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Nintendo’s epic farewell for original switch console

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Nintendo is pulling out all the stops to bid a glorious adieu to the original console.

Fans have been treated to some of the highest rated titles as Nintendo orchestrates a farewell celebration, promising an array of exclusive releases, limited-edition bundles, and jaw-dropping discounts on beloved games.

Gaming enthusiasts can expect a cascade of nostalgic and new game releases, showcasing the versatility of the original Switch one last time. The Japanese gaming giant aims to make this transition an unforgettable experience, allowing fans to reminisce about the original console while getting excited for what lies ahead with Switch 2.

Nintendo aims to underline its dedication to both loyal fans and newcomers, cementing the legacy of the original Switch in the annals of gaming history. It’s a chance for enthusiasts to grab their favourite titles and relish the last moments with a gaming companion that has been a part of countless adventures.

Some of the notable titles include:

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is an action-adventure game released in 2023, developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch. This instalment serves as a sequel to “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” (2017). “Tears of the Kingdom” maintains key features of its predecessor, such as the expansive open world of Hyrule, now enhanced to facilitate increased vertical exploration with the introduction of The Great Sky and The Depths. Players take on the role of Link, embarking on a quest to locate Princess Zelda and thwart the plans of the Demon King, aiming to save the world from destruction.

Super Mario Bros. Wonder is a side-scrolling platformer where players can choose from eight characters: Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Princess Daisy, Toad, Toadette, Nabbit, and Yoshi. In this game, players navigate through levels in the Flower Kingdom with the help of talking flower-like inhabitants.[3][4] Similar to previous Super Mario games, the objective is to guide the chosen character to the end of each level, avoiding adversaries like Goombas and Piranha Plants while utilising Warp Pipes for transportation. Throughout each stage, players can gather various “Wonder Seeds” as collectibles.

Metroid Prime: Remastered In the depths of space, the intergalactic bounty hunter Samus Aran responds to an urgent distress call emanating from a stranded frigate orbiting the enigmatic planet Tallon IV. As she delves into the mysteries of the derelict vessel, she uncovers a chilling revelation—it is a Space Pirate research hub, where horrifying genetic experiments involving the enigmatic Phazon substance are conducted. Within this ominous facility, Samus crosses paths with her arch-nemesis, Meta Ridley, setting off a relentless pursuit that eventually leads them both to the surface of Tallon IV.

Now, the fate of the galaxy rests squarely on Samus’s shoulders as she embarks on a solitary mission to explore the interconnected regions of this enigmatic world, unravel its concealed secrets, and thwart the looming intergalactic menace posed by the ominous Phazon.

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Ford’s all-electric plan for Europe proves too challenging to achieve by 2030

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Ford has revised its plan to go fully electric in Europe by 2030, admitting it was too ambitious.

Originally aiming to transition entirely to electric vehicles, the automaker now plans to continue producing some internal combustion engine vehicles alongside electric ones.

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Major Microsoft outage shuts down airlines, news and cloud servers worldwide

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A widespread Microsoft outage is affecting Australia’s supermarkets, banks and telecommunications companies.

A widespread Microsoft outage is affecting Australia’s supermarkets, banks, telecommunications companies.

There are also reports of outages in Japan and the United States.

The ongoing widespread outage is reportedly related to US-based cybersecurity provider CrowdStrike. Its ‘Falcon sensor’ is installed on many business computers to gather security data.

In a statement to Ticker News, StickmanCyber said:

“Multiple StickmanCyber security engineering and our 24×7/365 security operations teams across the country support reports that this outage is related to a CrowdStrike update. 
 
“It is our understanding that any business running versions 7.15 and 7.16 are affected by the outage, but 7.17 seems to be ok. We are waiting on official advisory from CrowdStrike on these findings but doing our best to help affected customers. It’s a lesson to always update your software, but obviously this is an extreme example. IT security tools are all designed to ensure that companies can continue to operate in the worst-case scenario of a data breach, so to be the root cause of a global IT outage is an unmitigated disaster.
 
“Crowdstrike support is offering a workaround to customers. It claims users may be able to fix the issue by booting windows in safe mode or in the Windows Recovery Environment and deleting a file named “C-00000291*.sys”.   

“CrowdStrike is aware of reports of crashes on Windows hosts related to the Falcon sensor,” the company said in a statement on its website.

“Symptoms include hosts experiencing a bugcheck\blue screen error related to the Falcon sensor. Our engineering teams are actively working to resolve this issue and there is no need to open a support ticket.

“Status updates will be posted below [on the Microsoft websit€0 as we have more information to share, including when the issue is resolved.”

Laptops down

Thousands of users across the world reported problems with Microsoft services to Downdector.com, a website that tracks service disruptions.

Microsoft laptops suddenly restarted across Australia on Friday afternoon.

Outage website Downdetector shows issues across companies including NAB, Bendigo Bank, Telstra, CBA, Google.

Microsoft response

As users take to social media to complain, Microsoft reported a service outage for its Microsoft 365 apps and services, affecting businesses and users across the world.

“We’re investigating an issue impacting users ability to access various Microsoft 365 apps and services,” Microsoft 365 Status said on X early Friday.

Microsoft didn’t respond immediately to a request for comment.

Frontier airlines

 

The outage forced low-cost airline Frontier to cancel some flights. “Our systems are currently impacted by a Microsoft outage, which is also affecting other companies,” Frontier said in a statement. “We appreciate your patience.” The carrier said it would offer refunds to affected passengers.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Frontier asked it to pause the airline’s departures across the U.S. Thursday night. The ground stop was later lifted. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It said it is “observing a positive trend in service availability” as it continues to mitigate the problem.

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Netflix expands use of ads despite slow subscriber growth

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Netflix is intensifying its efforts to introduce an ad-supported tier amidst a plateau in subscriber growth.

The streaming giant hopes to attract new users and boost revenue by offering a cheaper alternative that includes advertisements.

This move marks a significant shift from its traditional ad-free model, reflecting Netflix’s response to competitive pressures and evolving consumer preferences.

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