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BAMozzy

@YummyHappyPills I tend to play big RPG's during the game lulls we get in a year as I don't like starting to play and before I have even achieved anything, I have to stop. In big RPGs, you can spend that time trying to get from A to B and spend all your time just 'travelling'. Other games, I could have completed a mission, chapter, level or two - felt like I have achieved something and made progress.

The last time I gamed n a handheld, it was the odd 20mins here and there - sat in a doctors/hospital waiting room so I had time to complete a level or two of Super Mario Bros, complete a world (get at least a gold star not all 5) in SM64, something along those lines.

As I don't have to share my TV and don't game on the go, IF I had a Switch, my gaming would still be on a TV so it them comes down to which console would deliver the 'best' experience and therefore any game that is on PS4/XB1 will always be played on which ever has the best performance, visuals etc. I certainly wouldn't buy Doom for example when I can play it at 60fps and at the closest visual settings that the devs created - the one that has been scaled back the least. Its no different from picking to watch 4k/50 football on SkyQ instead of 1080/24 on the HD channel or even the SD channel version. I never watch SD when I can watch the HD version and never watch in HD if I have access to 4k so I don't see why I would make gaming an exception.

Its not that I am more concerned about visuals than game-play because I will play XB360 BC games or even the OG Xbox games too but again that's because they are often the highest available visual quality of that particular title but if I have an SD, HD and/or 4k version, 90% of the time, I will pick the 4k version with the other 10% being the games that may offer a greater frame rate but only at a lower resolution.

Big open world games benefit more by being on a big screen - in fact most games do benefit on a big screen - assuming the resolution is a close match so little/no upscaling. Of course those retro looking 8/16bit games probably look better on a small screen - less blocky. ACO though is one of the best looking games of last year - and high res and HDR enhance those visuals even more but then I have plenty of time to sit down and play these, admire the quality of the visuals because no one is badgering me to access the TV.

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Knuckles-Fajita

Nintendo Labo....oh baby I want it and I'm 22.

So the gyro controls in the Joy-Con and IR Camera are used to monitor what you are doing.

So in the piano, the IR Camera catches tape on the keys when you press them...and the game reacts.

The giant robot uses motion controls and the camera to take your movements...and put them in the game.

That's so obviously simple but so cool. It's like...making and being IN the game.

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Ralizah

People always talk about "gaming on the go" in relation to Switch, but honestly, the big appeal of Switch to me is being able to comfortably pick up the system and play a game anywhere instead of carving time out of my day to go through the ritual of playing on a TV. That becomes even more important if you have a lot of little distractions throughout the day that make conventional TV gaming inconvenient for you.

Which is why I like to emphasize the system's versatility over its portability. And, as themcnoisy pointed out, it's quite liberating for a number of us.

On the Switch, TV play is a choice I can make to enhance my experience. On home consoles, it's a requirement if I even want to play the game, which can put me off playing entirely if other things are going in the background as well, as they often are.

EDIT: Haha, Nintendo is making their own weird version of Google Cardboard.

Thanks, Nintendo, but I'm keeping my expensive gaming tablet and joycon controllers away from the feet of children.

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BAMozzy

@Tasuki @themcnoisy I completely understand that both of you have very different circumstances to me. My days of running around after young kids, having to share a TV and having t stop/start depending on others - whether that's my duties as a father with young kids, being a husband and helping out with the chores etc etc are behind me. When I want to game, I can and stop when I want - not because I have to get off a bus, family want to watch something, needing to cook, clean or the usual daily household chores of being a parent/husband.

All my gaming is done on a TV. Unless I end up back in Hospital, ALL my gaming is likely to be done on a TV. I don't have any limitations on when I game at all and have total freedom to game when I want and for how long I want.

My point wasn't meant to belittle the Switch at all and I do recognise that for some, the Switch represents that freedom I have, represents the opportunity to game for much longer periods for them or even snatch opportunities that would be impossible with a standard, static console. Therefore I also understand that for them, the Switch is much better for playing the big open world, slow progress games and their PS/XB is better for those games you can start/stop, make quick progress etc.

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KratosMD

I know that Nintendo loves trying to stand out among the competition by trying different things, but this is getting ridiculous now. It feels like we're back in the 90s with products like this.

But it will probably sell like hot cakes regardless, because that's just how Nintendo rolls.

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Tasuki

@BAMozzy Nah I didn't think you belittled the Switch, in all honesty I wish I had the freedom that you do I am jealous 😂 I would prefer playing on a big screen always have but I am just glad that now I have the opportunity to play the big open world games like Skyrim where as before it was nearly impossible.

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Ralizah

@KratosMD Referring to Nintendo Labo?

It's not aimed at the hardcore gaming community. It's aimed at appealing to a broader demographic.

