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Last month (following numerous rumors), Nintendo confirmed that they've partnered with Microsoft to bring Cuphead to Switch. This popular run-and-gun platformer caught the eyes of many gamers thanks to its 1930s-inspired art style, and as of today, you can enjoy it on Nintendo's hybrid console. Eventually, it will even support Xbox Live, but that will require a post-launch patch. In the meantime, developer Studio MDHR has released a short and sweet launch trailer.

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The potential audience for Nintendo Switch just got a lot bigger. Earlier today, a report surfaced from China suggesting that Tencent, one of the world's largest game publishers, has been provisionally approved to sell Nintendo Switch bundled with a demo version of New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe in China. Shortly after this story broke, Nintendo confirmed a Chinese partnership with Tencent to The Wall Street Journal.

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Update: Parts of US Gamer's translation have been called incorrect by outlets with a better track record for Japanese translation. Corrected information has been included in the article. 

The rumor mill has been buzzing with reports of new Nintendo Switch models on the horizon in recent months, and today yet another one surfaced. The latest comes from Japanese publication Nikkei, the world's largest financial newspaper and the same group that reported Nintendo was working on a smaller, cheaper Switch in January. They've since acquired more information from their sources about both the "Switch Lite" and a second, more powerful model.

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"The Nintendo Switch Online app sure is a thing that exists," I often thought to myself. Since its September 2018 launch, the companion application to the Switch's online service amounted to little more than mobile software fodder, what with Nintendo's own afterthought-like support of the feature. The underwhelming app touted an unnecessarily complex and tacked-on voice chat feature as its main selling point, something fans can already accomplish on their own with simpler workarounds through the likes of Skype and Discord. It's always left much to be desired.

Last night, however, everything changed with the formal announcement of Version 3.0 for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and our first look at the supplementary "Smash World" feature for the NSOnline app. I'm happy to say that, with Nintendo's familiar approach for additional support behind their fastest and highest-grossing Switch title, the app might finally be worth downloading on our mobile devices at last!

Last year, Nintendo surprised fans by announcing that they had secured Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 as a Nintendo Switch exclusive. With Avengers: Endgame about to hit theaters, the Marvel hype will be high this Summer, and Nintendo's capitalizing on that energy with a long-awaited sequel. Thanks to a recent press release, we now have more details about the game, including its release date.

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The Phantom Thieves of Hearts' calling card has been sent, and the long-anticipated Treasure finally materializes! Within a day's time, Joker from Persona 5 will touch down in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as Challenger #1 from the Fighters' Pass DLC, four months after his show-stopping reveal at The Game Awards 2018. Joker won't be coming alone, bringing the whole crew of Phantom Thieves along for the ride and a stage based on the Palace born from everyone's hearts — Mementos!

Not only that, Ultimate is also getting the hefty Version 3.0 update that brings a ton of surprises with it. Hit the jump for the full story!

Last night, millions of Nintendo Switch consoles around the world were upgraded to Version 8.0.0. A variety of new features were added, including new icons, the ability to sort software, and a zoom feature in the System Settings, but the biggest new addition is the often-requested ability to transfer save data from one Switch to another.

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It's a good time to be a fan of Nintendo art. About a month ago, we learned that The Art of Super Mario Odyssey is getting a Western release this October, and it won't be alone. Nintendo has just announced (via Amazon listings) that The Art of Splatoon 2 is also coming to North America and Europe the same month. If you're a fan of those stylish squids and kids, you won't want to pass this up!

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Even though it launched with zero marketing build-up, Apex Legends has quickly become one of the most popular games in the world, with over 50 million players attracted in its first month. Despite this phenomenal start, there's still room for improvement. Apex Legends is currently available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. But what about Nintendo's fast-selling Switch console? Respawn Entertainment Project Lead Drew McCoy tackled that question in a recent Q/A video.

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During last month's Nindies Showcase, we got a good look at an upcoming game called Katana Zero. This fast-paced action-platformer from Askiisoft features nothing but one hit KOs... for the enemies and you. Fortunately, you can rewind time upon your death, learn from your mistakes, and try again. Katana Zero hits Switch and PC on April 18th. If you're not sure about buying it yet, we have some good news! Lots of footage has surfaced from review copies, including the game's first 30+ minutes.

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Few gaming executives have ever captured the hearts of players like Reggie Fils-Aime. After being hired as Nintendo's Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing in 2003, Reggie quickly became a fan favorite thanks to his E3 2004 appearance, where he famously declared, "I'm about kicking ass, I'm about taking names, and we're about making games." By 2016, Reggie had been promoted to President and COO of Nintendo of America, and he has continued to hold that post until today. All good things must come to an end, and today Reggie will step away from Nintendo to spend time with friends and family, leaving the position of President to Doug Bowser.

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Last May, Epic Games teamed up with Marvel for a crossover event that brought the villainous Thanos and his all-powerful Infinity Gauntlet to Fortnite for a limited time event. Players could find and equip the gauntlet to transform into Thanos himself and wreak havoc on their opponents with overpowered punches and laser attacks. The event was short-lived, but data miners believe it will be returning soon.

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A few months back Celeste developer Matt Thorson revealed that a new chapter is headed to the game as DLC. This final update is titled Chapter 9: Farewell, and it will be free on all platforms. Farewell will be a single, continuous chapter (no B-Side) with some new mechanics, and it's said to be the hardest Celeste challenge yet. We haven't heard much about it since January, but today Matt shared an update.

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Last week, we got the surprising news that Super Mario Odyssey is getting a virtual reality mode. Customers who purchase the Nintendo Labo VR Kit will be able to enjoy three new missions in this new view, but that's not all. Since that announcement, Nintendo has also revealed that a "Theater Mode" will hit the game on April 25th, the same day as the VR update.

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Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, described by developer Ninja Theory as an "independent AAA game," made a huge splash back in 2017. Its blend of combat, puzzle-solving, and story-telling (which itself blends themes of mythology and mental health) captivated players. These days Microsoft owns the property, but that didn't stop the game from coming to Nintendo Switch. Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is available today on Nintendo's hybrid console.

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