Nintendo’s new Mario-themed Switch is back in stock

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The Nintendo Switch Mario Red and Blue Edition was released last month but has been hard to find since its launch. Now it is back in stock at several retailers. Retailing for $300, which is the normal price for Nintendo’s hybrid console, the limited-edition Switch features an all-red console, a red dock stand, a pair of red Joy-Cons, a red casing around the screen, and a blue Joy-Con grip. The console also includes a screen protector and a special carrying case for no additional cost. Over at Best Buy, the retailer has knocked the prices down on a handful of Nintendo-published games for the Switch; only physical cartridges have been discounted. Now if you plan to take advantage of these deals, you may use all of the Switch’s limited internal storage. Speaking of Nintendo Switch accessories, if you prefer using your Switch in handheld mode but don’t want to spend $70 on a new pair of Joy-Cons, the best alternative is Hori’s Split Pad Pro controller. Most notably, this accessory includes an actual D-pad and more importantly, these controllers are bigger and more comfortable to use.

Nikon announces that its Z9 flagship mirrorless camera is in works

Nikon has announced development of the Z9, its highest-end mirrorless camera to date and the first in the Z-mount line that the company describes as a flagship. Actual details are thin, but Nikon promises that it will deliver “the best still and video performance in Nikon history” upon release. From the single image released, the Z9 looks like a cross between the current mirrorless Z7 and the D6 full-frame DSLR, with a built-in vertical grip. Nikon says the Z9 uses a newly developed full-frame sensor and a new image processing engine, with support for 8K video “as well as various other video specifications that fulfill diverse needs and workflows.” That’s about it for details so far, except that Nikon says the Z9 will be released in 2021. Nikon tends to announce the development of its highest-end cameras this way, with full launches following a few months later. The D6, for example, was announced to be in development in September 2019, and the full reveal happened in February 2020.