The time for speculation is finally over. We now know exactly what NX is, sort of. Nintendo showed off a brief teaser trailer for their newest system, now called Switch. As it was speculated the system is a hybrid of a console and a handheld. The system is housed inside a screen which will plug into a dock connected to your TV. That will allow you to play games on your TV at home with a traditional controller. You can then unhook it from there, snap on a couple controllers (called Joy-con) to the sides and take it with you on the go.
Other things shown off in the trailer were a more traditional Pro Controller that now features off-set analog sticks similar to the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Gone are the analog sticks located above the buttons, something I’m kinda sad to see go. Each of the two snap-on Joy-cons can act as individual controllers giving you multi-player options that allow more people to play games together. They can also be snapped into a Joy-Con dock which will then make the controller feel like a more traditional set up. The system includes a kick-stand and does not require the Joy-Cons to be plugged into the screen to play. That will allow you to set the screen up on a floor or a table and act as a small TV screen.
Some of the games shown off during the trailer were a new 3D World style Mario game, Splatoon, Mario Kart, an NBA basketball game and Skyrim. It appears there will be some options for play available at launch, but that information will have to wait until a later date.
Also shown off was the confirmed return to cartridge based games. This will be the first home console since the N64 to go away from disc-based media. Just how big those cartridges are is yet to be determined, but we know now that it will not have a spinning media drive on the system.
There are still plenty of questions left to be answered, but we now have some idea of what Switch is. We still need to know release date, pricing, and other details about just what the system can do. We have the official reveal. Now Nintendo needs to announce when they’ll be revealing more information about the system.
Now, if you haven’t, watch the reveal trailer.
It’s fairly quiet out on the old Nintendo news front at the moment but we pulled together the top stories from around the web as well as all the latest releases and charts. On the Top 5 this week we list our all time favourite games based on TV shows and also talk about some of the stinkers that have come out over the years. Continue reading NintendPals: Episode 35
(Sorry for the weird echo on Nick’s audio this week, it won’t happen again!)
This week we break down the Nintendo investors meeting that happened this week as well as discussing the latest sales figures from Saga and Amiibo, EAs thoughts in supporting Nintendo in the future and the latest releases and charts. We also give our Top 5 driving games too!!! Continue reading NintendPals: Episode 34
Myles and Nick have a huge announcement to kick off this very special 10th edition of the NintendPals podcast. After that, normal business resumes with a thin news week, chats about what we’ve been spending our time playing (Nick has added another retro console to his growing collection) and we run down our top games of 2014. Oh and we announce the winner of our League of Heroes competition.
So the top of my desk feels really cold. I’m not sure if that’s normal. I guess I don’t really pay attention to the temperature of my desk’s surface. I imagine it’s fine, but it’s weird how you never notice these things, you know. Oh yeah, and here’s the next podcast.
Starring – Tony, Micah, Shannon, Shelby
Run time – 1:39:09
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OVGE is just around the corner and to make sure everyone is aware we have brought is friends of the site, Jesse Hardesty and Greg Little, to let everyone know what they can expect from OVGE 2014; friends, games and good times. Worry not as we still get down to the same nonsense we normally do. Thanks to Shannon, who left something in my fridge, we have a special taste test as well. Enjoy the show.
Starring – Tony, Micah, Greg, Jesse, Shelby
Run time – 2:27:02
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The Mario Kart franchise has been one of the most successful selling franchises Nintendo has ever created. It started back on the Super Nintendo and has made one appearance on every console Nintendo has released since that time. You can pretty much bet that if a Nintendo system is sold it will have a Mario Kart game on it. Many people would even label it one of the best games that could be considered a system seller for the company. It’s so successful that it has been one of the best selling, if not THE best selling game on systems for the last two generations.
Recently the question was posed as to whether or not Mario Kart 8 could be the worst selling game in the franchise and could it potentially be bad enough to kill the franchise. I, personally, am not sure it would do that poorly, but it was an interesting question none-the-less and so I decided to do a little bit of research.
Continue reading Could Mario Kart 8 Be The Worst Selling Game In the Series?