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Corris

Yeah, it's like I checked the stats of my Pidgeot at the same level as Staraptor. And Staraptor has about 40 higher Atk, 10 higher HP, and 30 higher speed. Yes it has less Sp.Def and Sp.Atk. But who needs those on Staraptor? And what are the chances of it surviving a Thunderbolt/Ice Beam anyway.

Heh, I used Staraptor as my Platinum replacement of Pidgey evolution line.

I'm considering sending over a Gible and evolving it up to a Garchomp, was a pretty awesome Pokemon in Platinum, but I'm waiting till I get the National Dex before sending anything over, just to make it somewhat fair, lol.

I have one decided Pokemon for my final team thus far, which is Tyranitar, just need to plan the rest out so I can cover the types but also all the HM's.

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Team Eevee ftw.

I just breezed right through the Cianwood City gym in one fell swoop. Didn't even have to take a potion.

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Question for everybody here. I just spent about 100k on buying 2 proteins, 2 calciums, etc. Why can't I use them on any of my pokemon?

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Question for everybody here. I just spent about 100k on buying 2 proteins, 2 calciums, etc. Why can't I use them on any of my pokemon?

I think its to do with the EV's the pokemon already has in the stat related to the vitamin, I think if the stat you are trying to increase with vitamins already has maxed EV's you cant use it. I think thats how it works i could be wrong though its been a while since i looked into that whole thing.

Also you can only use those vitamins 10times i think, so if you have already use 10 before then you wont be able to use anymore

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I think its to do with the EV's the pokemon already has in the stat related to the vitamin, I think if the stat you are trying to increase with vitamins already has maxed EV's you cant use it. I think thats how it works i could be wrong though its been a while since i looked into that whole thing.

Also you can only use those vitamins 10times i think, so if you have already use 10 before then you wont be able to use anymore

Two of the pokemon have never received vitamins before and they can't use a protein, iron, calcium, or any of the other ones at all. My Tyranitar has been given two proteins already and my Slopoke has been giving two proteins as well.

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Two of the pokemon have never received vitamins before and they can't use a protein, iron, calcium, or any of the other ones at all. My Tyranitar has been given two proteins already and my Slopoke has been giving two proteins as well.

Do you know EV training? Basically, each Pokemon can earn up to 510 EV points over all of their stats (HP, Atk, SP Dfns, etc.), though no more than 255 in any one stat. Once it reaches 510 points, it won't gain any more. You get EV both through battling wild Pokemon, and vitamins. For instance, if you defeat a Pidgey, you get 1 or 2 points in your speed EV.

Vitamins can raise a stat 10 EVs at a time (so it's easier than battling wild Pokemon) but it will only raise any one stat up to 100. To get that stat all the way up to 252, you have to get the rest of the EVs through battling wild Pokemon. So if you have an EV stat raised to over 100 already through battling wild Pokemon, vitamins won't raise it anymore.

There are certain berries you can feed your Pokemon which raise their happiness but take away EV points. It can help you "reset" your EVs to redo EV training, like if you want the EVs in just two stats, instead of all over the board (which is what you get when you level up a Pokemon by battling random Pokes throughout the game).

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Team Eevee ftw.

I just breezed right through the Cianwood City gym in one fell swoop. Didn't even have to take a potion.

How did you get your Eevee team?

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I don't think I've ever caught my own shiny :(

Fingers crossed my copy Heart Gold arrives tomorrow.

I caught a shiny Psyduck!

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Do you know EV training? Basically, each Pokemon can earn up to 510 EV points over all of their stats (HP, Atk, SP Dfns, etc.), though no more than 255 in any one stat. Once it reaches 510 points, it won't gain any more. You get EV both through battling wild Pokemon, and vitamins. For instance, if you defeat a Pidgey, you get 1 or 2 points in your speed EV.

Vitamins can raise a stat 10 EVs at a time (so it's easier than battling wild Pokemon) but it will only raise any one stat up to 100. To get that stat all the way up to 252, you have to get the rest of the EVs through battling wild Pokemon. So if you have an EV stat raised to over 100 already through battling wild Pokemon, vitamins won't raise it anymore.

