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TalkBack / Re: Bethesda Acquired By Microsoft In US$7.5b Deal
« on: September 22, 2020, 02:09:08 PM »
It denies current rival Sony several enticing exclusives in the future (Skyrim sold 30 million units, they just bought its sequel), pads the xCloud portfolio in another big blow to Google's Stadia, and it effectively raises the price of entry for "new" players in the market like Apple, Amazon, and TenCent.

This all shores up their position against both their current as well as their future rivals. I agree with you Xbox often seemed like a side-project which grew slightly too big to kill, but it's difficult to read this purchase as anything other than MicroSoft going all-in on gaming.

I think this is very astute. This move affects not just current players in the field, but possible future competitors as well. It's not just about console gaming, but cloud gaming, and therefore the cloud business as well. If all we were talking about was physical Xbox Hardware, then it wouldn't make nearly as much sense to keep ploughing money into this venture. But for the past several years MS has been thinking about a different/more comprehensive battlefield altogether.

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Good lord the console wars are alive and well.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: What will Nintendo release in 2020?
« on: September 20, 2020, 09:22:14 PM »
Restructured the OP to separate hardware, software, DLC, and NSO updates. I don't know if anyone really uses this list, but if so, let me know whether you prefer this, or the previous chronological list. Personally I thought it looked too cluttered and unwieldy before.

It looks great! Thanks for doing that!

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Good grief, just a standard please! I don't have room for all that collector's edition stuff, lol!

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I bought an actual physical guidebook for this game but am not going to play it until I can get the physical copy later this year. LOL. I need to lock up my credit cards.

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Sony was THIIIISSS close to repeating their whole "FIVE HUNDRED NINETY NINE US DOLLARS" fiasco. I think they were pulled back from that precipice by Microsoft pricing so aggressively.

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Oh man, the 3DS was a great system and I STILL miss Street Pass so much! T-T

That said, discontinuing this system means that Nintendo has no offerings at sub $199 price points. I'm curious, is it no longer tenable to run a business for dedicated video game devices (even older ones) at $150 or $100, or does Nintendo think they can bring down the price on the Switch Lite another $50 to address this segment?

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General Gaming / Re: Sitting on the sidelines: PS5 vs XB Series X
« on: September 08, 2020, 02:29:39 PM »
With the news that the Xbox Series S will be an all-digital version with a 512GB SSD and not capable of 4K gaming BUT priced at $299, I think that Microsoft is getting SUPER aggressive. I had thought before that they'd hit a higher price due to costs, but maybe costs aren't as high as I thought, or MS ws able to pull some deals, or they're just simply more aggressive than I gave them credit for. I guess I was of the mindset that they'd let their Gamepass value proposition do all of the heavy lifting for them and just rest on their laurels where console hardware strategy was concerned, but this is sort of a huge move for them.

The ball's in Sony's court now. Their PS5 Digital Edition still boasts the fulls 10-12 TF of marketing power that their full console does, so the question is whether that's a problem because it means they can't hit as low a price point as MS, or whether that means that people would be willing to pay $100 more for the "real thing." (I'm now imagining a $399 PS5 Discless, and $499 flagship console versions from both platforms.)

I guess the ball's in Nintendo's court too now actually. A $299 Xbox Series S is right at the Switch console price point, so the comparisons are inevitable and despite their being different propositions entirely, it may still start to put pressure on Nintendo to come down in price. (Well, SOMETHING has gotta get Nintendo to drop their price, right?)

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TalkBack / Re: Mario Kart Goes Live On Home Circuit October 16
« on: September 05, 2020, 03:24:30 PM »
I'm 100% going to need to figure out how to play this outside, or wait until they let us get back in the office for work... My house is too small T-T.

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Reader Reviews / Re: Scribblenauts Unlimited (Wii U)
« on: September 05, 2020, 03:20:54 PM »
This was such a unique and clear concept. I can't believe the franchise is dormant now, and that 5th Cell is on life support :'(

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Charterstone: Digital Edition coming to Switch
« on: September 03, 2020, 09:12:00 PM »
I have to admit after reading this post I got curious and clicked through. Then I went on Youtube and looked up some basic "how to play" videos. It sounds like a REALLY neat boardgames with how it changes after each play! Of course, since the physical boardgames changes physically as you play it irl, it makes a TON of sense to have a digital version where it's easier to "reset" or starter with no changes.

