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How to download stages from Smash World to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Here’s how to find and download Super Smash Bros. Ultimate stages from Smash World on the Nintendo Switch Online smart phone app.

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The latest update for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate lets players create and share stages. Here’s how to find and download stages from Smash World on the Nintendo Switch Online smart phone app.

Update 3.0.0 for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate brings a host of changes the hit Nintendo Switch fighting game. The most substantial addition is the return of a remarkably robust stage builder that lets players create, share their own levels. User-created stages can be downloaded from the game itself, but also from Smash World, the new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate service added to the Nintendo Switch Online smart phone app.

However, this being Nintendo, and this being a game with menus designed by Masahiro Sakurai, the process of finding and playing user-created stages is not as simple as it could be. Here’s how to do it.

How to download stages from Smash World to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

First, make sure you have downloaded the Nintendo Switch Online app from the App Store or Google Play, and you have a subscription to Nintendo Switch Online.

Open the app and select the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate service. You will see a board featuring the latest community content. Tap the ‘Smash’ icon at the bottom of the screen. And then tap the blue ‘Stages’ icon at the top left of the next screen.

In the ‘Shared Stages’ section, you’ll see two tabs: ‘Recommended’ and ‘Queued Downloads’. Selecting a stage on the recommended tab gives you an overview of the stage, a link to its creator’s profile (where you can see their other creations) and a download icon.

Tap the ‘Switch Download’ icon to add the stage to your queue. You can also give it a thumbs up, or Yeah!, to use Nintendo’s terminology. The ‘Queued Downloads’ tab will list any stages you have liked and prepped for download.

Now boot up Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on the Nintendo Switch. It’s here that the game’s notoriously quirky menus can make finding queued stages difficult. The game’s Stage Builder is in the ‘Games and More’ menu, but that’s not where you download new stages. Instead, go to the ‘Online Menu’ and select ‘Shared Content’.

Here you’ll see a board of community uploads, including videos, Mii Creations, match replays, and fights to spectate. Select the last icon: ‘Stages’.

This displays a roster of available stages. By hitting ‘X’ you can search for stages by keyword, ID, and size. However, to see the stages you have queued up from Smash World, press ‘Y’ and filter by ‘Downloaded from Smash World’.

Select a queued stage to see more details, including its size, music, and player count. You can also post details of the stage to social media, and test it before downloading. Selecting the creator’s name will pull up their Nintendo Switch user profile.

To download the stage, select the green ‘Save’ icon. The stage will now be available in the ‘Stage Builder’ menu of ‘Games and More’. To actually fight on the stage, start a fight as normal and select the ‘Custom’ tab on the stage select screen.


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If you’re new to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate you might need a little help. Read our guides to getting first place in the World of Light food race, and achieving a perfect score in the Classic Mode Bonus Game. We’ve also pulled together a full list of every Spirit to collect.

The stage example in this guide was a random example created by Switch user sp33dy.

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How to know if you have a shiny Pokémon in Sword and Shield

Getting a shiny Pokémon in Sword or Shield isn’t easy. If you don’t know what you are looking for, you might not even notice. Here’s how you can tell.

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Getting a shiny Pokémon in Sword or Shield isn’t easy. If you don’t know what you are looking for, you might not even notice if you catch one. Here’s how you can tell.

The chances of getting a shiny Pokémon are fairly slim, with odds of 4096 to 1 of encountering one. And unlike last year’s Pokemon Let’s Go, Pikachu!, and Let’s Go, Eevee!, it isn’t possible to tell if a Pokémon is shiny before you battle it.

Here’s how to know that you are battling a shiny Pokémon, and how to tell if you already have one in your party or box.

How to know when you are battling a shiny Pokémon

When you encounter a shiny, it will be surrounded by sparkles. It looks, well, shiny. Most shinies can be spotted by a change in colour, but if you’re not familiar with the full Pokédex, looking for the sparkles is the simplest method of identification during battle.

In Pokémon Sword and Shield, there are two types of sparkles to look out for: normal, and square. Square shinies are all new and ultra-rare. If you encounter a shiny there’s a 1 in 16 chance it will feature square sparkles. That means a 1 in 65536 chance overall. Eek!

How to know if you (already) have a shiny Pokémon

If you capture a shiny, or want to know if you’ve already obtained one without realising it, press [X] and navigate to the Pokémon menu. Select Pokémon, then Check Summary. You will see a range of details, including its name, type, original trainer, and ID No. A red symbol comprised of two stars is displayed in the Markings section if the Pokémon is shiny.

Shiny Pokémon symbol

There are shiny variants of almost every Pokémon in Sword and Shield. However, some can never be shiny and others are shiny-locked, meaning they cannot be bred.

None of the game’s Legendary Pokémon can be shiny, and all Pokémon obtained via gifts are locked.

