iPad Pro 2017 Models Outperform New MacBook Pro Models in Some Benchmarks

Apple’s new iPad Pro models are as capable as the refreshed MacBook Pro models, matching, and even surpassing the laptops in certain benchmarks. Bare Feats, a benchmarking blog, posted some CPU and GPU test results that pitted the 2017 MacBook Pro models against the new iPad Pro 12.9 inch and 10.5-inch models.

The devices were tested with a series of benchmark tests like GeekBench and GFXBench giving an idea about the CPU and GPU performance of the new iPad Pro and MacBook Pro models. The tests also included older 2016 MacBook Pro and iPad Pro models to get a better idea about the improvements that the new hardware brings to the hotel.

iPad Pro 2017 Models Outperform New MacBook Pro Models in Some Benchmarks

In terms of GPU performance, the new iPad Pro models outperform the MacBook Pro (2016 and 2017) models in Geekbench 4 Compute Metal test. The test results showed the 10.5-inch iPad Pro model scoring 27,814, and was closely followed by 12.9-inch iPad Pro which scored 27,597. MacBook Pro 2016 and 2017 models came third and fourth with a score of 27,631 and 26,353 respectively.

In the single-core GeekBench 4 tests, the all-new MacBook Pro 13-inch was seen scoring 4,650, which outperformed the new iPad Pro models which scored around 4,000 mark. Though, the test also saw that the 12.9-inch and 10.5-inch iPad Pro models scores were on par with the older MacBook Pro models.

In the multi-core CPU tests, the 2017 MacBook Pro models yet again outperformed all the iPad Pro models with a stunning score of 10,261. The new iPad Pro models, however, beat the 2016 MacBook Pro models, which can be seen as a big improvement for the tablets.

The benchmark scores may indicate that the new iPad Pro models can match CPU and GPU performance of MacBook Pro though we want to stress that these scores aren’t indicative of real-world usage usage.

To recall, Apple refreshed the 12.9-inch iPad Pro model at the WWDC 2017, and also launched the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro. The company also refreshed the entire MacBook lineup, including a new 13-Inch MacBook Pro configuration.


Steam Summer Sale 2017 Dates Confirmed

The Steam Summer Sale 2017 begins on June 22. This has been confirmed by PayPal. The company revealed the Steam Summer Sale 2017 start date in a tweet.

“It’s official. The #SteamSummerSale starts 22/06 at 6pm BST and PayPal customers get an extra £5 off *terms apply,” PayPal tweeted.

While no mention on what games will be discounted, we won’t be surprised to see recent titles like Prey, Bayonetta, and Tekken 7 receive price drops in addition to For Honor, Nier Automata, and Ghost Recon Wildlands. Hopefully this year’s sale does not disappoint.

Steam Summer Sale 2017 India time
The Steam Summer Sale starts at 10:30pm IST on June 22 for Indian gamers.

As for when the Steam Summer Sale 2017 ends, a leak via Valve’s developer forums claims that it ends on July 5, which is inline with past sale dates.
Valve is yet to officially comment and we doubt it will. Hopefully this year’s sale will be less dramatic than last year’s Winter Sale that saw the service being offline for awhile.

Steam Summer Sale 2017 Dates Confirmed

This year has seen Valve make a host of changes to how it manages customer support, curation, and games on Steam. While its unlikely that the Steam Sale will be subject to sweeping reform, it’s interesting to see how it treats this year’s Steam Summer Sale amidst changes galore. One of these major changes was removing Steam Greenlight and replacing it with Steam Direct.

First announced in February, Valve had not, at the time zeroed in on how much Steam Direct would cost for developers to use the platform. After much consideration, Steam Direct will cost $100 (around Rs. 6,428).

“We’ve decided we’re going to aim for the lowest barrier to developers as possible, with a $100 recoupable publishing fee per game, while at the same time work on features designed to help the Store algorithm become better at helping you sift through games,” a post from Valve reads. It goes on to say that an element of human curation would be infused into Steam’s processes in terms of content discovery.


