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Nintendo’s Splatoon 2 Switch bundle will be a Walmart exclusive

Want those snazzy neon green and pink Switch controllers you’ve been coveting? In the U.S. and Canada, you’ll have to head to Walmart to pick up the Splatoon 2 Switch console bundle – at least initially. The bundle, announced today by Nintendo, will include Neon Pink and Neon Green right and left Switch controllers, as well as Splatoon 2, the console and the dock, along with the Switch controller holder.

The bundle will cost $379.99 and sell beginning September 8 through Wal-Mart stores. It’s basically the price of the console and the game together, since there’s also a Splatoon-themed carrying case in the mix that accounts for that extra $20. Plus it’s the only way to get those incredibly fly controllers in this part of the world (unless you can find the Japanese versions second-hand somewhere).

It sounds like those controllers could eventually get released separately in the U.S. – Nintendo says this is the “first chance” for North Americans to get the accessories, which implies it won’t be the last. But anyone who’s held out on the Switch for this long should probably consider this option anyway.

An engineer designed two Nintendo Switch controller adapters to help make gaming more accessible

An engineer is helping to make playing Nintendo Switch a lot more accessible for gamers everywhere. 

Engineer Julio Vazquez created two 3D-printed peripherals for the Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Con controllers, allowing players who only have the use of one hand to play Switch games more easily.

Two different models were showed off by the AbleGamers Charity on Twitter, demonstrating how the adapters work better in one hand than the standard Joy-Con grip.

Vazquez created the design on the right in April, which puts the two Joy-Cons right next to each other, effectively closing the gap that the standard Joy-Con grip creates and making it easier for players to reach every button.

But some games with more complex control schemes, like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, require more simultaneous button and joystick interaction though, so Vazquez also created the design on the left.

Vazquez says he was inspired to create the single-hand Joy-Con adapters by his friend who lost his ability to use his right hand. 

“This adapter was developed by request of my friend Rami Wehbe, who wanted a way to play Zelda: Breath of the Wild using only his left hand; as he lost the ability to control his right hand due to a cerebrovascular accident,” Vazquez wrote in the design description. “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has a complex control scheme, and the shape of the included Joy-Con grip doesn’t help at all. So, I decided to make a customized grip that would help in this situation.”

Here’s a look at the design in action:

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The two designs are available to download for free on Thingiverse as long as you have a 3D printer (or know someone else who does). 

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Nintendo Switch dock lets you project ‘Zelda’ onto your wall

Here comes the first Nintendo Switch dock that doesn’t require a TV.

The Ojo, from Yesojo, is a specialized Switch dock with a built-in lens that lets you project your games onto any surface. It’s also fitted with a rechargeable battery, a welcome perk for Nintendo’s hybrid gaming machine.

The company’s website is currently experiences technical difficulties, but a Kotaku UK report delivers some of the key hardware specs: 4-hour battery life, maximum projection size of 120 inches, built-in speaker, and a separate HDMI input (for connecting other video-producing devices).

Kotaku also notes that this is a pre-manufacturing product for now; Yesojo will seek crowdfunding support for the dock later this year.

While the company’s website is sparse and (at present) only partially functional, it does have a very active social media presence. Multiple photos and videos from Yesojo’s Twitter feed show the in-development Ojo in action… and it looks super cool.

There’s no price, release timing, crowdfund timing, or anything like that. So don’t get too excited… yet. But it’s cool to see some creative third-party products like this start to surface for Switch.

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Nintendo’s detachable controller design draws accusations of patent infringement

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A third-party hardware developer filed a lawsuit against Nintendo this week, alleging that the Nintendo Switch’s detachable Joy-Con controllers infringe on its patents.

Gamevice filed a complaint for patent infringement against Nintendo with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on Wednesday, saying that the Nintendo Switch’s design is too similar to that of its own devices, the Wikipad and the Gamevice controller. Gamevice is calling for Nintendo to stop Switch production and is asking for damages.

Here is the Wikipad, which looks vaguely similar to the Nintendo Switch, except the controllers are not separate from each other like the Switch’s.

The Wikipad, made by Gamevice.

The Wikipad, made by Gamevice.

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And here the Gamcevice controller, of which there are several versions that attach to several different brands of tablets and smartphones. The Gamevice controller has a flexible band that connects the two controllers behind the back of the device.

The Gamevice controller, made by Gamevice.

The Gamevice controller, made by Gamevice.

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Gamevice was granted a patent for the Gamevice controller in 2015, titled “Combination Computing Device and Game Controller with Flexible Bridge Section,” on which the company alleges the Nintendo Switch is infringing.

The major glaring issue with this accusation of patent infringement is right in the title of the patent, namely: “Game Controller with Flexible Bridge Section.” The Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Con controllers are not attached to each other in any way, and can even be used separately from one another. They have no flexible bridge section.

Gamevice alleges that the body of the Nintendo Switch itself is the bridge section, when in fact it is actually a separate device with which the Joy-Cons communicate and can optionally attach onto.

Nintendo did not immediately respond to request for comment.

H/T Engadget

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8bitdo’s new Nintendo Switch-compatible NES30 Arcade Stick now on sale

Retro controller maker extraordinaire 8bitdo is at it again with the NES30 Arcade Stick, which packs Bluetooth connectivity for wireless compatibility with Nintendo Switch, Windows, Android, Mac and Steam. The design borrows from the classic NES design from Nintendo for its color scheme and graphics, but unlike the original NES Arcade Stick, 8bitdo’s version has a full complement of buttons for modern games, is customizable with Sanwa joysticks and has built-in turbo capabilities.

The battery in the NES30 Arcade Stick will get you up to 18 hours of continuous play time, and it includes eight big red 30mm size buttons for easy combo chaining. Nintendo’s been releasing a lot of classic SNK fighters on the Switch, as well as the Ultra Street Fighter II remaster, so it’s a good opportunity to put this large controller to use for anyone who has a strong predilection towards fighting games.

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Speaking from experience, 8bitdo’s controllers consistently deliver in terms of reliability and ergonomics, so I’ll definitely be looking forward to taking this new one out for a spin. This company has carved out a unique niche with its ability to create flexible controllers with modern features that still play into nostalgia felt by longtime gamers, and it’s cool to see them try more unique designs.

The NES30 Arcade Stick is up for pre-order now via Amazon, and will ship by August 20, with a retail price of $79.99. 8bitdo is also releasing another product it first showed off at E3 this year for pre-order today, its TwinCube Stereo Speakers, which are $59.99, work with a range of devices and also start shipping on August 20.