The Jimquisition: A Nintendo Switch ‘Room Temperature’ Take

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Let’s jump aboard the Nintendo Switch content train and hump it. Hump it until our genitals bleed!

Seriously though, we’re talking about Nintendo’s marketing this week, and the importance of visual communication when selling a product.

Also, #PerformanceMatters n’ stuff!

Polishfury5000
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Polishfury5000

When I saw it was a Nintendo themed episode, I was hoping we’d get some quality “Copyright Deadlock” action.

Jim, you did not disappoint. Can never go wrong with camp-tastic 90’s cartoon B-Roll.

Nathan Stapleton
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Nathan Stapleton

I didn’t realize it until Jim said it but I haven’t played my Wii U in MONTHS and I only have one third-party game and that game’s Hyrule Warriors, which I don’t think really counts as truly third party.

Jack Trevor
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Jack Trevor

There have been third party games but the most high profile one I can think of is Bayonetta 2 and Devil’s Third.

Chris
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Chris

I still break it out for every party with my gaming buddies. On my birthday we played Mario Kart, smash brothers, runbow… Only game we didnt play on wii u was octodad (4 player co-op woo!)

Crissa
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…Yeah, but I only break out the Playstation to play Rocksmith anymore, either. I don’t know what that’s supposed to mean other than third-party games kinda suck right now.

Mr. Tastee
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Mr. Tastee
For the most part I liked what I saw in the Switch pitch. They seemed to fix most of the Wii-U’s problems right out of the gate. First they finally realized that the Wii name is done and moved on. I think the name was its biggest problem. Lots of people heard Wii and immediately stopped listening. The switch is supposedly on par with Xbone in terms of power but I don’t know how important that will be given the Scorpio is not far off. Although I have serious doubts about MS’s plan to go all in on 4K since… Read more »
Chris
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Chris
I really really REALLY hope they’ve done more standard internals with the Switch. To my understanding, porting anything to Wii U was a giant effing pain, so if they made that process smoother, I think we could see a lot more support for Nintendo. If things go smoothly, I predict 3rd parties will start off porting older titles (nots years old but a few months behind) to test the waters, maybe release a game or two (per company) along side the ps4/xbone/pc and if they sell well continue supporting the switch proper…. but again, this is all assuming the switch… Read more »
Four Three
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Four Three

No matter what happens with the Switch from here on out, at least it means we’ll be getting a lot more Chains of Love. Almost makes me not want Nintendo to have a reasonable Content ID policy.

iThinkMyCatIsAFlea
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iThinkMyCatIsAFlea

More sexy dancing please!

Can’t see Nintendo selling many Switch tablets.

Chaltab
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Chaltab

I doubt they’re going to be selling the tablet separately. It will come with two Joy-Cons and the TV adapter dock.

iThinkMyCatIsAFlea
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iThinkMyCatIsAFlea

I’m not saying Nintendo will sell the tablets separately. I’m saying they won’t sell many.

The tablet is the console. The dock is just to connect to a tv.

Chaltab
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Chaltab

Ah. Well, hopefully they’ll do better this time. They’re at least doing a lot of things right at this point that they did wrong in the Wii U buildup.

bdp
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bdp

The problem with the devs trying to stand up and get better rights is they are highly likely to just get fired en masse and replaced by a new group of devs fresh out of school or somewhere else. I would say the resulting loss of quality in games would get people to stop buying them and make publishers get their acts together but early access is as popular as ever on steam so who knows.

ATBro
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ATBro

This is why entire teams, along with creative leads, like directors and executive producers, need to get in on it. If the front isn’t completely unified then you’re right, they will just be replaced, but you can’t easily replace creative leaders without major directional shifts and a lot of money and time down the drain.

Daniel Jensen
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Daniel Jensen

I dunno, a certain company would disagree with you. Hideo Kojima had nothing important to do with Metal Gear Solid and was totally disposable, right?
RIIIIGHT?!

ATBro
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ATBro

I don’t think you read what I wrote. I said team leads and creative directors AREN’T easily replacable, if at all, and doing so would be expensive.

