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  • Nintendo Switch eShop will finally link purchases to accounts, not consoles

  • abeeken 17/02/2017

    Just to point out, the old NNID did track purchase history even though the licenses were tied to a specific system (although that could be transferred if your wanted/needed to - I still have all my Wii digital purchases moved from there to my Wii U) and if you linked your Club Nintendo account that also included Wii titles. They've used this to do cross buy promotions and discounts on the past - buy x on Wii U or 3DS and get it for free or at a discount on the other system and the like.

    So IN THEORY they could use this to allow redownoad of old purchases that were available on Wii U or at least offer a discount (as they do for virtual console)

    The whole account thing never really bothered me but then I gather I'm in the minority on that one, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ it's certainly never made me not want to buy a Wii or Wii U. I think boycotting something for that reason is a bit petty, personally.
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  • 1-2 Switch is Nintendo's attempt to recapture Wii's golden era

  • abeeken 24/01/2017

    I really want to play this; I think it should be a firm family favourite for us, but not including it as a Wii sports like pack in was a foolish decision from Nintendo. Reply +5
  • I Am Setsuna now a Nintendo Switch launch title

  • abeeken 23/01/2017

    @Sand_man Totally! I can see me propping the Switch up on my office desk and getting some crafty time in on Zelda, maybe whittle away at some side quests or collectables and leave the dungeons for TV play. And when I head off on work conferences I can just take the Switch and a generic USB C charge cable with me for the train/hotel.

    A lot of people said how VR was their gaming utopia - well this is my VR, this is what I always wanted from gaming! :D
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  • abeeken 23/01/2017

    @mr_moti I actually think I'd play more long games (like JRPG's) if I could have that portability. With a family I can't always be tethered to the TV but being able to pick up a console and play it anywhere in the house, put in 10 mins here and there or even take it to work with me for play on lunch/while on the bus would be phenomenal. Reply +2
  • abeeken 23/01/2017

    @JoelStinty Well there's no Vita version of it available - something that's burned me in the past when I've been looking forward to some Salt and Sanctuary on the go. This is where I'm hoping the Switch can excel - no need for cross buy/save as the purpose of the console is to be both portable and TV based. Reply +3
  • abeeken 23/01/2017

    @trobby Let's get Rayman Legumes on there as well and we could have a proper fruit and veg themed launch! :D Reply +4
  • abeeken 23/01/2017

    @bad09 After the Wii U I take any support from EA for Nintendo with a fistful of salt "Oh noes, no one wanted our shonky port of FIFA? Clearly this system is doomed to failure and we'll be having no part of it!" The only reason Wii U got the fantastic port of NFS: Most Wanted was because Criterion pushed for it, not EA - and it got such a limited release that it was nigh on impossible to find a copy! Reply +2
  • abeeken 23/01/2017

    @danielhorvath Give me Fast RMX as a launch game and I'll be over the moon. Genuinely looking forward to that - Neo was a real treat on Wii U. Reply +4
  • The story behind the worst game ever made

  • abeeken 23/01/2017

    @xakmad Oh it's entirely possible to do that - if you don't value your sanity, that is: https://youtu.be/Xc3D5GEwWY8 Reply +1
  • Did Nintendo download a Mario ROM and sell it back to us?

  • abeeken 19/01/2017

    Another possibility here is that the ROM dump from Nintendo's files IS the one that's doing the rounds online, possibly leaked by an employee.

    There was always a suggestion that the cracked copies of Adobe Creative Suite that used to do the rounds actually originated from Adobe themselves as a way to get people using the software.
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  • The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ will be a Switch launch title in North America

  • abeeken 19/01/2017

    @Duffking Interested, as I played BoI to death on Vita - what's been badly received about it? Reply 0
  • abeeken 19/01/2017

    @Dizzy Read the article. Reply +8
  • abeeken 19/01/2017

    @Dislecksier You're not going to get anywhere, that's too logical - they'll read the headline and the tag and head straight to the comments without readig the fact that it's the complete collection with all dlc and is only $3 more than the Steam copy, which is pretty much par for the course. Yes, there are some not so good things about the Switch but they're nothing new in the realms of console gaming (paid online, high launch prices) and frankly common sense seems to have taken a nosedive around here over the last few days. Reply +15
  • £60 Zelda: Breath of the Wild for Nintendo Switch now £50 on Amazon UK

  • abeeken 19/01/2017

    @jacobean_blender Thank you! I'm glad it's not just me. I think I managed to convince my parents to sub me the difference because I was determined to have my own copy of it - I was rather jealous of my SNES owning cousin at the time, I think! It wasn't a very good port, but I did play it to death. The Amiga version of Super Street Fighter 2 was far better, though. Reply 0
  • abeeken 18/01/2017

