Switch Week: Back in my Day…

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I have personally been playing video games since I was old enough to pick up a controller and read on my own. Before then, I had watched my father, uncles and, occasionally, my older sister play games. While I’ve played games on the NES, the first console I have concrete memories of is the SNES. Back then, we’d simply have the game cartridge that housed the entire game — no DLC nonsense — and a controller or two in order to enjoy the video game.

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I believe I started playing games once I was able to pick up a controller, too. However, I enjoyed watching you play mostly. I didn’t start seriously playing games on my own until I was much older. While I remember watching you play games on the SNES, my earliest memories are from the Nintendo64. I remember playing Pokemon Stadium with you all the time. We’d pop the game in, occasionally have to take it back out to blow in it, hit power, grab the controller, and then begin to play. It was that easy, that simple.

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Back then, you unlocked secret characters by playing the game, devoting hours to learning the world. Now you unlock extra characters with a credit card. Back then, your save files were on the cartridges themselves. Now you pay extra for more storage space so you can download and save games. There are times when I miss the simpler past of video games.

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The difference between then and now is that everything is all about money and things are much more expensive than they used to be. Nintendo is a business and that comes first, despite how much they love their audience.

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And yet… back in our day, multiplayer games were only for two people. Now, we’re able to connect and enjoy games with people all around the world. Back then, the graphics and music were wonderful, but now we have HD images and orchestras to blow us away. Back then, we were told to sit farther back from the television or we’ll ruin our eyes. Now, we have virtual reality.

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It’s amazing how far technology has come, isn’t it? And it makes me wonder how it’s going to be just two years from now. While they’re promoting the Switch I’m sure they’ll begin working on something new and it makes me wonder how amazing that will be. Video games fascinate me and not just because they’re fun, but because of all the time, effort, art, and creativity that goes into it.

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While there are times when I miss the simple old days of gaming, it’s remarkable how far we’ve reached in terms of technology and community. I’m sure the Switch will continue to push onward and promote that sense of kinship among gamers, and I’m looking forward to it.

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Playing the old games fills me with joy, but that’s also what the virtual console is for. I too am looking forward to what the Switch brings us and what the future holds for gaming.

Are there any features you wish the Switch has that older consoles had? Do you miss the older consoles and/or are you absolutely in love with the new technology? Let us know in the comments below!

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Switch Week: Anticipated Games

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The Switch will have only 5 games at launch and, honestly, the main one I’m interested in is Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. There are plenty of games down the line and, supposedly, there are over 80 other titles in the works for the console, but Breath of the Wild is what I have been waiting for since it was originally announced back in 2013.

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(It was announced in 2013…? Holy crap, I didn’t realize it was that long ago…)
I agree, Breath of the Wild is a game that I have been looking forward to for a long time. I’ve been yearning for a new Zelda game and the trailers for Breath of the Wild are absolutely amazing. There are certainly some games they announced that I had looked forward to and some that seemed to come out of left field.

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Despite that we only caught glimpses of them so far, I am looking forward to Fire Emblem Warriors and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. More Mario Kart is always good in my book, and I had so much fun with Hyrule Warriors that I’m sure Fire Emblem Warriors will be done well, too. The Fire Emblem series is definitely one of my favorites, and with such a wide cast to choose from, I’m looking forward to seeing what characters and weapons they showcase!

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I’m looking forward to watching you play Fire Emblem Warriors! While I want to play Hyrule Warriors myself, I still only know the game from watching you play it. Fire Emblem will be fun, I think. And I am, of course, excited for Mario Kart. I absolutely love that game, but I do wish they came out with a brand new one like Mario Kart 9 or something. I was looking forward to something new and fresh.

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I imagine Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will have some new courses, and I know that they’re bringing back the Battle Mode that’s been absent from the past few installments of the series. I agree, though I do find it curious that they didn’t create a new Mario Kart game. Perhaps they were focusing so much on Breath of the Wild to get it perfect for launch day!

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Hey, I’ll take what I can get. A new game that I’m looking forward to is Arms. It seems completely new and fresh and I think the gameplay looks awesome. It’s like Super Smash Brothers 2.0, but also an updated version of the boxing game on Wii Sports. The characters are uniquely designed and I think the motion controls will be awesome, especially if you’re playing against a friend.

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That game doesn’t seem too bad, I’ll admit. I’m also cautiously curious as to what kind of Sonic the Hedgehog game will come out for the Switch. I haven’t been impressed at all with the recent Sonic Boom games. Rime also looks really interesting. I’m not quite positive as to what it’s about just yet other than it’s an adventure game with an island and a curse, but it looks really nice and I’m looking forward to seeing how it’ll play out on the Switch.