There are certain berries you can feed your Pokemon which raise their happiness but take away EV points. It can help you "reset" your EVs to redo EV training, like if you want the EVs in just two stats, instead of all over the board (which is what you get when you level up a Pokemon by battling random Pokes throughout the game).

Bah, all that money wasted. Thanks for the heads up and great post.

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How did you get your Eevee team?

I breed Eevee.

My friend got a female one, and I got a male one.. I breed them for desired Characteristics and Natures. If you want one, let me know, I do charge for a pokemon with an item, and if you want it to be a female or an Umbreon or a Espeon.. it's the smallest amount. If you want it to be a female Umbreon or a Espeon with a certain characteristic, it'll cost you a little more. However if you want it to be a female Umbreon or a Espeon with both characteristics and natures decided by you, it'll be the most.. usually a shiny and a nugget on that shiny.

I'll name it at no charge. :)

Just let me know.

The reason I say this is because females are 12.5% of the Eevee population and to get a pokemon with the characteristic AND nature you want is a 1 in 750 chance. :)

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Does anyone have any of the flying pikachu.. ?

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I breed Eevee.

My friend got a female one, and I got a male one.. I breed them for desired Characteristics and Natures. If you want one, let me know, I do charge for a pokemon with an item, and if you want it to be a female or an Umbreon or a Espeon.. it's the smallest amount. If you want it to be a female Umbreon or a Espeon with a certain characteristic, it'll cost you a little more. However if you want it to be a female Umbreon or a Espeon with both characteristics and natures decided by you, it'll be the most.. usually a shiny and a nugget on that shiny.

I'll name it at no charge. :)

Just let me know.

The reason I say this is because females are 12.5% of the Eevee population and to get a pokemon with the characteristic AND nature you want is a 1 in 750 chance. :)

I would like a Eevee but sadly, my DS phat does not work with my WiFi router. The newer models (DSi, ect), do.

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Corris

I would like a Eevee but sadly, my DS phat does not work with my WiFi router. The newer models (DSi, ect), do.

Is that because your WiFi router doesn't have "b" enabled or because your not using a WEP password?

I was just wondering because my friend can't get on either and he's not amused, lol.

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Does anyone have any of the flying pikachu.. ?

I'm still trying to get mine :p

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Do you know EV training? Basically, each Pokemon can earn up to 510 EV points over all of their stats (HP, Atk, SP Dfns, etc.), though no more than 255 in any one stat. Once it reaches 510 points, it won't gain any more. You get EV both through battling wild Pokemon, and vitamins. For instance, if you defeat a Pidgey, you get 1 or 2 points in your speed EV.

Vitamins can raise a stat 10 EVs at a time (so it's easier than battling wild Pokemon) but it will only raise any one stat up to 100. To get that stat all the way up to 252, you have to get the rest of the EVs through battling wild Pokemon. So if you have an EV stat raised to over 100 already through battling wild Pokemon, vitamins won't raise it anymore.

There are certain berries you can feed your Pokemon which raise their happiness but take away EV points. It can help you "reset" your EVs to redo EV training, like if you want the EVs in just two stats, instead of all over the board (which is what you get when you level up a Pokemon by battling random Pokes throughout the game).

Ah thanks for clearing that up, I knew I was on the right track but couldnt remember all of the details. (Y)

Does anyone have any of the flying pikachu.. ?

I managed to get a surfing pikachu but still looking for a flying.

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I would like a Eevee but sadly, my DS phat does not work with my WiFi router. The newer models (DSi, ect), do.

Either disable your router's security for a few minutes or change it to WEP. Also, I'm pretty sure that the DSi, etc. can only use WPA for certain games that have been released so far. Pokemon's not one of them. (According to friends who've tried.)

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So, I have a lot of Pokemon available to trade if you want something. Here's a list. These are all on my Pearl version btw.

The only reason I have a lot of the same poke is because I used an AR to clone them up, that's all I used it for, this means that I can keep a copy and still trade to others. I have put this list on another site so I'd get in quick if you're after something.

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Ditto's, 6 of each

Lv.35, 30/31 in Atk and SpAtk, Lonely

Lv.31 30/31 in SpAtk, Timid

Lv.29 30/31 in HP, Atk, SpAtk, Lonely

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Electivire, 3 only

EV'd in Atk and Spd

Earthquake, Cross Chop, Ice Punch, Thunder Punch

All holding Expert Belt

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Darkrai, Pokemon Movie 07, ONLY 2

Roar of Time, Spacial Rend, Nightmare, Hypnosis

Holding Enigma Berry

Japanese name.

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Drapion, ONLY 2

EV'd in Def and HP

Impish Nature

Moves don't matter, just teach it good stuff ok?

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Jolteon, 4 of them

EV'd in Spd and SpAtk

Timid Nature

Thunderbolt, Substitute, Hidden Power Ice, Baton Pass

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Yanmega, 6

Modest Nature

Speed Boost ability

EV'd in SpAtk and Spd

Protect, Hidden Power Ice, Bug Buzz and Air Slash

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Eevee, LOTS

Lv.1 Bold Nature

Some have a 5 in SpAtk, some have a 6.

Adaptability

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Minifig

I'm still trying to get mine :p

EMI! :wub:.

Everyone meet my partner in Eevee breeding...

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On another note, traded away one of the Yanmega's to someone for a shiny Modest Eevee, currently training it as a Glaceon now. :)

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EMI! :wub:.

Everyone meet my partner in Eevee breeding...

Hahaha, hello!

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On another note, traded away one of the Yanmega's to someone for a shiny Modest Eevee, currently training it as a Glaceon now. :)

NOOOOOOOOOO!! :( You could have gotten SUCH a good deal from me for that :(

I collect Eevee :(

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Chasethebase

NOOOOOOOOOO!! :( You could have gotten SUCH a good deal from me for that :(

I collect Eevee :(

No I just recieved it, I traded away the Yanmega :p

It's being trained into a Choice Glaceon :p

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So, I have a lot of Pokemon available to trade if you want something. Here's a list. These are all on my Pearl version btw.

The only reason I have a lot of the same poke is because I used an AR to clone them up, that's all I used it for, this means that I can keep a copy and still trade to others. I have put this list on another site so I'd get in quick if you're after something.

What would you like for that Darkrai?

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Guys this probably sounds incredibly stupid but I'm going to ask anyway. What are those funny looking rock ladders? I just figured they were some HM I would get later in the game but I just beat Blaze the 7th gym in Kanto and I still have no clue what they are. :p

Edit: Just beat the 8th gym leader in Kanto, never mind... :p

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What would you like for that Darkrai?

Damn I'd love a Darkrai.

What do you want for him Tech?

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      Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Amazon US: $49.99 ($10 off)| Amazon UK: £39) - The latest entry in the Animal Crossing franchise has become wildly popular in 2020, becoming the second-best selling game on the console in just a few months. It's a relaxing game where you can manage your own island by decorating it with items, which you can craft with resources you gather around the island. The game often gets updated with seasonal content, so it will probably stay fresh for a while.

      Super Mario 3D All-Stars (Amazon US: $59.99 | Amazon UK: £39.99) - The Super Mario franchise turns 35 years old in 2020, and Nintendo celebrated the occasion by releasing the first 3D games in the series - Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy - in a single package for the Nintendo Switch. These are three stellar games, and they've had their resolution increased to look that much better on modern TVs. Plus, the collection is only available until the end of March 2021, so now might be a good time to get it.

      Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics/51 Worldwide Games (Amazon US: $39.99 (ships December 20)| Amazon UK: £27.99) - If you're more into traditional board games than video games, Nintendo brought back the Clubhouse Games franchise this year, and it includes a ton of games to choose from. Most of these games are meant to be enjoyed with other people, which may be a great way to spend time with your family this holiday. Some games work with a single Switch, others may require multiple consoles, and some even work online so you can play with people far away.

      Image credit: Nintendo (YouTube)Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity (Amazon US: $59.88 | Amazon UK: £49.99) - Three years of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild rocked the world, Nintendo and Koei Tecmo are telling the story of the calamity that took place 100 years prior to the events of that game. Combining the plot and characters of Breath of the Wild with the 1-versus-100 combat of the Warriors franchise should offer a refreshing way to experience the great battle against Calamity Ganon, and the perfect way to wait for the sequel to Breath of the Wild.

