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‘Unauthorised access to some Nintendo Accounts’ more widespread than it first appeared

In a post on its support site, Nintendo admits that “unauthorised access to some Nintendo Accounts” has occurred, but insists that no Nintendo servers or databases were breached.

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In a post on its support site, Nintendo admits that “unauthorised access to some Nintendo Accounts” has occurred, but insists that no Nintendo servers or databases were breached.

The first rule of an information security breach is that you tell everyone who has been impacted as early as possible.

And this isn’t some “first rule of Fight Club” stuff. These are the rules laid out by numerous regulatory bodies around the world. But for the sake of being specific to the jurisdiction in which Thumbsticks finds itself, we’ll refer to GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) and the ICO (that’s the Information Commissioner’s Office, the regulatory body that polices such things) and their guidelines on reporting breaches.

  • The GDPR introduces a duty on all organisations to report certain types of personal data breach to the relevant supervisory authority. You must do this within 72 hours of becoming aware of the breach, where feasible.
  • If the breach is likely to result in a high risk of adversely affecting individuals’ rights and freedoms, you must also inform those individuals without undue delay.

So in a circumstance where user accounts or data have been breached, then the organisation must report it to the ICO within 72 hours, and must report it to individuals potentially impacted – in this case, “rights and freedoms” relates to personal data and the potential for financial loss – without any “undue delay”.

Given that people have (anecdotally) been complaining of breaches to their Nintendo Accounts for a couple of weeks now, including unauthorised purchases that haven’t been refunded, that’s not looking very good for Nintendo. The developer and publisher has only today (April 24, 2020) issued a statement about the “unauthorised access to some Nintendo Accounts,” which reads as follows:

We would like to provide an update on the recent incidents of unauthorised access to some Nintendo Accounts.

While we continue to investigate, we would like to reassure users that there is currently no evidence pointing towards a breach of Nintendo’s databases, servers or services. As one action in our ongoing investigation, we are discontinuing the ability to use a Nintendo Network ID to sign in to a Nintendo Account. All other options to sign-in to a Nintendo Account remain available.

As a further precaution, we will soon contact users about resetting passwords for Nintendo Network IDs and Nintendo Accounts that we have reason to believe were accessed without authorisation.

In addition, we also continue to strongly encourage users to enable two-step verification for their Nintendo Account as instructed here: How to set-up two-step verification for a Nintendo Account.

If any users become aware of unauthorised activity, we encourage them to take the steps outlined in the article about the Nintendo Account recovery process.

During the investigation, in order to deter further attempts of unauthorised sign-ins, we will not reveal more information about the methods employed to gain unauthorised access.

We apologise for the inconvenience and concerns caused to our customers, and we will continue working hard to safeguard the security of our users’ data.

The good news is, there doesn’t appear to have been a breach of any of Nintendo’s core systems – including databases and servers containing personal and financial details – which, you may recall, is what happened to Sony’s PlayStation Network in 2011.

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The bad news is that, while Nintendo hasn’t made details of the exploit public for obvious reasons, the attack vector will have been fairly large. This is because the unauthorised logins made use of the legacy Nintendo Network ID associated with users accounts, and basically everyone who signed up for a Nintendo account on the Wii U or Nintendo 3DS will have one.

To mitigate the vulnerability, Nintendo is disabling the ability to login with a Nintendo Network ID. But the real solution, the one that all users should do, is to enable multi-factor authentication (which Nintendo refers to as two-step verification) on their Nintendo account. This means you’ll have to use a code generated from your smartphone (using the Google Authenticator app) to login. This means your password on its own is effectively worthless, unless you also have in your possession the linked mobile phone to generate the authorisation codes.

Real talk, folks: you should enable multi-factor authentication on any service that supports it. If you wait until a breach comes around, like this one, you might find it’s already too late.

Update: June 9, 2020

In a post on its Japanese support site – originally reported by IGN – Nintendo has confirmed that another 140,000 accounts have been compromised. That’s an additional 140,000 accounts on top of the original 160,000 accounts, making it a total of 300,000 accounts.

