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Everybody 1-2 Switch! Announced For Nintendo Switch

Everybody 1-2 Switch! Announced For Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch launch title 1-2-Switch is getting a sequel, titled Everybody 1-2-Switch! The new minigame collection adds the potential for players to use their smartphones or tablets to play, as well as Joy-Con controllers. Everybody 1-2-Switch! will launch on June 30 for the Switch.

Everybody 1-2-Switch! is a multiplayer game that pits teams of players against each other in varied minigames. Unlike its predecessor, the new game will allow players to use smartphones to control its minigames, as well as the Switch’s Joy-Con controllers.

Some individual games will only be playable on phones, and some will only use Joy-Cons. Some of Everybody 1-2-Switch’s games will also have variations that change up how the game is played, or add an extra challenge.

The description on the Nintendo store page reads:

“Get together in groups and compete in a host of weird and wonderful minigames, featuring everything from balloons to aliens, and much more! In those games, you’ll use your Joy-Con controller or smart device in fun and unique ways, earning points for your team. In time-honoured fashion, the team with the most points gets to claim the glory!”

Everybody 1-2-Switch! releases on June 30 for the Nintendo Switch, with both the digital and physical editions selling for $30.

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Nintendo Announces Everybody 1-2 Switch for Launch at End of June

Nintendo Announces Everybody 1-2 Switch for Launch at End of June

Nintendo announced that Everybody 1-2 Switch will launch on June 30 for Nintendo Switch. The game is a follow-up to 2017’s 1-2 Switch.

While there weren’t many specific details about the kinds of multiplayer mini-games it’ll have, the eShop listing says that it’ll involve wacky objects like balloons and aliens. Players can use both Joy-Con controllers and smart devices to play. Additionally, many of the mini-games have different variations to change up the rules or add extra challenges.

For those who want to use a compatible smart device, a Nintendo account is required, as well as internet access. Only certain mini-games are available in smart device mode and players must be in the same room to play them.

There were also new Joy-Con colors revealed, including pastel pink, pastel green, pastel purple, and pastel yellow.

Back in July 2022, Fanbyte reported that Everybody 1-2 Switch was in development, but the current crop of mini-games didn’t test well internally. Playtests allegedly concluded that the mini-games were boring, like Bingo and a Musical Chairs-type game.

Nintendo was also reportedly considering charging $60 for Everybody 1-2 Switch, but the eShop lists it for $30.

George Yang is a freelance writer for IGN. He’s been writing about the industry since 2019 and has worked with other publications such as Insider, Kotaku, NPR, and Variety.

When not writing about video games, George is playing video games. What a surprise! You can follow him on Twitter @Yinyangfooey

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Critical Role is Doing a Special Tears of the Kingdom Tabletop One-Shot Tonight

Critical Role is Doing a Special Tears of the Kingdom Tabletop One-Shot Tonight

Nintendo and Critical Role are teaming up for a special one-shot tabletop RPG stream set in the world of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

The special is set to air on Critical Role’s Twitch and YouTube channels, beginning tonight, May 30, at 7 p.m. PT. Critical Role’s Matthew Mercer — who is also the voice of Ganondorf in Tears of the Kingdom — will serve as game master for a cast starring Critical Role mainstays Liam O’Brien and Marisha Ray with Robbie Daymond, Emily Axford and Omar Najam also joining in.

Set in Hyrule, tonight’s game will present an original story scenario and original characters inspired by Tears of the Kingdom.

The Critical Role team is hosting a special Tears of the Kingdom one-shot game tonight. Source: Mat Hayward/Getty Images

It’s rare to see Nintendo partner hand the keys to its franchises to outside organizations, but we’re starting to see more and more examples of it. The most obvious instances of this are Nintendo’s partnership with Universal for both Super Nintendo World and The Super Mario Bros. Movie, but there are other, smaller occurrences of this such as an official The Legend of Zelda escape room experience. Mercer’s connection to both Critical Role and Tears of the Kingdom was surely a factor in getting this one-shot tabletop RPG off the ground.

Working with Nintendo is another partnership to add to Critical Role’s growing list of accomplishments, which includes a multiyear exclusive deal with Amazon Studios for shows like The Legend of Vox Machina and the upcoming Mighty Nein animated adaptation.

