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  • Nintendo Switch games list, 2017 release dates and everything we know about the hardware

  • seeyoshirun 23/04/2017

    That list has gotten a lot bigger since the original January reveal of the console!

    I wonder how much we'll discover at E3? I'm pretty much assuming Nintendo is sitting on at least one or two surprises until then.
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  • Is Persona 5 on PS4 actually a 1080p remaster?

  • seeyoshirun 23/04/2017

    I don't think there's anything wrong with a game emphasising stylish art direction over technical proficiency, as it sounds like Persona 4 does.

    If anything, that's just going to help the game age much better, as is typically the case with more stylised games; lots of JRPGs, party/puzzle games, experimental games and Nintendo fare tend to fall into this category, too.
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  • Super Bomberman R Nintendo Switch update adds free levels

  • seeyoshirun 22/04/2017

    @chucklepie That's often less true of third-party games, though. I wouldn't expect Breath of the Wild or 1-2-Switch to drop in price quickly, but things like Super Bomberman R might be quite a bit cheaper in a year when there are more retail releases competing for consumers' money. Reply +1
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe review

  • seeyoshirun 21/04/2017

    I don't place a ton of stock in Metacritic, but it's worth noting that this game is doing extremely well over there, with a 94 at the moment (which I think is about six points better than the original managed; no mean feat).

    Three of the five most critically-acclaimed releases thus far this year are also Switch titles (this, Zelda, and Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove; the Wii U version of Zelda is also in the top five). Compared to Wii U - nay, compared to any console - Switch seems to be off to an excellent start, software-wise.
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  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: a great console title is a handheld revelation

  • seeyoshirun 21/04/2017

    @drumm23 I think this is a big part of why Nintendo's games tend to age a lot better than most. They focus less on building games that are meant to hold up perfectly under, as you put it, a "forensic analysis of graphics". Their focus is instead on making sure that gameplay is rock-solid, with the graphic side of things aiming primarily to service gameplay. Reply 0
  • Nintendo's not making Hey! Pikmin

  • seeyoshirun 19/04/2017

    @smelly Your wishlist has a better chance of happening than mine - Pikmin, Baten Kaitos, Endless Ocean, and one last DKC from Retro. I'll probably get one of those, if I'm lucky. Reply 0
  • seeyoshirun 18/04/2017

    In short, it now seems unlikely Miyamoto was talking about Hey! Pikmin, a game designed specifically for 3DS by a studio which Miyamoto does not oversee. And that means, hopefully, a proper Pikmin 4 is still around the corner - for Nintendo Switch.
    That was my main thought reading the rest of this article. Fingers crossed we get some news on Pikmin 4 at E3 this year!
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  • Peter Moore bids farewell on his last day in the video game industry

  • seeyoshirun 14/04/2017

    "If you are a gamer, take a deep breath and a moment of reflection occasionally and admire the incredible creativity of the medium you love. And if a game disappoints, provide constructive feedback, not the vitriol that is unfortunately so prevalent nowadays."
    Sound advice. Something that lots of people (although thankfully only a small handful here on EG) should consider more.
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  • Lego City Undercover on Switch holds up well against PS4

  • seeyoshirun 14/04/2017

    Guys, you're giving Dryvlyne way more attention than they deserve for such obvious trolling. Don't even downvote them. It's what they want. Reply +1
  • Nintendo Classic Mini NES is being discontinued

  • seeyoshirun 14/04/2017

    I'm not actually surprised, I suspect they don't want it to cannibalise Virtual Console sales (since I'm assuming that service will be coming to Switch in the near future).

    I'd even venture that they might not have discontinued the NES Classic had Switch's early sales not been as good as they are.
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  • PewDiePie launches weekly Twitch show, as advertisers back away from YouTube

  • seeyoshirun 11/04/2017

    I know I sound like an old man for saying it but I can't stand the no-talent celebrity culture I'm surrounded by now. I know it's not a new phenomena but it's never been so all-encompassing and easy to achieve.
    Right there with you, man. Between the kind of hacks that become famous through YouTube or Instagram, the proliferation of cheaply-made reality TV shows about marrying a millionaire or "real" housewives, and the socialite daughters like Kendall Jenner becoming fashion models in place of people with actual talent, I'm just about ready to find another planet to live on.
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  • Pam Grier from Jackie Brown is in the next Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare DLC

  • seeyoshirun 07/04/2017

    I haven't followed Call of Duty in a very long time, and this confuses me. When did the series develop a personality? Or is this just an exception? Reply 0
  • From Donkey Kong to Snake Pass: the music of David Wise

  • seeyoshirun 05/04/2017

    @greenwichlee I'm with you. I think Tropical Freeze was unfairly dragged a bit because a lot of critics were quietly disappointed that Retro weren't releasing a new Metroid Prime instead. I think Tropical Freeze is sublime, though, and it remains my favourite Wii U title to this day.

