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  • The original Xbox's oversized "Duke" controller has been revived, and returns this March

  • electrolite 13/01/2018

    I can't think of any logical reason that I'm interested in this and yet....I am. Reply 0
  • Eurogamer's Top 50 Games of 2017: 10-1

  • electrolite 30/12/2017


    What the fuck are you dribbling on about?
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  • Wolfenstein 2 being converted to Switch by the talented Doom port team

  • electrolite 20/12/2017


    "So you're honestly telling me you're enjoying DOOM on Switch?" I have no idea why that's difficult to understand. I'm enjoying it more than on the other two consoles i played it on because i get a lot more chance to play it. Graphics aren't everything.
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  • Nintendo's eShop Christmas sale is surprisingly decent

  • electrolite 15/12/2017


    Waaah, waaah etc.
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  • Rocket League in a box costs Ł35 on Nintendo Switch

  • electrolite 14/12/2017


    The Switch version is 60fps. It's the resolution that takes a hit.
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  • Nintendo Switch hits 10m sales in nine months

  • electrolite 12/12/2017


    Nintendo usually put out upwards of 20 games a year across two systems. That will be lower when they're developing entirely in HD but there's no reason for Switch to run short of games as long as it's their sole platform, which it will be soon.
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  • electrolite 12/12/2017


    "except be portable". Judging by sales of portable games systems (even the 3DS is gonna make 70 million) that 'except' is a big thing to a lot of people. Not everyone has unlimited time to sit in front of a TV and play games, and not everyone has graphical fidelity (or what fidelity is available on Console) as the be all and end all.
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  • electrolite 12/12/2017

    Well deserved. Lovely hardware and a cracking games lineup.

    The hybrid element may not be for everyone but as a 40-year-old who's married, has two young kids and works shifts the machine is a dream. No the graphics aren't as good as other systems (I also have PS4 Pro and XB1S) but they're good enough and being able to squeeze in gaming on my break at work or on the toilet and then continue on the big TV is a godsend. Switch comfortably gets more use than my other systems.

    I wasn't a big fan of the 3DS and thought the Wii U was awful so it's great to see Nintendo bounce back, especially as they offer something different to the competition.
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  • LA Noire's Switch port tested: could the system handle GTA5?

  • electrolite 26/11/2017


    Different strokes for different folks of course. Personally I wanted it to do something different to my existing systems and I'm happy with what it's achieving, I don't need the same games again (Doom and Rocket League aside, apparently).

    As for the critique, I always find these comparisons interesting but in truth they tell us little we don't know. Switch is the most powerful portable around, and the most powerful Nintendo home system ever, but it isn't equipped to run Current-gen AAA games. If/when such games get a Switch version it will be graphically inferior which will restrict its potential audience to those who are happy to accept the compromises to utilise the portable/hybrid aspects. I'm sceptical of how big this audience is even though I count myself in it, potentially.

    Nobody will be surprised by this though as surely everybody now knows what the Switch is, and anyone who bought one for a full diet of Western AAA games didn't do their research.
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  • electrolite 25/11/2017


    "I want to know it'll be able to play the latest 3rd party Triple A titles"

    Do you not have a system that can do that? I have a couple. I don't need another.

    Of course it's all YMMV but I use the Switch more than those other systems now. I'm 40, I have a job that involves shifts, I have a wife and two young boys. I don't have the time and dominance of the TV I did when I was a kid/student/young single bloke.

    I thought I'd like it as a handheld but it's actually the hybrid nature that's allowing it. Being able to play on my break at work and then when I get in, if I have the TV, I continue on the big screen. That flexibility means IMHO it's aimed at busy adults better than any other System ever. And there's a lot of busy adults out there.
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  • electrolite 24/11/2017

    If you genuinely think the Vita could match the ps3 I'm going to have to tell your family you've been drinking in the morning again. Reply +2
  • You can pay Ł20 to invite KK Slider and Tom Nook to your Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

  • electrolite 22/11/2017


    Either way, there's not much point in claiming Nintendo suddenly discovered Season Passes and Microtransactions after the sainted Iwata died when in fact he oversaw all the things I listed.
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  • electrolite 21/11/2017


    The deal with Dena and *move into mobile gaming* was announced by Iwata in March 2015. Smash Bros, Pokémon Shuffle, Badge Arcade, Amiibo, Hyrule Warriors, Mario Kart 8 were all on Iwata watch.
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  • electrolite 21/11/2017


    Iwata was in charge when Nintendo first started with microtransactions, 'free to start' games, DLC, season passes, the move into mobile gaming and Amiibo.
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  • Rime developer addresses Switch performance issues

  • electrolite 14/11/2017

    Ports are going to be very hit and miss on the Switch. The hardware is being pushed a lot so development capability and time is a big factor. This looks dreadful, Rocket League and Doom are very good, LA Noire looks the part from the videos I've seen, but things like Lego City Undercover, Lego World's and Dragon Quest Heroes 2 have serious issues. Reply -1
  • Doom's 'impossible' Switch port analysed in depth

  • electrolite 11/11/2017

    An interesting analysis but another one where it's a good read but the issues contained in the DF work simply don't register when playing the game. Played 4 hours over the last 2 nights in work and it's great fun (in portable mode).

    Also, I've always been really interested in seeing restricted tech pushed to it's limits and running things it almost shouldn't be running. This is a great example of that. It's hands-down the most technically Impressive game I've ever seen on a portable.
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  • Sony unveils new "five adventure" PS4 Pro bundle, just as Xbox One X arrives

  • electrolite 08/11/2017


    Oh shut up. You sound ridiculous.
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  • Microsoft Xbox One X review

  • electrolite 06/11/2017


    I loved my Vita but graphically its way behind the Switch. Lower resolution, lower detail, slower everything.
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  • electrolite 06/11/2017

    Wow. This has really upset some people hasn't it? Quite funny actually.

    I also smile at those saying they don't have a reason to buy it. For me, new and shiny is enough. I'm trying to find reasons to not buy it.
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  • electrolite 04/11/2017


    You sound utterly desperate. It's really funny.
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  • electrolite 03/11/2017


    It's not confusing at all. If you're confused, that's your issue. Given that you think DF reviewed and rated games recently, you apparently get confused very easily.
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  • Xbox One X comes hand in hand with massive downloads

  • electrolite 03/11/2017


    I doubt there will be a better comment on the whole internet today than that. I doff my hat to you, sir.
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  • LA Noire's Switch download version doesn't fit on a Switch

  • electrolite 03/11/2017


    So they launched a portable device that has the same storage capacity as the average portable device?
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  • electrolite 03/11/2017


    Have you heard of money? Things cost it.
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  • Monopoly on Nintendo Switch takes ages to load

  • electrolite 02/11/2017

    Oh look, Ubi Soft made it. Reply +4
  • Nintendo sold 2m SNES mini consoles in a month

  • electrolite 31/10/2017

    Just keep your eyes on Hotukdeals or nowinstock.net, they're coming back in stock at different places consistently. It's still not ideal but it's not a fuck up of NES Mini levels. Reply +1
  • Nintendo Switch's handheld mode more popular than playing on TV

  • electrolite 31/10/2017

    The really interesting bit is that so many Switch owners are using it as both a home Console and a handheld*. They've absolutely nailed it haven't they?

    *I'm one, probably 70/30 handheld.
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  • It took Nintendo Switch just six months to hit half the Wii U's lifetime sales

  • electrolite 30/10/2017


    Nintendo hardware quarterly shipments / LTD sales comparison:
    3DS Q1 2011: 3.61 million / 3.61 million (Feb/Mar launch)
    3DS Q2 2011: 0.71 million / 4.32 million
    3DS Q3 2011: 2.36 million / 6.68 million (price cut in August)

    Switch Q1 2017: 2.74 million / 2.74 million (March launch)
    Switch Q2 2017: 1.96 million / 4.70 million
    Switch Q3 2017: 2.93 million / 7.63 million
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  • electrolite 30/10/2017

    Well deserved. The hardware itself is lovely, it just makes complete sense when you get your hands on it. They've then backed that up with a strong selection of software and marketed it well and guess what? It's sold. Who woulda thunk it? Reply +2
  • Nintendo's incredible year continues, but not without a few minor casualties along the way

  • electrolite 28/10/2017

    Al those worrying about a drought of games keep making the mistake of comparing Switch to other systems from generations when Nintendo had 2 systems to support. 3DS will quietly fade away and that will no longer be the case. Even if third-party support disappeared entirely Nintendo are well capable of supporting 1 machine.

    Take 2014 as an example. The Wii U list looks pretty barren

    Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
    Mario Kart 8
    Bayonetta 2
    Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
    Hyrule Warriors
    NES Remix 2
    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
    Wii Sports Club
    Pullblox World

    However that's because all the following were on the 3DS:-

    Yoshi's New Island
    Kirby: Triple Deluxe
    Mario Golf: World Tour
    Tomodachi Life
    Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
    Pokémon Art Academy
    Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
    Ultimate NES Remix
    Chibi-Robo! Photo Finder

    (List doesn't include games they published in different territories or a couple of small 3DS eshop apps)

    Of course Switch games will take more development resource than 3DS games but they can easily keep up a game a month.
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  • electrolite 27/10/2017


    There's plenty of chance it could be repeated. Nintendo with all their firepower on one system have a lot of IP to wield. What if next year they release a Smash port, Fire Emblem, Pokémon and Animal Crossing? Yoshi and Kirby look like certs. That's a big year.

    Mario Maker and Pikmin sequels have been rumoured,
    I don't think Metroid will make it but it might. Either way, as long as they're not daft enough to release another system, they've plenty to go at.
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  • How Super Mario Odyssey pushes Switch to its limits

  • electrolite 26/10/2017


    If reading a Digital Foundry technical analysis ruins the joy of gaming for you, that's your problem. You should look in the mirror and laugh at yourself, perhaps.
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  • Assassin's Creed Origins review

  • electrolite 26/10/2017


    Totally disagree. Written reviews all the way. Not only personal preference but they're far more practical-I can read them at work, I don't have to worry about streaming etc.

    Old fashioned I know....
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  • Remembering Super Mario Sunshine

  • electrolite 24/10/2017

    A fantastic game by most measurements but only a second tier Mario game.

    Would really benefit from a remake IMHO. Not only the graphics but if they could tweak the camera and some of the design quirks that would be superb.
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  • Jelly Deals: Half Term Sale at TheGameCollection features Destiny 2, Overwatch and more

  • electrolite 23/10/2017


    Bugger, I missed it. Cheers, I'll get it from TGC.
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  • electrolite 23/10/2017


    Where's Crash Trilogy cheaper? I was going to bite at Ł25....
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  • Jelly Deals: Nintendo Switch reduced to Ł260 today

  • electrolite 20/10/2017


    And I'd say Ł500 for that high-end PC I've been lusting after is a fair price but it doesn't work like that.
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  • electrolite 20/10/2017


    If you just want Mario and Zelda you don't need any of the essential extras that aren't really essential though. Just the system and the two games.
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  • Resident Evil Revelations has exclusive retro mini-games on Switch

  • electrolite 19/10/2017


    It was you that completed Super Ghouls and Ghosts? I remember hearing about you but I thought it was just legend...
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  • Shadow of War highlights the strengths and weaknesses of PS4 Pro

  • electrolite 15/10/2017


    That's certainly the way I'm going. Happy enough with Consoles for this generation but in 2019 I may change my mind. I've got Xbox live and PS Plus until early 2019 and a laptop that is good for last-gen games but will be 5 years old by then (not to mention the kids approaching 2 and 5 rather than 0 and 3) Add it all up and it looks like time to go PC. Visual fidelity is suffering diminishing returns IMHO and I want that frame rate. These mid-gen refreshes have made a clear statement about what MS and Sony see as important.

    TBH if I could justify 450 notes on the new XB1X I'd probably just sell my XB1S and PS4 Pro and spend that 800 on a solid PC now. But I can't.

    No I can't justify it.
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  • Super Mario Odyssey has a live-action music video

  • electrolite 11/10/2017

    About 250% better than it should be Reply +6
  • FIFA 18 on Switch: custom-built or enhanced Xbox 360 port?

  • electrolite 08/10/2017


    "It's an investment they can afford. Nintendo's managed to get some 3rd party support in spite of their weaker hardware, surely they'd be able to get more support with stronger hardware."

    Not necessarily. The AAA market already has two Console ecosystems and the PC to support and one of those Consoles is a long way behind the other. Nothing suggests the industry is itching for another similar competitor or that there is space for one.

    "I brought up Wii U because you mentioned that they always do best doing something different which the Wii U shows is not the case, it's a strategy that's at best hit or miss, it's hardly safer."

    Yes it's hit and miss but their biggest home Console success was out of leftfield. The other 4 of their 5 bestselling systems are handhelds and the very biggest baffled many people when it was first announced with two screens, touchscreen etc.

