xandaca

Nintendo Switch requires weekly online check-in to play NES games

xandaca

5 days ago

It's genuinely impressive how thoroughly they're fecking this up, even by Nintendo standards. Against all good judgment I'll probably end up paying because of Splatoon, but even for £18, there are no illusions that it's anything but atrocious value.
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Two Point Hospital discounted to £13.38 / $19.84 for the next few hours

xandaca

3 weeks ago

@Zorgulon Then don't do it. It's not complicated. However, since there are people who might want to do it, I'm not going to keep it to myself even if the additional saving is only tiny.
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xandaca

3 weeks ago

@Funhorse Go to Topcashback, look up Voidu, access the site and buy the game through their link (with ad and pop-up blockers disabled) and your Topcashback account will register 6% of the purchase price, which you'll be able to withdraw in (usually) a few weeks.
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xandaca

3 weeks ago

And another 6% off from Topcashback, don't forget.
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The big Doom Eternal interview: Switch timings, multiplayer and a whiff of Heaven

xandaca

1 month ago

Definitely getting this, on Switch (how kinky!), but my concern is that they overdo the 'Doom Universe' angle. One of the great things about Doom 2016 was its simplicity in gameplay and story, how it largely eschewed clogging up the experience with unnecessary narrative and got on with the business of letting you explore and blast the living hell (pun intended) out of everything that moved. If anything, I'd have been even happier if the story had been stripped down even more: "A science laboratory has opened a portal to hell. Go through and close it". That's more than enough plot for me. I hope the developers remember that keeping the experienced streamlined, fast and brutal was a huge part of what made 2016 so exciting, and don't force the lore or narratively, or add too many additions to the supremely thrilling, and surprisingly elegant, fundamental mechanics of giving the player a shotgun, rooms filled to bursting with diabolical creatures, and power-ups out the wazoo.
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Two Point Hospital books in a release date

xandaca

2 months ago

Need to read reviews first to be sure this is something more than a flat, Yooka-Laylee-esque nostalgia simulator, but am certainly hopeful.
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Nintendo E3 2018 conference live report

xandaca

3 months ago

So, no Pikmin, no Metroid, no Animal Crossing, no dream game that's only existed in my head for the past fifteen years and I'm still livid Nintendo haven't made yet... poor show, chaps. And wasn't Pikmin nearly finished in 2015?
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xandaca

3 months ago

We'd better get Pikmin 4 after sitting through all that.
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xandaca

3 months ago

"And before I go, I can reveal the release date for Smash Bros Ultimate... last month."
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xandaca

3 months ago

The Switch 2's iteration of Smash is going to be out by the time this is over.
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Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Battle Royale mode called Blackout, has vehicles

xandaca

4 months ago

I'm game, in the unlikely event of there being a Switch version. Never enjoyed the COD campaigns, so not fussed about this game not having one. Doubt they'll cut the price accordingly, though.
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Leaks suggest Nintendo's Switch Pokémon RPG set in Kanto, starring Pikachu and Eevee

xandaca

4 months ago

@Rpt81 *Sees collapsed Big Ben and surrounding city*

"No! No! I slept too long!"
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You'll need to pay Nintendo Switch's online subscription to backup your saves

xandaca

4 months ago

Rubbish. Yes, it's relatively cheap, but Sony and Microsoft offer a good variety of free and fairly recent games, integrated voice chat, generally good online service and multiple ways of backing up saves. As far as Nintendo goes, backing up saves shouldn't be paywalled, the free library is limited and most games are around thirty years old, the quality of the service is dodgy-to-terrible, and they're trying to force their phone app on people by denying players features that there's no reason not to have through the console. It's a £20 Splatoon tax right now. Even if they'd offered some SNES and N64 games, that would have been enough. Maybe they will eventually, but there's no guarantee of that - I suspect the Virtual Console, definitely absent, transmogrified into their 'Mini' consoles. If more games I want to play online come out, I may shell out. I'm not doing so just for Splatoon, however, and since 95% of what I do on my Switch is Splatoon, I might eventually be tempted to sell the thing altogether. And maybe read a book. LOOK WHAT YOU'RE DRIVING ME TO, NINTENDO.
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Concept art for cancelled TimeSplitters 4 shows never-before-seen characters

xandaca

5 months ago

Here's a game which would be absolutely perfect for Nintendo to finance as an exclusive, as they did Bayonetta. It's an FPS, a genre their console is lacking. Its graphics and tone are comic, which suits their more varied age demographic. The previous two games both sold well on Nintendo consoles, even if it was a long time ago, so (especially since Nintendo's audience tends to be loyal) there's a positive precedent for success. The developers' history is linked to a beloved Nintendo classic, GoldenEye 007. While a cult title, it has a vocal following and a revival, particularly on a relatively hot console, would attract publicity. It's not a guaranteed success by any means, but I'd say it'd be a safer bet than Bayonetta 2 was and could easily bring more people to the Switch.
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Theme Hospital successor Two Point Hospital showing at EGX Rezzed 2018

xandaca

6 months ago

Interesting to see how this turns out. Games (most things, in fact) whose appeal is heavily dependent on nostalgia have a habit of going wrong and inheriting the dated shortcomings of their predecessors - see: Laylee, Yooka (as much as I'm pleased for a small team like Playtonic to have got it out the door). Another Theme Hospital seems like an easy win, but hopefully Two Point will remember to make the game stand on its own terms and not content themselves with 'wink, wink' references and copious rehashing. Maybe if it's a success, Sega can help port it to Switch eventually, where it seems a perfect fit.
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Nintendo Switch, one year on

xandaca

7 months ago

@porkface Thanks! Noticed RE Revelations 2 is on sale in the US, so will see if I can make the plunge.
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xandaca

7 months ago

How do you buy games from a foreign eshop? Once you change region, it doesn't accept UK cards anymore.
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Sources: This year's COD is Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

xandaca

7 months ago

If there is a Switch version, it'll be interesting to see what motion controls get integrated. Will it be full-on aiming with separated joycons - as for the Wii/Wii U CODs, albeit using gyroscope rather than pointer unfortunately - or something more along the lines of Splatoon, traditional dual analogue with motion enhancements for small adjustments? Hopefully it won't just be 'waggle to aim' or something, but since Treyarch did all the previous Nintendo versions and became experts at Wiimote pointer aiming quite quickly, I trust they'll go the extra step.

As for the game itself, I like COD but have no interest in WW2 or futuristic settings, so this will work for me (again, assuming it comes to Switch). The single-player doesn't interest me at all, with my preference being for more non-linear shooters offering stealth options and the like, but even though they get a bad rap, COD is like FIFA for me: a nice option to have for lazy, pick-up-and-play gaming. It's no Splatoon, though.

(It should be pointed out that the CODs I've played have all been on Nintendo systems, with no DLC or loot boxes etc., so I have no idea if they ruin the game or not.)
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Nintendo Switch announcement tonight to reveal "new interactive experience"

xandaca

8 months ago

This won't be for me. I'm not young at heart. Only yesterday somebody told a joke and I notified the authorities. Cease this buffoonery at once.
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The Game Awards 2017 live report

xandaca

10 months ago

Well, that was certainly an occurrence. Martin, commentators, it's been fabulous. Thanks for indulging my terrible puns and relentless jabber about hobnobs. I'd like to dedicate this award to[ADVERT BEGINS] (Night, all - or morning, I suppose)
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xandaca

10 months ago

Also: annoys me a bit when people talk about Odyssey being inspired by Mario 64, when it CLEARLY took its cues from Banjo Kazooie (or Tooie, when it comes to the T-Rex)
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xandaca

10 months ago

Wasn't the consensus that Mario Odyssey was the better game between the two?
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xandaca

10 months ago

Looks like Eiji Aonuma's going up this time. At last he's feeling 'Stagey' Aonuma. (OK, I'll stop now)
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xandaca

10 months ago

No, Martin, she's not miming, she's Pauline and I refuse to accept another word of dissent.
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xandaca

10 months ago

All those poor people, possessed by caps. Do you think there are miniature cars whizzing about the auditorium?
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xandaca

10 months ago

Pauline's had a dye job. Also, hooray, it's Pauline! (No, she's definitely called Pauline)
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xandaca

10 months ago

Can't be bothered with real music at this time of the morning. As far as orchestras go, this always makes me laugh, though: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpFQLw5_N2o
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xandaca

10 months ago

@bigbramble Well, it's got a lot of passion and told the Oscars to fuck itself. So, in short, yes. Credibility out the wazoo.
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xandaca

10 months ago

Glad I haven't got to get up early this morning. To be a cliché and toss out a semi-relevant Oscar Wilde quote: "To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable.”
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xandaca

10 months ago

I've been making these bad jokes for so long, I've started self-referencing. Entered my Tarantino phase.
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xandaca

10 months ago

Eiji Aonuma not going up? Maybe he's feeling 'Cagey' Aonuma. (I have even more jokes as contrived as this one)
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xandaca

10 months ago

Ed Boon, stopping all of us from getting to Bed Soon.
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xandaca

10 months ago

Coming right up... another three hours of this stuff!
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xandaca

10 months ago

This lady's fashion choices could not be less appropriate (reverse-colour gymwear with additional nipples and wedges?) but you have to love the madness.
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xandaca

10 months ago

Rex from Xenoblade 2 should get a nod in this category just for the laughs.
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xandaca

10 months ago

@Ozziw Remember that Konami E3 conference with Tak Fuji which was looped forever? It's like that. ONE MIRRION LOOOOOOOPS.
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xandaca

10 months ago

@ozthegweat *applauds*
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xandaca

10 months ago

Fashion choices are the real winners.
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xandaca

10 months ago

'And on with the show'. Isn't there only one minute left?
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xandaca

10 months ago

You know, I don't think I've ever heard the word 'pastime' said out loud. What a moment.
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xandaca

10 months ago

'Andy House' sounds like 'In Da House'. I haven't got anything more than that, just thought I'd bring it up.
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xandaca

10 months ago

One nit when I was sleppin a grackler cam
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xandaca

10 months ago

@zepekit Delicious, are sneaky little hobnobses.
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xandaca

10 months ago

Wait, Jumanji wasn't the ads? Now we've got pre-ads ads?
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xandaca

10 months ago

'I'm talking about the game that plays you.' Soviet Russia?
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xandaca

10 months ago

He's got a bit of the Wiseaux about him. Ha ha, what a story, Geoff!
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xandaca

10 months ago

Martin, I know a hobnob rush when I see one. I'm living one right now!
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xandaca

10 months ago

He's had too many hobnobs as well.
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xandaca

10 months ago

@Zeburdee Oh wait, I just got your joke. Blame my tardiness on 3.40am and an excess of hobnobs.
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xandaca

10 months ago

@Zeburdee Ah thankyoo, I'm here until... well, probably another twenty minutes or so?
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