LG V30 Launch to Be Held Ahead of IFA 2017: Report

Last month, leaked LG V30 mockups suggested that the smartphone could possibly feature a secondary slide-out display and now the handset has been tipped to launch in September this year. The LG V30 will reportedly be unveiled right ahead of IFA 2017 event, which will kick off in Berlin on September 1.

According to a report by South Korean news website ETNews, for the first time for a handset in its V-Series, LG will be launching the V30 smartphone ahead of IFA 2017 event in Germany. Apart from this, LG is also planning to hold pre-order sales for V30 in South Korea, which will also be a first for any phone from V-Series, in an attempt to promote V30, as per the report.

LG V30 Launch to Be Held Ahead of IFA 2017: Report

LG has been tipped to hold pre-order sales for “about a week or two” via three South Korean mobile network providers after the launch event of V30. ETNews has suggested that the smartphone will be officially released in South Korea during September. Notably, the report has not mentioned whether there will be pre-order sales for other markets as well.

The South Korean news website says that LG V30 is expected to be priced by the company around “latter end of KRW 800,000 (roughly Rs. 45,200).” As per the report, LG V30 comes with a near bezel-less design just like the company’s current flagship LG G6 and will feature a dual-camera setup at the back just like its predecessor LG V20. The smartphone has been suggested to house a 3200mAh battery as well. It has been tipped to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC and come with IP68 water and dust resistance rating.


In audio department, LG V30 has been suggested to come with ESS’ new Quad DAC, which should allow it to deliver impressive performance. Notably, the phone has been tipped to retain the 3.5mm audio jack as well. Finally, LG V30 is expected to be offered in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB storage options.

To recall, LG has previously been tipped to use OLED display on LG V30 and “old-ish” mockups have suggested that the early designs of the smartphone included a slide-out secondary display as well.

As these are just leaks, we would advise you to take this information with a pinch of salt on the side and wait for the official information from the company.


NEET 2017: Only two rounds of counselling for all-India quota seats in medical colleges

The Union ministry of health and family welfare has limited the round of counselling for admission to medical colleges under the all-India quota.

According to the directions issued to deemed universities and state governments, two rounds of counselling would be conducted instead of three. Common counselling to all-India quota and state quota seats is to be conducted by the directorate general of health services (DGHS) and the state government (or designated authority), respectively.

After the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) declares results of National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), the health ministry conducts counselling for 15% seats under the all-India quota and state government for the remaining 85% seats.


However, following the new directions, an applicant who has taken admission under the all-India quota in the second counselling will not be allowed to vacate the seat for a better college. Earlier, students had an option to wait till the third counselling.

Giving reasons for scrapping the third counselling, the directions read: “This will ensure that a few seats are reverted to the state quota and also all-India quota seats are filed by students from the all-India merit list only. The students who take admission in deemed universities pursuant to the second round of counselling conducted by the DGHS will not be eligible to participate in any other counselling.”

“Disallowing students who take admission under the all-India quota after the second counselling to vacate seats will stop the practice of blocking seats. However, the real effect will be seen only after its implementation. Not having a third round of counselling by the DGHS for the all-India quota seats may prove to be counterproductive,” said a Chandigarh-based NEET trainer.

The directions also state that 15% of MBBS/BDS seats of all private deemed medical universities will now be filled through the central counselling to be conducted by the DGHS. Earlier, all deemed universities used to conduct the counselling at their own level for 15% seats. From now on, their admissions will also be done under the all-India quota.


According to the directions, a student who secures admission in the MBBS course pursuant to the common counselling conducted by the state government should be made to deposit a demand draft towards the fees payable to the institution. The admission/counselling committee will forward the demand draft to the institution. This has been done to stop the practice of denying admission to students after counselling.


