How to Connect a Nintendo Switch to a TV | Digital Trends

How to Connect a Nintendo Switch to a TV | Digital Trends

Released in 2017, Nintendo Switch is still as popular today as it was years ago. The hybrid handheld console has seen dozens of high-profile game throughout its lifespan, and it shows no signs of slowing down. Part of what makes the device so compelling is the ability to play in both handheld or docked mode — allowing you to project your game onto the big screen when you get home from work or school.

It might seem complicated, but connecting your Nintendo Switch to a TV is simple. It takes just a few moments to set up its dock and get back to gaming, though there are a few caveats to be aware of before starting the process.


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Setting up the Nintendo Switch

For those who are new to the system, every purchase of the Nintendo Switch not only includes the Switch itself but also a Switch dock. This dock will be key in putting your system together for the TV. The first thing you’re going to want to do is take out the dock and all the cords. Make sure that you have the dock, an HDMI cord, and a power cord for the system. If all three are present, you’re good to start!

Step 1: Begin by opening the back of the docking system. This will give you access to where all the cords are going to go. Additionally, you’ll notice there is a space for the cords to lead out from. The back of the Switch should have three outlets. From top to bottom, they are the AC adapter, USB, and HDMI out. You’ll only need the AC adapter and the HDMI out to hook the system up.

Step 2: Take one end of the HDMI cable and insert it into the bottom terminal, aptly named HDMI out. Then connect the other end of the HDMI port to the TV or monitor of your choosing.

Step 3: Take the AC adapter (which should be model No. HAC-002) and put it inside the dock labeled AC adapter. Then connect the other end of the AC adapter into a wall outlet.

Step 4: You can now go ahead and close the back of the switch. Remember to keep an eye on where the cords feed out to ensure you don’t actually damage the cords. Both cords should fit through the space without any problems.

Step 5: Now the dock is all set up! You’ll just have to put the console into the dock to get rolling. When placing the console into the dock, ensure that the LCD screen faces the same direction as the face of the dock. The LCD screen of the Switch will turn off once it’s perfectly docked.

Step 6: All you’ll have to do from here is turn the TV and Switch on, set the TV to the correct HDMI, and your Switch should be ready to go!

The Switch adapter from Battony.

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How to connect your Nintendo Switch to a TV without a dock

If your dock happens to break, you can still use your Nintendo Switch on the big screen. Before getting started, you’ll need to buy a USB-C to HDMI adapter that has both USB-C and HDMI ports. This will essentially replace the original dock and serve to get your Switch communicating with your TV.

Here’s what you’ll need to do to get your Nintendo Switch connected to your TV without a dock.

Step 1: Remove the USB-C power cable and HDMI cables from the original Switch dock.

Step 2: Insert the USB-C cable and HDMI cables into the adapter you’ve purchased.

Step 3: Connect the USB-C adapter to your Switch.

Step 4: As long as you’ve selected the right input on your TV, you should now be able to play Switch on your TV without a dock.

Step 5: Note that this method will not work with Switch Lite. Also, be careful about overheating your Switch — try propping the unit upright to keep its vents accessible and open to airflow.

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Small notes

There are a few things that you should keep in mind as you’re hooking your system up. The first, and one of the most important, is to always handle the console with care. Although the Switch is a durable gaming system, that doesn’t mean it’s impervious to damage. Set the console into the dock gently in order to avoid scratches or damages, which is a problem a few players have reported. It may also behoove you to pick up a screen protector for the system to ensure that docking the Switch doesn’t do more damage than good.

Also, in order to play the Switch, you’ll need to have both of the Joy-Cons in your hands. You can either remove the Joy-Cons before docking the Switch or after. However, keep in mind that if the Joy-Cons haven’t been attached to the console before this moment in time, you’ll need to register them before playing. It’s similar to how the Wii would need the Wiimotes synced with the system before use.

Finally, after every Switch session, it may be helpful to you if you unplug the Joy-Cons and put them back onto the docked Switch. The Joy-Cons will drain the battery while unplugged from the console, so leaving them out overnight could risk the Joy-Cons being drained of battery. Try to make a habit of putting the Joy-Cons back onto the docked console to ensure they’re being charged while you’re not playing. Nothing is worse than a controller dying as you’re facing off with Ganondorf, so be sure to stay in the battle with powered Joy-Cons!

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PlayStation VR2 PC compatibility is being tested by Sony | Digital Trends

PlayStation VR2 PC compatibility is being tested by Sony | Digital Trends

When ILMxLAB learned about the PlayStation VR2, Director Jose Perez III thought it was a “no-brainer” for the studio to bring the Oculus Quest game Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge to the new headset.
“We’re always looking at how we can push the fidelity of the work that we’re doing,” Perez III tells Digital Trends in an interview. “PlayStation VR2 is ridiculously powerful; we got really excited about what we could bring to that. We started talking with our friends at Sony because we had a great relationship with them for Vader Immortal, and it was really a no-brainer. Then, you put the headset on, you start feeling the haptics, and you start seeing what you can do with the visual fidelity and lighting, and it’s like, ‘Oh, this is awesome!'”
Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge – Enhanced Edition | Official Trailer | PS VR2
PlayStation VR2’s launch and its first wave of games are nearly upon us, and Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge Enhanced Edition is one of those titles. This is a make-or-break time for VR, which is still struggling to move into the mainstream but could become more popular if Sony’s headset can offer a compelling and accessible virtual reality experience. Ahead of its release, Digital Trends spoke to Director Jose Perez III and Producer Harvey Whitney from ILMxLAB to learn about the process of crafting one of these critical “no-brainer” launch games and PlayStation VR2 will ultimately stand when it comes to the future of VR gaming.
The power of PlayStation VR2
Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge was originally released for Meta Quest VR headsets in November 2020. It’s set on the planet of Batuu, which people also explore at Dinsey parks, and follows a Droid Technician who gets caught in the middle of a grander fight against the First Order after crash-landing on the planet. At the time, it was meant with decent reviews and only got better as its story was completed and expanded with the Last Call DLC.
After getting the “Enhanced Edition” of the game for PlayStation VR2 greenlit, ILMxLAB actually had to go and make it. As the team was dealing with new hardware for the first time, producer Harvey Whitney thought it was good that the team’s first project on PlayStation VR2 was an enhanced version of an existing game.
“Early on, knowing that we already had the content that was created for the original, that changes things quite a bit,” Whitney tells Digital Trends. “We’re not redeveloping the story and coming up with all of that. We just had that opportunity to work as a team and ask, ‘What do we really push here, and where are the changes that we want to make, and what we can do to really take advantage of this hardware?'”

The VR space is full of different headsets with unique specs, with the much higher specs of the PS VR2 standing out. The PlayStation VR2 sports some impressive specs compared to its VR peers, displaying content in a 4000×2030 HDR format at a 90Hz or 120Hz frame rate. Plus, games have the PS5’s power, spatial, and brand new Sense controllers to take advantage of, rather than the 2013 console and 2010 motion controls that limited the original PlayStation VR.
PlayStation VR2 supports Roomscale, Sitting, and Standing play styles, which added more complexity as Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge supports all three. Thankfully, Perez III that bringing Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge to PlayStation VR2 was relatively manageable because of how impressive the system’s specs were.
“A lot of the development processes are similar [to other VR platforms],” Perez III says. “We’re still working inside of Unreal, and we’re doing a lot of those same processes. But we don’t have to look at performance quite as much as we do on some of the other devices, so we’re able to open up a lot of things or not be as concerned about certain things. That comes with better hardware.”
Better hardware, better games
Looking at the biggest games of the PlayStation VR2 launch window lineup, the visuals of titles like Horizon Call of the Mountain and the VR modes of Resident Evil Village and Gran Turismo 7 are impressive. In our discussion, Whitney also made it quite clear that one of the real advantages of working on this remaster was not having to worry about strict limitations on the visuals or even the audio. “We got lucky in the sense that there’s a lot more to PlayStation VR2 that we hadn’t had previously,” Whitney says. “We could really push the graphics and make it shine. But then there were also some other things that came into play. We totally redid the audio, it sounds amazing.”

Everything you need to know about Nintendo Switch Online | Digital Trends

Everything you need to know about Nintendo Switch Online | Digital Trends

Much like Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, the Nintendo Switch makes it easy to jump online and play with friends. The service, known simply as Nintendo Switch Online, has seen big changes over the years, and it now offers plenty more than access to online multiplayer. One of the biggest draws is its growing collection of games from N64, NES, and other iconic platforms — making Nintendo Switch Online a great way to access the best titles from past generations.

Nintendo offers a few different options when it comes to paying for Nintendo Switch Online, with both individual accounts and family accounts up for grabs. From its library of retro games to a smartphone application and special offers, here’s a complete look at Nintendo Switch Online.

Individual/family subscription models

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The standard Nintendo Switch Online comes in two subscription types: Individual and family. An individual subscription covers one user, and a family subscription covers up to eight. A one-year individual subscription costs $20. One-month and three-month subscriptions are also available for $4 and $8, respectively. It’s obviously most cost-efficient to purchase a year out of the gate if you plan on using the service semi-regularly.

Family subscriptions, meanwhile, cost $35 per year. To take advantage of this bulk subscription, you need to be linked to a family group. You can create a family group on the Nintendo Account website. Essentially, you and seven friends can get access to all Nintendo Switch Online features for less than $5 a piece.

Both subscription types are available for purchase on the Nintendo Switch eShop. Nintendo Switch Online is accessible via the orange navigational menu when you first open the storefront. Keep in mind that subscriptions automatically renew unless you opt out in the eShop menu.

Prepaid scratch-off cards can also be purchased at participating retailers for one-year Nintendo Switch Online memberships, as well.

Nintendo Switch Online is (mostly) required for online multiplayer

enemies get splashed in Splatoon 2.
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Before Switch Online launched, Nintendo offered free online multiplayer for games like Splatoon 2 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Now, you have to have a subscription to use the online features of first-party Nintendo games and most third-party games. The one major exception is Fortnite, which can be played online without a subscription. Other free-to-play games like Rocket League can be played without a paid Switch membership.

Nintendo Online is only needed for multiplayer over the internet, however. Those without a subscription can still use the Switch’s Local Wireless Play feature between two Switch consoles, with up to three players on each console.

You need to use the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app to chat

If you want to talk to your friends while playing online games, you need the Nintendo Switch Online mobile app, which is available for both iOS and Android. Yes, it’s annoying to have to use two devices to take part in a traditional online multiplayer experience, but we don’t make the rules. Fortnite, again, is the exception to this rule, as it allows voice chat on the console itself. Since this is a cumbersome solution, we recommend using Discord or a different communication app that you probably have already.

Adds the ability to save to the cloud

Nintendo Switch cloud backup screen.
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One of the biggest knocks on the Switch since launch was that there was no method for backing up your saves. If your console died, well, you were out of luck. With a Nintendo Switch Online subscription, you can back up your saves to the cloud, ensuring that you won’t lose progress even if your console breaks.

Cloud saves work with most Switch games, but there are a few outliers. For instance, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Pokémon Let’s Go, Splatoon 2, Dark Souls Remastered, and Dead Cells do not support cloud saves. Nintendo has said that this is to maintain competitive balance in games like Let’s Go and Splatoon 2. Nintendo doesn’t want cloud saves to disrupt competitive rankings. In a game like Dark Souls, in which it autosaves pretty much after you do anything, reverting to a previous save from the cloud could potentially undermine the developer’s design.

For more details about which games work with cloud saves, check out the official Nintendo website.

Cloud saves can disappear after your subscription lapses

As a feature exclusive for Switch Online subscribers, it makes sense that cloud saves won’t last forever if you cancel your subscription. Once your subscription lapses, you won’t be able to access your cloud saves. After six months, they’ll be deleted entirely.

Subscribers get access to classic NES and SNES games

Collage of classic NES games.
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One of the major perks of the Switch Online program is the library of free classic games. For the first year of the service, Nintendo gave subscribers a steadily growing list of NES games. Nintendo sweetened the pot at the start of year two, adding SNES games to the program.

The games included save states, too, as well as multiple display settings (4:3, Pixel Perfect, and CRT Filter). Some of these games even have multiplayer, both local and online.

Though by default you can only play these games with an internet connection, you can download them to play offline for up to seven days at a time. If your subscription lapses, you’ll lose access to these games, just like you would with PlayStation Plus and Games with Gold offerings.

Here’s a list of the most pouplar  SNES games included with Nintendo Switch Online. Keep in mind that Nintendo plans to add more SNES games to the program in the future, but there is no set schedule for new additions to the SNES library.

