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Month: January 2020

SwitchArcade Round-Up: ‘Animal Crossing’ Edition Switch Coming, ‘Hypercharge: Unboxed’ and Today’s Other New Releases, the Latest Sales, and More

Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Round-Up for January 31st, 2020. In today’s article, we’re taking a quick look at a new special edition of the Switch hardware, hitting some summaries for today’s many new releases, and checking out a rather robust list of new sales. Some good stuff is hitting the shop today, and some of those deals are quite good. Let’s head on in! News Special Edition Switch for ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ Coming Need a new Switch in anticipation of the upcoming release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons? Nintendo has your back, friend. The special edition Animal Crossing-themed Nintendo Switch will arrive on March 13th for a price of $299.99. It includes a special dock design, a pattern on the back of the Switch screen, and specially-colored Joy-Cons. It does not include the game, which will arrive on March 20th for $59.99. But wow, just look at that thing. It’s gorgeous. If I weren’t holding out for that Switch Pro that the pundits have been predicting for the last two years, I’d be thinking real hard about trading up. I’m sure it’s coming any day now. New Releases Arcade Archives Tecmo Bowl ($7.99) SwitchArcade Highlight! Tecmo’s classic arcade football game is now available on your Switch courtesy of the good folks at Hamster. Note that this isn’t exactly the same as the NES or...

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‘Magic: ManaStrike’ Guide: Tips, Tricks, and Hints to Walk Planes and Win Games

While it’s fair to say that the granddaddy of all collectible card games, Magic: The Gathering, has not always fared spectacularly on mobile, one thing you can’t deny is that it keeps coming back around in new forms. With Magic: ManaStrike (Free), Netmarble might finally have hit on a way to keep the flavor of the brand fully intact while presenting its characters, creatures and lore in a cool new way. That’s not to say that ManaStrike is built around some revolutionary mechanics, because it’s a real-time, live PvP strategy game — essentially a mobile MOBA (which is always fun to type or say). But it’s a very well-designed example of its genre, pulling off the neat trick of being both simple and deep, and you don’t even have to have any prior M:TG knowledge to enjoy it. Let’s get you slinging some spells and summoning some Planeswalkers, shall we? How to Play Magic: ManaStrike — The Basics Magic: ManaStrike features quick and relatively short PvP matches against other players. Both you and your opponent have decks of cards (fittingly) that are based around a Planeswalker, a powerful spellcaster who is aligned with one or more of the different types of Mana, and can only use cards of those types. Planeswalkers are effectively your leader on the playing field, and while they are powerful, they aren’t invincible. You summon your Planeswalker simply...

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Yeah, Motion Sense is just a gimmick, but I still want it on the Pixel 5

I rarely buy new technology for myself. That’s partly because I work for a website that sends me technology to review, and partly because I don’t like spending money too often. But I ended up purchasing the Pixel 4 XL on launch day because (among other reasons) I was genuinely excited for Motion Sense. Motion Sense is the Pixel 4’s gimmick. Try to explain your way out of it, but it’ll always be a gimmick. It uses some advanced radar sensors that let you do various things with your phone that you can’t do on other phones. None of these things are totally necessary to the smartphone experience. In fact, leaving Motion Sense turned on actually has a negative effect on the Pixel 4’s already bad battery, so one could argue Motion Sense is more of a detriment to the phone than a help. But I’m here to say I like Motion Sense and I hope it sticks around through the Pixel 5. Motion Sense is best when you don’t have to think about it Why, Jimmy, are you revisiting Motion Sense now, three months into the Pixel 4’s life cycle? Three months is enough time for the honeymoon phase to wear completely off of the phone, so I’m no longer using certain things just for the sake of using them. However, I’ve had Motion Sense turned on since...

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Samsung patent shows off rounded phone design that looks a lot like a Sony PSP

LetsGoDigital Form-factor innovation has been one of the biggest missing ingredients in the smartphone industry for years. But thanks to companies like Samsung, Motorola, Huawei and more, at least we have phones that flip and fold. Now, a new Samsung patent has hinted at another possible direction for the future of smartphone design. Serial patent hunters LetsGoDigital has dug up a new patent that Samsung filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USTPO). The application is titled “Portable terminal and icon arranging method” and was published on January 23, 2020. It has also been included in the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) database. Editor’s Pick Foldable phones with flexible displays: Here are the ones we know about so far Phones with true flexible and foldable displays are finally a reality. In this article, we will take a look at the current and upcoming foldable phone devices with flexible displays we’ve heard about so far. … What it shows is a very unique design for a Samsung phone with a rounded display on both ends. It reminds us of a Sony PSP. Just replace the panelling and controls on the side with a display and that’s basically what this Samsung phone looks like. Perhaps, you could also call it a modern Nokia N-Gage given that the curved sides look like they could house controls for playing games. LetsGoDigital...

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Did Samsung just accidentally leak the official Galaxy S20 release date?

91Mobiles Just yesterday, Samsung announced pre-registrations for its new lot of Galaxy phones. While Samsung didn’t specify a date for when pre-orders will open, it may have revealed the Galaxy S20 series final release date by mistake. According to Samsung’s pre-registration page, the delivery date for those who reserve the new Galaxy smartphones will be March 6. Samsung was showing this estimated date up until earlier today, but the website has now removed the same. Instead, Samsung has replaced the date with the phrase “expedited delivery while supplies last.” Luckily, we were able to grab a screenshot of the webpage before it was updated. You can see it below: It seems plausible that the date was removed because Samsung didn’t want to reveal the March 6 release date ahead of its Unpacked event on February 11. Most rumors have predicted an early March release for the Galaxy S20 series, so this could also be the general street date for the Galaxy S20 family. Meanwhile, Samsung is also giving out a limited time $35 instant credit towards eligible devices and accessories to those who pre-register for the new phones. Editor’s Pick Will the Samsung Galaxy S10e go down as just a one-off experiment? We’re a little more than a week away from the official unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S20 series. Although we won’t know for certain until the event...

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