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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 (three years ago) link

Remind me what this thing is again?

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

Nobody knows yet.

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

Gettin' ready for thread title change!

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

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

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

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

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

lol Nintendo Switch is a terrible name
Looks kinda dope tho

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

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

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

trailer is v weird, thing itself looks p cool

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

Terrible trailer o_O

Like the thing tho.

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

haha

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

i am into this!

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

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

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

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

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

Vanagon cameo

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

is this likely to be region locked?

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

holding out for the big mario party announcement

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

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

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

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

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

goin' for chill hipster demo?

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

going for that disposable income demo for sure

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

lagoon's reviews pretty much line up with my own, down to the planets on galaxy 1 being too small (often, at least. i think. it's been a while)

galaxy 2 ruled

Karl Malone, Friday, 25 September 2020 05:49 (four days ago) link

the small planet physics of galaxy 1 seemed like a sub-level from another recent 3D mario, but blown up into every stage

Karl Malone, Friday, 25 September 2020 05:50 (four days ago) link

Oh shit, the second Ori is now out on Switch?! When did that happen?!

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 26 September 2020 23:35 (three days ago) link

it was in the same direct as the monster hunter announcements a couple weeks ago

ciderpress, Saturday, 26 September 2020 23:43 (three days ago) link

Looks lovely

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 27 September 2020 00:15 (two days ago) link

First game was an absolute joy and totally gorgeous. The new one I understand to be more of the same, and then some. I'm considering pulling the full-price trigger (which is of course half that of your typical Nintendo title).

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 27 September 2020 02:51 (two days ago) link

I have trouble keeping up with this stuff, and tbh Digital Foundry often gets stuck in the weeds, but I thought this was fascinating, how they were able to get this painterly Xbox game running on the Switch at all:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kH6wTpIObxE

Sounds like the Switch needs a few patches, from what I've read, but the developers are on it. Seems like an example of how well a port can be done if the original devs (with all their understanding of every last detail) do it.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 27 September 2020 13:39 (two days ago) link

(60fps is nearly everywhere) but you may notice a dip into the upper 50s from time to time

Voiceover: you will not

Andrew Farrell, Sunday, 27 September 2020 14:07 (two days ago) link

Yeah, seriously. In this case, issue seems to be intermittent crashes.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 27 September 2020 14:09 (two days ago) link

looks gorgeous; please post when it's appropriately patched so i can buy?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 27 September 2020 23:01 (two days ago) link

They seem to be working hard at it. For what it's worth, not everybody on Switch has been reporting problems, and even the PC and Xbox release had their need for patches. So I bet it will be fixed sooner rather than later. But I will report ASAP!

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 27 September 2020 23:03 (two days ago) link

enjoying this second ori game

nxd, Tuesday, 29 September 2020 10:46 (seven hours ago) link

Left joycon is fucked so returned it to Nintendo for repair/replacement, I should really look into setting it up on my TV but it seems like effort, c/d?

seumas milm (gyac), Tuesday, 29 September 2020 11:06 (seven hours ago) link

joycons being shite is why i almost exclusively play on the tv with a 8bitdo pad

docked switch: classic

chihuahuau, Tuesday, 29 September 2020 11:34 (six hours ago) link

I managed to reduce my left joycon's drift by 95% with some compressed air and q-tips dipped in isopropyl alcohol

trapped out the barndo (crüt), Tuesday, 29 September 2020 13:35 (four hours ago) link

i got lucky with my left joycon i guess

ciderpress, Tuesday, 29 September 2020 13:45 (four hours ago) link

Finally starting getting drift with Animal Crossing this year. If it gets really bad I'll probably just finally give in and buy the Pro Controller, or one of them 8bitdos.

Nhex, Tuesday, 29 September 2020 13:47 (four hours ago) link

xps to crüt yeah I tried this but no luck, was moving involuntarily by the time I sent the thing off

seumas milm (gyac), Tuesday, 29 September 2020 13:52 (four hours ago) link

pro controller is great and totally worth it btw; it should really ship with the system.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 29 September 2020 14:13 (four hours ago) link

^

stet, Tuesday, 29 September 2020 14:17 (four hours ago) link

^^^

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Tuesday, 29 September 2020 14:22 (three hours ago) link

i wish the dpad was fighting game capable but its oversensitive otherwise yeah its a great controller

ciderpress, Tuesday, 29 September 2020 14:29 (three hours ago) link

Pro Controller is one thing imo that Nintendo truly does better than everyone else. That battery is a work of wonder.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 29 September 2020 14:30 (three hours ago) link

they used leftover 3ds batteries in it so it has insane battery life

ciderpress, Tuesday, 29 September 2020 14:30 (three hours ago) link

Should I buy my daughter Zelda so I can play in on her Switch? not like she ever uses it anyway

thomasintrouble, Tuesday, 29 September 2020 14:33 (three hours ago) link

uhh its a pretty good game if that's what you're asking

ciderpress, Tuesday, 29 September 2020 14:38 (three hours ago) link

buy da zelda

lag∞n, Tuesday, 29 September 2020 14:55 (three hours ago) link

it's likely the best open world game of this generation

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 29 September 2020 15:03 (three hours ago) link

how can you
just
gtfouttahere with that garb-AGE

Nhex, Tuesday, 29 September 2020 15:35 (two hours ago) link

(that is pro-Zelda in case it was unclear)

Nhex, Tuesday, 29 September 2020 15:35 (two hours ago) link

Buy Zelda and a pro controller

stet, Tuesday, 29 September 2020 16:34 (one hour ago) link

buy zelda, pro controller, nintendo switch pro workstation

lag∞n, Tuesday, 29 September 2020 16:43 (one hour ago) link

start some kind of salsa company

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 29 September 2020 16:44 (one hour ago) link

buy zelda three times and delete all your other games

trapped out the barndo (crüt), Tuesday, 29 September 2020 16:47 (one hour ago) link

nintendo switch pro workstation

lmao

diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Tuesday, 29 September 2020 16:50 (one hour ago) link

i would give up my linux for a switch workstation

diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Tuesday, 29 September 2020 16:51 (one hour ago) link

desktop MarioOS

lag∞n, Tuesday, 29 September 2020 16:59 (one hour ago) link

mario.exe

ciderpress, Tuesday, 29 September 2020 16:59 (one hour ago) link

I’ve never played a Zelda should i buy it

seumas milm (gyac), Tuesday, 29 September 2020 17:01 (one hour ago) link

botwild is simultaneously the most zelda of the zelda titles and the least zelda of the zelda titles, so yes

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 29 September 2020 17:02 (one hour ago) link

buy it now don't stop

Chuck_Tatum, Tuesday, 29 September 2020 17:12 (one hour ago) link

I have never really been into video games (and in fact felt some level of disdain for the whole endeavor based on some "gamer" types I've known). I had an NES and SNES 30ish years ago and played a few N64 and PS1 games but have spent probably a total of 30 minutes playing video games in the past 20 years - I've never touched any Xbox or post PS1 controller.

But my son and I have been playing old school NES/SNES/GBA games on a raspberry pi since corona lockdown and he's gotten into watching youtube videos of people playing kirby and mario games recent vintage, so I went for it and bought a switch because they were around after not being available for a while and I imagine they might not be available closer to december. It's sitting in my closet right now until santa brings it for my six year old.

What all do I need to do or purchase in terms of controllers? Can we play a two player game right out of the box or do I need to get some other controller? HOW DO GAMES WORK? Like there's digital things and physical ones too? What games are good if I loved the hell out of mariokart, marios 1/2/3, super mario brothers, donkey kong country ages ago but was never into zelda and have literally never played any first person shooter type thing? Also my kid LOVES pokemon go but neither of us had any any interest in any of the old roms I installed.

joygoat, Tuesday, 29 September 2020 17:30 (forty-eight minutes ago) link

you can play most 2-player switch games with the controllers that come with it but i wouldn't recommend it, especially for adults. they are tiny little things. you should get at least one extra controller.

you can buy most games digitally or physically. i recommend buying a big SD card and only buying games digitally, so you don't have to keep track of the little cartridges. the only exception is if you think you might get a separate switch in the future and have it assigned to a different person (like your kid). in that case, the physical games make it easier to share games.

na (NA), Tuesday, 29 September 2020 17:34 (forty-three minutes ago) link

how old is your kid?

na (NA), Tuesday, 29 September 2020 17:35 (forty-two minutes ago) link

v. smart play to buy it now , good move. it will definitely get worse by November
the 32GB built-in will tide you over for a little while, but i'd keep an eye out for deals on SD cards immediately
easy picks are Zelda, Mario Odyssey, Smash Bros., Mario Kart, everything else is gravy

Nhex, Tuesday, 29 September 2020 17:38 (thirty-nine minutes ago) link

Kid turns six in late november so this might be a bit early for him but being stuck at home all winter feels like it's going to be dire so hoping this will help with that.

joygoat, Tuesday, 29 September 2020 17:38 (thirty-nine minutes ago) link

if you subscribe to Nintendo's online service ($20 a year) you gain access to tons of NES and SNES games as long as your subscription lasts
the online shop is hard to navigate so use Dekudeals instead to find out what digital games are on sale
https://www.dekudeals.com/

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Tuesday, 29 September 2020 17:39 (thirty-nine minutes ago) link

my almost 6 year old kid loves playing mario kart 8 with me. she loves animal crossing and splatoon 2 as well but there's no local 2-player mode on those. she also loved super mario odyssey, which technically has a local 2-player mode but i found that option pretty confusing to play.

na (NA), Tuesday, 29 September 2020 17:47 (thirty minutes ago) link

and yeah the online service is a good deal, you get the old games zappi mentioned and you can play mario kart, splatoon, etc. against other people online.

na (NA), Tuesday, 29 September 2020 17:48 (twenty-nine minutes ago) link

for my kids i love that you don't generally have to worry about them playing other people online. there aren't efficient ways for people to be trolls, at least in the games we have.

na (NA), Tuesday, 29 September 2020 17:50 (twenty-eight minutes ago) link


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