Daniel Jensen
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Daniel Jensen

Well, what was HK’s role, then?

By the way, I was making a joke with my first comment; in reality, I was under the impression that HK wasn’t someone Konami should have tossed out just because of some petty beef.

Do feel free to clarify, but I don’t see what’s wrong with my shitty “har har #fuckonami” gag.

Crissa
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There’s this word, ‘united’ that’s missing from your counter-argument.

Daniel Jensen
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Daniel Jensen

I’m really not sure what you mean by that, especially because I was making a joke (albeit a bad one) in my first comment, not a counter-argument to anything.

I’m really not sure why a simple “Haha Konami was stupid to get rid of Kojima haha” gag is causing so much confusion.

Chris
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Chris

So… did the copyright dead lock go into effect?

Stormbringer
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Anyone know the mirror cartoon offhand?

zeeby
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zeeby

I would have been a launch buyer on this but i’m still peeved about the ‘new’ 3DS.. so won’t look at buying one of these for a good few years. Zelda botw will tide me over on the wii-u. In-fact, I actually dislike playing these kind of epic, deep and immersive games outside or ‘on the go’. The big wide world is just far too distracting and/or interesting. If i absolutely have to game outside, give me something like Ridiculous fishing on my smartphone any day of the week.

Cyberwulf
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Cyberwulf

I’m just here for ULYSSES YOU-LISS-EE-EES SOARIN’ THRU ALL THE GALAXIE-IES

zeeby
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zeeby

I’ve been re-watching all of those back to back recently.. so brilliant. I used to have all the action figures from it when I was younger.. wish I still had them 🙁

George
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George
Reboot!!! Great Canadian TV! But yeah…I love my Wii-U. I actually sold my PS3 and then jumped to the Wii-U this gen. The main reason was that most of the games for the PS4 and X-Box at the time were HD remakes and just looked really boring to me. Even though the Wii-U had less games the games it did have were actually…ya know…good and complete without face exploding bugs and shit. They were also…FUN! I’m excited for the Switch. I make it a point to never buy a console at launch so I will wait a bit. I’m just… Read more »
Chris
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Chris

I had my Wii U for a year, maybe two before I got a ps4… and even then I mostly got it as a Dynasty warriors machine

Weasel Biggs
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Weasel Biggs
Reboot was the absolute balls. The one bright point of otherwise dreary Sunday evenings up in Canadia. You could forget you had to wake up for school the next day and just bask in Tony Jay’s delicious evil basso. Megabyte was the best. Ever since the Wii, I’ve had fun watching Nintendo’s design philosophy grow distinct from Microsoft’s or Sony’s. They’re not about VR or higher resolutions, they don’t seem inclined to design a single console incrementally – so no future “Switch 2.0” nonsense à la Scorpio or PS4 Pro should be expected – and the entire focus of the… Read more »
Drake Warnock
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Drake Warnock

I watched this while eating an Italian wrap, with salami and pepperoni and the like. I can confirm the best way to watch Jim Sterling is with a mouthful of spicy meat.

Doodpants
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Doodpants

Coincidentally, I myself was eating some spicy Italian sausage. Thank you for confirming that I made the right choice.

Henriette Gaston
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Henriette Gaston

Oh, they forgot the Alfredo sauce aga… oh no, here it is.

Weasel Biggs
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Weasel Biggs

I preferred smoked Swiss William sausages, myself. Nice, milky-white, warm melted cheese oozing out of a firm dark tube…

Edible, phallic paradise.

Milestone_RP
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Milestone_RP
I will be sold if they say “still supports Wii and WiiU games, full backwards compatibility”. This gen, I gave more of a damn about the WiiU than the PS4/Xbone simply because pretty much all of the PS4/Bone games I cared about were on PC already. And in the cases where the PC ports were crap, they were usually fixed by 3rd parties, AND I got to keep a list of “companies I stopped giving a damn about because they’re lazy/cheap weasels”. Seriously, tho, it’s funny to me whenever people say “this will be looked at with noses held high… Read more »
EiM
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EiM

Sorry, but Nintendo already confirmed NO backwards compatibility.

