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avatar Jessie 20th October 2016, 21:54 PM

The Nintendo Switch has been formally revealed. Thoughts?

(Yeah, I stole JeffMOD's shout. What of it?)


avatar JeffMOD says: 20th October 2016, 22:21 PM

I'm pretty excited for it, to be honest. I dunno if I'll have the spare cash to get one, but if the specs (most importantly battery life) are up to snuff I think it'll be a slick piece of hardware.

Super glad they finally brought back cartridges so we don't have to worry about load times as much, or installing a bunch of game data just to decrease said times.

The controller seems a bit unergonomic, but I suppose it's harder to tell that from looks than it is from touch.

I know that if it doesn't match up with Scorpio or the PS Pro in terms of specs people will be all up in arms, but I just dropped $3K cdn on a new rig with a 1080, so if I want graphically intensive games I can just play on that. (Plus Breath of the Wild looks great, so I don't think hardware power is going to be a big deal. That particle-based grass looks super great.)

Nintendo gonna Nintendo, regardless of what everyone else is doing. And that's what makes their stuff special.
avatar Penguinboy says: 20th October 2016, 23:14 PM
I'm keen to hear more details before I make any calls, but portable gaming is more appealing to me than TV console gaming. Colour me intrigued and interested.
avatar Jessie says: 20th October 2016, 23:56 PM
Much of my gaming needs are met with my PC alone. As a platform, PC suits me down to the ground since I can do all the other shit I do day to day on here as well, like visit this very website. Since many of their games cross over and I have little real interest in the ones that don't, the PS4 and XB1 hold little appeal in my eyes.

I have partaken in both the Wii U and the 3DS, though, as those hold different experiences. I decided I wanted the Wii U for titles like Splatoon, Super Mario Maker, Super Smash Bros., and a couple of other titles me and my friends could play and appreciate as a group that could not be located elsewhere. The 3DS I value as a portable device, something I can take with me and play wherever I must. It's value being supported by many great titles that are exclusive to it and its features.

With that in mind, I could see myself getting one of these easily, seeing as it represents the best of both worlds and could wrap my non-PC needs up in one easy package.

But then I got thinking... This is not the Wii U. What if the third-party support for this is actually good? What if significant non-Nintendo titles make it to this thing? It won't have the same kind of graphical quality as other platforms, yes, but if you could play the kind of games you'd normally play on consoles *portably*...
avatar UrbaNebula says: 21st October 2016, 00:14 AM
I'm very much interested in this, purely from a parenting perspective. Come Hell or high water my daughter is going to be a gamer. The portability and Nintendo's track record for local multiplayer games (rather than resorting to online all the time) would be a plus.
avatar Strider says: 21st October 2016, 02:07 AM
There was footage in there of a new Mario game with a proper third person camera. I have no choice but to buy one now.

The little snap-off controllers looks pretty lame, but the pro controller and full tablet setup have me covered. I'm definitely interested.

The most important thing is that they've apparently got a nice big list of third party developers up for supporting the system this time, including support for UE4 & Unity. I really hope they're successful with this.
avatar KB90 says: 21st October 2016, 11:31 AM
At least they are trying something new not like MS or Sony.
avatar Admer456 says: 22nd October 2016, 16:16 PM
I'm impressed. The idea is something new, I guess. But, as with every other hardware (except PC parts), I still won't be able to buy one for a long time.
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