Console Review: Nintendo Switch Lite

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The Nintendo Switch Lite has been out for a month and we’ve figured out ours. When the Switch Lites were first announced, we pretty much knew we were going to get them. We did, however, think about whether or not they were needed, especially since we were concerned with how the save data would work between our original Switch and our Switch Lites. We did eventually figure it out enough to start enjoying our Lites, even if there was a bit of a hiccup when it came to having them delivered.

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We pre-ordered the Switch Lites on our own Amazon accounts. Unfortunately, Amazon has been messing up many of my orders all year. So, it wasn’t much of a surprise to me when my Switch Lite never arrived. Kris got hers on September 20, the same day it was released. Mine came a week later after reaching out to Amazon twice. Better late than never, right?

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I did wait for Rachel to receive hers so we could open the Switch Lites together. The size of the Lites versus the original Switch weren’t too bad, with the Lite fitting comfortably in both of our hands and the screen being a decent size for handheld gaming, neither of which were very surprising. We turned them on and dived into setting them up, having slight difficulties in connecting with the WiFi because our network extender was apparently tired, and it was absolutely strange to see a blank slate where we were used to seeing… I don’t even know how many games we have on the original Switch.

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I’m pretty sure we have well over 100 games on the Switch and now my Switch Lite has… maybe ten? It certainly is weird to see the lack of games that makes it seem like I don’t own too many games when I do. However, when it came to setting up the Lite, we had to download our saved game data from the cloud. I thought we could do this with every game, but… we can’t.

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Yes, if a game cannot have save support through the cloud, we cannot download the data onto our secondary Switches, which is what we’re using the Lites for. While I don’t think there’s too many games that have this restriction, it’s still annoying. The Lite may be easier to carry around due to its smaller size and lighter weight, but there are a few hoops to jump through in order to prepare it for playing. Even still, once you do redownload the games and the save data through the cloud, the Lite likes to be connected to WiFi — or check to see if you’re connected every three hours or so — in order to play. It’s a little difficult to be connected constantly if you’re using it on the go.

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We have well over 100 games on our main Switch and while some of those games were gifts to each other or from other people, we usually go in 50/50 on the games. However, even though we both pay for the games, we usually downloaded them from the eShop of Kris’s profile. So, the majority of those games, I can’t download on my Switch Lite. I don’t know what I’m going to do with that because there are some games I would love to have on the Lite, my own Switch, but would it make sense for me to download it when I could always just pick up the regular Switch and play it on that? As for the wifi… I don’t know why they advertised it as portable if it can’t hold onto the Internet or needs to check it every few hours. I’m looking forward to testing that out in the car when we go away for Thanksgiving.

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Yes, for some reason, we heard that the games downloaded from the eShop are “locked” on the primary Switch’s account that bought it. There are a couple of more things regarding that issue that I want to test, but at the moment, it seems like it’s to prevent people from sharing games, which doesn’t make sense. I understand that, to be fair to developers, people should buy their own games rather than share, but if a game was bought for a family, then I do not understand the restriction. I’m hoping there’s a workaround considering that Rachel and I are on the family online plan, but we’ll still have to see regarding that. Despite all that, we are actually enjoying our Lites, even with these hiccups. It’s nice to be able to play our own games at the same time!

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Hiccups indeed, though I am happy to finally have an extra console or two so we can play games together. Considering I get a lot of review codes and Kris has been addicted to Fire Emblem: Three Houses, we don’t need to share the Switch to play what we want or need to. Plus, I can’t wait to play Pokemon Sword and Shield together! Something else we need to look out for, though, is that some games aren’t available in Handheld mode. For example, we still can’t play those certain mini-games on Super Mario Party where you connect the Switch consoles together.

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Yes, that’s another downside to the Switch Lite. Which is a bit of a shame, as I feel like we’re only talking about the Switch Lite’s cons rather than pros. Granted, I don’t believe the Switch Lite is something that everyone needs. Considering we do both enjoy playing games at the same time, it’s something that we’ve obviously been using, but the constant WiFi, some games missing from the cloud, digital games unable to be shared between Switches and accounts, and some games not having a handheld mode may very well be big deal-breakers for consumers. Not only that, the Switch Lite has only 32 gigabytes of storage, making it necessary for the majority of gamers to invest in SD cards. While those aren’t as expensive as they used to be, it’s an additional cost with the $200 console whose first-party games tend to run at about $60. With all this said, the Switch Lite is being loved in this household, haha!

