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  • My word game rage shame

  • Dan234 25/03/2017

    I do so like the "this is a gaming site... why has Ellie mentioned something apart from gaming in an article? I want only games. Why has she mentioned things like Scrabble or families exist? I cannot understand. And I don't like her sense of humour either. Her humour must also be all about games. I hate her for this. Raaar." comments. I mean, if you don't like it, just fucking close the tab and move on to Digital Foundry and where you can comment about how the developer team should be shot at dawn because Alien Face Shooter Marine Squad 4 dropped down to 58fps for a second on the Xbox One. Reply +6
  • Dan234 25/03/2017

    @Majorjaws69 It's better than Halo. Reply +7
  • Left Joy-Con issues resolved for future units, Nintendo claims

  • Dan234 23/03/2017

    Indeed, but if customers are deciding whether or not to buy their console then Nintendo need to give them a bit of confidence in its future direction otherwise that will cost them sales. Of course Nintendo may freak out about that but maybe people working there need to learn something about globalisation if they're selling globally. We don't have this problem with Sony.

    Also it's a manufacturing issue yet people will be without their joycons. They should send a new one out first and the let the customer return the defective one once the new one has been received. That's if they wanted to offer first class service.
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  • Dan234 23/03/2017

    This is Nintendo, they strenuously denied the Wii U came to the end of the production run saying the rumours were unfounded and so on then a week later they announced it had come to the end of its production run.

    How's the manufacturing variation going to be addressed from now onwards, by a bit of conductive foam too?

    When they say they are looking in to things that are missing on the Switch, does that mean they are doing or they're going to shelve them? Who knows, it's Nintendo.

    It may be Japanese culture and all that, but could they at least try not to sound like Comical Ali in front of the world.
    Reply +3
  • Fan project to get Zelda: Breath of the Wild running on PC shows remarkable progress

  • Dan234 22/03/2017

    @gudnikristinn You are allowed to make a backup of your own software in the UK, whatever Nintendo would like to believe.

    https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/copyright/the-internet-filesharing-and-copyright/the-internet-using-other-people-s-material/
    Reply +4
  • Dan234 22/03/2017

    @Simatron3000 Just thought I'd be pedantic and mention that it doesn't give anyone a way to buy software from the Wii Shop, just those who have a valid set of Wii certs (i.e. a Wii).

    Back on topic, Nintendo, having taken down fan games and software which mods original games (where you supply the original), will probably have to have a go at taking down this too, especially if publicity like this continues. As CEMU are crowdsourcing and their goal is making Zelda work on a PC, Nintendo can easily argue that they're making profit on pirating Zelda. I doubt even Iwata would have let this go, so I'm sure the current beancounter-in-charge won't.
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  • Internet discovers high school student who achieved dream of working for Nintendo

  • Dan234 20/03/2017

    I'd better ask Reddit how to turn my life around, see if they can manage where everything else has failed.

    After I finish BOTW though.
    Reply +13
  • Switch loading times tested: MicroSD vs carts and internal storage

  • Dan234 17/03/2017

    @smelly Read it in a few places, e.g. here where it says speedrunners prefer the Wii U version:

    Zelda: Breath of the Wild speedrunners are taking down the game in less than an hour

    Video comparison
    Reply +1
  • Dan234 17/03/2017

    @SvennoJ Yet the Wii U has less internal RAM and a Blu-Ray disc (more or less) and yet it loads faster than the Switch version. I guess files are compressed on the cartridge to fit them all in and extra time is taken up by decompression. Reply +1
  • Dan234 17/03/2017

    This seems to indicate they went for cheapy slow flash memory in the cartridges. Oh Nintendo... Reply +5
  • Splatoon 2 Testfire beta now available to download on UK Nintendo Switch eShop

  • Dan234 16/03/2017

    The driveby downvoter is obviously a Switch fan. Reply +2
  • Breath of the Wild shows Nintendo is learning from PC games

  • Dan234 16/03/2017

    I've seen a couple of glitches - a mountain goat running away from me faded away right in front of me (instead of in the distance I suppose). Also a couple of travellers have appeared right in front of me, hovering just a bit above the ground, dropped to the floor, and started walking.

    It's enough to drag you out of the game and back to reality.

    And monsters sometimes do strange things like going back to sleep even though half their group have suddenly disappeared because you stopped time on a rock and made it fly through their camp killing them.

