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Nintendo: Switch News and Discussion Thread

NX launching March 2017 Wii U

Zelda delayed till next year on both systems.

Nintendo NX: everything we know so far | The Verge
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Moved to its own thread. Sounds cool...I may get a Nintendo console again.
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I don't trust them though. Was thinking of pulling the trigger on a Mario Maker bundle. Thank God I didn't.
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Nintendo has been shitting the bed for years now.
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From what the Nintendo president said, Wii U will continue, NX will be a separate thing.

But I guess that remains to be seen since nobody knows anything about it just yet. It being the NX.
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Everytime I read NX I think of this

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Nintendo wants to make movies now....?

Sounds Like Nintendo Is Getting Serious About Making Movies - GameSpot

I don't even know what to think about this. I would cringe at the sight of a Zelda movie. Like watching a movie of a game I already played..
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In theory it could be good. Or a Metroid movie. But a lot of video game movies get shelved. Halo was supposed to be made for years.
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I'm hoping they keep their game franchises in the game sector and come up with entirely new ideas for a film sector. Of course that won't happen and we'll see

Donkey Kong 2: The Reckoning
Rise of the Legend of Zelda
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Nintendo?s New NX Console to Go Retro With Videogame Cartridges - WSJ

Nintendo’s New NX Console to Go Retro With Videogame Cartridges

Advances in production of flash memory are giving the chip-based old-school format a renewed appeal

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TOKYO— Nintendo Co. plans to adopt cartridges for its next-generation videogame console, people familiar with the matter said, a step that might prompt a reassessment of the old-school format.

The industry prefers optical discs when physically distributing game software because they can store large amounts of data and the cost per unit is low. Major game systems including Sony Corp. ’s PlayStation 4, Microsoft Corp. ’s Xbox One and Nintendo’s own Wii U use discs.

However, chip-based cartridges are garnering renewed attention thanks to fierce competition among semiconductor makers including Samsung Electronics Co. and Toshiba Corp. to develop flash memory that can pack more data onto small chips at a lower cost.

Industry watchers said cartridges were a reasonable choice for Nintendo’s next-generation system, code-named NX, because the company targets a wider range of consumers than Sony or Microsoft. Nintendo’s core fans include small children, who might scratch discs but find cartridges tougher to damage. Cartridges also allow games to load faster, are harder to copy and can be mass-produced faster than discs, they said.

They are “no doubt today’s best format to physically distribute games,” said Atsushi Osanai, a former Sony employee who is now a visiting fellow at Harvard University.

A Nintendo spokesman declined to comment on whether the NX would use cartridges. The company has been tight-lipped about the system beyond saying that it would be unveiled by the end of this year. Analysts have said an announcement could come ahead of the Tokyo Game Show, which begins Sept. 15.

People familiar with the matter said earlier that the system would likely be usable both as a console with a television set and as a hand-held device that can be used on the go. Adopting a cartridge should help keep the device small for portability, the people said.

Nintendo’s popular hand-held 3DS device uses cartridges that are roughly the size of a large postage stamp.
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Might not be a bad idea for Nintendo.

Bolded because it will likely only be good for Nintendo. A lot of their Wii U games don't take up a lot of space, I doubt NX games will be any different. Problem is, as always, with 3rd party software. If 3rd party developers want to put something big on the NX, I'm sure it will cost a lot to manufacture carts with several gigs..
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Well they're going to announce something at 7 AM PST...
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Nice smooth transition between gaming at home and travel and I like they give you options on how to game away from home with/without kickstand. I hope the controllers in "mini mode" are just as functional rather than a more condensed dumbed down version of the game in comparison to playing at home. Either that unit will be super powerful or super casual and if I know Nintendo they'll focus on the casual market and fight against people who game on their phones/tablets.