    @bad09 I could swear it was £30; it was from Electronic Boutique so that's likely ;P Also I was 12 at the time so my memory might be failing be, but I'm sure it was more than I was used to at the time. Reply 0
  • abeeken 18/01/2017

    @hairy_yan I remember paying £30 for a sub-par port of Street Fighter 2 on Amiga back in the days. That was a pretty penny for a game on that platform. A large reason I didn't move over to consoles until the PS2 era was due to the huge markup on games compared to Amiga/PC. It's nothing new - it's just that we've got a whole new generation of whelps to complain about it. Reply +2
  • abeeken 18/01/2017

    @iRuleHyrule I almost always pay a cheaper price on delivery for Blu-Ray, Music and Games after pre-ordering. The company sets the RRP but it's up to the retailer to undercut that in the interests of competition. This isn't anything new and it's certainly not the portent of doom and gloom that some seem to think it is. Reply +1
  • Nintendo Switch's bundled Joy-Con grip doesn't charge controllers

  • abeeken 16/01/2017

    @Elba You know you can use the joy cons as a full controller without them on the shell, just hold one half in each hand? Let's not let facts get in the way of a good rant, though...

    Or buy the pro controller?
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  • abeeken 16/01/2017

    @ooStevo Thanks! There's a re brand in the horizon and we're planning a bunch of video content over the next few months. :) Reply +1
  • abeeken 16/01/2017

    @JoelStinty If the Switch doesn't succeed I literally think it's because the community won't LET it succeed, regardless of what they say "Oh, I loooove Nintendo, I sooooo want them to succeed!!! (Actually don't want them to succeed because I'm a whiney millenial who was suckled on the sweet teat of Microsoft/Sony)"

    They just can't win - the gaming press twist everything they do to be negative, the gamers go along with that. Yes, they do some dumb stuff, but their software and hardware is solid.
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  • abeeken 16/01/2017

    @jacobean_blender I quit Kotaku, I quit Polygon and I'm currently on the fence as to whether I'm going to quit here. There needs to be somewhere online that isn't in it for the clicks and can provide less sensationalised coverage of videogames.

    Now, I'm not one for self promotion but maybe check out the site I write for at nextgengamingblog.com. We're trying to push ahead with just that. We may be small but we're starting to get a lot of traction and we're trying to be far less clickbaity than other outlets. :D
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  • abeeken 16/01/2017

    @mostro Still one of the finest controllers to use. If they made the USB GameCube adaptor compatible with Switch I'd be all over it. Reply -1
  • abeeken 16/01/2017

    @grassyknoll If you want removable batteries, reasonable prices and no online fees I'm surprised you play any videogames! (Unless you're a PC gamer in which case, fair play!) Reply +2
  • abeeken 16/01/2017

    @Robot_37 Options are great! Knowing that I can put whatever batteries I want into my XBox One controller is fine and, out of the box it works great. I think I've changed the AA's about three times since I got it (One S bought at launch which would be... October?) My Wii U pad has never really been out of charge as I keep it constantly docked when not in use. If anything it's my PS4 controller that's a liability - I feel like I'm having to have that on charge constantly. Reply +1
  • abeeken 16/01/2017

    Why not call out Microsoft for not supplying rechargable battery packs in the XBox controllers? Or Sony for forcing you to tether the controller to your PS4 out of the box if you want to charge it? You play your game, you reattach the Con's and they charge off the Switch while it's docked, OR you redock the Switch after you've played it OR you plug the Switch in to keep the charge flowing as you play, or after you've finished playing. In a way this is more than you get from XBox and Playstation as it's a more convenient way of getting juice into the essential part of the console.

    Come on, this is such a nontroversy and another example of Eurogamer's increasingly inflamatory approach to journalism. Your comments sections are a cess pool as it is - no surprise really when everything you post is written in such a way as to incite the playground squabbling that is so prevalent.

    Ridiculous.
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  • Yooka-Laylee cancelled for Wii U due to "unforeseen technical issues"

  • abeeken 13/12/2016

    Yeah... played YL at EGX and found it a lot of fun - cannot in any way see how it wouldn't be possible on Wii U considering that console is home to such technical marvels as Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8, Wonderful 101, Bayonetta 2, Xenoblade X... etc.

