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10 great Nintendo Switch games to give (or get) as holiday gifts

It’s December, which means the holidays are well underway! To those of you looking for video games to give as gifts, we have a great list of them compiled right here! Do note that this list is mostly geared towards casual gamers, though there are a few exceptions here. We also won’t be using any affiliate links — we’re writing our honest suggestions and nothing more! With all of that out of the way, let’s get right into it.

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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl – Shiny Charm Guide

Ever since its introduction in Pokémon Black 2 & White 2, the Shiny Charm has been one of the most revered key items in the whole franchise. It’s easy to see why, too — in every game it appears in, the Shiny Charm boosts the odds of encountering a Shiny Pokémon. At the time of writing, the Shiny Charm works a little bit differently in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl. We’ll explain how to get the Shiny Charm, what it actually does, and why it (currently) isn’t really worth your time.

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Will there ever be a Sora amiibo?

Yes, we probably will get a Sora amiibo. But at the time of writing, we’re in a somewhat strange situation. In October 2021, the final fighter Sora was added to the game. Interestingly enough, Figure Players for Min Min, Steve, and Sephiroth were added in alongside him. There’s already something strange there: the Sephiroth amiibo currently hasn’t been announced but was added alongside Min Min and Steve, who have been announced (but don’t have a formal release date). Could this mean Sephiroth’s amiibo figure will eventually release alongside Min Min and Steve early next year?

Stranger still is last night’s update, which added amiibo files for Pyra, Mythra, and Kazuya. Why did they add Min Min, Steve, and Sephiroth in the Sora update rather than last night’s patch? It’s likely because the developers don’t plan to update Ultimate again until after these amiibo figures are officially released — whenever that winds up being. This means, then, that Sora is the only character in the game whose amiibo file is not currently available outside of modding your Switch. Is that because Sora’s amiibo is a long time away, or is it because Sora won’t be getting an amiibo?

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amiibo Patch Report: Ver. 13.0.1

The final balance patch for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has dropped! As we reported last night, files for the Pyra, Mythra, and Kazuya Figure Players were added to the game along with it. Perhaps more importantly, though (depending on who you ask), several changes were made to certain fighters that may affect their position on the official amiibo tier list. If you’d like to read the full patch notes yourself, you can find them right here. Let’s get right into it, then!

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Version 1.1.2 of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl is now available

Last night, version 1.1.2 of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl was made available (alongside an update to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which we briefly discuss in another post). This patch is 100% bug fixes! The menu storage and Pokémon cloning glitches no longer function; furthermore, you can no longer get softlocked in Veilstone City or the Snowpoint Gym. Unfortunately, it appears that the Shiny Charm – which currently doesn’t function outside of Eggs despite its in-game description suggesting otherwise – has not yet been fixed. Here’s hoping a future patch corrects that issue! The GWS (where the GTS used to be in the originals) is still non-functional, meaning there is still at least one patch yet to come.