Plus it's genius that it'll make more households get multiple devices since it's kind of like a 3DS.
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Interesting idea. Seems well implemented...but Im on the fence. I want to see price and specs. And more importantly...content. Which nintendo has been seriously lacking.
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Well the 3rd party developers seem to be back which is good. I wonder if that 7" screen is touchscreen. Lots of questions
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I go into this with tepid feet. Nintendo will not win me back so easily.
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Same. The Wii U seems like a huge disappointment that I didn't bother going with and I'm glad. I had a Wii back in the day that lost its luster pretty quickly.
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Same. The Wii U seems like a huge disappointment that I didn't bother going with and I'm glad. I had a Wii back in the day that lost its luster pretty quickly.
Same.
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Interesting idea. Seems well implemented...but Im on the fence. I want to see price and specs. And more importantly...content. Which nintendo has been seriously lacking.
Not sure the source, but a co-worker said he saw $299.
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For me my instant red flag was the "switch" at 1:10. You're supposed to hold the two controllers like that. I'd imagine holding them individually and controlling them like that at the same time would be awkward.
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^I thought the same thing but then again the Wii has the Wiimote/Nunchuk combo where both sides are relatively independent of each other since you have loose cable slack and it didn't feel awkward at all.
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^I thought the same thing but then again the Wii has the Wiimote/Nunchuk combo where both sides are relatively independent of each other since you have loose cable slack and it didn't feel awkward at all.
Its looks like you have options. You can use those click on controllers while traveling, or use the regular controller you see later on, either with it in "console" mode or "portable" mode.
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Yeah if the console comes bundled with this controller:



then I won't have a problem. I doubt it will, since those pull-away controllers are probably going to be "enough" in Nintendo's eyes
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It also shows being able to "split" the slide controllers so people can play 2 player on certain games.

All in all it seems like there are good ideas. But did Nintendo succeed cramming EVERYTHING in one system.
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It just came to my attention that the tablet/console, each of the slide-off controllers and the wireless controller are all going to run on batteries. I hope there is a central way to charge all of them at once. Would you drain the batteries on the slide-off controllers even if they're attached to the tablet? How does everything get charged?
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I think it looks really cool...but, what are the graphics capabilities...?
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Praise from the Skyrim and Fallout director. I bought a two of the same game that made use of a transfer system between my 3DS and Wii U, and it was easy but very slow. Plus I preferred using the Wii U for its relatively better graphics.

What Howard says makes me pretty excited. Put me on the list of buyers.

http://www.polygon.com/2016/11/22/13714912/skyrim-on-nintendo-switch-bethesda-todd-howard
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I can't read at work. Can you cliff note
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I can't read at work. Can you cliff note
Oops. My work filter blocked it too. He's pretty much saying that a Bethesda game will come to the switch, though he doesn't say which. Fallout 4? Elder Scrolls VI?!

From one of Bethesda's directors/executive producers:

Bethesda is being cagey about which games it will be bringing to the Nintendo Switch — even though Skyrim was shown in Nintendo’s official trailer for the device — but Todd Howard, director and executive producer at Bethesda, was enthusiastic about the product during a recent interview with Glixel.

“I love it. I got to play it. I will tell you — well, maybe that's an [non-disclosure agreement] thing,” Howard said. “One of the best demos I've ever seen. Probably the best demo I've ever seen. At E3.”

When pressed for details, he stated that the demo of the hardware, not any particular game, was what impressed him so strongly.

“I think it's really smart what they're doing,” he continued. “We're definitely going to be supporting it. It's the first time we've done something on Nintendo. If you don't count the old NES stuff. Home Alone. Or Where's Waldo?”

Ah yes, who could forget Where’s Waldo, the classic Bethesda release for the NES?

So even though Bethesda won’t confirm that Skyrim is coming to the Switch, saying that they “are not confirming any specific titles at this time,” when asked for comment on the game’s inclusion in Nintendo’s marketing materials, it sounds like Todd Howard is already sold on the device.

“It's the same game on the TV and on the other screen,” he stated when asked if it would really be possible to bring Skyrim with you “on the go.”
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It just came to my attention that the tablet/console, each of the slide-off controllers and the wireless controller are all going to run on batteries. I hope there is a central way to charge all of them at once. Would you drain the batteries on the slide-off controllers even if they're attached to the tablet? How does everything get charged?
this + from what I've read the Switch does not have a removable battery. If it had crap battery life then there's not a lot you can do. IMO the battery issue could be make or break for a lot of people.