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I’m hoping the Switch will give us an opportunity to try out games we wouldn’t normally think twice about. There’s a lot of games we wouldn’t be interested in, but I’m ready to try new things!

Which games are you most excited about for the Switch? Let us know in the comments below!

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Switch Week: Trailers

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The most anticipated aspect of any presentation for a new game console would have to be the trailers for the upcoming games. What new worlds and adventures will we go on with the new console? What will the graphics look like? How will the music sound? How the hell do we jump with these new controllers?

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One trailer I was looking forward to the most was The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. I had a feeling they were going to save that for last, and they did. So, we’re going to save our thoughts on that one for last because… why not?

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I could go into a whole post about the Breath of the Wild trailer! The other major trailer that we probably cared most about was Super Mario Odyssey. While the graphics looked amazing (seriously, you could see the individual hairs of Mario’s mustache and his blue eyes were super clear!), seeing Mario in a world with more realistic humans was a bit… odd. The main thought that ran around in my head regarding it was, “Sonic already did all this in Sonic Adventure DX.” Remember how that was set in Station Square with similar-looking human characters? And the wall jumps and clinging to pipes and rolling?

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Mario even rolled around like Sonic… It was super weird. I think it’s going to be a great game regardless because it’s Mario, but I felt as though Mario wasn’t acting like himself. Like you said, he was acting more like Sonic. But I agree, the graphics were awesome! I can’t believe how far the graphics have come compared to the older generations of games and consoles. Honestly, though, I think the other trailer I got really excited about was Arms. It totally looked weird from the get-go, but the more I saw of it, the more I got intrigued.

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The only thing the Super Mario Odyssey was missing was an awesome track by Crush 40. Arms is intriguing… That’s a good word for it. It’s not a game I’m going to rush out and buy, but it doesn’t look too bad at all. If anything, it looks like it’ll be an interesting game to play with friends. I’m curious if there can be more than two players to a match… Can you imagine if the Switch’s version of Super Smash Brothers plays like that?

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Arms will be a game that I would get right away, despite what you say. Playing Smash as though you’re in a real match like that would be awesome. The only way it could get any more real was if it was virtual reality.

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Which sounds slightly terrifying but awesome! Of course, the crowning jewel of the trailers was the Breath of the Wild trailer and the amazing reveal that it will be a launch day title for the Switch! After nearly four years, we’re finally getting it. The graphics and music were fantastic, and the character and setting designs were gorgeous enough to bring tears to my eyes!

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We both cried. Laugh if you want (we did too), but we cannot wait for that game! The trailer is only the beginning.

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Switch Week: Money, Money, Money…

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Whenever a new console is announced, rumors for the price always pop up. The rumors were laid to rest when the presentation announced that the Nintendo Switch will have a console price of $299.99. Considering that many of us were speculating (rather, hoping and praying) that the Switch would be about $250, it was a bit disappointing, especially considering that the games themselves will probably be around $50 to $60. It’s all up to par for a home console, I suppose, but our wallets aren’t thrilled.

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I had a feeling it was going to be on the expensive side. There’s brand new technology in the console itself (for example, having the ability to take screenshots and record game footage), so it makes sense that the price is $300. However, if you add everything else to it, it doesn’t seem fair. An extra set of controllers is $80, which means that one Joy-Con is about $40. Then, the games will be about $60 or so, I assume. Then there are plenty of other factors to it all. I feel as though my entire bank account will be wiped out and it’s times like this that I’m grateful we split everything in half.

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You’re welcome for going halfsies with you, haha! When it first came out, the Wii U was also $300 dollars, and the games go for about the same amount, so the Switch wasn’t too surprising. Considering the PlayStation 4 was about $400 and XBox One was $500, Nintendo was always the cheaper of the main video game company trio. This also doesn’t include the online subscription price, which will start up sometime in the fall. That, I’m not too sure about…

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Nintendo is cheaper in that aspect, I agree. However, the games definitely add up as well as the DLC. The online subscription may kill us and Nintendo games rarely go on sale. Not to mention all the accessories to the console, such as extra controllers and SD cards for more storage space… This thing is going to be hard to budget out.

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Hence why we usually wait for a birthday or Christmas for new consoles. Yet, with the Switch, I had wanted to pre-order it as I was afraid of the shortage that happened with the mini NES. However, in the time it took to look at our budget, none of the retailers on Nintendo’s site have the consoles available any longer. That’s good news for Nintendo, of course. Despite the prices, people are still swooping in for the consoles!