    "Nintendo doesn't need to attract the Forza fans or TLOU fans, they just need to appeal to the casual audience same as they've managed to do with the Switch. It's all about marketing and making their console a compelling proposition. "If Nintendo could say you can play Zelda and get the best multiplats on the system at an affordable price." What reason is there for it not to do well.""

    Why would a PS4-competing home system appeal to the casual market better than a hybrid or a handheld? The only selling point it would have would be first-party software as multiplats can be played elsewhere. With Switch they can offer that software and portability, which is a USP.

    "Nintendo is still supporting 3DS so that arguments out the window."

    You and I both know that isn't going to last. The current schedule of remakes farmed out to external developers might last through 2018, possibly third-party support a bit more but 3DS is slowly on its way out.

    Those who want Nintendo to put out a straight ahead home system tend to extrapolate that personal desire into 'its bound to be a massive success'. However history and the current market suggests otherwise.

    Aside from the Wii spike, their home Console sales have been trending down since the NES. However their handhelds have all succeeded-even the 3DS is closing in on 70 million sales despite the rise of mobile gaming. So they have to put out a handheld.

    If they want a home Console as well, they have to support two machines, diluting the attractiveness of their software output and tying one hand behind their backs as neither Sony nor MS are doing that. So they've now got to compete with bigger, well-established and better resourced competition in terms of power, Online services, marketing, incentives for third-parties to simply be the third competitor in a hard-fought marketplace with their main selling point being half their software output. It just doesn't make sense.

    Their current position is down to them making a lot of mistakes but it's where they are. They're better off carving their own niche now.
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  • electrolite 08/10/2017


    But think of the scale of investment they'd have to put in.

    Then think of the chance of it working in terms of getting AAA publishers on board making a 4th version of their games, cannibalising existing sales and having to compete with Nintendos own games.

    Then the chance of users defecting from Sony or MS-are they really going to abandon TLOU or Forza for Zelda and Mario Kart? Being more successful than the Wii U is not a measure of success. It needs a lot more than that, and where are these users coming from?

    Most relevantly, it means them supporting two machines. They *have* to have a handheld out because that's where they find most success. In the 5 generations where they've had a handheld and a home Console, the Home Console has flopped and struggled for software in 3 of them. And one of them was the SNES, pre-Sony.

    In the HD era, it's impossible to support two machines properly and Nintendo have finally realised this with the Switch. So they've settled on a solution that's mainly a handheld but keeps a foot in the home industry which is about the best compromise available.

    It's not about lack of ambition, it's about realism and the best way to make money.
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  • electrolite 07/10/2017


    Careful there, you only speak for yourself. In reality going toe-to-toe with MS and Sony would be suicide. They've always done better selling handhelds or doing something different.
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  • electrolite 07/10/2017


    Mate, I don't tknow whether that's a mistake but you said

    "EA have been loudly claiming (up to the point that it came out, anyway) that the Switch version was going to be a full equivalent."

    You've then, by way of proof, linked to an article from February where EA don't say that.
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  • electrolite 07/10/2017


    "EA have been loudly claiming (up to the point that it came out, anyway) that the Switch version was going to be a full equivalent."

    When did they say that then?
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  • electrolite 07/10/2017

    So to sum up this FIFA....

    - Techwise, somewhere between last-gen and current-gen
    - Miles ahead of previous portables
    - The PS4/XB1/PC versions are better as a home experience though this is perfectly serviceable
    - Portability is a huge selling point though won't appeal to everyone
    - the Online is hindered by Nintendo being behind the times
    - Taken on its own merits, it's a very good product and well worth a buy

    So basically, it's the Switch in microcosm. I'll post this again when Skyrim comes out.
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  • We asked EA to explain why you can't play FIFA 18 online against friends on Nintendo Switch

  • electrolite 05/10/2017

    I don't care personally as I don't play online much with any Console and it's not what I bought the switch for. Plus FIFA Switch is a very good game as it is.

    However, this is still shite. Whether it's EA's fault, Nintendo's fault, or both, it's rubbish.
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  • FIFA 18 physical launch sales down 25% from last year

  • electrolite 02/10/2017


    Yeah exactly. Loading up FIFA is exactly the same as getting a pitch, 21 other players, kits, balls etc.

    Well done on such an impressively stupid post.
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  • Nintendo Super NES Classic mini review

  • electrolite 02/10/2017


    Because some people don't mind paying for stuff rather than stealing it?
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