To ascertain the number of seats that still remain vacant after the counselling, the state government will conduct manual counselling. The government will then forward a list of students in order of merit, equalling to 10 times the number of vacant seats to the medical college so that in case of any stray vacancy in any college, the seat may be filled from the list.


NEET 2017: Stage set for CBSE to declare results, know how to check

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is all set to declare the results of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), which was taken by 12 lakh students aspiring to join medical and dental colleges across the country.

The process of declaring the result was set in motion after the Supreme Court on June 12 gave a go-ahead to the board by staying a May 24 interim order of the Madras high court, which restrained it from publishing the result.

The top court said it was inclined to grant a stay on the high court’s order, which was indirectly “diluting” the schedule for NEET-2017 earlier fixed by the apex court.

CBSE NEET results

A vacation bench comprising justice PC Pant and justice Deepak Gupta directed the authorities to proceed with the process of announcing the results, subsequent counselling and admission as per the schedule fixed by the apex court.

However, the bench said the result declaration, as well as the subsequent counselling and admission through NEET 2017, would be subject to the decision of the apex court in the matter pending before it. It also asked the high courts not to entertain pleas in the matters relating to NEET 2017.

The bench posted the matter for hearings after the summer vacation.

The CBSE moved the Supreme Court on June 9 seeking an immediate stay of the Madras high court order. The board also sought the transfer of petitions on NEET 2017 from various high courts to the apex court.

The petitioners demanded before the high court that NEET 2017 should be cancelled and a fresh exam with a uniform question paper be conducted. They claimed that different sets of question papers were used at various places, though a common syllabus had been announced.

The school board released the answer keys of the examination on June 15 and candidates were given time until 5pm on June 16 to challenge the keys. On June 13, CBSE displayed the images of OMR answer sheets and responses to the questions marked by candidates who appeared in the exam.

According to the schedule of the exam, the CBSE was expected to declare the results on June 8.

Candidates can check their results on cbseresults.nic.in after they are declared.

Steps to check the results:

1) Go on cbseresults.nic.in

1) Click on link for NEET 2017 results to visit the login page

2) Enter required details

4) Result will be displayed on the screen

5) Take a printout and download it on your computer for future reference


Forbes’ 13 Best Books for Summer 2017

1. Black Edge by Sheelah Kolhatkar

0606_books-black-edge_785x1187Ambition: Investing by any means possible.

Bottom Line: Stevie Cohen became a billionaire and earned a reputation as one of Wall Street’s greatest geniuses before his SAC Capital collapsed in disgrace and infamy.

2. Carpe Diem by Roman Krznaric

0606_books-carpe-diem_785x1187Ambition: Tune out the noise.

Bottom Line: With more than ever distracting us, it’s an insightful guide to staying foc–er, what did you want?

3. The Captain Class by Sam Walker

0606_books-the-captain-class_785x1187Ambition: Lead like an all star. 

Bottom Line: Walker, founding editor of the Wall Street Journal‘s sports section, identifies the secret management skills that led to magical sports moments, like Bill Russell’s “Coleman Play” in the 1957 NBA Finals.

4. American Kingpin by Nick Bilton

0606_books-american-kingpin_785x1187Ambition: Understand how new markets develop.

Bottom Line: In the dim world of the Dread Pirate Roberts, drug kingpin of the Dark Web, anything could be bought and sold–passports, counterfeit cash, drugs, poisons–and it added up to a $1.2 billion business.

5. How to Be Everything by Emilie Wapnick

0606_books-how-to-be-everything_785x1187Ambition: Figure out a course in life.

Bottom Line: Feel-good, encouraging advice on distilling a variety of passions and interests into success.

6. Nothing But a Circus: Misadventures Among the Powerful by Daniel Levin

0606_books-nothing-but-a-circus_785x1187Ambition: Become happier with having a little less.

Bottom Line: The combination of money and power is often toxic.

7. One Mission by Chris Fussell

0606_books-one-mission_785x1187Ambition: Lead like a warrior.