Bombuzal Joe & Mac 2: Lost in the Tropics Star Fox
Brawl Brothers Kirby Super Star Star Fox 2
Breath of Fire Kirby’s Dream Course Stunt Race FX
Breath of Fire II Kirby’s Dream Land 3 Sugoi Hebereke
Claymates Kunio-kun no Dodgeball da yo Zen’in Shūgō Super Baseball Simulator 1.000
Demon’s Crest The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
Donkey Kong Country Magical Drop Super Mario All-Stars
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest Mario’s Super Picross Super Mario Kart
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble! Natsume Championship Wrestling Super Mario World
Doomsday Warrior Operation Logic Bomb Super Punch-Out!!
Earth Defense Force The Peace Keepers Super Metroid
EarthBound Pilotwings Super Punch-Out!!
Earthworm Jim 2 Pop’n TwinBee Super Soccer
F-ZERO Prehistorik Man Super Tennis
Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War Psycho Dream Tetris Attack
Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem Puyo Puyo 2 Tuff E Nuff
Harvest Moon Shin Megami Tensei Valis IV 
The Ignition Factor Shin Megami Tensei II Wild Guns
Jelly Boy Shin Megami Tensei If… Yoshi’s Island
Joe & Mac Spanky’s Quest  

Here’s the list of NES games. Nintendo added multiple NES games per month during the first year of service. Now that SNES games have arrived, however, the monthly updates are no more. We have received new SNES games periodically, but not on a month-to-month basis.

Adventures of Lolo Double Dragon II: The Revenge Kirby’s Adventure Pro Wrestling Super Mario Bros. 3
Adventures of Lolo 2 Dr. Mario Konami’s Ping Pong Punch-Out!! Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels
Atlantis no Nazo Eliminator Boat Duel Kung Fu Heroes River City Ransom Tecmo Bowl
Balloon Fight Excitebike Kunio-kun Rygar Tennis
Baseball Famicom Wars The Legend of Zelda S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team TwinBee
Blaster Master  Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light Mappy-Land Shadow of the Ninja Vice: Project Doom
City Connection Ghosts ‘n Goblins Mario Bros. Soccer Volleyball
Clu Clu Land Gradius Metroid Solomon’s Key Wario’s Woods
Crystalis Ice Climber Mighty Bomb Jack Solomon’s Key 2 Wrecking Crew
Dig Dug II Ice Hockey Mother Star Soldier Yie Ar Kung-Fu
Donkey Kong The Immortal NES Open Tournament Golf StarTropics Yoshi
Donkey Kong 3 Journey to Silius Nightshade Super Dodge Ball Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
Donkey Kong Jr. Joy Mech Fight Ninja Gaiden Super Mario Bros.
Double Dragon Kid Icarus Ninja JaJaMaru-kun Super Mario Bros. 2

N64 and Sega Genesis games for Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack members

Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack list of N64 games.
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During the September 2021 Nintendo Direct, a long-awaited announcement was made. Nintendo revealed the Expansion Pack for the online subscription service featuring N64 and Sega Genesis games. Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack is available for $50 per year ($30 more than the standard membership). This serves as an enhanced version of the subscription service, offering more benefits.

Below are the new N64 and Sega Genesis games as of February 2024:

N64

  • 1080 Snowboarding
  • Banjo Kazooie
  • Blast Corps
  • Dr. Mario 64
  • Excitebike 64
  • F-Zero X
  • GoldenEye 007
  • Harvest Moon 64
  • Jet Force Gemini
  • Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
  • Mario Golf
  • Mario Kart 64
  • Mario Party
  • Mario Party 2
  • Mario Party 3
  • Mario Tennis
  • Paper Mario
  • Pilotwings 64
  • Pokémon Puzzle League
  • Pokémon Snap
  • Pokémon Stadium
  • Pokémon Stadium 2
  • Sin & Punishment
  • Star Fox 64
  • Super Mario 64
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • Wave Race 64
  • Win Back: Covert Operations
  • Yoshi’s Story

Sega Genesis

  • Alien Soldier
  • Alien Storm
  • Alisia Dragoon
  • Altered Beast
  • Beyond Oasis
  • Castlevania: Bloodlines
  • Columns
  • Comix Zone
  • Contra: Hard Corps
  • Crusaders of Centy
  • Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
  • Dynamite Headdy
  • Earthworm Jim
  • Ecco the Dolphin
  • Flicky
  • Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
  • Golden Axe
  • Golden Axe II
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Kid Chameleon
  • Landstalker
  • Light Crusader
  • Mega Man: The Wiley Wars
  • M.U.S.H.A.
  • Phantasy Star IV
  • Pulseman
  • Ristar
  • Shining Force
  • Shining Force II
  • Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
  • Sonic The Hedgehog 2
  • Sonic The Hedgehog Spinball
  • Space Harrier II
  • Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition
  • Streets of Rage 2
  • Strider
  • Super Fantasy Zone
  • Sword of Vermillon
  • Target Earth
  • The Revenge of Shinobi
  • Thunder Force II
  • ToeJam & Earl
  • Virtua Fighter 2
  • Zero Wing