Given that boardgames, no matter how cool, take up a lot of real world space (which is at a premium for me right now), and since this digital edition has a built in single-player campaign, this is DEFINITELY on my radar now!

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TalkBack / Re: Mario Kart Goes Live On Home Circuit October 16
« on: September 03, 2020, 08:10:28 PM »
The more I think about this, the more money I'm mentally spending. Good grief.

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TalkBack / Re: Nintendo Celebrates Mario's 35th Birthday in Style
« on: September 03, 2020, 04:56:20 PM »
I absolutely do NOT need that expensive Game & Watch Super Mario Bros. product but I will 100% be obsessed with buying one until I have it in my hands.

Also, that announcement of a pin set, and keychain rewards from MyNintendo next year made me log back into MyNintendo and collect Platinum Points for the first time in what's gotta be two years or something.

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TalkBack / Re: Cat Mario and Cat Peach Amiibo Revealed
« on: September 03, 2020, 04:50:23 PM »
Huh. So Amiibo isn't dead just yet.

Yesssssss they'll have to pry these amiibo from my cold dead hands!

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: What will Nintendo release in 2020?
« on: September 03, 2020, 03:19:55 PM »
If Nintendo can just make good on some of those still-vague "2020" release dates for the months of November and December, they just might eke out an "OK" 2020 Holiday software release schedule.

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TalkBack / Cat Mario and Cat Peach Amiibo Revealed
« on: September 03, 2020, 10:32:20 AM »

Is it Bowser's Fury or Bowser's Furry?

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/54802/cat-mario-and-cat-peach-amiibo-revealed

Nintendo has revealed the first images of the newly announced Cat Mario and Cat Peach Amiibo. Check them out below!

Just announced today, the new Cat Mario and Cat Peach Amiibo figures will be releasing on February 12, 2021 alongside the release of Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury for the Nintendo Switch. The Cat Suit power-up was a new addition seen in Super Mario 3D World in its original Wii U release, where players could also initially play as Luigi and Blue Toad.

Nintendo has not yet detailed what functionality these new amiibo will unlock in the upcoming Switch release or any other games.


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Movies & TV / Re: Rate the last TV show you've seen
« on: August 27, 2020, 06:27:11 PM »
I just finished S1 of The Witcher....

honestly i was a little confused till I realized that it was jumping around between present and past depending on who they were focusing on. They didn't make that apparent till about Ep6, unless I just missed something.

I'm not very familiar with the videogame, even though I do think I might own it on Steam.
Overall it was pretty interesting, as I burned through it in the last 48hrs (8x1hr+ episodes), and I'm glad this is getting a 2nd season, otherwise, that ending would've sucked big time, as they literally just kinda didn't get to the conclusion of everything that was going on. More like an intermission point before what I would've guessed might've been the last 2 episodes.

warning, lots of nudity, some sex scenes, graphic violence and blood/gore.

I'm not familiar with the games or books either. Did it bother you he time jumping? I figured it out fairly quickly and I guess upon first watching it it was a neat gimmick, but honestly I don't get the urge to rewatch that first season. Maybe that's because the trick isn't fun the second time through, or maybe because it's like what you said, all this is prologue to the actual action.

Boy if Netflix cancels this series after 2 seasons like they have been doing for so many of their series lately...

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Movies & TV / Re: Rate the last TV show you've seen
« on: August 27, 2020, 06:25:08 PM »
Recently finished "The English Game" on Netflix. I hadn't paid much attention to it or its trailers so I was very pleasantly surprised with how the story unfolded (about the rise of paid working class players - "professionalism" - in football (soccer) and how that threatened the established high class teams of moneyed gentlemen from upper crust schools), and especially with how it's morality wasn't straight down the center good vs evil. It's sorta more about the rise of popularity and money in the sport, as well as the evolution of new playing strategies and labor issues of the era.

Anyways, watched it with my folks and I didn't know at all until a couple episodes in that Julian Fellowes had been involved. Wow! I tend to be suspicious of Julian Fellowes because I fee like almost all the Downton Abbey seasons post season 1 were flawed in many respects and didn't live up to their promise. However, between Belgravia and The English Game I've thoroughly enjoyed two projects relating to him now! Maybe he works best in punchy limited series that actually END as opposed to the long must-milk-the-franchise-for-all-its-worth slog that Downton Abbey became.

