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The Nintendo Switch May Not Make It Home for the Holidays

The Nintendo Switch May Not Make It Home for the Holidays

During a recent speaking event, CEO of Nintendo America Reggie Fils-Aime said that the company could not guarantee the availability of the Switch this Holiday season. As of now, the executive has elaborated further on what he meant by the statement.

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Speaking to The Financial Times, Fils-Aime said that the console’s supply chain was “complex” going on to say that there are multiple factors that could be considered “choke points.” Some analysts in Japan are calling out Alps Electric in particular, who makes the necessary components for the Joy-Con controller system. Although, the CEO himself wouldn’t clarify which parts of the supply chain were holding production back.

“There is not one choke point, there are multiple choke points,” Reggie Fils-Aime explained. “I won’t go into any more detail but it’s not just one component. I’m going to make millions of these units to flow into the marketplace. But what I don’t know is what the demand is going to be. And there is a potential that demand is going to outstrip supply.” (http://bit.ly/2ePLXLc)

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Keep Your Fingers Crossed

The executive moved on to say that the company wants to avoid any situation where a consumer wants a Switch and can’t get one. But unfortunately, production realities and the extremely strong demand for the console are making it impossible for him to guarantee that everyone will get their hands on the system.

Fils-Aime finished the interview by stating “We don’t want to have a consumer disappointed by not being able to get one for the holiday season. But managing that complex supply chain is a challenge,” but this has left many Nintendo fans with the feeling that getting a Switch this year is almost hopeless.

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Nintendo has previously stated their intention was to ramp up production this holiday season but it could prove difficult with suppliers creating issues with previously agreed upon terms.  Currently, the company has modeled 10 million Switch sales for the current fiscal year, which ends in March 2018. As for sales, the latest data shows that the console has sold over 4.7 million units worldwide.

Hopefully, Nintendo is able to increase production enough so that most can get the system but unfortunately not even the CEO can be overly optimistic. The holidays are typically rough on retail and new hardware usually sells the fastest. The bright side of the production issue is that this shows the Switch’s growing popularity and how Nintendo is recovering after the disaster that was the Wii U.

Be sure to check back on Gigamax for the latest updates and details surrounding the Nintendo Switch and it’s availability.

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Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle – Playlist

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle – Playlist

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is unlike any kind of Mario or Rabbids game to come before it. This latest title for the Nintendo Switch is truly something special. Resembling an X-COM game, universes collide and Mario is flung into an unfamiliar world forced to fight in an unconventional manner. Using what looks like a mega-buster, Mario and his Rabbids friends blast their way through the incredible levels and exciting puzzles.

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Low Hopes For A Big Hit

Everyone had low hopes for this game, dismissing it expecting another cheap let down. Rabbids has a complicated history but that was all put aside for this latest title. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle delivers an incredible gaming experience and some true challenges as well. When it was released, people just couldn’t believe what the developers actually brought to the table.

The playlist below is where you can find all the latest Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle episodes from Gigamax Games. Be sure to stick around for more, there is so much more of this game to see. With DLC’s expected in the future and more story to play, this game has a lot to offer.

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle – YouTube PlayList

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Pokken Tournament DX Gameplay on YouTube

Pokken Tournament DX Gameplay on YouTube

Pokken Tournament DX offers something many games cannot, full blown 1v1 pokemon battles. Forget the old way of training your pokemon, Pokken Tournament DX, pokemon, gaming, fighting games, nintendo, nintendo switch, switch, video games, gigamax, gigamax gamesPokken Tournament DX takes it to an entirely new level. Developed by Bandai Namco Entertainment, known for the Tekken series, they created a Tekken like pokemon fighter and it’s a blast to play.

A Dream Come True

The pokemon use real moves from the games and series and the animations are impeccable. This playlist opens up with the Demo of the Switch version of Pokken Tournament DX. Already released for the WiiU, Nintendo wanted to create an entirely new version of the game for their new system. Even though this shows they want to deliver something even better to the gamers, it’s a little unfortunate because they’re forced to wait until the new version is released for a chance to play.

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More to Come!