Also, possible price leak:

http://www.gamespot.com/articles/nin.../1100-6446696/

UK retailer GameSeek has listed Nintendo's new Switch console for a March 17 release, as well as stating a price of £198.50 (around USD $245).

It's important to note that both pieces of information could simply be placeholders--GameSeek does use temporary dates for games with unconfirmed release schedules, though Nintendo has previously said the Switch will launch in March. GameSeek does offer a preorder price guarantee, however, so if the console's final price is higher you'd still pay £198.50.

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I have had every Nintendo console sans N64 and I am gonna pass on this thing....
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I can't imagine Nintendo putting a non-removable battery in the Switch. That hasn't been the case in any of their wireless controllers or handhelds, IIRC. We aren't talking about Apple, here

What they might do is put a lower capacity battery like they did with the Wii U's Gamepad that 3 hour battery life was pathetic. Meanwhile, the Pro controller only needs to be charged once, then it lasts until the end of days.
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I saw the livestream. Console will be $300 & battery will be 2.5 hours at a minimum, apparently. It's cool you can have wifi with up to 8 other console/handhelds in local play. The features on the handheld controllers seemed nice, but time will tell if and how developers make good use of them. They didn't really show much with upcoming games. Like 10 seconds of a Team Ninja Fire Emblem game. A few guys announced games but didn't show anything in particular. They showed a montage of upcoming games, you could barely catch a glimpse of a few.

The new Mario was my favorite.
Xenoblade 2 looked cool.
Zelda still looks awesome.
It looked like a new F-Zero is in the works, but it could be another racer.. looking identical to F-Zero
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Hmm all the rumors were around $250. 2.5 hours huh...
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2.5-6.5 hours depending the game.

So 2.5....

I may end up getting one at some point. But at the moment I'm not excited by anything.
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There was one point in the stream where they showed some 1 2 Switch game they said was targeted towards cocktail party-type situations. I'm sure initially that's going to be the demographic initially with this thing. Wii Sports-type of stuff.

Also they're bringing an updated Mario Kart 8. They're going to add some actual battle maps! Hopefully they do the right thing and make that stuff available for people who already own MK8.
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The battery life is the biggest disappointment. I know there are swappable battery packs, but still.

I will likely hold off on getting one, pending third party support. Would be bummed out if it dies a slow death like the Vita, which was considered to have crappy battery life, even at 4+ hours.

If Monster Hunter is released, I will buy a Switch for sure.
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I'm reading 4 launch games And then this:

You won't have to trawl eBay or get a whole new unit in case you lose one of Switch's tiny Joy-Cons or if your dog chews on its dock. Nintendo will sell extra accessories for the console separately -- it has even revealed how much each one would cost you. A single Joy-Con is $50, while a pair (in any color combination) will set you back $80. Too lazy to plug and unplug the dock into different TVs in your home? You can get an extra dock set, which includes an AC adapter and an HDMI cable, for $90. Sure, they're kind of expensive, but at least you can buy them, unlike the Wii U's GamePad.

Nintendo will also sell a $30 charging grip that combines your extra Joy-Cons into one controller and gives you a way to keep playing even when your controllers' batteries are low. Finally, the company will sell two Joy-Con Wheels as a $15 set for any racing game coming to the platform. The Switch, which won't be region-locked and has online multiplayer, will land on March 3rd for $300.
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The battery life is the biggest disappointment. I know there are swappable battery packs, but still.

I will likely hold off on getting one, pending third party support. Would be bummed out if it dies a slow death like the Vita, which was considered to have crappy battery life, even at 4+ hours.

If Monster Hunter is released, I will buy a Switch for sure.
Yeah you'd think something like this, battery life would take precedence. However they did say you can play the thing undocked while charging I'd say if it gets popular enough there should be some add-ons to make it less of a pain in the butt.

I remember there being battery extensions for ipods, so I wonder if something similar can be done here.

The thing with the Wii U gamepad is that the battery seemingly loses power even when not fully in use. The low battery indicator seems to sneak up on you out of nowhere. I would say it's in Nintendo's best interest to figure something out.
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