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Project OCTOPATH TRAVELER Demo Feedback Video January 30, 2018

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Since the Nintendo Switch was first announced we’ve been heavily anticipating the game currently known as Project OCTOPATH TRAVELER. A few months ago, Square Enix released a free demo of the game and asked players across the world to provide them feedback on it.

Today, Nintendo and Square Enix released this video showing fans what changes they’re bringing to the in-development game based on player feedback. Take a look!

I wonder if the demo will get an update with some of these requested features before the final game is released.

Project OCTOPATH TRAVELER is coming in 2018 exclusively to the Nintendo Switch.


How to Properly Connect Nintendo Switch Joy Con Controllers To Wrist Straps January 30, 2018

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While many people enjoy playing the Nintendo Switch with their Joy Con Controllers attached to the console while it is in tablet mode, certain games like Super Mario Odyssey take advantage of Joy Con features which can only be used when the Joy Cons are operating independently. Also, you’ll need to separate the Joy Cons when playing two-player modes.

While independent from the console, it’s a good idea to attach your Joy Cons to their provided wrist strap accessories. This will protect the Joy Con’s connection rail and enable players to use the controller’s shoulder buttons. The issue is, first time users can sometimes have problems properly orienting their Joy Cons when attaching or unattaching these straps, and inserting them incorrectly can damage or break the controller.

So here’s a detailed video on how to properly attach your Joy Con controller to a wrist strap.

Splatoon 2 Nintendo Switch Joy Con Controllers Unboxing January 29, 2018

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We love the Nintendo Switch and have been using it nearly non stop since Christmas. In fact, one of the best multiplayer games we’ve been using on the console is Splatoon 2. To tie in with the game, Nintendo has produced this special Neon Pink/Neon Green Joy Con set for a limited run. We can always use an extra controller, so why not pick up these while they’re on sale? The best part is this unboxing video was shot in glorious 4K.

Hope you all enjoyed the unboxing, new videos are on the way!

Cycle Across Unova Now Seeking Funding January 26, 2018

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Not too long ago I wrote about the promising film, Cycle Across Kanto. In it, a group of filmmakers and professional cyclists planned to travel across the specific region of Japan believed to have inspired the geography and locations of the first Pokémon games. As a long-time fan but newer player of Pokémon games, I was really excited to check this film out after it was completed. Unfortunately, the filmmakers were unable to secure the projected budget they needed on Kickstarter and sadly wrapped their current plans for that project.

Thankfully, Kanto isn’t the only region Pokémon‘s creators modeled their in-game environments after, as other cities across the world have served as the basis for regions in later Pokémon games. One of those cities is New York, New York, which served as the inspiration for the region players could explore in Pokémon Black and Pokémon White, Unova. Now, the filmmakers behind Cycle Across Kanto have announced their next project will be Cycle Across Unova, where they will be visiting the geography and landmarks from New York City that inspired the fifth generation Pokémon titles. The best part is, they plan to release the film online FOR FREE in 2019 after backers get their copies early in September 2018.

They’re seeking a budget of $4,000 to complete the film, as their domestic travel expenses are expected to be much lower than international. You’re welcome to check out their Gofundme page right here if you’d like to learn more about the project or donate. They have a full expense sheet on the page, which details their project’s expected costs. I have to admit, I would really like to check this film out once it’s done.

Maniac’s Kitchen – Cup Noodles Beef Flavor Review January 25, 2018

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Welcome back to Maniac’s Kitchen, where we are back with a new review of the ultimate gamer’s foods. Today, we will be looking at the Beef Flavored Cup Noodles. How easy is it to make and how does it compare to Chicken flavor? Watch and find out!

Don’t forget to save your receipt if you plan to participate in the Dissidia Final Fantasy NT promotion! More videos from Maniac’s Kitchen are on the way, post a comment below with what you’d like to see.

Miitomo Smartphone App Being Discontinued May 9th January 25, 2018

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Nintendo’s first official steps into producing smartphone applications for platforms they didn’t create themselves were in the form of the apps Miitomo and Super Mario Run. While Super Mario Run has gone on to win several “Best Smartphone Game” awards since it was released on iPhone and Android platforms, Miitomo was left as a forgotten piece of software on most smartphone’s download history. Today, Nintendo has officially announced Miitomo is being discontinued and service will end on May 9th, 2018.

I remember being very interested in Miitomo when it first launched. The concept of having a social media application that used my Mii avatar was interesting at first. However, in practice as a social application it was kind of redundant since I could use my device to communicate with my friends without the application using hundreds of other means. In fact, I think the only reason I used it was to earn extra Platinum Points in the My Nintendo reward service.

Once ended, the Miitomo app will no longer function. However, Nintendo does assure players that any Platinum Points players earn while the app is functioning will carry over to My Nintendo until the app is discontinued.

iOS 11.2.5 Released January 24, 2018

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A medium level update has just been released for iOS devices running iOS 11. The new update, iOS 11.2.5, includes upgrades to Siri in anticipation for the upcoming release of the HomePod speaker on top of the usual security fixes and optimizations.

Depending on your device and what version of iOS 11 you are previously running, the new update can weigh in at around 128MB.

Maniac’s Kitchen – Ginger Tea January 23, 2018

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Welcome back to Maniac’s Kitchen, where we share our thoughts about food normally reserved for gamers. While up to now we have been reviewing food, this time we made something simple from scratch to see how it turned out.

Ginger has long been held as an all-natural gamer’s supplement and we decided to take some fresh ginger root and try to make some tea with it. How did it turn out? Watch and find out!

Hope you’ve all been enjoying Maniac’s Kitchen. More gaming recipes and food reviews are on the way. Post a comment below if you had an idea for a future episode!

God of War PS4 Release Date January 23, 2018

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The newest entry in the God of War franchise was first announced at E3 several years ago, and it has been highly anticipated ever since. After Kratos destroyed Olympus and the Greek Gods at the end of God of War 3, this new game looked to be inspired by an entirely new pantheon of Gods. On top of that, it appears Kratos now has something to care about, a son.

Today, I’m happy to announce Sony has revealed the official release date for the first game in the God of War series made exclusively for the PlayStation 4 and show this all-new story trailer, enjoy!

God of War is coming April 20th, 2018 exclusively on PS4.

How to Enable HDR in a Samsung 4KTV January 19, 2018

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We are back with another How-To video directed at our 4KTV readers.

The Xbox One X and PS4 consoles support High-Dynamic Range Color on supported televisions. Our Samsung 4KTV supported HDR color, but the feature wasn’t listed as fully supported when setting up the Xbox One X.

Rather than write off support for the feature as something I would have needed to pay more money for, or something that would need a future software update I went through every setting in my Samsung TV until I got HDR enabled. How did I do it, and how can you do it? Watch this: