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Will be revealed at 7am PT/10am ET through Nintendo's official channels.

It's only a preview trailer. Substanstive reveal expected next week.

abcfsk, Thursday, 20 October 2016 04:38 (four years ago) link

Remind me what this thing is again?

i believe that (s)he is sincere (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 20 October 2016 05:54 (four years ago) link

Nobody knows yet.

slathered in cream and covered with stickers (silby), Thursday, 20 October 2016 05:55 (four years ago) link

Hybdrid console/handheld. Good news is you don't have to choose between what Ninty platform you get, all games come to one place.

Bad news.. well, maybe it looks like a a Frankenstein monster. Expect to see the concept today and software lineup next week.

abcfsk, Thursday, 20 October 2016 06:14 (four years ago) link

Gettin' ready for thread title change!

Nhex, Thursday, 20 October 2016 09:24 (four years ago) link

Seriously though the one positive thing (maybe) coming out from this is that it seems like it's been known about, in development for long enough where we might actually get to see something substantial in terms of info and real games tomorrow. The rumors have been for a March 2017 release date for ages.

Nhex, Thursday, 20 October 2016 09:26 (four years ago) link

The March 2017 date is official, from Nintendo.

I don't think we'll see much of games tomorrow since this is labelled as a 3 minute preview. The solid word on the street is a bigger thing next week.

But yeah, the March date was, in the words of Nintendo execs, partially to ensure a strong (1st party) lineup for the first year of this thing. Unlike the Wii U which relied on 3rd party ports.

abcfsk, Thursday, 20 October 2016 10:01 (four years ago) link

Yeah that's a good thing unless it means "we're not expecting any 3rd party support at all this time around", which is probably does.

JimD, Thursday, 20 October 2016 10:55 (four years ago) link

feel like at this point if you're still a Nintendo fan you just accept it :(
that said I skipped both Wiis so I might jump back in with this system

Nhex, Thursday, 20 October 2016 11:01 (four years ago) link

I don't really care about western 3rd party support on a nintendo console. And I don't think Nintendo's got much riding on it either. It's irrelevant. The DS and 3DS thrived without it. Nintendo needs to offer an alternative.

My PC already makes whatever MS / Sony console I reluctantly end up buying redundant in terms of your Call of Dutys and sports games.

abcfsk, Thursday, 20 October 2016 12:36 (four years ago) link

Well actually sports games is the one genre still better on PSXbox than PC.

abcfsk, Thursday, 20 October 2016 12:37 (four years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5uik5fgIaI

abcfsk, Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:10 (four years ago) link

lol Nintendo Switch is a terrible name
Looks kinda dope tho

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:11 (four years ago) link

Name isn't so bad. Does look cool. But maybe that's just Zelda.

remy bean, Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:12 (four years ago) link

I'm totally on board, despite the pretty terrible name

CraigG, Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:13 (four years ago) link

trailer is v weird, thing itself looks p cool

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:17 (four years ago) link

Switch is a little dumb but leagues better than Wii or WiiU or GameCube

remy bean, Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:21 (four years ago) link

Terrible trailer o_O

Like the thing tho.

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:23 (four years ago) link

the first time the dude walked over and put the little controllers on and picked it up I whispered "what is this devilry?!?"

mh 😏, Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:24 (four years ago) link

haha

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:26 (four years ago) link

i am into this!

the notes the loon doesn't play (ulysses), Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:31 (four years ago) link

https://blogs.nvidia.com/blog/2016/10/20/nintendo-switch/

abcfsk, Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:32 (four years ago) link

so, hardware-wise it's a really neat nvidia shield?

mh 😏, Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:33 (four years ago) link

what does the core system come with tho? How much extra shit are they requiring me to buy?

the notes the loon doesn't play (ulysses), Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:33 (four years ago) link

agreed on dumb name, cool looking device. not sure about the detachable controller nubs but i like the rest

also why make a trailer where people are doing more fun things they would probably rather be doing than playing video games

also the DS had awesome 3rd party support, what you smoking. Even the 3DS's third-party support is way better than their consoles

Nhex, Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:34 (four years ago) link

I would guess it comes with the display/dock/controller wings and the standalone controller is extra?

mh 😏, Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:38 (four years ago) link

DS and 3DS have great Japanese 3rd party support yes, not western. Because this is also a portable I believe they'll be able to retain Japanese 3rd party support, further differentiating their lineup from the competition.

abcfsk, Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:40 (four years ago) link

Vanagon cameo

calstars, Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:43 (four years ago) link

xp yeah I think the standalone controller is basically the Pro controller like on the Wii/U

Nhex, Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:43 (four years ago) link

Just consolidating 1st party output to one device is pretty huge, hopefully this means more variety as they don't need to work on 2 Mario Kart games at once for example

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:49 (four years ago) link

pending further information, i am into this. third party support is good from an adoption/longevity pov, Nintendo standards on a powerful handheld is cool (especially if it's more comfortably designed than the wii u tablet)

Cautious optimism

geometry-stabilized craft (art), Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:54 (four years ago) link

Has it been confirmed that there's no touch? People are surprised there's no use of that in the trailer...

