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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 (two years ago) link

Remind me what this thing is again?

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

Nobody knows yet.

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

Gettin' ready for thread title change!

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

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

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

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

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

lol Nintendo Switch is a terrible name
Looks kinda dope tho

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

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

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

trailer is v weird, thing itself looks p cool

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

Terrible trailer o_O

Like the thing tho.

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:23 (two 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 ๐Ÿ˜, Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:24 (two years ago) link

haha

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

i am into this!

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

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

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

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

mh ๐Ÿ˜, Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:33 (two 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 (two 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 (two years ago) link

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

mh ๐Ÿ˜, Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:38 (two 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 (two years ago) link

Vanagon cameo

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

is this likely to be region locked?

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

holding out for the big mario party announcement

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

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

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

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

mh ๐Ÿ˜, Thursday, 20 October 2016 16:07 (two years ago) link

goin' for chill hipster demo?

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

going for that disposable income demo for sure

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

Roki looks cool, so does Youropa and Touryst. And Ori.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 19 August 2019 13:24 (six days ago) link

oh touryst is a new shin'en game, that gets my attention

ciderpress, Monday, 19 August 2019 14:26 (six days ago) link

eastward was also on my radar a while back good to see it still exists

ciderpress, Monday, 19 August 2019 14:32 (six days ago) link

SUPERHOT

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 18:40 (five days ago) link

Waited for ages for the physical release of the Cartoon Network RPG double pack of Steven Universe: Save the Light and OK KO: Let's Play Heroes to come out, didn't get around to it until now. It's a fun thing, but 90% of it is out of fan service. If you love the shows like I do 100% worthwhile, if you don't I'm not sure.

Nhex, Wednesday, 21 August 2019 06:37 (four days ago) link

i am on that dragon quest builders 2. animal crossing x minecraft x dq

adam, Wednesday, 21 August 2019 13:34 (four days ago) link

sent my joycon in for drift repair and it's taking so long that i'm considering ordering a cheap-o controller on amazon so i don't have to go three weeks without the switch

na (NA), Wednesday, 21 August 2019 14:21 (four days ago) link

How long should it take? I could have sworn people were talking about a fast turnaround, but maybe they've been deluged? Anyway, I sent mine in early last week, but between my Pro controller and a pair of cheap-os (relative, when the real things apparently misbehave so frequently) I think my family can survive. Though I will say, anecdotally, that my girls are just not taking to gaming one bit. Or at least, only minimally, under duress. One loves Sims, the other is excited about Animal Crossing, but both of those games aren't really games so much as Smart Dollhouses.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 22 August 2019 12:58 (three days ago) link

If you were to turn your mind to it, what would you say was a descriptor of a Real Game?

Andrew Farrell, Thursday, 22 August 2019 13:13 (three days ago) link

Josh, theyโ€™re games. Donโ€™t Real Games your own daughters ffs

president of deluded fruitcakes anonymous (silby), Thursday, 22 August 2019 13:54 (three days ago) link

both the sims and animal crossing are real games, and they're both really fun and also a gateway to gaming for tons of people. i'm making this fact up, but i believe it in my heart - the sims introduced more people to gaming in the late 90s/2000s than any other game out there - it's like the equivalent of tetris/super mario bros/windows solitaire in the 80s

Karl Malone, Thursday, 22 August 2019 13:55 (three days ago) link

See if they like Gears 5

Evan, Thursday, 22 August 2019 14:11 (three days ago) link

Of course they're games, they have fun with them. I guess I meant there's no competitive (solo or multiplayer) element to it, afaict. Or at least, they never seem to play them that way. (They're no longer little kids, btw, so they're definitely past the "gateway" stage. They're 14 and 12, if video games haven't taken them in yet, I doubt they will).

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 22 August 2019 14:20 (three days ago) link

the sims doesn't have official win/loss states but you can make choices to make your sims succeed or fail or even die etc so there is kinda a loss state element. i have a harder time with walking simulators not because i want to be all judgey and exclusive about what "games" are but bc i think sometimes "games" means any kind of digitally mediated simulation when i really suspect some of these things are just really novel movies if that makes sense? like for me decision making and success/failure states related to player ability are really important to what games are. so i'm inclined to call the sims or animal crossing games (tho maybe on the border of games/not games) whereas "gone home" or "her" both of which i think had merit i have a hard time considering "games" since you don't really play them as much as observe them, or at least not played much more than you "play" walking through an art gallery.

