TRIPLEPOINTS OF INTEREST: SEPTEMBER 30

This week, Switch Lite users joined the class-action lawsuit against Nintendo for “Joy-Con drift,” Sony made pricing and selection alterations to its PlayStation Now streaming service, and the developers behind the Mario & Luigi RPG series filed for bankruptcy.

Switch Lite users experience Joy-Con drift; join class-action lawsuit against Nintendo
In July, Nintendo faced a class-action lawsuit over “Joy-Con drift,” a hardware defect that causes the camera view or character to consistently drift to the side without the Joy-Con being touched. Switch Lite users are now reporting they are experiencing the same issue on their Lite consoles, says CNET. The law firm that filed the class-action lawsuit against Nintendo has since amended it to include the Switch Lite complaints. Although CNET claims that the problem “doesn’t appear to be widespread,” BGR, TechRadar, and Digital Trends reported that Nintendo is already working on a new Switch model, leaving the outlets to speculate that the new model could contain updated hardware to avoid the drift issue. 

Sony cuts prices, adds new titles to PlayStation Now streaming service
Sony has lowered the price of its game streaming service, PlayStation Now, and added a handful of AAA exclusive titles to the library, including God of War, Grand Theft Auto V, Uncharted 4, and more. The new pricing options are $9.99 a month (previously $19.99), $24.99 for three months (previously $49.99), and $59.99 for a year (previously $99.99). According to IGN, Kotaku, and WIRED, the changes were implemented to stay on-par with competitors such as Microsoft and Google, who offer similar streaming services at $9.99 a month. BGR notes: “It was somewhat baffling to watch virtually every competitor fly by Sony with affordable, simple game subscription services over the past few years, but after sitting idly by for a touch longer than I had expected, the company appears ready to jump into the suddenly crowded landscape with a more competitive offering.” 

AlphaDream, the developer behind popular Mario & Luigi RPG series, files for bankruptcy
A report out of Japan this week states that Mario & Luigi RPG series developer AlphaDream has filed for bankruptcy. The report shows a history of financial struggles, poor sales, and high development costs to the studio, which has he amassed debt of $4.3M. The bankruptcy news comes a few months after the developer released its latest game, Bowser’s Inside Story, leaving “many gamers in shock” according to Heavy.com. GameSpot, Polygon, Kotaku, and more reported on the news, with Kotaku stating, “The Mario & Luigi RPG series was praised among fans—and for good reason. It’s a shame that the studio has filed for bankruptcy.”

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