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  • A Switch is for life, not just for Zelda

  • skunkfish 24/03/2017

    @Manny2000 Just to be clear, I'm not going to stop playing Zelda after 25 hours (I can't, I think I have a problem). If the Switch follows the pattern of the DS/3DS I'm hoping that it will get significant use over the next 6 years or so... Reply 0
  • skunkfish 24/03/2017

    @sid-6581 My wife's stolen my 3DS for Picross since I got the Switch, I still need to finish Pokémon!

    I've been playing World of Goo on the Switch touchscreen, and it's a bit awkward with the joycons still attached (I know I should probably remove them!). The DS form factor is just perfect for a portable I think...
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  • skunkfish 24/03/2017

    @sinatunholy Sometimes gaming seems really cheap. After paying £100+ for theatre tickets, £120 for a pair of tickets to a gig (the headliner will probably be on for 90mins) and currently looking for a new family car (£20,000!!), I think gaming is a pretty cheap pastime all things considered.

    For my £320, I've already got 25 hours out of Zelda. If I stop now, its hours of enjoyment per £ is still a lot better than some activities!
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  • Meeting Andrzej Sapkowski, the writer who created The Witcher

  • skunkfish 24/03/2017

    @Mr.Spo So you're saying that taking a PhD in literature is not a good choice for people who enjoy reading? Noted! ;) Reply +3
  • Football Manager 2017 free to play this weekend on Steam

  • skunkfish 24/03/2017

    I'll wait for the Switch release. *waits* Reply -1
  • Fan project to get Zelda: Breath of the Wild running on PC shows remarkable progress

  • skunkfish 22/03/2017

    @klayz0r No need to self-harm mate, things aren't that bad... Reply +1
  • skunkfish 22/03/2017

    How much money would their Patreon be raising if the emulator only allowed you to play the original disc? Reply +1
  • skunkfish 22/03/2017

    @Mr_V Ah, UltraHLE memories :) I remember that magical day in 1999 very well. Reply +2
  • skunkfish 22/03/2017

    @mega-gazz
    Nintendo being a perfect example, with no choice of where to play their games they are in the position that they don't need to innovate or compete in the performance category. Their game runs like shit? Well too bad you have to play it on their hardware.
    A bit of an odd thing to say considering that the majority of Nintendo's own games run better than the competition's, and they're the only one of the big three really innovating on hardware rather than producing ever-similar white-label gaming PC's.
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  • Mana series slated for Switch in Japan

  • skunkfish 22/03/2017

    I've only ever played Secret of Mana in an emulator, it would be good to get it legit. And bring Chrono Trigger as well, I regret selling my DS copy! Reply +1
  • Standard Tegra X1 'confirmed' as Switch's processor

  • skunkfish 20/03/2017

    @BonzoBanana I believe the eDram amount was fine for forward rendering, but not when developers started to implement deferred rendering techniques.

    Also, you're forgetting the Z-buffer in your calculations which I think would require another 2MB (someone tell me if I'm wrong)
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  • Mass Effect Andromeda: the first five hours

  • skunkfish 16/03/2017

    @Dorlingus It's terrible that they try to introduce a character with a disability and everyone takes the piss... Reply +3
  • Splatoon 2 Testfire beta now available to download on UK Nintendo Switch eShop

  • skunkfish 16/03/2017

    Will download once I get home. If Nintendo carry on at this rate I'm going to have to get a MicroSD card for my Switch at some point next year... Reply +6
  • Why Nintendo Switch games are ending up more expensive

  • skunkfish 16/03/2017

    @Saul_Iscariot I suspect that the day that people can sell byte-perfect, second hand copies of digital games legally will be the day the games industry is brought to its knees. The only way it would work is if the publisher keeps the lions share of the money (say two thirds) and the seller receives the rest (say a third..)

    I suspect the digital marketplace (e.g. Steam) would need a cut as well as I assume the new owner will download it from there?
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  • skunkfish 14/03/2017

    Why is the digital price the same or more expensive?

    Because if Nintendo were to lower the digital price then retailers would match that price for fear of losing sales.

    If they don't match the price they'll sell significantly less copies, lowering the incentive to stock future Switch titles (for the high-street at least).

    If they do match the price then it would significantly decrease their margins, proving less incentive to sell the game. They would demand either a cheaper wholesale price (lowering profit per copy for Nintendo) or stop stocking the game (and future titles) as they're barely covering their costs.

    So, with nowhere to buy physical Switch games more and more games become eShop only. Bonus for Nintendo - they're selling lots of digital copies with zero cost of production. Unfortunately there's almost no high-street presence and hardware sales slow to a crawl. Also, it turns out that people liked physical games in nice shiny boxes after all.

    The Switch dies an early death. The End.
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  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild uses dynamic resolution scaling

  • skunkfish 15/03/2017

    @Khujo05 Erm... Well it never goes as low as 792p on the TV and you'd feel a bit silly strapping an LCD screen onto an Xbox One with a huge battery pack to get the same experience.... Reply 0
  • skunkfish 14/03/2017

    My original thoughts on what Nintendo's next gen console would be was an affordable home console (~PS4 power for around £200) with an optional accompanying portable (for around £100-120), that could be used as an extra controller and allow you to take some games (or even parts of games) with you on the move.

    Handheld games could be display on the big screen, but not all home console games would have to be playable on the handheld only (handheld games would install to both, and you could have a much slower 'switch' by both sharing the same save files).

    I like Nintendo's concept as well, but I think mine is better :)
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  • skunkfish 14/03/2017

    @TheFunPolice It's hard to please everyone with a hybrid device I guess. It suits me perfectly, but I guess the compromises to achieve that are not to everyone's taste.

    For me, if the Switch had been a home console as powerful as a PS4 (or even PS4 *1.5) I doubt I would have bought one on launch (so little time to commit to a home console these days).

    I've been playing Zelda 90-95% handheld and on the TV when I get the chance..
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  • skunkfish 14/03/2017

    @chucklepie If you're in the UK, the Wii U version is back in stock at Amazon for £49.99. Reply +1
  • skunkfish 14/03/2017

    @VanillaLake I'd be annoyed if the frame rate drops affected my enjoyment of the game but they really haven't so far... Of course a locked 30 (or 60!) would be preferable. Reply 0
  • skunkfish 14/03/2017

    @jacobean_blender I used to game on a 486 in the mid to late 90s so dealt with all sorts of horrendous frame rates.

    When I saw Ocarina of Time running at 17FPS on a friend's N64 it looked very smooth to me :)
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  • skunkfish 14/03/2017

    @VanillaLake
    Can't believe there are still issues after dropping resolution to almost-Standard Resolution.
    Some of the frame rates issues may be something that a drop in resolution can't fix. Like streaming limitations, or available CPU cycles.
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  • skunkfish 14/03/2017

    @VanillaLake I don't find the graphics particularly blurry, although small objects can be lost on the gamepad's screen.

    I'm sure it's pulling off all of the tricks in the book to get the game looking/working as well as it does. Most of the time I don't notice the pop-in, but in certain locations it's more noticeable than others. Also, animals vanishing without a trace is sometimes a bit odd :)

    Have you tried changing the settings to 480p in the settings? It's gives a blocky Skyward Sword vibe to proceedings :)
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  • skunkfish 14/03/2017

    @TheFunPolice You try making a handheld PS4 in a similar form factor this year... You'd find that you'd be charging £1000's. Reply +2
  • skunkfish 14/03/2017

    @VanillaLake It's strange to say it's not pushing the hardware (particularly the Wii U), it looks pretty spectacular to me and I'm amazed they pulled it off! Reply +1
  • skunkfish 14/03/2017

    Ah clever, my eagle eyes did not pick this up. Good work Ninty. Reply +1
  • The original Xbox turns 15 in Europe

  • skunkfish 14/03/2017

    It's hard to believe that there has not been a decent working Xbox emulator for the PC yet... Reply +8
  • I played five indie games on Switch and they were all good

  • skunkfish 10/03/2017

    @Chayshirin Check out Steamworld Heist, I think you may like it more Reply 0
  • Super Bomberman R review

  • skunkfish 09/03/2017

    @the_ewan At the very least, 4 joycon pairs should be good for 4 player games like FIFA. Reply 0
  • skunkfish 09/03/2017

    @George-Roper I think the battery life of the Joycons are good enough that you could get away buying just a single joycon grip, and charge 2 out of the 4 joy con pairs at a time...

    So, I worked out the minimum outlay to be:

    Switch £279.99
    3x Joycon pairs: £209.97
    Game: £38.85
    1x Joycon charging grip: £24.99

    Total: £553.80

    Admittedly an awful lot if you just want to play Bomberman, but I have a sneaking suspicion that there may be some other games on the way...
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  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild speedrunner finds surprising new way to travel

  • skunkfish 09/03/2017

    Interesting, but I think he could have walked there in the time it took to set that flying boulder up! :) Reply +2
  • Rime comes out in May, costs £10 more on Nintendo Switch.

  • skunkfish 09/03/2017

    @antmusic97 So you're suggesting that Nintendo started stockpiling NES Mini's and they're still sitting in some warehouse somewhere?

    That makes no sense. Where is this history of stock piling consoles? I can't think of any examples! And what exactly is the point?
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  • Watch: Johnny cooks meat and mushroom skewers from Breath of the Wild

  • skunkfish 08/03/2017

    I'm not sure what do make of this. Does the sugar caramalize into some sort of sweet, sticky BBQ sauce? Reply +3
  • Snipperclips review

  • skunkfish 08/03/2017

    I'll chip in the 79p so that chucklepie can get the game for £15 from cdkeys and then get the Switch he secretly wants ;) Reply +2
  • skunkfish 08/03/2017

    @chucklepie I wish I had your skill of being able to judge the value of a game before even playing it...

    My wife loved it, and it helped to justify my buying of a Switch when we played together on the train (giggling away like a pair of school children). So perhaps it's a £280 game for her and she's ok with that...
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  • skunkfish 08/03/2017

    I'm recommending this folks. Go ahead and spend your eShop credit. Reply +5
  • Switch has redesigned portable gaming forever

  • skunkfish 08/03/2017

    @dominicmccoy That's more Konami's decision than Nintendo's I think? They could have thrown it out there as a £10 eShop game... Reply 0
  • skunkfish 08/03/2017

    @VanillaLake I would say the specs are pretty premium for a portable device and joycons in the grip feel like a traditional controller to me (not the best one mind, but more than useable!).

    You have to factor in the form factor when considering the price (no one's stock-piling Apple watches to use in the next supercomputer), that's where the appeal is.

    I'm a bit peeved that the Wii U Pro controller isn't compatible to be honest. Yes, it wouldn't have HD rumble, NFC and gyro but it would save me £60 :)
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  • skunkfish 08/03/2017

    @OMAW3D Yeah, I'd be interested to see what future devices can do. Perhaps in a couple of years there will be an x86 handheld that will take the world by storm. I've got a massive Steam library so it would certainly help me to make my way through that :) Reply +1
  • skunkfish 08/03/2017

    @OMAW3D Just read a review of the GPD Win, it uses Intel integrated graphics so I think the Switch actually beats it in power... 15FPS on Skyrim :( Reply +1
  • Is Zelda on Switch worth the upgrade from Wii U?

  • skunkfish 08/03/2017

    @phixional_bear I wouldn't call it desperate, more judging its value against other similar devices that compete for my time.

    For me, the PS4 I bought was inherently bad value as I only ever got a few hours a week to play on it. With the Switch, I can play it on my commute so becomes far better value. In fact, I've clocked as many hours on the Switch in 5 days as the PS4 in 3 months.

    People spend more and more money on smart phones, with games being the only real software that takes advantage of the specs. And Switch+BotW has kinda blown that idea out of the water by being pretty all-around fantastic.
    I'll almost certainly still be using it in four or five years to come and can't wait to see what games are around the corner...
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  • skunkfish 06/03/2017

    @George-Roper The price of Switch seems ok to me. Last January I paid £280 for a OnePlus2 which has a smaller screen, no physical controls and no fancy dock.

    This week I paid £280 for a Nintendo Switch which has a bigger screen (with less glare!), two physical controllers, a stand, a dock etc.

    I feel like the Switch is a much better value purchase.

    And regarding storage space, owning Zelda physically and purchasing SnipperClips and Fast RMX from the eShop, I have pretty much all of the storage space remaining (I think those two games consumed less than 1.5GB between them).
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  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild already up and running on PC

  • skunkfish 07/03/2017

    @internisus It plays perfectly on the Switch, I can tell you that much.. Reply 0
  • Zelda on Switch runs more smoothly in portable mode

  • skunkfish 06/03/2017

    @isaaccady I don't think it does improve the performance. You can actually take the output resolution down to 720x480 which made it look about as good as Skyward Sword :) Reply +1
  • skunkfish 06/03/2017

    @BlueThunderBlade I've played about 60% undocked to about 40% docked, and I haven't really noticed a difference... Reply 0
  • Nintendo Switch off to solid sales start in UK

  • skunkfish 06/03/2017

    @A-Ko They can't win surely? If it's not available people say they understocked, if there's a few left people say they overstocked or the demand isn't there...

    How can they win?
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  • skunkfish 06/03/2017

    The Switch turns on my TV to the correct input which is pretty nice! I can get home from work, pop the Switch into the dock and carry on playing straight away... At least for the half hour until my wife gets home and wants to watch The Batchelor. At which point I pop it out of the dock and carry on.

    Who wouldn't want one of these?
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  • GAME is having trouble with launch day Nintendo Switch deliveries

  • skunkfish 03/03/2017

    DPD don't offer a same-day service, so if they hadn't received them from GAME by this morning then there was always going to be zero-chance of them reaching customers today. Reply 0
  • skunkfish 03/03/2017

    DPD struggling with demand!? I smell bullshit from GAME, DPD deliver millions of parcels each day.

    A few thousand Switch pre-orders from GAME is a drop in the ocean for them.
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  • Nintendo Switch eShop games and prices revealed

  • skunkfish 03/03/2017

    @penhalion It's to placate retailers. Retailers want a nice fat margin and are important to Nintendo's long-term strategy, so competing with them in a race to the bottom and diminishing their profits doesn't help the retailer or Nintendo. Reply 0