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Nintendo Switch (Project NX) Console Thread. Zelda on Switch & WiiU

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ReeGee wrote:
Dec 5th, 2017 12:52 pm
It's not just about resolution though. The XL was a far better device due to all around better design choices, the "New" even better than that for obvious reasons. Portable resolution isn't the Switch's only issue either, it's just one more nagging issue on top of others. I'm glad I was able to sell my original 3DS and upgrade, but I'd rather not go through that hassle again with the Switch, especially when it costs 2x more. I have a feeling the inevitable improved Switch will be so much better that people will have a very hard time selling the current ones.
I don't know if we'll see a 3DS style improvement to the Switch. Looking at Nintendo's past they have done very little to improve on the home console, they did nothing with the WiiU and only had minor cosmetic things with the Wii and gamecube. Also I'd be curious what sort of improvements one could actually expect. There are a number of physical design limitations due to probably wanting to keep the controllers forward/backwards compatible.

Id be totally shocked if they made it "faster" SKU ala the "new" 3DS pr PS4Pro/XB1X given how pointless the former was and how much the latter rely's on patches and developers returning to older titles. As a result I don't think we'll see a higher resolution screen on that thing any time soon.

Outside of the crap Wifi most of the other issues just came down to manufacturing defects (ie disconnecting joycons, dock scratching the screen) which have been resolved for the most part.

The only thing I can maybe seem them doing (outside of a minor refresh and different color variety s) is maybe introducing seperate SKU's for home and portable. IE. a box without the screen or the tablet sans dock but then I thought all along the smart play would be to make a cheap tablet less version of the WiiU and we never saw that either.
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Haven't had any issues with the Switch hardware wise.

Rocket League looked terrible portable, so I refunded it. Xenoblade looked meh, but good enough if I ever want to play on the go. There's obviously going to be short comings, you can't expect PS4 level quality on the go - minus first party Nintendo games which shows how they're magicians.

If Nintendo comes out with a new SKU in 2019, I'll happily buy it. 2 years out of my console would be fine for me. I can see why someone would be annoyed if they buy the system in December 2018 though - but I mean, if you waited that long, only yourself to blame.
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XC2 looks alright for the most part. Not good, not terrible. It propped up by how detailed and intricate its art direction (generally) is. The city that features heavily in Digital Foundry's video is a noticeable sore spot for the games performance in general. None of the other cities in the game, including some that are much larger and denser, perform as badly.

And I don't think we'll get a substantive Switch hardware refresh. The gap between the portable mode on the original hardware and the docked mode on the refreshed hardware would likely be a huge problem.
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SpicYMchaggis wrote:
Dec 5th, 2017 1:38 pm
I don't know if we'll see a 3DS style improvement to the Switch. Looking at Nintendo's past they have done very little to improve on the home console, they did nothing with the WiiU and only had minor cosmetic things with the Wii and gamecube. Also I'd be curious what sort of improvements one could actually expect. There are a number of physical design limitations due to probably wanting to keep the controllers forward/backwards compatible.

Id be totally shocked if they made it "faster" SKU ala the "new" 3DS pr PS4Pro/XB1X given how pointless the former was and how much the latter rely's on patches and developers returning to older titles. As a result I don't think we'll see a higher resolution screen on that thing any time soon.

Outside of the crap Wifi most of the other issues just came down to manufacturing defects (ie disconnecting joycons, dock scratching the screen) which have been resolved for the most part.

The only thing I can maybe seem them doing (outside of a minor refresh and different color variety s) is maybe introducing seperate SKU's for home and portable. IE. a box without the screen or the tablet sans dock but then I thought all along the smart play would be to make a cheap tablet less version of the WiiU and we never saw that either.
The WiiU never got a refresh because it was considered a "failure" and wasn't actually portable the way the Switch is. The Switch is a hot seller and is actually portable so I think a refresh will come sooner than you guys think. I wouldn't be surprised if they announce it at E3 2018 or earlier.
I'm not a fan of the current dock design and cheap scratch prone screen and while I'm not expecting Pro/X levels of hardware upgrade or any upgrade in docked mode for that matter, I'd like to see portable boosted to maintain 720p or close at all times. I would hope the joycon connection, wifi and scratching issues have been resolved in manufacturing by now, but I'm not in a rush to gamble on it either and can wait for something better. If nothing better comes along then I'll just buy it when it's way cheaper and there are more games.
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Dec 5th, 2017 5:06 pm
And I don't think we'll get a substantive Switch hardware refresh. The gap between the portable mode on the original hardware and the docked mode on the refreshed hardware would likely be a huge problem.
I don't think a hardware spec refresh for docked mode is nessecary, just the design of the dock itself. I do think a hardware spec refresh for portable mode is nessecary though, especially if they want third party games to matter in the long run. Otherwise it's going to be yet another same old "nintendo games only" platform which is actually fine with me, but just not at the current price.
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I rarely use mine undocked anyway. In fact I can barely stand using the thing without the Pro controller, my hands cramp up after 20-30 minutes with the joycons. I basically just bought it for exclusives and TV docked mode. Pretty happy with the price to performance so far but I would not want to see a new SKU so soon and I highly doubt they would do that.