    So "unforseen technical issues" here means "We don't want to put it on a console that no one's buying and is being discontinued". If they say they can't bring it to Switch because of "technical issues" I'm calling utter bulls**t on that one too.
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  • Steep review

  • abeeken 09/12/2016

    @Zerobob I could never get into 1080 but I think that was because I came to it with the GameCube version. I would love Microsoft to give Amped another crack, though - the first one was excellent! Reply +1
  • abeeken 09/12/2016

    @Der_tolle_Emil I played the Beta on XBox One and it performed really well. Quite a looker. Reply +2
  • abeeken 09/12/2016

    @captain-T-dawg I don't recall there being much of a UI - there are some floating overlays and such, showing you where drop points and checkpoints are but other than that I think it was relatively clean. Reply +3
  • abeeken 09/12/2016

    When I got over the fact it wasn't SSX I really enjoyed the beta. There are definitely some frustrations, but it is great to just explore the peaks in solitude. It's like The Crew without the crappy story. And on snow. And without cars.

    A new SSX would be great but it's also nice to see someone trying something different. I've still got my SSX games; I can play them on my PS2 any time I want (and frequently do)
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  • So, about that Assassin's Creed Ezio Collection glitch video

  • abeeken 23/11/2016

    This guy gets my two thumbs up for actually DOING RESEARCH instead of simply getting all up in arms and sharing things in an indignant rage. Seriously folks. Let's stop doing that. We've seen where blindly getting into a rage and sharing opinionated or even plain false stuff on the internet has gotten us this year. Reply +7
  • Lego City Undercover is getting a Nintendo Switch port

  • abeeken 22/11/2016

    @smallblueslime Oh yeah, I do remote play on my PS4 and XBox One, but it's not the same as having the functionality baked into the device, having one single point of play that converts from portable to fixed. It's been my gaming holy grail for a while now, even moreso than VR. Reply +1
  • abeeken 22/11/2016

    I can see open world/sandbox games being a big benefit on Switch. I often steer away from them as they sink too much of my "sat in front of the TV" time, but being able to pick up the console and tool away on a bit of a game between jobs, bring them to work on the bus, play them on my lunch hour - sign me up with Switch please! Reply +3
  • abeeken 22/11/2016

    This is good. LCU is a fantastic game marred by horrific load times. Reply +2
  • Let's raise a glass to Ubisoft's other open world game set in San Francisco

  • abeeken 18/11/2016

    @TekMerc Yeah, I meant Ubisoft :) It is a shame when devs who create brilliant, streamlined experiences get dragged off to do bloated "modern" games; see also Criterion on Need For Speed. God, give me a straight up, non open world Burnout done by them and I'll be in heaven. Reply +1
  • abeeken 18/11/2016

    @jammers101 They have The Crew now - it's pretty much their driving take on the open world. I played it for a bit when it was free on PC - it had some good stuff but the online part of it was so aggressively in your face I've not really returned to it. Reply +6
  • abeeken 18/11/2016

    @MikkyX LoveFilm's still going - it's an Amazon service now. I tend to use it to rent obscure films that never show up on Prime or Netflix. Reply +1
  • abeeken 18/11/2016

    Absolutely love San Fransisco - totally barmy game with a wry sense of humour, very original and unique. Would be an ideal candidate for XBox One back compatibility. It's the kind of game you only ever get once in a blue moon, something few people buy but is loved by almost everyone that plays it. Reply +4
  • Sources: Nintendo Switch to get Pokémon Sun and Moon version

  • abeeken 18/11/2016

    @geox30 Certainly better than straight ports of Sun and Moon - a lot of fans are quite obsessive about having ALL the versions of a given Pokemon iteration (looking at my son's DS game cart case with ALL OF THE POKEMON in it) Reply 0
  • abeeken 18/11/2016

    @Mr.Spo I'm still taking everything with a pinch of salt until January rolls round. I've seen too many bullshot videos in the past which have used "tweaked" versions of existing games cg'd onto dummy screens as a way of promoting something. As far as I'm concerned, the only thing that looks legit is Zelda and Mario, but if there are new SMK and Splatoon games, I'd hope they'd be new or modified versions rather than straight up ports. SMK in particular has a history of bringing legacy courses into new iterations and including the classic maps in a new Splatoon would make a lot of sense. Reply 0
  • abeeken 18/11/2016

    If true... nice! We're getting the kids Sun and Moon for their 2DS's for Christmas; I'd be well into a version for Switch, as I'm highly likely to pick one up at launch unless the initial line up looks utterly abysmal (which I'm hoping it won't). Reply 0
  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild to miss Nintendo Switch launch

  • abeeken 15/11/2016

    Launching with a Mario is fine. I'd like BotW to be as solid as possible. While it was nice to get TP with the Wii, a few more months to give it the polish it deserves is acceptable.

