Nintendo Switch

Jan 12th, 2017

Switch Event via YouTube

Well, there you have it, folks.  The release date for the Switch is March 3rd, 2017.  Not much else was revealed about the console, itself, save some new information regarding the Joy-Con controllers…they’re motion controllers.  Also, they’re going to come in different colors (neon red and neon blue).

I’m not going to lie, that hour long presentation unsold me on the Switch right now.  That could very well change, though. 

We got some promising games to look forward to, though: Mario Odyssey, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, and Shin Megami Tensei.  Also, we finally got a release date for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (March 3rd, as well), but I’m not sure that’s enough for me to drop the $299.99 needed to bring one home.

Chaining up to 8 consoles at a time for local multiplayer could be a lot of fun, when more games come out that can utilize that.  However, I do believe that the paid multiplayer could have a negative effect.  We’ll see what’s included in the paid package, and go from there.

Again, my opinion is subject to change (as it often does) as more information is revealed, but right now, I don’t plan to pre-order.

 

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Reveal Oct. 20, 2016

Today, Nintendo released an introductory video, providing us with a look at their newest console:  Nintendo Switch.  NS is pretty much what we all thought it would be, and that’s a good thing.  It’s a home console, and a portable console.  What we didn’t know, was that it’ll be available in March of 2017…Also, it looks really cool.

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Before today, a concern had been that the console would have a watered down version of the home game on the go.  This does not seem to be the case, as Nintendo states that you (they) will play the same title, “wherever, whenever and with whomever they choose.”

While at home, NS will sit in the Nintendo Switch Dock, which allows for playing on the TV with friends, family, or alone.  All one need do to transfer to the bus, car, plane, doctor’s office, etc. is lift NS from the dock and attach the Joy-Con controller to each side.  You may also leave them off for multi-player use.  Apparently, you will even be able to meet up with other NSers in the alleys of mean streets, West Side Story style, and snap your way to a victory in Mario Kart.

The Joy-Con Grip accessory and a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller will also be available for purchasing.

Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO, Nintendo of America stated that, “Nintendo Switch allows gamers the freedom to play however they like.  It gives game developers new abilities to bring their creative visions to life by opening up the concept of gaming without boundaries.”

Developers, such as CAPCOM, BANDAI NAMCO, E. A., Bethesda, Activision, UBISOFT, and Telltale, will have a wider range of play styles to choose from when considering options for upcoming games for NS. This is extremely exciting to me, and I can’t wait for more news…

 

As always, check back for more information as it unfolds…

Final Fantasy 7 Now on Android

Final Fantasy 7 has long been a standard among my friends and me.  I have nothing but fond memories of sitting in my friend Kev’s house nightly, racing Chocobos, wandering around the Gold Saucer, and bitching about the constant random encounters.  He even figured out early game capture (he rigged a VCR to record while we played).  Well, now we can do it all over again, turn off random encounters (for a more direct story experience), jack up all character stats to max, and take screen shots as we go (no more VHS tapes to worry about!) with the release of FF 7 on all Android devices.

Running for $15.99 (USD) on the Google Play Store, it can be had quite easily.

From Square Enix:

“Features for the mobile edition include:
●      Simple and comfortable virtual controller design for a clear view of the action
●      The ability to choose between virtual analog or fixed four-way digital control pad options
●      Adjustable opacity of on-screen controls through the configuration menu
●      An enemy encounter option that allows players to enjoy the storyline uninterrupted. While enemy encounters are turned off, players can still enjoy the story event battles.
●      A Max Stats command that enables players to become all-powerful in the blink of an eye.”

This version, as well as the previously released iOS, PC, and Playstation 3 versions are all available now.  For more information, please visit Square Enix here.

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