They have A LOT to do in terms of improving the OS and overall software platform over the next year.
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There was a directed this morning.

Some decent stuff. A lot of ports though, but I guess a lot of people skipped out on the Wii U. I'm actually pretty excited for The World Ends With You, I've wanted to play it since it came out, but never got around to it. And I've been meaning to pick up Ys VIII, so I might get it on Switch if I the performance holds up.
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So I was flat against the Switch when it first came out. No real reason that I can explain that would make sense other than I had lost all faith in Nintendo. Santa dropped one off for my Son this past Xmas. My opinion has changed somewhat after watching him play Mario Odyssey and Zelda. Seems to be a great platform until "the uninformed dad" decides he would love to play some Super Mario Brothers on a winter storm day we are all home. Obviously that didn't happen and my feeling's of Nintendo somewhat reverted. Overall it seems to be a great "expensive" system with all the add-on's.
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Ascott wrote:
Jan 11th, 2018 12:36 pm
There was a directed this morning.

Some decent stuff. A lot of ports though, but I guess a lot of people skipped out on the Wii U. I'm actually pretty excited for The World Ends With You, I've wanted to play it since it came out, but never got around to it. And I've been meaning to pick up Ys VIII, so I might get it on Switch if I the performance holds up.
hopefully they're saving the big 2018 games for E3 because nothing here really does anything for me. TWEWY and Tropical Freeze are great games but they're old and I've played them already
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Bought Zelda for a friend's son who was disappointed when he bought the Switch and could not get that game. Only 12 copies in the shipment to EB Games yesterday for the whole city means a lot of disappointed people...
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That was a rather mediocre Nintendo Direct, seeing how they were teasing their fanbase on Twitter. Nintendo could have tricked down most of these announcements via a press release.

There are three key franchises that could plausibly come on the Switch this year: Fire Emblem, Animal Crossing and Super Smash Bros. Nintendo has already stated that Fire Emblem will be out this year. I feel there will be either an Animal Crossing or Smash Bros this year...but not both.

I'm amused there is still no information on media applications, cloud saves, virtual console or their online infrastructure. Only Nintendo can get away with this in 2018.

And what is going on at Retro Studios?!?!?
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At least one of these are rumored for Nintendo's E3 2018 presentation:

Metroid Prime 4
Pokemon RPG on the Switch
Bayonetta 3
heywhatsmyname wrote:
Jan 11th, 2018 6:25 pm
That was a rather mediocre Nintendo Direct, seeing how they were teasing their fanbase on Twitter. Nintendo could have tricked down most of these announcements via a press release.

There are three key franchises that could plausibly come on the Switch this year: Fire Emblem, Animal Crossing and Super Smash Bros. Nintendo has already stated that Fire Emblem will be out this year. I feel there will be either an Animal Crossing or Smash Bros this year...but not both.

I'm amused there is still no information on media applications, cloud saves, virtual console or their online infrastructure. Only Nintendo can get away with this in 2018.

And what is going on at Retro Studios?!?!?

Nintendo has still not updated the My Nintendo Rewards section to include Nintendo Switch related rewards.

Sitting on Nintendo Gold Points that will expire before Nintendo gets around to updating their site at this rate.
The status for adding Nintendo Switch Rewards has been "coming soon" since March of last year when the Switch launched.

https://my.nintendo.com/reward_categories
The old Club Nintendo system was much better and had tangible rewards that could not be purchased anywhere else.

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heywhatsmyname wrote:
Jan 11th, 2018 6:25 pm
There are three key franchises that could plausibly come on the Switch this year: Fire Emblem, Animal Crossing and Super Smash Bros. Nintendo has already stated that Fire Emblem will be out this year. I feel there will be either an Animal Crossing or Smash Bros this year...but not both.
Pokemon is the big one. Surprisingly followed by Animal Crossing - New Leaf is a sales monster that flew under the radar somehow.
And what is going on at Retro Studios?!?!?
Hopefully not more Donkey Kong Country. Whatever their main project is, Alexander Brandon the composer that worked on stuff like Deus Ex, Dust, and Torment: Tides Numeria is working on it.
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XFactor11 wrote:
Jan 11th, 2018 6:37 pm
At least one of these are rumored for Nintendo's E3 2018 presentation:

Metroid Prime 4
Pokemon RPG on the Switch
Bayonetta 3
Bayonetta 3 seems the most plausible.

We might get more information about Pokemon. I think it will be a 2019 release.

I don't think we will hear about Metroid Prime 4 for a while. When Nintendo announced it last June they said it just went into development. I'd be surprised if it releases before 2020.
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I got Doom for Switch for Christmas. Once you get over the graphical sacrifices they had to get it on the Switch (not a big deal to me) it’s just a blast to play.

I’ve had just as much fun with Doom as anything else on the Switch. I would recommend it to you guys that like old school shooters. You can actually pick it up and play for 10 minutes and put it down. I highly recommend it.

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