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8 Nintendo Switch tips and tricks to get the most out of your hybrid console

Chances are at least decent by now that you or someone you know has a Nintendo Switch. While supply problems held up sales for a while, it has become one of Nintendo’s fastest-selling consoles. With that in mind, we want you to get your experience with the Switch started off right by giving you a few Nintendo Switch tips and tricks that can help you get the most out of your plucky little hybrid console.

1. Gear up There are many great things about the Switch.

Its internal hard drive is not one of them. The Switch comes with 32GB of built-in storage, which is simply not enough. Some games already require more space than that, including Dragon Quest Heroes.

So if you’re planning on playing just about anything other than The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild or Super Mario Odyssey, you’ll probably want to grab a hefty-sized microSD card. It sucks, we know, but they aren’t too expensive. A 64GB card costs just £20 or so, and it’s not that different from buying a memory card for your brand-new console way back when.

Actually, it’s exactly like that. So, yeah, go get one. If you’re having trouble, we even have a guide to help you pick out the right card for you.

You may also want to get some other accessories. A screen protector and carrying case will help prevent scratches and dings. Another battery pack may also come in handy, especially if you’re taking it on long plane trips or car rides.

Lastly, while it’s optional, we consider Nintendo’s Switch Pro Controller a must-have accessory. It’s a lot gentler on the joints than the default Joy-Cons, making it perfect for marathon sessions of Breath of the Wild. All that can add up pretty quick, especially with the pro controller running about £70 at retail.

If your budget is limited, we’d suggest buying the screen protector and case first, then grabbing an SD card when you can, based on your needs. If maximum comfort is your jam, though, grab the Pro Controller first and pick up the rest when you can. 2.

Turn off Wi-Fi to save battery

While Nintendo’s latest bit of hardware isn’t quite as technically robust as its cousins from Microsoft and Sony, it still packs quite a bit of power into a very small frame. Sometimes, though, background processes and the like can tax the hybrid’s scant computing resources and cause framerate slowdowns. Some users have found that disabling Wi-Fi auto-connect helps quite a bit, particularly when you’re in handheld mode.

The Switch really likes to search for new access points when it can, and unless you tell it otherwise, even if it’s got a great network connection, it can still periodically scan the airwaves and muck with your gaming session. To shut this off, simply head into the main system settings and select “Airplane Mode.” This will not work if you’re docked, but then again, if you are, you’re not worried about battery life. 3.

Easter egg hunt

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If you’re a fan of quirky easter eggs, this is for you. When you’re getting ready to play a game from sleep, the console will ask you to mash some button three times. Most players will tap one of the obvious ones, like the “A” button, which we’ve all been trained practically from birth to recognize as video game for “OK.” But if you click the joystick or mash a shoulder button instead, you’ll get some funny sound effects.

Fans of the GameCube will recall a similar technique that changed the console’s startup sound to anything from clown horns to bizarre squeaks.

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A slightly more somber Easter egg can be unlocked by waiting for July 11 and performing a specific gesture (more details here). This will allow you to play the NES game Golf, which was one of former Nintendo President Satoru Iwata’s first projects with the company. The gesture is a nod to the lauded game maker, as is the date in July.

Iwata passed away July 11, 2015, and this little kernel is widely believed to be a tribute to one of the most important people in Nintendo’s history. (Note: you can technically do this by changing the system clock, but only if you’ve never connected your console to the internet). 4.

Like to save a lot? Make multiple profiles to get more save slots

The Switch already has a ton of exceptional games — Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, and Splatoon 2, etc. — but many only allow one save file. That can pose a big problem for players who like to keep multiple files. It can also be painfully easy for new players to inadvertently wipe your data — lookin’ at you Breath of the Wild.

It isn’t ideal, but you can get around this by making multiple user accounts — either for yourself or for others. This is pretty simple, but by default, the Switch doesn’t tell you how or suggest it as a means to protect your save files. When starting any game from the home screen, you’ll see your default Mii pop up. Select the “+” and then enter in all the details of your new profile.

Given how easy it is to set up personalized accounts on just about every console and media service already, that shouldn’t be too much trouble.

Everything we know about Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ movie so far

The rapid expansion of Marvel Studios’ cinematic universe isn’t showing any signs of slowing down, with the much-anticipated solo feature Black Panther hitting theaters February 6, 2018. The first clip from the film offers an explosive peek at the high-tech tools Black Panther uses to protect Wakanda. Directed by Creed filmmaker Ryan Coogler from a script penned by Coogler and Joe Robert Cole (American Crime Story: The People v.