      The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Amazon US: $44.99 ($15 off) | Amazon UK: £47) - Of course, if you still haven't played the game that started it all, it's still as amazing of a game as it was three years ago. Breath of the Wild is the first open-world game in the Zelda franchise, and it's also the most expansive world we've seen in a Zelda game. It's incredibly easy to spend hours roaming around this world, and very hard to dislike this game. If you need even more, you can get the $19.99 Expansion Pass (£17.99 in the UK).

      Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Amazon US: $49.94 ($10.05 off)| Amazon UK: £47.00) - Even at two years old, Super Smash Bros. is one of those titles that you can still play for hours. Living up to its name, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has the most amount of content ever in the franchise, featuring every character that's ever appeared in the franchise and more is still on the way. If you want to expand your game, the first Fighters Pass added five fighters for $23.49 (£22.49 in the UK), and a second Fighters Pass adds six new fighters, which are still being released in the next few months. It costs $29.88 in the U.S. and £26.99 in the UK, and it adds characters like Steve from Minecraft.

      Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Amazon US: $44.99 ($15 off) | Amazon UK: £39.99) - This is already one of the best-selling Nintendo Switch games, but there's a good reason for that. Mario Kart is another franchise that makes for a great game to play with friends, either online or locally. It's a bit more accessible than Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, so it's easy to enjoy even if you're playing with people who don't play games that often.

      Bioshock: The Collection (Walmart (US): $29.83 | Amazon UK: £34.99) - Earlier this year, 2K Games had a big blowout of support for the Switch, and Bioshock: The Collection is a stellar addition to the library. Featuring the entirety of the Bioshock franchise, made up of three fantastic first-person shooter titles, the collection on the Switch is a great deal. However, even if you buy the physical version, the games require a significant download, so you will probably need to buy a microSD card as well.

      Ring Fit Adventure (Amazon US: $79.99 | Amazon UK: £64.99) - It's not everyday that a videogame combines physical exercise with a single-player adventure and RPG elements, but Ring Fit Adventure does it wonderfully. This game will make you sweat a lot, and it'll motivate you to keep going, which is great if you want to stay active and don't have that much time to exercise outside your house.

      Pokémon Sword and Shield (Amazon US: $39.99 ($20 off) | Amazon UK: £39.99 each) - Almost any Pokémon title is fairly easy to recommend for Nintendo fans, and Sword and Shield brought a lot new to the table, with the more expansive Wild Area allowing for free camera controls, the Dynamax and Gigantamax transformations, and more. If you'd like even more content, the Expansion Pass was released this year, adding the Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra areas, new Pokémon, and new mechanics to make competitive battling more accessible. The Expansion Pass costs $29.88 in the U.S. and £26.99 in the UK, but it's only available digitally. Or you can get a new edition of the game including the Expansion Pass, which costs $88.59 in the U.S. or £64.99 in the UK.

      If you already own all of these or if you're looking for something different, there are a ton of great games on the Switch. Here are some of the most popular titles:

