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14 independent games are coming to the Nintendo Switch

More reason to get the Switch

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Nintendo, during this year’s Game Developer’s Conference, showcased fifteen independent games coming to Nintendo eShop for the Switch. This is the Nindies Showcase for spring 2018.

Don’t know what Nindies are? The word stems from Nintendo and indie put together. It’s what independently developed games for Nintendo systems are called. With minimal funding, most of these games explore design, soundtracks, and lore like no other. The Nindies Showcase has given developers the chance to create unique experiences for gamers — from stealth action games, tactical role-playing games, to rhythmic games.



Since the launch of the Switch last year, Nintendo says they’ve continued to be blown away by the number of high-quality games coming from passionate independent game developers across the world. Nintendo added by saying that the talented and ever-growing community has found a home on the Nintendo eShop for the Nintendo Switch.

Missed the announcement? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are the titles of the 14 independent games announced to be coming to the Nintendo Switch soon:

Bad North from Plausible Concept and Raw Fury

Arm troops, shore up defenses, and protect citizens in this beautifully designed real-time strategy game. The Viking-themed Bad North launches first on Nintendo Switch this summer.

Bomb Chicken from Nitrome

Nothing sounds better than a good old-fashioned chicken platformer. Bomb Chicken is just that. It’s a fast-paced game that combines action, puzzles, and arcade gameplay. Lay bombs to escape tricky situations and discover secret areas! Bomb Chicken launches first on Nintendo Switch this summer.

Lumines Remastered from Enhance Games

Who could forget the amazing harmony of light, sound, and intense puzzle-action of the critically acclaimed Lumines? An unforgettable game to play alone or with a friend in local multiplayer, this remade HD version is something you might want to get in on. Lumines Remastered launches on Nintendo Switch in spring.

Light Fall from Bishop Games

This platforming adventure takes players to the forgotten world of Numbra. In this world, they have to master their surroundings by manipulating the Shadow Core, a magical box used to propel them into the air. The game has a speed-run mode where players can race their friends or even the fastest players in the world.

Mark of the Ninja Remastered from Klei Entertainment

The high-definition remaster of the critically acclaimed stealth action game is coming this fall. First released in 2012, this game really makes players feel like a ninja. It recreates a sense of silence, agility, and wit as players navigate through the beautifully designed 2-dimensional game world.

Pode from Henchman & Goon

This cooperative exploration puzzle game is about two unlikely companions working together to navigate around obstacles in this beautiful stone world. Pode is inspired by Norwegian art and culture resulting in stunning environments and gameplay. The game launches this spring.

Pool Panic from Rekim and Adult Swim Games

More than 100 levels await players in this game — everything from jungles, deserts, to cities. This is one giant cartoon game of pool. The weird and wild game has the option to play in local multiplayer with up to four players. Pool Panic launches first on Nintendo Switch later this year.

The Messenger from Sabotage and Devolver Digital

The Messenger allows players to transform the game from an 8-bit platformer into a gloriously rendered 16-bit time-traveling adventure. Players will find upgrades, new abilities, hidden levels, and great speed-running opportunities as they journey through a cursed land. The Messenger launches on Nintendo Switch this summer.

West of Loathing from Asymmetric

West of Loathing is a slapstick comedy adventure role-playing game set in the wild west. The hilarious game is full of puzzles, quests, and turn-based combat. West of Loathing launches on Nintendo Switch as a console exclusive this spring.

Nintendo hasn’t released some of the trailers for the indie games they announced like:

– Banner Saga 3 from Versus Evil
– Fantasy Strike from Sirlin Games
– Garage from tinyBuild Games
– Just Shapes and Beats from Berzerk Studio
– Reigns: Kings & Queens from Nerial and Devolver Digital

See anything you’d like to try out from the Nintendo Switch Nindies Showcase? Let us know. We know it’s a lot to take in after all the announced releases in Nintendo Direct, but these games look promising! I’m personally keeping an eye on Bad North.

SEE ALSO: Undertale is coming to the Nintendo Switch

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Huawei P30 Pro vs Apple iPhone XS: Which flagship phone takes better photos?

The P30 Pro takes on the iPhone XS

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Huawei‘s new P30 series has hit the market. The best in the series is the P30 Pro with its new quad cameras, curved OLED display, and powerful chipset. A flagship phone like the P30 Pro needs the best set of features available and be worthy of people’s hard-earned money.

Usually, people ask how it fares against an iPhone. To answer curious buyers, let’s compare the P30 Pro and the iPhone XS from Apple.


Specs and Features

Let’s start by checking the key specifications of the two devices. Here’s a quick rundown of their notable features:

Huawei P30 Pro
Apple iPhone XS
Display 6.47-inch OLED
DCI-P3 HDR
5.8-inch OLED
Dolby Vision / HDR10
Processor Kirin 980 A12 Bionic
Memory 8GB 4GB
Storage 256GB 64GB/256GB/512GB
Rear cameras 40MP f/1.8 RYYB
20MP ultra-wide
8MP 5x optical zoom
ToF sensor
12MP f/1.8
12MP 2x optical zoom
Front camera 32MP f/2.0 7MP f/2.2
IR sensor
Battery 4200mAh 2658mAh
Security features In-screen fingerprint scanner, Face recognition Face ID
OS Android 9 Pie w/ EMUI 9.1 iOS 12

Both are premium phones from their respective manufacturers. They have the best displays in their class. The P30 Pro and the iPhone XS both sport an OLED panel with vibrant colors and deep blacks. To maximize the screen’s real estate, Huawei and Apple both resort to a notch. However, the P30 Pro’s notch is a lot smaller than the iPhone’s; it doesn’t take much of the interface.

Apple iPhone XS and Huawei P30 Pro | GadgetMatch

Inside, the phones have two different processors. The P30 Pro is powered by a Kirin 980, while the iPhone XS has the A12 Bionic. Both homebaked silicons are powerful and unstoppable. Built using the same latest 7nm process, they are extremely efficient compared to other processors.

The P30 Pro has twice the memory capacity of the iPhone XS, which allows better multitasking. For storage, the P30 Pro comes with 256GB as standard. If that’s not enough, it has expandable storage as well using Huawei’s Nano-Memory cards. Meanwhile, the iPhone’s base configuration starts at 64GB; upgrading to 256GB will cost you more.

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Huawei phones usually last more than a day with heavy use; the P30 Pro will be no different. It has a long-lasting 4200mAh battery compatible with 40W SuperCharge using its bundled USB-C charger. It can also top up wirelessly and share its juice via reverse wireless charging. Meanwhile, the iPhone XS has an inferior 2658mAh cell inside; it also charges slower.

Security-wise, the P30 Pro and iPhone XS differ in approach. The P30 Pro can be unlocked in two ways: using the in-screen fingerprint scanner or AI facial recognition. The iPhone XS lacks a fingerprint reader, limiting users to Face ID.

Perhaps the biggest difference between the P30 Pro and iPhone XS is their software. Obviously, the iPhone XS runs on iOS while the P30 Pro has EMUI 9.1 based on the latest Android Pie. The Android operating system allows users to take control of their device. Meanwhile, Huawei’s custom skin makes it more productive by adding useful features and optimizations.

Cameras

In the camera department, the P30 Pro outnumbers the iPhone XS with its new Leica Quad Camera system.

Apple’s top-of-the-line phone comes with a pair of 12-megapixel sensors. The iPhone’s primary shooter has an f/1.8 aperture. The secondary camera features 2x optical zoom.

On the other hand, the P30 Pro has one of the most complex mobile camera systems. It has a main 40-megapixel RYYB f/1.6 camera, a 20-megapixel ultra wide-angle shooter, an 8-megapixel periscope-style 5x optical zoom, and a special ToF sensor.

Let’s see how the two phones perform in different scenarios starting in broad daylight. With plenty of light available, both phones are able to capture a bright image with lots of details.

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The bright sunlight can get harsh at times. This is where HDR (high dynamic range) mode comes in handy. Both phones have Auto HDR. Whenever you shoot against the light, it automatically kicks in.

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Artificial bokeh is a thing for both the P30 Pro and iPhone XS. Capturing a closeup of a flower with a smooth background blur is just an easy task for the two.

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When you need to get really close, the P30 Pro’s camera can do macro without any extra accessory needed. You can clearly see the details of this tealight candle holder.

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Most of the images uploaded on social media are about food. With the P30 Pro’s AI scene recognition, you can take tasty images of your lunch and upload to Instagram right away.

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One of the P30 Pro’s periscope-style lens module is unique. The phone can zoom in 5x optically or go up to 10x using software tricks. The iPhone XS can do only up to 2x optical zoom. Maxing it out 10x is too much for the phone to handle.

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If 10x isn’t enough, did you know the P30 Pro has a maximum digital zoom of 50x? Well, the quality is not as great compared to the 10x zoom. It just barely gets the job done.

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The P30 Pro can get really close; it can also get ultra wide. With a dedicated super wide-angle shooter, the P30 Pro can fit in a whole building complex in one frame. That’s something iPhones can’t do — at least for now.

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Huawei is proud of the P30 Pro’s capability to shoot nice portrait stills even if the lighting condition isn’t ideal. The HDR feature in Portrait Mode works like charm.

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When shooting in Portrait Mode, the iPhone XS uses its secondary camera with 2x zoom. You’ll have to step back to fit your subject.

That’s not the case with the P30 Pro. The ToF sensor helps the main 40-megapixel camera identify the subject and apply the effects without cropping.

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The main camera’s wide aperture lens is perfect when shooting in Portrait Mode in dimly lit environments. The P30 Pro can shoot brighter images with more pleasing bokeh.

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Since we’re already in the dark, it’s time to put the Night Mode to the test. The iPhone doesn’t have a proper Night Mode; the P30 Pro has. The difference is more apparent in the samples below.

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Night Mode is not just for taking photos in the dark, though. It can also help take a sharper and more detailed image whenever you want to.

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Additionally, the amazingly flexible Night Mode also works with the P30 Pro’s ultra wide-angle shooter.

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For selfies, the P30 Pro has a 32-megapixel front camera. Meanwhile, the iPhone’s front has a 7-megapixel sensor accompanied by the Face ID’s IR sensor. As you can see from the samples below, the P30 Pro’s front camera has a wider FOV than the iPhone XS.

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Conclusion

With a new set of hardware and software features, the P30 Pro has its advantages over last year’s iPhone XS. In the camera department alone, the P30 Pro’s new Leica Quad Camera can deliver the best photos using a mobile phone. Zooming in or going ultra wide is not an issue for the P30 Pro. However, the iPhone XS clearly lacks the hardware for it.

Get the Huawei P30 Pro while it’s hot for PhP 50,990. It’s available in three color options: Breathing Crystal, Aurora, and Black.


This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei Philippines.

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Unboxing the OPPO F11 Pro Marvel’s Avengers Limited Edition

Does it really have that Endgame experience?

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Recently, OPPO decided to up their game with a limited edition F11 Pro that featured the incredibly hyped movie, Avengers: Endgame. Aptly named the OPPO F11 Pro Marvel’s Avengers Limited Edition, it’s inside a package that’s destined to be unboxed!

Let’s see what this box has to offer.


Not the usual white box

On the sides, you can see a printed logo of OPPO and Endgame to show that it is indeed a limited edition box.

Unlike OPPO’s usual box that comes in white, this limited edition package comes in a black box with a large thermo-printed glossy Avengers logo on top. It doesn’t scream gorgeous, but it’s definitely something you’d keep to store Marvel-related collectibles.

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When you open the box, you’ll be greeted with a collection certificate. You can see stamped emblems of the original six Avengers surrounding an embedded golden metal coin in the center.

This golden coin has the Avengers’ “A” logo on the front and the Avengers: Endgame logo on its back. The coin serves as a collector’s badge, which die-hard Marvel fans can add to their growing collection of Marvel-related collectibles.

When you flip the certificate, there’s a glossy silhouette print of the original six Avengers. Spoiler alert: This print feels like a commemorative tribute since the original six will never be complete again.

What’s inside?

Aside from the collection certificate, the box contains the OPPO F11 Pro Marvel’s Avengers Limited Edition phone which comes with a custom Avengers wallpaper, a Captain America-themed case, and accessories like a wall adapter, micro-USB cable, and a pair of earphones.

These are just the usual white accessories from OPPO; it would’ve been nice if they were able to stick to the theme to make it even more special.

Screaming Captain America

Something to enjoy in this limited edition box is a Captain America-themed case. Made with durability and protection in mind, its exterior is made with leather-like plastic, with a soft lining on its back to prevent scratches.

