Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. And not just any deals—Prime Day deals.
Yes, today is the big one. The one the Dealmaster has been stretching and preparing and running up steps Rocky II-style for. From now through Tuesday, it’s Amazon’s Prime Day 2018 event, in which the online shopping giant discounts an absolute truckload of things for members of its Prime subscription service. If you don’t pay for Prime, you’ll have to sit this one out, but remember that new signups can still get a 30-day trial for free.
Now, is Amazon going to pass off a whole lot of junk as “deals” over the next two days? You betcha. Is the whole event a giant ad for an already massive company? Pretty much! Does that mean there won’t be any legitimate discounts on good tech? Absolutely not. The Dealmaster will be curating and updating the deals list below throughout Prime Day 2018, so feel free to check back and see what worthwhile discounts have popped up.
Amazon will set the majority of Prime Day deals live at 3pm ET, and we’ll have a big update with a more complete list of deals around that time. The company threw a bit of a curveball on Monday morning, however, as it set a smorgasbord of deals on its own devices live 12 hours early. We’ve rounded up those and a couple other early deals below.
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Amazon Devices Prime Day Deals
- Amazon Echo Dot for $29.99 at Amazon (list price $49.99).
- Amazon Echo Plus for $99.99 at Amazon (list price $149.99).
- Amazon Echo Show for $129.99 at Amazon (list price $229.99).
- Amazon Echo Spot for $99.99 at Amazon (list price $129.99).
- Amazon Echo Look for $99.99 at Amazon (list price $199.99).
- Amazon Fire 7 Tablet for $29.99 at Amazon (list price $49.99).
- Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet for $49.99 at Amazon (list price $79.99).
- Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet for $99.99 at Amazon (list price $149.99).
- Amazon Kindle for $49.99 at Amazon (list price $79.99).
- Amazon Kindle Paperwhite for $79.99 at Amazon (list price $119.99).
- Several Amazon Dash Buttons for $0.99 at Amazon (list price $4.99).
Smart Home Device Deals
- DJI Mavic Pro Drone for $796.99 at Amazon (list price $999.99).
HDTVs & Home Entertainment Deals
Nintendo is gearing up to launch a new Super Smash Bros. game this December, and the hype couldn’t be higher. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate lives up to its name by including every single playable character in the history of the franchise in its roster. Last generation we saw numerous new fighters added to the roster after the game’s initial launch.
Can we expect DLC for Smash Ultimate as well, or will the game be complete at launch? Bill Trinen, Nintendo of America’s Senior Product Marketing Manager, tackled this question in a recent interview with Nintendo Life. Unsurprisingly, Nintendo is playing their cards close to the vest for now.
Nintendo Life:Are there plans to either announce characters between now and December or is the finalized, complete roster? Can we expect to see more at a later date?
Bill Trinen: We can answer that when we get closer to December.
Nintendo Life:Will there be DLC? Are there plans to expand on the game after release?
Bill Trinen: The thing about us, when it comes to something like DLC, we don’t really start on it until we have got the game done. So, maybe when the game comes out they will make a decision on if they will do it, or if they do what they want to do, that sort of thing.
Trinen’s non-answer to the first question suggests we could possibly see more roster reveals before launch day, but he wouldn’t commit to that. As for DLC, that’s up to Sakurai. We’ll just have to wait and see.
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Last month, Nintendo announced a contest that tasked fans with creating musical instruments and games out of its Labo kit. Today, the Japanese developer revealed the winners of the contest, and, naturally, Nintendo fans went all out.
Released in April 2018, the Nintendo Labo is aimed at children to teach concepts such as programming and engineering. Players take kits to build things such as cardboard robots and toy fishing rods, though the Labo can also be used for experiments and new creations.
Take the Labo piano decked out with Zelda decorations up top, for example. Not only do the decorations include a Master Sword, but there are also tiny Koroks hiding in the landscape as well. Its creator, Chris Brazzell, says that various pieces adorning the set were constructed with clay and origami. It also includes an IR sticker that makes it possible for the Labo to do something special when the Master Sword is pulled out. (Brazzell has not set a specific functionality for it yet, but it’s a nice touch.)
Perhaps the most impressive invention comes from Momoka Kinder, who created an accordion that’s powered by sunlight. She built the accordion with simple objects, such as tissue boxes and rubber bands in an effort to make it easy for other people to re-create the project. According to Kinder, the accordion plays a sound when the notes detect that you are blocking the sunlight on the buttons. Here’s a demonstration by Kinder, who also shows off the programming that makes everything function:
The official contest website highlights other top creations, which include inventions such as a clock, a T. rex, and a mini treehouse. For their efforts, these fans will win a cardboard-color Nintendo Switch that is not available to the public. They earned it.
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