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Astral Chain Gets First Piece of Key Artwork

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New key artwork for Astral Chain, the upcoming action game for Nintendo Switch, has surfaced on the Japanese Nintendo eShop.

Astral Chain is due out for Switch on August 30.

NEW SUPER MARIO MAKER 2 DETAILS REVEALED

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Did you miss the last Nintendo Direct? Don’t worry, here you will find all the information about Super Mario Maker 2.

During the Super Mario Maker 2 Direct video presentation, Nintendo shared new details about Super Mario Maker 2, launching exclusively for Nintendo Switch on 28th June. The presentation also announced the upcoming Super Mario Maker 2 Invitational 2019 tournament, streaming live online the weekend before E3 from Los Angeles.

To view the entire Nintendo Direct video chock-a-block with exciting new details, visit http://nintendodirect.nintendo.co.uk. Some of the highlights revealed in the video include:

  • What’s New?: There are a ton of new course parts, tools and features for creators to use in Super Mario Maker 2, some of which include:
    • Slopes – Create angled surfaces by just picking a direction and setting the length. Gentler slopes are an additional option as well.
    • Angry Sun – Remember the angry sun that attacked Mario in Super Mario Bros. 3? It’s back and ready to put the pressure on players in this new game.
    • ON/OFF Switch – Hit an ON/OFF Switch, and all the red and blue blocks in the course will swap. Setting them up wisely will help players create tricky puzzles and obstacles.
    • Water Level – The water level in Super Mario Maker 2 can be adjusted in the Forest theme, so only half the course can be underwater if that’s what the player wants. Water can even be set to rise and fall at different speeds over time.
    • Banzai Bill – The red variations of these classic Super Mario enemies have a homing function that chases poor Mario wherever he goes.
    • Co-op Making: Pass a Joy-Con controller to a friend to create a course together.
    • To Be Continued…: There are more new secrets in Super Mario Maker 2. Players will have a blast experimenting with all the tools and features they can use to create the courses of their dreams.
  • Story Mode: In the single-player Story Mode, which can be played entirely offline, Mario sets out to help rebuild Princess Peach’s castle. To fund this reconstruction project, he needs to collect Coins, which he can earn by accepting jobs from the bulletin board and completing the associated courses. Story Mode is a great way for makers to get inspired, with more than 100 original Nintendo-crafted courses to play.
  • New Course Themes: In addition to all the course themes from the original game, players will be able to create and play courses using the Desert, Snow, Forest and Sky themes. These themes feature new music by veteran Super Mario series composer Koji Kondo. The new Moon course part can be used to unlock night versions of course themes. And depending on the theme used, wild things will happen at night, including floating Goombas, dimmed lighting in the Ghost House and sandstorms in the Desert. Some items might even transform during nighttime…
  • Super Mario 3D World: Players can choose to create their courses in the style of Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World,New Super Mario Bros. U and a new style based on Super Mario 3D World. Some new features unique to this style include:
    • Cat Mario – Cat Mario can climb walls, scratch, slide and pounce on enemies. Players can even use Cat Mario to climb up the Goal Pole.
    • Clear Pipe – Clear Pipes can be placed in any shape the player wants, but they have to be careful, as enemies can also slide through these transparent pipes.
    • Koopa Troopa Car – Hop in this sweet ride and zoom through the course. Players just need to make sure not to crash!
    • Track Block – The Track Block will follow any path the player draws. The blue one starts moving when the player steps on it.
    • Piranha Creeper – The Piranha Creeper follows the path that the player draws, extending its dangerous spiky stem around the course.
    • Who’s Who in Super Mario 3D World?: A cast of other familiar faces will also make appearances in Super Mario Maker 2, so players are in for a treat.
  • Course World: An online hub where players can play and share courses, as well as play together, Course World is available for players around the world who have a membership to Nintendo Switch Online. Players can browse by Popular Courses, New Courses or even search for specific tags like “puzzle-solving” or “autoscroll” using a pre-defined set of filters. Once a course is downloaded, it can be played anytime – even offline. Players can also personalise their Mii character’s appearance using items like shirts and hats that unlock after completing various objectives. In Endless Challenge, players will try to complete as many Course World courses as possible on the difficulty of their choice before getting a game over. Earning impressive scores in this mode might even get the player on the Leaderboards.
  • Play Together: In Course World, players can play courses with people from all over the world. When playing with four players, players can choose Mario, Luigi, Toad or Toadette.
    • Multiplayer Versus – Four players face off in a side-scrolling showdown in this online multiplayer mode. Each player will be assigned a different character, then race each other in a randomly selected course. The player who clears the course first wins and increases their Versus Rating.
    • Multiplayer Co-op – In this online mode, up to four players must work together to beat the course. If one player finishes it, everyone wins.
    • Nearby Play – If up to four players each own a Nintendo Switch console and a copy of Super Mario Maker 2, one of them can set up a virtual room that the others in the same location can join to play together, each on their own console. Only the player setting up the room needs an internet connection.
  • Super Mario Maker 2 Invitational 2019 – On 8th June, four members of the Super Mario Maker community will compete in a variety of wild and unpredictable Super Mario Maker 2 courses designed by Nintendo’s Treehouse team. The event will open up the festivities at The Theatre at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, starting at 20:00 CEST and will be followed by the Splatoon 2 World Championship 2019 and the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate World Championship 3v3 2019. For more information, visit https://www.nintendo-europe.com/e3.