It also has an embossed Endgame logo, and a ring protruding in the middle inspired by Captain America’s shield. The ring acts as an anchor for your finger, or as a stand for your phone.

The OPPO F11 Pro Marvel’s Avengers Limited Edition phone comes with a special finish called Space Blue. It has a subtle, intricate pattern adorned by a big red Avengers logo. If you think about it, this phone screams Captain America.

Specs-wise, this phone is still an F11 Pro powered by a Helio P70 processor, except with an upgraded 128GB of storage. If you need to know more about this phone, read our hands-on.

Even though this was launched a few days after the movie’s premiere, OPPO was excellent at capitalizing on the most-awaited movie of the year. However, they still need to complete that ultimate fan experience by making the accessories in line with the theme, customize the box even more, and add a plethora of cases to choose from.

Nonetheless, the OPPO F11 Pro Marvel’s Avengers Limited Edition is still a treat to Marvel fans. It’s available online and at select OPPO concept stores. You better hurry before Thanos snaps!

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Zenfone flips, OnePlus pops: Weekend Rewind

Two challengers enter the flagship group

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Here are the top stories on GadgetMatch this week.

1. ASUS Zenfone 6 may actually be defying the ordinary

Out of the two major phone launches that happened this week, ASUS might have had people buzzing a little bit more due to the lack of leaks weeks before its launch and its camera module that is flipping interesting.


The Zenfone 6 is equipped with only two cameras on a module that flips so it essentially also functions as the selfie camera. Pretty neat. ASUS insists you only need two because anything more than that will just make the phone unnecessarily expensive.

Specs-wise, the Zenfone 6 is packing a Snapdragon 855 chip paired with up to 8GB of memory and up to 256GB of storage. The ZenUI 6 also looks more stock Android versus the bloat-filled mess we usually get from ASUS. The phone is truly promising and we’re excited to review it.

2. The OnePlus 7 Pro is a lean, mean computing machine

There was nothing surprising about the OnePlus 7 Pro but that didn’t stop believers of the company to gush about this new flagship.

The OnePlus 7 Pro wants to squarely take on the Galaxy S10s and the P30 Pros of the world. It looks the part and the computing power is what we’ve come to expect from OnePlus. The Snapdragon 855 chip is in there along with up to 12GB of RAM.

Something new for OnePlus though is getting some star (or Stark?) power along with their flagship. They have employed the services of Iron Man himself Robert Downey Jr. to endorse the product. Some people think it’s a questionable move but with RDJ’s reach, perhaps this might get OnePlus in the radar of more people.

3. Realme X: flagship phone, budget price

After announcing the Realme 3 Pro, it didn’t take long for the company to unveil its first “flagship” phone. The Realme X is the company’s most powerful phone to date, but it’s not as expensive as the competition.

It’s powered by a Snapdragon 710 processor with up to 8GB of memory and up to 128GB of internal storage. A large 3765mAh keeps the lights on, plus it supports VOOC 3.0 fast charging.

How much, you ask? The Realme X will go on sale for CNY 1,499 (US$ 220) for the 4GB+64GB variant, CNY 1,599 (US$ 235) for 6GB+64GB, and CNY 1,799 (US$ 260) for the top-most model with a 8GB+128GB configuration.

4. Mint and lavender iPhones, anyone?

If reports from Apple-dedicated Japanese blog Mac Otakara are true, then Apple might be venturing out even further from their Space Gray and Rose Gold days.

The report indicates the sequel to the iPhone XR — perhaps Apple’s best value-for-money iPhone to date — will also come in two new colors: Mint and Lavender. That’s it. That’s the news. If you love these new colors, this writer is truly happy for you.

5. The Osmo Action is DJI’s GoPro

GoPro has a new challenger. DJI has been very active in the pocket camera department following up the Osmo Pocket with the Osmo Action.

It has most of what you expect from an action camera like image stabilization, 4K 60fps video, and the like. It’s also equipped with dual screens: one at the back for controlling the device and another in the front because DJI cares about how you frame yourself in the shot.

The Osmo Action is priced at US$ 349, which is about the same price as the GoPro Hero 7 Black today.


Weekend Rewind is our roundup of top news and features you might have missed for the week. We know the world of technology can be overwhelming and not everyone has the time to get up to speed with everything — and that includes us. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the rewind.

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