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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 (one year ago) Permalink

Remind me what this thing is again?

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

Nobody knows yet.

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

Gettin' ready for thread title change!

Nhex, Thursday, 20 October 2016 09:24 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

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

abcfsk, Thursday, 20 October 2016 12:37 (one year ago) Permalink

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

abcfsk, Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:10 (one year ago) Permalink

lol Nintendo Switch is a terrible name
Looks kinda dope tho

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

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

remy bean, Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:12 (one year ago) Permalink

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

CraigG, Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:13 (one year ago) Permalink

trailer is v weird, thing itself looks p cool

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:17 (one year ago) Permalink

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

remy bean, Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:21 (one year ago) Permalink

Terrible trailer o_O

Like the thing tho.

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:23 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

haha

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:26 (one year ago) Permalink

i am into this!

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

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

abcfsk, Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:32 (one year ago) Permalink

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

mh 😏, Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:33 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

Vanagon cameo

calstars, Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:43 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

is this likely to be region locked?

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

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 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

holding out for the big mario party announcement

nxd, Thursday, 20 October 2016 15:09 (one year ago) Permalink

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

El Tomboto, Thursday, 20 October 2016 15:31 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

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

mh 😏, Thursday, 20 October 2016 16:07 (one year ago) Permalink

goin' for chill hipster demo?

Nhex, Thursday, 20 October 2016 16:07 (one year ago) Permalink

going for that disposable income demo for sure

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

octopath looks pretty unique to me idk. the backgrounds are also in the style of old jrpgs, just given depth

ciderpress, Thursday, 1 February 2018 19:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Celeste I was just thinking yesterday is a good example of using “pixel art” in a way that isn’t at all “retro”

direct to consumer online mattress brand (silby), Thursday, 1 February 2018 19:27 (two weeks ago) Permalink

yeah there's nothing NES or SNES about Celeste to me, it's just pixel art

ciderpress, Thursday, 1 February 2018 19:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i'd even go as far as saying it's closer to ori and the blind forest in aesthetic than it is to an explicitly retro platformer like shovel knight

ciderpress, Thursday, 1 February 2018 19:34 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Octopath got me thinking about it yes. Their sprites seem to be straight out of Chrono Trigger and the worlds they are in are 3D models/not 16 bit. I'd have to look around for other specific examples.

Evan, Thursday, 1 February 2018 19:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I just feel like I keep seeing trailers featuring simplistic character sprites in front of intricate backdrops and that dichotomy seems designed to make geeks in their late 20s-30s drool.

Evan, Thursday, 1 February 2018 19:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

the environments use the 16 bit textures but with modern lightning effects which works out to a kinda unique effect but yeah it's definitely going for nostalgia on some level.

ciderpress, Thursday, 1 February 2018 19:42 (two weeks ago) Permalink

First Steamworld Dig is out on Switch. Loved the sequel, do I want to original? Most consider the 2nd one an improvement. How about Night in the Woods? Do I want that?

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 1 February 2018 20:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

haven't played the first dig but have been told that 2 basically obsoletes it i.e. it doesn't do anything that 2 doesn't also do but better. so I'm passing on it.

Night in the Woods is a well written but depressing story-based game with themes of mental illness and small town American decay and young people coming to terms with the fact that they've inherited a broken world.

ciderpress, Thursday, 1 February 2018 20:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Overcooked is really fun, if really stressful.

rb (soda), Thursday, 1 February 2018 20:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

We've played Overcooked a few times, and I still can't tell if it's good or bad for our family.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 1 February 2018 20:55 (two weeks ago) Permalink

It is the Sunday IKEA trip of video games.

rb (soda), Thursday, 1 February 2018 20:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Haha Overcooked is a major argument starter. Get out of the way!!! WHERE ARE THOSE BUNS I ASKED YOU FOR!!!

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Thursday, 1 February 2018 20:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Indeed, I would not recommend weighting allowances and birthday/holiday gift budgets by Overcooked performance as I've done in my family.

Dat Login was the dname u doofus (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 1 February 2018 21:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Octopath has an early 2000s 2D-on-3D aesthetic, reminiscent of Golden Sun's battle scenes and the original Ragnarok Online. Don't think I really like it, tbh.

Nhex, Thursday, 1 February 2018 23:19 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i think it looks way better than e.g. lost sphear which is made by squeenix's other retro studio and has the most generic look ever

ciderpress, Thursday, 1 February 2018 23:33 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I like that kind even less - the low-poly style early 3D look aping the PS1/N64 generation (and rehashed for so many DS/3DS-era/mobile ports), but point taken

Nhex, Friday, 2 February 2018 02:27 (two weeks ago) Permalink

https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/01/nintendo-labo-hands-on/

Jeff, Friday, 2 February 2018 11:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Is Golf Story any good? I see it's on sale, but as the owner of Stardew Valley (which in retrospect I can't imagine playing) and Thimbleweed Park (possibly ditto) ... I dunno. Thimbleweed ... I mean, I grew up playing King's Quest and Space Quest and Police Quest, but this didn't seem like that, the little I played.

Anyway: Golf Story?

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 8 February 2018 21:05 (one week ago) Permalink

thimbleweed is more like a lucasarts game than a sierra game

Mordy, Thursday, 8 February 2018 21:24 (one week ago) Permalink

i liked golf story but i never figured out putting

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Thursday, 8 February 2018 21:40 (one week ago) Permalink

Golf Story is a bunch of fun

The Troops™ (jamescobo), Thursday, 8 February 2018 21:47 (one week ago) Permalink

golf story is alright, the golf itself isn't as tight as the game boy mario golf games that inspired it but it's still worthwhile

ciderpress, Thursday, 8 February 2018 23:05 (one week ago) Permalink

anybody getting dragon quest builders? i've had my eye on the ps4 version

owlboy's out next week

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Thursday, 8 February 2018 23:13 (one week ago) Permalink

Labo looks like expensive cardboard

And makes me feel like there's always a moment every few years when Nintendo is no longer my friend and is trying to trick me

flamboyant goon tie included, Thursday, 8 February 2018 23:20 (one week ago) Permalink

The early labo reviews and previews have been pretty positive. I mean, it's not for me, but if I were a kid or someone with younger kids that might be appealing.

Owlboy, I've been looking forward to that one, but I keep reading how it's all style and no substance, looks great and sounds great but the game itself is kind of so-so. True? I am more excited about Hollow Knight.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 8 February 2018 23:32 (one week ago) Permalink

i will buy owlboy and hollow knight sad to say. still flailing at celeste

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Friday, 9 February 2018 00:43 (one week ago) Permalink

Thimbleweed Park is worth persevering with, it's really fun. The difference from when I was a kid is that, I just don't have time to play as consistently, so if I take a few weeks' (or months!) break, I always forget where I am in the story. I'm sensing this with Zelda a bit, too.

Chuck_Tatum, Friday, 9 February 2018 13:19 (one week ago) Permalink

And makes me feel like there's always a moment every few years when Nintendo is no longer my friend and is trying to trick me


nintendo loves us and wants us to be happy

he facked his death (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 9 February 2018 13:32 (one week ago) Permalink

The issue I had with Thimbleweed was its repetitiveness. You have your person on the screen, and at the bottom you have things they can do or say. So you read all the things they can do or say and choose one, then the character says or does that thing, or both. Which feels redundant and takes forever. Tbf, I played it for maybe 10 minutes, but it felt a bit like watching paint dry. But at some point I'll give it another shot.

