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    These are the last Prime Day deals on Switch, Xbox, and PlayStation games / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 12 July - 20:40 · 3 minutes

We're in the final stretch for Prime Day , and a lot of the early sales have either been sold out or discontinued. If you're a console gamer, now is the perfect time to snag a terrific deal on some popular titles, and these are available on multiple platforms, ranging from Nintendo's Switch to Sony's PlayStation 5 and Microsoft's Xbox Series X|S. Here are some of our favorite video game deals from Prime Day 2023.

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    Nintendo, ticked by Zelda leaks, does a DMCA run on Switch emulation tools / ArsTechnica · Monday, 8 May, 2023 - 17:18 · 1 minute

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Enlarge / Tools with great potential often require great effort to unlock. In Zelda games, that usually means a number of Heart Containers. In the emulation underground, you need title keys, shader caches, hotfixes, and a willingness to download from some sketchy sites. (credit: Nintendo/YouTube)

Perhaps woken by news of its next premier first-party title already looking really impressive on emulators , Nintendo has moved to take down key tools for emulating and unlocking Switch consoles, including one that lets Switch owners grab keys from their own device.

Simon Aarons maintained a forked repository of Lockpick , a tool (along with Lockpick_RCM ) that grabbed the encryption keys from a Nintendo Switch and allowed it to run officially licensed games. Aarons tweeted on Thursday night that Nintendo had issued DMCA takedown requests to GitHub, asking Lockpick, Lockpick_RCM, and nearly 80 forks and derivations to be taken down under section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act , which largely makes illegal the circumvention of technological protection measures that safeguard copyrighted material.

Nintendo's takedown request (RTF file) notes that the Switch contains "multiple technological protection measures" that allow the Switch to play only "legitimate Nintendo video game files." Lockpick tools, combined with a modified Switch, let users grab the cryptographic keys from their own Switch and use them on "systems without Nintendo's Console TPMs" to play "pirated versions of Nintendo's copyright-protected game software." GitHub typically allows repositories with DMCA strikes filed against them to remain open while their maintainers argue their case.

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    Dealmaster: 1-day-only Nintendo Switch, Microsoft 365 deals; plus PS5 and AirTags / ArsTechnica · Monday, 27 March, 2023 - 20:08

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Enlarge / The new OLED Switch above its predecessor. (credit: Sam Machkovech)

Kicking off the week, we have a couple of today-only sales, including a rare discount on Nintendo's Switch OLED and a free $50 Amazon gift card deal on Microsoft's 365 Family office software (with some major caveats). There are also price cuts on the PS5 God of War Ragnarök bundle and Apple's four-pack of AirTags.

Nintendo Switch OLED for $310 ( $350 )

Nintendo's Switch OLED is the best Switch console you can buy. In our review , we praised the larger, upgraded display's completely blacked-out pixels and infinite contrast ratio whether gaming before bed or during the day. We also appreciated the bigger, sturdier hinge, Ethernet-toting dock, and 64GB standard storage, as opposed to 32GB on other Switch models.

We still think the Switch Lite is an unbeatable deal in portable gaming for $200 , but for those among us who like the best of the best, the Switch OLED is the ultimate portable gaming device. With today's one-day-only $40 discount , it's a bit more affordable now, too. Samsung's 256GB microSD Evo Select is also on sale for $20 , which pairs well with the Switch for game storage.

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    Nintendo Direct : je ne m’attendais à rien et je suis quand même déçu / Numerama · Thursday, 18 February, 2021 - 11:17

Après 18 mois de disette, Nintendo a diffusé un Direct le mercredi 17 février. Pendant 50 minutes, les annonces se sont empilées. Hélas, aucune ne fait vraiment bondir au plafond. Plus ennuyant, les absences de taille se font toujours sentir. [Lire la suite]

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    Latest Nintendo Direct event led by Zelda: Skyward Sword HD remaster / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 17 February, 2021 - 23:39 · 1 minute

It's been a while since we've seen a particularly long Nintendo Direct video presentation, and Wednesday's news-filled flurry of game announcements lived up to the company's reputation for surprises and weirdness. And in a tip of its hat to The Legend of Zelda series' 35th anniversary this year, Nintendo capped its first Direct of 2021 with the reveal of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, coming to Nintendo Switch on July 16.

Skyward Sword was the only mainline Zelda game to launch with a serious reliance on Wii-like controls ( Link's Crossbow Training notwithstanding). The 2011 game required the Wii MotionPlus add-on, as its swordplay revolved around precisely angled swipes for the sake of certain enemies and puzzles, and this remaster will let players relive that experience by assigning motion controls to both left and right  Joy-Con controllers. Don't worry, Switch Lite owners: This HD re-release doesn't mandate Wii-like waggling. If you prefer, Link's sword angles and item tosses can be assigned to the controller's right analog stick instead.

Whether this control update alone will redeem the game compared to other Zelda classics will probably be a matter of taste. Skyward Sword was notorious for clinging to classic series tenets in ways that bogged down its otherwise gorgeous and accessible gameplay (a criticism that somehow escaped Ars's original review ). Its successor, 2017's Breath of the Wild , famously shattered the classic Zelda template—and for the better . But in general, even a lukewarm Zelda game is still a good video game, and like other remastered Zelda games before this one, it looks like we're getting a handsome and tasteful touch-up of everything—and this does particular wonders for LoZ:SS 's unique "watercolor" aesthetic, which looked quite blurry on the original Wii.

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    Vous vouliez The Legend of Zelda : Breath of the Wild 2 ? Vous aurez Skyward Sword HD / Numerama · Wednesday, 17 February, 2021 - 23:15

Nintendo a dévoilé un nouveau « Zelda » à l’occasion de son Nintendo Direct diffusé le 17 février. En attendant des informations sur The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2, les joueurs Switch pourront (re)jouer à l'opus Skyward Sword en HD, initialement sorti sur Wii. [Lire la suite]

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    Nintendo Direct : comment suivre la présentation des nouveaux jeux Switch ce mercredi soir / Numerama · Wednesday, 17 February, 2021 - 08:39

Nintendo reprend ses bonnes vieilles habitudes et tiendra, ce mercredi 17 février, un nouveau Direct centré sur la Switch. Comme l'événement durera 50 minutes, on peut s'attendre à de grosses annonces. [Lire la suite]

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