The Nintendo article states that the following information might have been visible to an attacker: “Nickname, date of birth, country/region, email address”. It’s also quick to remind users that the breach represents less than 1% of Nintendo Accounts worldwide.

This is a timely reminder that you should always use multi-factor authentication on your accounts. Even if a service provider says that a vulnerability has been fixed. Especially if a service provider says that a vulnerability has been fixed.


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PES 2021 is cancelled, Konami working on PS5 and Xbox Series X versions

Konami has confirmed it will not release PES 2021 and is instead working on a next-generation version of its popular football simulation for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

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Konami has confirmed it will not release PES 2021 and is instead working on a next-generation version of its popular football simulation for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

In an announcement on the company’s website, Konami has confirmed long-standing rumours that it won’t release a new version of PES this year. Instead, PES 2020 will receive a full update for the 2020/21 football season.

The news follows the recent confirmation that the series has lost the official license to use Italian Serie A teams AC Milan and Inter Milan.

The statement also outlines Konami’s plans for the series, confirming that it will return with a full game next year on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

“The sheer scale of everything we are aiming to achieve for our next-gen debut has made it necessary to pare back our efforts in other areas of development. As a result, we have made the decision to launch this year’s PES as a streamlined offering in the form of a “season update”. That being said, we are still extremely confident that this year’s game offers fans more than enough thrills to tide them over until our next-gen title is ready for launch.”

This year also marks a quarter of a century since the very first PES title was released. To commemorate this important milestone, and more importantly, to show our gratitude to you, our loyal fans, we are pleased to announce that this year’s PES will launch at an affordable anniversary price and will also come with several bonuses.”

The franchise’s next-gen entry is planned for testing in mid-2021, with a full release following later in the year.

Konami has also released a short teaser video to tide fans over. Erm, enjoy.

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This week’s Nintendo Switch releases (July 13-17, 2020)

Paper Mario: The Origami King headlines this week’s lineup of new Nintendo Switch eShop releases.

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Paper Mario: The Origami King headlines this week’s lineup of new Nintendo Switch eShop releases.

Paper Mario: The Origami King already has some Nintendo fans grumbling that it isn’t The Thousand-Year Door, but the series has long-since taken a different path. The Origami King certainly looks to be a (paper) cut above Sticker Star and Colour Splash. Expect a well-written and funny game with a surprisingly compelling combat system.

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town – which is a remake of the GBA Harvest Moon classic – also comes to Switch in North America. It’s available right now in Europe and Australia.

Other new Switch games include Radical Rabbit Stew, Ultra Hat Dimension, and turn-based tactical shindig, Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus.

Nintendo Switch Online subscribers can also look forward to Donkey Kong Country, Natsume Championship Wrestling, and The Immortal.

We’ll update this page with any late additions throughout the week. In the meantime, here is the confirmed lineup of new Nintendo eShop releases.

New Nintendo Switch releases: July 13-17, 2020

Monday, July 13, 2020

  • Yoga Master Dreams Fantasy Bundle

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

  • Neon Abyss
  • Pangeon
  • Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town (NA)
  • void tRrLM(); //Void Terrarium (NA)

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

  • Bossgard
  • Donkey Kong Country (SNES)
  • The Immortal (NES)
  • Natsume Championship Wrestling (SNES)
  • Rez Plz

Thursday, July 16, 2020

  • #Funtime
  • Aeolis Tournament
  • Aracade Archives Kangaroo
  • Caretaker
  • High Explosive Dinosaur
  • Home Run High
  • Never Breakup
  • Neversong
  • Radical Rabbit Stew
  • Spyhack
  • Tales from the Dragon Mountain 2: The Lair
  • Tanky Tanks
  • Waifu Uncovered
  • We should talk

Friday, July 17, 2020

  • Get 10 Quest
  • Paper Mario: The Origami King
  • Power Racing Bundle
  • Starlit Adventures Golden Stars
  • Ultra Hat Dimension
  • Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus
  • void tRrLM(); //Void Terrarium (EU)

My Nintendo members should also check out the summer eShop Double Gold Points promotion.


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This week’s Xbox One releases (July 13-17, 2020)

Superhot: Mind Control Delete and Ooblets top the list of new video games coming to Xbox One this week.

