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  • Nintendo Switch

    by Published on July 29th, 2019 20:46
    1. Categories:
    2. Android News,
    3. Nintendo Switch

    Android for the Nintendo Switch was originally teased back in February by Max Keller in a video showing a development build of Android Q (10.0) running on the device.
    This build had some issues such as no GPU acceleration and until June, nothing else was said. However, in June, ByLaws managed to get GPU acceleration working and from there onwards, work accelerated considerably. Now, a release has finally descended upon us and it can be downloaded from this XDA thread.
    This release is a ROM of Lineage OS 15.1 (ex-Cyanogen Mod) which is based on Android 8.1 Oreo.
    The vast majority of the Switch’s features such as WiFi, Bluetooth, GPU acceleration, the touchscreen, joycons and docking work although there are a few minor issues with the port namely:

    • When you plug in the charging cable, Android doesn’t detect the fact that device is charging but it’s still chargingBorderlands on the Switch is finally a reality thanks to Android!
    • WiFi may occasionally decide not to work; when this happens, a reboot is the way to go
    • Deep sleep doesn’t work so don’t expect amazing battery life
    • Docking may not work properly on first try so connect/disconnect the Switch a few times till you get a proper picture
    • Auto-rotation doesn’t work, joycons may not work properly in some apps and the FAT32 partition of the SD Card isn’t readable on macOS among other smaller issues

    With this ROM, you’ll not only be able to use your Nintendo Switch as an actual tablet (Horizon OS doesn’t do too well in this regard although homebrew has improved the situation) but you’ll also be able to play Android games that require Nvidia Tegra hardware such as Half-Life 2 and Borderlands so the Switch’s game library has just been expanded by quite a bit!


    XDA Thread for Android Port: https://forum.xda-developers.com/nintendo-switch/nintendo-switch-news-guides-discussion–development/rom-switchroot-lineageos-15-1-t3951389

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    by Published on July 17th, 2019 15:15
    1. Categories:
    2. Nintendo Switch

    Nintendo has revealed a new model of its Switch console is heading to Japan.
    Rather than the rumoured Switch Pro, this is merely a modified version of the standard device which offers longer battery life.
    According to a Switch comparison chart on Nintendo's Japanese website, the new model will last between 4.5 and nine hours, depending on the game you're playing. Zelda: Breath of the Wild, often used as the benchmark for Switch battery life, will drain the new model in 5.5 hours.
    Kotaku notes that the launch version of the Switch had a battery lasting between 2.5 and 6.5 hours, with Zelda players given three hours before it's depleted.

    https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articl...r-battery-life ...
    by Published on July 16th, 2019 20:26
    1. Categories:
    2. Nintendo DS News,
    3. Nintendo Switch

    Hydr8gon has released a new version of the Nintendo DS emulator for the Nintendo Switch:

    Changelog:
    -Updated to melonDS 0.8.2
    -Added OpenGL renderer (experimental and kinda broken)
    -Removed screen filtering option (incompatible with new OpenGL display)

    https://github.com/Hydr8gon/melonDS

    https://www.nintendomax.com/viewtopi...e67fdabf690d38 ...
    by Published on July 16th, 2019 20:24
    1. Categories:
    2. Nintendo Switch

    rsn8887 has posted a new version of the Amiga emulator for the Nintendo Switch:

    Installation

    Switch:
    Download and unzip uae4all2_switch.zip
    Copy the resulting folder uae4all2 to /switch/ onto your SDCard, ensure none of the "archive" flags is set.
    You should now have the executable /switch/uae4all2/uae4all2.nro and a folder /switch/uae4all2/data/ with the keyboard icons and other data files on your SDCard.
    Obtain and copy BIOS files kick13.rom (Amiga 500), and kick31.rom (Amiga 1200) to your SDCard into /switch/uae4all2/kickstarts/.
    Optional: copy over additional BIOS files kick12.rom, kick20.rom, kickcustom.rom (for e.g. version 3.1.4 or any other user-supplied BIOS) to the same folder.
    Use your favorite Homebrew Launcher or Homebrew Loader to start Uaeall2

