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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) Permalink

Remind me what this thing is again?

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

Nobody knows yet.

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

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) Permalink

Gettin' ready for thread title change!

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

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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

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

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

lol Nintendo Switch is a terrible name
Looks kinda dope tho

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

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) Permalink

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

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

trailer is v weird, thing itself looks p cool

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

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) Permalink

Terrible trailer o_O

Like the thing tho.

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:23 (two years ago) Permalink

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 (two years ago) Permalink


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

i am into this!

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

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

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

mh 😏, Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:33 (two years ago) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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

mh 😏, Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:38 (two years ago) Permalink

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) Permalink

Vanagon cameo

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

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

is this likely to be region locked?

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

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) Permalink


@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) Permalink

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) Permalink

holding out for the big mario party announcement

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

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

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

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

(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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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

mh 😏, Thursday, 20 October 2016 16:07 (two years ago) Permalink

goin' for chill hipster demo?

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

going for that disposable income demo for sure

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

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

gc dpad is too tiny for anything except menu stuff in my experience

i dunno if Nintendo still holds a patent on the + but i think that's why PlayStation controllers didn't use it

ciderpress, Friday, 28 September 2018 18:14 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I just want replica SNES controllers.

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Evan, Friday, 28 September 2018 19:05 (three weeks ago) Permalink

8bitdo makes a bunch of stuff like that but ive never used it all i can't vouch

ciderpress, Friday, 28 September 2018 19:11 (three weeks ago) Permalink

The d pad got messed up on mine but it might be because I let it get banged up in my laptop bag. Otherwise it's pretty nice! Way better than all the other cheap usb ones out there. iBuffalo is great too but mine died within a few months... so it seems I was unlucky. I am very nice to my technology too so not sure what my problem is with SNES controllers.

Evan, Friday, 28 September 2018 19:32 (three weeks ago) Permalink

<3 my snes-alike 8bitdo controller. realized I needed an upgrade early into celeste, got an SF30, never looked back.

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Saturday, 29 September 2018 21:25 (three weeks ago) Permalink

just noticed child of light is coming out on this next week that's one I'd like to play at some point

ciderpress, Wednesday, 3 October 2018 12:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

guacamelee coming out on the eshop today apparently, with 2 on the way in december

i haven't played these but some people like em a lot

ciderpress, Monday, 8 October 2018 14:11 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Thanks for the tip! That game looks fun.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 8 October 2018 17:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Did anyone buy the SNES classic? Is there any reason *not* to buy it?

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 8 October 2018 21:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Is there any reason *not* to buy it?

only reason not to is if you're into the idea of building your own version for ~$100 that can play all SNES games (instead of just 20), and also all NES, Genesis, Game Boy, Atari, etc

1-800-CALL-ATT (Karl Malone), Monday, 8 October 2018 21:42 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah these classic console reissues seem gimmicky but they’re nice for the actual hardware

Too few games

F# A# (∞), Monday, 8 October 2018 21:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

xp lol

1-800-CALL-ATT (Karl Malone), Monday, 8 October 2018 22:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

other well-regarded 2d sidescroller games getting switch ports this week: child of light, mark of the ninja

also some new game from swery (the deadly premonition guy) that i've seen almost no info about

ciderpress, Tuesday, 9 October 2018 22:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I did the raspberry pi thing and it's not hard but it is kind of a pain in the ass. It seems like every time I try to use it something's fucked up--the sound doesn't work, or the controller doesn't work or whatever. It'd almost be worth the extra cash to buy the official SNES reissue thing to not have to worry about it and just turn it on and be reasonably assured that it'll just work.

Dan I., Thursday, 11 October 2018 01:23 (one week ago) Permalink

ah, bummer. i guess i shouldn't suggest it as an option, since i haven't done it myself (i just use OpenEmu on my macbook and plug a ps4 controller iN). but i guess it's not too surprising that the sound is fucked up - raspberry pi's are sometimes a massssssive pain in the ass w/ sound.

1-800-CALL-ATT (Karl Malone), Thursday, 11 October 2018 01:28 (one week ago) Permalink

ah i forgot - that's probably the main reason i bailed on trying to do one of those

Nhex, Thursday, 11 October 2018 05:24 (one week ago) Permalink

Or you can hack your snes or nes classic!

Evan, Thursday, 11 October 2018 07:49 (one week ago) Permalink

here's some yokai watch 4 preview footage, looks like they're basically reusing the combat and visual style from ni no kuni 2 for this

ciderpress, Friday, 12 October 2018 17:29 (one week ago) Permalink

probably gonna buy a switch this weekend. i guess at this point everyone downloads the games instead of buying physical media? what's a good-sized memory card to buy? any other essential accessories i need right from the start?

also is nintendo online worth it? looks like it's only $20 a year so guessing that it is

na (NA), Saturday, 13 October 2018 17:21 (one week ago) Permalink

I buy physical games to save on memory card space and because it’s cute; it’s only mildly annoying. I’m not sure what the optimal $/GB SD card size is but it does get more expensive to get the biggest available sizes. I went with 64GB which should hold a lot of indie games. Everybody says you should get a glass screen protector but I haven’t and nothing bad has happened. I don’t care if Nintendo Online is worth it because it’s $20 and I’m wealthy and irresponsible.

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Saturday, 13 October 2018 17:27 (one week ago) Permalink

i have a 128gb microsd card and that's been plenty of space for me. the biggest first party games like Zelda and Xenoblade are around 12gb and most are much smaller than that. physical media is still an option if you like being able to resell or lend games. i do a mix currently

tempered glass screen protector if you're worried about the screen, it's a pretty durable plastic screen but it's still plastic so it can scratch if something hits it hard

the pro controller is a bit pricey but worth it if youre planning to play docked a lot and want a normal controller. you can probably find one for $50-60 on sale rather than the 80 msrp

i haven't got the online service yet, waiting for smash bros, so can't speak on it yet

ciderpress, Saturday, 13 October 2018 17:39 (one week ago) Permalink

I'm shifting to buying media for non-indies because the convenience of downloads really doesn't outweigh the almost $20-$30 you're giving up in trade-in value.

ciderpress is otm re: screen protector and pro controller. both worth it. and the memory card because you're going to want it for all the premium priced impulse purchases you're gonna make on the eshop.

El Tomboto, Saturday, 13 October 2018 19:53 (one week ago) Permalink

pro controller is obv only worth it if you're using the switch as a home console though - i have a friend whose switch has never touched the dock in a year of ownership, which i suspect is true for a non-trivial % of owners

ciderpress, Sunday, 14 October 2018 00:51 (one week ago) Permalink

What's the benefit of the pro controller? I kind of enjoy the weeny plastic one you get with the Switch. Maybe this is why I suck at Hollow Knight.

Chuck_Tatum, Sunday, 14 October 2018 00:55 (one week ago) Permalink

its just a more standard ergonomic controller shape whereas the joycon snap-on one is an awkward shape for my giant hands and also the joycon buttons are on the small side. there's no benefit other than comfort

ciderpress, Sunday, 14 October 2018 01:06 (one week ago) Permalink

Pro controller is ace.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 14 October 2018 01:48 (one week ago) Permalink

this is a pretty neat thing visually, cant find much info about it but seems to be a switch game from a brazilian dev

ciderpress, Sunday, 14 October 2018 16:34 (one week ago) Permalink

Wondering if other games might start supporting the GameCube controller post-Smash, since the Wii U adapter already works supposedly

Want to get the Pro contrller but that's a lot of $krilla, maybe i'd be better off buying a second pair of joycons

Nhex, Sunday, 14 October 2018 17:29 (one week ago) Permalink

It works already. It just maps as a generic controller. Some control schemes will be wonky bc of the button layout, and the game can’t detect that it’s a GameCube controller, but Towerfall lets you hold down a button to indicate you’re using a GameCube controller and it swaps jump and shoot for you.

