Here’s how to use the Nintendo Switch eShop

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Here’s how to use the Nintendo Switch eShop

Nintendo released its day-one patch for the Switch today, and as a result the eShop is live and games are available to download.

The process is different from how buying and downloading games worked on Nintendo’s older consoles, like the Wii U. In the video above, we show you exactly what it’s like to search for a game on the eShop, go through the process of buying it and then finally download it. If you’re wondering what’s missing, it’s the music.

Nintendo Switch eShop launches with nine games, but no music

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Nintendo Switch eShop launches with nine games, but no music

The Nintendo Switch eShop is now live, with nine launch titles available for purchase such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and 1-2-Switch.

Nintendo released the Switch’s day-one update this morning, which is necessary for the console to be able to access the eShop. The update, which brings the Switch firmware from version 1.0.0 to version 2.0.0, also adds features such as sharing screenshots on social media and the despised friend code system.

1-2-Switch: The five best and five worst minigames

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1-2-Switch: The five best and five worst minigames

This week, Polygon was able to spend a bit of time playing 1-2-Switch, Nintendo’s local multiplayer party game.

1-2-Switch consists of 28 minigames, each ranging from about 15 seconds to a minute in length, depending on what it demands of its players. In one game, Eating Contest, players are given a timed challenge to see who can stomach the most sandwiches. The person who gobbles up the most is declared the winner. In other games, however, like Baby, the game can go on for quite some time. It all depends on how long it takes for players to figure out the precise rocking motion to get their baby to sleep. Each game comes with a “hot pepper” rating. The more peppers that appear below the game, the harder it is.

Nintendo Switch day-one update takes less than a minute to download

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Nintendo Switch day-one update takes less than a minute to download

If you’re planning on picking up a Nintendo Switch, prepare to spend less than a minute downloading the update — and quite a bit less than that installing it.

The Switch will let players know that the 2.0.0 update is available when they boot Nintendo’s new hardware. We knew the update was coming and navigated to the System Settings menu ahead of time. In our experience today, the entire process — downloading via Wi-Fi, installing and rebooting — took less than 90 seconds. You can see the update process in the series of screenshots below.

Injustice 2 gear system revealed, and introducing Dr. Fate

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Injustice 2 gear system revealed, and introducing Dr. Fate

Chicago’s NetherRealm Studios did something unusual with Injustice 2, the sequel to 2013’s Injustice: Gods Among Us. It’s added thousands of unlockable items to the fighting game series for the first time. The kit comes in three forms; equipment, shaders and abilities. All three types will drop at the end of a fight, and be available for purchase in random crates, called Mother Boxes, with in-game currency.

Last month Polygon was invited over for a sneak peak at the gear system, hands-on with the game’s opening moments and an introduction to its newest character, Dr. Fate, which you can see in the video above.

No Man’s Sky wins GDC Award, but no one was around to accept it

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No Man’s Sky wins GDC Award, but no one was around to accept it

No Man’s Sky developer Hello Games won the award for innovation at this year’s Game Developers Choice Awards, but it clearly wasn’t expecting to. As a result, the indie team wasn’t there in person to accept its award from host Tim Schafer.

Why? They were otherwise preoccupied — Hello Games team members who made the trip to San Francisco for GDC were eating dinner at the time — and said they didn’t expect to win anyway.

Pokémon Go trading won’t solve rural players’ biggest problem

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Pokémon Go trading won’t solve rural players’ biggest problem

Long-requested features for Pokémon Go are in the works, and chief among them is trading Pokémon. But players stuck in smaller towns who are eager to fill out their Pokédex will likely remain out of luck, senior product manager Tatsuo Nomura told Polygon at this week’s Game Developers Conference.

“[Trading] won’t be through the internet,” he said of the mechanic, which remains in development and heavily under wraps. “You shouldn’t be able to exchange your Pokémon with someone who is 100 miles away from you. ... The person needs to be in your proximity.”

Nintendo Switch game cartridges taste offensively bad, trust us

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Nintendo Switch game cartridges taste offensively bad, trust us

The Nintendo Switch is designed to be portable, so it doesn’t have a disc drive. Instead, its games come on cartridges, just like games for Nintendo’s handheld platforms stretching back to the original Game Boy. But there’s something different about Switch cartridges: They taste awful.

Over the past week, reviewers at various outlets have been gamely putting Switch cartridges in their mouths in the name of science and journalism. The investigations seem to have been inspired by Giant Bomb co-founder Jeff Gerstmann, who tweeted a public service announcement last week warning people about the hazards of putting your tongue on a Switch cartridge: