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When does the Steam Halloween Sale begin?

If you have your eye on a particular game that’s available through Steam, you might want to hold off on buying for the time being. Halloween is just a few days away, and usually, Valve likes to host a short Halloween Sale for the occasion. Now, we know when the Halloween Sale will kick-off and when the rest of the major Steam sales for 2021 will be happening.

While we usually have to rely on third-party websites like SteamDB to reveal or predict the dates for upcoming sales, this time around, the confirmation comes from Valve itself. On the Steamworks Documentation website (as reported by Eurogamer), Valve confirms that the Steam Halloween Sale will kick off on Thursday, October 28th, and run through Monday, November 1st.

The database doesn’t list start and end times, but given that the Steam store refreshes at 10 AM PT/1 AM ET each day, that will almost certainly be the start time on the 28th and the end time on the 1st. The Halloween Sale is smaller-scale than many of Valve’s other Steam sales throughout the year, and it will likely be limited in scope to horror and other spooky games given the theme.

This Steam Documentation entry gives us more dates for upcoming sales between the Halloween one as well. For example, the Steam Autumn Sale will run from November 24th to the 30th, and then at the end of December, we’ll get the big Winter Sale. Not only will the Winter Sale last longer than the Halloween and Autumn Sales – Valve says it begins on December 22nd and ends on January 5th – but much of Steam’s catalog will be discounted during it.

Expect nominations for the annual Steam Awards to open during the Autumn Sale, with voting to take place during the Winter Sale. In the more immediate future, we’ve got the Halloween Sale kicking off tomorrow, so it’s probably a good idea to wait on making any new purchases until the sale is live just in case the game you’re looking to buy gets discounted.

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Valve reveals dates for Steam’s Halloween, autumn and winter sales

Even though usually keeps the dates of sales close to the chest until almost the time they go live, the details usually end up leaking anyway. This time, though, Valve is getting ahead of the curve. It confirmed when the next three sales will take place.

As spotted by , the Steamworks Documentation page notes that the Steam Halloween sale is this weekend and it runs between October 28th and November 1st. The autumn sale will take place from November 24th-30th. As for the Steam winter sale, one of the platform’s two biggest sales of the year alongside the summer edition, you’ll be able to score discounts on a ton of games between December 22nd and January 5th.

It’s not a bad idea to reveal the dates well in advance. Steam connoisseurs know the sales are coming anyway and the dates are less important than announcing which games will be included beforehand. If a player knows that a game they want to buy will likely get a hefty discount in a couple of months, they’ll be less inclined to buy it now. In any case, Steam users now know when they’ll be able to stockpile games for their .

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Shiny Darkrai counters in Pokemon GO Halloween 2021

Darkrai counters in Pokemon GO for Raid Boss Battles are here! It’s time to get going on the second part of Halloween in Pokemon GO, and the big boss – non-Mega – is Darkrai! To take this monster on, winning style, you’ll need plenty of Fighting-type, Fairy-type, or Bug-type Pokemon. You’ll also be happy to know that Shiny Darkrai IS in the game, and your potential for finding a Shiny Darkrai is not altogether terrible!

Darkrai counters and weaknesses

Darkrai is a Dark-type Pokemon, weak against Bug-type, Fairy-type, and Fighting-type Pokemon. You’ll want to ramp up your efforts with the Fighting-type Pokemon most of all – especially since you’ll likely have the most access to the Pokemon that are – incidentally – best to use!

This includes Lucario with Counter and Aura Sphere, Conkeldurr with Counter and Dynamic Punch, and Machamp with Counter and Dynamic Punch. You know what? Pretty much any Pokemon you have with both Counter and Dynamic Punch is going to be a winner against Darkrai. That also includes our big hero Hariyama!

Togekiss with Charm and Dazzling Gleam works here – also Zacian or Zacian Hero with Metal Clar or Quick Attack alongside Play Rough. You could also use Breloom with Counter and Dynamic Punch, Heracross with Counter and Megahorn, or Toxicroak with Counter and Dynamic Punch.

Drop in Sirfetch’d with Counter and Close Combat or the almost identical in power Gardevoir with Charm and Dazzling Gleam. Blaziken is always a good choice, this time with Counter and Focus Blast. Emboar works with Low Kick and Focus Blast, and Uraring works with Counter and Play Rough.

You could also use your recently acquired Genesect with Fury Cutter and X-Scissor – blasting forth! If you’re including Shadow and Mega Pokemon, make sure you’re rolling with a Shadow Machamp, Shadow Gardevoir, or Shadow Pinsir! Always use Bug Bite and X-Scissor if you’re using a Bug, unless is Shadow Scizor who does well with Fury Cutter and X-Scissor.

Mega Beedrill and Mega Lopunny are monstrously powerful against Darkrai, so long as they have Bug Bite and X-Scissor (Beedrill) or Low Kick and Focus Blast (Lopunny.)

Darkrai moves

Darkrai always has a Dark Type fast move, including either Snarl or Feint Attack. The Charge Moves Darkrai can roll with include Dark Pulse (Dark), Shadow Ball (Ghost), or Focus Blast (Fighting). This Halloween, Darkrai can also appear with SLUDGE BOMB! This is a Poison Type move, and it sits right between Shadow Ball and Dark Pulse for damage per second.

UPDATE: To be clear, if you CATCH Darkrai during this Halloween event, it’ll know Sludge Bomb. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll be able to use Sludge Bomb during its fight as a raid boss.

All Halloween Raid Bosses

Other Pokemon GO Raid Bosses right now in Pokemon GO include Murkrow, Yanmask, Galarian Yanmask, Phantump, and Pumpkaboo – those are all Tier 1. Murkrow and Yanmask (normal) can be Shiny. Tier 3 Raid Bosses include Fancy Drifblim and Alolan Marowak, which can be shiny, as well as Lampent and Banette.

The Tier 5 boss right now is Darkrai, who CAN be Shiny, and the Mega Pokemon Raid Boss is Mega Absol! Mega Absol can be Shiny, too! Take a peek at the timeline of links below for more information on Pokemon GO Halloween 2021 – it’s the best time of the year!

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Fortnite gets new downloadable paper masks and foldables for Halloween

Epic has released a new series of downloadable content based on its hit game Fortnite, enabling fans to print foldable projects for fun. Among other things, the new foldables include some masks based on popular Fortnite skins that kids can fold and then wear for the Halloween season’s costume parties and festivities.

Epic calls its new batch of downloadable content “Fortnitemares Papercraft Cosplay; the free mask projects include ones based on Meowscles, Fishstick, and Peely. The batch also includes mini foldables, as well, for making tiny figurines that can be collected or placed around as decoration.

The mini foldables include one based on Shadow Midas, Crimson Sanctum, and Kevin the Cube. All three options are rated as “very easy,” meaning young children should be able to cut out and assemble the figures with little or no help. Each download includes instructions on how to cut and fold the projects.

The downloadable content is available as PDFs; you’ll need a printer to share the content. Epic says the projects can be printed on A4 or US letter size paper, ideally cardstock, plus you’ll need scissors, glue or tape, a ruler, a thick sewing needle or folding bone, and string or an elastic band for the face masks.

Each printable project has instructions listed on the page. This isn’t the first time Epic has released free paper projects based on Fortnite characters. Players can still download the older options from Epic’s website, including the Wild Card Mask and Cluck mini-foldable.

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Pokemon GO Halloween event 2021 starts NOW: The new spooky list

Halloween 2021 is here in Pokemon GO, and we’re taking a peek at ALL the contents you’ll want to be aware of starting this morning. This includes Shiny Pokemon GO action, lists of Raid counters, Best Pokemon to seek, and the full bonus list for the next couple of weeks. This is the best event of the year, and it’ll last the next two weeks!

Start by taking a peek at our big Shiny Pokemon list to see which Pokemon will be Shiny in Pokemon GO over the next couple of weeks. And remember, you’ll want to check the Pokemon on the list AND all the first 150 Pokemon – every one from Kanto Region. They’re ALL active as Shiny Pokemon in the game as of now – every single one of them!

If you’re looking to beat the current boss of bosses in Raid Battles, take a peek at the big Giratina raid counters guide. This guide was made for Raid Hour – but it’ll work just as well at any other time you’re looking to battle this monstrous beast.

We’ve got a bit of a guide that’s valid at any time, but perfect for this gift-giving season, with our Pokemon GO Friend Codes guide. Trainer Code trading and gift giving and raid battle invites aplenty!

This next couple of weeks we’ll be seeing plenty of Galarian Slowking action, complete with the potential for a Shiny edition – but we need that bit to be confirmed!

You’ll be seeing plenty of Costumed Pokemon during this event series – and remember that all of these Costuemed Pokemon will be available as SHINY editions. Other new Pokemon appearing during this event, like Phantump, Trevenant, Punpkaboo, and Gourgeist, will NOT be available as Shiny Pokemon. They WILL usher in the age of different size Pokemon – relative to their stated size in the game, mind you – get that tiny Gourd!

During the entirety of this event you’ll see 2x Candy all around! That means 2x Transfer Candy, 2x Hatch Candy, 2x Catch Candy, and if you’re a high enough level, Guaranteed Candy XL! Drop in the in-game shop for a bunch of new Halloween gear for your avatar, including Pikachu Pumpkin Head, Pumpkaboo Top, Pumpkaboo Pants, Hoopa Headband, and a Halloween Face Sticker.

UPDATE: Part ONE of the event will have the following wild encounters: Halloween Mischief Piplup and Pikachu, Stunky, Woobat, Shuppet, Misdreavus, Gothita, Spinarak, Gastly, Zubat, Drowzee, and Yanmask. The appearance of the NEW Pokemon will not start until October 22. That’s when we’ll see Phantump, Tevenant, Pumpkaboo, and Gourgeist for the first time.

Part ONE of this event is scheduled for 10AM local time on October 15, 2021, and it’ll last until the 22nd of the month. At that point, we’ll enter PART TWO of the event, that’ll last until October 31, 2021!

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8 Spooky Halloween Games for People Who Don’t Like Horror

October is spooky season, where vampires, zombies, and cat people come out to play. A lot of people live for Halloween and look forward to the horrorfest every year. Unfortunately, I’m a weenie. I don’t like horror — never have, never will.

Still, I want to play some fitting games to get in the spirit of the season, so I’ve been finding some less scary options. They’re games that only kind of give you the chills or take place in pretty autumn settings, perfect for channeling your inner pumpkin spice. They’re also critically acclaimed games that should at least give you something to talk to your friends about, even if you end up not liking them. Best of all, they won’t keep you up at night or make the game barely playable because you’re afraid to turn the corner.

Here are a few picks for people who don’t like horror. Alternatively, if you’re not a weenie, you can instead look at our recommendations for the best horror games of all time.

Luigi’s Mansion 3

Luigi’s Mansion 3 replaces the typical haunted mansion with a haunted hotel. Luigi, Mario, and Princess Peach accept an invite to a luxurious resort, not realizing that it’s actually a bed of supernatural activity. Our hero Luigi wakes up from a nap in his hotel room to find everyone gone and the hotel overrun by ghosts. He, along with his trusty ghost dog Polterpup, must clean up the hotel’s ghostly infestation and save his brother and friends from the vengeful King Boo.

Luigi’s Mansion fits the Halloween theme with its haunted vibe — think Casper the Friendly Ghost. It’s not meant to terrify players as much as it is to tell a story that happens to have ghosts. Plus, its cartoonish graphics lighten the blow when it comes to scares. It’s easier to downplay any spookiness when a ball-nosed cartoon plumber is running around vacuuming blob-bodied ghosts. No eerily realistic rotting skin, chilling background music, or blood baths to be seen in these haunted halls.

Luigi’s Mansion 3 is available on the Nintendo Switch. Other Luigi’s Mansion games are fine picks for Halloween too, but Luigi’s Mansion 3 is the most modern one. As Digital Trends’ review put it, “Exploring all the different rooms with all the carefully added details and clever ghost encounters has a greater impact than it did in previous games.”

Little Nightmares 2

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Little Nightmares 2 takes place in a dark, cluttered universe eerily similar to our own. Mono, a young boy wearing a paper bag over his head, finds himself trapped in this world that’s been distorted by a mysterious signal tower. He meets Six, the little girl wearing a yellow raincoat from Little Nightmares, and the two work together to uncover the secrets of the tower and save Six from her fate.

This prequel to Little Nightmares scares players in an unsettling, bubbling at the pit of your stomach kind of way. Its shadowy, bleak setting and silent protagonists moving about a dangerous area of spooky residents stir up a sense of unease. I kept it in this list because of how its suspense-filled story convinced me to continue through cryptic corridors, even though I felt it was scarier than what I was used to.

Jump into this realm of nightmares on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, and Google Stadia. Alternatively, you can play Very Little Nightmares on mobile devices, which changes gameplay and graphics for a more easygoing spinoff adventure.

Famicom Detective Club

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Famicom Detective Club is a series, not just one title. Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir introduces an amnesiac protagonist who discovers that he’s a detective in the middle of solving a murder related to the wealthy Ayashiro family. On the other hand, Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind stars the same protagonist before the events of Missing Heir. He investigates the murder of a schoolgirl alongside her best friend and leader of the Detective Club, Ayumi Tachibana.

Both games count as murder mystery visual novels. They aren’t made to be horror in a way that invokes a sense of creeping unease like some other titles on this list. However, they still involve murder and dead people in a way that might be entertaining for a late evening playthrough. The murders are also related to some urban legend ghost stories, which match the Halloween spirit. Overall, it checks off most elements of a scary story while keeping it light.

Both Famicom Detective Club games are available on the Nintendo Switch. You can buy one first to try out the games, or buy the entire bundle upfront for slightly cheaper than it would cost to separately buy each one.

What Remains of Edith Finch

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What Remains of Edith Finch takes place through the eyes of Edith Finch, the last surviving member of the Finch family. Edith explores the abandoned Finch mansion to find out why she’s the only one left. It’s essentially an anthology of short stories about each Finch family member. You play through each Finch’s life through various interactive means until their untimely deaths.

Edith Finch has a rainy night vibe to it. Edith doesn’t seem to be in any immediate, bloody danger, but she is investigating her spooky family curse. The story explores themes of what people leave behind, but in an unnerving way that reminds us life is fleeting and our actions have consequences. As Creative Director Ian Dallas told Digital Trends, “What we’re really interested in is exploring a moment that feels very beautiful, but also a little unsettling.”

Find out what exactly remains of Edith Finch on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and iOS.

Lost in Random

Lost in Random tells the story of one sister’s quest to save their sibling from a twisted fairytale. In the Kingdom of Random, children roll a magical die on their twelfth birthday to decide where they live for the rest of their lives. Odd rolls a six, which should mean a life of luxury in the Queen’s Castle. However, one year later, her sister Even receives a signal that indicates Odd might be in danger. Even meets a sentient die named Dicey and the two fight through different districts to save Odd.

It’s a Tim Burton-esque adventure with spindly 3D characters, dreamy settings, and mean-looking monsters. Lost in Random might have a spooky premise with the kidnapped sister and all, but it’s also a heartwarming tale without putting it in outright nightmare territory. Even the promotional materials like the trailer scream storybook come to life. Digital Trends’ reviewer mentioned some cons, but it succeeded in entertaining them with well-developed (if long-winded) characters and an intriguing mystery.

Lost in Random is on the Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X/S, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, PS4, and PS5.

Night in the Woods

Night in the Woods stars college dropout Mae Benson in her return to her rundown hometown of Possum Springs. Players help Mae cope with her feelings of aimlessness while uncovering something sinister brewing behind the suburban normalcy of the Western Pennsylvania-based town. It’s a hybrid genre adventure game that’s sure to entertain with its variety of mini-games and humorous, thoughtful dialogue.

It takes place in the fall, but that’s not the only reason why it’s a Halloween game. There’s a murder mystery subplot underneath this coming-of-age story. Play through the events from Halloween (or the game’s version of it) all the way toward the winter to reconnect with old friends and uncover the shady happenings that might have to do with missing people in Possum Springs.

This game might be for you if you’re looking for a young adult novel in the form of an indie hybrid adventure game with ghostly undertones. It’s available on basically every gaming platform now including PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices. It’s definitely one of the better indie games still worth playing in 2021 and beyond.

Doki Doki Literature Club

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Doki Doki Literature Club seems like an innocent high school dating sim, but it’s actually a psychological horror game that subverts the genre. You play as a faceless protagonist who has the option of picking between three girls: Sayori, your cheerful childhood friend, Yuri, the shy beauty with a possessive side, and Natsuki, the small feisty girl with a temper. There’s also Monika, the non-romanceable club president.

It starts off as a fairly standard sim where the player composes poems with words that represent each girl to strengthen their bonds with them. Then, everything changes when a certain cataclysmic event corrupts the entire game. Players then witness a darkening narrative with each scene until the big reveal at “the end.” This so-called sim might be for you if you like anime tropes, philosophical discussions, and creepypasta.

Doki Doki Literature Club is one of the best free-to-play games you can get on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. It also has an expansion called Doki Doki Literature Club Plus!, which includes additional content. In addition to the aforementioned platforms, the expansion is also available on the Nintendo Switch.

Oxenfree

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Oxenfree starts as what seems like a typical coming-of-age story before the main characters discover a ghostly rift. You play as a teenage girl named Alex, who travels to Edwards Island with her friend Ren and new stepbrother Jonas to meet up for a weekend trip. There, they meet Clarissa, the former girlfriend of Alex’s dead brother, and Nona, Clarissa’s best friend. But, just as these friends start to explore the abandoned island, their weekend getaway shifts into something spooky.

Oxenfree relies on Alex’s decisions to drive the narrative to one of the multiple endings. Players uncover Edwards Island’s dark past and determine what ultimately happens to this band of friends. Decisions can get complicated, especially with the supernatural elements like time travel, pocket dimensions, and ghosts in the story. It’s never really the bloody kind of horror, but jump scares and suspenseful moments can get a rise out of players.

Oxenfree is available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Nintendo Switch. Its sequel doesn’t come out until 2022, so you have plenty of time to catch up on the original game on your platform of choice.

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Fortnite KAWS Skeleton tarot card hits Halloween in the face

KAWS isn’t letting a good opportunity to cross-brand go to waste with the latest Fortnite fashion crossover. Technically KAWS isn’t just a fashion element, the artist behind the skulls being a man whose art has more of a basis in graffiti, but still, this fits the bill. Fortnite’s latest collaboration is just in time for Halloween in the spookiest month of the year, October of 2021.

The Tarot Card teaser released this week by Fortnite – and Kaws on social media outlets aplenty – shows a Kaws character busting through a rip in a Kaws cartoon gloves pattern. You’ll find a lit border with pink and green Kaws “X” marks, too. Given what’s been revealed with similar cards over the last week, the small set of clues we see here should be enough to estimate what we’ll get.

The most important indicator of the actual end-content comes in the character ripping through – that’s not exactly what you might expect. It isn’t the standard “Companion” character that’s been made into a set of toys over the past couple of decades. Instead, it’s the full human body Kaws skeleton character.

You might refer to this character as the Kaws Paper Skeleton. This skeleton appeared first in the year 2007 as a Kaws x Arktip collaboration, made with printed paper and circular metal joints. It was made in several colors and sold by the Kaws official store OriginalFake, as well.

There’s a DECENT chance we’ll see a full Kaws Skeleton character available for play in Fortnite later this week. Don’t be shocked if that’s the extent of this collaboration – through we’d be happy to see some Kaws x Fortnite clothing released in limited edition fashion, too. Why not?

Take a peek at the timeline of links below for more recent Fortnite updates, leaks, and information about the near-present future.

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Shiny Pokemon GO list for Halloween, October 2021

Today in Pokemon GO we’re taking a peek at the Shiny Pokemon you can catch right now – and throughout the month of October 2021. This month hosts the most exciting event of the year for Pokemon GO trainers as it is the origin of the event – the first event that ever took place in the game, just after launch! This is also the spookiest holiday of the year, and doubly so in Pokemon – Ghost and Dark-types aplenty!

Before you go too far looking for Shiny Pokemon, remember: The ENTIRE Kanto Region has the potential to be Shiny in Pokemon GO. They’re rare, but they’re not so rare that you’ll never find one. Last week we happened upon a Shiny Caterpie, and last night we found a Shiny Mankey. It CAN happen!

Starting on October 15, 2021, we’ll see the release of Shiny Spinarak and Ariados! These Pokemon are no longer green and red, they’re off-green and pinky/purple! Since this is the debut of this Shiny Pokemon pair, they’ll be more common than at almost any other time in the game’s events!

The BEST time to find a Shiny Pokemon is on Community Day – that’s when the odds are stacked as well in your favor as possible for finding a Shiny version of the Pokemon that’s featured. Otherwise – it’s Shiny Debut time!

Other Pokemon in the wild that have the potential to be Shiny include Fancy Hat Pikachu, Zubat, Ghastly, Misdreavus, Shuppet, Woobat, Drowzee, Special Fancy Hat Piplup, and Special Fancy Hat Drifblim!

There’s also a Galarian Yanmask out there in Field Research Tasks, but only “if you’re lucky!” That one won’t be Shiny, but there IS a Shiny standard Yanmask (also if you’re lucky) spawning in the wild during this month (starting on the 15th).

In 7km eggs you could find Shiny Spinarak, Shiny Misdreavus, and Shiny Shuppet. One-star Raids of Murkrow and Yanmask have the potential to yield a Shiny version of said Pokemon. The same goes for Mega Gengar raids, and 3-star raids of Alolan Raichu, Sableye, and Drifblum.

Non-Shiny Bonuses

Starting on the 15th of October, 2021, you’ll find 2x Transfer Candy, 2x Catch Candy, and 2x Hatch Candy! This is going to be a Candy Masterpiece of a special event! You’ll also get “guaranteed candy XL” when walking with your Buddy Pokemon.

Also starting on the 15th of October, 2021, Galarian Slowking will be released! This is NOT going to be Shiny – not at first, anyway. But it’ll be available courtesy of Galarian Slowpoke (that’ll be more common in October starting on the 15th).

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Nintendo Switch “Pro” release tipped by Halloween

The next Nintendo Switch was tipped for release in the year 2021, complete with a higher price and replacement plans for the original. The Nintendo Switch Lite is tipped to remain available at the same time as the new Nintendo Switch, while the original device is planned for retirement over an extended period of time.

The new Nintendo Switch is planned for release in the month of September or October of the year 2021. This timing would allow plenty of time for game developers to get their ducks in a row and reveal games in the weeks and months before the release of the device. It’s likely this new device will be able to run all the same software as the original.

SEE TOO: Nintendo Switch Pro NVIDIA tech rumors in full effect

The original Nintendo Switch was (and remains) priced at $299 USD. The Nintendo Switch Lite was launched at a price of $199 USD. The new Nintendo Switch will likely cost more than the original.

It’s suggested by Bloomberg that sources familiar with the subject who wish to remain anonymous claim the new Switch will have a 7-inch Samsung Display-made OLED panel and an NVIDIA processor (a new version of what was in the original) that’ll make it capable of bringing far more high definition (we’re talking 4K) to connected panels with the Nintendo Switch dock.

It’s entirely possible this new device will be called Nintendo Switch Pro, but no official confirmation has been made as yet. It’s just as possible that the new Nintendo Switch will have a different name – but given the naming conventions that’ve run through tiny smart devices of all sorts over the past few years, the name “Pro” wouldn’t be out of place.

Take a peek at the Nintendo Switch Pro articles in the timeline below to see each of the points at which we’ve gotten insight and/or leaked information about this new device. If you have a Nintendo Switch now, do you think you’ll get an upgraded device when it becomes available? Do you think you’ll feel the need for a better device to play the same games, or will new games be the only way you’ll make the jump?

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