 of the Nintendo Switch firmware has been out since earlier this month. In an interesting twist, this firmware has been subtly revised via a rebootless update. Meaning, without having to reboot the console, Nintendo has refreshed the current operating system. The reason? To refresh the system’s internal “bad words” list.

Dataminer OatmealDome made the reveal regarding this change to Version 14.1.2. Here’s the synopsis as detailed by Nintendo Life:

[Nintendo Switch Firmware Update] Nintendo has released a “rebootless” update for 14.1.2.