Nintendo Switch: The Good, The Bad and The Bonkers

Last week Nintendo delivered all of the information we have been waiting for on their new Console/Handheld hybrid, the Nintendo Switch.  For some this rather quirky and very ‘Nintendo like’ treehouse presentation was all the information they needed to head to Amazon and pre-order, for others it left them somewhat underwhelmed, confused and £279.99 richer!

The Switch announcement and pricing has left the Sparks divided and on the pod they debate the good, the bad and the bonkers parts of the Switch.

The information that was delivered during the Nintendo Treehouse presentation included:

  • The Switch will release worldwide on 3rd March 2017 for £279.99 in the UK, $300 in the US.
  • Nintendo Switch is a hybrid device designed to operate as both a home console and a handheld device. The Switch console is a tablet-like screen with two detachable “Joy-Con” controllers that slide into place at its sides.The three ways to play the console are as follows:
    • TV Mode: You can insert Switch into a docking station, which allows it to be played on your television. The Joy-Con controllers can then be used wirelessly to play games from your couch; or they can be attached to a grip accessory to provide a more traditional controller experience. A Switch Pro controller is also available to use, but is sold separately.
    • Handheld Mode: You can eject Switch from its docking station and take it with you to play on the go. The Joy-Con controllers are attached directly to the sides of the screen, making it resemble a Wii U gamepad that can function on its own.
    • Tabletop Mode: You can setup the Switch’s inbuilt kickstand on any flat surface, and detach its Joy-Con controllers, allowing one to two players to enjoy games wherever they like.
  • Nintendo asserts that the Switch’s battery life can last over six hours, but will vary depending on the game and usage conditions. For example, the company says users should be able to get roughly three hours out of the Switch while playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The Switch has a USB-C charging port, which is located at the bottom of the unit.
  • The Launch line-up confirmed so far is a little thin on the ground (see above) with ‘Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ being the standout title, the other launch games include 1, 2, Switch, Super Bomberman R, Skylanders and Just Dance 2017.
  • Accessories are a little on the expensive side, the Pro Controller is currently retailed at £65.99 in the UK and $79.99 in the US.  Full list of accessories can be found in the link below.

Also on the podcast this week we have some great feedback from a listener who asks the Sparks what Games, Movies and TV they are looking forward to in 2017 and also a very interesting question, what snacks/drinks to you enjoy when playing games – find out the answers to all this in this week’s podcast (there’s a hint to one answer above!)

In the ‘What We’ve Been Playing‘ section Darren has become addicted to Eleven – Table Tennis VR as it proves to be the perfect VR ping pong game that delivers that ‘just one more game’ hook.  Antony has also had some face-time with VR with The Brookhaven Experience and Pinball FX 2 VR, both titles are currently discounted in the PlayStation Store sale and well worth picking up.

In the news this week it’s not all Nintendo Switch, we also have news that the Xbox One’s Guide is about to get a much needed spruce-up, care of an incoming console update called the ‘Creators Update’.

With the upcoming Creators Update, Microsoft says it’s aiming to make Windows 10 “the best Windows ever for gaming” by introducing a new Game Mode as well as teasing Beam, its own alternative to Twitch-style game broadcasting.

Specific details about Game Mode and how it’ll work are currently pretty thin, although Microsoft promises it will “optimise your Windows 10 PC for increased performance in gaming”. The new mode is already popping up in the latest Windows 10 preview build (15007), although, as it isn’t yet fully implemented, it’s not clear if activating the feature actually does anything.

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