Nintendo Account IDs now up for grabs

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Nintendo Account IDs now up for grabs

Nintendo refreshed its account system’s landing page this week, adding new functionality to prep for the Switch’s launch on March 3. That includes the introduction of the Nintendo Account ID, yet another username that Nintendo fans need to go set up and link to their systems.

The Nintendo Account ID is different from the Nintendo Network ID, a similar but separate account name used on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. To choose your Nintendo Account User ID, log into the Nintendo Account website, where User ID is now included under the User Info section.

An N64 classic is finally coming to Virtual Console, just in time for Wii U to die

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An N64 classic is finally coming to Virtual Console, just in time for Wii U to die

Harvest Moon 64 is heading to Wii U Virtual Console this week, publisher Natsume confirmed on its community forum. The game will be available for the first time on Nintendo eShop this Thursday, Feb. 23 — just eight short days before the Nintendo Switch arrives.

While the game’s release is a major cause for celebration for Harvest Moon fans, it’s also a strong reminder that the Virtual Console’s future remains unknown. Nintendo has said little about what the service will look like on the Switch, or whether previously purchased Virtual Console games will carry over to the new console.

NBA 2K17’s Sacramento Kings wouldn’t make that DeMarcus Cousins trade

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NBA 2K17’s Sacramento Kings wouldn’t make that DeMarcus Cousins trade

The Sacramento Kings and the New Orleans Pelicans just pulled off a blockbuster trade, with the Kings shipping out one of the league’s best players in DeMarcus Cousins a year before he’s set to become a free agent. The deal, which our friends at SB Nation called “one of the worst trades in NBA history,” is so imbalanced in the Pelicans’ favor that even the video game version of the Kings wouldn’t agree to it.

Here’s a full breakdown of the trade, along with each player’s current rating in NBA 2K17:

Pokémon Go update makes the most elusive gen two monster a little easier to catch

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Pokémon Go update makes the most elusive gen two monster a little easier to catch

Togetic, one of Pokémon Go’s newest and toughest Pokémon to capture, should be a little bit easier to pin down with the game’s latest update. That’s good news for those who ran into it last week, when Togetic was almost impossible to catch.

Members of The Silph Road, the game’s biggest grassroots research community, dug into Pokémon Go’s recently updated master files to find a much-needed improvement to Togetic’s capture rate. The “Game Master” file shows that it now has a base capture rate of five percent — which, to be sure, is still extremely difficult.

This tiny Nintendo Switch feature is already making fans super happy

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This tiny Nintendo Switch feature is already making fans super happy

There’s a certain sound heard in all Nintendo Switch commercials that fans just can’t get enough of: a quick “click” that’s reminiscent of a clapboard slapping together. That clicking sound isn’t just a sound effect used for marketing, though — it’s actually audible when using the Switch in certain ways, as recent early hands-on videos with the hardware show.

The video above comes from a recent livestream of Disgaea 5, which is coming to the Switch in May. Viewers tuning into NIS America’s event noticed that, when the players attached the Joy-Con controllers to the tablet, they made that familiar clicking sounds that many have come to appreciate. More than that, there’s actually a visual cue that shows that the Joy-Con have been attached correctly.

Fire Emblem Heroes is giving out Orbs left and right this week

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Fire Emblem Heroes is giving out Orbs left and right this week

An event running in Fire Emblem Heroes this week is a serious must-play for fans in need of more Orbs. From today through Feb. 27, players who complete the special limited-time quests can collect up to six Orbs — on top of all the other free in-game currency doled out throughout the period.

The special quests are focused on weapon mastery, with swords, axes and lances each getting a category with their own missions. These quests require players to create teams that use the corresponding weapons, and completing particular goals will grant rewards — including up to two Orbs per category, for a total of six.

Nintendo Switch downloadable game file sizes published

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Nintendo Switch downloadable game file sizes published

Nintendo has published the file sizes for its lineup of downloadable Nintendo Switch games, and one flat-out says a separate microSD card is necessary for users who wish to go that route.

That's because Dragon Quest Heroes 1 & 2 is a 32 GB download, which is exactly the amount of on-board memory that comes with Nintendo's new console. Set aside 6.1 GB for the Switch's operating system and other software and there's no way to fit this on the console itself. Dragon Quest Heroes 1 & 2 launches with the Switch on March 3 in Japan; it hasn’t yet been dated for the west.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s rating includes a first: alcohol

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s rating includes a first: alcohol

The ESRB published the rating for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild over the weekend, and it contains a first for the series: the "Use of Alcohol" content descriptor.

It's still rated E10+ the seventh of the series so rated, and that's not the highest age rating for the franchise either. (2006's Twilight Princess, and its 2016 remaster, were both T.) But it is called out for making a reference to booze, and "mild suggestive themes" involving the appearance of the fairies.

Nintendo Switch in leak videos was stolen, Nintendo says

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Nintendo Switch in leak videos was stolen, Nintendo says

The Nintendo Switch shown off in a NeoGAF post last week was stolen, Nintendo said in a statement to IGN.

On Thursday, NeoGAF user hiphoptherobot said he was "just lucky" that his retailer shipped a pre-ordered Switch early. The console is due to launch on March 3. Nintendo says that unit was part of "an isolated incident" of theft by employees of a U.S. distributor, which it did not name. One system was illegally resold.