    MD5 of verified working kickstart rom files, you can test yours at onlinemd5:

    kick12.rom (256 kB): (MD5) 85AD74194E87C08904327DE1A9443B7A
    kick13.rom (256 kB): (MD5) 82A21C1890CAE844B3DF741F2762D48D
    kick20.rom (512 kB): (MD5) FA4ACC75B49E880679FE02716AF24D71
    kick31.rom (512 kB): (MD5) 646773759326FBAC3B2311FD8C8793EE

    Other files might work, too.

    You can purchase legal bios roms from Amiga Forever. They work. But since they are encrypted, you have to copy over your .key file along with the roms.

    1.96
    increase maximum displayed lines from 270 to 286, useful for overscan games like Babeanoid
    fix cia overlay in AGA mode, fixes Reshoot-R hang at title screen
    add instruction manual to Vita livearea screen

    https://github.com/rsn8887/uae4all2

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    by Published on July 15th, 2019 16:35
    1. Categories:
    2. Nintendo Switch

    Nintendo has finally announced the long-rumoured Nintendo Switch Lite.
    Unveiled via a Direct-style video, the device is dedicated to handheld play and is looks much the same as the original model in handheld mode -- with the key difference that the joy-cons can't be detached.
    The Switch Lite will launch this on September 20th -- alongside Zelda: Link's Awakening -- in three colours: grey, yellow and turquoise. A Pokémon themed version, featuring new legendaries Zacian and Zamazenta, will arrive with Sword and Shield on November 15th.
    This handheld-only version of the hybrid Nintendo Switch will cost $200 -- $100 less than the "original" model.
    The 5.5-inch screen is smaller than the flagship model's 6.2-inch one, and is still touch sensitive. The model overall is smaller, measuring 91.1mm by 208mm by 13.9mm (as opposed to the original's 101.6mm by 238.76mm by 13.97mm).
    Internal storage is still limited to 32GB, with a MicroSD card slot for players to expand this.
    As a purely handheld device, the Switch Lite cannot be connected to a TV. Symbols on game packaging already indicate which titles can be played in handheld mode. These are the only titles that will work with Switch Lite (which currently is the vast majority of the console's library. It is also not compatible with Nintendo Labo, as it does not have removable Joy-Con controllers.
    In a bonus for die-hard Nintendo hardware fans, the directional buttons previously on the left joy-con have been replaced by a traditional D-pad.
    The device also slightly shorter than the flagship Switch, and a few joy-con features have been removed, including the infrared sensor and the HD rumble.
    It will still be compatible with multiplayer games and motion-controlled games, but players will require a separate set of joy-cons. These will also enable users to play games that are not compatible with handheld mode, using the Switch Lite as a screen (although the kickstand on the back has been removed).
    Switch Lite can sync with up to seven other Switch or Switch Lites for local multiplayer modes, and still features a Wifi function for online multiplayer. It will also, per Doug Bowser speaking to CNET, eventually feature the ability to transfer save files from other Nintendo Switches. "More to come on there, but that is the intention," he said.

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    by Published on July 15th, 2019 16:28
    1. Categories:
    2. Nintendo Switch

