Nintendo has unveiled plans for its long-awaited online subscription service. The service will let gamers pay to have access to older Nintendo games and play them on its new console, the Nintendo Switch. The new service, known as Nintendo Switch Online, is slated to come in 2018 and will let Nintendo Switch owners play a "wide variety of classic games," according to the Kyoto, Japan-based video game giant. NINTENDO IS BRINGING BACK ITS TOYS TO MCDONALD'S HAPPY MEALS A one-month membership will cost $4, 3 months will cost $8 and a full year will cost $20. "You'll be able to play compatible co-op and competitive games online by signing in with your Nintendo Account," Nintendo wrote on its website.
The Nintendo Switch will make its first official appearance in Tokyo, Japan on Jan. 12, 2017 which will also be live-streamed for everyone to watch. Nintendo also announced this week that it will follow that up with a special private hands-on event the next day. On Jan. 13, 2017, members of the press will be given hands-on access to the Nintendo Switch for the very first time in New York City, according to Polygon. The event will take place just hours after the live stream presentation and will last for five hours. Invitations have already been given out to members of the press.
The big surprise on The Late Show Wednesday night was supposed to be Super Mario Run, Nintendo's imminent $9.99 mobile game that's out December 15 for iPhones and iPads (read TIME's hands-on here). And it was certainly cute to watch Jimmy Fallon breathlessly tap his way through a goomba-filled maze of classic platforms and pipes. But all the while, on the table between Fallon and Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé, sat a big yellow box with a question mark. What was under the question mark? It's the Kyoto games-maker's next big thing: a home video games console that's also a mobile tablet you can play on the go.
A sealed, mint condition copy of the video game Super Mario 64 has sold at auction for more than $1.5m (£1.1m), making it the most expensive video game ever sold. The game cartridge, dating from 1996, was in high demand at US auction house Heritage Auctions for its "historical significance, rarity and condition" since there are "fewer than five copies" in such good condition. Super Mario 64 remains one of most critically acclaimed video games of all time, with its three-dimensional platforming helping to sell millions of Nintendo 64 consoles upon its launch. "It seems impossible to overstate the importance of this title, not only to the history of Mario and Nintendo, but to video games as a whole," said Valarie McLeckie, a video games specialist for Heritage Auctions, which handled the sale. The cartridge sold on Sunday had received a 9.8 A rating by the video game collectible firm Wata, which means it is "like new", in near-perfect condition and with an intact seal.
Nintendo's staggered release plan for the Nintendo Switch has been a talking point for critics, but for the company's first-party titles, the strategy has another point in its favor. "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe" sold more than 459,000 copies on its launch day April 28, making it the fastest selling title in the Mario Kart series. As Nintendo noted in a statement confirming the launch numbers, the record was previously set by 2008's "Mario Kart Wii," which sold 433,900 copies on its launch day. Nintendo also touted the game's MetaCritic score of 93 in its statement. "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe" is a Switch port of "Mario Kart 8," which originally released in May 2014 for the Wii U. Along with featuring many of the same core gameplay mechanics, the updated port also features an expanded Battle Mode, new levels, characters and in-game items.