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That’s fair, we are talking a lot about the cons rather than the pros. However, we’re still enjoying the Lites and I definitely do not regret buying them. While the cons are pretty big, I do think it’s nice to have an extra Switch around that’s $100 cheaper. Even though I can’t play most of the games we already own, I can still use the big Switch. However, there will be some games we may buy two copies of… Stardew Valley, for example. We’d love to play co-op in that game but we can’t because I can’t download it onto my profile. (Also, then two profiles would technically be playing the same copy, so… I understand that one.) Still, the Switch Lite overall is pretty great. I’m enjoying it and have played it a lot.

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Google’s Project Stream

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

While every gamer has their favorite console, PC games and services that help to stream the games to computers have always been a contender in the “console wars” as well.

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Google is joining the streaming field with a little thing called Project Stream. It aims to be able to successfully run any game on any laptop or PC. It’s in beta mode at the moment and only runs Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, but if it works like it promises, it could be yet another platform to play games.

Has anyone tried out Google’s Project Stream? I’ll admit that I haven’t. The writer of the article that I saw about it found it favorable, though. It’ll definitely be an interesting option when it comes to playing video games. We have Steam to help keep our PC games all together, but just going onto our browser to play a game may be the simpler way to go.

How would this change the home console scene? If we could just stream games from our laptop browsers, would home consoles become obsolete? Not only that, but more and more games are coming to mobile. In fact, Microsoft is starting a project as well that will bring AAA games to mobile, helping to broaden where and when players play their games.

It’s a wonder how browser streams will effect the home consoles.

Have you tried Google’s Project Stream? What do you think of browser streams for video games?

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Of the Xbox Family

Double Jump Kris MiiThe presentations at E3 are still being gushed about all over the Internet, and it’s no different here. I’m still a bit bummed that we hadn’t been able to watch the presentations live, but seeing all the wonderful articles and videos from the conference has been great. One of the biggest news was Microsoft revealing that their Project Scorpio was a new member of the Xbox family, the Xbox One X!

Part of Microsoft’s E3 press conference was showing off the Xbox One X, previously known under its development code name Scorpio. Rachel and I don’t have a console that is part of the Xbox family at the moment, as our Xbox 360 had died on us a while ago. Due to the Xbox 360 croaking, we had been debating on whether or not we should invest in an Xbox One or wait for more information on “Scorpio.”

Considering we’re more Nintendo girls and that the Switch had been on its way at that point, we held off and were glad that we did so. The E3 conference had given gamers a better look at the Xbox One X and, honestly, it makes games look really pretty. Just take a gander at Minecraft here:

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The right side is the Xbox One X’s 4K image.

 

We were very impressed with how gorgeous the images of the games could look with the Xbox One X’s help, with Minecraft being one of the best examples that they showcased at E3. But, aside from the souped-up graphics card and the additional teraflops of GPU and higher RAM, there’s not much of a difference between the One X and the One S.

The prices are certainly different, with the One X being priced at about $500 while the One S is about $300. In fact, that may be the selling point for Rachel and me getting a One S rather than a One X. That, and we don’t have a television capable of 4K anyway, so while the extra power may be nice, we don’t believe it’ll be necessary for us. Considering the One X is part of the One family with no exclusive games to the One X being mentioned at E3, the One S may simply be the way for Rachel and me to go.

What did you think of the Xbox One X? Do you think you’ll be investing in the latest version of the Xbox One?

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We’re on the Hunt!

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We actually don’t have the Nintendo Switch just yet. We have some good leads for our hunt for the new console, and we’re hoping to have one by the end of this weekend!

We’ll join in the new console hype soon! In the meantime, we hope those of you who already have the console and games are enjoying them!

Have you gotten the Switch yet? Or are you in the same boat as us? Let us know in the comments below!

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Are Consoles Old News?

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Anyone else around here subscribed to The Game Theory YouTube channel? There was an episode of Deadlocked that had been uploaded with one of the channel’s hosts MatPat versus the president of Nintendo of America Reggie Fils-Aime. The pair were debating whether or not Nintendo should stay in the console race or if Nintendo should focus more on becoming a third-party game manufacturer. Both had excellent points, and it reminded Rachel and me of our old debate regarding handheld and television consoles.