Tears of the Kingdom is off to a roaring start, with 10 million copies sold in just its first three days. For help with everything Tears of the Kingdom, take a look at our Tears of the Kingdom Walkthrough and Guide about making your way through Hyrule. In fact, you can start here:

Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN covering video game and entertainment news. He has over seven years of experience in the gaming industry with bylines at IGN, Nintendo Wire, Switch Player Magazine, and Lifewire. Find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.

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Dolphin Emulator Steam Release ‘Indefinitely Postponed’ After Cease and Desist From Nintendo

Dolphin Emulator Steam Release ‘Indefinitely Postponed’ After Cease and Desist From Nintendo

The Wii and GameCube emulator Dolphin has had its Steam release ‘indefinitely postponed’ after the team received a cease and desist order from Nintendo.

The Dolphin Emulator Project team shared the update in a blog, stating it was notified by Valve that Nintendo issued a “cease and desist citing the DMCA against Dolphin’s Steam page.”

“It is with much disappointment that we have to announce that the Dolphin on Steam release has been indefinitely postponed,” The Dolphin Emulator Project wrote. “We were notified by Valve that Nintendo has issued a cease and desist citing the DMCA against Dolphin’s Steam page, and have removed Dolphin from Steam until the matter is settled. We are currently investigating our options and will have a more in-depth response in the near future. We appreciate your patience in the meantime.”

As reported by PC Gamer, the team launched Dolphin’s Steam page on March 28 and, on May 26, received a legal notice from Nintendo that was addressed to Valve’s legal department.

“Because the Dolphin emulator violates Nintendo’s intellectual property rights, including but not limited to its rights under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)’s Anti-Circumvention and AntiTrafficking provisions, 17 U.S.C. § 1201, we provide this notice to you of your obligation to remove the offering of the Dolphin emulator from the Steam store,” the document states.

For a bit more context, Dolphin’s ex-treasurer, Pierre Bourdon, took to Mastodon to explain their reading of the situation in greater detail and to explain why this isn’t a typical DMCA takedown notice.

“The DMCA is a broad set of laws that includes, a process for copyright owners to ask publishers to take down data,” Bourdon said. “This is defined in sect. 512(c) of the copyright act, and it comes with some requirements from the claimant side of things (here: Nintendo), and some liability on the publisher side of things (here: Valve). It also includes rights for the entity accused (here: the Stichting Dolphin Emulator) to counter claim, allowing the publisher to reinstate the content until the claimant sues.”

According to Bourdon, none of this process was followed and this falls in line more with “standard legal removals / [cease and desist] between two companies.” Instead of issuing a notice that Dolphin violated copyright, it was more that it violated the DMCA anti-circumvention provisions.

If this is in fact true, this means Dolphin itself isn’t technically a party in this and Valve has the right to simply remove this after Nintendo requested it to. This also means “there’s no counter claim process or anything like this.”

So, this could signify there isn’t much hope for Dolphin to ever make it to Steam, but it also indicates Dolphin itself has “no particular risk or liability.”

However, legal matters could always go either way and there is a chance Nintendo could sue Dolphin, especially as the emulator distributes the Wii AES-128 Common Key, “which is used to encrypt Wii game discs.”

There is, unfortunately, a lot of unknowns in this case. The one thing that is clear, however, is Dolphin’s future on Steam is very much in question. As it stands, Dolphin hasn’t received any notice from Nintendo or otherwise about other places the emulator is hosted.

For more, check out Xbox head Phil Spencer’s comments on supporting legal video game emulation and that one time Valve accidentally plugged a Nintendo Switch emulator in a Steam Deck promo.

Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to newstips@ign.com.

Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.

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New Zelda Controllers And Carrying Cases Are Available Now From PDP

New Zelda Controllers And Carrying Cases Are Available Now From PDP

If you’re looking for some new Zelda-themed accessories to go alongside The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, accessory manufacturer PDP has a new assortment of controllers and carrying cases up for grabs. All five of the new Zelda products are officially licensed by Nintendo, but they are themed after Breath of the Wild rather than Tears of the Kingdom.