    And please, let's not crack out the old chestnut of a "disappointing launch line up" when we have absolutely no idea what the line up looks like. We've all seen where hanging on unsubstantiated rumour and hearsay has gotten us over the last week. Let's wait til January and see what's on offer.
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  • Sony PlayStation 4 Pro review

  • abeeken 07/11/2016

    @Ruggarell I agree with you - we got a Pro to review for our site at nextgengamingblog.com. As I'm the only person on the team with a 4K set, we plugged it in round mine to give it a go and... yeah. It's nice. Graphical fidelity is great, 60FPS is... nice. But it's not offering, for me, THAT much of an improvement over the standard PS4 for me to want to upgrade. 60FPS isn't a big deal for me; I'm happy with 30FPS, frankly - it's not worth shelling out another £350 for.

    The biggest thing is HDR which I think Sony have shot themselves in the foot with by patching it into the old PS4. I've been playing Uncharted in 1080p HDR and it looks fabulous. Possibly a little less smooth than on the Pro but not enough for me to want to run out and upgrade barely a year after I got my current machine.

    I just want to play games and I think that all the current gen machines including the Wii U do that just fine. If this "mid-cycle upgrade" thing becomes the norm then we're into mobile phone territory and it just becomes a pissing contest as to which manufacturer can make the console which has the bigger numbers.

    EDIT: I should add that this is only my opinion. I think the console is fine, if you don't own a PS4 then you should get one of these over a slim, but personally, I can't see me wanting to upgrade any time soon.
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  • The final Wii U will roll off Nintendo's production line this week

  • abeeken 01/11/2016

    @HotCoffee I'll agree with you on the hardware front; Switch is pretty much what I was hoping Wii U would be. That said, I still love my Wii U for the library of games and the commitment from Nintendo to produce solid software; even though I've been playing more with the Pro Controller of late! Reply +3
  • abeeken 01/11/2016

    @vert1go Plus the back compatible Wii games, including the selection that hit the E-Shop, most of which were actually games that are quite hard to get hold of second hand like Metroid Prime Trilogy and Sin & Punishment 2. Yeah, Wii U is a brilliant console that everyone seemed to love picking on; I've never really understood why... Reply +3
  • abeeken 01/11/2016

    @Wayne Yup - I get that some people have space issues but even when I was focusing on bringing up my kids I still had my machines packaged up in storage. Now they're older and I've got my own office space in the house I have all my retro machines out and ready to play whenever I need them, away from the family rooms. Once my wife finishes her Open Uni course and doesn't need the storage for her study materials I might even get some more (God, I'd love a Saturn!) Reply +9
  • abeeken 01/11/2016

    Farewell, Wii U, you underappreciated, under supported console. You tried to do things differently and you did things very well. You had a lovely library of games with some unique experiences. You were the first console to fully support digital and physical back compatibility. You were a great little box that no one really got. You'll keep pride of place under my TV for some time yet (at least until I've mopped up my backlog) but I'm still looking forward to your little brother next March. Reply +9
  • Nintendo refuses to say whether Switch has a touchscreen

  • abeeken 21/10/2016

    Okay, I'm going to say this now to everyone, fans, press, anyone who cares to listen. Let's not build this up into something it's not. Let's not second guess what this machine is capable of. Let's not write all these speculative articles and start to "interpret" the things we see in promotional videos and read between the lines of what the officially sanctioned, highly controlled press releases say. Let's try and avoid disappointment by having no false expectations.

    We're only five months out. There's bound to be plenty of information coming out between now and Christmas; let's wait. Let's be patient so that we don't throw our toys out of the pram when the Switch doesn't make us breakfast in the morning like we were promised in that highly speculative article we once read that we all took as gospel.

    EDIT: Just to be clear, basically - let's not No Man's Sky this thing. I'm really looking forward to it and I want to enjoy it for what it is, not what it's not.
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  • NX is now Nintendo Switch, a portable console with detachable controllers

  • abeeken 20/10/2016

    Skyrim (the remastered edition?) and NBA2k17 being in the trailer is clearly sending a message that this is aimed at a much broader audience. I'm sold. Comes out just after my birthday as well! Reply +1
  • Thank you, Rocksteady, for doing Batman justice

  • abeeken 19/10/2016

    @jabberwocky Yeah, it's not great - we streamed Asylum the other night and had frame rates all over the place and a hard crash within the first hour. Bit disappointing. Here's hoping for a patch. Reply +5