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Old 05-17-17, 05:00 PM
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Old 05-17-17, 09:51 PM
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For whatever reason, Japan gets the bundle with the watermelon-style joycons instead:

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Re: Nintendo Switch: Building a New Generation of Hardware from Scratch

The neon green and pink Joy Cons are kind of cool looking. I'd consider getting them if I was getting another set. I've never got a chance to play the first Splatoon as I didn't own a Wii U. Is it pretty good?
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Re: Nintendo Switch: Building a New Generation of Hardware from Scratch

Originally Posted by Mike86
I've never got a chance to play the first Splatoon as I didn't own a Wii U. Is it pretty good?
The campaign is outstanding, although it's on the short side...somewhere in the neighborhood of 5 hours. Online multiplayer is where the real strength is. I played it kind of obsessively, and I'm someone who's traditionally not even into gaming online. My wife got hooked too. It's some of my all-time favorite music in a game, I love the visual aesthetic, it's neat to have a shooter where the goal isn't to just slaughter everyone in sight, the array of weapons / abilities add a tremendous amount of variety, and it does some really clever things with movement. The goal is to cover as much of the arena in your team's ink as possible. You can move more swiftly through your team's ink (like turning into a squid and diving through it), but you're slowed down by enemy ink. The matches are a fixed three minutes, which keeps things consistently frantic in the best possible way.

The biggest downsides for me in the first game are (1) limited map rotation; 2 maps every 4 hours, which quickly feels repetitive and (2) that lousy combination of peer-to-peer and no regional matchmaking, so you're frequently paired with/pitted against Japanese players, resulting in severe lag.
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Re: Nintendo Switch: Building a New Generation of Hardware from Scratch

Those neon green & pink joycons are sex. I will get those and would prefer to have them bundled with the Switch I haven't yet purchased.
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Gross, ugly sex.
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But oh so satisfying!
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Re: Nintendo Switch: Building a New Generation of Hardware from Scratch

I know we're just a few months in, but it's already trending better then the Wii U.

http://www.cinemablend.com/games/166...broke-a-record

This is the second month in a row where the Switch managed to top the charts, originally managing to move 500,000 units in the first half of March in the Americas and then another 500,000 in Japan as well. The system has been extremely popular, managing to move more than 2.74 million units in March alone, according to USA Today.

Another 280,000 added on to the 2.74 million would put the Nintendo Switch well over the 3 million SKU threshold, which means it's definitely trending faster in the sales department than the Wii U.

Back in 2012 the Wii U managed to move 3 million SKUs from November through to the end of December. That means it was moving at a rate of 1 million SKUs a month. However, those sales tapered off rather quickly and the Wii U ended up languishing in sales hell for the better part of 2013.

The Nintendo Switch, alternatively, has already surpassed the Wii U's sales within half that time frame, managing 3 million SKUs from March to April. The really impressive part about it is that they managed to do so during an off-season in terms of big sales.
I'm still really happy with mine, even just playing Zelda, Mario Kart, and Puyo. Pretty impressive to me given all the doubts and negativity around the system.
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Well if you think about it, you're just playing last gen games, but on the go (I realize Puyo Puyo wasn't released on the WiiU but it easily could have been). But Nintendo is like the master of driving up demand, especially considering how lofty those WiiU numbers look compared to how the console ended up. ARMS will be the first uniquely Switch title I'm excited about so I hope it's good.
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November and December still add up to 2 months, right? The same with March and April?

I'm trying hard to figure out how Nov+Dec=3 and how Mar+Apr=(Nov+Dec)/2
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Originally Posted by pinata242
November and December still add up to 2 months, right? The same with March and April?

I'm trying hard to figure out how Nov+Dec=3 and how Mar+Apr=(Nov+Dec)/2
Their math doesn't work at all, in any way. Additionally, the Wii U had sold 3m units by 12-31-12 worldwide, it wasn't even released in the US until November 18th or Japan until December 3rd, the Switch came out on the 3rd of March, Worldwide.

