Mario Kart Live, The Latest Information

So, we have some new information on Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, the game that has you racing an actual Mario Kart through your house from the 16th of October. First, let’s take a look at the new video:

The set contains an RC Mario Kart (either Mario or Luigi), 4 gates, 2 road signs and a cable to charge your Kart.

The game can be downloaded from the eShop, but you’ll obviously need an actual Kart to play. Up to four players can join together to race (each will need a complete set of Switch, game and Kart to do so).

As seen in the video you can create your own courses, using the gates to outline them. In-game the gates can be customised to have special features like dropping items or offering a speed boost. And tracks can have different themes, like lava or underwater.

Collecting coins helps you unlock features like course customisation options and cosmetic upgrades for your racer (in-game that is).

The Kart will respond to stuff happening in the game, for example receiving a speed boost will cause it to actually drive faster, or hitting a red shell will stop the Kart completely. Now the Kart should be able to run on all surfaces, but it may show down a bit on carpets.

How often you need to recharge the Kart depends on how fast you’re racing. The game features 4 speeds: 50cc, 100cc, 150cc and 200cc. At 150cc you should get around 90 minutes of play. This increases at lower speeds and decrease at 200cc.

Source: The Verge

What we been playing this week!

Hello, once again another week of what we have been playing this week!

SuperWidzy

Been playing a bit of Star Wars Squadrons and Super Mario 3D All Stars. Great games!

ClaireBear194

This week I’ve been playing Man of Medan. I really enjoy the fact that your choices can effect the fate of the characters.

EMH_Richard

ACNH: Pumpkins! Really loving this new feature and I’m starting to decorate the island for Halloween. PKMN Shield: Getting ready for the Crown Tundra. I’m really looking forward to it!

Zeruda

Animal Crossing: Loving the Halloween stuff, getting the island ready for the party. Nexomon Extinction: Playing with the newest patch, loving the story and Mons.

Quinn

What I’m playing this week: Star Wars Squadrons with intermittent bouts of Super Mario Bros. 35 and Alien Isolation.

NintenDoe

Ys Origin has taken up my week, and deserves it! It’s a simple but addictive game that shows everything good about the genre (except cutscene graphics). What free time I’ve had has gone into Collar x Malice, a visual novel with a cool premise and interesting cast of characters.

Share with us what you been playing this week in the comments below!

New Amiibo for 2021!

During a Smash broadcast Sakurai gave us our first look at several new Amiibo. Banjo-Kazooie, Byleth and Terry Bogard!These are planned for 2021, with no further details on the exact release date.

Of note is the Byleth Amiibo that will only be available as the P1 fighter.

Source: Nintendo Live

Nintendo reportedly arguing that Joy-Con drift ‘isn’t a real problem’

Switch Joy-Con drift “isn’t a real problem or hasn’t caused anyone any inconvenience”.

Those are the words of Chimicles Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith (CSK&D), a US law firm which is calling on consumers to provide video accounts detailing the negative experiences they have had with Nintendo Switch controllers.

The drifting Joy-Con issue — which causes analogue sticks to register movement even when untouched — was brought to wider public attention with the law firm’s filing of a class action lawsuit in July 2019.

It alleged that Nintendo is fully aware of a defect which causes Joy-Cons to drift and accused the company of unfair and deceptive business practices.

In March of this year US District Judge Thomas S. Zilly approved Nintendo’s move to compel the case to arbitration, but also rejected the platform holder’s bid to dismiss the case.

CSK&D is currently working to pursue the case through the arbitration process. According to online reports, it is now replying to consumers who have previously contacted it about Joy-Con drift problems and asking them to supply short videos outlining the issues they’ve experienced, how Nintendo dealt with their complaints, and whether it has affected their confidence in the company’s products.

“Thank you for contacting our law firm about the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Drift litigation,” reads an email from the law firm republished on Reddit. “We are working on putting together a montage of video clips from Nintendo Switch owners such as yourself as a way to give voice to the joy-con drift issues you’ve experienced. This will be helpful to us in responding to Nintendo’s arguments about how this isn’t a real problem or hasn’t caused anyone any inconvenience.”

“In an effort to humanize and demonstrate these issues and their impact on consumers, it would be helpful to our prosecution of the case if you would submit a short (90 seconds or less) video to us describing your experience with the Joy-Con drift on your controllers.”

CSK&D requests that videos are submitted by October 16 and said it intends to share them with Nintendo’s attorneys and the company’s representatives.

Shortly after the class action suit was filed last year, Nintendo reportedly stopped charging for repair of drifting Joy-Con and began refunding those who had already paid for a fix, although it did not acknowledge an actual fault with Switch controllers.

However, Nintendo’s president offered the company’s first public Joy-Con drift apology during an investor Q&A in June 2020. “We apologize for any inconvenience caused to our customers regarding Joy-Con controllers,” Shuntaro Furukawa said.

“We are continuing to improve our products, but currently Joy-Con is subject to a class-action lawsuit in the United States and is a pending issue so we cannot comment on any specific actions we may take.”

Nintendo was hit with a new Joy-Con drift lawsuit in September, which accuses the company of planned obsolescence – a policy of producing goods designed to break so that they need to be replaced.

The lawsuit was filed in Paris by French non-profit consumer organisation UFC-Que Choisir, which said it was acting in a bid to get Nintendo to change the way Joy-Cons are manufactured.

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New Character Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Revealed

It’s Minecraft, guys. Minecraft is collaborating with the Super Smash Bros. franchise. Check out the trailer below. Yes, even Mario was shocked.

So, Steve, Alex, Zombie and Enderman will be part of the new DLC. We’re still waiting on more information, but that’s set to follow  in another broadcast planned for the 3rd of October.

So, are you guys excited by this revelation? Let us know!

JR East x Super Mario 35th Anniversary Event in Tokyo

Good news for those in Tokyo! To celebrate the 35th anniversary of Super Mario the JR East rail company will be holding both digital and physical events.

The first of these events is an actual stamp rally that will run from the 8 of October till the 17th of December 2020 and span 35 train stations along the Yamanote line and surrounding JR lines in the Tokyo area.

Physical event: Using their smartphones participants can collect stamps at the participating train stations, via QR codes.

Digital event: The main website will have stamps from a selection of stations, which will change daily. In contrast to the physical event, the digital event will only be held from November 10 through December 17.

Those who participate in either the physical or digital event will have a chance to win a limited edition JR East Super Mario pass case for their IC cards. (IC Cards are used as digital payment to ride public transit in Japan.)

Tokyo Station and Shinjuku Station will have special art exhibits to celebrate Mario’s 35th. These will featuring the history of Mario characters and their designs over the years. The exhibits will be on display from October 8 through November 23.

Source: Siliconera