Nhex, Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:56 (four years ago) link

is this likely to be region locked?

droit au butt (Euler), Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:59 (four years ago) link

i skipped both wiis but i think it may be time to get back into this crap

ciderpress, Thursday, 20 October 2016 15:02 (four years ago) link

xp

@ArcadeGirl64 53s53 seconds ago
As I previously reported in my September 2nd post, Nintendo Switch is 100% region free.

abcfsk, Thursday, 20 October 2016 15:07 (four years ago) link

The people whose leaks have been most accurate e.g. Emily Rogers have been saying that it will be region free, and Iwata said on a few occasions that they were thinking about it. This console has got to have some big dumb thing wrong with it tho so it could be that :/

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Thursday, 20 October 2016 15:08 (four years ago) link

holding out for the big mario party announcement

nxd, Thursday, 20 October 2016 15:09 (four years ago) link

I'm going to end up having to buy two of these.

El Tomboto, Thursday, 20 October 2016 15:31 (four years ago) link

i was also surprised that apparently there's no touch-capability.

i haven't had a nintendo console since the wii (which i attempted to mod and ended up bricking within 2 years), but i'm not sure this is going to be the one.

the whole gimmick where you can transform it into a handheld and go off to the williamsburg party and play videogames on the rooftop at the bbq - that's kinda cool in theory but i know i would never do something like that. when i walk my dog in the early morning, i like to just sit on the bench and pay attention to her, i don't want to resume my dragon quest at that moment. and after getting beaten down IRL 2v2 basketball underneath a bustling highway, i know my bros aren't going to want to play nba 2k18 with me. they'll probably be mad at me for being bad at basketball irl, 15 minutes earlier. i don't play games on public transport either. i'm just not a handheld person, so i feel like the main purpose of the system design isn't aimed toward me.

kind of raisin' an eyebrow at the cartridge thing, although maybe these days cartridges can handle resource-intensive games? either way, i guess it has to be a cartridge so that you can Switch(tm) your game into mobile mode so you can level up while you're eating brunch and windsurfing in the afternoon.

I look forward to hearing from you shortly, (Karl Malone), Thursday, 20 October 2016 15:47 (four years ago) link

whoooa, that came out way more negative than i meant it to be, sorry. i'm sure this will be a cool system and i will be jealous of all people getting to play the nintendo 1st party franchise sequels, for real.

I look forward to hearing from you shortly, (Karl Malone), Thursday, 20 October 2016 15:50 (four years ago) link

solid state storage is fast in a way optical media will never be, and I get the impression that the Japanese market wouldn't be about a download-only platform. Also yeah carrying around an optical drive would work about as well as a discman.

slathered in cream and covered with stickers (silby), Thursday, 20 October 2016 15:52 (four years ago) link

(a discman that needed to stream textures to the GPU without skipping.)

slathered in cream and covered with stickers (silby), Thursday, 20 October 2016 15:52 (four years ago) link

idk i think the portability is actually pretty interesting/compelling. the best thing about the Xbox one right now is how it integrates into the windows 10 ecosystem. i can play it on my pc in my office, on my laptop in bed, or on the TV directly from the Xbox in the usual way. this limited portability is pretty awesome, and extending the possibility to take the game with you anywhere is a logical extension and seems pretty cool. Xps

geometry-stabilized craft (art), Thursday, 20 October 2016 15:54 (four years ago) link

yeh I play handhelds mostly at home, in bed etc. playing an Atlus game while cycling is on TV is my jam!

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Thursday, 20 October 2016 16:00 (four years ago) link

Kind of funny that there were no kids in that video, unless I missed something.

El Tomboto, Thursday, 20 October 2016 16:06 (four years ago) link

I think the average age of someone playing video games is now around 30

mh 😏, Thursday, 20 October 2016 16:07 (four years ago) link

goin' for chill hipster demo?

Nhex, Thursday, 20 October 2016 16:07 (four years ago) link

going for that disposable income demo for sure

geometry-stabilized craft (art), Thursday, 20 October 2016 16:11 (four years ago) link

I would like to see all the cables involved for connectivity ie power/recharging etc

The WiiU is a monster for too many cables, I don't want to go through that again.

"Stop researching my life" (Ste), Thursday, 20 October 2016 16:14 (four years ago) link

i can play it on my pc in my office,

oh is that a thing? like, via remote desktop or something? this makes me pretty glad i don't have an xbox.

sam jax sax jam (Jordan), Thursday, 20 October 2016 16:14 (four years ago) link

xp i found the gameplay loop of spiritfarer to be pretty empty, unfortunately, but maybe it opens up more later on (i stopped around 3-4 hours in)

Karl Malone, Friday, 18 December 2020 20:40 (one month ago) link

will report back.