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I’m bummed that we can’t get our hands on it, though. I was hoping for Christmas, too, but March is just too far away from that. I don’t think we could wait that long. It hasn’t come out yet and we’re still constantly checking Amazon to see if they have it.

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We’ll get it, don’t you worry! I’m on Amazon’s email list for it! It’s a bit amazing that we would be willing to spend so much on a brand new console, but we’ve always enjoyed Nintendo’s products before, including the Wii U which wasn’t their most popular system. It’s a shame that video games take such a bite out of our wallets, but I’m confident we’ll enjoy the Switch enough to make it worthwhile.

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Honestly, I think all the money is worth it. As much as I complain about it… But I’m cheap and careful with my money. Sometimes a little too careful. We balance each other out that way.

What do you think of the pricing of the newest Nintendo console? Let us know in the comments below!

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Switch Week: Controls

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Judging by the presentation, the controllers — affectionately called Joy-Con — were probably Nintendo’s favorite aspect about their new hybrid console. So much time was spent on showing off the two Joy-Con and, in my opinion, for good reason. They definitely are slick pieces of hardware for a new console.

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I agree, the Joy-Cons look pretty cool. I love that they attach to the console itself. It really shows that the controllers are one with the console, they work as a team, you can’t have one without the other. But let’s talk about the name for a moment… I understand why they’re called Joy-Cons, as they explained in the presentation that they’re supposed to spread the joy, but when they first announced they were called Joy-Con, I was a bit taken aback. Why not just call them controllers? Or a synonym for switch? Not a big deal, of course, but that was my first impression of them when they first showcased the controllers.

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They’re just going to be called controllers in this house, haha! My first impression was how small they seemed, but considering how small we are, they’ll probably fit just fine in our hands. The design of the controllers seem nice, with all the standard buttons, and it’ll definitely be interesting to test out the motion controls on them. Rather, it’ll be nice not to have a clunky Motion Control Plus stuck on the end of them. They seemed pretty precise in the demo of the Arms game as well.

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The console and controllers are so small, I know. I think it’s weird how small they are, especially since it can do so much, but it’s nice at the same time. The controllers will definitely fit nicely in our hands and the buttons will be easy access for certain games. It will definitely be nice that the motion controls are in the Joy-Con and I especially love that the wrist straps can be detachable. I always used them on the Wii because they were there, but now the straps won’t get in the way of gameplay if you don’t wear them.

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Yes, the wrist straps were a bit annoying if they weren’t needed, so being detachable is nice. I think the biggest downside to the Joy-Con will be the price for additional controllers if they are needed. While the Switch trailer shows many happy gamers bringing along their own consoles and connecting all of them, Rachel and I don’t have too many local friends who will spring $300-plus on gaming consoles. They’ll happily play casually with us when they’re visiting, but to pay the money for the extra Joy-Con? It’ll be a sad day for our wallets.

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We have one friend and her boyfriend who will probably buy one together, but then her brother would be left out… It’s nice for the two of us to play together, but of course our cousins are over a lot and it’d be fun to play with them all together. No matter how we look at it, we’re going to need at least two sets of Joy-Con, four controllers.

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It wasn’t a question that we would get an extra set of Joy-Con, and maybe even a pro controller as well, just to see how it is and in case we’d like it better. It’s a shame of the price, but with how nice they seemed to have worked and with their designs, I’m sure they’ll end up being worth it.

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I think the price will be worth it, too. It will definitely be nice to have an extra set.

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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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Switch Week: Let’s Discuss the Nintendo Switch

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The Nintendo Switch is blowing up our news feeds everywhere — here on WordPress, on Tumblr, and on Twitter, just to name a few. The presentation from Nintendo this past Thursday night (well, to us around here on the east coast of the US) was fantastic. There are definitely plenty of points about the Nintendo Switch that we’d love to share with you all!

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There are so many, in fact, that we’ve decided to switch things up this week! (Get it? Did you see what I did there? …Sorry.) Anyway, Kris and I normally post individually, her on Mondays and Fridays, and me on Tuesdays and Thursday. We post together on Wednesdays and Saturdays, but since there’s a lot to talk about, and we don’t want our posts to get too repetitive, we’ve decided to have all of next week’s posts be together discussing various points and general thoughts about the Nintendo Switch.

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Lucky you readers, right? Some of the highlights we want to discuss are the trailers for the games that were showcased, the mechanics of the console itself, the controllers, the prices of the Switch and games, the online subscription, just to name a few.

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There was a lot jam-packed into that one-hour presentation and we have a lot to say about. We’re excited and skeptical about a few things, but mostly excited. We can’t wait to get our hands on this console.

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