Dad Builds his Daughter Controller for Breath of the Wild

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Dad Builds his Daughter Controller for Breath of the Wild

For most gamers, it can actually prove quite easy to take their hobby for granted. As used to controllers as we are, the reality is they are rather complex and precise devices that can prove an imposing challenge not just to newer gamers, but to those with physical disabilities as well. Thankfully, there are folks out there looking for new ways to help overcome these challenges.

For example, there’s Rory Steel, a technology educator from Jersey in the UK who wanted to help his daughter, who experiences impaired fine motor functions, play The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The custom contraption actually uses Microsoft’s Xbox Adaptive Controller as a foundation, though you’d have a hard time telling based on the assortment of large buttons and joysticks visible on the current device. You can check it out in Rory’s tweet below:

Finished! Ava gives my homemade #accessibility controller V1.0 the thumbs up. She can play @Nintendo #BreathoftheWild on her #switch like her friends now. All thanks to @Microsoft #adaptiveController #XAC @brycej @ArranDyslexia @shanselman pic.twitter.com/dOhGnUFZa0

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair Demo Announced

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Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair Demo Announced

Playonic, an independent studio made up of ex-Rare employees, immediately made a name for themselves with their first title, Yooka-Laylee, a spiritual successor to their past employer’s beloved Banjo-Kazooie franchise. For their next title, Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair, they kept their new characters but paid homage to another past work, the Donkey Kong Country series, by switching the perspective to 2D.

While the latter title has been available for purchase since October 2019, it seems the developers are making a push to attract any gamers who might still be on the fence. The demo will include several stages, including the game’s namesake, the Impossible Lair — a super challenging, exceptionally long stage that can be tackled at any time but is effectively made easier by completing more of the game.

Good news! A free demo of Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is on the way!

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Preorder Bonus Revealed

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Preorder Bonus Revealed

The Animal Crossing franchise will be making its Switch debut in about two months, but Best Buy is looking to earn your purchase now. The big box retailer has revealed two bonuses they’re hoping will draw in gamers.

Should you preorder Animal Crossing: New Horizons through Best Buy, you’ll receive a “Phone and Tech Badge Peel and Stick Accessory” featuring everyone’s favorite home lender provider, Tom Nook. In addition to this fashionable accessory, buyers will also get the $10 in store credit Best Buy offers with pretty much all their preorders.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons releases for Nintendo Switch on March 20.

One of the Endings in River City Girls Has Been Changed

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One of the Endings in River City Girls Has Been Changed

WayForward has released a new patch for River City Girls and it brings a number of changes to the game, including some edits to one of the secret endings.

This particular ending can only be seen if the player goes into the final fight wearing the Hasabe and Mami earrings, which unlocks a totally different boss fight. While almost all of the same comic panels will still appear after the fight, some lines of dialogue have been changed and new images have been inserted as well.

Other gameplay changes that come as a result of the patch include:

Engine Software’s VP of Development says PS5 and Xbox Series X Shouldn’t Worry Nintendo

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Engine Software’s VP of Development says PS5 and Xbox Series X Shouldn’t Worry Nintendo

2020 is shaping up to be a huge year for consoles, with both the PS5 and Xbox Series X slated to launch during the holiday season. While this could mean big competition — and possibly big worries — for Nintendo, one Switch developer believes Nintendo has nothing to worry about.

Engine Software’s VP of Development Ruud van de Moosdijk recently spoke with Nintendo Everything about the Switch, saying it “exists in its own dimension of the market and will continue to do well,” and that its “uniqueness” makes up for its lack of power compared to its upcoming rivals.

“In my opinion the Nintendo Switch, like the Wii before, exists in its own dimension of the market and will continue to do well even when the PS5 and the Xbox Series X are released. As so many times before Nintendo’s consoles have just their own uniqueness that doesn’t depend on having the fastest processor or the largest memory. That’s why I always have to smile when I hear someone say Nintendo is done.”

Little Town Hero Getting a Physical Release This Spring

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Little Town Hero Getting a Physical Release This Spring

Following a pretty quiet release on the Switch eShop in October, Game Freak’s Little Town Hero is set to get the physical treatment this spring.