    David Wise's music is a huge part of that, too, both because it's freakin' GORGEOUS and because it exists in such wonderful harmony with the other elements of the game. The way the music changes its pace and instruments based on where the player is in a level is just fantastic.

    Wise is one of only two composers whose work I love so much that I'll buy a game just to hear it (the other is Motoi Sakuraba).
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  • Zelda patch improves frame-rate on Switch

  • seeyoshirun 05/04/2017

    @SiroccoJetProp That's a very ambiguous answer. In my experience, there are different levels of buggy. Bethesda, for instance, tend to release extremely buggy games while Nintendo are typically at the other end of the spectrum; aside from framerate issues, it's fairly rare to see any bugs. I've had Breath of the Wild hang once in about 180 hours of play time, but that's it (and given the game's good autosave system, it wasn't an issue).

    Hence why I'm curious about what sort of problems ME:A is experiencing. Why are people dragging the game? Are frame-rate issues the only persistent problem the game has had, or is it something bigger than that?
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  • seeyoshirun 04/04/2017

    @SiroccoJetProp I haven't followed the ME series. How is the latest game on the bug front? Reply -1
  • seeyoshirun 01/04/2017

    @Spuzzell It's very pretty! Some of the loveliest artistic direction I've seen in a video game. Reply +3
  • Yooka-Laylee review

  • seeyoshirun 04/04/2017

    Some people seem to be expressing disappointment that the game doesn't live up to forebears like Banjo-Kazooie. From what I'm reading, I think it does; it's just that certain things games like B-K did back in the day are less forgivable in 2017.

    It still sounds like fun and I'll probably pick the Switch version up at some point. How can I say no to a game where goodies are awarded by Trowzer Snake? Story of my life.
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  • Zelda player defeats two of the game's hardest foes without taking damage

  • seeyoshirun 04/04/2017

    @gillri I considered naming a horse Buttpickle, but I thought the name Millicent flowed a little more nicely. She joins my stable with Vernon, Klaus, Calypso and Steve. Reply 0
  • The Jackbox Party Pack 3 is slated for Switch in April

  • seeyoshirun 31/03/2017

    I'd been waiting to hear when this one was releasing, happy it's going to be way earlier than I expected. Should be a perfect fit for the console! Reply +1
  • Snake Pass review

  • seeyoshirun 30/03/2017

    David Wise did the soundtrack.

    That's honestly all I need to know.
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  • Persona 5 review

  • seeyoshirun 29/03/2017

    Impressively, this game is currently sitting at a 94 on Metacritic. It's the first 90+ game for PS4 this year, and actually the console's highest-rated game by critics since the re-releases of GTAV and The Last of Us back in 2014.

    We'll see if it holds onto that spot, but either way it's a pretty big deal for a genre that is usually a very hard sell to gaming journalists (the last time a JRPG Metascored at least a 90 was Fire Emblem: Awakening in 2013).
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  • Valkyria Revolution is coming out in June

  • seeyoshirun 29/03/2017

    If ever a series was made for switch...
    Given Nintendo's good relationship with SEGA and the Switch being poised to be basically the only really popular console in Japan in a couple of years, I wouldn't be surprised if we see a Switch announcement at some point further down the line.
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  • Nintendo Switch unlocks a hidden menu screen when you own lots of games

  • seeyoshirun 29/03/2017

    Good to know! I'm about a quarter of the way there, then. Reply 0
  • A Switch is for life, not just for Zelda

  • seeyoshirun 24/03/2017

    Zelda alone makes it a worthwhile purchase for me, especially since I can take it with me when I'm stuck waiting around in town.

