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Thursday, October 20, 2016

10/20/2016 - Nintendo Reveals the New Nintendo Switch Video Game System
Nintendo Switch World Premiere Demonstrates New Entertainment Experiences from a Home Gaming System

Detachable Controllers Reinvent Gaming

REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 20, 2016 – In an introductory video released today (http://www.nintendo.com/switch ), Nintendo provided the first glimpse of its new home gaming system and revealed that it is called Nintendo Switch. In addition to providing single and multiplayer thrills at home, the Nintendo Switch system also enables gamers to play the same title wherever, whenever and with whomever they choose. The mobility of a handheld is now added to the power of a home gaming system to enable unprecedented new video game play styles.

At home, Nintendo Switch rests in the Nintendo Switch Dock that connects the system to the TV and lets you play with family and friends in the comfort of your living room. By simply lifting Nintendo Switch from the dock, the system will instantly transition to portable mode, and the same great gaming experience that was being enjoyed at home now travels with you. The portability of Nintendo Switch is enhanced by its bright high-definition display. It brings the full home gaming system experience with you to the park, on an airplane, in a car, or to a friend’s apartment.

Gaming springs into action by removing detachable Joy-Con controllers from either side of Nintendo Switch. One player can use a Joy-Con controller in each hand; two players can each take one; or multiple Joy-Con can be employed by numerous people for a variety of gameplay options. They can easily click back into place or be slipped into a Joy-Con Grip accessory, mirroring a more traditional controller. Or, if preferred, the gamer can select an optional Nintendo Switch Pro Controller to use instead of the Joy-Con controllers. Furthermore, it is possible for numerous people to bring their Nintendo Switch systems together to enjoy local multiplayer face-to-face competition.

“Nintendo Switch allows gamers the freedom to play however they like,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO, Nintendo of America. “It gives game developers new abilities to bring their creative visions to life by opening up the concept of gaming without boundaries.”

Developers can design their games supporting a variety of play styles, which gives gamers the freedom to choose an experience that best suits them. Some of the publishers, developers and middleware partners announcing support for Nintendo Switch are as follows:
  • 505 Games
  • Activision Publishing, Inc.
  • Audiokinetic Inc.
  • Autodesk, Inc.
  • BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
  • Bethesda
  • Codemasters®
  • CRI Middleware Co., Ltd.
  • DeNA Co., Ltd.
  • Electronic Arts
  • Epic Games Inc.
  • Firelight Technologies
  • FromSoftware, Inc.
  • Frozenbyte
  • GameTrust
  • Gungho Online Entertainment, Inc.
  • HAMSTER Corporation
  • Havok
  • Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
  • LEVEL-5 Inc.
  • Marvelous Inc.
  • Maximum Games, LLC
  • Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.
  • Parity Bit Inc.
  • PlatinumGames Inc.
  • RAD Game Tools, Inc.
  • RecoChoku Co., Ltd.
  • SEGA Games Co., Ltd.
  • Silicon Studio Corporation
  • Spike Chunsoft Co., Ltd.
  • Starbreeze Studios
  • Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
  • Telltale Games
  • THQ Nordic
  • Tokyo RPG Factory Co., Ltd.
  • TT Games
  • Ubitus Inc.
  • Unity Technologies, Inc.
  • Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Web Technology Corp
Today’s video incorporated short glimpses of representative gameplay to demonstrate the liberating nature of the Nintendo Switch home gaming system. Full game demonstrations, the list of launch window titles, as well as launch date, price, product configuration and related specifics, will be shown and announced prior to the March launch.

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U™ and Wii™ home consoles, and Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ families of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 4.4 billion video games and more than 693 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™, Nintendo GameCube™ and Wii systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company’s website at http://www.nintendo.com .  

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

10/19/2016 - New Six Part How To Video Series for Civilization VI
2K and Firaxis Games Release Six Part “How to” video series for Sid Meier’s Civilization VI
Today, 2K and Firaxis Games have released a six-part “How to” video series to prepare gamers for the launch of Sid Meier’s Civilization VI on October 21, 2016.

In this video, we'll answer one of the most common questions for new players, "How do I know which Civ to choose?" We'll show you what to look for when you are deciding between which civilization to lead to victory.


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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

10/18/2016 - Twitter and Xbox Partner for Gears of War 4 Promotion

To mark the release of Gears of War 4, Twitter is launching #PartnerUp, a new initiative in partnership with Xbox.  The collaboration brings gamers together and enables them to create a new gaming experience once connected by the social platform.

All a gamer needs to do is simply Tweet using the #PartnerUp hashtag and they will get an auto-response from @xboxuk acknowledging their involvement, as shown in the following link:

Gamers have two more days to post about #PartnerUp and on October 20th they will receive a Tweet from @xboxuk connecting them with their new gaming partner. It's then over to them to begin their gaming journey together.

In the world of online gaming, Twitter and Xbox are aiming to help likeminded players come together through a common interest and shared passion. Using Gears of War 4 as a spring board, the campaign aims to see what can be achieved when players combine their shared interest to achieve a greater common goal, whilst having a bit of fun at the same time!

#PartnerUp is a promoted campaign by Xbox to endorse the release of Gears of War 4. Last week the console manufacturer launched Twitter stickers that gaming fans could use to customise their Tweets, followed by a First View video ad to support the campaign.

Mike Rapson, Category Manager, Xbox Games said: “Gears of War 4 is an inherently social experience so partnering with Twitter on this campaign was the perfect way to help bring fans together and encourage them to experience multiplayer.”

The start of 2016 saw the social network launch the @TwitterGaming platform – a hub for all things games related, bringing news from around the world on all of the most popular and anticipated titles.

#PartnerUp follows a collaboration with Grime artist JME (@JMEBBK) for the launch of the new Gears of War 4 game, where the rapper gave people chance to find him through various clues given out during a Periscope livestream. The first person who located JME got a chance to join the Grime MC in a live co-op game which was also streamed live via the platform.

Alice Beverton Palmer, Media Partnerships, Twitter UK said: “At Twitter we are always looking for innovative ways to engage our users, and with such a huge gaming audience active right now on the platform, partnering with Xbox on this project made a lot of sense. We are very excited to be able to have this opportunity to create new possibilities for modern gamers on Twitter.”

One pair of newly partnered up gamers will also receive a load of exclusive Xbox goodies that will be Tweeted on October 21st to the lucky winners.

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