For me it’s no surprise. Wii/U used optical disc based media. The switch uses flash based media. The only surprise for me is the lack of 3DS bc. But I’m guessing the Switch will be expensive enough without the added hardware needed for any bc.

I suggest you keep your Wii/U to play those games.

George
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George

I have a feeling that they’re probably going to re release some of the wii-u games on the switch though.

Xenoblade Chronicles X and Super Smash Bros and Bayonetta would be good ones that would probably move the system.

EiM
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EiM

Yep, the good ol’ double-dip. You bought these games, now buy ’em again.

florian
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florian

Well, if the NS is successful the majority of buyers wouldn’t have had the wiiu to begin with, so not really ^_^

AnGer
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AnGer
As long as the re-releases come out strewn about over the course of the console’s life cycle and not make up the majority of the release schedule, I really have no trouble at all with them. Though there are only four or five games they *should* re-release to satisfy me, namely Bayonetta 1&2, The Wonderful 101 (which could be iffy regarding the controls), Xenoblade Chronicles X, Tokyo Mirage Sessions (this time without the “cultural adaptation” – the only people who give a f*ck about an anime AIDORU SMT game don’t need that also they’d stop being whiney brats on the… Read more »
Milestone_RP
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Milestone_RP

Then I already give no damns about this thing unless they can comprehensively sell me on the system on its own merits.
Here I thought Nintendo would be the one company that would keep up the trend of keeping things backwards compatible.
Not going to go back and buy old games on a new system, again. Already had that enough. That soured me on the PS4/Xbone by itself.

Mr. Tastee
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Mr. Tastee
Being the only console with backward compatibility from the start didn’t seem to do the Wii-U much good. If there is any backward compatibility it will be digital only. It is possible they may do some re-releases with some extra content. The Mario Kart they showed did not appear to be 8, but it could be a new version of it. Sony and MS seem like they are chasing the PC market, but in order to stay competitive they will have to release new consoles much more frequently. Nintendo tends to go its own way and that can work out… Read more »
ATBro
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ATBro
First bit. Good change on the lighting. The old set up tended to look pretty blown out. Second, compensation seems to be pretty low on the list of priorities for the VO strike. Everything I’m seeing on it is more about considerations, like what the VO sessions will entail, if they are playing a character that is returning or will return in the future, if they are expected to do mo-cap as well. Support artistic talent! I think Jim is spot on about how this being a much better presentation, I just don’t think it’s going to make a difference.… Read more »
Chaltab
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Chaltab

Friend Codes aren’t on Wii U, what makes you think Switch will have them?

ATBro
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ATBro

It’s more of a general condemnation of their entire catalog of bullshit online efforts. Also the Wii U being their least successful console outside of the virtual boy, who knows what kind of “lessons” they may take from that.

Malidictus
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Malidictus
I… Don’t care one bit about the Nintendo Switch. Sorry. However, I very much do care about the opening bit about voice actors. Are you sure that they don’t need to get equal pay alongside the “real” developers? Because I’m not entirely convinced. Again I have to come back to Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver. Yes, that was a pretty good game for the PSX back in the day, but it was also a dime-a-dozen creation in a post-Tomb-Raider world with lots of similar titles out on the market, most of them so underwhelming I don’t even remember their names.… Read more »
Weasel Biggs
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Weasel Biggs

They do matter, but as someone else mentioned, the programmers make even less than VAs, currently.

The problems that the SAG is decrying aren’t unique to voice actors, the entire goddamn industry is run like a sweat shop because their bloated budgets need a turnaround within the year.

I think every professional sector involved in games development should unionize. The programmers, artists, level designers and mocap specialists need to stick together. Having friends in the industry, I can say the hours they have to pull are utterly barbarous – and so are their working conditions.

ATBro
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ATBro

VO actors may get paid more on an hourly basis than programmers and artists, but that doesn’t mean that they make more than programmers and artists, unless they are getting some celebrity, like saaaay Keifer Sutherland. Also, you can attach an actors name to a game project and see a bump in casual interest, and you most certainly cannot do that with a programmers name, short of it being John Carmack. It my not be fair, but it’s the way it is.

Lies That Bind
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Lies That Bind

Yeah, I remember for the advanced warfare trailer the only thing people really cared about was Kevin spacey so it’s not unheard of for a voice or likeness to bring in some sales but I think it is a bit of a concern with how persistent publishers are with wanting top name celebrities instead of voice actors.

Zero K
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Zero K
I’m genuinely surprised more programmers don’t jump ship for other industries. My brother has been working as a programmer since college graduation, but not with the games industry. He currently makes $120k a year, is interviewing for a position that may go up to $180k (to be fair, it’s in Alaska), and very rarely works over 40 hours a week. I work as a programmer with oil and gas companies, and while I don’t make as much as he does, it’s still good and I also rarely work over 40 a week. Much less stressful than what most game developers… Read more »
thatdamnrat
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thatdamnrat

It does make you wonder what the hell these companies do with this money, it seems like they must actually just be tossing $20 notes into a burning dumpster somewhere, because they sure as hell don’t seem to spend it on making games.

Weasel Biggs
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Weasel Biggs
Wanna know what the biggest money sinks are, according to my buds in the grinder? Marketing and R&D. All the major publishers will pour MILLIONS into various schemes designed to make you pre-order, or to at least keep unreleased titles on your radar – sometimes months or years ahead of the game being so much as developed. It might be a name on a lone dev’s napkins and some hastily-cobbled-together concept art; they WILL try and make you pre-order it. Then, there’s paying small teams an utter fortune to sit around and come up with new systems, new proprietary engines,… Read more »
Malidictus
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Malidictus

That I can’t disagree with. Jim made the same point, and I guess it just flew over my head. Yes, if voice actors being paid a living wage means they get paid more than others involved in game development, then that’s less a reflection of their “entitlement” and more a reflection of the state of the industry as a whole.

Point taken.

aimei66
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aimei66

Jim clearly misses Erasure and would love to see them make a come back. Good luck with that!

(As for the switch a am sceptically optimistic about it. Want to see the cold hard details before I’m all in, but I love the concept.)

Lies That Bind
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Lies That Bind
Jim, I wanted to commend you for your bit about the voice actors strike. I’ve been pretty disgusted by gamers on various sites laughing then off, calling them entitled, saying they don’t have a real job, that they could do what they do and various other nonsense found off pure speculations and fallacies. I want to bring up a few more points in that voice actors don’t just do video games and that this strike isn’t about what other people don’t make money wise but what the voice actors themselves DON’T have. I also loved the commentary on the actual… Read more »
Mr. Tastee
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Mr. Tastee

I find it sad that whenever a group of people start asking for more rights, we get another group calling them entitled. The mindset seems to be, hey we don’t those things so you should not either. People miss the real point that maybe they should be getting better treatment themselves then trying to shame others out of asking.

Lies That Bind
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Lies That Bind

Yeah, when Jim brought up that even the devs are against the VAs I was shocked. It’s the guys with the power that you want to tussle with, not someone that’s actually fighting for the rights that you should be figuring for too.

Mr. Tastee
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Mr. Tastee

I think its a classic tactic of those in power. Get the underlings to fight amongst themselves and quietly slip out the back. It’s a rather devious way to enforce the status quo.

Aaron Cole
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Aaron Cole

I really want the Switch to do well but I’m avoiding the hype train. Nintendo has promised third party support in the past, especially with the WiiU, and that didn’t amount to much. I don’t care so much about parity with the PS4 and Xbox One but I also don’t want a system that really only has Mario and Zelda titles. I want a reason to own a Nintendo console outside of first-party Nintendo games.

Let’s not make the Switch “No Man’s Sky 2.0”

Weasel Biggs
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Weasel Biggs
Yeah. I felt glee building up right up until I recognized the Skyrim snippets. Suspicion settled in as soon as Bethesda more or less backpedaled and said “Whoa there, we never agreed to anything like Skyrim on the Switch!” I tend to see that as Nintendo’s clumsy attempt at showing at least a few external titles of some import to the hardcore crowd. “Hey, mister Eff Pee Ess, we’ve got your Skyrims and maybe even your Fallouts! Maybe you’ll try out our Marios and Splatoons, while you’re at it, eh? Please? Pretty please?” Unfortunately, the Hardcore Console and PC elitists… Read more »
Anton
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Anton

Nah, I don’t think that’s the case. Most sane people don’t expect Ninty to compete in the great horsepower war. I’m somewhat of a PC elitist (I still buy most of the consoles despite that), but the NX excites me. Not for any technical reason, but because it keeps its gimmicks relatively contained, so that the devs can deliver the best games without being hamstrung by weird controllers.

ManuOtaku
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ManuOtaku

Agreed, Also that it might entice them to have 1 build of a game to attrack two very distinctly targeted demographics at once (handheld – home consoles).

I really see PC gamers liking this idea-concept-device, as well as enthusiastic gamers.

Weasel Biggs
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Weasel Biggs

Yeah, a lot of *sane* gamers won’t hold the console’s underpowered status against it, but elitist knobs rule the land. There absolutely will be idiots claiming that the Switch is of no interest because it’s not on parity with the XBone or the PS4.

If the Switch interests you – and it interests me – it’s because your vested interest in the medium is broad enough to consider that not everything needs to scale towards 4K gaming or to come designed to cater to specific chart-topping genres or titles.

Anton
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Anton

They don’t rule the land. Hell, the Steam stats show that the majority of PC people are running rigs no more powerful than an Xbox One.
We have to remember that the loudest people are not always the most numerous.

Weasel Biggs
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Weasel Biggs
True, but they sure as shit are loud… I’m in the market for a new PC myself, and the most I’m willing to part with is two thou. For the past three builds, it’s allowed me to exceed each’s build’s initially concurrent console gen, meet the next one and then cope with the third one’s requirements using tweaks and reduced graphics settings. You can still get a lot done in 2016 with nothing but a dual-core and 4 GBs of RAM. I’m skirting the edge, though, so I’ve started shopping… And the thing is, I visited sites like PCPartPicker, seeing… Read more »
Anton
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Anton

Two thousand is a good number to work with. I aim a bit higher, but only because I love my watercooling. If i aircooled, 2K would be the sweet spot.

I applaud your patience though, the most I’ve gone without upgrading at least partially is two years. Currently struggling to keep my wallet shut with all the new tasty hardware just a few clicks away XD

Weasel Biggs
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Weasel Biggs
I changed my video card only last year, going up from a 512 MB to a 2 GB. I’m more of an Nvidia fan than an ATI guy, largely because Nvid’s onboard fans are a tad quieter and more efficient. The only reason I changed that card is because no amount of cleaning and air-blasting was fixing the overheating issues I was stuck with. I tried unmounting the copper heat sinks and letting them soak; also tried replacing the card’s thermal paste… I could’ve gone for a bigger GPU upgrade, but my processor would’ve throttled it for sure. That was… Read more »
Nitrium
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Nitrium

You really don’t need to spend anywhere near that to get a good high-end system. A GTX 960 (Team Green) or RX480 (Team Red) with an i5 6500 and 8 GB (or 16GB) of RAM and you’re done and dusted at probably under $1000 to run just about every title on “Ultra” settings at 60 fps at 1080p.

Anton
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Anton

PC gaming is not about need.

Also, I would challenge your claim about the 960 getting Ultra on the latest & greatest games. I highly doubt it would hit anywhere near there for Witcher 3, and that’s not even new.

Nitrium
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Nitrium

Sorry, I meant 1060. I’ve updated my post.

Chaltab
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Chaltab

Man $2000 is way more than you need to surpass the current gen consoles. AMD and Nividia have both released some cards that are far superior to those in either x86 console for under $200 this year.

Weasel Biggs
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Weasel Biggs

The point is to end up with a wide margin.

I like my rigs to last upwards of ten years, and hate the thought of upgrading every other year to suit some minor discrepancy in my system specs. So, I have to invest more so I can sit on my ass for longer. 🙂

ATBro
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ATBro

I don’t think the scale towards 4k is why people value power in a console. People want to know that if they spend the money on a console, that it is going to get the majority of multi-platform releases. If the Switch is seriously under powered, then 3rd parties are going to leave it in the dust and we will have a repeat of the past 15 years of Nintendo consoles.

ATBro
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ATBro

It my not have things as weird and out there as the Wii and Wii U’s terrible controllers, but Nintendo hasn’t made a great feeling controller since the SNES, and none of what they have in that commercial looks to be changing that.

Anton
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Anton

You can always buy the “elite” controller, which is basically Nintendo’s ripoff of a good old 360 pad.

ATBro
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ATBro

Their pro controllers never feel particularly professional.

Anton
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Anton

Ehh, IMO it’s good enough.

ATBro
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ATBro

To each his own and all that.

Chaltab
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Chaltab

Gamecube controller? Wii Classic Pro and Wii U pro controller?

Hell the Switch Pro controller looks basically just like an Xbox 1 pad. I don’t know what the problem is.

ATBro
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ATBro

The Gamecube controller was, top to bottom,fucking garbage. It is one of the worst controllers I’ve ever put my hands on. The Wii Classic Pro was fine and the Wii U Pro controller was shit because of the right stick being over the buttons.

The Switch Pro controller looks like it has a similar layout to the X1 controller, but that really doesn’t mean it will be as good as that (flawed) controller.

Mr. Tastee
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Mr. Tastee

A lot of people like the Gamecube controller and the Wii-U pro is pretty good. If those do nothing for you you can use a PS or wired Xbox controller on it with the correct adapter.

ATBro
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ATBro
I honestly think people tend to be blinded by their fandom, and it is particularly true with Nintendo fans. They really like the games so they look past the most obvious shortcomings. The Gamecube controller was disastrous in every way. The d-pad sucked, the c stick was shit, the regular analogue stick was fine but it had the 8-way grooves around it, the “satellite” set-up for the face buttons made no sense and the buttons were easy to “lose” in the heat of the moment, the spring loaded shoulder buttons get jammed too easily, and for some odd reason there… Read more »
Mr. Tastee
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Mr. Tastee
Everyone is blinded by their fandom to some degree no matter what they like. It’s all just a matter of opinion and thats fine, like what you like. Personally I think the 360 controller is way over rated and has possibly the worst D-pad ever. Gamecube has its shortcomings for sure but I think its comfort in the hand is what many like about it. It was fairly recently that their was even a standard model of what a controller should be. Even still, all the console makers have their own idea about what that is and that makes switching… Read more »
prh99
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prh99

If it runs games well and has enough games I want to justify the cost, I don’t have an issue with it not being an 8 TFLOP behemoth. The turn off for PS4 and XBone is they often tend not to run games very well even with compromises.

Anton
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Anton

Why do we need Nintendo to have third-party games, though? We have much better machines for that.

ATBro
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ATBro

Not everyone wants to have multiple consoles.

Anton
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Anton

All I’m saying is, let a niche product be a niche product. We already have plenty jacks of all trades. If the games on offer are good, I believe it will sell.

ATBro
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ATBro

The good games on the Wii U didn’t help it all. Nintendo games alone, aren’t enough to warrant a console purchase for the majority of people these days.

Anton
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Anton

My take on that is that the Wii U itself was a gimmicky piece of shit. I wanted the games it had, I just didn’t want to put up with the hardware.

Chaltab
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Chaltab

There’s really nothing wrong with the hardware, these days anyway. The OS was really slow at first but it’s been fixed and works great. And while there will probably be ports or suspiciously similar sequels of Wii U’s bigger sellers, less appreciated gems like Wonderful 101 probably won’t be re-released.

Mr. Tastee
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Mr. Tastee

I agree the hardware is fine and the OS is much improved. The Wii-U is not in my opinion as gimmicky as it appears to be. People just get too obsessed with console power.

