Nintendo reportedly to ‘stop charging’ for Joy-Con repairs
There are reports that Nintendo has stopped charging for Joy-Con repairs, and that they are refunding customers who have been charged for repairs.
It seems like the charitable offer is local to the United States: “A statement was released by Nintendo of America acknowledging known issues with Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controllers. Our Nintendo UK process remains the same – to provide recommended troubleshooting and advise repair if unsuccessful”, they told Eurogamer.
Leave the drifting to Mario Kart
Many Switch owners have been plagued by so-called ‘Joy-Con drift’ where the analogue sticks register slight movement even without input, which can be pretty annoying in games that map character or camera movement to the analogue sticks.
“Customers will no longer be requested to provide proof of purchase for Joy-Con repairs,” reports VICE. “Additionally it is not necessary to confirm warranty status. If a customer requests a refund for a previously paid Joy-Con repair … confirm the prior repair and then issue a refund.”
Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?
How long did it take GTA Online to arrive in Grand Theft Auto 5?
- 2 Weeks
- 1 Month
- 2 Months
- A beta at 1 month, but not until 8 months later
The answer will be revealed at the end of this issue!
Civilization VI: Rise & Fall and Gathering Storm for Switch
According to the official Civilization Twitter account, Firaxis is aiming to “bring both the Rise & Fall and Gathering Storm expansions” to the Nintendo Switch in 2019. Sid Meier’s Civilization VI hit the Switch in November 2018, and iOS in December 2017. What about a future Xbox One release? “We don’t have anything additional to share.”
Hand of Fate’s Defiant Development “ceasing” operations
It’s a sad moment for the Australian game development scene as Brisbane-based Defiant Development is closing down. The studio behind Hand of Fate and its sequel were apparently unable to “change quickly enough” to keep up with the industry they love. Their studio was founded in 2010 and now they’re asking for help to rehome their talented devs.
Gandhi’s nuclear manifesto in Sid Meier’s Civilization
Thanks to the quirks of old timey 8-bit gaming, in the original Sid Meier’s Civilization you could get a highly aggressive Mahatma Gandhi leading the world in nuclear proliferation and probable fallout. The famously pacifist independence-seeking lawyer had the lowest aggression rating of all the possible leaders, but thanks to 8-bit magic he could become a monster.
Gandhi’s aggression rating was a mere 1 out of a possible 255, but should your civilization become a Democracy then any leader would have their aggression lowered by 2. This meant Gandhi should have gotten a negative level of aggression at -1 when you install the ballot boxes – but thanks to an integer underflow bug, Gandhi would suddenly flip to having a maximum 255 aggression instead.
It seems once he got into office Gandhi developed quite the itchy trigger finger. It must have been all those campaign promises. Since the original game in the series, Gandhi has always remained the least aggressive, although that can change in later releases – but at least it was intended this time. A vote for Gandhi is a vote for atomised independence! There’ll be no going back!
MMO Black Desert’s PlayStation 4 beta August 9-13
Black Desert, originally launched for PC in 2015 as Black Desert Online, is launching worldwide for PlayStation 4 on August 22nd, following a short beta test running between August 9th and 13th.
Pearl Abyss’s MMO eschews the typical tab-targeting paradigm in favour of a more action-oriented movement model and combat system similar to typical third-person shooters, as well as fishing, farming, player housing, PvP events, castle sieges and trading – there’s even mounted combat!
The beauty pageant of MMOs comes to PS4
The PlayStation 4 beta allows you to explore the Calpheon with your character, which can be one of six classes and has a level cap of 50. A PlayStation Plus subscription will be mandatory to play the release version, but you can play the beta without one – and signing up will earn you a Sky Hawk pet.
Black Desert launched for Xbox One in March, and there’s a good chance the mobile version will be ported for the Nintendo Switch.
Pre-registration open for Pokémon Masters, launches August 29
The new battle-focused Pokémon Masters from developer DeNa will hit iOS and Android next month on August 29th. Pre-registration for the new mobile game is now open.
There’s going to be a ‘preview’ version for limited testing coming out July 25 in Singapore and a little later for Canada, and saves will carry over to the full release. If you’re not lucky enough to live in either country, you’ll just have to wait for the end of August. Pokémon Masters is described as free-to-start, which just means it’ll be free but parts of it remain locked behind in-app purchases.
Get the gang back together with Synergy
Pokémon Masters isn’t your typical Pokémon game where you hunt and capture Pokémon: It’s all about the battles. It features famous Trainers from earlier games in the series, and supports co-op battles against AI. The ‘sync pair’ system is also new, and means each Trainer is teamed up with a single Pokémon and require special new outfits to pair up with new ones.
Six new trailers reveal more about Pokémon Masters: