If you are an avid user of Sony's Sketch app then you won't like hearing that it has become the latest causality of Sony's app portfolio rationalisation. The Sketch team has confirmed that all online parts of the Sketch service will be discontinued from 30 September 2019. This means that all syncing, sticker downloads, and community functionality will stop working.
For the first time ever, Nintendo decided to start charge gamers for access to its online gaming services, where they would need to pay a fee if they wished to be able to play with other gamers online. Given that Nintendo did not charge in the past, many were curious as to how players would react to this.
As it turns out, players are reacting pretty well. According to the latest figures, it has been revealed that Nintendo Switch Online is boasting 9.8 million subscribers. This number includes those who took part in the free trial and also those in family members, so it is unclear as to how many actual individual subscriptions there are, but it is still a pretty impressive figure given that the service only launched last year.
Last year Nintendo rolled out its Nintendo Switch Online service. For those who are unfamiliar, Nintendo Switch Online is a subscription service that gamers will need in order to play their games online with each other, but now it seems that if you’re a Twitch Prime subscriber, you will be able to get a free year of Nintendo Switch Online service.
According to Twitch, “Get up to 12 months of access to Nintendo Switch Online at no extra cost. You can claim the 3-month Nintendo Switch Online access offer now, then come back to claim the 9-month individual membership when it unlocks.” Basically this means that upfront you will be able to claim 3 months of free membership, and after 60 days and assuming you’re still subscribed to Twitch Prime, you will be able to claim the remaining 9 months.
A government survey shows that young people in Japan are spending nearly three hours each day online, mostly watching streaming videos, visiting social networking sites, or emailing.
The Cabinet Office surveyed 5,000 people aged between 10 and 17 in November and December last year. 3,079 people, or 61.6 percent of those surveyed, responded.
Nintendo hasn’t confirmed this as yet but it appears that the company might be adding a plethora of SNES games to Nintendo Switch Online. The service already provides subscribers with access to several NES games so it wouldn’t be out of the ordinary if it started offering SNES games as well. A data miner seems reasonably sure that this is going to happen.
A data miner has come across a list of SNES titles that could potentially be added to Nintendo Switch Online in the not too distant future. KapuccinoHeck on Twitter dug through the app’s code and found the list of 22 SNES games in addition to code names for four emulator types.
If you’d rather not spend money buying one of Fujifilm’s high-end flagship cameras like the Fujifilm X-T3, X-H1, or the X-Pro2, then maybe one of the company’s mid-rangers could be of interest to you. In fact last we heard, the company could be working on a successor to the X-T20 in the form of the X-T30.
Now according to a tweet by Nokishita Camera, it appears that the camera might have already been registered at the Bluetooth website. While the registration does not explicitly mention the X-T30 by name, safe to say that given the rumors, there is a good chance that the camera in question is the X-T30.
One of the changes that Nintendo made to its business model with the Switch was introduce a paid online subscription service. This means that unlike in the past where gamers could play online against each other for free, Switch gamers who want to enjoy internet multiplayer will need to pay for the online service.
While this is a change, it’s not new as other companies such as Sony and Microsoft have long adopted that model. Naturally there are some differences between the services in terms of features being offered and whatnot, but if you were hoping that Nintendo could follow in the footsteps of its competitors, think again. Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime told Forbes in an interview that Nintendo prides itself in doing things differently, and that players shouldn’t expect them to mirror the competition.
From what we can tell, Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has proven to be a smashing success. However if there is one main criticism that many seem to have, it would be with the multiplayer feature of the game where it seems that many gamers are complaining of how laggy it is.
To make things worse, the Nintendo Switch Online service is a paid subscription, which means that gamers aren’t exactly getting what they paid for. Now it seems that many are recalling what the game’s director Masahiro Sakurai had recommended gamers do back in November: use a wired LAN cable.
Walmart has announced the launch of its first online store in Japan. It has teamed up with local tech giant Rakuten for this purpose. The first e-commerce store titled Walmart Rakuten Ichiba Store has been opened on the Rakuten Ichiba internet shopping mall. The collaboration combines Walmart’s expertise in delivering U.S. branded products and Rakuten’s dominant position in the online market to bring new shopping experiences to customers in Japan.
This digital store follows the strategic alliance between Rakuten and Walmart earlier this year.
Japanese consumers will be able to access a wide variety of high quality U.S. branded products through this online store. The products include outdoor goods, toys, and fashion apparel. There will be around 1,200 products from many prestigious brands available on the store initially.