NIS America has announced the Big Idea Edition of the game, which includes a physical copy of Little Town Hero, an art book, poster, pin set, official soundtrack, and a collector’s box.

The Big Idea Edition is available for pre-order now from NIS America’s online store for $49.99.

Byleth is the Fifth DLC Fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

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Byleth is the Fifth DLC Fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Fans have been waiting for months to learn who the fifth DLC fighter would be in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Well, the mystery was finally resolved this morning when Masahiro Sakurai, director of the Smash Bros. series, declared that Byleth would be the next addition to Ultimate’s roster. You can view the entire broadcast, below:

Byleth, the hero of Nintendo Switch tactical SRPG hit Fire Emblem: Three Houses, will become available for purchase on 01.28. The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass 2 will also become available that same day, which promises access to six, count ’em, six new upcoming DLC fighters.

There’s been a bit of chatter from some fans who are… less than thrilled to see yet another swordsman/Fire Emblem fighter enter the circle of combatants. On which side do you land, dear reader? Yay or nay for Byleth? Sound off in the comments and on social media!

Cindered Shadows DLC Coming to Fire Emblem: Three Houses Next Month

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Cindered Shadows DLC Coming to Fire Emblem: Three Houses Next Month

Following the reveal of Byleth as the fifth DLC fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, fans were surprised to find that Nintendo was ready to reveal new story content would be coming to that hero’s game of origin, Fire Emblem: Three Houses. That’s right, the next chunk of Three Houses stream of DLC has been confirmed, and it’s called Cindered Shadows. Here’s Nintendo’s announcement Tweet (and a trailer!):

Get ready to unearth the secrets beneath the Garreg Mach Monastery and explore the Abyss, home to the monastery’s secret fourth house, the Ashen Wolves!#FireEmblem: Three Houses Expansion Pass Wave 4 DLC will be available on Feb. 12.

Learn more: https://t.co/fHw20dTMo1 pic.twitter.com/k7hsc8LF4y

Five New Mii Fighter Costumes Coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

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Five New Mii Fighter Costumes Coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

During Masahiro Sakurai’s broadcast discussing the fifth DLC fighter for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate there were other surprises to be had beyond the reveal of Byleth. That’s right— aside of from the hero of Fire Emblem: Three Houses, there will also be five new Mii Fighter costumes coming to the game. You can watch the broadcast for the full unveiling:

So, what are the five costumes? Here’s the list along with the publisher from which the characters hail from:

Cuphead is the headliner of this particular batch of new Mii Fighter threads. A Gunner-type brawler, the beloved nominal hero of Microsoft’s tough-as-nails shooter was a dark horse candidate of sorts for being a full-fledged DLC combatant. While being a Mii Fighter costume falls short, it’s still a markedly faithful representation of the character, as you can see. What’s more, Cuphead’s inclusion brings with him the music track Floral Fury, which was featured during the Cagney Carnation boss fight in that self-titled debut game.

Nintendo Switch Was The Top-Selling Console Of 2019

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Nintendo Switch Was The Top-Selling Console Of 2019

Nintendo Switch has been an undeniable success since it launched back in 2017. By bringing a unique mix of both home and portable console to the market, Nintendo has redefined what a video game system can be in the 21st century. With one of the greatest software lineups possibly ever assembled (and still growing), Switch satisfies so many different itches simultaneously it should be categorized as a skin ointment, too.

So, it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that the console was the best-selling gaming hardware of 2019. What’s more, the Switch Pro Controller was also the dominant accessory sold in 2019. With hits like Luigi’s Mansion 3 among half of the top 20 highest-selling games of the past year, it was a wonderful stretch for Nintendo— but will it continue into 2020? Both Sony and Microsoft will be launching new consoles in 2020, so it will be interesting to see if Nintendo can keep up this epic pace. With rumors of a “Switch Pro” swirling, or rather a more powerful version of the hardware, it’s anyone’s guess what the NDP Group will be reporting this time in 2021.