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Friday, 18 December 2020 22:19 (one month ago) link

115 hours into Hades and pretty sure I will surpass Karl's 150

lukas, Friday, 18 December 2020 23:07 (one month ago) link

I’m on a hades break but I’m gonna go back in this weekend probably.

game should cost $90

is right unfortunately (silby), Friday, 18 December 2020 23:09 (one month ago) link

I'm about 25 hours into Hades right now and am struggling not to slide off it at this point, tbh. The repetition of the grind is getting to me, and I haven't yet managed to get past Theseus and the Minotaur. Maybe I'll give in and switch to God Mode. I'm kind of surprised to hear that people have sunk 100+ hours into this, so I reckon the game itself must have some nice surprises still in store.

In the sale I picked up Ashen and Kentucky Route Zero. Will dig into those when I'm finished with Moon and Astral Chain.

american primitive stylophone (zchyrs), Saturday, 19 December 2020 14:31 (four weeks ago) link

I play with God Mode on. It makes the game better.

mildew and sanctimony (soda), Saturday, 19 December 2020 14:44 (four weeks ago) link

hades opens more once you start beating it

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Saturday, 19 December 2020 14:49 (four weeks ago) link

all their previous games have eventually gone on deep discount on switch - my backlog's big enough rn that I'm happy to wait

||||||||, Saturday, 19 December 2020 14:51 (four weeks ago) link

Speaking of, I did play a few bits of a couple of things I impulsively bought on sale.

Carrion: funny and gross you-are-the-monster game, pretty great creature controls
Shady Part of Me: Only played a minute or two, but like Gris this game is absolutely gorgeous.
I am Dead: Based on the recommendation above, plus a couple of year-ends. I played the most of this, and it's utterly charming and super low-key, perfect salve for things.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 19 December 2020 19:35 (four weeks ago) link

shd i get a switch in 2020 (2021)

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Monday, 21 December 2020 00:37 (four weeks ago) link

do you want to play video games in bed / on the toilet / at the park
do you want to play mario

ciderpress, Monday, 21 December 2020 00:42 (four weeks ago) link

you forgot "on the plane/train/bus" but yeah this year kind of ruined that huh

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Monday, 21 December 2020 00:46 (four weeks ago) link

yeah like ive had a lot of downtime this year and i don't like desktop for gaming. i only like sports games, really but i DON'T want a console

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Monday, 21 December 2020 00:50 (four weeks ago) link

like, i should have bought one in march

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Monday, 21 December 2020 00:52 (four weeks ago) link

Switch probably not the best for sports games

kniphofia face (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 21 December 2020 00:54 (four weeks ago) link

mario = parkour = sports

lag∞n, Monday, 21 December 2020 00:55 (four weeks ago) link

Sports games are just bad Mario games

is right unfortunately (silby), Monday, 21 December 2020 00:56 (four weeks ago) link

Video games are a two-dimensional vector space where one axis is “Mario” and the other is “Zelda” and the origin is “Tetris”

is right unfortunately (silby), Monday, 21 December 2020 00:56 (four weeks ago) link

thats video game science

lag∞n, Monday, 21 December 2020 00:58 (four weeks ago) link

cannot tolerate this invisiblization of turn-based rpgs

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Monday, 21 December 2020 01:30 (four weeks ago) link

theyre zelda

ciderpress, Monday, 21 December 2020 01:32 (four weeks ago) link

mario rpg is zelda
link's crossbow training is mario

ciderpress, Monday, 21 December 2020 01:33 (four weeks ago) link

red is scarlet
blue is teal
so brush your teeth after every meal.

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Monday, 21 December 2020 01:35 (four weeks ago) link

If zelda was turn-based I would be a heck of a lot better at dealing with darknuts

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Monday, 21 December 2020 01:37 (four weeks ago) link

I rarely play my Switch undocked, fwiw.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 21 December 2020 02:03 (four weeks ago) link

All video games are turn-based, sometimes your turn is just 1/60 of a second long

is right unfortunately (silby), Monday, 21 December 2020 02:25 (four weeks ago) link

I can’t wait to try my hand at the queen’s gambit edition of smash bros

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Monday, 21 December 2020 02:36 (four weeks ago) link

mario rpg is zelda
link's crossbow training is mario

^gets it

is right unfortunately (silby), Monday, 21 December 2020 02:40 (four weeks ago) link

the best sports game is on switch

(super mega baseball)

||||||||, Monday, 21 December 2020 08:09 (four weeks ago) link

the new one isn't though, is it?