Bottom Line: Fussell, co-author of a New York Times bestseller and former aide to Gen. Stanley McChrystal, offers boardroom strategies with battlefield-proven results.

8. October: The Story of the Russian Revolution by China Miéville

0606_books-october-story-russian-revolution_785x1187Ambition: Create something revolutionary.

Bottom Line: 100 years ago, a group of disruptors changed a centuries-old institution forever.

9. Playing Dead by Elizabeth Greenwood

0606_books-playing-dead_785x1187Ambition: Disappear.

Bottom Line: A lively account of death fraud, which allows people eager get away from it all and profit from it.

10. Runnin’ With the Devil by Noel E. Monk and Joe Layden

0606_books-runnin-with-the-devil_785x1187Ambition: Turn a scrappy startup into a big business.

Bottom Line: Van Halen’s former manger offers a backstage view to creating one of the biggest 80s brands.

11. The Emigrant Edge by Brian Buffini0606_books-the-immigrant-edge_785x1187Ambition: Make outsider status pay off.

Bottom Line: Buffini, who was born in Dublin and grew up in San Diego, identifies the seven traits that make immigrants so successful in America.

12. Valiant Ambition by Nathaniel Philbrick

0606_books-valiant-ambition_785x1187Ambition: Lead like a president.

Bottom Line: Nothing reveals true leaders like a crisis. Just ask George Washington–or his fellow general, Benedict Arnold.

13. Wild Ride: Inside Uber’s Quest for World Domination by Adam Lashinsky Ambition: Derail an established industry by any means possible.

Bottom Line: Even before Travis Kalanick’s recent decision to step back from Uber, two things have been immensely clear about his startup: it’s boldly ambitious–and on a perilous path.





Government job aspirants have given a huge response to recently notified SSC CGL 2017. A staggering 30,26,598 have submitted online application form.

Staff Selection Commission closed CGL application form today, on 19 June 2017 at 5 PM. From 16 May to 19 June, applications came flowing in at ssconline. However, it is worthy to note that this number is lesser than last time.

Comparison of applicants for SSC CGL with last year

For Tier 1 examination held in 2016, number of applicants was 38,04,000. What has probably caused this drop in figures is difficult to pin-point. Though it might be that there have been several good government job recruitment in intervening time, where several aspirants have been offered positions, thus bringing down numbers for SSC CGL 2017. Other reasons are open to speculations.

Initially last date to apply was 16 June 2017, which was extended by three days as candidates could not access online application form. There were some issues in server that was causing trouble.

Issue of admit card

After receiving applications, Staff Selection Commission will release SSC CGL Admit Card 2017. Regional and sub-regional offices – Northern, Southern, Kerala-Karnataka, Western, North-Eastern, Central, Eastern, Madhya Pradesh, North Western – will release admit card a few weeks before exam. Applicants can download it with registration number. Admission certificate (admit card) will intimate about exam center and date of exam.

More SSC CGL aspirants since 2015

When Tier 1 result was announced two years ago, number of test takers reported was 17,86,047. It is evident that since that year, numbers have doubled.

Cut off last year was 137 for UR, 125 for OBC, 114 for SC, 103 for ST.

Computer based exam of SSC CGL 2017 is from 01 to 20 August 2017, as per notification. There will be 100 questions divided among General Intelligence Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, English Comprehension.

To beat this competition, hard work and dedication are key factors in exam preparation. It is difficult, but surely not impossible to clear Combined Graduate Level exam. Best wishes to aspirants!


2017 Volkswagen Tiguan SUV Review

The Volkswagen Tiguan is like Jackie Chan. At first glance, it’s not intimidating; so not aggressive. Rather, it has a smile on its face and walks about, doing its things. It doesn’t even have a brawny look; so though there is a bit of muscle, it’s doesn’t really show. But, when you call it out for a fight, it doesn’t hesitate; and, yes, it gives its best shot. It’s versatile, to say the least, and Volkswagen India has made every bit of an effort to make sure that it stays that way. Volkswagen recently launched the Tiguan, in India, and at a price point that makes it lock horns with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLA and even the BMW X1. You cannot discount the Hyundai Tucson either; but the folks at Volkswagen insist that the Tucson isn’t its main rival; and that’s when you get to understand how desperately the company wants this one to be a midsize SUV.

