[Nintendo Switch] Unironically, probably the best console you’ll ever own.

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  • baudattitudebaudattitude Registered User regular
    cloudeagle wrote: »
    ArcSyn wrote: »
    How reliable is GoldenCasino? I wouldn't doubt this, considering the stock in retail locations, but wow.

    https://goldencasinonews.com/blog/2020/06/01/nintendo-switch-sales-jumped-60%-in-a-year-reaching-557-million-sold-units-in-march/
    By the end of February 2020, the number of sold Nintendo Switch units rose to 51.5 million worldwide. However, with a global surge in video games playing amid coronavirus lockdown, a new 4.2 million units of the popular console were sold in March only, with the combined number reaching 55.7 million.

    edit: Really curious where these numbers are coming from since GoldenCasino isn't linking sources, and every other news site is just citing them as a source.

    edit2: Regardless, Nintendo's own financial report says they sold (to customers, not just to distribution) 7.67 million units from Jan-Mar 2020 in NA alone. 18.1mil "Worldwide" (Japan, NA, EU)

    We already know March Switch sales were double that of March last year in the US, so that figure is potentially in the ballpark.

    Still, worldwide sales numbers? Either they're leaking an embargoed Nintendo press release or they're making shit up.

    I think regardless of the actual numbers, it is a really good time to be in the video games business. I went into a Fred Meyer the other day and their games section looked like locusts had gone through it*. They had so little new product available that they had dug a bunch of old Xbox 360 Skylanders sets out of some back room to fill up the empty shelves.

    I rather regret passing up on Ring Fit all the times I saw it in the Before Times, but at least I preordered my Animal Crossing switch instead of waiting to see one in the stores to decide whether it was really pretty enough to warrant buying one.


    * To be fair, I used to live in corn country and the locusts I encountered do not play video games as far as I know. It's a metaphor. Simile?

  • JazzJazz Fuck cancer. Un-UKRegistered User regular
    edited June 3
    Curious to see the April/May numbers in due course too. Not least because that's when I went from mulling one over to deciding to get one to managing to hunt it down without having to resort to scalpers. But a scalper will still count as a sale to Nintendo, and the only real constraint is going to be supply to that point. With production temporarily halted and potentially still slowed for a while afterwards, just how cleared out were the supply lines? The sales have to be comparable to March but I wonder if they'll be a little higher or a little lower.

    I rather regret passing up on Ring Fit all the times I saw it in the Before Times, but at least I preordered my Animal Crossing switch instead of waiting to see one in the stores to decide whether it was really pretty enough to warrant buying one.
    Hey, Animal Crossing edition Switch twin! :bro:

    (Also, metaphor. I think.)

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  • zipidideezipididee Registered User regular
    So I've been playing overwatch lately, and realized the need for a traditional controller. Is the pro controller the go to, or is there a third party one y'all recommend?

    *ching ching* Just my two cents
  • ForceVoidForceVoid Registered User regular
    Pro controller is very good

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  • Local H JayLocal H Jay Registered User regular
    zipididee wrote: »
    So I've been playing overwatch lately, and realized the need for a traditional controller. Is the pro controller the go to, or is there a third party one y'all recommend?

    Most people say either the official Pro controller or the 8bitdo SNES style pro controller. Or you can get that 8bitdo Bluetooth adapter and just use an Xbox/PS4 pad

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  • urahonkyurahonky Dayton, OHRegistered User regular
    edited June 3
    Yeah if you want/need a larger controller with amazing battery life you go with the pro. If you need good D-pads and a smaller form factor then you go with an 8bitdo one.

    I have two pros and 2 8bitdo controllers.

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  • zipidideezipididee Registered User regular
    Thanks y'all. Ordered the snes 8bitdo. The ability to customize the buttons sold me

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  • DaringDirkDaringDirk Father of Nearly Two! Oakland, CARegistered User regular
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    In case someone missed this: drifting joycon sticks might be solved by using contact cleaner (WD40 seems to be recommended online, I used another domestic brand). I tried this and it solved both my drifting left sticks. Not sure if this is a temporary or permanent fix, but worth a shot in case you are vary of disassemble your controller.

    How does this work? Dose the stick, wiggle it around?

    Yep! Lift the rubber skirt at the base of the joycon, spray just a tiny bit of cleaner and move the stick around for a bit. Let it dry out for an hour or so and you're good to go. It's not recommend to have the joycon powered on before drying out.

    Just a can of WD40, huh? Might do that to my neon set that's drifting, currently using the grey cons from Switch release day that are working fine. Pretty sure my drifting started due to KidGrime. Keep special electronics away from toddlers, folks.

    Do NOT use WD40! At least not the bog standard blue can you're probably thinking of. Everybody says it'll just make it oily and attract more dirt.

    What you specifically want is "Electrical contact cleaner". There is a specific version of WD40 that is that, and that's safe. But make sure it's "Electrical contact cleaner".

    That's why I wanted clarification. Irked that the formula name is the brand name now, rather than the specific product, but I can't Karen at their Marketing Manager so whatever.

