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Episode 496: Mighty Switch Facts!

by James Jones, Greg Leahy, Jon Lindemann, and Guillaume Veillette - October 20, 2016, 10:32 pm PDT
Total comments: 3

We've finally seen the Nintendo Switch, so we finally get to Nintendo bitch. Strap yourself in...this is happening.

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The NX has finally been revealed as the Nintendo Switch, and on a Thursday - our recording day - no less! That means a fresh batch of blazing hot takes on the system, its known features, its unknown features, what issues it might have, and what questions still linger for the RFN crew. Jon managed to sober up long enough to make this one on time, and his speech is both clear and coherent; don't get used to it, because it probably won't happen again. James, Greg, and Gui dutifully tolerate him for yet another week.

After the break we start to tackle the avalanche of Switch-related mail that's arrived since the announcement. We examine the quality of the Switch reveal; game sizes and storage solutions; its lack of a camera and mic; and the prices and visuals of portable-style games. Be sure to detach your own Joy-Cons and send them directly to our inbox.

Don't forget that we'll be recording our Retroactive segment for LEGO City Undercover next week. Any and all thoughts are encouraged to be posted in this handy-dandy forum thread.

This episode was edited by James "That Box Sure Is Sweet" Jones. The "Men of Leisure" theme song was produced exclusively for Radio Free Nintendo by Perry Burkum. Hear more at Bluffs Custom Music's SoundCloud. The Radio Free Nintendo logo was produced by Connor Strickland. See more of his work at his website.

This episode's ending music is, appropriately enough, Switch Scramble Circus from Super Mario 3D World. All rights reserved by Nintendo.


KDR_11kOctober 20, 2016

The camera and mic on everything is a hassle when it comes to places like work or doctor's offices where they don't want you to be able to record things and thus ban devices with such features. I haven't used my Vita's camera ever but it's still a camera device.

SorenOctober 21, 2016

Splatoon had something like a 50% attach rate in Japan. That's killer app numbers and it's the reason Splatoon was trending on Twitter yesterday despite the short time they spent highlighting it. NCL will bank on this being something big to help spark sales.

I saw a tweet somewhere that went something along the lines of "The Switch is a home console that you can take on the go in America while it's a handheld you can plug into your TV in Japan." It's the best of both world for both regions.

Gui, I think second screen experiences will be de-emphasized with this. Maybe that's why the tablet screen will be hidden when docked.

To answer James' question: I thought about Fire Emblem. A proper, beautiful HD Fire Emblem in the vein of the Gamecube/Wii games that I can then immediately take on the go. Worst-case scenario the Switch becomes my Fire Emblem machine.

I think it has to be $299.

A hard drive you can buy is a better solution than proprietary stuff. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

LemonadeOctober 23, 2016

Based on what we have seen so far, there is no second screen experience at all. It kind of makes sense to cover the tablet screen when docked.

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