For more information about Super Mario Maker 2, visit http://supermariomaker2.nintendo.co.uk

Beat Saber QUEEN

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Some cool Beat Saber QUEEN videos.

Bboom Bboom (MOMOLAND) Cheerleader Hyunsook Seo:

[퍼펙트센스 BeatSaber QUEEN] 100BILLS (In game) 태권소녀 태미:

Beat Saber with Brie Larson:

Sabrina Carpenter – Thumbs

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I stumbled upon this song today and instantly fell in love with it. Original and different, an interesting voice, and cute. My new favorite.

Or listen on Spotify:

Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae

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The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders shot their 2013 Swimsuit Calendar in the beautiful Dominican Republic. They decided to have a little fun and make their own cover of Carly Rae’s “Call Me Maybe”.

You can find Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders on Facebook at
https://www.facebook.com/DolphinsCheerleaders
Or visit http://www.miamidolphins.com/

Nintendo Switch System Update 8.0.0 Out Now

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Nintendo has released the system update version 8.0.0 for the Nintendo Switch.

Added the following system functionality:

  • A Sort Software feature is available after selecting to view All Software from the HOME Menu.
    • Software can be sorted by time last played, total play time, software title, and software publisher.
    • The All Software option displays when there are 13 or more software icons on the HOME Menu.
  • A View All Available News option is available within News, allowing you to view all news items currently being distributed.
    • Go to News > Channel List > View More.
  • Select from 15 new icons from the Splatoon 2 and Yoshi’s Crafted World games for your user.
    • To edit your user icon, head to your My Page on the top left of the HOME Menu > Profile.
  • A feature to Transfer Your Save Data is now available, allowing you to transfer your save data for individual games between your Nintendo Switch systems.
    • Go to System Settings > Data Management > Transfer Your Save Data.
    • Save data will not remain on your source system after the transfer process completes.
  • A Zoom feature can be enabled from within System Settings.
    • Go to System Settings > System to turn Zoom ON.
    • Once enabled, you can use the Zoom feature by pressing the HOME Button twice.
  • An option is available to prevent the system from waking from Sleep Mode when an AC adapter is disconnected.
    • Go to System Settings > Sleep Mode > Wake When AC Adapter is Disconnected.
    • This also applies when undocking your console.
  • A VR Mode (3D Visuals) restriction is available within Parental Controls.
    • This will also be available in the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app through a later update.
    • Go to System Settings > Parental Controls.
    • These settings can also be changed from within Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit.
  • Hong Kong / Taiwan / South Korea is available for selection in Region.
    • Go to System Settings > System > Region.
  • The following names have been changed (functionality remains the same).
    • Save Data Cloud Backup > Save Data Cloud.
    • Transfer Your User and Save Data > Transfer Your User Data.

Easter food

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Easter is coming and it’s time to figure out what to eat during Easter period. And of course, I’m discussing it with my children what we should make and eat. This led me to a discussion with my younger son this morning.

I asked my younger son, “What we eat at Easter?” and then I suggested that maybe we could make a rabbit stew.

He looked at me with reproving face and said, “It’s cruel”.

I asked, “Why,” and offered, “maybe chicken then?”

He thought about it a little bit and said, “Maybe,” and a few moments later decided, “no, it’s also not nice.”

“Maybe lamb then?” I continued.

This time he took a longer pause to think about it and some time later he said, “Maybe… I don’t know… maybe not”.

I thought of myself that this thing is going to look like we are going to eat chocolate eggs and carrots this Easter.

