The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild takes up almost half of the Switch’s storage

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild takes up almost half of the Switch’s storage

The Nintendo Switch’s hardware specifications arched some eyebrows when it was revealed that, once again, Nintendo was launching a console with a shrimpy 32 GB of flash memory on board. Now we know what it really means to a user. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild requires 13.4 GB of storage space if it is downloaded to the Nintendo Switch. That is a little under half of the internal capacity of Nintendo’s new console.

That's if the user is opting for the digital version of the game, of course. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be available on a game card, too. And the Switch's storage is expandable by microSDHC and microSDXC cards, which are sold in volumes up to 128 GB. But it's unclear if the Switch dock's USB port can be used to attach an external hard drive for storage.

Lucasfilm: ‘No plans’ to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher in Star wars

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Lucasfilm: ‘No plans’ to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher in Star wars

Lucasfilm has responded to rumors that it would digitally recreate the late Carrie Fisher in one or both of the two remaining Star Wars episodes. The studio says it has no plans to do so.

"We don’t normally respond to fan or press speculation, but there is a rumor circulating that we would like to address," said the statement, given yesterday afternoon. "We want to assure our fans that Lucasfilm has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance as Princess or General Leia Organa."

Titanfall mobile card game canceled

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Titanfall mobile card game canceled

Respawn has canceled its Titanfall spin-off mobile card game, which is currently in closed beta.

Titanfall: Frontline cast the player as a commander, like Sarah in the original Titanfall, who is responsible for putting together a team of titans and pilots. It offered turn-based combat in player-versus-player battles.

How will the Nintendo Switch fare with sports games?

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How will the Nintendo Switch fare with sports games?

The Nintendo Switch’s 2017 lineup is promising so far, but perhaps not encouraging — and that includes the initial sports gaming support for the hybrid console.

During last night’s press event, Electronic Arts announced that it is bringing its FIFA series of soccer titles to the Nintendo Switch. A sizzle reel of upcoming games briefly showed a logo for 2K Sports’ NBA 2K18, and the publisher said this morning that a Switch version of the best-selling basketball franchise will be released this September. Following the event, Ubisoft announced that it is porting Steep to Switch this year.

Nintendo Switch’s most exciting games are unexpected, totally new franchises

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Nintendo Switch’s most exciting games are unexpected, totally new franchises

Before last night, when Nintendo unveiled them at its global Nintendo Switch press conference, I’d never heard of Arms or Snipperclips. After playing them at the console’s hands-on premiere event, held in New York City exclusively for the press, they’re now easily my most highly anticipated Switch games.

I spent ample time demoing both titles, which are completely original Nintendo properties and exclusive to Nintendo Switch. What’s special about both games is how much fun they are — and how that enjoyment is dependent on the console’s specific features.

Here’s the Nintendo Switch next to the Wii U GamePad, a 3DS XL, a phone and more

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Here’s the Nintendo Switch next to the Wii U GamePad, a 3DS XL, a phone and more

While the Nintendo Switch is set to begin its North American tour, well, today, I guess, we got some hands-on time with the tablet/console hybrid this morning. And what better way to communicate its approximate shape and size than to take hastily assembled snapshots of it next to hardware we happened to conveniently have on hand for just such an occasion? Here’s a picture of the Switch next to the Wii U GamePad.

Okay, yes, our office GamePad is in great need of a microfiber cloth. Hearing you loud and clear on that front. But also, just look at how cheap and clunky the Wii U GamePad is. Sure, it’s been four years since it was released ... but it was always clunky and cheap-looking, no?

Here’s how to charge the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controller

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Here’s how to charge the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controller

One of the biggest questions we still have about the Nintendo Switch concerns its fancy new peripheral, the Joy-Con. These detachable, tiny controllers have a variety of features baked in, but just how long do they last for? While we weren’t able to get a concrete answer on its battery life, Polygon did learn just how to keep the controllers juiced up during Nintendo’s hands-on press event with the Switch.

There are three methods of charging the Joy-Con. The simplest way to refresh the controllers’ batteries is by attaching them to a docked Switch. Inside of the dock, which ships with the console, is a USB-C connection that the tablet slides right onto. That will keep both the Switch and the Joy-Con charged up for on-the-go play.

1-2-Switch is not the killer app the Nintendo Switch needs

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1-2-Switch is not the killer app the Nintendo Switch needs

After 30 minutes of 1-2-Switch, Nintendo’s only Switch-exclusive launch game, I think I’ve had my fill.

The minigame collection, which will be sold separately for a sub-$60 price at retail, isn’t bad, per se. It’s a diverse showcase for the Switch’s exciting new controllers, the Joy-Con. Each of the speedy two-player titles we tried at Nintendo’s hands-on Switch press event were focused around one of the peripheral’s gimmicks. One game, “Ball Count,” had us tilting a single, horizontal Joy-Con in our palms as the HD rumble feature generated the sensation of a number of marbles rolling around. Another, “Milk,” required players to pull a Joy-Con straight down, squeezing the trigger buttons rhythmically as if they were a cow’s udder.

Watch gameplay from 1-2-Switch, Nintendo’s new motion control mini-game collection

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Watch gameplay from 1-2-Switch, Nintendo’s new motion control mini-game collection

The last game Nintendo showed off during its Treehouse presentation today was 1-2-Switch, a collection of motion controlled mini-games designed for head-to-head competition.

The mini-games are meant to be played between two people and they rely entirely on the Joy-Con controllers that come with the Switch. Games like Quick Draw, Copy Dance and Milk require players to look at each other instead of the screen.

Wii Music’s biggest star participating in Trump inauguration

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Wii Music’s biggest star participating in Trump inauguration

With a week to go until Donald J. Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, his transition team has finally locked in a group of guests for the inauguration proceedings. Among the participants is a figure whom video game fans will never be able to forget: the musician known as DJ Ravidrums.

The drummer and DJ, whose real name is Ravi Jakhotia, will appear at the “Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration.” The Welcome Celebration is a concert that will take place at the Lincoln Memorial on Thursday, Jan. 19, the day before the inauguration itself. President-elect Trump will speak at the concert, and performers slated to appear along with Ravidrums include country musician Toby Keith, actor Jon Voight, singer Jennifer Holliday and the band 3 Doors Down.