Live Blog: Nintendo Switch Event

Welcome to Tech Improvement’s first live blog.

You can watch the live stream here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuC4YLLkqME while you follow along as I live blog the event.

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Well that’s it. If you just getting here, start from the bottom and read up. I’m all in on the Switch. You can rewatch the live event here: https://youtu.be/uuC4YLLkqME

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Lots of stuff to digest here. 9.99 seems fine, especially with how great the Joy-Con looks. Zelda at launch is key. Lots of great looking games coming. Lots of different types of gameplay.

Nintendo has a winner on its hands. The big question is how many will be available at launch.

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YES ON LAUNCH DAY. Zelda!

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or not?

 

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Zelda will be launched ….. on launch day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Zelda…….

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Six cities in US will get preview events for public before launch.

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Pro controller is sold separate, looks like the WiiU pro controller will not be compatible.

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Streetfighter, Mario Cart, Minecraft, and a ton more in a short video clip.

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FIFA on Switch.

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EA is also happy about the Switch.

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Skyrim is for reals.

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So SEGA likes the Switch?

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New RPG from Square Enix. Coming someday.

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50 developers, 80 games in development.

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Xenoblade 2. Fire Emblem Warriors.

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Mario sandbox world. Cap is usable. Holiday 2017. Looks great, but gotta wait.

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Looks beautiful. Mario Odyssey.

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Mario time!

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Splatoon 2 this summer. Continual upgrade and events.

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New weapons and maps for Splatoon 2. Looks to take advantage of Joy-Con controllers, but also pro control and handheld mode.

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Splatoon 2.

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Splatoon time.

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ARMS release ‘this spring.’

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ARMS game is gonna be killer. Using real physics for a fighting game.

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Insane fighting game: ARMS. Wow Wow Wow.

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Loving this new gaming style…face to face! 1-2-Swtich is a launch title.

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One on one battle game facing each other instead of facing screen: 1-2-Switch

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Looks like the Joy-Con can be used in one player mode outside of the base. Straps. Motion control plus depth perception. Haptic feedback called HD Rumble.

Lots more tech in the Joy-Con than expected.

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Joy-Con controllers….standard, can be split for two players. Each stick is also a button. NFC reader in right controller. Button for screenshot and in the future video, sharing to social accounts. L and R buttons in each controller. Nice!

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8 Switches can be networked together for local play.

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Modes

TV Mode
Tabletop with the kickstand
Handheld

Battery 2 to six hours.

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New hardware video…..stuff we already know.

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No regional blocking. A surprise for sure.

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Online services will be a paid service like Playstation Plus.

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March 3rd Release!

Price in US: 9.99  WOW!

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And the live stream is live. Reviewing previous announcements.

 

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From IGN, currently confirmed games:

Game Publisher Release Date Pre-Order
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Nintendo TBA
Splatoon Switch (Possible Wii U Update) Nintendo TBA
Mario Kart Switch (Possible Wii U Update) Nintendo TBA
Just Dance 2017 Ubisoft TBA
Sonic 2017 Sega TBA
Dragon Quest X: The Five Awakening Races Online Square Enix TBA
Dragon Quest XI Square Enix TBA
Yooka-Laylee Team17 TBA
Stardew Valley Chucklefish Games TBA
Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom FDG Entertainment TBA
Lego City Undercover Warner Bros. TBA Pre-Order
Rime Tequila Works TBA
Cube Life: Island Survival Cypronia TBA
Shovel Knight Yacht Club Games TBA
Untitled Steamworld Game Image & Form TBA

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This is what I wrote in my prediction article at aNewDomain. I hope I’m wrong:

3. Nintendo Switch will be a runaway hit, until supply shortages get in the way

I believed, and still believe, in the Wii U.

screen-shot-2017-01-01-at-6-51-35-pmI realize I am in the minority. The WiiU, by any measure, is a failure right know. But what most pundits are missing is that, at its core, it represents Nintendo’s ability to think way outside the box. Its forthcoming Nintendo Switch, which is really just a clever reinvention of the Wii U.

I expect the Nintendo Switch to exceed everyone’s expectations when it ships this spring. Nintendo generated an enormous amount of goodwill in 2016, what with Pokemon Go and Super Mario Run. Add that to the brand’s cross-generational appeal and killer intellectual property portfolio, and Nintendo Switch is all set up to be one of its biggest runaway hits ever.

Unfortunately, Nintendo won’t be able to come close to meeting the demand and will suffer major manufacturing shortages. This is a typical problem for the gaming giant. Remember the NES Classic a few months ago?  It was the must-have tech gadget going into the holiday season. Inexpensive and full of nostalgia, the Nintendo NES was on everyone’s wish list. Only problem was, you couldn’t find them anyware. Nintendo was unprepared supply-wise to meet demand.

When Nintendo released the original Wii, there were similar shortages. But that was a different time, and the radical nature of the Wii produced a willingness to wait.

They may be less willing to wait for Nintendo to get its act together with Switch. And that, unfortunately, will result in a setback that Nintendo will find difficult to recover from.

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Most are predicting a 0 price at launch.

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Here is the original Switch announcement trailer:
https://youtu.be/f5uik5fgIaI

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How should you follow the live stream and my live blog at the same time? Side by side!

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The live stream sevent starts at 11pm Eastern Time.