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By Jonathan Balofsky On 19 Jan, 2017 At 06:20 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Kotaku had a recent Q & A with Nintendo, where they discussed multiple things concerning the Switch. Nintendo dodged most of the questions, no doubt wanting to reveal the matters on their own terms at another time, but did divulge some information.

 

Is Switch backwards compatible in any way? Will you be able to download or play Wii, Wii U, or 3DS games?

The Nintendo Switch system is not backward compatible with games designed for other systems, and is not currently compatible with controllers designed for other systems. Support for certain controllers may be considered for a future update. We have nothing to announce regarding Virtual Console or other types of digital purchases at this time.

 

For those concerned about the 32GB of storage, how will that work for playing downloadable games? How will it work for DLC and patches?

The Nintendo Switch system has 32GB of internal NAND memory, a portion of which is reserved for use by the system. The system’s internal memory can be easily expanded as needed using microSDXC cards.

 The SDXC standard supports up to 2TB of storage. (Note that 2TB cards are not yet on the market, but Nintendo Switch will support them when they are.) External USB hard drives are not supported at launch, but we are researching the possibility of supporting them in the future.

If no microSDXC card is used, everything is stored in internal NAND memory. If a microSDXC card is used, game save data is stored in internal NAND memory while data that can be redownloaded, such as digital games, game updates, and DLC, is stored on the microSDXC card. Nintendo Switch game cards are non-writable; game save data is stored in internal NAND memory.

Is there a trophy or achievements system?

We have nothing to announce at this time.

 

How does the Share button work? Does it allow you to capture video as well as screenshots? Will it allow you to stream on Twitch or YouTube?

The Capture Button is located on the Joy-Con (L) controller and the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, and lets users grab screenshots from their games. They can then view, edit (add text of various sizes, colors and positions) and post them to social media. The original unedited screenshot is also saved.

We are planning to add the ability to record video in the future.

Switch won’t have Miiverse – will there be Miis? Or any other equivalent?

While Miiverse will continue to be supported on the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems, our approach with the Nintendo Switch system is to make greater use of other established, broadly used social platforms. For example, captured gameplay screenshots can be shared on popular social networks, and social features such as voice chat are possible with smart devices through our app.

There is a Mii Maker on Nintendo Switch. The software to create Mii characters is now located in System Settings, and no longer resides on the HOME menu as a standalone application. You can also create a Mii character from the Profile screen. Making Mii characters is similar to the method used on past systems.

Mii characters can be used to represent a user profile, but are not required. Users also have the option to choose a profile picture from an included library of Nintendo character images. Mii characters can still be used in games if developers choose to include them.

You can send/receive Mii characters through local wireless communication between Nintendo Switch systems, or use an amiibo figure to transfer Mii Characters from Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems.

Mii characters on the Nintendo Switch system are similar to past iterations, but they have some different options. More facial components and colors for hair and skin have been added, while the following attributes have been removed: creator’s name, favorites, birthday, copying, and “public.”

Will Switch support Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, HBO Go, or any other streaming services?

All of our efforts have gone toward making the Nintendo Switch system an amazing dedicated video game platform, so it will not support any video-streaming services at launch. However, support for video-streaming services is being considered for a future update.

Will online stores be region-free or just cartridges?

The Nintendo Switch system is not region locked, but we recommend that players buy games within their region to ensure full service and support. The user will access the Nintendo eShop that corresponds to the country identified in their Nintendo Account. (Up to eight user accounts can be created on a single Nintendo Switch system.)

It should be noted, that the eShop region can be changed via MyNintendo, which means we have a fully region free system. From the way Nintendo is describing how they plan to use Miis on the system however, it makes me wonder if they plan to integrate a service similar to Miitomo in some way as a replacement for miiverse.

As for that comment about controllers, could it be referring to GameCube controllers like with the Wii U and its adapter? Could it also be possibly referring to the N64 controller for virtual console games? This is something to keep an eye on.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 18 Jan, 2017 At 09:20 PM | Categorized As Editorials, Featured, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarThere were many games shown off during the Nintendo Switch reveal presentation, but one that stood out was Arms. The game has been compared to Wii sports boxing but is closer to Punch Out, much with its unique characters. Everyone who has played Arms has raved about the motion controls being amazing, but the game also can be played without motion controls, and like a standard game.

I have long felt Nintendo needed to make a new fighting game IP and given that this is Nintendo, they wont just make a typical fighter. Arms is a fighting game that has a truly unique nature to it, from the fighting to the characters, everything just feels fresh. Nintendo compared this to a boxing game with shooting elements and that made me think of something. This is a character based fighting game that will be an introduction to fighting games for many, and given that Nintendo is pursuing eSports, they might push Arms as an esports game of sorts.

That is all well and good, but this does draw parallels between another game. Blizzard’s Overwatch is a character driven multiplayer FPS game that has served as a gateway to the genre for many. Arms comes across as a fighting game parallel to that game, both in terms of how it plays to bring in people, and how the characters have been received. If Nintendo plays it right, the way Blizzard has, Arms could be one of the biggest new franchises in recent years.

