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Nintendo: Switch shortages are “definitely not intentional”

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Since the days of the NES, people have accused Nintendo of intentionally underproducing hardware in order to drive an artificial feeding frenzy of demand in the marketplace. With the Nintendo Switch remaining nearly impossible to find at retailers nationwide, those same accusations of "false scarcity" have been bubbling up in certain corners.

Nintendo Senior Director of Corporate Communications Charlie Scibetta wants to push back on those accusations. "It's definitely not intentional in terms of shorting the market," he told Ars in a recent interview. "We're making it as fast as we can. We want to get as many units out as we can to support all the software that's coming out right now... our job really is to get it out as quick as we can, especially for this holiday because we want to have units on shelves to support Super Mario Odyssey."

Far from intentional, Scibetta says the shortages are simply a result of Nintendo underestimating the interest in the system. "We anticipated there was going to be demand for it, but the demand has been even higher than we thought," he said. "We had a good quantity for launch, we sold 2.7 million worldwide in that first month, said we're going to have 10 million [more] by the end of the fiscal year... Unfortunately, we're in a situation right now where as quick as it's going into retail outlets it's being snapped up. It's a good problem to have, but we're working very hard to try and meet demand."

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The over-the-top sights of the E3 2017 show floor

Sam Machkovech

LOS ANGELES—The Electronic Entertainment Expo isn't just about new game announcements and a chance to try out early demos of upcoming titles. It's also a chance for the game industry to make a spectacle of itself; to throw together elaborate booths and promotional events that will leave images to stick with attendees all the way until the next E3.

This was truer than ever at this year's show, the first to officially allow members of the public into the Los Angeles Convention Center for E3. Bethesda created an entire miniature Bethesdaland theme park for its press conference attendees, complete with demonic balloon figures and a Ferris wheel. Nintendo transformed its booth space into New Donk City, with painted city walls and statues of enemies overtaken with Mario's trademark hat and mustache. Other booths featured giant dragons, life-sized helicopters, and even some stray Atari 2600 cartridges 40 or so years after their heyday.

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What do E3 attendees think of mobile gaming?

 The smartphone has changed the gaming industry landscape dramatically. As our pocket computers advance, so too does the possibility of fully satisfying mobilegaming experiences. Companies like Nintendo are blurring the lines between portable and console/PC gaming with the Switch. At the same time, big studios have largely moved away from attempts to integrate mobile content into the home… Read More

Mario’s new tricks make Super Mario Odyssey a joy

Check out the infectious joy as Ars Technica's editors try Super Mario Odyssey for the first time. (video link)

As the kind of Mario fan who created a successful Super Mario Bros. fan site at age 15, I'm pretty familiar with how the series has slowly evolved over the years. It's striking, looking back, how Mario's standard repertoire of moves, abilities, and power-ups grows slowly with each new title, integrating novel gameplay that immediately feels as tried-and-true as Mario's standard jump.

Super Mario Odyssey continues this tradition with a larger-than-normal expansion of Mario's abilities, something that's apparent even in a too-short E3 hands-on demo of the game. I thought I'd summarize my time with Odyssey by going over the additions that made the biggest impression on me.

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Ars editors pick their standout games and more from E3 2017

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A show as massive as E3 is hard to condense into just a few highlights. That was especially true in 2017, as an influx of thousands of public attendees crowded the convention's halls for the first time, eager for a chance to wait in six-hour lines just to play Super Mario Odyssey.

We've done our best to provide you with a wide range of news and opinions on all the games and announcements as we fought through the show floor crowds this week (and as yours truly fought some unexpectedly severe leg pain). We'll have more interviews and coverage to sift through in the coming days as well. For now, though, you can watch the video above to get a feel for the absolute biggest standouts that stuck with us among all the hype and noise.

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Nostalgia still marks the way forward for Nintendo

 This year’s E3 was another perfect example. There was no new hardware for the show and a number of the company’s biggest games were previously announced. Nintendo’s online presser rolled out trailer after trailer of familiar faces, and yet the showing was widely regarded as a triumph for the gaming giant by the online community and many in the press. The big takeaway? Give… Read More

Who had the best E3 press conference? Ars decides

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Before E3 even got started yesterday, we felt like we had already been through an entire show in and of itself. Press conferences and livestreams from the console makers at Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo set the agenda for what we'll see on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Switch in the coming year. Splashy events from publishers like EA, Bethesda, Ubisoft, and Devolver Digital highlighted countless games that were previously unknown.

Before diving in for actual hands-on time on the show floor, Ars Culture Editor Sam Machkovech and I had a quick chat about what stood out to us in these marketing-focused, hype-soaked, bombastic press conferences. Watch the video above for our full thoughts, but here's some quick bullet points:

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Super Mario Odyssey launches October 27, new gameplay revealed

Mario Odyssey, the first 3D Mario game to hit Nintendo Switch, will be released on October 27, Nintendo announced today.

Nintendo also unveiled a new Yoshi game simply titled Yoshi due out in 2018, a new four-player co-op Kirby game with the similarly simple title of Kirby also due out in 2018, and a port of the super-popular multiplayer game Rocket League due out "holiday 2017."

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Nintendo’s upcoming Switch titles include Metroid, Mario, Kirby and an in-progress Pokemon RPG

 Nintendo is back at E3, in much more successful spirits after the sales boom with the Switch’s launch earlier this year. Some of the game titles announced include an unnamed and still-in-progress proper Pokemon RPG built by Game Freaks for the Switch. Metroid Prime 4, Fire Emblem Warriors, a new Kirby title and the much-awaited details on the upcoming Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC… Read More

“Core” Pokemon RPG, Metroid Prime 4 coming to Nintendo Switch

LOS ANGELES—During a livestreamed presentation Tuesday morning, Nintendo announced a "core Pokemon RPG" title, as well as an in-development sequel to the Metroid Prime series, both for Nintendo Switch.

The Game Freak-developed Pokemon RPG "may not release for more than a year, but we hope you look forward to it all the same," Pokemon Company's Tsuenkazu Ishihara said on the stream. "What kind of Pokemon game will we be able to play on Nintendo Switch? I'm looking forward to trying it myself," Nintendo's Shinya Takahashi added. No further information was offered.

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