Nintendo Switch price, date, full game demos still to come

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Nintendo Switch price, date, full game demos still to come

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Consider today Nintendo’s amuse-bouche, a morsel of gaming news meant to whet your appetite for the Nintendo of old, a Nintendo of Zelda and Link, Mario and Luigi, Yoshi and um, his eggs?

The real meat and potatoes of Nintendo’s new console, though, won’t be coming until sometime before the Nintendo Switch’s March launch, according to the company.

Nintendo Switch is the final name of the Nintendo NX

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Nintendo Switch is the final name of the Nintendo NX

Nintendo’s next video game console will be called the Nintendo Switch, the company announced today.

Nintendo announced in March 2015 — less than two and a half years after releasing its latest console, the Wii U — that it was developing new gaming hardware with the code name of "NX." Then-president Satoru Iwata described the NX in the announcement as a "dedicated game platform with a brand-new concept." Since then, Nintendo has divulged little about the NX.

This past April, the company said it would not discuss the NX at E3 2016, but announced that it planned to launch the console worldwide in March 2017. Nintendo also announced at the time that the next Zelda game — revealed at E3 as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild — will be released simultaneously on Wii U and NX sometime in 2017. In September, The Pokémon Co. said it would develop games for the NX.

See Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's new weather system in action

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See Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's new weather system in action

And now, your moment of zen

Nintendo updated its official Japanese website for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild this morning, giving viewers another in-depth look at the game’s weather system. Watch below to see four minutes of the varying conditions you can expect to see in-game.

The new video, which is unlisted on Nintendo’s YouTube channel, includes a demonstration of how the Hyrule in Breath of the Wild transitions from an idyllic, temperate climate to a heavy storm filled with lightning bolts, before settling once more in its original state.

Nintendo's mini-NES is a tiny, beautiful dynamo

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Nintendo's mini-NES is a tiny, beautiful dynamo

Cynical people might look at the NES Classic Edition as just the latest instance of Nintendo selling your childhood to you and laughing all the way to the bank.

They wouldn't necessarily be wrong, considering the limitations of this diminutive console. But while the system's feature set leaves plenty to be desired, Nintendo's no-frills approach did its job during a brief hands-on demo in New York this week.

Let's start with the obvious: The NES Classic is small. I didn't bring a ruler with me to the appointment, and Nintendo representatives couldn't provide us with the system's dimensions. But as you can see in the photo above, the console fits in my hand (and I don't have large hands).

Nintendo NX reveal trailer

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Nintendo NX reveal trailer

The time has come

The Nintendo NX is about to make its debut.

Nintendo announced that they will be dropping a trailer for the new console on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 10a.m. ET.

Nintendo adds more than $1 billion in market value ahead of NX reveal

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Nintendo adds more than $1 billion in market value ahead of NX reveal

Shares jumped 4.6 percent overnight

Nintendo may be about to have its biggest financial surge in more than a month based on an overnight jump in shares and market value.

Bloomberg is reporting that overnight, Nintendo saw a 4.6 percent increase in shares, “adding more than $1 billion in market value” to the company. This is the biggest surge the company has seen in more than a month, following the phenomenal success of Pokémon Go earlier this summer.

New Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild gameplay trailer lands online

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New Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild gameplay trailer lands online

Just hours before Nintendo is set to reveal the NX

A new trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has been uploaded to Nintendo of Japan’s YouTube account. It can be seen above.

The trailer shows off Link running around different parts of Hyrule, snowboarding down mountain passes and taking on a couple of enemies. The trailer also shows off some of the weather system that players will encounter in the game. There isn’t any dialogue in the video, but the new score that will accompany the game plays throughout.

Watch the Nintendo NX trailer right here, right now

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Watch the Nintendo NX trailer right here, right now

Preview trailer offers preliminary details

Nintendo will release the first trailer for its NX platform at 10 a.m. ET on Thursday, Oct. 20. You can watch it right here, right now.

We don’t know what to expect from the brief video yet — Nintendo simply said its preview trailer "will serve as Nintendo's preliminary announcement of information regarding the platform" — but I’d guess it won’t be a nitty-gritty detailing of Nintendo's next-generation game system. Rather, my money is on something more akin to the announcement of the Wii. Remember that video? All it did was unveil the name.

Smite developer reveals turn-based strategy spinoff, Smite Tactics

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Smite developer reveals turn-based strategy spinoff, Smite Tactics

Built a deck of gods

Hi-Rez Studios, the developer behind Smite and the recently released Paladins, revealed a new game today during a livestream. It’s called Smite Tactics and takes the mythological gods and monsters of Smite’s pantheons and sends them to a new battlefield with turn-based — and card-based — tactical combat.

Smite Tactics began its existence as a paper prototype tabletop game. It’s set in the Smite universe and is built to be played with both a keyboard and a controller, Hi-Rez Studios said. Players will assume control of gods like Zeus or Odin, then position their units, determined by a deck of cards, on a grid-based board and use the terrain and godlike powers to dispatch their foes.