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Sunday, 14 October 2018 17:32 (one week ago) Permalink

do games not already support it as a generic controller?

it doesn't have a left shoulder bumper and the c-stick is not analog iirc, so games that use L and/or right stick won't be able to use it

ciderpress, Sunday, 14 October 2018 17:34 (one week ago) Permalink

you can also use a dualshock 4 on switch with an adapter but i'm not sure if the gyro will map

ciderpress, Sunday, 14 October 2018 17:38 (one week ago) Permalink

oh! that's good to know!
i still feel weird about using not-the-official controller for video game systems anyway tbh

Nhex, Sunday, 14 October 2018 18:06 (one week ago) Permalink

any recommendations for switch games for kids (8 and 4) who don't have much experience with console gaming? particularly indie games? i'm going to get super mario odyssey eventually. my older daughter wants splatoon because she likes the manga but i am skeptical that she'll be able to deal with the controls without getting frustrated, plus it seems like multiplayer is the main point there.

na (NA), Tuesday, 16 October 2018 14:34 (one week ago) Permalink

splatoon is so simple but also frustrating. Rocket League seems like a winner. My 3 year old loves to truck around in open practice mode.

for i, sock in enumerate (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 16 October 2018 14:38 (one week ago) Permalink

xp having fun with super mario party atm

nxd, Tuesday, 16 October 2018 14:50 (one week ago) Permalink

Holy crap the luncheon level on SMO is frustrating

But great obviouslty

Chuck_Tatum, Tuesday, 16 October 2018 22:55 (one week ago) Permalink

Most folks playing multiplayer Splatoon are at the level of your 8yo tbf - it’s fun!

El Tomboto, Tuesday, 16 October 2018 22:57 (one week ago) Permalink

Me and my kids thought we'd gotten pretty good at Mario Tennis (finished adventure mode, etc.) until we went online last week and got completely destroyed. Oof.

DJI, Tuesday, 16 October 2018 23:25 (one week ago) Permalink

yeah that game is cutthroat online, was too much for me

ciderpress, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 00:33 (six days ago) Permalink

Thanks to having 4 player teams and crazy weapon options, Splatoon never feels punitive. Any loss can be dealt with by choosing a different weapon or joining a better team. My kid likes finding glitches that let her jump on top of un-inkable space

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 03:21 (six days ago) Permalink

valkyria chronicles 1 just appeared on the eshop for 20 bucks, that's going directly into my $20-and-under recommendations list

ciderpress, Thursday, 18 October 2018 03:42 (five days ago) Permalink

I got the Hori d-pad joycon and recommend the hell out of it. Too bad it’s missing HD Rumble but if you play 2d stuff it’s a worthwhile trade off.

Also fuck I love Dead Cells.

The Troops™ (jamescobo), Sunday, 21 October 2018 02:24 (two days ago) Permalink

are we all gonna be gettin' Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? Maybe a good game to try to get some ILG online play going for when it comes out?

Only 6 and a half weeks!

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Monday, 22 October 2018 23:20 (yesterday) Permalink

yeah i still haven't started up my online service subscription but that'll be when i do it

hope the smash online play is decent, never a sure thing with fighting games especially on a system where almost everyone is on wifi

ciderpress, Monday, 22 October 2018 23:26 (yesterday) Permalink

Smash will always be better on the couch but my sister and I will both have this one so probably (hopefully) we'll at least play against each other somewhat regularly

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Monday, 22 October 2018 23:35 (yesterday) Permalink

i'm hoping character unlocking is quick enough that i can have them all ready to go before the holidays when my old high school smash buds are in town

ciderpress, Monday, 22 October 2018 23:38 (yesterday) Permalink

aww <3

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Monday, 22 October 2018 23:38 (yesterday) Permalink

was also tempted by the new mario party for the same reason but i think mario party 2 was really just lightning in a bottle none of the other old ones ever got played much

ciderpress, Monday, 22 October 2018 23:41 (yesterday) Permalink

The new one is bad tbqph

fgti is for (flamboyant goon tie included), Tuesday, 23 October 2018 03:11 (two hours ago) Permalink

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