Still really like Thumper, when I play it, btw.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 9 February 2018 13:55 (one week ago) Permalink

i got thimbleweed on steam and tried it for a few hours and found it dull

Roberto Spiralli, Friday, 9 February 2018 14:05 (one week ago) Permalink

i thought the first half of thimbleweed park was good and then it went off the rails. so if you're already not into it at the start then i'd say bail

ciderpress, Friday, 9 February 2018 14:16 (one week ago) Permalink

anybody getting dragon quest builders? i've had my eye on the ps4 version

i played the ps4 version when it came out. rentals aren't a thing anymore, i guess, but it would be the perfect rental. i was really into it for several hours, i built up my base, collected some key items, took down the first big boss...and then i never played again. part of it was confusion: the game vaguely told me that i should head "over the mountain" (or something like that) to access the next stage of the game, and after several journeys looking for the destination, i just gave up. but also, i knew that once you go to the next area, you essentially start over from the ground up, and i wasn't looking forward to that. i dunno, ymmv, but it was one of those games where it was really fun until suddenly it wasn't at all and i just left it behind.

Karl Malone, Friday, 9 February 2018 22:25 (one week ago) Permalink

i think the demo is up on switch for that?

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Friday, 9 February 2018 22:40 (one week ago) Permalink

Doom finally getting a patch on Switch to deal with all the problems people have reported since December. Meanwhile, Sexy Brutale, which had been dealing with apparently debilitating issues since its release in December, finally got the patch it was promised ... which not only failed to fix the problems but made the image quality worse, so the designers had to recall the patch! Now that's some incompetence for you.

Anyway, excited about Doom, finally, which means I can get excited about Wolfenstein later, too.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 10 February 2018 14:12 (one week ago) Permalink

Intrigued about Owlboy and Fe, both of which could be great or all style and no substance. Totally not intrigued about Bayonetta, which fanboys seem to dig for 5 million punch and kick combos but which looks run of the mill to me.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 13 February 2018 14:03 (six days ago) Permalink

i think bayonetta is great and i don't even like character action games in general. it's just one of the most ridiculous over the top experiences in gaming. haven't played the 2nd one but i certainly will grab it at some point

ciderpress, Tuesday, 13 February 2018 14:22 (six days ago) Permalink

i bought the bayonetta two-pack for the wii u, played for a bit and enjoyed the mechanics of it but ended up getting seriously squicked out by the way the camera constantly leers at bayonetta :(

albondigas con gas (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 13 February 2018 14:30 (six days ago) Permalink

And there's a 3rd one coming, too, right?

I saw one review of 1&2 that basically said what makes the game sort of unique are the bazillion combos, but that most people just pick 2 or 3 that work and stick with them.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 13 February 2018 15:55 (six days ago) Permalink

the fighting system is fun, but tbh that's not the draw - the hyper-schlock absurdity is
also, GOD HAND had a crazier fight system, where you chose your moves from a long list and strung them together in lots of ways

Nhex, Tuesday, 13 February 2018 18:02 (six days ago) Permalink

that's not the draw - the hyper-schlock absurdity is

yeah it's from Platinum. they made Metal Gear Rising. they are basically the spirit of Contra/Shinobi era videogame craziness taken to modern era

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 13 February 2018 18:20 (six days ago) Permalink

can confirm owlboy is boring and pretty

Dan I., Thursday, 15 February 2018 14:43 (four days ago) Permalink

aw

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 15 February 2018 16:07 (four days ago) Permalink

What about Fe? Is that out now?

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 16 February 2018 13:26 (three days ago) Permalink

Fe looks boring and pretty on purpose.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 16 February 2018 13:26 (three days ago) Permalink

Fe? more like

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

The Troops™ (jamescobo), Friday, 16 February 2018 20:07 (three days ago) Permalink

too bad the Secret of Mana remaster looks like hot garbage. they need to localize the Japanese Seiken Densetsu Collection stat

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 16 February 2018 20:57 (three days ago) Permalink

the music i've heard from the secret of mana remake sounds like an intentional sabotage of the original ost

ciderpress, Friday, 16 February 2018 23:05 (three days ago) Permalink

the rest of the game looks that way, too.

i remember the corned beef of my childhood (Karl Malone), Friday, 16 February 2018 23:10 (three days ago) Permalink

that's pretty frustrating to hear. some indie needs to cash in on a spiritual sequel/remake for real. hell, kickstart it and get Hiroki Kikuta to do the score, you'll gain a million right there

Nhex, Friday, 16 February 2018 23:29 (three days ago) Permalink


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