Later I remembered that I should have asked about boiled eggs and about one of his favorite foods, scrambled eggs. So when I collected him from School later, I asked him, “What about boiled eggs and scrambled eggs?”

“Scrambled eggs are good,” he approved immediately.

“But chicks?” I was surprised. “Eggs are unborn chicks, all these unborn chicks, beaten, cooked and eaten?”

“Don’t be silly dad,” he said, “these are eggs, most of them would never become chicks.”

Borderlands 3 is finally official and got it’s first trailer

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Borderlands fans have been waiting for the new Borderlands game for years. Finally, after all these years, rumors and teasers, Gearbox finally confirmed Borderlands 3’s existence. Although they did not share many details about the game, we did get a good look at first gameplay trailer.

We’ll be shooting things up in various locations, have four new characters, new villains, over a billion weapons, some guns even walks on two legs and NPCs from the earlier games – Lilith, Tiny Tina, Kincaid, Sir Hammerlock, Mordecai, and others.

The release date wasn’t announced today, but according to Take-Two Borderlands 3 is coming out sometime before March 31, 2020. Some sources refer to November 2019.

As announced at the panel, more details about Borderlands 3 will be revealed on April 3.

Xbox Game Pass – Just Cause 4, LEGO Batman 2, and More

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Xbox Game Pass gets four new games in the first half of March:

Just Cause 4 (March 6)

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Rico Rodriguez gliding to Xbox Game Pass on March 6! Xbox One players will be able to play as the rugged rogue agent and venture to the Island of Solis where you can unleash chaos in a number of explosive & creative ways. With Rico’s newly customizable grappling hook, you’ll be able to stride, glide and ride through exotic landscapes besieged by extreme weather, pushing you and enemy Black Hand militia to their limits as you lead an army of chaos. Lightning-ridden rainforests, roaring deserts, howling snowstorms…Oh and did we mention tornados!? Take in the sights and stay a while. Just Cause 4 is an open world sandbox designed for exploratory, experimental, over-the-top fun, ready for you on Xbox Game Pass.

LEGO Batman 2 (March 6)

Calling all crime fighters! Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, Superman, and more playable DC Comics characters than you can shake a shark repellent covered stick at, are back to save Gotham City. Play as different members of the Justice League in this open world single or multiplayer game, while stopping Lex Luthor, Joker, and more notorious villains in their tracks.

F1 2018 (March 14)

The official videogame of the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship, F1 2018 challenges you to make headlines as you become immersed in the world of F1 more than ever before. You will have to build your reputation both on and off the track, with time-pressured media interviews that influence your career in the sport. Do you exhibit sportsmanship or showmanship? Will you develop your team to the top or send your agent to target a rival team and driver? F1 2018 puts you in control of your destiny. Featuring all of the official teams, the drivers and all 21 circuits of the thrilling 2018 season. 2018 sees the return of the French and German Grand Prix to the calendar meaning that you can now race at Circuit Paul Ricard for the first time ever in the series while the Hockenheimring makes a return.

Fallout 4 (March 14)

Returning to your Xbox Game Pass library in a shiny set of Power Armor, Fallout 4 drops you back into the Commonwealth as you set out to search for your missing son. Explore the wasteland, fight vicious Deathclaws and gain new abilities to help shape the fate of a post-apocalyptic Boston. The more you explore, the more you discover, so be sure to scour every inch of the game’s huge map. After all, there will always be another settlement that needs your help.

Nintendo Entertainment System – March Game Updates – Nintendo Switch Online

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On March 13, classics Kid Icarus and StarTropics join dozens of other NES games as part of the Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online collection.

Kid Icarus – The evil goddess Medusa has stolen the Three Sacred Treasures and imprisoned the goddess of light, Palutena, in her evil plot to control all. Play as Pit, a young angel who has been entrusted with a magical bow and arrow. Fight against hordes of enemies that swoop from above and below. Secure the Three Sacred Treasures from their evil guardians, equip them, and face Medusa in the final battle! Are you the stuff of legends? Restore peace to Angel Land, and prove your worth!

StarTropics – Step into the shoes of Mike Jones, a teenage star pitcher from Seattle, who has come to the tropics to visit his famous archeologist uncle, Dr. Jones. After being told that his uncle has been abducted, Mike begins a perilous quest in order to rescue him and figure out the mysterious plot behind his disappearance. Luckily for Mike, he meets helpful villagers and finds more powerful weapons as he explores numerous locations and island hops using his uncle’s submarine.

For more information about Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online, visit https://goo.gl/Vw25zj