      Borderlands Legendary Collection - Amazon US: $29.83 | GAME (UK): £39.99 Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker - Amazon US: $32.84 ($7.15 off) | Amazon UK: £27 DOOM - Amazon US: Check stock | Amazon UK: Check stock Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition - Best Buy (US): $59.99 | Amazon UK: £39.99 (£5 off) Immortals Fenyx Rising (releases December 3) - Amazon US: $49.94 ($10.05 off)| Amazon UK: £49.99 Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory - Amazon US: $49.94 ($10.05 off) | Amazon UK: £49.99 Kirby Star Allies - Amazon US: $49.94 ($10.05 off, in stock December 8)| Amazon UK: £49.99 Luigi's Mansion 3 - Amazon US: $39.99 ($20 off) | GAME (UK): £44.99 Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit - Best Buy (US): $99.99 | Amazon UK: £99.99 Mario Tennis Aces - Amazon US: $29.99 ($30 off) | Amazon UK: £39.99 Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order - Amazon US: $59.99 | Amazon UK: Check stock Minecraft - Amazon US: $23.92 ($6.07 off)| Amazon UK: £19 Minecraft Dungeons Hero Edition - Amazon US: $19.99 ($10 off) | Amazon UK: £19.99 Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered - Amazon US: $39.99 | Amazon UK: £29.99 (£3.80 off) New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe - Best Buy (US): $34.99 ($25 off)| Amazon UK: £39.99 Octopath Traveler - Amazon US: $49.84 ($10.15 off, in stock December 20)| Amazon UK: Check stock Ori and the Blind Forest (releases December 8) - Amazon US: $39.99 | Amazon UK: £39.99 Ori and the Will of the Wisps (releases November 8) - Amazon US: $39.99 | Amazon UK: £39.99 Paper Mario: The Origami King - Best Buy (US): $59.99 | Amazon UK: £39.90 Pikmin 3 Deluxe - Amazon US: $59.99 | Amazon UK: £39.99 Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX - Best Buy (US): $54.43 ($5.56 off) | Amazon UK: £36.99 Sniper Elite 4 - Amazon US: $39.99 | Amazon UK: £29.99 Splatoon 2 - Best Buy (US): $39.99 ($20 off) | Amazon UK: £39 Super Mario Maker 2 - Amazon US: $39.99 ($20 off) | GAME (UK): £44.99 Super Mario Odyssey - Amazon US: $44.99 ($15 off) | Amazon UK: £39.99 Super Mario Party - Amazon US: $44.99 ($15 off) | Amazon UK: £39.99 The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening - Amazon US: $39.99 ($20 off)| Amazon UK: £39.99 The Outer Worlds - Amazon US: $37.82 | Amazon UK: £38.72 The Witcher 3 - Amazon US: $49.99 ($10 off)| Game (UK): £39.99 Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition - Amazon US: $49.99 ($10 off)| Amazon UK: £35.99 Nintendo Switch Accessories

      One thing you're most likely going to need if you own a Switch is a Nintendo Switch Online subscription, which is required if you want to play games online. If you don't know what games your gift recipient likes or has, a Nintendo eShop gift card can be useful so they can buy whatever they want.

      Nintendo eShop Gift Card - Amazon US: from $5 | Amazon UK: from £15 Nintendo Switch Online 12-month Individual Membership - Amazon US: $19.99 | Amazon UK: £17.99 Nintendo Switch Online 12-month Family Membership - Target (US): $19.99 ($15 off) | Amazon UK: £31.49 If you're shopping for someone who already has a Switch, or you want to bundle in some extra goodies, accessories may be the way to go. If the Switch is going to be used by a lot of people, a set of extra Joy-Con will be nice, or you can get a more traditional controller if you're about more traditional-style gaming. Here are some of our suggestions:

      Joy-Con Set - US: from $69 | UK: from £59 Joy-Con Charging Grip - US: $24.88 | UK: £24



      If your Switch is often used by a lot of people, an extra set of Joy-Con will help make sure everyone can play. There are a few color options available, so you can choose your favorites. Keeping that extra set of Joy-Con charged won't be easy with a single switch, so a charging grip can be pretty useful, too. It lets you play and charge the Joy-Con at the same time. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller- US: $59 | UK: £53 Satisfye ZenGrip Pro - from $20.99/£17



      For more traditional-style gaming, Nintendo offers the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, which has bigger buttons, better grips, and almost all the same features as the Joy-Con, including six-axis motion controls, HD rumble, and amiibo scanning. The Switch's form factor makes it very versatile but being so flat and thin isn't always ideal for comfort in handheld mode. The Satisfye ZenGrip pro helps the Switch feel more comfortable in your hand, and you can get it bundled with all sorts of goodies like a carrying case. There's also a version for the Switch Lite from $19.99/£16. 8BitDo Wireless Adapter - US: $19.99 | UK: £13.84 Genki Covert Dock - $74.99 ($69.99 with coupon)