Shiny versions of Sword and Shield‘s starters – Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble – can only be obtained through breeding. Unlike previous generations, they cannot be obtained at the start of the game.

Increasing your chances of encountering a shiny during normal play is an art all of its own. Instagram user, shinyinstinct has created this handy cheat sheet to help you get started.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B4-b4yvlOKz

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How to re-pair an Xbox One controller

Has your controller stopped talking to your console? Here’s how to re-pair an errant Xbox One controller.

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Has your controller stopped talking to your console? Here’s how to re-pair an errant Xbox One controller.

One of the nice things about modern consoles is wireless controllers. You don’t have to sit three feet from the TV! You don’t have to get off the sofa to turn the console on! We may not have flying cars and hoverboards, but it’s still the future, dammit.

But if your controller gets disconnected from your console, it can be frustrating. For starters, you have to get up and press the button on the front of the console, but it only gets worse when you try to actually play a game.

How does an Xbox One controller become unpaired?

Sometimes, an Xbox One controller will become unpaired from its console purely by accident. Maybe there was just a technical gremlin, or perhaps the battery ran out and the controller hadn’t been turned on in a while. These things happen.

But usually, if your Xbox One controller becomes unpaired, it’s because of something you’ve done.

Sometimes that will be on purpose. Maybe you’ve taken your controller to a friend’s house to play some multiplayer and you paired it to another console. Or maybe you’ve used it to play games on a PC, or paired it with a smartphone.

Or sometimes, it can be entirely by accident. If you have a rechargeable battery pack and you pop a USB cable into your Xbox One controller into a USB port on a PC or laptop to charge, it’ll pair itself up with the computer. Then when you come to hit the button to turn your console on, the controller won’t know which console to talk to, and nothing will happen.

That’s when you’ll need to know how to re-pair an Xbox One controller.

How to re-pair an Xbox One controller

If your Xbox One controller has fallen out with you, for whatever reason, the operation to re-pair it is wonderfully simple.

  • Turn off your Xbox One console
  • Grab a USB cable (that’s Micro USB, not the newer USB-C standard)
  • Plug the big end (the USB-A adapter) into your Xbox One console
  • Plug the small end (the Micro USB adapter) into your Xbox One controller
  • Press the big ‘Xbox’ button in the middle of the controller
  • This will wake up the Xbox One console, and re-pair the Xbox One controller at the same time

That’s it. It’s really simple. Just plug in a USB cable, hit the big button, and let the pairing process work its magic.

(And if you were looking for how to repair an Xbox One controller – that’s repair, as in physically broken, not re-pair, as in pair it up again – then this guide doesn’t cover that. There can be lots of things physically wrong with a controller, far too many for one guide to cover, and if you take it apart you might just make it worse.)

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How to get a Galarian Slowpoke in Pokémon Sword and Shield

The Galarian Slowpoke is now available in Pokémon Sword and Shield. Here’s how to catch it.

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The Galarian Slowpoke is now available in Pokémon Sword and Shield. Here’s how to catch it.

January’s Pokémon Direct revealed details of a two-part expansion pass for Pokémon Sword and Shield. The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra will be released in June and fall, adding two new areas to the Galar region, plus 200 extra Pokémon to discover.

A new update Pokémon Sword and Shield teases the expansion pass by introducing two new trainers, and a Galarian Slowpoke to catch.

To get your hands on the Galarian Slowpoke follow these simple steps.

How to get a Galarian Slowpoke

  1. Head to Wedgehurst train station
  2. Depending on which the version of the game you are playing, you’ll meet one of two new trainers – Klara in Sword or Avery in Shield – in the station lobby
  3. A Galarian Slowpoke will follow them into the station
  4. You can battle and catch the Slowpoke in the usual way. Use a Quick Ball to make swift work of it
  5. You can now add the Galarian Slowpoke to your team

It’s worth noting that the Galarian Slowpoke won’t be added to the Pokédex. We expect this will happen when The Isle of Armor DLC is released in June 2020.

Following the release of the content expansions, the Slowpoke can be evolved into a Galarian Slowbro in The Isle of Armor and a Galarian Slowking in The Crown Tundra.

Pre-purchase of the expansion pass is not required to catch the Galarian Slowpoke. However, if you do pay up front, you get access to a bonus Pikachu or Eevee uniform. Head to the Mystery Gift menu to redeem your new threads.


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What are the Fall Guys system requirements?

Big, daft, inclusive game cements its place as being inclusive (also big, daft) by having very reasonable system requirements.

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Big, daft, inclusive game cements its place as being inclusive (also big, daft) by having very reasonable system requirements.

Fall Guys was one of the highlights of our E3 2020. Hell, it was one of the highlights of most people’s E3 last year. It was an even bigger highlight if you had a golden ticket to Devolver Digital’s trailer park party, and got to experience the game in the soft play area setup Mediatonic had assembled to show off their goofy video game.