The three controllers all offer back paddle buttons, adjustable volume controls, a 3.5mm jack, and a compact form factor. One of the coolest designs features a stylized image of Link drawing his bow, with neon blue Sheikah iconography wrapping the rest of the controller. It also glows in the dark after brief exposure to light.

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Each controller is listed for just $28, making it a great option for shoppers on a budget.

Beyond controllers, two travel cases are up for grabs. One features Breath of the Wild’s key art showing Link overlooking Hyrule along with a dark blue color scheme, while the other features a design similar to the Sheikah controller mentioned above. These cost just $20, are compatible with all Switch models (including Lite and OLED), and boast an integrated stand so you can prop up your handheld without any additional accessories.

All five of these PDP accessories are available to purchase–be sure to check them out if you’re looking for some fresh Zelda swag. The official PDP website is currently the only place to find them, but they’ll likely pop up at third-party retailers soon.

For more The Legend of Zelda PDP accessories, check out Amazon’s large selection:

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Daily Deals: 2TB PS5 SSD for $108, 512GB Nintendo Switch Memory Card for $34, 65″ LG Evo C2 OLED TV for $1395, 10% Back on Apple Gift Card

Daily Deals: 2TB PS5 SSD for $108, 512GB Nintendo Switch Memory Card for $34, 65″ LG Evo C2 OLED TV for $1395, 10% Back on Apple Gift Card

Today’s daily deals for Wednesday, May 24 include a 2TB PS5-compatible SSD (with heatsink) for a mere $107.99, a 512GB Nintendo Switch memory card for under $35, the popular 65″ LG Evo C2 OLED gaming TV for only $1395, 40% off the official The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Collector’s Edition Hardcover Guide, and more.

Silicon Power 2TB PS5 SSD with Heatsink for $107.99

Includes built-in heatsink!

Silicon Power XS70 2TB PCIe Gen4 x4 M.2 SSD (up to 7300MBps) with Heatsink
33% off $159.99

The Silicon Power XS70 SSD is the least expensive PS5 SSD deal you’ll find that already has a pre-installed heatsink. Heck, this is the cheapest PS5 SSD we’ve seen, ever. The beefy aluminum heatsink is still slim enough to fit in the PS5 without obstruction. It’s also a fair bit faster than the Crucial P5 Plus, the original WD Black SN850, and the Samsung 980 Pro, although that won’t make a difference in your PS5.

Amazon Basics 512GB Micro SDXC Memory Card (Nintendo Switch Compatible) for $34.30

Nintendo Switch Compatible
Amazon Basics 512GB U3 A2 Micro SDXC Card
55% off $76.99

Amazon has its own branded 512GB Micro SDXC for only $34.30, making it the lowest price currently for a Micro SDXC card of that size. This card is 100% compatible for the Nintendo Switch console. If you’ve started compiling a collection of digital games, you probably already know just how limited the Switch’s base storage capacity. The Switch and Switch OLED have 32GB and 64GB of internal storage respectively. Some of that is reserved for the OS. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom takes up over 18GB of storage all by itself. Other must-have titles like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Pokemon Sword or Shield tap out at 13.5GB each. There’s only one expansion slot in the Switch console so you want to make sure you get the biggest card you can afford.

Bowflex SelectTech Adjustable Dumbbells for $379

Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells (Pair)
31% off $549.00

If there’s any one piece of exercise equipment you’d want to keep around in your house, free weights would be a very good investment. Free weights give you access to a wide range of exercises that can target just about every muscle in your upper and lower body. They also don’t take up as much space as other pieces of equipment, and that’s even more true with these Bowflex dumbbells in particular. Each Bowflex SelectTech 552 dumbbell is adjustable from 5 pounds all the way to 52.5 pounds (or 105 pounds if you count both dumbbells).

Buy a $100 Apple Gift Card, Get $10 Best Buy Credit

Buy $100 Apple eGift Card, Get $10 Best Buy Gift Card

Best Buy is offering a free $10 Best Buy gift card when you purchase a digital $100 Apple gift card. The gift card will be emailed to you shortly after you receive the Apple card. The Apple gift card can be used to redeem pretty much anything on Apple’s site, including products, accessories, apps, games, music, movies, TV shows, and more. Spend it on in-app content, books, subscriptions and even iCloud storage to secure files from all your Apple devices.