Speaking of gross, ugly sex, Thumper came out yesterday as a download title for the Switch. I've played it a good bit on the Playstation VR and it's decent for people that want something new.

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Re: Nintendo Switch: Building a New Generation of Hardware from Scratch

I didn't even notice that article's shitty math, sorry
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Re: Nintendo Switch: Building a New Generation of Hardware from Scratch

Geez, these games are tiny.

ARMS is 2.2 gigs. Splatoon 2 is 5.5 gigs.
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Yeah, when you don't have a ton of textures to push, or need uncompressed audio or blu-ray grade FMV, your game size is usually pretty respectable.

Breath of the Wild is one of the largest games I've ever played, and clocked in at 13.4 gb.

Gears Of War 4 is at 106gb right now.
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A whole bunch of stuff about Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle has been leaked.

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Ultra Street Fighter II reviews are coming out. They're not great, but it sounds like a lot of it is that the game just doesn't really add anything new.

Sitting at 67 right now on Metacritic, 17 reviews in.

http://www.metacritic.com/game/switc...al-challengers
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Yeah I was tempted when it was first announced, but then they announced the price. Playing against someone else in portable mode seems like a cool idea that I just doubt I would ever use, and I'm not sure about using single joycons either. Maybe I'll get one of the KOF games to try it out.
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Yeah, that isn't a surprise. It's a $40 repackaging for a $10 title.
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Re: Nintendo Switch: Building a New Generation of Hardware from Scratch

So assuming I wanted to get one of these systems for my son (read: me), how hard are they to come by?
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Re: Nintendo Switch: Building a New Generation of Hardware from Scratch

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So assuming I wanted to get one of these systems for my son (read: me), how hard are they to come by?
They show up online in periodic bursts. If you stay semi-plugged-in to the right Twitter feeds, right message boards, etc., you'll have something like 30-45 minutes to order once the "hey, Walmart/Best Buy/Amazon has Switches in stock now!", with that happening a few times a month. With Amazon, you may need to be Prime as well if you're not already. They're not that hard to get, but you'll be buying it on their timetable, not your own.

It might also be a good idea to use http://www.istocknow.com/product/switch; Walmart and Target list specific locations where the Switch is supposedly in-stock, for instance.

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Know this is the Switch thread but digging up the old thread might not get my answer. Wii U question, as I'm looking at buying one used online to play all the old stuff that I never played since the last Nintendo system I owned was the Gamecube. Figure while I wait on getting a Switch would pick up one.

I seem to recall the main issue with digital downloads was that it was tied to a user and once they took their ID off the system those downloads were gone. What if the seller is stating that "Digital games are downloaded and installed on the WiiU's default user account". Would this be a workaround and I would be able to play those games then? Or is there other issues this may cause as well. Please note since the last system I had was a Gamecube I have never even created a Nintendo ID, or anything else for that matter. Thx guys.

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So assuming I wanted to get one of these systems for my son (read: me), how hard are they to come by?
http://www.nowinstock.net/videogamin...intendoswitch/ has an alarm that goes off when they're in stock, I used it to get mine from Amazon.


Or buy a bundle: http://www.toysrus.com/product/index...irpidTRU=27795

or: http://www.gamestop.com/nintendo-swi...Yrs4ZlFipmTBDw

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For being a relatively new console Nintendo has done a good job keeping them available. I've seen my local Target and Walmart get new stock at least a few times already. Usually three or four get stocked and go fairly fast but at least they're getting out.
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Originally Posted by nickdawgy
So assuming I wanted to get one of these systems for my son (read: me), how hard are they to come by?
Within the last week I have seen them sitting on the shelf in 2 different Wal-Mart stores.
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Our Walmarts keep them behind cabinets, you have to actually ask if they're in stock each time. It's biazrre.

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