No Pro Controller/JoyCon jokes here! 5 Pros and Cons of the Nintendo Switch!

The Nintendo Switch has now been out a full weekend and I think its fair to say I’ve spent a good amount of time with it. Well, enough to make an arbitrary list of my personal Pros and Cons of the system. These could change, of course, in the future. But enough introduction. Let’s get to the list:

Pros:

Portability is a dream.

There’s nothing quite like playing a game and being able to get up and take it with you. Every game I’ve played on the Switch looks absolutely fantastic on the screen, as well as feeling like an overall perfect way to play. Bringing a battery pack and going outside for a bit and just enjoying the air feels amazing. (If not cold, currently!)

 

 

Fantastic Indie line up.

There isn’t a ton to say about this. An absolutely huge amount of indie support is coming to the Switch, with most of it being exclusive or a timed exclusive. Shovel Knight, Flipping Death, SteamWorld Dig 2, Pocket Rumble, Stardew Valley, there’s always something for you.

 

HD Rumble

While a hard thing to explain, HD Rumble really breathes into the controls. The first time you notice it, it is a bit of a shock how amazing it gets you into the goods.

 

 

Screenshots / Meme Creator

Similar to the PS4’s Share button, the Nintendo Switch also allows you to snap a quick screenshot of the moment. The notification quickly vanishes and you can head into the gallery from the main menu. There you can add text and share via Facebook or Twitter. The editor is small, but its a ton of fun. Makes meme making easier than ever!

Couch Co-Op is back!

Possibly the best feature of the Switch is the fact that I can now take my system anywhere and instantly play with a friend for most games, no TV required. Having mobile Shovel Knight or FAST RMX co-op is amazing. I can totally see this being great in the future for making new friends.  Continue reading…

Gotta go FAST. FAST RMX!

Pros:
  • Clean and crisp art style w/ stable frame rate.
  • Great sound effects/music.
  • Easy to pick up and understand controls.
  • Interesting HD Rumble support.
Cons:
  • Difficulty very, very quickly picks up.
  • No friend lobbies in online multiplayer.
Graphics
4
Story
N/A
Sound
4
Control
5
Fun Factor
4

The Nintendo Switch is here! [Nintendo NYC Event Gallery]

March 3, 2017 12:00AM, That is the time the Nintendo Switch has been let loose into the yearning hands of every single Nintendo Fan. While some stood in line for a full 30 days at Nintendo NY, others dressed up as their favorite Nintendo character just to show their dedication to what they love. As the night/early morning continued everyone began opening their console for the first time. Some smelling the packaging the others tasting game cartridges. Remember kids don’t put game cartridges in your mouth. One thing they all have in common is the feeling of Christmas Eve. Therefore, the date and time of March 3, 2017 12:00AM has been called Switchmas by all.

You can find the full gallery below

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Xbox Game Pass Brings Unlimited Access to More Than 100 Games

Similar to how Sony has PS Now, Microsoft today announced the “Xbox Game Pass”. This service will allow you to play over 100 titles from the Xbox One and Xbox 360 instantly, almost like a Spotify for Xbox.

We’ve posted the PR below, which has some interesting bits. For the low cost of $9.99 a month, the Xbox library is yours to play around in.

At Xbox, we put gamers at the center of everything we do and remain committed to giving you the freedom to play the games you want, with the friends you want, on the devices you want. This year is shaping up to be an exciting one for gamers. As we prepare to launch Project Scorpio this holiday, bringing the most powerful console ever made to the Xbox One family of devices, we continue to make platform improvements to connect the growing community of players on Xbox Live and add to a robust and diverse portfolio of games across Xbox One and Windows 10.

Today, we’re continuing our commitment to give you more options to diversify and expand your library of games with Xbox Game Pass, a new gaming subscription service coming later this spring. Xbox Game Pass gives you unlimited access to over 100 Xbox One and backward compatible Xbox 360 games – all for $9.99 per month. Click on to read the full PR…

Twitch to sell games, giving percentage of profits to streamers!

Twitch has been a great way for people to watch others play a game, and helping to decide if you should purchase it. Apparently Twitch and game publishers agreed! Starting “soon”, Twitch will allow opt-in for partnered streamers to sell copies of the game that they’re streaming.

 

You can find the entire Q&A below the cut, but the part I’m most curious about is this:

Q. If I’m a non partnered streamer, can viewers buy games from my channel page?

A. An offer to buy a game or in game content will appear on all streamer channel pages when a game is being played that is offered for sale by Twitch. Only partnered streamers will be eligible to earn revenue through this program.

So basically, if you’re not partnered with Twitch, prepare to make them money regardless!

You can read the rest of the Q&A below.  Click on to read the full PR…

Target leaks point to Shadow of Mordor sequel: “Middle Earth: Shadow of War”

Shadow of Mordor was a pretty good game, if not a bit lacking in the second half. With its Nemesis system, everyone had a slightly different story to tell about the game. Luckily, it looks like later this year we’ll see more Middle Earth.


