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Everything posted by MastaRedSnappa

  1. Don't give up hope! I won my Switch in an online contest by thrifter.com. Amazon had the set of gray joy-cons for $66 a few weeks ago so I picked those up to play some multiplayer games.
  2. With the Switch selling out, it's very unlikely there would be a price drop like the 3DS had in its first year. Nintendo first party games like Mario Kart and Zelda rarely go on sale. Controllers (joy-cons or pro) and micro SD cards may go on sale during Black Friday. So you could do something like buy the Switch/Mario Kart/Zelda now and pick up the rest later when you find a good deal. Before you buy pro controllers, I'd recommend playing some games with one joy-con (horizontally), with 2 joy-cons (one in each hand) and with 2 joy-cons in the included grip. If you're ok with playing in these configurations, you could save some cash by buying another set of joy-cons (and another grip if needed) and then you'd have controllers for 4 people (or 2 people with or without grips).
  3. I played a little of the demo last night. The text is really small for my old eyes (on the Switch's screen)! I couldn't even make it to battle.
  4. When I first got the Switch, I didn't even hook the dock up to my TV. The dock was just a glorified charging station. The Switch's screen is really nice (I recently tried to play a game on the New 3DS and it was painful to go back to such a low-res screen) and there was no need to interrupt someone already using the TV to play. Eventually I did hook up the dock to the TV in my bedroom and I found I much prefer games like BOTW on the bigger screen. When I'm away from the house, being able to play multiplayer games with the 2 joy-cons in tabletop mode has worked really well. The Switch's screen is just big enough where games are playable when in split-screen. I think my breakdown is something like 50%/35%/15% between handheld/docked/tabletop modes. The fact that the Switch seamlessly moves between modes while still playing the same game is a great feature that I never thought I'd use until I got a Switch. Maybe the usage isn't exactly like Nintendo touted in their launch trailer but it's close enough to me that I could see and experience what it was designed for. I've never sold any of my old games before so going digital had no impact for me there. Losing the 20% off physical games through things like Best Buy's Gamer's Club is tough but partially mitigated by the 9% off I get on digital purchases having no sales tax. I figure the difference is the cost of the convenience of having all my games with me. I really wish Nintendo would allow digital games to be regularly priced lower than physical games since there is no cost associated with cartridges, physical packaging, shipping, B&M middle-men, etc.) though (yeah right!).
  5. I have 1 physical game (BOTW), 8 digital games and 6 digital demos. The convenience of not having to switch/keep track of/carry game carts is the best (even if you're just moving from one room to another in your house to play the Switch). Plus some games, like NBA 2K18, will require a microSD card even when you purchase the physical game cart. I was pleasantly surprised by the Doom/Wolfenstein II announcements. The Swtich definitely needs more mature AAA FPS games.
  6. Some physical Nintendo Switch games will require a MicroSD card: http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2017/09/some_retail_nintendo_switch_games_will_require_you_to_own_a_microsd_card
  7. I'm currently at 79 shrines, 3 divine beasts, and I have the master sword. I just got some fire resistance armor so I'm about to take on the last divine beast (some kind of lizard). How many more shrines would you recommend I beat before I try to take on Ganon?
  8. I brought the Switch with me on a family trip last weekend. It really highlighted the versatility of its handheld and tabletop modes (I didn't feel like hauling around the big dock to hook it up to a TV) especially for multiplayer. I also picked up the Hori Compact Playstand for $13. It has 3 angles, folds flat into a shape just a little smaller than the Switch itself (without joy-cons), and has rubber feet on the bottom and on the arms holding the Switch so it doesn't slide around. And of course, the main reason I got it was so that I can charge and play the Switch in tabletop mode at the same time. I highly recommend it.
  9. It would've been nice if Nintendo had made it so that if a player drops out of a Splatoon 2 multiplayer match, his/her character becomes a bot so that their team isn't totally crippled. I was playing some local multiplayer Mario Kart last night and I got disconnected but the CPU took over my character to finish the race so although I lost that race, I was still able to win the overall cup.
  10. I got to play a few matches of Splatoon 2's Salmon Run. It's a lot of fun teaming up with 3 other people and fighting off waves of salmonids and bosses. I'm not sure why the mode is only available at certain times though.
  11. Having a lot of fun with Splatoon 2 (I didn't have a Wii U so it's my first experience playing a Splatoon game). Played the first few levels of single player and about 10 multiplayer Turf War matches. The game looks and plays great although I had to switch out of the motion controls for aiming (thankfully, it is available as an option to suit each gamer's individual tastes). The Switch Online app is very... strange. I'm not sure why online chat isn't done directly on the Switch unless it cannot accommodate it without affecting the system's performance (which it probably should have been designed to accommodate from the start). I know I must be playing a lot of Switch because when I picked up a DS4 controller, the thumbsticks and buttons felt MASSIVE. Also, the position of the buttons for standard menu navigation for select/back are reversed with the PS4/XBone compared to the Switch which caused all kinds of confusion!