Mordy, Thursday, 22 August 2019 14:21 (three days ago) link

i do wonder tho if the sims really does lead to more "hardcore" gaming. i'm not sure that it does but i'd be curious to hear differently (either anecdotally or if there are studies on the topic)

Mordy, Thursday, 22 August 2019 14:22 (three days ago) link

also - a lot of animal crossing is about collecting and displaying things, sure. but so are a lot of games. when you're playing a game like HZD or AssCreed or BotW and open the map and see a million little icons indicating the places you haven't been to yet, the optional quests, the totally optional gear set you're trying to acquire for no particular reason other than to know that you found it and explored as much of the game as you could handle - those are just versions of talking to people in animal crossing and getting a cool plant that you can display in your house

xp

Karl Malone, Thursday, 22 August 2019 14:22 (three days ago) link

But there's no goal in those games (Sims, AC) other than existing in their worlds, right?

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 22 August 2019 14:23 (three days ago) link

josh, not taking shots here, but that initial post comes off as casually sexist and suggests affiliation with some of the more toxic POVs of the gamer backwater
Smart Dollhouses, Walking Simulators, iPhone Timewasters, Bullet Hell SHMUPS, Solitaire Clones and Murder Simulators are one and all "real games" and to suggest otherwise implies the rules of ownership, qualification by "goal based gaming" and inclusion in the larger community are set by men who play by manly standards rather than by your daughters (who seem to have excellent taste and sound to me like discerning gamers!)

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 22 August 2019 14:27 (three days ago) link

self-directed player goals tho are still goals and there are other games (dwarf fortress eg) that don't have "goals" outside player directed ones. and lots of games that do have designer delineated goals the player still finds the fun in doing their own thing so i don't think predetermined goals themselves are necessarily intrinsic to what a game is.

Mordy, Thursday, 22 August 2019 14:27 (three days ago) link

animal crossing has a goal, it's to repay your debt

ciderpress, Thursday, 22 August 2019 14:27 (three days ago) link

self-directed player goals tho are still goals

otm

and, speaking of "gateway" games and things like, these games are great in part because they emphasize self-directed goals. it makes me think of when josh was getting into BotW and was trying to figure out what the point of it was, and we were all raving about how the great thing about BotW is that you can decide what your own goals are - you can ignore the big main quest and instead decide to just completely explore a peninsula or max out an armor set. i think that to a lot of us, that kind of perspective on the game is kind of natural at this point, but it may be something that a player has to learn? to come up with one's own goals? i don't know. but games like the sims are definitely the types of experiences that reinforce that kind of self-guided thinking

Karl Malone, Thursday, 22 August 2019 14:33 (three days ago) link

as an aside, your daughters might dig Stardew Valley, Josh.

circa1916, Thursday, 22 August 2019 14:36 (three days ago) link

They *hated* Stardew Valley, which I bought for them, not me.

xpost I didn't intend to be sexist, and I appreciate the preemptive. I just know that the way I came to grips with them playing Sims all the time is when something I read likened it to playing in a dollhouse. Suddenly it made sense to me, because my kids played with dolls/dollhouses (and games, to my mind, for all ages, are just a form of "playing," anyway). That said, I don't know any boys their age or younger who play with dolls or dollhouses, just like I don't know any girls their age who do much in the way of gaming (or at least certainly not the way boys do). I realize that's entirely anecdotal, but it's still based on my experiences as a parent. I don't know a single parent of girls who has come to me asking advice about what to do about their kid who won't stop playing video games, but I know several parents of boys who have asked me that very question.

(The subtext is that I would love to play video games with them! But they just don't seem to like most of them. Yet when, say, my nephew visits, he's all about it.)

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 22 August 2019 14:37 (three days ago) link

gender preferences when it comes to leisure activities may very well be a thing but it's 100% not a thing i'm interested in discussing on ilx lol

Mordy, Thursday, 22 August 2019 14:38 (three days ago) link

everything mentioned in here is very clearly a video game, if there's a grey area it's in VNs

ciderpress, Thursday, 22 August 2019 14:40 (three days ago) link

In other news, it's over a year since the Smart Dollhouse aspect of Fortnite brought in its first billion.