O.J. Simpson), Black Panther stars 42 actor Chadwick Boseman as the titular king and costumed protector of the fictional African nation of Wakanda. The film has T’Challa (Boseman) returning home to Wakanda after the events of Captain America: Civil War to take his place on the powerful nation’s throne, only to encounter trouble from competing factions challenging his rule, and a dangerous enemy from his past.

That first, kinetic clip

During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in January, Boseman brought along the first full clip from Black Panther to show off. The brief scene from the film features Black Panther chasing down a truck on a busy highway — but it also includes a sneak peek at some of the high-tech elements at play in the film.

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In the clip, we see T’Challa “charge up” his suit using the kinetic energy of the bullets being fired at him, then release that stored energy in a powerful blast that cripples the truck he’s pursuing.

The car he’s riding on throughout most of the clip also appears to be driven remotely, suggesting that Wakanda’s driverless tech might be far ahead of anything we have seen in Marvel’s cinematic universe so far.

Power behind the throne

The Wakandan special forces unite known as the Dora Milaje is expected to play a major role in the action in Black Panther, and the female warriors took center stage in a television spot for the film released in January 2018.

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Titled “Entourage,” the preview offers a nice indication that T’Challa won’t be the only hero to have some memorable action scenes in the film.

The big picture

There will be more of Black Panther’s adventures to see on IMAX screens when the film hits theaters, according to the large-screen cinema company. In an announcement made in early January 2017, IMAX confirmed that some scenes in the film were shot specifically for the large-screen format. Those scenes will appear in the expanded 1:9:1 IMAX aspect ratio, for an increase of 26 percent more image on the screen.

The announcement was accompanied by a brief teaser video posted on Twitter that offers an example of how much more of the action you’ll see in the IMAX-specific scenes.

Fit for royalty. #BlackPanther is specially formatted to show up to 26% more image in IMAX! Get tickets now: https://t.co/mRfXi9eDGv pic.twitter.com/SVLP62oorg — IMAX (@IMAX) January 8, 2018

Music to rule by

The adventures of the king of Wakanda demand a fitting soundtrack, and Marvel is clearly making the music of Black Panther a high priority.

In an announcement made in early January 2018, Disney and Marvel revealed that Grammy winner Kendrick Lamar and Top Dawg Entertainment founder Anthony Tiffith will co-produce Black Panther: The Album. The album will feature music from the film and inspired by it, including the lead single from the movie, All the Stars, which features Lamar and label-mate SZA.

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The album will be Lamar’s first major collaboration with a movie project, and will make Black Panther the first Marvel Studios movie to have an album of original tracks created specifically for the film. There’s no word on when the album will hit shelves or who else Lamar might bring in for the project, but Black Panther: The Album is currently available for pre-order.

More to see

A Japanese trailer for the film found its way online in December 2017, and it showcases some of the cool tech employed by Black Panther, the nation of Wakanda, and the enemies both will face in the film.

The trailer was posted on Twitter and features Japanese subtitles over an English-language preview of the film.

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New and familiar faces

Boseman reprises his role from Civil War in Black Panther along with Florence Kasumba (Wonder Woman) as Ayo, a member of the Wakandan special forces unit known as the Dora Milaje, and Martin Freeman (Sherlock) as Everett K. Ross, the deputy task force commander of the Joint Counterterrorism Center. Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) also reprises his role from Avengers: Age of Ultron as the weapons dealer Ulysses Klaue.

New additions to Marvel’s cinematic universe making their debut in Black Panther include Michael B. Jordan (Creed) as Erik Killmonger (one of the film’s main villains), Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) as Dora Milaje member Nakia, Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead) as Dora Milaje leader Okoye, Angela Bassett (How Stella Got Her Groove Back) as T’Challa’s mother, Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us) as N’Jobu, and Forest Whitaker (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) as Wakandan statesman Zuri.

The first, full-length trailer

After months of relatively few updates on the film, Black Panther finally got its first full-length trailer on October 16, 2017.

Not only does the preview offer more footage of Boseman in action as Black Panther, it also puts a spotlight on many of the female soldiers of the Dora Milaje, who are expected to play a key role in the film’s story and the advanced Wakandan society introduced in the movie. The trailer also features more footage of the film’s primary villains: Serkis’ Klaue and Jordan’s Killmonger, who appear to have very different reasons for wanting an end to T’Challa’s reign. Possibly most interesting, however, is the reveal of a suit worn by Killmonger that appears to be similar to T’Challa’s own Black Panther uniform.

Much like the first Iron Man movie and the more recent Ant-Man, Black Panther could be setting up a climactic battle between hero and villain in high-tech suits.