It's always a joy to watch something and play that "I don't want to use IMDB game" when you recognize actors. With this series I immediately knew one of the main characters was from Vikings (The first episode was fun because I then couldn't figure out if he was English or Scandinavian by decent... or both?), and it took me a couple episodes to realize that the actress playing his wife had had a part lasting a couple episodes in Game of Thrones before Sansa and Reek threw her over a wall(?). There's this last actor though that tickled my brain but I just never identified and... *checks IMDB* OMG he was Ian in the British production of Shameless! Man, can't believe I didn't figure that out!

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Switch 2 Speculation
« on: August 27, 2020, 04:08:34 PM »
I would be fine if they just stuck with the name and replaced the SKUs over time. Release a new model every other year or so and let people upgrade who want the latest. The scaling capabilities of the Switch could allow this to occur seamlessly until they pull a Microsoft and release an "X" version that then cuts off the older models from newer high-end games. People understand this with Apple and Android products. Some newer software only runs on a newer OS/phone model.

Those old systems would go out into the market (potentially to siblings and friends of the original owner who don't own a system) and this could create more Switch users over time to buy more software.

Agreed. That was my assumption about how things would proceed once the Switch launched. However it looks like the timelines are a little more drawn out than I expected due either to waiting for the consumer tech to become affordable enough, or just Nintendo not wanting to move too fast when what's on market right now is still selling out reliably.

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So conflicted on this, but the nostalgia has won out for me. Will be getting it to play with my sister like we did years ago on the Gamecube (and bring along the few friends interested enough to join us).

Thanks for the details on how online will work, some other sources have been lacking in that category.

Its nice we get some things added, and the free versions for less interested friends softens some of the negative blows. Hopefully someday we get a proper sequel to this game that fixes all of the jankiness the original and this one have --while side stepping all the poor attempts at sequels that came out later to preserve the spirit and tone of the original.

Yeah, I'm in a similar situation. I was really looking forward to a Nostalgia party with this game since I have fond memories of playing through it on GC and working past the limitations.

Then last night my younger brother walked up to me and asked me when I was getting the game. He has a bunch of internet friends who are apparently getting ready to play it and so he got it for himself, so I decided I might as well take the plunge as well!

That said, I wasn't aware it's just $29.99 on the Switch, so at least the price was lower than I expected when I went to DL it.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Switch 2 Speculation
« on: August 26, 2020, 08:36:29 PM »
I just posted a story on FCC filings which suggest new Switch internals: https://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/54730/fcc-filing-hints-at-new-switch-soc-memory-components

That to me lends more weight to some new Switch revision coming out next year. The FCC filing though seems to be for a new form of the current Switch, and not so much a third SKU, at least from my non-expert attempts to understand it.

Either way, I do feel like we are getting closer to a Switch Pro. This seems contrary to my initial post saying we can go straight to a "Switch 2", but this is mostly semantics as I personally would call a Switch model that doubles the computing heft of the launch model as a "Switch 2".

Another hint is that Nvidia has a "Nano Next" entry level SOC planned for 2021. The current "Nano" hobbyist product is a $99 board that you can DIY build with, and seems to me like it's Switch's Tegra X1, on 16nm, but with only half the GPU active. It came out around the time the Switch Lite came out, so it seems like the this product closely tracks Switch's release since I suspect Nvidia is piggybacking the Nano off of the Switch's chip orders. So if Nvidia thinks they'll release a "Nano Next" in 2021, maybe it'll use whatever same new chip Nintendo is using in Switches come 2021?

Anyways, to revise my whole "No Switch Pro" stance: I believe it's possible for Nintendo to release hardware that effectively doubles the OG Switch's CPU/GPU performances in 2021. Regarding this evaluation, I'm not too concerned whether that's called a "Pro" or "1.5" or "2" or even whether or not Nintendo treats it as a whole new console or just a shinier more capable Switch. I think this could be achieved with new upgrades to new CPU and GPU architectures with performance metrics were available commercially in 2019. But this might also be accomplished just by taking the Switch Tegra X1 and just making it "better" with smaller process nodes, taking advantage of the three or so fabrication process node shrinks since 20 nm to simply brute force more performance out of the aging Tegra X1 design.

