Nintendo Switch January 12th Event



  • Yup.

    I'll be honest. My major concerns are coming from things after the event. An app for voice chat, matchmaking etc. The online service in three countries making no sense.

    They need to clarify some things.

    Forget if I mentioned it earlier, but right now I'm waiting for a Mario bundle at least.



  • Yeah, voice chat only through phone app is a head scratcher.
    I keep hearing these things and saying "That can't be right, why would they do that?"



  • The graphic that @Haru17 posted (that shows all the games coming out on the Switch) is missing one game: Yooka-Laylee, which releases on April 11.



  • @jifw52 That's because it has not been confirmed yet for the Switch. The dev team is talking about it, and once they get green light from Nintendo, it'll appear there. Unless Nintendo for some reason don't want Yooka-Laylee on Switch and says no, so it wouldn't appear at all on Nintendo platforms as the Wii-U port was cancelled. We'll see.



  • @TokyoSlim said in Nintendo Switch January 12th Event:

    Yeah, voice chat only through phone app is a head scratcher.
    I keep hearing these things and saying "That can't be right, why would they do that?"

    I don't see a headphone jack on any of the controllers, only on the console itself, which would be cumbersome to use when playing in TV mode. For me personally if that were the case I would rather use my phone than buy a bluetooth headset (if the Switch even supports those), but it begs the question why not just include a headphone jack in the controllers in the first place given that they're already at premium price points. If the right Joy-Con can have an IR sensor the left one should be able to house a headphone jack.



  • @Excalibruh Could also do a headset with a wifi dongle like the PS Golds if there was any console level support for chat. Doesn't sound like there is though. It just kind of seems like an afterthought. Now you have to have a headset plugged into your phone, and your phone running on wifi or cellular data (which some people still pay for/are capped on) Probably with your phone plugged into AC so that it doesn't kill your battery...

    Seems like an inelegant solution to a problem everyone else already kind of solved. Dunno. LIke everything else, we don't know all the details on how it works yet. The communication isn't super clear.



  • @FF7Cloud Are they really doing a Fire Emblem direct?? That's so exciting!



  • @Billy yea on the 18th



  • also while not being at launch there seems to be a port of the 3 dark souls games in the works on the switch as myazacki (sp?) has said he has ds3 running in a manner hes happy wih ob the switch



  • @FF7Cloud
    That's been my thought as well, if I had to guess we will see a direct towards the end of February or even on launch day that will give a better look at titles coming out between launch and summer, covering first and third party releases, VC Games and systems, and one or two glimpses of things to get a full reveal at E3. Then at E3 cover games releasing in the fall winter season, along with unleashing the flood gates on new Switch only titles



  • @Billy Yes, it will be about Fire Emblem Warriors, and there's also a very good chance of the mobile game being shown. And who knows, maybe another surprise?



  • @Haru17 im probably gonna get zelda, mario kart 8, arms, splatoon 2 and xenoblade and mario for sure seems like a good year so far for me on the switch



  • @TokyoSlim i think franchise integrity alone nearly insures its quality.



  • @FF7Cloud What do you mean by Dark Souls gameplay? Because, to me, Dark Souls combat system is essentially rooted in the combat system established by Ocarina of Time.



  • And, I agree, Nintendo definitely hasn't shown all their cards yet. What is Retro doing? What about Intelligent Systems? There are quite a few studios that we don't know what they're doing yet. And I definitely get the feeling ever since they announced merging console and handheld development, that all the handheld teams are most likely working on things too.

    If Nintendo can get the system to take off in Japan, it will basically replace both the 3DS and the Vita. A big "if", I know, but it's definitely in the realm of possibility, especially when you consider the rumored Pokemon Stars.

    Guess we'll learn more at E3 or any Directs in between.



  • @Minamik gameplay progression, exploration, dungeon design and combat



  • @FF7Cloud Well, from what they've said, Breath of the Wild does seem to be more open with what it allows you to do, and where it allows you to go, which is a big improvement for the series.



  • I'm not as negative about the mobile app as everyone else seems to be.

    It actually makes sense to me, and might be something lost in the cultural translation.

    The Nintendo Switch is a handheld device for gaming, and when using it on the train it would make more sense to pull out your phone. Especially for social means, as you already use that device to communicate. Most people already have bluetooth headphones or some sort of audio system already hooked up to their phone. Would Nintendo want you to use another set of headphones on top of that? Why can't we just our phones? I could easily see this being a huge criticism of the device if they introduced it the other way around.

    With the social app on the Switch, if you want to play a game with someone, you'd pull out of the device, boot it up, and then stare at a more or less blank screen while you wait for your friend to pull out his device. Hooking up headphones or whatever to the switch after you pull it out. He might not have his Switch out, as he's waiting to play with you. So how would you get a hold of them?

    With the phone app, you probably already have your phone out and can throw an invite to someone, and talk to them while you both pull out your devices. Like talking before you get your meal at a restaurant. This would help with the battery life as well, with the Switch being reserved for gameplay only. You can chat about stuff without using the battery life.

    They should've had a demo of the app and a quick 30 second commercial or whatever to communicate this idea properly, but its something they might've assumed would go over well. Hopefully they'll notice the bad taste in people's mouths and quickly prepare something to show people before the launch of the device.

    I really like the idea of prepping all of the group invites/matchmaking before you pull your device out. It'd make it really smooth to power it up and immediately jump into the social experience of the game.



  • @Stormcrownn said in Nintendo Switch January 12th Event:

    It actually makes sense to me, and might be something lost in the cultural translation.

    It might make some sense from a japanese businessman's perspecitive that wants to reduce costs, but it's still pretty dumb to require a smartphone and a seperate app.
    I mean basically their solution is to just have you "call" your friend with your phone while calling it "voice chat".



  • It'll drive me nuts if that stuff isn't just on the system too...Not all of us have a smart phone.