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The Volkswagen Tiguan gets a fair share of firsts. It marks VW India’s entry into the compact luxury SUV segment. It’s the company’s first car, in India, which is based on the MQB platform and it’s also the first car, in the compact luxury SUV segment, to get an all-wheel drive, as part of standard fitment. All that said, it’s not the first SUV, from VW, to come to India; does Touareg ring a bell? And, it’s also not made, in India, it’s assembled here. Having cleared out all the facts, let’s get on to the details.

I’ve already talked about how the Volkswagen Tiguan doesn’t really look aggressive. It borrows its face from the new-gen Passat and Golf and there’s enough chrome, on the grill and around the car, to make it look a bit more premium. The bonnet sports characteristic lines, which join the grille, in a V shape. The sleek looking LED headlights complete the sophisticated look of the car. Strap a tie on that car; and, it’s ready for a board meeting.
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Well, it looks better than before and we’re glad that we get the second generation of the car, in India, which looks rather attractive. Compared to the previous-gen model, the new-gen VW Tiguan is 60mm longer, 30mm wider and the wheelbase too is up by 77mm; so yes, it has grown. Though bigger, the Tiguan manages to retain its compact dimensions, with the large wheel arches with short overhangs. The Highline variant, that we were driving, comes fitted with 18-inch multi-spoke alloys, which look good (the Comfortline gets 17-inch wheels). Adding to the rugged look are the brushed aluminium-finished roof rails and the matte cladding, on the lower half of the body. The lines, on the side, merge well into the rear and that’s where you see the LED tail lamps, which are simple and only available in the Highline trim. (Yes, the Comfortline does not get LED tail lamps and we think that’s a big miss).
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What VW has got spot on though is the cabin; and while the seating position inside is commanding, the layout of the cabin is that of a sedan. The flat-bottomed steering wheel adds to the sportiness quotient and then there’s the twin-pod instrument cluster and finally the all-black interior, which is something that we’ve seen, on other Volkswagen cars.
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Then, there’s the 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which comes equipped with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink. It gets a Bluetooth, cruise control, an SD card slot and a CD player; but sadly, no navigation system and that would have probably been a value addition. However, the navigation can be accessed via the VW App Connect. There’s also a 3-zone climate control, on the Volkswagen Tiguan; but the panoramic sunroof is the highlight of the cabin; but, then again, that’s only available in the Highline variant. The Comfortline also misses out on keyless entry and a push button start system. The spacious cabin has room enough for 5 people and the rear seats can be adjusted, for reach and recline. The driver’s seat is electrically adjustable and has a memory function, while the navigator seat can be manually adjusted, for height and reach. There’s good enough kneeroom, shoulder room and head room and the seat cushions help in making you comfortable; even during long journeys. Ergonomically too, everything is within your reach and there are a whole bunch of cubby holes that are spread, all across the car. The Tiguan’s boot has a 615-litre capacity, which expands to 1,655 litres, with the rear seat folded down.