DLC at no additional cost for Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack members

Squid Kid from Splatoon 2.
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Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack members also gain access to certain first-party DLC packs at no additional cost. The full list is as follows:

  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Pass
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons — Happy Home Paradise DLC
  • Splatoon 2 — Octo Expansion DLC

Keep in mind, you’ll have access to these packs so long as you remain a Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack member. If your membership expires, you’ll no longer be able to access these expansions.

Exclusive games

Board littered with pellets in Pac-Man 99.
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Nintendo Switch Online subscribers gain access to exclusive games that release periodically. One of the most popular is Tetris 99, a battle royale game that requires you to outlast 98 other opponents. Likewise, Pac-Man 99 is of the same vein. Collect pellets, consume ghosts, and dish out attacks to the other players. Another noteworthy inclusion was Super Mario Bros. 35. We say “was” because it has since been removed from the service, and was only present in celebration of Mario’s 35th anniversary. This, too, was a battle royale, in which players aimed to survive against 34 opponents while making their way through various Super Mario Bros. levels.

Exclusive NES and SNES wireless controllers

Exclusive NES wireless controllers packaged on a table.
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You can also get retro NES and SNES controllers if you’re a Nintendo Switch Online subscription-holder. These devices connect to the Switch and feel more like traditional, old-school controllers, rather than something like a Joy-Con. These are great for players looking to immerse themselves with older games, with controllers to match! The NES controller pack is $50, while the SNES controller is $30.

N64 and Sega Genesis controllers

Yoshiaki Koizumi holding the N64 and Sega Genesis controllers for Nintendo Switch.
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Finally, Nintendo also announced N64 and Sega Genesis controllers for Switch. These, much like the NES and SNES controllers before, are only available for Switch Online members. They will both work wirelessly with the Switch and will cost $50 each. It’s unclear when these will launch, but it will likely be around the same time the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack comes out.

Member-only offers

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Member-exclusive promotions for Switch Online include a lot of perks beyond the retro controllers. If you’re a subscriber, you can get a free Tetris 99 download (and if you’re a hardcore Tetris fan, this alone makes it worth the cost), a free Nook Inc. silk rug in Animal Crossing, and Splatoon 2 gear. Additionally, the company will regularly roll out new perks, so members should check for new benefits.

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Sea of Thieves is the fourth confirmed Xbox game to come to PS5 | Digital Trends

Sea of Thieves is the fourth confirmed Xbox game to come to PS5 | Digital Trends

True current-gen console exclusives have been few and far between this generation. Over two years in, even great games like Halo Infinite and God of War: Ragnarök are still shackled to the consoles that came before the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and S. While they still look fantastic and benefit from better load times and DualSense gimmicks, there haven’t been enough exclusives to give this new console generation a true identity just yet.
That’s going to be one of the most important tasks for Microsoft and Sony in 2023. This year, we’ll see a much larger number of PS5 and Xbox Series X/S exclusives, especially from first-party studios. Games like Forspoken, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, Forza Motorsport, and Starfield will be just some of the games this year that will demonstrate what exactly a ninth-generation console game feels and looks like. That means that the stakes are high for this year’s biggest releases, as they need to prove that the games industry hasn’t plateaued. 
A slow but steady start
It’s hard to believe we’re already over two years into this new console generation, considering that we’re still seeing high-profile games launching on old platforms. That looks like it will change this year, though, as more games will release exclusively for PS5 and Xbox Series X/S to give those consoles more of an identity. Still, that’s taken more time than it did for the eighth generation of game consoles: the PS4 and Xbox One.
Even the Xbox One, for all its faults at release, had games like Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5, and Ryse: Son of Rome early on to show what Microsoft wanted that new generation of games to look like. They did so through both impressive visuals for their time and via Xbox One gimmicks like SmartGlass and Kinect. We haven’t seen that as much with the Xbox Series X/S because early-generation games like Halo Infinite and Forza Horizon 5 were intentionally cross-gen, and its more ambitious exclusives have suffered delays.
On the PlayStation front, the PS4 admittedly took a few years to get going on the exclusives front. Games like Infamous Second Son, Driveclub, and Bloodborne eventually impressed, though, and fantastic exclusives were consistently launching throughout each year by 2017. The PS5 is following a similar cadence, as Astro’s Playroom remains an outstanding PS5 and DualSense showcase, while Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Returnal, and The Last of Us Part 1 show what the system is capable of.