Apple iPad 10.2″ 64GB for $269.99

Among all the iPad models, the 10.2″ iPad is the lowest priced. Even at MSRP, it’s $170 cheaper than the iPad Mini, $270 cheaper than the iPad Air, and $470 cheaper than the iPad Pro. Despite its low price tag, this is a capable and fully featured tablet. The Apple A13 Bionic chip offers very good CPU and GPU performance and the large 10.2-inch Retina display is bright and crisp. It’s a great option for school, work, or simply relaxing with your favorite movie, book, or streaming service. iPad also features both a front-facing camera for voice chat, and rear camera for taking photos and videos.

65″ LG Evo C2 4K OLED Gaming TV for $1394.99

LG Evo C2 65″ 4K OLED Gaming TV
44% off $2,499.99

Woot is offering the 2022 LG Evo C2 65″ OLED TV for only $1394.99. That’s cheaper than the best price we sawduring Black Friday. The LG C2 is one of the best TVs on the market, especially for current gen console gaming. It has four HDMI 2.1 ports and a native 120Hz panel that supports true 4K @ 120Hz passthrough when paired with a PS5, Xbox Series X, or RTX 30 series equipped PC. There’s also variable refresh rate (VRR), which is this TV’s version of adaptive sync technology, as well as auto low latency mode (ALLM), where the TV automatically switches to a lower latency when it detects gameplay. The LG C2 also supports HGiG, which is automatically calibrated tone mapping specific to your TV model.

65″ Sony Bravia XR A80K 4K OLED TV for $1099

Refurb with 10 months of warranty

Refurb with 10 Month Warranty
65″ Sony A80K Bravia XR 4K OLED Google TV for PS5 Gaming
41% off $1,849.00

Walmart (via Beach Camera) currently has the 2022 65″ Sony A80K 4K OLED TV for only $1099. This is a factory recondition TV that has been refurbished directly by Sony. What that means is that it comes with a 6-month Sony warranty. In addition, you get a 4-month 3rd party (CPS) warranty on top of that for a total of 10 months. Considering the fact that this bundle costs $1850 new, this is a pretty great deal. Beach Camera is a legit company and is an authorized Sony reseller.

Arcade1Up Capcom Legacy 35th Anniversary 14-in-1 Shinku Hadoken Edition for $379

Arcade1Up Capcom Legacy 35th Anniversary Arcade Game 14-in-1 Shinku Hadoken Edition Arcade Cabinet
24% off $499.99

Save $120 off the stylish Arcade1Up Capcom Legacy Shinku Hadoken Edition arcade cabinet at Walmart. The Arcade1Up Street Fighter II cabinet is a 3:4 replica of the arcade original, making it approximately 4 feet tall. A themed riser is included, which raises the height by another 1 foot, giving you the option of both sitting and standing play. If you don’t have a buddy around to play with, you can hop onto the live WiFi (no subscription required) to play with other remote Arcade1Up players. 14 games are preloaded, including Street Fighter II Champion Edition, Turbo, and Turbo: Hyper Fighting, Super Puzzle Fighter, Final Fight, and King of Dragons.

Preorder the New Echo Buds and Save 20%

Out June 7
All-New Echo Buds (2023 Release)
20% off $49.99

The new Echo Buds are out on June 7. If you preorder it, you’ll only pay $39.99 (it will go up to $49.99 once it’s out). These inexpensive true wireless earbuds feature 12mm drivers, dual micrphones, and a voice detection accelerometer. Battery life is up to 5 hours of continuous music playback, but it does including a charging case that increases your total playtime to 20 hours. It also features multipoint Bluetooth pairing so you can connect up to two different devices and switch between them easily. Since this is an Amazon product, it’s designed to work seamlessly with Alexa and Audible.

40% Off Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Complete Official Guide: The Collector’s Edition Hardcover

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom The Complete Official Guide: Collector’s Edition Hardcover
40% off $44.99

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Complete Official Guide: The Collector’s Edition normally retails for $44.99 for the hardcover version, but today it’s marked down to $26.99, a savings of 40%. That makes it even cheaper than the paperback version! This gude will help you attain the ultimate goal of 100% completion, thanks to almost 500 pages of content that includes curated walthrough of the entire game, annotated maps of all points of interest, every puzzle, riddle, and mystery solved, and more. The hardcover edition features a gorgeous cover that’s so much better looking that the stock imagery on the paperback.