    The other indies and whatnot on the console are all nice supplements to that, and I think the line-up has plenty to keep one occupied, but I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend the console to people if they're not into Zelda (or if they already own a Wii U).

    As far as having headline acts to recommend, I think the console will be a better prospect for non-Zelda fans at the end of this year when more of its heavy hitters have arrived (or maybe mid-year if one doesn't own a Wii U; Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and a Splatoon sequel would be pretty awesome if one hasn't already played the Wii U versions).
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  • Mass Effect: Andromeda review

  • seeyoshirun 20/03/2017

    Just in case anyone's interested, the game is sitting on 75 on Metacritic at the moment - otherwise known as a good score for lower-budget games, but a pretty bad score for a AAA release. Reply +1
  • Breath of the Wild shows Nintendo is learning from PC games

  • seeyoshirun 16/03/2017

    @p_nut_uk I arrived at that same island with 4 hearts, too, and no stamina upgrades - it was one of the first places I stumbled upon.

    I promptly reloaded from an earlier save when I realised how out of my depth I was! Haven't been back yet.
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  • seeyoshirun 16/03/2017

    @thebuzzard I think you're seeing 2007 through rose-coloured glasses.

    Also, there's something to be said for artistic direction, which Breath of the Wild (like most Zelda games) has in spades. To me, that's far more important than pixel-pushing.
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  • Nintendo Switch lets you see your playtime - after 10 days

  • seeyoshirun 13/03/2017

    Only 40 hours? Wimpy. Reply 0
  • Nintendo investigating Switch Joy-Con issues

  • seeyoshirun 13/03/2017

    "And so we are in a fact-finding mode"

    That's probably better than the way a lot of journalists seem to be construing this as some widespread issue that people are more likely to encounter than not.

    I'd be super interested to see some kind of estimate on what the actual percentage of owners is that are affected by the issue, because at the moment this all seems suspiciously like a classic case of self-selection bias being mistaken for a widespread problem.
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  • I played five indie games on Switch and they were all good

  • seeyoshirun 12/03/2017

    @Masaroth I've been having similar thoughts about the Switch's future. If they keep this sort of thing up, their console may end up getting a lot of traction just as AAA fatigue starts to set in for journalists and consumers alike. Hell, I think AAA fatigue is already starting to set in a bit. Reply +1
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has a new unlockable character for beating its hardest difficulty

  • seeyoshirun 12/03/2017

    @VanillaLake Yeah, I'm super disappointed in the lack of battle mode DLC for the Wii U version, too. I love the game but I'm not about to pay full price for one extra feature and a handful of new characters.

    I'd still happily recommend a purchase of this to anyone who skipped Wii U and bought a Switch, though. It looks like it's shaping up to be the definitive version of the game.
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  • Breath of the Wild is a Zelda game for the Minecraft generation

  • seeyoshirun 11/03/2017

    @samharper I've definitely noticed Monolith's influence in this game, too, in ways I wasn't expecting.

    You know how you have to pray to basically level up in this game? A very similar mechanic was included in Baten Kaitos, which Monolith co-developed with Tri-crescendo back on the GameCube. There are lots of subtle touches that basically show the amount of homework Nintendo did on this game.
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  • seeyoshirun 10/03/2017

    Starting most Nintendo games is often a grind of tutorials and tips that halt the action as they carefully teach you the key systems.
    This is half true. With their more expansive, exploratory games like Zelda or Xenoblade, yes, there's a fair bit of time spent walking the player through tutorial sections that introduce the player to the game's systems. With things like Mario Kart or most of their platformers, though, Nintendo have generally been quite good at allowing the action to feel immediate, using level design to guide the player without actually making them feel like they're being taught.

    The beauty of Breath of the Wild is that it seems to have taken a lot of those principles of the early levels of Mario games, and applied them to open-world design. You get to figure things out for yourself, even though hints are seamlessly worked into the game's world. It's marvellous.
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  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild players have worked out how to beat enemies with a chicken

  • seeyoshirun 10/03/2017

    @Justmotley If Ganon can be killed by chickens, I think that'll be my approach. I'm certainly keen to try this on some of the other tough creatures in the game. Reply +2
  • 3DS curio Bye-bye Boxboy! has a UK release date

  • seeyoshirun 10/03/2017

    @Tiel Nothing wrong with that, I've gone PC/Nintendo for a while as well, just in a different order of priority!