The tablet controller had some good uses such as quick launch and the web browser. It was also utilized by some games quite well, such as Xenoblade X and Splatoon. Other games could be played without the tablet.

Also, Wonderful 101 is definitely under appreciated.

ATBro
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ATBro

One thing to keep in mind is that this community has a LOT of PC master race members in it. Power is everything to this lot.

Mr. Tastee
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Mr. Tastee
You may be right about that. I guess we will see how things pan out for MS and their supposed 4K HDR and maybe VR monster console next year. Consoles chasing the PC dragon seems like a fools errand given how frequently they would need updates to even hope to keep pace. If someone is a die hard PC gamer I don’t know why they take the time to dis this or that console anyway. I do find it funny so many people using PC master race without any of the irony of its original intent. No matter what your… Read more »
Aaron Cole
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Aaron Cole

If you’re a diehard Nintendo fan who loves all their games it’s a no-brainer. But for someone who needs more than Mario and Zelda it doesn’t bring in new people. Look at how much people are talking about Skyrim on it. Granted, it’s a 5 year old game, but that passionate fan base for third-party games is what Nintendo needs to see more success than they have with the WiiU

Mr. Tastee
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Mr. Tastee
I think Nintendo may not be interested in making a powerhouse to directly compete with MS and Sony. They could easily make one but they have chosen different routes. This is not to say that the switch won’t be powerful but I would not bet on it being a market leader. When it comes to consoles, I think devs just want raw power but power alone does not guarantee great games. I think it’s more about talent really, but the industries obsession with power makes them act as if working on anything relatively weak is impossible, so Nintendo could be… Read more »
ATBro
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ATBro
I don’t think it’s so much that devs just want raw power. Power is good to have and all that, but what they want is parity. The more parity there is between consoles, means the less work they need to put in to make the different versions run well. The reason that PC versions of games usually get short shrift compared to consoles is because the amount of work that goes into making a game run on a million different PC configurations, tied in with the PC hosting a relatively small buying audience, means that the effort isn’t always worth… Read more »
Mr. Tastee
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Mr. Tastee

I can see parity being important in terms of power but isn’t it also about architecture? I am far from an expert on the subject but I thought the PS3 suffered a bit do to it being a difficult machine to work with.

Although I don’t really see why its the responsibility of the console maker to make the devs job easier. I guess anything you do to make your console more dev friendly is good for business.

Shui Gor
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Shui Gor

“But, of course, the world of games media needs more hot takes than hot dinners and, therefore, we all must scramble to provide our opinions and our predictions and our #friendlyeditorials…AND I’M NO DIFFERENT.”

Thank God: for a moment there, I thought you’d fight against the power, Jim.

Also, I knew you were going for “Chains of Love” when you said “chains of failure”.

Cyphus
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Cyphus

So am I not supposed to thank god for him anymore?

MrInsecure
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MrInsecure

Not when he’s busy breaking the chains of love.

Mike Wallace
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Mike Wallace

As one who has largely abandoned the console market, I don’t have any stakes in this. That said, I respect Nintendo’s efforts. I would like to see it succeed, I would like to see it prove to have all that third party support pledged to it.

Nighter3D
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Nighter3D
Hmm. Not sure about the switch personally. I know it is marketed as Nintendo’s great device, but those trying to find more technical info will quickly find that is mostly Nvidia’s technology and work that is driving the switch. The reason i am warry is cause…well…It’s just a Nvidia Tegra Tablet with maybe a small Pascal GPU, nothing more. It will be competing with tablets and such, but with limitations in regards of supported games. As a console it will probably do pretty well, but as a Tablet will it be able to stand against the legion of Android tablets… Read more »
iorek byrnison
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iorek byrnison

the shield doesn’t have nintendo games or a nintendo os
the switch isn’t even a tablet – we haven’t been shown any evidence it even has touch

this is not a competitor to the shield. it is a new gameboy, which happens to share some guts with the shield

Nighter3D
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Nighter3D
That is like saying a Sony handheld device wouldn’t be a rival to a nintendo handheld and vice versa. yet clearly nintendo’s succesfully pushed Sony out of the field. They are switching from small handheld to tablet sized handheld. They will end up in competition to Android based gaming tablets including the shield wether they like it or not and their marketing is doing their best to avoid comparison so they know it. What OS or what game-library is supported is irrelevant. I see 2 tablet systems and that is it. some may see it as comparing apples and oranges,… Read more »
iorek byrnison
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iorek byrnison

You deeply misunderstand Nintendo’s customers.