Andrew Farrell, Thursday, 22 August 2019 14:41 (three days ago) link

lol My daughter is now, with no prompting but hilarious timing, playing Mario Kart for the first time in months.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 22 August 2019 14:42 (three days ago) link

my daughters play games, goal-oriented (splatoon, mario odyssey) and non-goal-oriented (stardew valley), all the time. guess they're just cooler than your daughters.

na (NA), Thursday, 22 August 2019 14:42 (three days ago) link

Totally possible!

Speaking of amazing timing, I literally just got an email from Nintendo saying "We wanted to let you know that the components you sent to Nintendo for repair have been received." So it took a week or so after sending in my controller to get a confirmation that they got my controller!

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 22 August 2019 14:44 (three days ago) link

ditto. i gave up yesterday and ordered a cheap controller.

na (NA), Thursday, 22 August 2019 14:48 (three days ago) link

I don't know any boys their age or younger who play with dolls or dollhouses

i played nonstop with dollhouses as a kid and so did all my friends!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtDNW0neqNU

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 22 August 2019 14:54 (three days ago) link

Still haven't broken down and got the Pro controller yet, but it feels inevitable

Nhex, Thursday, 22 August 2019 14:55 (three days ago) link

xps I was gonna say Fortnite is massive and ultimately a wacky dollhouse with shooting players barely care about

Nhex, Thursday, 22 August 2019 14:56 (three days ago) link

pro controller is really good other than the dpad being too sensitive for fighting games/puzzle games that need precision

ciderpress, Thursday, 22 August 2019 14:57 (three days ago) link

All kids play with dolls & dollhouses, it's just that the dolls marketed to boys are called "action figures."

IMO games are all "Interesting Situation generators" and predefined goals and competition are just means to create the Interesting Situation, and by no means the only ones games can use.

I have come to terms with the fact that the Pro Controller dpad sucks, and I'm thinking about getting one of those 8bitdo ones. They look pretty good.

Auld Drink of Misery (zchyrs), Thursday, 22 August 2019 14:59 (three days ago) link

I'm hoping that after my controller is repaired it'll play better. I use the pro exclusively when I play on the TV, joycons in portable mode, but the drift issue was a PIA.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 22 August 2019 15:00 (three days ago) link

i get the point, but Fortnite is def a shooter first and the crafty bits are not rly dollhouse-y c'mon

circa1916, Thursday, 22 August 2019 15:01 (three days ago) link

Another example, I never played Minecraft, but my older kid sometimes did. But only building. (There's more to the game, right?) She still sometimes builds with friends online.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 22 August 2019 15:03 (three days ago) link

there's more to the game in the sense that the original game is a survival game but i think most people get tired of that and just play in free build mode

ciderpress, Thursday, 22 August 2019 15:09 (three days ago) link

The bits where you pay money / complete challenges to get new clothes / skins / handbags / moves are pretty f'ing dollhousey, IMO.

Andrew Farrell, Thursday, 22 August 2019 15:29 (three days ago) link

the point is anyone who plays any video game of any kind is a fucking dork

na (NA), Thursday, 22 August 2019 15:43 (three days ago) link

otm

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 22 August 2019 15:44 (three days ago) link

i mean in most games you complete challenges (or nowadays pay money) to unlock skins, clothes, and stuff?

xxp

also lol NA otm

circa1916, Thursday, 22 August 2019 15:45 (three days ago) link

lol yeah, if anything I suspect my girls are If anything too cool for me. I'm the dork for sure.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 22 August 2019 15:57 (three days ago) link

I've got video game madness again I don't want to stop thinking about video games

president of deluded fruitcakes anonymous (silby), Thursday, 22 August 2019 18:23 (three days ago) link

Iโ€™ve got dollhouse madness

Evan, Thursday, 22 August 2019 19:07 (three days ago) link

I ordered a second console so I can play again. And (theoretically) my kid and I will get to use local two-player on our own screens. Really looking forward to it.

El Tomboto, Sunday, 25 August 2019 02:41 (eighteen hours ago) link

My nephew was over this weekend and introduced me to Splatoon. Rules!

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 25 August 2019 03:31 (seventeen hours ago) link

make sure you get the new revision that just came out with the much longer battery life, if you can

ciderpress, Sunday, 25 August 2019 12:01 (eight hours ago) link

Oh I did, memorized the different model numbers to be sure

El Tomboto, Sunday, 25 August 2019 15:14 (five hours ago) link


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