Still, last year’s two biggest PlayStation Studios releases, Horizon Forbidden West and God of War: Ragnarök, came out on PS4 and still felt “last-gen” as a result. One can’t help but think what both games could have done had they launched solely on PS5. That’s a question I hope to see answered more firmly over the next 12 months.
The importance of 2023 console exclusives 
As we enter the PS5’s third year, its upcoming exclusives will be some of the most pivotal on the system. Forspoken could demonstrate some impressive visual effects early on, but Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is in an even more crucial position. It will be the first sequel to a PS4-era hit that isn’t tied to the PS4. The PS5’s high frame rate and adaptive triggers already enhance Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Spider-Man: Remastered when played on PS5.
I’m intrigued to see how Insomniac Games can push the visuals further, make more parts of New York City explorable, and take swinging around as the Spider-Men even further on PS5. Hopefully, any other PS5 exclusives launching this year will do similar things.

Bethesda finally confirms that Hi-Fi Rush is coming to PS5 | Digital Trends

Bethesda finally confirms that Hi-Fi Rush is coming to PS5 | Digital Trends

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Microsoft and Bethesda finally confirmed that Hi-Fi Rush is going multiplatform. In particular, it was announced that the rhythm action game is coming to the PS5 next month.

Rumors of Hi-Fi Rush going multiplatform began in January, spurring some discourse about a change in Microsoft’s first-party strategy. Although Xbox eventually addressed the concerns in a February 15 podcast, Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer would not say then if Hi-Fi Rush was one of the games; instead, he only teased that four games were going multiplatform and that the announcements were coming soon. During the Nintendo Direct: Partner Showcase this morning, we learned that Obsidian Entertainment’s Pentiment and Grounded were coming to Nintendo Switch on February 22 and April 16, respectively.

Later in the day, a video confirming that Hi-Fi Rush would launch for PS5 on March 18 was posted by Bethesda LATAM before being quickly switched to private. For those unfamiliar with Hi-Fi Rush, it was first released in January 2023 for PC and Xbox Series X/S. It’s an action-rhythm game inspired by titles like Devil May Cry, where players must fight to the beat of the game’s soundtracks. We adored the game following its surprise launch, giving it four-and-a-half stars in our review and calling it “a new blueprint for rhythm-action games.”

The PS5 version of the game appears to be a complete version that includes all post-launch content for Hi-Fi Rush. The full game is available now for PC and Xbox Series X/S and, if what this now-private video claims was accurate, it arrives on PS5 on March 18.

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Mother 3 finally comes to Nintendo Switch … but only in Japan | Digital Trends

Mother 3 finally comes to Nintendo Switch … but only in Japan | Digital Trends

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Mother 3, the highly requested cult-classic RPG for the Game Boy Advance, is set to appear today on the Nintendo Switch Online service. But there’s a catch: It’s only available in Japan.

North Americans were first introduced to the Mother series under the name Earthbound on the SNES in 1995. As was common at the time, the game was renamed for the West in an attempt to avoid confusion. In 2006, a third entry was released in Japan for the GBA simply called Mother 3, but it has never had an official translation for Western audiences. Both Mother 2, aka Earthbound, and the original Mother, renamed Earthbound Beginnings, have been added to Nintendo Switch Online, but there has never been any indication that the third game would receive the same treatment.

A small, but dedicated fan base has ben asking for official translations for Mother 3, but they have always been either ignored or denied in official statements. The general consensus as to why boils down to some dark and potentially problematic subject matter in the game that could not be easily taken out or altered for a Western release.

The Mother series was developed by HAL Laboratory and written by Shigesato Itoi. The latest game features Lucas, who has only officially appeared outside of Japan via Super Smash Bros., on a quest to save the world from a mysterious army. It features a unique RPG combat system in which players engage in battles using Super Mario RPG-esque timed hits for additional damage and a unique roulette-style UI for health and mana.

There has been no statement regarding Mother 3 coming to the Nintendo Switch Online service outside of Japan at this time.