To them, an android tablet is not competition to a Nintendo handheld. If the Switch has the new Pokemon, Animal Crossing, Zelda, Mario, Metroid, F-Zero, etc. and the android tablet doesn’t, it’s not even a question, the Switch wins.

The kind of person who buys a Shield and is happy with their purchase is not the same as the kind of person who buys a 3DS and is happy with their purchase. Just because the switch is now the size of a small tablet doesn’t mean the customer changes.

Paul Avers
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Paul Avers
I think the most important thing to come out of the trailer was the new inkling hairdos. (Tentacle-dos? What do we even call something that isn’t actually hair?) Possibility of more forms of character customization in the new game? Heck yeah, I’m in. The new system definitely seems to fit my video game play-style a lot better than the current suite of boxes, so I’m more than likely going to be going in day 1 (unless something happens between now and then). Not having to be shackled to the TV and can continue to play games wherever I happen to… Read more »
zeeby
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zeeby

I’m wondering how they’ll approach Splatoon on the switch? The map screen on the wii-u controller was such a key part of the game.. seeing what was happening where, in real-time and seeing where you were needed? I’m sure they’ve got something up their sleeves..

Mr. Tastee
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Mr. Tastee
I’m down for SplaTWOon for sure but it is strange to think about how their hair is actually tentacles, The idea of it being in post apocalyptic world ruled by evolved squids that can shape shift at will was pretty cool but also weird if you think about it. If the ink they paint with is squid ink then that makes it a bodily fluid! They seem to have fangs, are they vampires? If their hair is tentacles then their hair is actually an appendage like an arm. Callie and Marie, Calamari! Why name themselves after a what should be… Read more »
Thanatos
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Thanatos

Do they honestly expect you to play a game with a half fragment of the controller? It looks like it barely has any buttons.

Do they honestly expect you to play the system holding both fragments split in half like wanker does on the plane? The analogs aren’t at the same height, you aren’t going to have proper leverage on one of them.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS
It depends on the size, but I don’t see it being that hard to use them as 2 separate controllers. It wouldn’t be too different from a WiiMote, but in both hands instead of one and with none of the frantic arm swinging. If you cradle it in your fingertips with a relaxed grip not dissimilar to a standard controller, it should be okay. I already imagine myself just draping my arms off a chair and playing the games with a very relaxed mindset. Also, you might be able to invert the controller to put the joystick at the top,… Read more »
Mr. Tastee
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Mr. Tastee

I think they are trying to just show all the possible controller options available. If you can use the two parts together at home I don’t see why you couldn’t on the go. On a plane you may have less room so maybe split would work better. I imagine they want to show options and not have anyone feel as if they are forced into one control scheme as this was a concern with the Wii-U.

Thanatos
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Thanatos

The Wii U had more supported control schemes than any console in history. That was its problem.

Ana Decker
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Ana Decker
Really interested in the Switch, I think it’s smarter for Nintendo to approach console gaming from the handheld market since that’s where they’re the most competent now instead of trying to compete in the market of underpowered living room PCs. Hell, if they play their cards right they might convert quite a few people from mobile gaming to consoles, since the Switch would fit much better into people’s unstructured time than either a handheld or a stationary console could by itself. It’s sad to see this concept get shit on by people who I suspect have no interest in portable… Read more »
Spurious K
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Spurious K

I’ll happily give Nintendo credit for trying to make a console and find a niche for it that isn’t basically just being a worse but conveniently standardised PC with some exclusive games.
This seems like a happy medium to crossover their two markets (since Nintendo handhelds still sell like hotcakes in Japan at least if I remember right) into a single device.