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Superhot: Mind Control Delete and Ooblets top the list of new video games coming to Xbox One between July 13 and 17, 2020.

Our highlight from this week’s lineup of new Xbox One releases is the surprise release of Superhot: Mind Control Delete. The third game in Superhot Team’s innovative time-twisting shooter series promises more of everything, including larger levels and new combat mechanics. Best of all, the game is free to download for anyone who purchased the first game.

One game we have been watching for some time is Ooblets, which comes to Xbox Game Preview on Tuesday. Glumberland’s super-charming life simulation game features many genre staples – farming, furniture, creature collection, and town upgrades – but, most importantly, it has dance-off battles. It’s also coming to early access on PC via the Epic Game Store.

We’re also pleased to see Hopfrog’s Zelda-like adventure Forager finally get an Xbox One release. Other games to look forward to include Neversong, We Should Talk, and Radical Rabbit Stew.

Each new release can be purchased from the Xbox One digital games store or the Microsoft online store.

New Xbox One releases: July 13-17, 2020

Monday, July 13, 2020

  • No releases

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

  • Neon Abyss
  • Rocket Arena

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

  • Ooblets
  • Rez Plz
  • Ultra Hat Dimension

Thursday, July 16, 2020

  • #Funtime
  • Bounty Battle
  • Dunk Lords
  • Forager
  • Neversong
  • Radical Rabbit Stew
  • Superhot: Mind Control Delete
  • We Should Talk

Friday, July 17, 2020

  • Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus

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Save up to 90% in five massive Xbox One sales

Five new Xbox One sales include big games from Capcom and Ubisoft, and there are double discounts for Xbox Live Gold members.

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Five new Xbox One sales include big games from Capcom and Ubisoft, and there are double discounts for Xbox Live Gold members.

In addition to this week’s crop of Deals with Gold and Spotlight discounts, Xbox One owners can also save in publisher promos from Capcom and Ubisoft. Plus, there’s a Double Discounts sale for Xbox Live Gold members. Let’s rattle through a few highlights.

The Double Discounts sale includes a selection of big games, but we’ll highlight a few less obvious choices. Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is not wholly successful, but it’s an ambitious, and idiosyncratic survival adventure. We’re also fond of painterly World War I story, 11-11 Memories Retold. And Puyo Puyo Champions is pure puzzle game perfection.

The first of this week’s publisher sales comes from Capcom and includes all the Resident Evils, various editions of Monster Hunter World, and Devil May Cry 5.

The Ubisoft Forward sale follows Sunday’s reveal event. Some hefty discounts give players the chance to catch up with the Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, and Watch Dogs franchises ahead of their new instalments.

This week’s Deals with Gold include savings on Overcooked! 2, Red Dead Redemption 2, Steep, and Vampyr. The influential Dear Esther is our pick from this week’s lineup of Spotlight discounts.

All five sales run through to July 20 on the Xbox digital games store and Microsoft online store. Here are some more of highlights.

Double Discount Sale Highlights

  • 11-11 Memories Retold – 40% / 80% off
  • Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey – 25% / 50% off
  • Battlefield V Year 2 Edition – 30% / 60% off
  • Blasphemous – 25% / 50% off
  • Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night – 25% / 50% off
  • Control – 25% / 50% off
  • DiRT Rally 2.0 – 35% / 75% off
  • EA Sports FIFA 20 Champions Edition – 35% / 75% off
  • Fallout 76 – 20% / 40% off
  • Final Fantasy VIII Remastered – 25% / 50% off
  • Journey to the Savage Planet – 25% / 50% off
  • Kingdom Hearts III – 35% / 70% off
  • L.A. Noire – 25% / 50% off
  • Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm – 30% / 60% off
  • The Outer Worlds – 17% / 35% off
  • Puyo Puyo Champions – 30% / 60% off
  • Saints Row: Gat Out Of Hell – 35% / 75% off
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization VI – 17% / 35% off
  • Star Wars Battlefront II: Celebration Edition – 20% / 40% off
  • Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD – 20% / 40% off
  • Virginia – 40% / 80% off
  • Yooka-Laylee And The Impossible Lair – 25% / 50% off

