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Classic Sega games coming to Nintendo Switch starting this summer

We still have no idea when or if Nintendo will bring the Virtual Console to Switch, but some publishers aren’t waiting around for it. On Monday, Sega announced during the FES 2018 event in Japan that a selection of its classic hits will arrive on the Switch eShop in North America, Europe and Japan beginning this summer.

Dubbed “Sega Ages,” the lineup of retro titles is being developed by M2, which is the same team that handled Sega 3D Classics on the 3DS. Sega also says that the games will come with “new features,” but didn’t offer details.

Sega says the first batch of Sega Ages games this summer will include Phantasy Star, Alex Kidd in Miracle World, Sonic the Hedgehog, Thunder Force IV and Gain Ground. In all there will be over 15 games in the Switch lineup of Sega Ages titles, though the publisher wasn’t ready to share pricing or release details at the event.

In addition to the re-releases of retro games, Sega also announced a mini Sega Genesis (or Mega Drive in Japan) during the event, which will be produced by AtGames. You might recognize the name AtGames, as its the same group that built the Genesis Classic Game Console and Genesis Ultimate Portable Game Player that we covered in 2016. It sounds like the new miniature console will be more powerful than AtGames’ previous releases.

Finally, Sega also revealed that ports of classic open-world Dreamcast RPGs Shenmue and Shenmue II are being released on PS4, Xbox One and PC before the end of the year. Old-school Sega fans rejoice!

Nintendo issues warning for Switch owners after charging cable incidents

In theory, Nintendo’s decision to do away with proprietary chargers and furnish the Switch with a USB-C port should have benefited consumers, giving them the option to pick up cheaper third-party chargers rather than pay full price for Nintendo’s branded hardware. And while that may be the case, some Switch owners have found that charging their consoles with the wrong chargers — even those sold specifically for the Switch — can create problems.

You may have read last week about Switch consoles being bricked by third-party docks, and while Nintendo issued a response at the time, the company took an extra step this week when it updated the FAQ on its Japanese support site to warn Switch owners of the dangers of using the wrong type of cords with the console.

In the FAQ, Nintendo says that Switch owners should only use USB-C cables with 56kΩ resistors when charging the Switch. Otherwise you could risk affecting the console’s ability to charge or completely brick it. Nintendo recommends only using the HAC-010 charging cable, which comes with both the Switch Pro Controller and Joy-Con Charging Grip, when charging from the standard USB-A port. Frustratingly (but unsurprisingly), that cable is sold individually in Japan from Nintendo’s website, but doesn’t appear to be available on its own in the United States.

As Ars Technica points out, using cables that don’t meet all of Nintendo’s standards can cause issues in the short run and the long run. Even if an unapproved cable doesn’t completely wreck your console, it could at the very least take significantly longer to charge your Switch than it would with an approved charger.

Nintendo Switch consoles are being bricked by third-party docks

As soon as Nintendo revealed that buying a replacement dock for its new console would cost $89.99, Switch owners immediately began hunting for cheaper alternatives. A few companies were eager to oblige, but recently, consumers have learned that sticking their consoles into third-party docks carries a far greater risk than they expected.

Last October, Kotaku’s Mike Fahey reported that some Switch owners who purchased the Nyko Portable Docking Kit were discovering that after using the dock, their consoles would no longer charge via the USB-C port. As if that wasn’t a serious enough issue, some Nyko dock users are now saying that their consoles are being completely bricked, as in they can’t be charged or even powered on. Those affected are losing everything stored on their Switch.

It’s unclear what exactly is causing these issues, but the reports increased considerably following the release of the 5.0 firmware update earlier this month. In fact, all 900+ comments on this long Reddit thread have been written in the past three days. Not everyone is being affected, but enough are running into issues that it seems incredibly risky to continue using a third-party dock at this point, even if you haven’t had issues yet yourself.

Nintendo shared the following statement with Kotaku regarding the reports of third-party dock issues:

Unlicensed products and accessories do not undergo Nintendo’s testing and evaluation process. They might not work at all with our game systems, and they could have compatibility problems with certain games, the Nintendo Switch system itself, and other licensed accessories and peripherals.

One user who was affected by the issue got in touch with Nintendo after losing an 80-hour Breath of the Wild save file (along with all of the other data on his Switch) and was told that there appears to be a connection between the update and Nyko’s third-party dock. Nintendo offered to repair his Switch, as it was still under warranty.