Be sure to keep checking back with the Gigamax playlist of Pokken Tournament DX. Gigs and Mack will continue to revisit this exciting fighter and of course battle against each other to see who would have been the best pokemon. Forget about becoming the best pokemon trainer the world has ever known, now it’s about being the best actual pokemon and the Gigamax crew couldn’t be more excited.

Pokken Tournament DX YouTube Playlist

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Special Episode: Monster Hunter XX Nintendo Switch

Special Episode: Monster Hunter XX Nintendo Switch

On this very special episode, Gigs and Mack walk you through how to port the Japanese Demo of Monster Hunter XX (Double Cross) to the North American Nintendo Switch. Not only does the Gigamax Crew walk through the process of getting this incredible game to a North American Switch, they also take down the first boss.

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Porting the Japanese Demo to the North American Nintendo Switch isn’t a complicated process at all! The walkthrough is clear and concise and if you have any questions, be sure to leave a comment and Gigs or Mack will get right back to you.

Jump to 6:30 for the gameplay!

This is where the relatively new insect glaive goes to work on one of the most iconic boss variations from the Monster Hunter series. Those familiar with the franchise will instantly recognize the classic dinosaur but might not have had the chance to play with this weapon. Unfortunately, Gigs and Mack have no idea which stance they’re using as all the text is still in Japanese. Well, not all of it, which they found incredibly confusing.

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Below, you can find the walkthrough for the porting process and gameplay. Monster Hunter is expected to come out for PlayStation 4 early 2018 so be sure to check back here for new videos once that’s available.

SPECIAL EPISODE: Unlock Monster Hunter XX for North American Switch! & Gameplay

The Gigamax crew is huge fans of the Monster Hunter franchise and the new PlayStation 4 version has us on the edge of our seats. More Monster Hunter videos are sure to pour in fast once it’s released.

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Yooka Laylee Spit N’ Polish Update Out Now

Earlier this year the developers behind Yooka Laylee, Playtonic Games, launched an update for the PC version titled “Spit N’ Polish.” This update fixed many peoples issues with the platformer that was inspired by the glory days of Banjo-Kazooie and as of yesterday, the patch has been added to the PS4 and Xbox One editions of the game.

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One of the many changes that the indie developer made was a new optional camera that gives the player way more control over where they can position the once fidgety system. This seemed to be one of the main concerns of the Spit N’ Polish update as many reviewers considered the camera to be a major downside to the experience.

In addition to the new camera, the game also makes adjustments to the game’s flying and first person aim controls, the ability to skip cutscenes and dialogue, an option to shorten the iconic “gibberish” voice acting, and tons more that Playtonic detailed on their Spit N’ Polish blog post.

Some of the bigger changes include:

  • Pagies have added signposts to Hivory Towers to help guide players to new worlds
  • Design tweaks to all arcade games
  • Improved speed when scrolling through Totals Menu
  • New moves section added to pause menu, with image guide
  • Restart option added in the pause menu during arcade games and Kartos challenges
  • “Sonar-able” objects now have clearer visual identity
  • Laser move no longer requires player to crouch
  • Improved Transformation controls
  • Minecart control and hitbox improvements
  • Improved Rampo boss fight
  • Performance improvements
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Playtonic is still hard at work on the Nintendo Switch version,  set to replace the canceled Wii U version of Yooka Laylee. No release date has been set for their return to Nintendo but Playtonic tweeted a picture of the game running on the new console so hopefully, we’ll see it soon. The developer also detailed that the Switch version would come with the Spit N’ Polish update already implemented.

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Splatoon 2 Gameplay and Playlist | Gigamax Games

Splatoon 2 Gameplay and Playlist | Gigamax Games

Nintendo has done it again, knocking it out of the park with Splatoon 2. Available now on the Switch, it added to the short list of titles available to the console and did so in a big way. Fast paced and heart racing action, Splatoon 2 is a colorful, charming experience all the way through. The single-player is enchanting and its replayability is high. Multiplayer modes, both ranked and unranked are exciting, thrilling and weight times are extremely short.

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Overall Splatoon 2 was a welcomed addition to the Nintendo Switch repertoire of games. Gigamax Games took a close look at this unique shooter by Nintendo. Gigs and Mack show off what really makes this game more than just another shooter, and offering pro-tips along with interesting insights about the story and lore behind Splatoon 2.

