News: Pre-Orders for the new Coral Switch Lite open in North America despite initial reports of being Japan-exclusive & PlayStation won’t be present at PAX East or GDC due to coronavirus concerns
With the Nintendo Switch seeing good sales figures and the Switch Lite selling over 5 million units in its first 3.5 months, Nintendo’s decided to add a new colour to the line-up and now, it’s possible to pre-order that colour even in North America! In this article, we’ll also be looking at PlayStation’s absence from both PAX East and GDC.
Switch News: Coral Switch Lite will also be available in North America with pre-orders already being taken
A few days ago, Nintendo announced that they were going to add a new Coral colour to the Switch Lite line-up together with the yellow, grey and turquoise colours already available.
However, initial reports hinted that it was only going to be available in Japan for now but then the ‘Nintendo Of America’ Twitter account tweeted out that the console will also be available in North America starting from the 3rd Of April. That being said, there’s currently still no word on when/if the Coral colour will be make it to markets in Europe, Australia and South Korea so if you really want the new colour, you’ll probably have to wait longer or deal with importing a console from abroad.
Numerous websites are already taking Pre-Orders for the Coral Switch Lite for the usual $199.99 price which include:
PlayStation News: PlayStation won’t be present at PAX East and GDC due to coronavirus concerns
With there being over 74,000 cases of coronavirus in China and more than 2000 deaths, the virus, which is now being referred to as COVID-19, has disrupted manufacturing, flights, shipping and much more.
Obviously, the gaming industry has also been affected as it’s being expected that Nintendo will be facing shortages in Switch supply in Europe & North America this April despite them releasing a new Switch Lite colour and Team Xecuter’s SX Core and SX Lite hacking solutions may experience some delay before they start their testing phase.
Now, concern due to the coronavirus has affected Sony’s plans to be present at both PAX East & GDC which are still going to be held in the coming weeks with the former starting on February 27. Other than Sony, OculusVR/Facebook games have also announced their withdrawal from GDC over similar concerns. With this in mind, those who were going to attend PAX East for the PlayStation booths will be sorely disappointed as they’ve now lost their chance to play some upcoming titles including:
- The Last Of Us Part II
- Marvel’s Iron Man VR
- Nioh 2
- Doom Eternal
- Spelunky 2
On a concluding note, Mupen64Plus Next 2.0 has been released with N64DD support, Angrylion/GlideN64 in a single build, Parallel NSP support and an Android port. NX Activity Log 1.2.0 was also released for hacked Switch consoles if you like keeping track of how many hours you sunk into specific games!