Nintendo and Disney team up for ‘Family Showdown’

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  • Thursday, 21 Jun 2018

The Disney Channel is backing a new game show series called The Nintendo Switch Family Showdown, featuring segments taken from a collection of Nintendo games like Super Mario Odyssey and Just Dance 2018

Disney and Nintendo are inviting teams of up to four family members to put their names in the hat for a trip to Los Angeles and a place on The Nintendo Switch Family Showdown, due to premiere on Aug 27, 2018. 

There'll be a Nintendo-themed set and a series of videogame challenges, such as searching for items in Super Mario Odyssey, playing versus matches of Mario Tennis Aces, and competing to win a round of Just Dance 2018, Nintendo announced. 

Intended for children between the ages of 6 and 18, their parent or legal guardian, and any other immediate or extended family members also resident in one of 50 US states (plus the District of Columbia), a Nintendo Switch Family Showdown website is asking for budding contestants to send in a one-minute video auditioning for the show. 

Once the contest ends on July 1, Nintendo staff will then narrow down the entries to a final four (and a runner-up) to take part in an Aug 4 competition, flying them to Los Angeles for the event where they will have the opportunity to win more prizes. 

Having launched in March 2017, the Nintendo Switch combines features of both home and portable consoles, with a built-in screen, detachable controllers, and a TV dock for at-home play. 

With assistance from Nintendo exclusives such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2 and Super Mario Odyssey, and a healthy supporting ecosystem of other popular titles like Stardew Valley, Minecraft, Steamworld Dig 2 and Owlboy, the atypical Switch overtook the Xbox One and kept pace with the PlayStation 4 in terms of first-year sales and amid competition from mobile Android and iOS devices. — AFP Relaxnews

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