Recently, Nintendo released the new I.P. ‘Arms’. Both of these latest games from Nintendo made a big splash and showed just how great of a console the Nintendo Switch will continue to be. Come take a look at ‘Arms’ in action as Gigs and Mack go head to head! 

Splatoon 2 YouTube Playlist & Gameplay with Gigmax Games

Find the Splatooin 2 Playlist from Gigamax Games below! Come back here to find the latest Splatoon 2 episodes and any other updates surrounding this new release.

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ARMS – Nintendo Switch Playlist

ARMS – Nintendo Switch Playlist with Gigamax Games

ARMS, Nintendo’s new I.P., is finally here and it was well worth the wait. This intense fighter is truly a unique mix of mechanics and chaos. Outfitted with springy arms, the goal is to knock out your opponent before they have the chance to take you out. Jumping around the selection of arenas, players fling their arms at a distance and curve the punches to eliminate their opponent. Barriers located around the ring offer players the chance to wrap their enemies arms up and counter with a devastating blow.

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Multiplayer Modes and More!

That was only one of the multiplayer options the game has to offer. V-ball and Hoops are the other game types available. V-ball is literally volleyball but instead of a ball, players play with a bomb on a timer. Once the short timer ends, the orb drops wherever it’s located and a point is scored. Players fight, not with each other, but to keep the ball in the air and on their opponents side of the net.

Hoops, a Gigamax favorite is a variation of half-court basketball, without the ball. Players fight for the opportunity to grab their opponent and either slam-dunk their enemy for two points or launch them across the arena for their chance at a three-pointer.

These game modes and the variety of fighters offer gamers a chance to spend hours throwing extended punches while never getting bored. ARMS truly shines when played with a friend, providing some nail-biting matches. Nintendo has done it again, developing an addictive fighter with some loveable characters.

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ARMS – Gigamax YouTube Playlist

Below you will find the ARMS playlist by Gigamax. Watch as Gigs and Mack go head to head, showing off all the multiplayer game modes. There will be more video’s coming soon so be sure to Like, Comment and Subscribe for more in the future.

 

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Gamestop’s 2017 First Quarter Results Are In

Gamestop’s 2017 First Quarter Earnings Report

Gamestop officially released their earnings report for the first fiscal quarter of 2017 and things are looking surprisingly good for the gaming retailer. The company showed that sales were up year over year which they credit to the “robust” sales of the Nintendo Switch.

Their total global sales were up to $2.05 billion, which is up 3.8% from last year while their comparable store sales were up 2.3%. Gamestop’s international sales jumped an astounding 17.1%, but unfortunately their U.S. sales were down 2.3%. Thanks to the Switch releasing in March, their new hardware sales were up by 24.6% but new software was down 2.3%. Gamestop attributes the poor software sales to the overlap of major game release dates last year.

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The company’s net earnings were down to $59 million from $65.8 million, but that doesn’t mean the company was hurting everywhere. In particular, the company started to dabble in collectable sales which were up 39.1% to $114.5 million. Popular Pokemon collectibles are flying off the shelves and their purchase of ‘ThinkGeek Inc’ greatly expanded their stock of merchandise. Gamestop also said that their technology brand sales were up 21.5% to $201.4 million.

Gamespot Weighs In

Popular gaming news site Gamespot held a conference call with the company yesterday which offered some interesting information. Gamestop sold more copies of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the wild then they did Nintendo Switch consoles, they are also reportedly selling out of Switch’s online before they even get to the warehouses. The retailer also stressed their continued support of VR as Playstation VR remains their Number 1 product, they also said that there will be more discussion surrounding VR at E3 this June. Gamestop had some more interesting talking points that you can find here over focused on Gamestop’s report.

We here at Gigamax are excited to see more about this information on VR they are supposedly announcing at E3. With VR hardware becoming more popular in the industry, any news about the medium is highly anticipated. As expected, digital downloads seem to be cutting into their profits but not nearly as much as we expected. As always, make sure to keep checking back with GigamaxGames.com for more information on everything gaming industry related!

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Adds Popular Classic Mode

Bananas, Turtle Shells and Mushrooms… OH MY!