    As far as the FIFA/CoD thing is concerned, people who think that way need to remember that the world doesn't revolve around them (although there are gamers from all walks who behave like this). What one person finds interesting, others find horribly dull.
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  • seeyoshirun 10/03/2017

    @Tiel I agree that Nintendo need to get busy bringing 3DS developers across to Switch (which we've already seen the first hints of - the Bravely Default team are making an RPG for the console already).

    This whole "Nintendo as your second console" line needs to stop, though. There are plenty of us who prefer their games and have one of the other consoles as a secondary one, thank you very much.
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  • Is Zelda on Switch worth the upgrade from Wii U?

  • seeyoshirun 09/03/2017

    @Wyrm Totally disagree with you. The technical side of the game isn't perfect, but I think the artistic merits of its visual style completely outweigh any minor negatives.

    Also, I'm sure this has been reiterated about a billion times already (since people have been pulling the "Nintendo should stop doing hardware" line since the late N64 era), but if Nintendo stopped doing hardware their games would suffer, too. They design their hardware around the kind of games they want to make. They're also the only one of the big three actively seeking out ways to try something different with hardware design. That they don't always succeed (see: Wii U) doesn't matter, the industry benefits from having a company that doesn't play so conservatively with their approach to technology, and one that does a lot to help ensure console gaming maintains its own unique identity, separate from PC gaming.
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  • seeyoshirun 05/03/2017

    So basically, if you already own a Wii U, either version is probably fine unless you really want to be able to play on the go. If you don't own a Wii U - presumably because no other game on the console called out to you - then you're probably better getting the Switch version since the console already looks to have much better support software-wise. Fair enough.

    I've got the Switch version and while I've noticed some slight drops in framerate here and there, they haven't detracted from the experience. It's not the kind of game that suffers heavily from that sort of thing.
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  • Super Bomberman R review

  • seeyoshirun 09/03/2017

    I still pull out Super Bomberman '93 on the Wii's Virtual Console or Bomberman Generation on the GameCube if I want a bit of a crack at this sort of thing, but this sounds like something I might consider picking up when it's much, much cheaper than it is now. Snipperclips and 1-2-Switch are already great fun and my next multiplayer purchase is probably going to be Fast RMX. Reply +4
  • Watch: Johnny cooks meat and mushroom skewers from Breath of the Wild

  • seeyoshirun 08/03/2017

    I've had a bout of gastroenteritis since Saturday - I've been well enough to lie on the couch and play Breath of the Wild, but that's about it (actually, for about half a day, I couldn't even do that).

    I was not anticipating the kind of torture I'd find in this game. I miss food terribly and at the moment I can't eat... well, most things. This game's adorable and delicious-looking cooking segments are messing with my head.

    I may actually cook these in a few days when I'm feeling up to it!
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  • Snipperclips review

  • seeyoshirun 08/03/2017

    When some friends and I had a bit of a launch party last Friday, this was the game we spent the most time on by far. I don't know that I'd say it feels "slight", although I'd absolutely love to see a sequel with a larger number of levels and more multiplayer modes, because I don't feel like this is something I'd easily tire of. Reply 0
  • Nintendo Switch off to solid sales start in UK

  • seeyoshirun 08/03/2017

    @VanillaLake I haven't seen a ton of complaints about the lack of backwards compatibility - since a lot of people probably still don't realise the Wii U existed, I don't know if that'll be a problem.

    The continued support for 3DS doesn't seem especially confusing, I think it's just Nintendo hedging their bets until they see if the Switch takes off or not. Given Switch's ability as a handheld, though, I think it's pretty inevitable that it will start cannibalising 3DS sales rather quickly.

    Meanwhile, just as a sidenote, while the Switch didn't beat Wii's opening weekend in the UK, apparently it did in Europe as a whole:
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  • seeyoshirun 07/03/2017

    @VanillaLake Yeah, the general gist of things seems to be that launch sales are sort of important, but not the be-all and end-all.

    I didn't know the 3DS had such a good launch. There are a lot of reasons why that might have been the case, though. Handheld devices have always been an easier sell for Nintendo (the Switch is a handheld, too, but that's not the foot Nintendo is leading with). Couple that with the 3DS riding on the coattails of the DS (whose audience hadn't lost interest in it, unlike that of the Wii) and 3DS being fast out the gate isn't surprising.

