Best Cyber Week Gaming Deals 2020: Nintendo, PlayStation, Xbox

Cyber Monday is over, but gamers are still getting spoiled with last-minute Cyber Week deals. Retailers are offering discounts on everything from consoles to accessories, subscriptions, and games — so whether you’re sticking with the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, or PC, or upgrading to the latest PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, you’re sure to find a deal that’s right for you.

No matter what platform for choose, we’ve got your back with our roundups of the best Cyber Week PlayStation deals, Cyber Week Xbox deals, Cyber Week Nintendo Switch deals, and Cyber Week gaming laptop deals that are still available. If you see an offer that you like, don’t hesitate on sealing the deal because there’s no telling how long the discounts will last and when stocks will run out, especially since gaming deals are always among the most popular listings in the runup to the holidays.

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How to send Nintendo Switch screenshots to your phone or computer

You can now directly send Nintendo Switch screenshots to your phone or other smart device, but the process is kind of confusing. Once we saw how complicated things can get, we thought it would be best to create a step-by-step walkthrough to explain how screenshot transfer works.

There are two ways to send Switch screenshots to another device. When you want to send a screenshot to your phone or tablet, you’ll use the wireless method (which employs QR codes), and if you want to share images with a laptop or desktop, you’ll transfer via USB cable. 

And as a reminder, you take screenshots by clicking the little circle button near the bottom of the left Joy-Con (or above and to the left of the D-pad on the Pro controller).

But no matter how annoying this may be, it’s still far easier than the two other methods we’ve used in the

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Nintendo Thief Jailed For 2017 Hack And “Possessing Images Of Child Abuse”

21-year-old Ryan Hernandez, who had been arrested in relation to the theft of “stolen information, including pre-release information about the anticipated Nintendo Switch console”, has been sentenced to three years in prison.

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Nintendo Switch Hacker Busted, Also Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography Charges

In 2016, Hernandez and a friend managed to obtain a Nintendo employee’s credentials, which they used to then “gain access to and download confidential Nintendo files related to its consoles and games”. He was first caught in 2017, but when his home was raided in 2019 looking for more information after further offences had been committed, the FBI found storage drives containing not only “thousands of confidential Nintendo files”, but “more than one thousand videos and images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, stored and sorted in a folder directory he labeled “Bad Stuff.””

His sentence takes into account both

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You Can Finally Transfer Nintendo Switch Screenshots Directly to a Computer

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firmware update has gone live and Ver. 11.0.0 adds several quality-of-life improvements that are actually meaningful. Features like finally being able to transfer videos and screenshots to a computer.Firmware 11.0.0 was pushed live today, and a big focus of today’s update involves getting your screenshots and gameplay capture off of the Switch and onto another device directly, either through a USB cable or wireless transfer.

To access this, users can connect their Switch to a computer using a USB cable, go to System Settings, then Data Management, and finally to Manage Screenshots and Videos.

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There is now also a feature that will automatically download saved data backed up on the cloud to multiple Switch consoles, granted the same Nintendo Account is linked to each device. However, the save data must already exist on each console, so you’ll still

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Holiday gaming gift guide: What to know about the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Nintendo Switch

So many games, so little time. From bottom left, clockwise: Xbox Series S (white); Xbox Series X (black); Nintendo Switch; PlayStation 4; Xbox One; Nintendo Switch Lite. (Thomas Wilde Photo)

This is the first holiday season for the ninth generation of video game consoles, as the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X (XSX) have recently hit the market, and Nintendo’s hybrid system the Switch is still a hot seller. The PS5 and XSX are likely to be two of the most-wanted gifts this year, for everyone from kids to nerdy adults.

That, however, assumes that you can find them. Both the PS5 and XSX are currently in short supply at every major retailer, with new shipments selling out almost faster than they can be put on sale. This is fairly typical for any new gaming console for the first couple of months, but in 2020, it’s been exacerbated by scalpers,

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Nintendo Adds Sharp as Assembler of Popular Switch Game Console

Nintendo has been diversifying its supply chain since before the Covid-19 era.