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The Nintendo Switch is a cross between a home console and a handheld. It’s big enough to connect to your TV, but small enough to easily pack up and take with you to a friend’s house. Honestly, I’m not sure which way I would want to play it. I’ll have to play the actual console to be sure, but I think the concept is definitely interesting.

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With that said, is the Switch enough to stay relevant in the console wars? The Wii U didn’t sell well at all when compared to Sony’s and Microsoft’s latest consoles. The debate between MatPat and Reggie brought up some good thoughts regarding consoles and physical games. With PC gaming and downloadable games available on all current consoles, it’s a wonder if consoles will eventually fade away.

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Honestly, I feel like consoles will fade away, but not just for Nintendo. With virtual reality a thing as well, consoles could be a thing of the past as we get greedy with the new and latest technology that is presented to us.

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I do adore our consoles, but the advances in technology aren’t boding well for them. That, and I’m totally looking forward to the day that we can try virtual reality for ourselves! Who knows, though? Perhaps the Switch and the latest consoles from Sony and Microsoft will keep the console era alive for just a little longer.

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I know the Switch is getting some mixed reviews, but I honestly think it will really change the way games are played. Having a two-in-one system was pretty clever of Nintendo, I have to admit. And I’m excited because now we can bring our games with us when we go on vacation.

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Not that lugging the Gamecube or Wii ever stopped us, right? I am excited for the Switch, and I’m looking forward to when we get it, and I’m sure Nintendo has a few tricks up its sleeves to be sure the consoles stay relevant in the coming future.

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I also wonder if there will be some things about the Switch that Nintendo is keeping secret until we can actually get our hands on it. That would certainly be interesting. Either way, I think the consoles still have some life left in them.

What do you think? Will consoles be around for a long time? Let us know in the comments below!

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Switch Week: Presentation and Console

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The Internet is abuzz with Nintendo’s Switch presentation from this past Thursday. Rachel and I watched the hour-long presentation, listening eagerly to the translators and watching the presenters showcase the Switch with its controls, expected games for the console, and the pricing, just to name a few. Overall, we felt that it hadn’t been too bad.

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I felt as though the presentation itself was entertaining to watch. Each transition to the next topic, whether it was a new game or the controllers or whatever, was smooth. Some of the presenters seemed a little “blah” while others were eager to share this wonderful piece of art. But, overall, I think everyone did a great job.

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I agree. It wasn’t too flashy, but it showcased what the presenters felt were important aspects of the Switch. They showed off the different play modes and how well the controllers worked with a few of the games. There was quite a bit that I wished was covered in the presentation, such as more regarding the online subscription and storage capacity of the console, but considering all we’ve been getting for so long was mere rumors of the Switch, the presentation was fine.

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Overall, I think they did a great job showcasing some of the new games for us to eagerly await. They did a nice overview of the details of the console and definitely talked up the Joy-Con. The presentation was well done, in my book.

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It was informative enough and kept moving along. There weren’t really any times during the presentation that lost my attention, except for perhaps a couple of game trailers that I wasn’t too interested in. Of course, what I was really waiting for throughout the hour was the trailer for Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild!

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Yes, I agree. The console itself looks amazing. It’s small and compact, easy to carry (which is the point, I know), and I love how the console, controllers, and dock are all one. Allowing the console to take pictures and videos of game footage is an awesome feature, too.

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I was really surprised by the feature to take pictures and videos! Nintendo is usually a bit harsh when it comes to fan-games or let’s plays and the like. With the popularity of YouTube, of course, I suppose they’ve become a bit more lenient in that aspect, and seem to want people to share the love of gaming. Sharing the fun of gaming and celebrating the community that surrounds it was always a very positive aspect from the Nintendo company, and they seem to be continuing that tradition with the Switch.

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The whole Switch experience is going to be so much fun! I can’t wait!

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Thoughts On The Nintendo NES Mini

First Thoughts on the NES Mini

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Has everyone seen the NES Mini? The original NES had been released in 1985, over thirty years ago! Besides being adorable, this revamped retro console comes pre-loaded with 30 NES games. While the original had over 700 games, the 30 games from the Mini seems to be some of the biggest titles, such as the original Super Mario Bros. and the first two Legend of Zelda games.