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UPDATE: These filings indicate that Nintendo is updating Switch Dev Kits as opposed to the consumer level Switches

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/rumor/54730/fcc-filing-hints-at-new-switch-soc-memory-components-for-switch-dev-kit

UPDATE:

Further inspection of the FCC documents now suggest that the listing refers to the Development Kit hardware for the Nintendo Switch, and not the Nintendo Switch itself. If so, it's still not clear why Nintendo is making modifications to its dev kits, whether it's a routine update of components or indicative of more substantial changes planned for the console.

Original story follows:

New FCC filings made available just this past week indicate that Nintendo intends to swap out the SoC and Memory components of their Nintendo Switch console. This is similar to last year when FCC forms detailing internal hardware updates preceded the releases of the Lite handheld and "revised" versions of Nintendo's console.

Specifically, the FCC filing documentation seems to indicate that Nintendo is applying for the following changes:

  • Change of SoC
  • Change of Memory
  • CPU Board is changed due to the above two components.

"SoC" refers to a "System on Chip", referring to the modified Tegra X1 chip that is known to be driving the Nintendo Switch and contains the CPU and GPU components. "Memory" refers to the device's RAM, where the current version uses LPDDR4X memory.

That said, while the FCC can tell us that Nintendo may be planning on using new chips, so far it doesn't seem to reveal HOW Nintendo is using them. The revised 2019 Switch hardware models utilized their upgrades for increased battery life as opposed to significant bumps in power.

Nevertheless, the timing of these filings is fertile ground for speculation and the rumors. The question remains as to when Nintendo will reveal new Switch hardware, and the extent, if any, such hardware could bring new feaures or added graphical power to Nintendo's hybrid console.


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General Chat / Re: Epic vs. Apple and Google. Title fight!!!!!
« on: August 19, 2020, 09:30:39 PM »
I guess they're thinking that with how many kids play Fortnite on their phones, it'll be easy to strum up "public pressure".
That was my initial thought, and the entire concept of weaponizing children really makes it hard for me to side with Epic on this.

Yeah, I agree, that's probably the most distasteful part of this affair.

Couldn't this lawsuit have a ripple effect on Nintendo if Apple lost the case?  Nintendo, and Sony and MS of course, have closed platforms like Apple does and set their own pricing and policies and such.  What is the precedent that gets set?  Closed platforms can't exist?  In that case the console market is dead.  I have no horse in this race if it just ends up with a settlement but it could have major consequences if Apple was found to be violating anti-trust laws.

I'm not a lawyer, but I think closed platforms aren't specifically under attack. In fact, I don't think closed platforms are technically protected, what we're seeing in the console world as closed platforms are really platforms that feel closed due to the platform maker's hold over licensing of developer tools (like compilers), access to documentation, and anti-piracy measures. Like, I think you're allowed to make unlicensed NES games, it's just you have to do it completely without Nintendo's help and through legal reverse engineering and not theft of technical info.

I don't think Epic's suit is specifically against closed platforms, but maybe a more general attack against Apple to try to leverage some concessions that'll earn Epic more money. Apparently Apple is the target of some Antitrust investigations right now so Epic is timing this to go along with that? Heck, I bet if Apple went to Epic and said "Ok, we give up, we'll give you these favorable terms but don't tell anyone else on the old system" then there's a 50/50 chance Epic will say "Okay, let's settle the lawsuit and say nothing more."

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Once I've got my identity figured out, I can't wait to jump in all the past forum threads and knife the other posters with a different opinion when I cut them down by my deadly wit and acid tongue! Ah, to be an internet user with a hardened opinion. It has always been a dream of mine and now I'm close to reaching that goal.

I like the cut of your jib.

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Skyward Sword was one of a long line of Zelda's that I played but didn't complete. I was a fan of the controls and the level/environment puzzles and their design, and I liked it better than Twilight Princess. But Skyward Sword did almost nothing to dissuade me that Zelda at the time was WAY too rigid narratively. I think I found that game's beginning SUPER EXTRA tedious.

To be honest currently thinking of the game doesn't stir up much if any strong emotions from me and with that the way it is I probably would wait until a great sale or even much later in the Switch's life to pick it up.

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