Fans of the Mario Kart series were upset to find that when the eighth entry in the series was released, it lacked the traditional battle mode. Nintendo included a highly watered down version of the balloon popping challenge instead. The new game mode have players driving around the standard tracks instead of intelligently designed arenas. This led to one of the most stagnant battle modes in all of the Mario Kart games.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is mostly a copy and paste of the original 2014 release with a few minor differences sprinkled throughout. This time around, players will get to race as Bowser Jr. and the Inklings from Splatoon. Another major change is an overhaul to the lackluster battle mode which will surely please long time fans.

So Many Maps

Nintendo is rectifying their original mistake by restoring the beloved mode to its former glory. Arenas designed with the Switch in mind are being added as well as returning maps from previous Mario Kart games. One of the most popular veteran maps, Battle Course 1, from Super Mario Kart on the SNES is also making an appearance. This time around Nintendo added guard rails and the ability to use the map’s multiple levels to dodge shells and other projectiles.

While revisiting the classics is a good way to pass the time, it’s a lot more exciting to see a game designed for the new console. Sweet Sweet Kingdom is a fresh take on the Mario Kart 8 map Sweet Sweet Canyon. This course uses a intricate system of turns and ramps that are great for setting up sneak attacks, giving players an upper hand over opponents. Next up is Dragon Palace, based on the DLC course Dragon Driftway. The course offers a center courtyard surrounded by two giant dragon statues and a two tier pagoda for fans to launch bananas and shells at each other. The third map is the Battle Stadium track, created around the original MK8 battle mode map design.  The course plays like a circuit but keeps combatants closer together, forcing them through tunnels, anti-grav areas and over ramps.

Lastly there’s the Lunar Colony battle map which shakes up the typical battle style. Since this course is located in space, players will constantly be in an anti-grav state. This leads to higher and farther jumps, players will utilize the ability to launch themselves out of moon craters located around the course. Nintendo is also adding maps from a few other franchises this time around. One of the coolest additions is a recreation of Splatoon’s Urchin Underpass map. Instead of covering the map in paint with wacky guns, this time players will launch wacky items from karts at each other.

When Can We Play Mario Kart?

Players will be able to start fighting each other on April 28th, 2017 and we here at Gigamax are pumped to jump back into this insane racing game. We loved it back in 2014 and the changes Nintendo’s making has us excited to hop back in and pop as many balloons as possible!

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Upcoming Nintendo Switch Indie Releases

Nintendo Switch: Home for Indies

The Nintendo Switch Indie game scene is shaping up to be huge for the recently released console. In a showcase that occurred during  the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco (GDC) the company announced 64 indie games that will be making their way to the console throughout 2017.





The showcase announced release dates for many of the games but left vague time frames for some. Not all the games coming to the console were highlighted during the event but will still eventually come to the Switch.

Below we have the list of Nintendo Switch Indie games that were paid extra attention to and had some sort of release date confirmed. If you’d like to see the whole showcase check out the video above.

The “Nindies”

Steamworld Dig 2: Summer 2017

Yooka-Laylee: Aprill 11th, 2017

Overcooked Special Edition: TBD 2017

The Escapist 2: TBD 2017

Gonner: TBD 2017

Kingdom Two Crowns: TBD 2017

Runner 3: Fall 2017

Blaster Master Zero: March 9th 2017

Flipping Death: TBD 2017

Graceful Explosion Machine: April 2017

Dandara: Summer 2017

Mr. Shifty: April 2017

Tumbleseed: Spring 2017

Shakedown Hawaii: TBD 2017

Pocket Rumble: March 2017

WarGroove: TBD 2017

Stardew Valley: Summer 2017

Thumper: Spring 2017

Perception: TBD 2017

Ultimate Chicken Horse: TBD 2017

Rogue Tropper Redux: TBD 2017

NBA Playgrounds: TBD 2017

Celeste: TBD 2017

The Binding of Isaac Afterbirth: March 2017

Fast RMX: March 3rd 2017

Shovel Knight Specter of Torment: March 3rd 2017

Shovel Knight Treasure Trove: March 3rd 2017

The Switch is quite the console and with Nintendo’s recent dedication to indie games this system has a bright future. Gigamax managed to get their hands on one of these elusive consoles and will be posting more content for the console as the year goes on!

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