      If you already have a controller you like lying around, such as the Xbox Wireless Controller, you may want to use it with the Switch. The 8BitDo Wireless Adapter lets you do just that, and it actually works pretty well, allowing you to save some money. You can also use it with other devices, like a PC. The Switch comes with a dock that lets you connect it to a TV, but it's quite bulky if you want to take it to a friend's house or on a long trip. The Covert Dock is a fantastic way to take the full Switch experience with you, and you can read our full thoughts on it here. It's only available on Amazon US or Genki's website, but it ships worldwide. Beware, though, this won't make a Switch Lite connect to a TV. Carrying case - US: $12.99 | UK: £14.99 SanDisk microSD card - US: from $6.19 | UK: from £4.91



      If you're carrying your Switch around a lot, you might want to keep it protected, and cases are the best way to do it. There are options from a ton of companies, and the links we included here are just examples made or licensed by Nintendo. You can also find some for the Switch Lite, such as this HORI one for $13.99 in the U.S. or this Nintendo one for £12.99 in the UK. No matter which model of the Switch you get, it only comes with 32GB of internal storage, which is going to run out very quickly if you install games from the eShop. SanDisk is one of the most renowned microSD card makers, and we thoroughly recommend its products. Outside of sales, the 128GB or 200GB cards usually offer the best price-to-capacity ratio, but it's definitely worth checking for sales to get a better deal. We hope these options help bring some joy to your 2020. Happy holidays!

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      No More Heroes and No More Heroes 2 get surprise release on Switch
      by João Carrasqueira

      Nintendo revealed No More Heroes III, the third-entry in the hack-and-slash series developed by Grasshopper, for the Nintendo Switch at last year's E3, with a proper trailer being released during The Game Awards. Initially slated for a release in 2020, the title has unfortunately been delayed to next year due to the pandemic, but the company is trying to hold fans over until the release by making the first two entries available on the Nintendo Switch.

      No More Heroes and No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle were originally released on the Wii, in 2007 and 2010, respectively. The titles feature Travis Touchdown, a man driven to become an assassin as a way to make money. The first two games focus mostly on Travis' career as an assassin, making his way up the ranks of the United Assassins Association by mowing down other assassins. The Switch versions are simple remasters, with some upgraded textures and improved text fonts.

      In addition to revealing the re-release of the first two titles, Nintendo also showed off a short new trailer for No More Heroes III, the first one featuring gameplay. The trailer features the anti-hero facing off against alien enemies, which are the primary threat in the game this time around. The goal is simple - to destroy all the aliens.

      No More Heroes and No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle are both available today on the Nintendo eShop, each costing $17.99/£16.19 at launch, with the regular price being $19.99/£17.99. The third entry is slated for a vague 2021 release.

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      Control Ultimate Edition and Hitman 3 are coming to the Switch through the cloud
      by João Carrasqueira



      Today, Nintendo released the last of its Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase presentations, and with it came a few announcements. One of the most notable is the fact that both Control Ultimate Edition and Hitman 3 are coming to the company's hybrid, the Nintendo Switch.

      These are two current-generation titles with promises of upgrades to the upcoming PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, so it may be surprising that they're making their way to the Switch. Well, it's because they won't be running on the Switch itself. Instead, these are cloud versions of the game, meaning you'll be streaming them to your console using the internet. This format had been experimented with before on the Nintendo Switch, with Resident Evil VII: Biohazard releasing this way, but only in Japan. This time, the release is worldwide.

      Control Ultimate Edition features the base version of Control, originally released last year, as well as all the additional content released for the game since then. The Ultimate Edition was released earlier this year for PC and other consoles. In Control, players take the role of the head of the Federal Bureau of Control, as a "corruptive presence" has invaded the organization. You can watch the Nintendo Switch trailer below.

      Control Ultimate Edition is available today on the Switch. To play the game, you can download the streaming app for free from the Nintendo eShop, which gives you access to up to 10 minutes of gameplay. After that, you can purchase an Access Pass from the Nintendo eShop, which costs $39.99/€39.99/£34.99.

      Hitman 3 is a game slated for release on other platforms on January 20, and the cloud version for the Switch is said to be available "soon". It's interesting to see Nintendo embrace cloud gaming as part of its Switch strategy, and it raises the question of whether the company plans to continue leveraging the technology to gain access to more hardware-intensive games as we head into the next generation of consoles.