We don’t know when Fall Guys will release, yet, though we have a feeling it might be relatively soon. Especially if these tweets from the Fall Guys Twitter account are anything to go by:

We’ve got Fall Guys in our “most anticipated games of 2020” list, incidentally, so we’re pretty sure it will launch this year, too. But if you needed any more of a clue that the game is approaching release, Mediatonic has today updated the game’s system requirements on Steam.

https://twitter.com/FallGuysGame/status/1215296631060549632?s=20

Once a developer starts announcing these sorts of things, it’s a sign the game is fairly far along in the process. They might be polishing and adding content for a while yet, but they’re reasonably sure the core of the game is not going to change by any substantial amount. (Also, if you’re a student of marketing, you’ll notice that the Fall Guys Twitter account has been ramping up its activity recently. That’s also a clue that a release announcement is coming.)

Anyway. Here are the Fall Guys system requirements, extracted from the above tweet and presented in a nice, Google-friendly format.

Minimum Fall Guys system requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64bit only
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 or AMD equivalent
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD 7950
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 2 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Gamepad Recommended

That’s it. There are no “recommended” Fall Guys system requirements as yet. But have you seen it? It’s a colourful, low poly bundle of fun. It’s hardly Crysis. The minimum system requirements will probably do just fine.

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How to set up Nintendo Switch parental controls

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Do you want to monitor or restrict the use of a Switch by your children? Read our guide to setting up Nintendo Switch parental controls.

The Nintendo Switch has a useful suite of parental controls that can be used to monitor and restrict the video games played by your family. They are easy to set up and change, but you’ll need a few things in place before you begin.

First of all, you’ll need to set up a Nintendo account. You can do that on a Nintendo Switch, via the Nintendo website, or through the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls smartphone app. The app is not necessary, but it does provide extra features and monthly usage reports. You can download it from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

You’ll also need a Nintendo Switch console, and at least one child.

Here’s our simple guide to what you can control and how to set things up.

Things you can do with Nintendo Switch parental controls

  • Set play time limits and alarms
  • Monitor time played
  • Monitor games played
  • Restrict games based on age rating
  • Restrict online communications and social media access
  • Suspend software
  • Receive monthly reports

Setting up Nintendo Switch Parental Controls on a console

  • Navigate to System Settings on the Nintendo Switch home screen and select Parental Controls.
  • A message will recommend downloading the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls smartphone app. If you can do this, skip ahead to the next section of this guide. If you can’t, press [x] and click Next.
  • You can choose from a range of Age Restriction Levels: Teen, Child, Young Child, and Custom. Each one has its own set of pre-configured restrictions based on global software ratings, social media access, and online communication. Choose the pre-configured setting that suits your needs or choose Custom to adjust each restriction individually.
  • If you select custom, you can tailor each restriction. Press Next when you’re finished.
  • Choose a PIN between 4-8 digits. This can be used to change parental control settings. Don’t forget it, and don’t share it with your kids.
  • Hit Save and return to the home screen. If your settings are applied correctly, you will see an orange indicator at the top of the screen. You can select this to temporarily disable Parental Controls.

Setting up the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app

  • Launch the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app on your iOS or Android device and tap Next.
  • Select Sign in or Create a new account.
  • Make sure you have your Nintendo Switch console powered up and nearby. Tap Next.
  • A unique code will be displayed on-screen.
  • On the Nintendo Switch, go to System Settings.
  • Select Parental Controls, then Parental Controls Settings, and then the option that says “If you’ve already downloaded the app.”
  • Enter the unique code.
  • You’ll be asked if you want to link the app to your Nintendo Account on the Switch. Select Link.
  • Select “Continue Set up on the app” and put the Nintendo Switch aside.
  • On the Parental Controls app, you immediately have the option to “Set Play Time”. You can do this straight away or configure it later.
  • Go to the Settings section to change the following options:
    • Play Time: Configure the amount of time the Switch can be played each day from 15 minutes up to a maximum of six hours. You can also set an alarm or suspend software when the limit is reached.
    • Age Restriction Level: Teen, Child, Young Child, and Custom. Each one has its own set of pre-configured restrictions based on global software ratings, social media access, and online communication. You can also whitelist specific games to exclude them from the age restrictions.
    • Restrict Nintendo eShop purchases: Prevent errant kids from purchasing games online.
    • Change PIN: use the default PIN generated by the app or change it to your own 4-8 digit number.
  • To connect additional Nintendo Switch consoles to the app, tap the [+] icon on the top left of the screen and repeat the process.
  • When you make changes to the settings on the app, go to the Parental Controls menu on the Nintendo Switch and select Acquire Latest Settings. You can also unlink the app if necessary.

The Time Played and Monthly Summary sections of the Parental Controls app includes a wealth of information. You can view daily play time for each user, see which games are the most played, and how long they are being played for. You will also see monthly reports on all activity.


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