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I think I want this just because it looks so adorable. But to be serious, it would be so cool to play those old games on the “original” console rather than downloading them on the virtual console and using an updated controller. The NES Mini comes out on November 11 and is pretty cheap being only about $60. You can’t go wrong with that.

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It’s literally two bucks per game. I remember some of the games from when I was a kid, but I mostly just missed that era. The Super Nintendo was the console that I really started gaming on. But it’d be fantastic to be able to play the original classics, to play the games that started some of our favorite franchises.

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It will definitely be a fun throwback to play those kinds of games again. We can try the old games that we never played before either and see how we enjoy them. We know and love Samus from Super Smash Brothers, but we’ve never played a Metroid game before.

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I had attempted a Metroid game once years ago… I don’t remember much about it other than the fact that it was a first-person shooter and I didn’t know what I was doing. Pretty sure I had rented it from Blockbuster and didn’t try it again after the first time I had turned it on. The original would definitely be great to try, just like Donkey Kong and Kirby as well!

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Kirby is a lot of fun. We don’t play those games as much, but they’re always on my wishlist. It will be great to give the original a try. I don’t know if we’ll be getting the NES Mini right when it comes out, despite the cheap price, but I feel like we’ll definitely get it soon enough.

What are your thoughts on the Nintendo NES Mini? Let us know in the comments! 

Console vs Handheld

Debate:
Console vs Handheld

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Hi everyone! We hope you’re all having a good week! Today Rachel and I are debating on whether or not consoles — like the Wii U — or handhelds — like the Nintendo 3DS — are better platforms for games. Personally, I prefer the consoles. There’s nothing like playing a fantastic adventure game and seeing the gorgeous details of the world on a big television screen. Handhelds, while their graphics can be pretty, just don’t hold a candle to consoles.

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It’s hard to pick and choose one or the other. Though for the post’s sake, I’m going to say that I prefer handhelds. Yes, the screen is bigger on a TV, but the XL 3DS is pretty good as well. Plus I love being able to put my 3DS in my pocket and bring it with me where ever I go.

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Okay, so the handhelds have the pro of being portable. That’s cool and great for vacations, but with the convenient travel size also comes smaller games. Not only are they easier to lose, I feel as if the game data themselves are smaller. The console games are bigger, more expansive than the handheld ones.

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Yes, but you can download so many games onto the handheld. You don’t even have to bring a cartridge with you. Sure, the games may not hold as much information, but you can still get hours of play from each game.

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You can download a plethora of games onto the consoles as well. It’s something that they’re all starting to do, as well as include special apps like Netflix and YouTube. While it is awesome being able to bring Netflix and YouTube around with you on a handheld, there is nothing like watching it on the television with the help of your console.

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But you can’t take those games with you… So there.
I never use YouTube and Netflix on my 3DS because the screen is so small. It’s supposed to be used for video games anyway. Not watching TV. Tell me, how often do we play video games on our Wii U and how often do we watch Let’s Plays on YouTube on the Wii U? We play more games on the handheld than we do the console.

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Yes, the handhelds are more convenient for playing games… But how often do we wish for games like Professor Layton to be on the console so we don’t have to huddle over one little 3DS screen to play together? Games for consoles like the Wii U are fantastic for sharing with friends, especially ones like Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros. Yes, there’s a nifty thing called WiFi to let you play with others through the Internet, but that can be spotty, even in today’s age of technology.

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Okay, okay… Good point.
However not much of our friends enjoy video games like we do. We don’t really have anyone to play with. Sure it would be nice to play games on the big screen with each other, but we manage. Sometimes it can be nice to lay on the couch with coffee in hand, relaxing and quiet.

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We can force encourage our friends to enjoy video games like us… Seriously, we have a decent handful who love our video game nights and are annoyed that we don’t do them more often. Maybe we should fix that…
We can relax just as well with console games too, such as Pokemon Ranch or, again, Super Smash Bros. with computer characters duking it out. My vote, with the bigger screen, fuller games, and sociability, goes to the consoles!

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My vote is the smaller screen, shorter games, yet portable!
That sounds pretty bad when I say it like that, but I was just trying to write the opposite of what you said… Oh well!
I’ll play video games no matter what platform they’re on.

Whose side are you on? Do you prefer console games or handhelds?