Nintendo releases Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp a day earlier, download links available now

Although Nintendo announced yesterday that Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will be released in the App Store and Google Play on November 22, the developer decided to take the wraps off the highly-anticipated game one day early.

If you’re rocking an Android smartphone or an iPhone, you can now download Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp on your device. It’s available for free via App Store and Google Play but includes some serious in-app purchases. Also, make sure you have a persistent Internet connection, otherwise you won’t be able to play the game.

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Nintendo announces Super Mario Run has 200 million downloads, but it's not too profitable

Super Mario Run is Nintendo’s first foray into the mobile gaming industry. Even though the game proved to be pretty popular among Android and iOS users, it didn’t reach the level of profitability Nintendo expected.

During Nintendo’s latest earnings report, the Japanese company announced Super Mario Run now has more than 200 million downloads on both Android and iOS platforms. However, Nintendo claims that despite this impressive numbers, the game “had not yet reached an acceptable profit point.”

Super Mario Run is a free to download game but requires players …

Nintendo announces Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp game, coming to Android and iOS in late November

As expected, Nintendo unveiled its newest mobile game, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. Not yet available for download, the game will be launched in the App Store and Google Play in late November, the developer announced.

If you’re not familiar with the Animal Crossing franchise, then you’ll probably want to know what’s this all about. First off, this is an old series of games that made its debut on the Nintendo 64 back more than 15 years ago.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is a game in which players must build a camp life with friends and their favorite animals. …

Nintendo hid a copy of the NES game 'Golf' on every Switch

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In the long history of weird Nintendo moments, this one stands out.

Tucked away deep within the Nintendo Switch operating system is the data for an NES original, Golf. It’s playable by one or two players using Switch Joy-Cons and it even appears to support motion controls… or it would, if anyone knew how to unlock it.

For now, knowledge of Golf‘s existence on Switch comes entirely SwitchBrew.org, a wiki focused on hacking and analyzing the software powering Nintendo’s latest console. It’s not a piracy thing, however; “homebrew” programmers try to crack the code on gaming machines primarily to install software that wouldn’t otherwise be supported. Read more…

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Nintendo Switch Online companion app launched on Android and iOS

Do you own a Switch handheld game console? If the answer is yes, then you’ve probably already purchased the highly-anticipated Splatoon 2, which is expected to make its debut on the Nintendo Switch on July 21.

Well, it looks like Nintendo has just released Switch Online companion app for its handheld game console. The application is available on both Android and iOS platforms, and it’s been designed to boost the online gameplay experience on the Nintendo Switch.

For example, if you play Splatoon 2, you will be able to take advantage of the dedicated SplatNet 2 service, which will …

Nintendo details new Fire Emblem: Heroes major update coming on May 2

Fire Emblem: Heroes is the Nintendo mobile game with the highest revenue, according to the latest reports. Even though the game was launched many months later than Super Mario Run, Fire Emblem’s monetization model allows it to make more money than Nintendo’s first mobile title.

If you’re already playing Fire Emblem: Heroes on either Android and iOS, then you’ll be happy to know Nintendo recently detailed some of the new features and improvements it will add in the next update.

Speaking of which, the next major update for Fire Emblem: Heroes should be released …

Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controllers work with Android phones and tablets

In case you aren’t up to speed with Nintendo’s latest portable/home console hybrid, the Nintendo Switch, it comes with two tiny gamepads, called Joy-Cons, that can be used either separately from one another, or serve as the two halves of a somewhat more traditional controller. And by traditional, we mean something that resembles the head of a dog, but that’s another story entirely.

Anyway, since the Switch launched a couple of days ago, gamers have discovered that Joy-Cons can work as standard Bluetooth controllers on PC, Mac, and now – Android, meaning you can …

Nintendo Switch vs. Wii U: Which 'Zelda' plays better?

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There are two versions of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild available to buy. Only one of them requires a new console purchase, which has lots of Nintendo fans wondering which is better. Is it more stable on established hardware like the Wii U or the newer Switch?

The results, according to the experts at Digital Foundry, are inconclusive. The Switch version outputs to TV at a higher resolution than Wii U — 900p versus 720p — but the resolution boost comes with an occasional cost: lowered frame rates.

It’s an issue that manifests in both versions of the game, for different reasons. While DF notes a marginal Switch advantage — in tablet mode, the frame rate issues disappear — the video also admits that more testing is needed. Read more…

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Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app let's you limit non-existent online gaming

The Nintendo Switch officially gets released tomorrow, but Nintendo is prepping by releasing the Switch Parental Controls app for both Android and iOS users. The app does much what you’d expect allowing parents to limit how long kids can play games on any given day, limit what age rating games can be and more. However, the video that accompanies the release is very interesting to say the least.

The video follows Bowser and Bowser Jr (Nintendo’s most famous father-son duo, surprisingly enough) as it discusses the features of the Switch Parental Controls app. If you don’t want …

Nintendo grossed $53 million from Super Mario Run since its launch last month

Since its launch in December, mobile video game Super Mario Run has amassed $53 million in revenue for Nintendo, according to the company. And that amount was achieved with the game available only for iOS devices. The Android version of the game, which is expected to launch in March, could bring tens of millions of additional dollars into Nintendo’s coffers. The game is free to download and a couple of levels of game play are also on the house. After you play those free levels, you will have to shell out $9.99 to enjoy the rest of the game. The Android version of Super Mario Run is expected to …