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But, enough about space! Let’s talk about the engine and well, there’s just one – a diesel. While, in global markets, the Tiguan is available, with a range of powertrains, India just gets the 2.0-litre diesel option. It’s a refined unit, I must admit; but, as the revs build up, there’s a bit of engine noise that seeps into the cabin; nevertheless, it’s not too harsh. Developing 141 bhp, the Tiguan has enough power and certainly you don’t need more than that. Pulling power is available, from 1,900 rpm, and while driving, in city conditions, you do notice that there’s a bit of lag, till it hits the sweet spot. On highways though, the VW Tiguan feels more at home, as the 7-speed DSG unit channels all that power to the wheels; and you reach the three digit mark, on the speedo, effortlessly. Use the rotary control and you can select between different drive modes – Normal, Off-road, Off-road Individual and Snow. In the individual mode, you can change the preference of the steering feel, powertrain behaviour (all of which get modes – Normal Sport or Eco) and even the air conditioning. In the Off-road Individual mode, you can also alter the drivetrain and hill hold/descent settings, as well; so, there are a bunch of options, to choose from.
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You cannot change the suspension setting on this one and that’s probably good, because this one has a bit more travel. It’s on the softer side and that’s why, it soaks in all the potholes, on the road and even the odd bumps that come your way. The cabin is well insulated, from the ‘thuds’ that you might encounter, thanks to these disturbances, on the road surface; and, we have to commend VW on the NVH levels of the car. The Tiguan builds up speed, on the highway, and there’s very little body roll that you encounter; and that is maybe because it sits lower. The ground clearance is a mere 149 mm, which, for an SUV, is less. The brakes have a nice bite to them and there’s no drama; if you want to stop, in a hurry. It’s not a hard core off roader though; so while it has AWD, it can’t be considered as one. It will do well on rough surface; but don’t expect it to do what a Fortuner or an Endeavour is capable of.
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As far as safety is concerned, the Volkswagen Tiguan 2017 model has already received a 5 star rating, from Euro NCAP; and yes, the Indian edition too comes packed, with a whole bunch of safety features. It has six airbags, as standard, Isofix child-seat mounts, seat-belts with pre-tensioners, parking sensors, ABS, stability control and a tyre pressure monitoring system. The Highline variant, of the Tiguan also gets reverse parking camera and even self-sealing tyres (basically tyres which won’t puncture, unless you really try hard to get them to). As part of pedestrian safety, the VW Tiguan also gets a sensor, on the front bumper that raises the rear end of the hood, to minimise the injuries caused to a pedestrian, something which comes in handy.
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This feature packed car is priced at ₹ 27.98 lakh, for the Comfortline, and more than ₹ 31 lakh, for the Highline, making it more expensive than the Hyundai Tucson and even the Ford Endeavour; thus pushing it into a niche segment, with contenders like the Mercedes-Benz GLA and the BMW X1.

The Tiguan, then, proves to be a feature packed, practical offering, which returns a fuel economy figure of more than 17 kmpl (ARAI tested) and still has the finesse of a luxury car. Assembled in India, the Tiguan might take some time to show a spike, on VW’s sales chart; what it will do, however, is set a precedent for other manufacturers, to not shy away from entering a niche segment.

Maharashtra MHT CET 2017 provisional merit list for BE/BTech admissions released, check it here

DTE Maharashtra has issued the provisional merit list for admissions to first year of under graduate technical courses in engineering and technology for the academic year 2017-18.(A P Dube/HT file)

The Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) Maharashtra has issued the provisional merit list for admissions to first year of under graduate technical courses in engineering and technology for the academic year 2017-18 on its official website.

Candidates can check their results by clicking here.

Steps to check the Provisional merit list:

1) Clicking on the link will take you to the login page

2) Key in your application Id

3) Key in your date of birth

4) Click on submit

5) Check the result

6) Take a printout for future reference

The final merit list will be displayed on June 22.


Nintendo at E3 2017: Super Mario Odyssey, Rocket League, and The Legend of Zelda DLC

Nintendo’s E3 2017 event was the shortest of the lot, in part because it was a pre-recorded stream. That doesn’t mean there wasn’t enough to be excited about, including a popular third-party title, updates for Nintendo games on the way, and announcements for new games in development. If you don’t have time to watch the half-hour video, here’s a round-up of the biggest news.