We don’t know much yet, but we’ve got a good look at the boxart, as well as the gold edition’s contents. From the Target website, which no longer lists the title:

Experience an epic open-world brought to life by the award-winning Nemesis System. Forge a new Ring of Power, conquer Fortresses in massive battles and dominate Mordor with your personal Orc army in Middle-earth™: Shadow of War™.

Go behind enemy lines to forge your army, conquer Fortresses and dominate Mordor from within. Experience how the award winning Nemesis System creates unique personal stories with every enemy and follower, and confront the full power of the Dark Lord Sauron and his Ringwraiths in this epic new story of Middle-earth.

In Middle-earth™: Shadow of War™, nothing will be forgotten.

Gold Edition includes:
• Slaughter Tribe Nemesis Expansion
• Outlaw Tribe Nemesis Expansion
• The Blade of Galadriel Story Expansion
• The Desolation of Mordor Story Expansion
• Gold War Chest
• Over $125 in total value

Nemesis Expansions include a new Orc Tribe featuring new enemies, followers, missions, abilities, weapons, Fortress and wilderness updates, and a Mythic Gear Set.

Story Expansions introduce a new campaign, playable character & abilities, side missions, enemies, allies & more.

Personally, I’m pretty excited to return to Middle Earth.

Fast RMX, Shovel Knight, and more make the Switch eShop Launch!

Competing with Zelda and 1-2-Switch! are some of Nintendo’s brightest Nindies: Shovel Knight and FAST RMX. In a PR statement today, Nintendo confirmed that both Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove (along with the new Specter of Torment campaign!) and Fast RMX will be launch titles for the Nintendo Switch. They also announced a Nindies showcase that will be releasing on the 28th. Along with this news, they also shared that the Virtual Console service will not be live at launch, with more info incoming. You can find the press release below the jump, and enjoy this off-screen footage for FAST RMX!

Click on to read the full PR…

Amd Ryzen News

AMD’s press release has left us with some really juicy numbers to look over. AMD has been lacking in the previous years, with only releasing yearly GPU releases but nothing from the CPU side since 2011. So there is a lot of anticipation behind this launch, which by the way will be on march second for all R7-series SKU’s. So here’s what we got:

Release date: March 2nd

Price for Ryzen 1700 – $329

Price for Ryzen 1700X- $399

Price for Ryzen 1800X- $499

Included CPU cooler:

AMD Wraith Spire

In many cases, the Ryzen chips met or exceeded their Intel competitor chip. This includes applications like streaming, gaming, rendering, and encoding. For more information wwatch the video below.

 

 

Going back to the Roots with The Magic of the First “Legend of Zelda”

Game Maker’s Toolkit has brought an amazing video about series going back to what made them popular today on YouTube, and we had to share it.

In the description, it’s quoted:
The next Zelda game, Breath of the Wild, is said to be inspired by the very first game in the series. Let’s revisit that seminal game, to see how Nintendo made such an intoxicating adventure.

So what exactly makes Zelda 1 so amazing? And what is Nintendo doing to recapture that magic?

Mass Effect: Andromeda

“Discover the secrets of a vast galaxy, battle hostile alien threats, build your crew and tap into deep progression and customization systems to make them your own. This is the story of humanity’s next chapter, and your choices throughout the game will ultimately determine our survival and place in the Andromeda Galaxy.”

These are the words of the Mass Effect team. Personally, I am extremely excited to see what this game has in store. The Mass Effect series never seems to disappoint in providing a decently detailed story, along with having good immersion.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy set to launch on June 30th!

Our friends over at Polygon just broke the news that the Crash Bandicoot trilogy remaster will be arriving on store shelves later this year. What I had feared to be a fall release actually looks like it will be releasing on June 30th!

Coming from Polygon:

The Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy collection includes the first three Crash games: Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot: Warped.

The remastered trilogy features new lighting, animations, cinematics enhanced for 4K and the PS4 Pro, and a fully remastered soundtrack. It also will have full analog stick support, along with new unified save and checkpoint systems.

Vicarious Visions, which is handling the work of updating the classics, also improved the game’s bonus levels and time trials, and recreated the intro cinematic with updated graphics and sound.

The trilogy will cost $39.99.

I personally can’t wait, as I missed the Crash trilogy as a kid. Will you be picking this title up?

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild first Nintendo Switch title to receive DLC.

DLC and season passes aren’t a new thing to many gamers, with Nintendo finally embracing the system in the Wii U’s life.It isn’t a surprise that the Switch will see DLC and “Season Passes” or as Nintendo is calling them, a “Expansion Pass”. The first of these has been confirmed to be The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. You can hear all about it from Mr. Aonuma in the video below.

Starting when The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild launches on March 3, players will be able to purchase an Expansion Pass for $19.99, granting access to two new sets of downloadable content for the game when they become available later this year.

For the full press release including when we can expect this content, hit that read more! Click on to read the full PR…

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