    Oh, and you can shoot the rope with a normal arrow.
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  • The reward for collecting all 900 Zelda: Breath of the Wild Korok seeds is a bit poo

  • Dan234 15/03/2017

    12 hours and two seeds. I'm probably doing something wrong... Reply +1
  • PaRappa the Rapper Remastered release date set

  • Dan234 15/03/2017

    If it were rubbish there'd be no market for it and it wouldn't have been remastered. Reply +1
  • Has Nintendo Switch already been hacked?

  • Dan234 14/03/2017

    @Kasjer The fact that Tegra runs Android doesn't make much difference, the hardware is not intrinsically insecure, just the OS and software that Nintendo chooses to put on it.

    There have been an suggestions that the Switch's OS is similar to the 3DS, which doesn't bode well.
    Reply +1
  • Dan234 14/03/2017

    Nintendo's only hope is making Zelda's DLC depend on a firmware update which incidentally has a hell of a lot better security than this.

    And I think they know this because at least the Wii U Zelda DLC in the eShop says it may need a firmware update before buying.
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  • Nintendo Switch lets you see your playtime - after 10 days

  • Dan234 13/03/2017

    Nintendo have an office full of salarymen working out how to gimp each feature, it's the only explanation. Reply 0
  • Why Nintendo Switch games are ending up more expensive

  • Dan234 13/03/2017

    @JamesSwiftDay How about if they had put the Blu-ray drive in the dock and make games installable to internal flash (obviously they would have had to include more than 32Gb).

    The dock would need to have been more than a bit of plastic, but not that much more.

    It'd also be a neat way of answering the "does he really have the disc?" question if there's ever a Wii (U) virtual console.
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  • Nintendo investigating Switch Joy-Con issues

  • Dan234 13/03/2017

    @Picklejuice The Switch is already hacked. So much for nobbling game saves protecting them from that. They might as well make everybody's life easier and allow SD card saves.

    And put WebKit in a sandbox.

    Nintendo don't really do security.
    Reply +1
  • Dan234 13/03/2017

    This may not reflect the amount of users who have experienced the problem, however - simply those who have taken the step to order a repair, during which users are warned that their game progress will be wiped.

    It's 2017 and there's a console launched with a game that has hundreds of hours of gameplay but there's no SD card backup and no cloud backup.

    Why Nintendo, why?

    (And Nintendo had better make SD card backups work on other consoles if they finally pull their finger out and do them otherwise they'll be as good as useless.)
    Reply +9
  • I hate freedom

  • Dan234 11/03/2017

    @Foolish_Monkey I bought Zelda this week despite my better judgement. After fitting it in at the end of the end of the day for four days running I am absolutely knackered. I've only played it about 8 hours. I guess this one is going to take a while.

    Can't understand how on earth you were negged, perhaps the people who disagree could enlighten the rest of us.
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  • Embattled Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega Plus delayed again

  • Dan234 10/03/2017

    Looks like the ZX Spectrum Next will be out before this, and they haven't even started crowdfunding yet. Reply +2
  • Super Bomberman R review

  • Dan234 09/03/2017

    @George-Roper Haven't you forgotten that you have to buy 6 double joycon packs because the left joycons won't be working? Outrageous!

    (The controller argument is bobbins, you'd have the same problem with any new platform.)
    Reply +11
  • Dan234 09/03/2017

    Funny how it seems worse than the WiiWare version from 10 years ago.

    I guess this was hobbled by Konami developing it at the lowest possible cost and putting it out at a premium price, Nintendo flailing about with online (you can tell the 3DS team call the shots because Friend Codes got in), and Unity which I suppose was chosen because Konami thought they could just bang out a game cheaply with it.
    Reply +6
  • Watch: Johnny cooks meat and mushroom skewers from Breath of the Wild

  • Dan234 09/03/2017

    So where is the fridge in Zelda to leave the ingredients in overnight? Don't tell me I have to trek out to one of the tech labs. Reply 0
  • Is Zelda on Switch worth the upgrade from Wii U?

  • Dan234 08/03/2017

    @RSX901

    It's not a mirrored screen though, unlike other games. Nintendo might have decided to render at 480p instead of 720p in gamepad view. Why do more work?

    This already happens on the Switch (900p docked vs 720p undocked).

    Edit: I blame the autocorrect for the previous typo... :/
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  • Dan234 08/03/2017

    There's one configuration missing: Wii U gamepad. At 480p it might end up winning... Reply -4
  • Dan234 06/03/2017

    @rep-

    The Switch is a console with a single purpose - Nintendo first & second party games.

    That could probably be said about any Nintendo console since the N64.

    I've gone for the Wii U version since the Switch seems like a money pit and there's something about it that shows that Nintendo haven't really learnt their lessons. It might be a fantastic success, but it might not.
    Reply +2
  • Dan234 04/03/2017

    @arty So are people buying the Wii U one digitally?

    Not at that price.
    Reply +2
  • Switch has redesigned portable gaming forever

  • Dan234 08/03/2017

    @VanillaLake Apparently the update does something for some people. I guess Nintendo turned up the power but it doesn't fix all of them.

    I guess Nintendo will be setting up a production line with people soldering wires inside returned left joycons.
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  • Dan234 08/03/2017

    Why did Nintendo make the USB-C to HDMI proprietary meaning it's got to go through the dock instead of just a cable? Now you've got to lug the dock round with you if you go somewhere like on holiday or travelling for work. I hope a third party comes up with a cable which can do it.

    Secondly the issue with the dock scratching the screen is madness. Did Nintendo never test this? (Obviously not, what with the joycon issue.) Perhaps they just specced it out to Chinese white label factories and trusted them to get it right.

    Third, they gimped Zelda on the Wii U. The map should be on the second screen (pad if you're playing on the TV, TV if you're playing on the pad) so as not to show up the Switch. Bad form, Nintendo.

    I get the feeling that Iwata was a bit of a Steve Jobs figure who was a gamer and understood what it was about and told them to go back and get it right if it wasn't, even if the Wii U was a bit of a flop due to missing the tablet wave and bad marketing. The new boss seems more of an accountant, as can be seen with the pricing.
    Reply +6
  • Nintendo says Switch dead pixels "normal", not a defect

  • Dan234 07/03/2017

    Bought faulty tech? exercise your right to a 30 day refund in UK

    “The new laws coming in today should make it easier for people to understand and use their rights, regardless of what goods or services they buy,” said Gillian Guy the chief executive of Citizens Advice.

    They say ‘For the first time anyone who buys faulty goods will be entitled to a full refund for up to 30 days after the purchase.’

    The Consumer Rights Act says that goods

    must be of satisfactory quality, based on what a reasonable person would expect, taking into account the price

    must be fit for purpose. If the consumer has a particular purpose in mind, he or she should make that clear

    must meet the expectations of the consumer.
    Reply +6
  • Watch: The Shadow of Mordor you never knew existed

  • Dan234 07/03/2017

    I suppose EG wanted those valuable clicks from old people with disposable income so concocted a title which would work like a red rag to a bull.

    Well, it worked. I too am an old person.

    Next week on EG: The granny with a garden you never knew existed.
    Reply 0
  • Finally, we have answers to Nintendo Switch's digital game sharing questions

  • Dan234 04/03/2017

    @PickleJuice Windows, Mac, and Linux are different platforms... but look, it works.

    Steam night not exist in 10 years but I can keep backups. I trust the platform.

    I don't particularly trust Nintendo based on past record and their reticence to explain things and use physical media wherever possible. If I buy an indie title I prefer Steam over Nintendo.
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  • Dan234 03/03/2017

    @PickleJuice Not much entitlement. I can crank up Steam 10 years later on a different PC or Mac or Linux box and download it.

    That would be good if it happened on the Switch. A discount would be nice. Nintendo actually saying something about their services and future plans efore people putting down 280 quid would be best of all, it would mean Nintendo finally "get" online and realise that people don't just buy the hardware any more.
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  • Dan234 03/03/2017

    @Toothball If your console breaks or is stolen, you can't press the deregister button. You're back to calling Nintendo and begging. Reply +12
  • Dan234 03/03/2017

    @Umang Why complicate things with friend codes if online isn't ready and there are no online games yet? They should just concentrate in rolling out NNID, Nintendo Account, or Switch username (whichever it is they want to use, they're not clear on this) now instead of holding them up while they do FCs.

    People aren't bothered if data space runs out, they're bothered if the console croaks or is stolen (an issue with portable consoles) or they want to transfer save data to another either permanently or temporarily or keep a backup on the computer.

    People also want to know what's happened with their library? Will the Switch's eShop take into account WiiWare, Wii VC, Wii U stuff? World of Goo is out, do they get a discount or free Switch version? What's the VC upgrade policy? Does it go back to the Wii which had a big VC collection? These are reasonable things to know.
    Reply +14
  • Dan234 03/03/2017

    So you can log in on a second console but there's no point...

    - you can't nominate a second console as a console which receives eShop downloads. So people will stick to cartridges.

    - you also can't transfer save data and there's no cloud save.