Still Didn’t Get the Game? The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (Switch) Is $59.99 at SuperShop

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The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom for Nintendo Switch
Use promo code “IGNZLDA”

Tears of the Kingdom is out now and everyone has it for $69.99 except for SuperShop. SuperShop has it for $59.99 when you apply our exclusive coupon code “IGNZLDA“. SuperShop used to be called Daily Steals. They are a legitimate site; we’ve ordered physical games from them ourselves in the past and they’ve always arrived new and sealed. Check out our IGN The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom review if you need more convincing.

Samsung Odyssey G9 49″ Gaming Monitor for $1050

Samsung Odyssey G9 49″ 5120×1440 Curved 1ms 240Hz QLED Gaming Monitor
25% off $1,399.99

The Samsung Odyssey G9 is one of the largest, most immersive gaming monitors on the market. This is a massive 49″ 5120×1440 1000R curved display with a fast 1ms response time, 240Hz refresh rate, and G-SYNC compatibility. The HDR1000 quantum dot (QLED) panel boasts up to 1000 nits of peak HDR brightness and 125% more color space than the sRGB standard (95% DCI-P3). There’s a newer Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 out that sports a Mini-LED panel, but that one costs $650 more right now.

2nd Gen Apple AirPods Pro for $199.99

Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Generation) Active Noise Cancelling Truly Wireless Earbuds
20% off $249.00

The 2nd gen Apple AirPods Pro truly wireless noise cancelling earbuds is back down to its lowest price again. Verizon currently has it for $199.99, a price drop of $50. The Apple AirPods Pro is one of the best sounding “truly wireless” earbuds you’ll find, especially at this price point. “Truly wireless” earbuds have no wires whatsoever, even to each other. In addition to the excellent sound quality, the AirPods Pro is the only AirPods earbuds with active noise cancelling technology.

Apple iPhone 14 Plus 512GB for $819.99

Factory Reconditioned

Factory Reconditioned
Apple iPhone 14 Plus 512GB
32% off $1,199.00

Woot has the factory reconditioned Apple iPhone 14 Plus 512GB smartphone for only $819.99. That’s a pretty massive price drop from its $1199 retail price (for the 512GB model). If you’ve been shopping around for iPhones, you’re probably well aware of the fact that it is extremely hard to find a discount on the newest generation iPhone without signing up for or extending a contract. This deal is the next best thing. Although it is factory recondition and only comes with a 90-day Woot warranty, Woot states that “These units are in PRISTINE condition. They have NO visible scratches or blemishes and appear practically brand new! They also come with a minimum battery health of 95%.

Seagate 1TB Storage Expansion Card (SSD) for Xbox Series X|S for $149.99

Seagate 2TB Storage Expansion Card (Solid State Drive) for Xbox Series X or S
35% off $229.99

It’s back! Amazon has the 1TB Seagate Storage Expansion Card for the Xbox Series X and Series S consoles to $149.99, a pretty massive $70 price drop from its $220 MSRP. There’s only 1TB of storage in the Xbox Series X and 512GB in the Xbox Series S console, and some of it is used for the OS. Unlike the PS5, you can’t just install any third party SSD, even the ones that are fast enough. You’ll specifically need this Seagate storage expansion card, which is essentially a 1TB NVNE SSD wrapped in a proprietary Xbox-compatible shell. Unlike the more complicated PS5 SSD installation, where you have to open up the PS5 in order to access the SSD slot, the Seagate expansion card simply plugs right into its own dedicated port on the back of the Xbox. It delivers the same speed as the internal SSD and thus you won’t sacrifice performance or experience longer load times that you would have experienced with a regular USB drive.

Save up to 40% Off Razer Limited Edition Xbox Series X|S Wireless Controllers with Matching Charging Stand

Razer Limited Edition Boba Fett Wireless Controller & Quick Charging Stand Bundle for Xbox Series X|S
40% off $179.99

Razer Limited Edition Captain America Wireless Controller & Quick Charging Stand Bundle for Xbox Series X|S
36% off $179.99

Amazon is offering the Razer Limited Edition Xbox Series X wireless controllers in both Boba Fett and Captain America themes for under $115. They retail for $179.99 each. A matching themed charging stand is included that connects magnetically for easy pairing. These Boba Fett controller is officially licensed by Xbox, Disney, and Lucasfilm Ltd and the Captain America controller is officially licensed by Xbox, Disney, and Marvel. These are very rarely discounted and seem like they’ll go back up in price soon.