They’re all here

The second poster released by Marvel for Black Panther is also the first to feature the full cast. Boseman posted the first peek at the promotional image for the film on Twitter shortly after the full-length trailer’s debut.

Bringing a brand new #BlackPanther poster to you 1st! We hit theaters Feb 16, but you can check out the new trailer from @marvelstudios NOW. pic.twitter.com/KFbA9A9cG8

— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) October 16, 2017

First teaser, first poster, first look

Marvel got an early start on promoting its 2018 releases by unveiling the first poster for Black Panther and a gritty teaser trailer in June 2017.

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The teaser begins with Martin Freeman’s character Everett Ross sitting in front of a very untidy Andy Serkis as the smuggler Ulysses Klaue, who’s tied to a chair in a makeshift interrogation room. “Tell me something,” Klaue says. “What do you know about Wakanda?” He then begins to hint at the powerful country’s secrets, revealing that it is in actuality the mythical place that inspired the legend of El Dorado. “I’m the only one who’s seen it,” he continues, “and made it out alive.” The quick glimpses of the film reveal another welcome change of scenery for the Marvel franchise.

Stepping into the role of Wakanda’s new king, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) dons his royal garb to rule the powerful nation, as well as the uniform of the mysterious Black Panther, while the camera cuts to colorful jungle scenes, futuristic cityscapes, and a wild car chase. The poster (below) reveals Boseman seated on his kingdom’s throne, giving the world a closer look at his Black Panther costume.

Three’s a crowd?

As if taking on Ulysses Klaue and Erik Killmonger wasn’t enough of a challenge for the film’s titular hero, it appears a third villain will be featured in Black Panther.

In September 2016, Variety reported that Person of Interest and Major Crimes actor Winston Duke was cast in the role of M’Baku, aka the villain known as “Man-Ape.” In Marvel Comics lore, M’Baku is a powerful Wakandan warrior who believes himself more deserving of the nation’s throne, so he forms an army known as the White Gorilla Cult in order to bring down T’Challa.

Roll cameras

Cameras officially began rolling on Black Panther near the end of January 2017. Filmed under the working title of Motherland, the movie was shot in Georgia’s Pinewood Atlanta Studios, with the Atlanta City Hall serving as the United Nations building in the movie.

Additional filming took place in South Korea, primarily in the city of Busan.

Principle production on Black Panther ended on April 19, 2017.

Update: We added the first clip from the film.

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Between the Streams: Apple and Kristen Wiig, ‘Solo’ synopsis, Black Widow movie?

DT’s weekly entertainment show, Between the Streams, is your guide to all of the hottest, most important, and (of course) dumbest new developments in streaming and entertainment, providing a handy recap of the week that was and a preview for what’s ahead. Follow us here at 2 p.m. PT every Friday, or add us via RSS, iTunes, or Stitcher at the links below to take BtS on the road!

We’re in the midst of the January doldrums, and that means the theater marquees aren’t exactly jumping off the walls at us this weekend.

But not to worry, there’s still plenty of wildness happening in the world of entertainment, with maybe the weirdest bit being that Apple (yes, Apple) has won a bidding war to secure the rights to a new Kristin Wiig comedy series. Along with Wiig, Reese Witherspoon will also reportedly have a prominent role on both sides of the camera. The 10-episode series will apparently be based on a book of short stories called You Think It, I’ll Say It, which seems to set it up more like an anthology series of sorts.

But perhaps the biggest news of the week is the synopsis that Disney let slip about its possibly doomed Han Solo origin movie, Solo. Look, we’re not saying this is going to be the worst Star Wars movie of the modern era, but it’s a possibility. Then again, if the movie is set up to suck, maybe we’ll all be pleasantly surprised. This author is a self-professed Alden Ehrenreich fan (from what little I’ve seen of him on film), and it is Disney after all.

We’ll chat about the revelations from the basic synopsis, and ask if people are still excited about the film to kick things off this week. While there’s not much (or anything) new when it comes to blockbuster appeal in theaters this week, there are a few well-reviewed movies hitting wide release that should give fans of great performances something to cheer for. Those options include I, Tonya, which features Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding and explores perhaps the weirdest and most infamous moment in figure skating history, and Call Me By Your Name, the sensual love story starring Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet that has critics raving.

There are plenty of other tidbits happening in entertainment this week as well, including a new red band trailer for the much-anticipated Super Troopers 2, wild rumors about the new Venom film, more wild rumors about a stand-alone Black Widow film, a Catch 22 miniseries produced by George Clooney, more fuel for the John Wick spinoff series, and more.

So tune in and hit us up live at 2 p.m.

PT today, or take us along for the ride with our podcast version by following the links at the top of this story.

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