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Grounded and Pentiment are coming to Nintendo Switch | Digital Trends

Grounded and Pentiment are coming to Nintendo Switch | Digital Trends

Xbox Game Studios

During Wednesday’s Nintendo Direct: Partner Showcase, we learned about two of the Xbox Game Studios titles that are going multiplatform. The games in question are Obsidian Entertainment’s Grounded and Pentiment, and the latter will launch tomorrow on Nintendo Switch.

Earlier this year, various leaks and rumors suggested that first-party Xbox exclusives like Hi-Fi Rush and Pentiment could make their way over to competing platforms. Microsoft finally addressed the rumors on February 15, confirming that it planned to bring four of its first-party games to non-Xbox platforms over the course of 2024. Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer wouldn’t say what any of the specific games were at the time, though, stating that “the teams that are building those games have announced plans that are not too far away.” It’s now clear that Spencer was partially referring to this Nintendo Direct, as two of the games showed up here.

If you aren’t familiar with these titles, here’s the rundown: Grounded is a 2022 survival crafting game where players control kids who were shrunk down in size and are trying to survive in a backyard. It launches for Nintendo Switch on April 16, and was the first announcement of the show. During a sizzle reel at the end of the show, we learned that Pentiment is launching on Nintendo’s hybrid console tomorrow. First released for PC and Xbox Series X/S in 2022, Pentiment is a historical narrative adventure title and yet another solid Xbox-published title, with Digital Trends’ four-star review calling it “a wonderful game that tells a thematically poignant story that anyone who likes to create will empathize with.”

Pentiment launches for Nintendo Switch tomorrow, February 22. Grounded comes to the system on April 16.

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Super Mario Bros. Wonder for Nintendo Switch is 13% off | Digital Trends

Super Mario Bros. Wonder for Nintendo Switch is 13% off | Digital Trends

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Nintendo Switch owners who are looking for their next game to play may want to consider the already popular Super Mario Bros. Wonder, especially now that it’s on sale from Amazon at 13% off. From its original price of $60, it’s down to a more affordable $52. The $8 in savings may not look like much, but you may as well enjoy it as it’s rare to get a discount on a first-party Nintendo Switch exclusive just a few months after its release. We’re not sure when the offer will expire though, so you’re going to have to hurry if you want to get the game for cheaper than usual.

Why you should buy Super Mario Bros. Wonder for Nintendo Switch

The game was just released in October 2023, but Super Mario Bros. Wonder is already shaping up to be one of the best Nintendo Switch exclusives. The latest platformer in the long-running Super Mario series brings it back to its 2D roots, but it adds a lot of enjoyable elements to the tried-and-tested formula that will keep gamers hooked. The art style is very vibrant, which is very evident if you play the game on the Nintendo Switch OLED, and the levels are filled with new ideas and well-hidden secrets that distance them from the stages in previous Super Mario games. Then there’s the Wonder Seed, which triggers a huge twist whenever you find it.

Part of what makes Super Mario Bros. Wonder truly special is the subtle changes that work together to make it an unforgettable game. These include deviations on boss fights, the removal of level timers, and the experiments that you can do on each stage. Combined with its colorful visuals and impressive audio design, Super Mario Bros. Wonder is an instant classic.

Whether you’re just purchased the console from Nintendo Switch deals, or you’ve had it since day one, Super Mario Bros. Wonder is a must-have in your gaming library. Now’s a great time to buy it because Amazon has slashed its price with an $8 discount that pulls it down to $52 from $60. Play it right away or add it to your list of backlogs, but it’s highly recommended that you purchase Super Mario Bros. Wonder right now because once the offer is gone, we’re not sure when you’ll get another chance to get the game with savings.

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Xbox Series X Presidents’ Day Deals: Consoles, Games & More | Digital Trends

Xbox Series X Presidents’ Day Deals: Consoles, Games & More | Digital Trends

Xbox

Microsoft’s Xbox Series X is a powerful machine with a healthy library of games and a wide range of accessories. If you want to enjoy discounts in your investments in the console, this year’s Presidents’ Day deals is the perfect opportunity. The offers from the various retailers participating in the sale are already online, and while they’re expected to last through the end of the holiday, it’s highly recommended that you make your purchases as soon as possible because we’re not sure if stocks will still be available for some of the more popular bargains.

Best Xbox Series X Presidents’ Day deals

Xbox Series X
Microsoft

If you don’t own the console yet, you’re going to want to take advantage of these Xbox Series X Presidents’ Day deals. Some of these are straight-up discounts for the device, while some are bundles that include games and accessories that you may need to make the gaming experience even better. Whichever offer you choose to purchase, make sure that you hurry because there’s no telling when these bargains will get sold out.