    Classic Nintendo. Barely a month since its big E3 showing where it promoted its biggest products for the next six months, and it chooses now to announce a new Switch.
    Of course, that is a little unfair. Nintendo were understandably wary of announcing a stripped back, portable only console at an E3 that was expected to see Microsoft tease a new super-powered console. Plus, now the announcement is out, you can see exactly why it decided to forgo the LA showcase... it's just not that exciting. It's a Switch, only without any of the innovative parts that made it interesting in the first place.
    The announcement is most comparable to Nintendo's initial reveal for Labo, another product that didn't feature in one of the company's famous Direct videos, and was instead revealed separately. That alone should tell you how Nintendo thinks of Switch Lite. This isn't for the core gamer audience that watches Direct videos; it's for the mainstream, more casual games buyer.
    "The announcement is most comparable to Nintendo's initial reveal for Labo"
    Natural comparisons can be made between Switch Lite and PlayStation Vita, Sony's ill-fated final effort in the handheld games market. Both are high-end portables that play console-quality games and both are hugely successful for indies. Yet Switch Lite has the added advantage of not having to combat Nintendo's line-up of AAA games (because it has them), plus an install base and awareness that will enable it to hit the ground running.
    And this is precisely what the Switch needed to reach a broader audience. The ability to bring down the price will also enable Nintendo to try and appeal to those 75 million 3DS owners as that console fades from view. And with a line-up of games from Nintendo's portable development teams -- including The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Pokémon Sword and Shield, Luigi's Mansion 3 and Animal Crossing: New Horizons -- means that the software is there to appeal to those fans. It's the ideal 3DS replacement.

    https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articl...-important-one ...
    by Published on June 21st, 2019 10:14
    1. Categories:
    2. Nintendo Switch
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    • A quick update has been released for @SciresM 's Switch CFW, Atmosphère, bumping the version up to 0.9.1. Support for the latest available OFW (8.1.0) has been added and a few emuMMC-related bugs have been fixed. This, however, is not the general bugfix release the devs were talking about previously, so emuMMC should still be considered experimental for the time being.

      The official changelog can be read below:
      Quoted from Changelog:
      0.9.1 is Atmosphère's nineteenth official release.

      fusee-primary was last updated in: 0.9.1.

      With thanks to the @switchbrew team, Atmosphère 0.9.1 is bundled with hbl 2.1, and hbmenu 3.0.1.

      The following was changed since the last release:
      • Support was added for 8.1.0.
      • Please note, emummc is still considered beta/experimental -- this is not the inevitable bugfix update for it, although some number of bugs have been fixed.
      • General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience.

      For information on the featureset supported by 0.9.0, please see the official release notes.
      Click to expand...
      On a last note, fusee-primary has also been changed with this version. Remember to update it too if you're using it!

      UPDATE: If you were not being able to boot with this release, re-download it from the repo. A bug has been fixed which caused the system to hang if there was no emummc.ini file present on the microSD card.
      https://gbatemp.net/threads/atmosphe...upport.541336/


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    by Published on June 11th, 2019 20:12
    1. Categories:
    2. Nintendo Switch

    Nintendo's E3 Direct was once again packed with surprises, culminating in the announcement of a sequel to the seminal Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
    It was a strong and varied line-up from the platform holder, with plenty of game reveals packed into the 40-minute presentation as well as dates and details on several Nintendo titles the industry was already expecting.
    Here's a complete round-up of everything featured in the latest Nintendo Direct:

    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2

    While not the official title, Nintendo did confirm a sequel to the Switch launch title is currently in development. The teaser trailer showed Link and Zelda investigating a cavern, seemingly beneath Hyrule Castle, where a strange force resurrected Calamity Ganon.
    There's no further details or word of a release date, but given that the trailer seemed to be set in the same world as Breath of the Wild, it's unlikely we'll have to wait as long as we did for the first title.
    In other Zelda-related news, the Switch remake of Link's Awakening arrives on September 20, and now features a dungeon maker. Players will be able to earn dungeon chambers as they progress and rearrange them to create their own levels they can explore and beat to unlock key items.
    Finally, Cadence of Hyrule, the Zelda-themed version of Crypt of the Necrodancer, launches later this week on June 13.

    Banjo-Kazooie back on Nintendo

    Just before the Breath of the Wild sequel reveal, Nintendo confirmed the long-rumoured addition of Banjo-Kazooie to Super Smash Bros Ultimate. It's the first time the bear and bird duo has been seen on a Nintendo device since 2005's Banjo Pilot for Game Boy Advance, and yet another hint at a growing partnership between Nintendo and Xbox.
    Banjo-Kazooie and Spiral Mountain stage will be added to the game in the autumn -- and there's more Smash Bros DLC heading to Switch before that. The Direct actually opened with the reveal that Dragon Quest's Hero character will be added this summer, and through the costume swap can be changed to resemble the protagonist from multiple entries in the series.