    I'm pretty optimistic about Switch, anyway. The launch hasn't been perfect but I think there's been far more good than bad (and the marketing seems vastly improved over the Wii U's). The line-up of first-party stuff for the first nine months is much stronger, too. You're right, though, that we won't really be able to draw a lot of meaningful conclusions about the Switch's future until early next year.
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  • seeyoshirun 07/03/2017

    That it sold less well than Wii in the UK doesn't surprise me; the UK seems to have drifted away from Nintendo and it's basically their worst market now (and also possibly Sony's best market).

    Apparently the Switch had a better launch than the Wii in the US. One of the NYT journos did an interview with Reggie about it, and posted a few tweets about it.
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  • Nintendo gives Switch Joy-Con wireless connectivity advice, warns of nearby fish tanks

  • seeyoshirun 05/03/2017

    Has anyone else here been having issues with this? I've probably clocked up about 15 hours across a couple of different games (mostly Zelda) and haven't noticed any problems yet. Reply +2
  • Zelda on Switch runs more smoothly in portable mode

  • seeyoshirun 04/03/2017

    I've spent a few hours playing the game so far and haven't noticed any major problems with frame-rate yet, will be interesting to see if they crop up as I get further in. While I love a stable frame-rate, I'm not going to hold it against this game if the issues are fairly rare. It's not the kind of game where those issues are likely to cause problems with gameplay (as it would with a lot of fighting games or shooters).

    It also helps that the artistic direction is absolutely stunning, and generally I find that far more important.
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  • 1-2-Switch review

  • seeyoshirun 03/03/2017

    Should've been thrown in with a Switch purchase. Pay full price for this and you've more money than sense.
    Having now paid full price (well, almost full price) for it, I can say I'm quite happy with my decision and it'll probably be a games night staple.

    I don't think it's a "more money than sense" deal, but it's definitely not a game for people who don't like party games or don't enjoy being, well, rather silly.
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  • seeyoshirun 03/03/2017

    By the way, in my experience, the most "casual" Nintendo game, the game that has people that never play games want to play MY games is Mario Kart.
    Although I think there have been periods where this hasn't been the case (like the craze that was Wii Sports), in the long run, I'd agree with you. It's probably smart that Nintendo are doing a re-release of Mario Kart 8, it's one of the best in a popular series but a lot of people never played it. A lot of people probably still think the last one was Mario Kart Wii.
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  • seeyoshirun 03/03/2017

    want to pretend to catch a sword? Tough, you have to milk a virtual cow ten more times before you can do that!
    So not the way it ends up working out. We had a random selection of five games to pick from (which changed slightly after we were done with each one, so we probably saw about 7-8 options) and I think we played five different games about twice each before everything was unlocked. There was no requirement to linger on anything for longer than one wanted.
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  • seeyoshirun 03/03/2017

    So I picked up my console earlier this morning, along with Zelda, Snipperclips, 1-2-Switch and and extra set of Joycons (mostly so we could try Snipperclips' four-player puzzles). Had a bit of a launch party with eight friends.

    I can see how the enjoyment of 1-2-Switch would depend largely on the kind of people you're friends with (and also on whether you have many friends, I guess); it's well-suited to people who don't take themselves too seriously. We had an absolute blast with it, though, and while some games were definitely favourites, I was surprised that there didn't seem to be a dud in the bunch.

    For making an arse of yourself, our group really got into Copy Dance and Runway. For sheer weirdness, Milk. For the subtleties of the Joycons, Safe Crack, Ball Counting and Joycon Rotation. For psyching each other out, Quick Draw, Samurai Training and Sneaky Dice. With that last one, one of my friends was great at telling the truth but making the other person think they were lying. The controllers are surprisingly cool - I was quite impressed by how much more precise rumble and motion control are now versus the Wii era.

    I think a non-rating for the game is probably fair; it's not an earth-shattering achievement and like the EG review says, it more or less follows the Nintendo tradition of showcasing the unique aspects of their latest console in a way that feels playful and social. More than most games, though, I think it's one whose value really depends on the person, so if you're not a big party gamer, it'd be about a 4/10. If you are, it's probably more like an 8 or 9.

    Oh, and it's very camp. So it helps if you appreciate camp.
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