  12. The cooking system is very awkward (including the way you have to hold ingredients and drop them into the pot). A Minecraft style pop-up window with known recipes that you can select and it automatically pulls the necessary ingredients from your inventory would've been nice. The breakable weapons was really shocking to me when I first started playing. I didn't realize that was in the game and I kind of got worried. Luckily, there's so many weapons being dropped, it's not really an issue.
  13. I liked the original Knack but it should've had the price point Knack 2 is releasing at ($40). Knack 2's gameplay looks much more varied and inventive.
  14. I bit the bullet and bought Ultra Street Fighter II. Playing a SFII game brings back a lot of good memories from the SNES days. I really like the newer graphics but I play with the retro sound. Unfortunately, you cannot switch the graphics/audio between the new and retro versions on the fly. Single player is definitely playable with a single JoyCon used sideways. I was able to finish the arcade mode twice so far on the default difficulty (normal). I haven't played against another player yet, but I think as long as you're playing someone also using a JoyCon (like a local match), it would be fine. If you're going against someone using a pro controller or something else with a proper d-pad (like those 8Bitdo NES30 Pro controllers), I think you'd be at a pretty big disadvantage. I haven't tried the 3D Way of the Hado mini-game (no real desire). Being able to change the colors on the characters is more fun than I expected (even if the interface to do it is kind of awkward). The included art gallery is really huge. I'll try play online at some point in the near future. Overall, at $40, the game is definitely overpriced. With a Best Buy Gamer's Club 20% off discount, it's not too bad but I think the game really should've been in the $20-25 range. One annoying thing this game has really highlighted with the JoyCons is the placement of the capture button on the left JoyCon is too close to the other buttons. When using the left JoyCon horizontally, I've already accidentally taken a few captures while playing SFII. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be any way to currently disable the capture feature.
  15. $20/year sounds reasonable to me. Anybody pick up Ultra Street Fighter II? Any thoughts? Is it playable with just the joycons?
  16. I took the straps off the joycon strap per this video: I have to say, I like using the joycons without the straps a lot better. The joycon straps also take up less room in my case (which can barely fit the Switch, straps, and a USB C cable).
  17. I downloaded the Disgaea 5 demo and gave it a go (I have never played any of the Disgaea games before). It looks very nice but it just wasn't my cup of tea. I'm very glad that a demo was provided for this game and I hope it becomes the norm on all digital releases.
  18. I've been having a lot of fun with NBA Playgrounds (an over-the-top arcade 2-on-2 basketball game like NBA Jam). It's a good deal at $20 in the eshop. I also just bought Minecraft. I only got to play it a few minutes so far but it runs and looks great. I've been pleasantly surprised by the Switch's lineup so far. It's been a good mix of titles that span from AAA to indies. With Ultra Street Fighter 2 and Arms coming soon, the fighting game void will be filled. Hopefully, we can get some shooters like Call of Duty/Overwatch/Borderlands 2 or dungeon explorers like Diablo 3/Torchlight.
  19. I use the amFilm Tempered Glass Screen Protector for Nintendo Switch 2017 (2-Pack) for $8.99. Very easy to put on with the scotch tape method. I'm pretty rough with how I put it in the dock and the glass screen protector has no marks on it. I'm very happy with it.
  20. If the screen scratching is your main concern, I would just get a glass screen protector. My Switch dock is on a lower shelf so when I dock it, I don't even look or worry about the angle I'm putting it in. I just slide it in and move it back and forth until it's seated properly. No scratches at all on the glass screen protector.
  21. What are you guys' thoughts on buying physical vs. digital for the Switch? For home consoles, I typically buy physical because it's cheaper but I have to admit, on my 3DS and Switch, I like not having to carry other games and swap them in and out.
  22. I like the return to the clamshell design but it does seem strange to release another 3DS offshoot. Between all the other models, you'd think Nintendo would have their 3DS bases pretty well covered already. I wonder with the Switch on the high end of portables and 3D not really catching on (how many people just play their 3DS with the 3D slider off?), if Nintendo will eventually pare their 3DS lineup to just the New 2DS XL. I think there will always be a market for a cheaper, sturdier portable gaming experience for kids.
  23. Yes, but I believe non-Zelda Amiibos only give you food/ingredients. Zelda Amiibos give you chests with special items and food/ingredients.
  24. Toys 'R Us is having a buy 3 Amiibos for $20 sale (both in-store and online) for Amiibos regularly priced $13.99 or less (the Breath of the Wild Zelda ones are unfortunately $15.99). I'm not sure if any other Switch games use the Amiibos but Breath of the Wild does. I got Epona last night with the Link Super Smash Bros. Amiibo!
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