  • Microsoft Xbox Series X (Renewed) —

  • Microsoft Xbox Series X —

  • Microsoft Xbox Series X + Extra Xbox Wireless Controller —

  • Microsoft Xbox Series X Diablo IV Bundle —

  • Microsoft Xbox Series X + Seagate 2TB Expansion Card —

Best Xbox Series X game Presidents’ Day deals

Two Spartans side by side in Halo Infinite.
Halo

The best Xbox Series X exclusives give gamers a healthy number of reasons to purchase the console, but there are also a long list of multi-platform titles that are available for the Xbox Series X. If you’re looking for the next game to play, or if you’re building out your gaming library, you wouldn’t want to miss the savings that you can get from the available Xbox Series X game Presidents’ Day deals — even if that means adding more titles to your backlog.

  • Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Edition —

  • NBA 2K24: Kobe Bryant Edition —

  • Halo Infinite

  • Lego 2K Drive

  • Assassin’s Creed Mirage

  • AEW: Fight Forever

  • Hogwarts Legacy

  • Star Wars Jedi: Survivor

  • Mortal Kombat 1

  • Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League

Best Xbox Series X accessory Presidents’ Day deals

The Xbox Wireless Controller.
Microsoft / Microsoft

There are all kinds of Xbox Series X accessories, for purposes such as expanding storage, improving communication during online multiplayer matches, and giving you a new controller experience, among many others. They may get expensive in addition to everything else that you’re buying for the console, so check out the discounts that you can pocket from our favorite Xbox Series X accessory Presidents’ Day deals.

  • PowerA Enhanced Wired Controller —

  • Xbox Wireless Controller —

  • Xbox Wireless Headset —

  • SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless Gaming Headset —

  • Seagate Game Drive for Xbox Dual Pack —

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PS5 Presidents’ Day Deals: Console Bundles, Games & More | Digital Trends

PS5 Presidents’ Day Deals: Console Bundles, Games & More | Digital Trends

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Sony’s PlayStation 5 continues its impressive run since it was launched more than three years ago, and if you haven’t bought the console yet, or you’re looking for discounted games and accessories, you should take advantage of this year’s PS5 Presidents’ Day deals. There are massive savings in store for gamers this holiday as various retailers have launched their own sales, but you’re going to have to be quick if you want them because stocks aren’t expected to last long, particularly for the more impressive bargains — some of which we’ve featured below.

Best PS5 Presidents’ Day deals

Gamers will never regret buying the PlayStation 5, or its updated model, the PlayStation 5 Slim. The changes in the PlayStation 5 Slim include a slightly smaller body and more internal storage at 1TB. The original model, however, is still a worthwhile investment, even if you get a refurbished console as you’ll still be able to enjoy all the benefits of the console. Stocks of these PS5 Presidents’ Day deals aren’t expect to last long though, so lock in your purchases as soon as possible.

  • PlayStation 5 Slim Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III Bundle —

  • PlayStation 5 Slim Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 Bundle —

Best PS5 game Presidents’ Day deals

The PlayStation 5 features a wide library of video games, which includes an impressive list of PS5 exclusives in addition to multi-platform titles. Don’t miss the discounts from these PS5 game Presidents’ Day deals if you’re looking for a new game to play, or even if you already have backlogs because the price cuts that you see for the holiday may not return for a while.

  • Stray

  • NBA 2K24: Kobe Bryant Edition —

  • Grand Theft Auto V

  • Nickelodeon All Star Brawl 2

  • Assassin’s Creed Mirage

  • Persona 5 Tactica

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

  • Hogwarts Legacy

  • Street Fighter 6

  • Star Wars Jedi: Survivor

Best PS5 accessory Presidents’ Day deals

Since the PlayStation 5 has been out for a while now, there’s a healthy number of PS5 accessories that are available to the console. Whether you want more storage, better communication with teammates, or a different controller experience, you should check out the PS5 accessory Presidents’ Day deals that are online. These discounts aren’t going to last forever, so it’s highly recommended that you push through with your transactions as soon as you can.

  • HyperX Cloud Stinger Core wireless gaming headset —

  • PlayStation DualSense wireless controller —

  • WD_Black SN850P 2TB internal SSD —

  • Logitech G29 Driving Force racing wheel and floor pedals —

  • Sony InZone H9 wireless gaming headset —

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