OnePlus 10 Pro 5G Smartphone for $450

OnePlus 10 Pro 5G 128GB Smartphone (Unlocked)
44% off $799.99

Woot is offering the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G 128GB smartphone for only $449.99. That’s a $150 price drop from its recently revised MSRP of $599.99 (it was originally $800 at launch). This is a still a very relevant phone, released just April of 2022. In fact, we named it one of the best Android phones of 2023. It has features you’d normally find in phones that cost $1000 or more. If you want a flagship level phone but don’t want to spend a fortune, you’d be hard pressed to find a better equipped phone for under $500.

Preorder the ASUS ROG Ally at Best Buy

Out June 13
Preorder the ASUS ROG Ally Gaming Handheld

The ASUS ROG Ally gaming handheld is finally up for preorder, and only at Best Buy. People are very excited about this device because it trumps the Steam Deck in many respects. At $699.99, it’s only $50 more than the 512GB Steam Deck variant. It has a higher resolution 1080p display with up to 120Hz refresh rate, a more powerful AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme CPU, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, and most importantly, a Windows 11 OS so that you can play pretty much any PC game, not just the ones that are available on Steam. It’s even slightly smaller and lighter than the Steam Deck. Orders will ship out on June 13. Check out our very own IGN ASUS ROG Ally review.

34″ Alienware AW3423DWF QD OLED Gaming Monitor for Only $662.19 (Refurb with 90-Day Warranty)

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Alienware AW3423DWF 34″ 3440×1400 Curved 0.1ms 165Hz QD-OLED Gaming Monitor (Refurbished with 90-Day Warranty)
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40% off $1,099.99

Dell Outlet is offering a major discount on the 2nd generation Alienware AW3423DWF 34″ QD-OLED gaming monitor. It normally retails for $1099.99, but today you can get it at Dell Outlet for a mere $662.19 after coupon code “bmsm14“. That’s a huge 40% price drop for one of the best Alienware gaming monitors you can get!

It’s important to note that this is a Refurbished monitor that’s sold directly from Dell Outlet, which is wholly owned and operated by Dell. According to Dell, “Refurbished implies that the product has gone through a comprehensive process — including repairs, replacements and quality testing — to bring it to a set standard of performance and quality.” It carries a 90-day manufacturer’s warranty, and in return you get the most current and best monitor for an absolutely unbeatable price.

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Nintendo Switch Online’s Pac-Man 99 Is Being Delisted in October

Nintendo Switch Online’s Pac-Man 99 Is Being Delisted in October

Online services for Pac-Man 99 will be discontinued later this year, though some game modes will continue to be available for some past the October 8 deadline.

Pac-Man 99 is currently available for free for those with a Nintendo Switch Online membership, with multiple paid themes and other DLC available to download from the digital console marketplace.

However, online services for Pac-Man 99, including its public and private battle royale modes are set to be delisted permanently in October, at which point Nintendo will also halt the distribution of free custom themes for the game, according to a new post on the Nintendo website.

Paid custom themes meanwhile will be removed from the store on the earlier date of August 8, while the game’s two major DLC offerings, the Mode Unlock and Deluxe Pack, will be delisted on September 8.

Players who downloaded either of the major DLCs will be able to continue playing the CPU battle, blind time attack, and score attack modes in offline mode after the online services have been discontinued. Any additional themes and paid DLC content claimed before the services were shuttered will be available to redownload for use in the offline game modes.

In IGN’s 7/10 review we described Pac-Man 99 as a “smart multiplayer twist on a classic”, which boasts fast-paced gameplay that rewards quick, strategic thinking. We just wish that there was a little added variety when it comes to the map.

Anthony is a freelance contributor covering science and video gaming news for IGN. He has over eight years experience of covering breaking developments in multiple scientific fields and absolutely no time for your shenanigans. Follow him on Twitter @BeardConGamer

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