It's a cute idea, I just... have to wonder what portion of the existing player base is going to buy into this? And is it going to be a pain to assemble? How durable are cardboard peripherals going to be?

It's like an evolution of the various gimmicky accessories on the Wii. Except more expensive (because children WILL destroy these things, and replacements won't be free). And cardboard.

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Knuckles-Fajita

@Ralizah I will sit my down and build a backpack just to run around as a giant robot.

It's as close to VR as I am medically allowed XD

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BAMozzy

@Tasuki My 'freedom' though does come with a high price. I am disabled and unable to work so I don't have those commitments or limitations. I have done my time with parental duties etc so fully aware of the way that can impact on your free time to indulge in any 'hobby' - let alone those that tend to take place in 'family' rooms.

If having the freedom to game when I want etc comes at the price of losing my freedom to go out alone, socialise etc whilst suffering from Pain at heavily reliant on medication to get through a day, I think I would much prefer to be in your situation...

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Tasuki

@BAMozzy Now I feel awkward. Didn't mean to sound like a douche as I had no idea. What came to mind was a Bachelor with nothing tieing him down. In apologize for my previous statement.

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BAMozzy

@Tasuki I didn't take it that way so no need to apologise. I too would be jealous of that 'bachelor' life style too but even that can have drawbacks. Anyway, this is a bit off topic - even though it may help to see why we all have different situations which may also help to explain why consoles - like the Switch - are sometimes a better fit for some people and not for others, why some may get more from it than others and not just 'on the go' as domestic situations may mean its perfect within a family situation with limited access to a main TV - such as yours. I agree its much easier to grab the Switch than move a console to set it up else where - that's valuable gaming time wasted LOL

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Knuckles-Fajita

@Tasuki I did. Don't ask after the fact, okay?

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RR529

I know I said it'd be awhile before starting up another 100+ hour game after finishing XC2, but I just couldn't help myself and started up Breath of the Wild today!

Even though I've just started to dabble in it (just finished up the first shrine), it's already clearly a different beast than any Zelda that's come before. Not much to say on it yet, though I'm not so sure how I feel on the abundance of magitech. I know it's had a small place in Zelda for quite some time, but this is quite a changeup!

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mookysam

In Mario Odyssey has anyone successfully done the Jump rope challenge in New Donk City or the volleyball? I have an arthritic condition and cannot physically press the button that quickly to jump or throw the cap. I did the basic challenges easily enough but the genius jump rope one can go where the sun don't shine.

Playing Mario in handheld mode I get about 2 1/2 hours out of the battery which is honestly quite crap. Is this the average for more graphically intense games? It will seriously impact the portability of the thing. I get the same out of my 3DS but to be fair that is nearly 7 years old.

@RR529 I don't mind the futuristic malarkey but it is quite different. Lanayru was the coolest area of Skyward Sword though and it kinda reminds me of that. I'm going to start Breath of the Wild at some point in the week. I did get quite far on the Wii U version but rather than finish that I'm going to do it all over again. 😅

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Octane

@mookysam 2.5 hours for big games like Mario or Zelda.

And yeah, I hate those challenges too.

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Knuckles-Fajita

@mookysam I've heard some people use the motor scooter for the jump rope challenge due to its weight. No idea how useful that will be but I feel your pain...literally.

Of course you can always skip it. There is a post game feature that lets you hit the Moon quota in game without doing everything.

Regarding battery life, 2.5/3 hours for huge games is the norm, especially ones that run at full resolution on the screen and have a lot of processing to do in terms of loading/spawing/calculating various things, and with Zelda being quite physics heavy and wide open, as well as Mario having very dense areas, it's quite a strain on any battery.

Plus, if you open the Switch you will see inside the little thing there is actually no free space at all! which blows my mind. They couldn't physically put a larger battery in there without making the system less portable, namely bigger than it already is, which some feel is too big to be portable.

They could maybe use a higher capacity battery but that leads to an issue of too much in too small a space, which led to stuff like the Note 7 incident. Too much power in a small package with today's sadly stagnant battery industry isn't a wise move, as it just leads to overloading and swelling.

They could have used the Tegra X1 with Pascal architecture, which would if nothing else for performance, get a little more out of the battery life, but at that point it would probably not be worth it.

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Ralizah

@mookysam For the jump rope genius moon, after the rope stops speeding up, try throwing your hat at the apex of your jump. It'll allow you to get to 100+ jumps without having to press the button as quickly, thanks to the delay caused by the hat throw.

As for volleyball, switch to 2 player mode, position Mario in a corner of the court, and use cappy to hit the ball. It's WAY easier.

@RR529 Yeah, BotW is bordering on science fantasy at points. It's an incredibly interesting change for the series.

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kyleforrester87

Do we think Wind Waker will make it over to the Switch? I haven't played it since it came out on GameCube, I'd be very interested in buying it again..

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