Ubisoft Forward Sale Highlights

  • Assassin’s Creed Chronicles – Trilogy – 70% off
  • Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag – 60% off
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – 70% off
  • Assassin’s Creed Origins – 80% off
  • Assassin’s Creed Rogue Remastered – 50% off
  • Far Cry 3 Classic Edition – 90% off
  • Far Cry 4 – 80% off
  • Far Cry 5 – 85% off
  • Far Cry New Dawn – 75% off
  • Ghost Recon Breakpoint – Ultimate Edition – 65% off
  • Ghost Recon Wildlands – Standard Edition – 65% off
  • Rainbow Six Siege – Deluxe Edition – 70% off
  • Watch_Dogs – 67% off
  • Watch Dogs 2 – 80% off

Capcom Sale Highlights

  • Devil May Cry 5 – 50% off
  • Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen – 67% off
  • Marvel Vs Capcom: Infinite – 75% off
  • Mega Man 11 – 50% off
  • Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 & 2 Combo Pack – 50% off
  • Monster Hunter World: Iceborne – 40% off
  • Monster Hunter: World – 50% off
  • ŌKAMI HD – 50% off
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy – 50% off
  • Resident Evil 2 Deluxe Edition – 50% off
  • Resident Evil 3 – 33% off
  • Resident Evil 4 – 60% off
  • Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection – 60% off

Deals with Gold Highlights

  • Citadel: Forged With Fire – 60% off
  • Masters of Anima – 80% off
  • Overcooked! 2 – 40% off
  • Red Dead Redemption 2: Ultimate Edition – 65% off
  • Seasons after Fall – 80% off
  • Steep – 50% off
  • Styx: Shards of Darkness – 80% off
  • Vampyr – 75% off

Spotlight Sale Highlights

  • Claire: Extended Cut – 80% off
  • Creature in the Well – 35% off
  • Dear Esther: Landmark Edition – 70% off
  • Hue – 80% off
  • Vostok Inc. – 60% off

For regular updates on the latest video game deals, head over to our sales page. Visit our new releases section for the latest PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch games. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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Release date, pricey special editions revealed for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Microsoft Flight Simulator will have different airport and aircraft options depending on which pricey package you plump for.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator will have different airport and aircraft options depending on which pricey package you plump for.

Remember Flight Simulator? It was one of those things that everyone had, but nobody could really remember buying. Where the cool kids were having fun blowing things up on X-Wing or Tie-Fighter (or, indeed, X-Wing vs Tie Fighter) the Flight Simulator aficionados were trying not to blow anything up. It was the corduroy of flight simulators. Even its name is the video game version of a tin of Ronseal wood stain.

The new Flight Simulator – called Microsoft Flight Simulator, which is very imaginative – looks rather interesting, though. Gone are the weirdly flat worlds with, you know, the thing you could land at or on, like the airport or aircraft carrier, being actually 3D. Microsoft Flight Simulator utilises data from Bing Maps and processing power in Microsoft’s Azure cloud for beautifully realised, accurately scaled 3D worlds.

It still promises to be technical in the extreme (and potentially corduroy dull), sure, but being able to flypast places you know in real life that are realistically recreated? It’s suddenly a lot more appealing.

But if one of those places you wanted to see was Heathrow Airport? Well, that’s going to cost you. (We’re not quite sure why it would be, but to each their own.)

There will be three versions of Microsoft Flight Simulator when it releases on August 18, 2020. They are the Standard, Deluxe and Premium editions – priced at £59.99, £79.99, and £109.99 respectively – come with different selections of aircraft and airports.

So if you want to fly the Boeing 787-Dreamliner, for instance? You’ll need the Microsoft Flight Simulator Premium edition. You don’t get to land at Amsterdam Schiphol, Cairo International or Chicago O’Hare unless you buy the Deluxe edition, while Heathrow, San Francisco, Dubai, Frankfurt and, weirdly, Denver are all gated behind the Premium edition.

No, we don’t get it either but, as we said before, to each their own.


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