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Nintendo reveals foldable New 2DS XL for $149

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 28, 2017 2:18 am

Just hours after reporting its latest yearly earnings, Nintendo starts off its new fiscal year with a brand new handheld in the 3DS family: the New 2DS XL.



Nintendo's New 2DS XL is perhaps the logical successor to the 3DS that doesn't actually replace it, and represents an incredibly smart move in Nintendo's part. The New 2DS XL hits all the right checkboxes: it has a clamshell folding mechanism with dual XL screens, no pesky 3D gimmick, a faster processor, a C-stick, and the best part: it'll play all existing and new 3DS games.


We also expect the New 2DS XL to have access to the Super Nintendo Virtual Console library too. The New 2DS XL launches July 28, the same day as Hey Pikmin! and Miitopia, for the lower price of $149.

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AMD's new Ryzen Balanced Power Plan drivers are here

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 28, 2017 1:37 am

AMD hasn't had the smoothest launch with Ryzen, but the company is quickly refining its new CPU architecture and now we have the latest release of its core logic (chipset) drivers, for Windows 7, 8.1, and 10.




AMD's new v17.10 WHQL drivers include the new Windows power management plan 'Ryzen Balanced Power' which will be better than the stock 'Balanced' power plan in Windows 10, something that will allow better power management through Windows, to the silicon-level power management logic inside of Ryzen processors through SenseMI.


This includes fine-grained voltage and clock gating over individual cores, something that would normally trip up latency problems with OS-level power management through P-state triggers. The new power plan is compatible with AMD's new A320, B350, and X370 chipsets, and is available right here.

Switch to get 'continuous stream' of third-party games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 28, 2017 12:28 am

Nintendo has made dozens of partnerships with third-party publishers and developers to fill out the Switch's games library, and now the company re-affirms its commitment to keeping Switch owners happy.




As a Nintendo Switch owner I'm not so happy with the games lineup so far, and would like more of a selection of games. The console's first-party lineup has been described as an "IP treasure trove", with strong games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, Splatoon 2, and Super Mario Odyssey in the holiday season. But what about third-party games?


"In addition, we will maintain favorable conditions surrounding Nintendo Switch by providing a continuous stream of appealing third-party titles across varying genres. We aim to stimulate the platform and expand sales going into the holiday season this year," Nintendo said in its latest FY 2016 earnings report.

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Nintendo 3DS isn't going anywhere

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 27, 2017 10:15 pm

UPDATE: Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima recently issued the following statement on the company's fiscal earnings briefing:


"As we conveyed at the Corporate Management Policy Briefing in February, Nintendo 3DS has characteristics as a handheld system that differ from those of Nintendo Switch. We do not think that they compete directly in terms of price point or playstyle. We will run businesses separately and in parallel.


"We have also already stated that we think it is critical that we provide software unique to Nintendo 3DS in order to run both the Nintendo Switch business and the Nintendo 3DS business in parallel.


"At the same time, we will also provide new hardware options to help maintain the momentum of the Nintendo 3DS business."


The 3DS and Nintendo Switch will live alongside one another at least for another year.




Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima has already said the company's new Switch handheld-console hybrid won't cannibalize its long-running 3DS handheld, iterating that the "Switch and the 3DS can co-exist for the time being." Now the company's latest fiscal year earnings report reaffirms Mr. Kimishima's commitment.


Why won't Nintendo just phase out the 3DS and focus solely on the Switch? Well for one the handheld has now accumulated 66.12 million sales in its lifetime, and an incredible 329.25 million software sales. There's tons of 3DS owners out there who avidly consume software--2016 was a big year for 3DS game sales, with Pokemon Sun & Moon racking up 15.44 million units globally, and Super Mario Maker pushing 2.34 million units. Nintendo would be quite foolish to just flush the platform down the drain, especially since this platform was a big part of its massive 521% FY2016 profits boost. In fact, Nintendo says its focus on the 3DS will continue throughout 2017 and 2018. "Total sales volume for the Nintendo 3DS hardware worldwide has surpassed 66 million units and it has developed into a platform that we can rely on for software sales," the Japanese console-maker said in its latest earnings report.

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Messenger Lite now available in 150 additional countries

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 27, 2017 9:07 pm

In October 2016, Facebook released Facebook Messenger Lite, a stripped-down version of Messenger with a reduced feature set.


The app is aimed primarily at old Android phones and, when released, regions where high-speed Internet is not widely available. The app was first made available in Kenya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and Venezuela.