You may laugh at this idea, but the fact is, Nintendo is applying what they learned from Splatoon to the fighting game genre but are taking it a step further. Every aspect of this game just oozes character and personality, and people want to know more about it. The fan art of characters like Ribbon Girl and Spring Man is growing by the day, and the other characters are also extremely well received. There are already calls for the game to have a representative in Smash, and while they started as a joke, they have become serious now. Arms has developed a major fan following in just a few days, and it will not be released for a few months. If the game has a good story to it, both good online and singe player, and continues to build on the awesome characters shown, there is no limit to what Arms can achieve. Splatoon was a breakout hit on the Wii U, but I believe Arms will far surpass anything else.

 

The above was the opinion of the writer and not necessarily that of Real Otaku Gamer or its staff.

No GravatarNintendo held a Nintendo Direct today to discuss all things Fire Emblem and there was indeed a lot to discuss

  • Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia was announced for 3DS
  • Based on the 2nd game in the series, Fire Emblem Gaiden 
  • Every aspect of Gaiden’s presentation updated
    – Free roaming
    – Dungeons crawling with enemies
    – Flexible character progression
    – Classic Fire Emblem gameplay with a twist
  • amiibo coming based on the characters Alm and Celica
  •  New Fire Emblem Game announced for Switch for 2018
  • Fire Emblem Warriors trailer was shown, will be coming to both new 3DS and Switch
  • Fire Emblem Heroes was announced, F2P mobile game for Android and iOS

 

You can see trailers below

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 18 Jan, 2017 At 05:53 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News, Uncategorized | With 0 Comments

No GravatarAnother game has been announced for the Switch, as according to the Japanese site for the system., Story of Seasons will be coming.  Story of Seasons is the original Harvest Moon series but under a new name since Natsume owns the name Harvest Moon and now Marvelous. Story of Seasons has seen releases under its new name since 2014 and this is great for fans of the classic series.

This has only been announced in Japan so far, but hopefully it will be announced for North America and Europe soon, so fans here are not left out. We really do want this here!

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 16 Jan, 2017 At 07:53 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarOne of the biggest shocks of the Nintendo Switch reveal event was Suda51 showing up to announce a new game featuring Travis Touchdown. This was overshadowed by poor translation, but now we know why. Suda went off script almost immediately and this led to the translator being unable to keep up.

Fortunately for us all, a more accurate translation was provided via this video below.

What do you think of this now? It makes more sense doesn’t it?

By Jonathan Balofsky On 16 Jan, 2017 At 11:53 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Famitsu recently interviewed Nippon Ichi Software CEO Sohei Shinkawa, and when the subject of the Switch came up, a lot was mentioned. One major comment Shinkawa made was that Switch and PS4 multiplatform development will be “very much a possibility” from here on.

 

“As you’ve said, we are a software company that has grown together with PlayStation, and are well aware that a lot of our fans are on PlayStation platforms. So it is not as if we will stop developing games for PlayStation. Overseas, PlayStation 4 sales are incredibly strong and we will continue making games for the PlayStation 4 platform.

However, in Japan we can’t just ignore the move to portable gaming consoles. Our games are well suited for portable gaming, so when you think about it, it is important for PS4 and Nintendo Switch to balance each other out and do well. With that in mind, from here on multiplatform development for PS4 and Nintendo Switch is very much a possibility.”

It seems Disgaea 5 wont be their only Switch game, and the system will receive more support from the publisher. Here is hoping they bring several RPGs to the system.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 16 Jan, 2017 At 01:09 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarArms was one of the big surprises of the Nintendo Switch reveal. The unique fighting game from Nintendo charmed many with its quirky and offbeat nature, and seemed to ooze personality. Many considered it the successor to Punch Out or Wii Boxing, especially due to the motion controls in the latter.

However, the recent Nintendo treehouse live stream revealed something rather interesting. Arms will not require motion controls, and the game can be played with regular controls like other game. This has raised my own interest in the game considerably, as I was uneasy about the motion controls. Arms looks like a terrific addition to the Nintendo library and I hope it succeeds.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 13 Jan, 2017 At 12:24 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Nintendo has released a new trailer for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which shows off the various additions. There is a new battle mode, and this time it is a true battle mode that fans can appreciate. There are new characters such as Bowser Jr and the inklings, along with an Urchin Underpass Stage among other additions. There are changes to the item menus and new items you can use such as the cape feather and everything seems tighter. the game runs in native 108- 60fps when docked and 720 60fps when in handheld. You can see the trailer below.

 

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 13 Jan, 2017 At 12:10 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarOne of the biggest surprises from the Nintendo Switch reveal was Ultra Street Fighter 2: The Final Challengers, a new revision of the classic game. But this is not just HD Remix with some minor changes. First off, while there are new graphics available, you can play with the original sprites.. Second, there have been multiple changes such as the ability to tech attacks and more. As well there are two new characters, Evil Ryu enters the SF II universe, but so does Violent Ken, who makes his Street Fighter debut. The game looks amazing and multiple modes of gameplay that have not yet been revealed were mentioned on the treehouse stream. See the trailer below

 

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 13 Jan, 2017 At 12:21 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarNintendo has uploaded a trailer for Super Bomberman R, which is coming to the Nintendo Switch at launch. The game features 8 different characters and can be played in co-op mode. There will be a full story mode with bosses and levels and as you can see, the visuals are excellent. Take a look below.