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Gaming News Roundup – June 5: Nintendo Switch Online, Sonic Mania on the Way, Shadow of War Delayed

Gaming News Roundup – June 5

The Nintendo Switch’s Convoluted Voice Chat

With the Nintendo Switch online service on the way, Nintendo hits us with the most difficult looking voice chat system to accompany it because Nintendo just can’t do anything normal. Above is the setup for the voice chat. Normally, you’d just plug the headset into your controller and you’re good to go, but Nintendo adds a couple extra steps, having to plug the headset into the adapter, the plugging the adapter into the Switch and your phone. This will definitely take some getting used to.

 

Nintendo Switch Online Service Delayed

In more Nintendo Switch news, this week we learned that owners of the Switch will not have to pay for the online service until 2018. This is great news seeing that the Switch doesn’t have many online offerings to justify paying for the service yet. And hell, free is free. When the paid service does launch, it’s expected to be $20 for a year and $8 for a three month period, which isn’t too shabby.

 

Shadow Of War Delayed

In more delay news, Shadow of Mordor sequel, Shadow of War, has been delayed. Initially slated for August, the title has been pushed back to October 10th in North America, other countries will have different release dates announced at different times. The studio had this to say:

Middle-earth: Shadow of War expands gameplay in every dimension, including the massive open world, the story, the RPG systems, and personal player stories of the Nemesis System.

Sonic Mania Gets A Release Date

Old school Sonic fans can rejoice! 2D Sonic homage, Sonic Mania has gotten a release date and accompanying trailer for those that have been waiting ages for an update. You can find the trailer here, and man, does it look beautiful. Hopefully it can comfort those that feel the Sonic series has lost its way. You can expect it August 15th on PS4, Xbox One, the Nintendo Switch, and PC.

That’s the news for this week, how do you feel about it? Be sure to let us know, and come back next week for another roundup as we gear up for E3.

 

  • The Smiling Wizard

    Concerning the headset: It’s made by Hori, not Nintendo. The set up above is using a splitter to handle the separate audio channels and yes it is the clunky and awkward, but it isn’t as bad as what Nintendo actually has planned to allow voice chat on the Switch. They’re making a phone app that will connect to the Switch and allow for voice chat among other things. On paper it sounds confusing and not much better than what Hori has designed but at least their set up allows for wireless headsets to be used.