Facebook has now finally decided to expand Messenger Lite's reach, and the company made the app available in 150 additional countries, including Germany, Colombia, Italy, Vietnam, Algeria, Morocco, Nigeria, Peru, Turkey, Japan, Taiwan and the Netherlands.

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Nintendo sold 2.74 million Switch systems in first month

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 27, 2017 7:37 pm

In Nintendo's latest yearly earnings report the Japanese console-maker confirms the Nintendo Switch sold 2,740,000 units in its first month of global availability.




By selling 2.74 million units across the globe, the Nintendo Switch's first-month performance has overshot Nintendo's original sales projection by 740,000 units, or 37%. Nintendo Switch software sales were just as impressive, hitting 5.46 million units totally, including physical cartridge, bundles, and digital game sales.


In fact, Nintendo actually sold more copies of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on the Switch than it did Switch consoles: Breath of the Wild sold 2.76 million units on the Nintendo Switch, passing the console's 2.74 million units by some 20,000 sales. The new Zelda game also performed strongly on the Wii U with 1.08 million sales.

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Nintendo profits increase by 521%

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 27, 2017 6:54 pm

Thanks to strong Switch console sales and the company's diverse portfolio, Nintendo's bottom line profits have surged by over 500% from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017.




Nintendo has just reported its Fiscal Year 2016 earnings and it's fair to say the Japanese console-maker is back in the game. The company made an incredible 102.5 billion yen ($922.5 million) in profit attributed to parent (total profit gains) in its last year of operations, up by 521.5% from last year's 16.5 billion yen. It's worth noting, however, that this total profit represents Nintendo's complete portfolio of investments, sales, owned subsidiaries, share trades, etc after taxes and other deductions.


What's even more impressive is how valuable Nintendo's shares are now. We've reported that Nintendo's shares have skyrockted in price after the Switch launched. Nintendo reports its profits per share for FY 2017 are at 853.87 yen ($7.68), up by an incredible 521.44% from last year's 137.40 yen ($1.24). At the time of writing Nintendo's stock sits at 27,460 JPY.

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Tekken 7's boxing kangaroo nixed due to animal activists

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 27, 2017 4:59 pm

Roger Jr., the hilarious (yet still pretty badass) boxing kangaroo found in the Tekken series, won't be making a return in Tekken 7.




Tekken creator Katsuhiro Harada confirms that Roger Jr. has been cut from Tekken 7's roster due to animal rights activism and sensitivity. While activists didn't actively campaign against Tekken or Bandai Namco to remove the kangaroo, the decision to cut Roger Jr. was a preemptive one. The publisher just didn't want that kind of bad press for their hit new fighting game.


"There was a video of a man's dog being headlocked by a kangaroo, and he punched it in the face. It turned into a big problem. People were complaining about him punching a kangaroo. It seems that in the last few years there's a lot more animal activists - even though they probably wouldn't play our game they would still hear about that, about a kangaroo in our game being punched, and would complain about it," Harada said in a recent interview with VG247.

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GeForce GT 1030 to cost $80, will compete against RX 550

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 27, 2017 9:01 am

NVIDIA is reportedly preparing a new graphics card to compete with AMD's mid-range Radeon RX 550, in what will be the purported GeForce GT 1030, and it'll be aimed at the sub-$100 market.




NVIDIA is already in the sub-$150 market with its GeForce GTX 1050 at $109, but AMD attacked the sub-$100 market with its RX 550 at $79. AMD's Radeon RX 550 has a Polaris 12 GPU, 512 stream processors, and either 2GB or 4GB of GDDR5 RAM. Not bad for $79, but the RX 560 is only $20 more at $99. Still, the RX 550 will appeal to those who don't have the additional $20, or don't want the PCIe power connector - think internet cafes, and budget PCs.




The purported GT 1030 will feature a GP108 GPU, with 512 stream processors, 32 TMUs, 16 ROPs, and 2GB/4GB of RAM on a 128-bit memory bus. NVIDIA won't require an additional PCIe power connector, as the TDP will be just 35W... while the RX 550 chews 50W.

'Kingsman' sequel releases first explosive trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 27, 2017 7:09 am

The much anticipated new trailer for the 'Kingsman' sequel is here, and it looks like it's quite convincingly upped the ante from the first film.



Starring Taron Egerton, Channing Tatum, Colin Firth, Mark Strong and even including a cameo from Elton John, 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' finds the crew teaming up with the US spy organisation called Statesman in order to battle a ruthless common enemy. Matthew Vaughn once again steps behind the camera for the sequel, which has been granted a big budget increase to $140 million for its second outing.


'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' is set to hit cinemas worldwide from 22 September 2017.