ciderpress, Monday, 21 December 2020 14:27 (four weeks ago) link

yup
https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/super-mega-baseball-3-switch/

||||||||, Monday, 21 December 2020 14:33 (four weeks ago) link

oh dang

ciderpress, Monday, 21 December 2020 14:48 (four weeks ago) link

I loved 2 though and don't like 3 at all

Piven After Midnight (The Yellow Kid), Monday, 21 December 2020 22:06 (four weeks ago) link

what's bad about 3?

kniphofia face (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 21 December 2020 22:10 (four weeks ago) link

1 is the best imo but i haven't played 3

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Monday, 21 December 2020 22:12 (four weeks ago) link

baseball games were actually a huge part of my NES experience. RBI, little league baseball, base wars, etc. I need a baseball game, so I guess the rec is to get 2 instead of 3?

kniphofia face (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 21 December 2020 22:26 (four weeks ago) link

gameplay in 3 looks very similar to 2. game now seems to have a more developed franchise mode and players have a number of new skills/qualities, which seems like a nice addition. it is pricey though

||||||||, Monday, 21 December 2020 22:31 (four weeks ago) link

I started the second Ori yesterday. It looks great, and feels even more like Bambi meets Hollow Knight. (It's also trickier than the first Ori so far.) But the nicest reminder is how good the Switch Pro controller feels and how well it holds a charge, compared to the PS4 controller.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 25 December 2020 15:09 (three weeks ago) link

I can't really explain why I didn't like 3 - I loved 2, I was playing it non-stop before 3 came out. And then 3 came out, I played it twice, and I stopped. Everything about it just felt off to me - all the graphics were smaller (which is especially annoying on an undocked Switch), the controls felt fiddlier, having to deal with wild pitches and pickoffs was annoying.

Piven After Midnight (The Yellow Kid), Friday, 25 December 2020 18:17 (three weeks ago) link

Ori 2 is pretty tough, btw, both the platforming and the puzzles. I've had to look two things up already just in the first area, and the solutions were things I literally never would have considered or even discovered.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 26 December 2020 15:01 (three weeks ago) link

two weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDuQGng-ar8

Bowser's Fury Cat Island looking pretty dope

Nhex, Tuesday, 12 January 2021 14:28 (six days ago) link

sick

lag∞n, Tuesday, 12 January 2021 14:49 (six days ago) link

into it

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 12 January 2021 15:06 (six days ago) link

i bought the 3d mario all-stars. galaxy gives me vertigo, sunshine is basically a house-cleaning simualtor, and mario 64 fucking rules.

Chuck_Tatum, Friday, 15 January 2021 20:22 (three days ago) link

they're all great though

Chuck_Tatum, Friday, 15 January 2021 20:22 (three days ago) link

sunshine is maybe a lil underappreciated but i still hate that it railroads the order in which you can do the missions in each level. galaxy does it too iirc but its missions are a lot more even in quality

ciderpress, Friday, 15 January 2021 20:33 (three days ago) link

Hmm, Bowser's Fury looks good, I'll probably cop that. I haven't bought a Mario since Odyssey. I don't want to drop $60 on the All-Stars collection because the only one I *really* want out of that is 64.

Dragon's Dogma is on sale for $15 again on the eshop. I overcame my ambivalence and picked it up, and I'm glad I did! It is worth a lot more than 15 bucks. It is a little bit dodgy graphically on Switch, with some distracting pop-in, but it runs at a pretty smooth 30 FPS. But this game is *wild*.

For example, I picked up this escort sidequest that took me waaaay off the beaten path to some fortress in the middle of nowhere. There is no Skyrim-style fast travel in this game. Getting there felt like a real journey; my party had to face down several gangs of goblins, snakemen and bandits, all of whom were pretty tough. And then we had to get *back* to the main city, preferably before nightfall.

On the way back, we were waylaid by a giant cyclops. Taking it down took a few tries, and involved climbing up the monster's back, Shadow of the Colossus-style, which was particularly hard because I had made my main character an Andre the Giant-sized barbarian type (your character's height and weight have actual impact on things like how much you can carry, how easy it is to climb monsters, etc). Killing it like an actual accomplishment, like getting past a tough area in Dark Souls. And we still weren't even halfway back to where we needed to be. The relief I felt once we did finally get to a safe area where we could rest was fucking *real*. I'm only 9 hours into this game and I am excited to see how big this iceberg is, exactly.

american primitive stylophone (zchyrs), Sunday, 17 January 2021 16:35 (yesterday) link

*killing it -felt- like an actual accomplishment

american primitive stylophone (zchyrs), Sunday, 17 January 2021 16:37 (yesterday) link

i have not played 3d world and so will purchase it but im not sure if i can ever play mario without cappy again

lag∞n, Sunday, 17 January 2021 16:38 (yesterday) link

when you jump on cappy you go far

lag∞n, Sunday, 17 January 2021 16:40 (yesterday) link


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