Super Mario Odyssey is coming October 27
Though its existence has been known since the start of the year, a new trailer for the exploration-based Super Mario Odyssey shed light on what players can expect from the game: set outside the Mushroom Kingdom, Mario travels to a whole bunch of locations, including lush green tropical forests, deserts with palm trees, mountains, and of course its New York-inspired New Donk City.

While Mario will sport his immediately recognisable red-and-blue jumper for the most part, he’ll don new costumes – such as an all-white three-piece suit among others – during his time in Odyssey. One of the big surprises was the presence of a dinosaur, so there’s no limit to what you can expect from the game.

Nintendo at E3 2017: Super Mario Odyssey, Rocket League, and The Legend of Zelda DLC

Rocket League will have Mario hats and local multiplayer
Since its launch, sport-driving hybrid Rocket League has exploded with the gaming community, being one of the most popular multiplayer titles across Steam and PlayStation at any given time. Now, it’s coming to the Nintendo Switch, where the game will release with exclusive Nintendo-themed items, such as Mario and Luigi hats.

It’ll also support cross-platform play, with players on PC and Xbox One. Much more importantly, Rocket League will have local multiplayer on the Nintendo Switch, which will be unique to that console. It’s great to see Nintendo pushing developers to create LAN multiplayer in their titles, something that has mostly vanished in lieu of online multiplayer.

Link’s adventures continue with first DLC for The Legend of Zelda
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was a launch title for the Switch, and the initial lack of games for the new Nintendo console meant most owners have more or less finished the game. If you’re one of those, you’ll be happy to know that Nintendo has its first DLC on the way. It’s called The Master Trials, and it will send Link on lots of new adventures.

Aside from new quests, The Master Trials will include The Trial of the Sword, Hero’s Path Mode, and Master Mode, as well as new armour and items. There are four new amiibos on the way too, featuring different in-game champions.

You can get the first DLC for The Legend of Zelda by getting the expansion pass for the game, which costs $19.99 (about Rs. 1,300). Master Trails will be available June 30 on Nintendo Switch.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will release later this year
An open-world Japanese role-playing game sequel first announced earlier this year, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 kicked off the Nintendo E3 2017 event with a new trailer. The two protagonists are teenagers – a boy and a girl – who will encounter different enemies during their long journey. As expected, the trailer had multiple references to a “blade” – it’s called Xenoblade – but didn’t provide an exact release date.

Fire Emblem Warriors is out in autumn 2017
Nintendo provided another look at its hack-and-slash addition to the Fire Emblem canon, which will put you in control of multiple characters, including original duo Lian and Zion. Characters will show up from other Fire Emblem games too – Awakening’s Chrom, Shadow Dragon’s prince of Altea Marth, and three from Fates: Ryoma, Xander, and Corrin.

A new Pokemon game, and Metroid Prime 4 are in development
Extremely short on details, but important to players and shareholders, Nintendo announced that a new “Pokemon RPG”, and Metroid Prime 4 are now in development. The first is being made by developer Game Freak, which have crafted every Pokemon game since Pokemon Red and Blue in 1996. Pokemon Company’s Tsunekazu Ishihara said it’s in the early stages, and not to expect release for another year.

The sci-fi exploration-based Metroid Prime 4 got an announcement trailer, on the other hand, which disappointedly featured only the game’s logo. That means the game is early in development, so don’t hold out a release before the end of 2018.

Two working titles called Kirby, and Yoshi
Nintendo showed off a new side-scrolling game called Kirby at its E3 2017 presser, which finds the little pink ball going on adventures with melee weapons, changing its shape, and even being joined by his friends, with up to three other characters. Knowing the Switch, it’s very likely the game will have on-device and/or local multiplayer.

The other working is called Yoshi, which seems to be inspired by Yoshi’s Woolly World. Carrying eggs and collecting coins, it seems to perfectly fit Nintendo’s family-friendly aesthetic and style. The Yoshi game too seems to allow for local multiplayer, with the trailer showing two different-coloured Yoshi characters helping each other complete the courses.