    The Witcher 3 heading to Switch

    Yes, the rumours were true -- CD Projekt Red's acclaimed fantasy RPG is arriving on Switch this year. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Complete Edition will contain the original game and every piece of DLC, including the Hearts of Stone and Blood & Wine expansions.

    https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articl...e3-2019-direct ...
    by Published on June 3rd, 2019 21:48
    1. Categories:
    2. Sega Dreamcast News,
    3. Nintendo Switch

    davidgfnet has ported the Dreamcast Emulator to the Nintendo Switch

    Hey there folks,

    I'm glad to introduce you reicast for switch. This is a very rushed release, expect bugs and many issues, but in the next days a more polished version should be in order. Also a more proper release, since we don't have yet automated builds for switch.
    The current version has some caveats: although it uses JIT (so fullspeed! in fact can go at x2 the speed easily) there's no exception handling yet, therefor things like texture invalidation don't' work well. This can be very limiting for some games, whereas others won't show many quirks. In fact just the BIOS shows this behaviour, textures in dialogs won't get updated

    Well that's it, this is a very alpha version, so expect most bugs to get fixed soon. You might also wanna check out reicast on Android or PC (at reicast.com)
    I'd like to thanks flyinghead for this tremendous contributions (he's the one to thank for the armv8 JIT backend), and of course skmp and all the crew that keep reicast great (although unreadable!)

    Edit: How to use it.
    Yeah forgot to add that. You'll need the BIOS files at /reicast/data/dc_boot.bin /reicast/data/dc_flash.bin. The settings can be tweaked at /reicast/emu.cfg. I'd also place ROMs at /reicast on your sd card.
    Notice that games using MMU won't work, that's WinCE games (I guess this list is reasonable: https://segaretro.org/Windows_CE).

    Important: reicast needs some memory (like 512MB+), so launching the app via nb loader won't work if you use the Album thingy to launch it. This bit me during porting too. You need to launch a game (any game) and press the R trigger to enter the HB loader in "game mode". That should do.

    Love, davidgf

    https://github.com/davidgfnet/reicas...ree/switchport

    https://www.nintendomax.com/viewtopic.php?f=168&t=17017 ...
    by Published on June 3rd, 2019 21:46
    1. Categories:
    2. Nintendo Switch

    New from Jan200101

    NXBlood is a port of NBlood for the Switch which itself is a attempted Source port of the 1997 game Blood
    the port is relatively feature complete compared to the existing version of NBlood

    All credit to the actual port of Blood go to Nuke.YKT for his fantastic NBlood

    Installation:
    - move NBlood.nro into your /switch folder

    make a folder called nblood on the root of your SD and copy the following files into it
    BLOOD.INI
    BLOOD.RFF
    BLOOD000.DEM-BLOOD003.DEM
    GUI.RFF
    SOUNDS.RFF
    SURFACE.DAT
    TILES000.ART-TILES017.ART
    VOXEL.DAT
    copy nblood.pk3 into the nblood folder
    start NXBlood


    Controls:
    THERE CURRENTLY IS NO WAY OF CHANGING CONTROLLER CONFIGURATIONS IN-GAME
    if you do want to change your controls anway you can edit the nblood.cfg in your /nblood folder


    In-game:
    Left Joystick - Movement
    Right Joystick - Looking around
    Right Joystick pressed - Crouching
    A - Use
    B - Jump
    Y - Use item
    ZR - Fire
    ZL - Alternative Fire
    R & L - Switching Weapons
    Up - Holder Weapon
    Left & Right - Switch items
    Down - Toggle Map mode ( does not view map )
    Minus - View Map

    Keyboard and Mouse are fully supported and you are free to use them

    changelog :
    merged upstream changes
    add Nuke.YKT to author list

    https://github.com/Jan200101/NXBlood
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