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Nintendo Co. has added Sharp Corp. as an assembler of its Switch console, according to people directly involved in the matter, as it works to stabilize production and hedge against U.S.-China trade tensions.

The video game giant has struggled to produce enough units for most of this year as the hit game Animal Crossing: New Horizons and stuck-at-home consumers fueled demand. While the coronavirus outbreak hurt production early on, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa said this month that output has returned to normal and the Switch is now made in Malaysia, in addition to existing China and Vietnam locations.

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That Malaysia factory is owned by Sharp, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public. Nintendo’s

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Nintendo Switch Mario Kart bundle for Black Friday? Check restock options at Walmart, Best Buy and more

This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.

Let me guess: You knew the new Xbox Series X and PS5 were all but impossible to find this year, so you decided to opt for a Nintendo Switch instead. “It came out in 2017 — it’s old news by now,” you thought. Well, we’re sorry to say the Switch is also playing hard to get this holiday season. Despite pandemic-starved inventory channels being replenished in the late summer, the Switch remained tough to get through the fall. And now, thanks to the debut of a special new Black Friday Switch bundle, the one you want will be especially difficult to obtain.

Here’s what you get in the box with the new $299 Switch bundle:

In other words, you’re getting

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Nintendo shuts down Super Smash Bros. tournament for using mods to play online

A major Super Smash Bros. tournament is canceling plans to move online amid the coronavirus pandemic, following a legal order by Nintendo. As Polygon reports, The Big House — typically one of the year’s biggest Smash competitions — announced yesterday that it’s shutting down its early December event and offering refunds. “The Big House is heartbroken to share we’ve received a cease and desist from Nintendo,” the organizers wrote on Twitter. “We are forced to comply with the order and cancel The Big House Online.”

Nintendo objected to the organizers using Slippi, a software tool that makes Super Smash Bros. Melee playable online. The 2001 GameCube title is a mainstay in competitive Super Smash Bros., and translating its hyper-fast-paced gameplay from an in-person tournament requires unofficial modding.

But in a statement to Polygon, Nintendo rejected the decision. “Nintendo appreciates the love and dedication the fighting game community

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Nintendo Continues Cracking Down On People Selling Switch Hacks

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Nintendo filed a lawsuit Wednesday against an Amazon Marketplace user who was allegedly selling devices called RCM loaders. Used to help people jailbreak their Switch, shutting these down is the latest in the company’s efforts to stop players from pirating its games.

As first reported by Polygon, the lawsuit against reseller Le Hoang Minh seeks “relief for unlawful trafficking in circumvention devices in violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).” In addition to having the Seattle District Court order Minh to stop selling the devices, Nintendo also wants $2,500 in damages for each one already sold.

“Piracy of video game software has become a serious, worsening international problem,” Nintendo’s lawyers write (without offering any further detail), arguing that the RCM loaders and other devices like them are are a big contributor to that. While jailbreaking a Switch isn’t necessarily itself against the law, pirating games

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Nintendo Switch is on a blazing sales pace for 2020 in the U.S.

Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console in the United States for the 23rd month in a row, according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. This helped push total hardware sales up despite the drooping performance of what are now the last-gen consoles from Microsoft and Sony. But Switch isn’t just performing well compared to the outgoing PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It’s on a near-record sales pace.

“Year-to-date dollar sales of Nintendo Switch hardware are the second highest of any platform in U.S. history,” NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said. “[It’s] trailing only the 2008 year-to-date dollar sales of Nintendo Wii.”

As Nintendo announced last night, Switch had a record-breaking October.

“Nintendo Switch set a new U.S. October hardware dollar sales record, besting the previous high set by Nintendo Wii in October 2008,” Piscatella said. “Nintendo Switch has been the best-selling hardware platform in the U.S. for 23 consecutive months, also

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