    And there's friend codes which aren't needed but were resurrected from the dead anyway.

    Just... How can they get it so wrong three home generations and three portable generations in a row? It'a like the previous home and portable console teams were responsible for bringing the worst of their console to the Switch. Argh...

    /facepalm
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  • Nintendo gives Switch Joy-Con wireless connectivity advice, warns of nearby fish tanks

  • Dan234 04/03/2017

    @knocker Tried updating, turning off (not sleep) with the Switch docked with joycons attached, letting everything charge up fully, and turning on again?

    Hopefully then the joycons will get updated, that's if there's an update to the joycons (who knows, Nintendo haven't confirmed it).
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  • Dan234 04/03/2017

    How could they screw this up after they managed Bluetooth controllers on the Wii and Wii U fine? Unless they decided to use lower power to save battery but went too low power.

    Perhaps they could have told people they were holding them wrong like Apple did, it worked for them.
    Reply +11
  • How things end

  • Dan234 04/03/2017

    The left hand has also brought us DLC, NFC collectables which unlock things that otherwise stay locked, in-app purchases, and free-to-play (or as Nintendo more accurately call it, free-to-start). So it's not all been gravy. Reply +4
  • Friend codes return for Nintendo Switch

  • Dan234 02/03/2017

    @johnathansia Why would legacy compatability be needed if there's no legacy software?

    Friend codes aren't even legacy, adding friends with friend codes has been rolled out before adding friends with NNIDs, Nintendo Account names, Switch usernames, or social network IDs.

    It's rather a mess. I'm not sure why they couldn't just add Switch and mobile support to NNIDs instead of having different IDs for the same person and having to link some of them together.
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  • Dan234 02/03/2017

    @johnathansia No, local users are nearby users on the LAN. Reply 0
  • Dan234 02/03/2017

    So there's a NNID and a Nintendo Account which requires you to claim your Switch username. But they resurrect friend codes after the Wii U dropped them.

    It's almost as if they don't know what they're doing with online...
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  • Here's our first look at Nintendo Switch eShop

  • Dan234 02/03/2017

    @robfielding If it's like the Wii U eShop you get a reduced price shown when the game appears in the shop. Reply 0
  • Nintendo Switch has its first portable-only game you can't play on TV

  • Dan234 27/02/2017

    @LightlySalted

    Nintendo never promoted this console as anything but a culmination of their previous machines (Wii U and 3DS)

    Not sure it's going to work out, their portable consoles have had dual screens for more than 10 years and the Wii U brought dual screens to their home console, now they've taken them away with the Switch so a lot of ported stuff from earlier Nintendo consoles is going to be a compromise.

    Why doesn't this game allow air mouse controls with the joycons while the Switch is docked? (I assume the Switch can do this otherwise there'll have to be a further compromise when it comes to pointer-driven games that Wiimotes could do.)
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  • A complete history of Nintendo console launches

  • Dan234 24/02/2017

    @vert1go They say they're looking into a browser and media players. Are they looking into them into the same way they were looking into a Wii DVD player channel and using a Wii U with two gamepads?

    As for the eShop, do you know if you can log into more than one Switch with the same user and download games to more than one console like on PS, XB, and Steam? Their announcement on the subject talked about relinking consoles which is the same thing the Wii U and 3DS do, but not about this. Then there were no further announcements. How many things get transferred across from previous platforms? How many things aren't but give you a discount? When will the virtual console launch? How much will online multiplayer cost?

    There are too many unanswered questions and it's too expensive to just buy it on day one and hope that Nintendo will do everything right.
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  • Dan234 24/02/2017

    The photo for the DS is a bit wrong, it had a more hideous GBA look before the Game & Watch-style lite version came out.

    Also this is funny:

    "A moment of corporate arrogance from Nintendo - which was very much their style at the time"

    They're still at it with the Switch - they're silent on the eShop, downloadable games, browser (or not), media player (or not), and virtual console. But please buy one.
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  • Nintendo Switch Joy-Con connection issue sparks concern ahead of launch

  • Dan234 24/02/2017

    The running after syncing again is when the analogue stick is recalibrated and it now thinks the middle is where you're holding it (like every wireless Nintendo controller since the Wavebird).

    I really hope their fix is not recalibrating it after a quick desync and resync but it still drops out anyway.
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  • We finally unbox the Nintendo Switch

  • Dan234 23/02/2017

    @TelexStar It's not like many people have USB-C chargers lying about. I'm sure Nintendo have spotted a business opportunity selling second chargers. Reply -1