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  • Handsome CostanzaHandsome Costanza Ask me about 8bitdo RIP Iwata-sanRegistered User regular
    FYI that Waterfield is back open for business. The Switch Lite case I ordered showed up today and it's wonderful. The site images don't really convey how quality this thing is (which for the price it damn well better be lol). I went with the pouch for the Lite, for an OG I would recommend the Pack for the extra space. I *can* fit an OG in the pouch but it's a tighter fit than I'd be comfortable with for frequent use.

    https://www.sfbags.com/collections/gaming-cases/products/nintendo-switch-pouch

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  • ZundeZunde Registered User regular
    I grabbed bug fables.

    It's very cute but starts off slow.

  • ElinElin Registered User regular
    Zunde wrote: »
    I grabbed bug fables.

    It's very cute but starts off slow.

    I'm loving it.

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  • Kai_SanKai_San Commonly known as Klineshrike! Registered User regular
    Zunde wrote: »
    I grabbed bug fables.

    It's very cute but starts off slow.

    I felt like it did start off slow too. Which is odd because they pretty much set you up with everything you need early. I think like, they are starting with a little bit too much boring badges instead of throwing in a cool on here or there.

    I was totally hooked by the first real boss fight though. I don't find the presentation bad at all either. But I tend to like Indies of much worse production value anyway. This game looks solid. The gameplay is definitely top notch and it has plenty of stuff to do.

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  • ZundeZunde Registered User regular
    Yeah it's one of those game's to me where you need to give it a chance to start it's stride cause it get's good fast.

  • ArcTangentArcTangent Registered User regular
    Does Bloodstained run like absolute garbage on the Switch in general, or do I need to reinstall it from scratch or something? Like, I saw it was a disaster on release, but supposedly most things had been fixed. I've had two outright crashes, slowdown and stutters are fairly regular, and I just went through the train section, and christ. Having the timer up just made it obvious how much the game was struggling to maintain a framerate. If this is what fixed is... yeesh, I can't even imagine the original release.

  • SeptusSeptus Registered User regular
    Yeah...I've given up all hope to buy it on Switch, and it's soured me on the game in general.

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  • skeldareskeldare Gresham, ORRegistered User regular
    ArcTangent wrote: »
    Does Bloodstained run like absolute garbage on the Switch in general, or do I need to reinstall it from scratch or something? Like, I saw it was a disaster on release, but supposedly most things had been fixed. I've had two outright crashes, slowdown and stutters are fairly regular, and I just went through the train section, and christ. Having the timer up just made it obvious how much the game was struggling to maintain a framerate. If this is what fixed is... yeesh, I can't even imagine the original release.

    You shouldn't need to do a reinstall. But then again I'm probably one of the few people who hasn't noticed any issues with Bloodstained on Switch.

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  • rahkeesh2000rahkeesh2000 Registered User regular
    Input lag, load times, and the sharpening filters improved. Overall performance hasn't.

  • urahonkyurahonky Dayton, OHRegistered User regular
    Septus wrote: »
    Yeah...I've given up all hope to buy it on Switch, and it's soured me on the game in general.

    I said that too until I got it on Steam. If you can get it for cheap there I highly recommend it. Game is really good.

  • StraygatsbyStraygatsby Registered User regular
    Trials of Mana has been well worth the price so far, but oh man, even on a full-sized switch, that text is SO small to read in handheld mode.

  • ArcTangentArcTangent Registered User regular
    That's unfortunate. I wish I had dug deeper and grabbed the PS4 version instead. Ah well.

  • DaringDirkDaringDirk Father of Nearly Two! Oakland, CARegistered User regular
    ArcTangent wrote: »
    That's unfortunate. I wish I had dug deeper and grabbed the PS4 version instead. Ah well.

    From this I infer you already purchased the Switch version, but have yet to play it yourself? Grow that backlog, collect all the titles, yes. That is the way.

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  • ImperfectImperfect Toronto, Ontario, CanadaRegistered User regular
    I played and enjoyed it on the Switch. There was definitely a little slowdown in any areas, but I was fortunate to not have any crashes. If performance is a premium to you though, definitely look at the Steam version.

    For me, curling up on the couch and playing a metroidvania was absolutely a critical part of the experience, so that added to my enjoyment way more than the slowdowns detracted from it. Priorities will vary, though, and I understand that completely.

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  • urahonkyurahonky Dayton, OHRegistered User regular
    Those of us who think anything under 20fps is painful on the eyes made it unplayable on the Switch. Even after all the optimizations. I hate that I paid for it twice but in the end I wanted a metroidvania game and definitely got it.

    If you are at all sensitive to slowdowns and stuff like that then you should avoid it on the Switch.

  • ZundeZunde Registered User regular
    My mom bought both my little cousin's switch lites for their birthdays and watching them carry them around hurts me in my soul i have seen them drop on the ground already three times in a week and each time i feel like my hearts about to leap out of my throat.

    Also cleaning the screens every day has been a chore.

  • MNC DoverMNC Dover Game Designer/Stay-at-home Dad Kirkland, WARegistered User regular
    Zunde wrote: »
    My mom bought both my little cousin's switch lites for their birthdays and watching them carry them around hurts me in my soul i have seen them drop on the ground already three times in a week and each time i feel like my hearts about to leap out of my throat.

    Also cleaning the screens every day has been a chore.

    Sounds like they need some late birthday flip case/screen protectors!

    https://www.amazon.com/Nintendo-Switch-Lite-Cover-Screen-Protector/dp/B081PFZHG9

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  • JazzJazz Fuck cancer. Un-UKRegistered User regular
    I grabbed Virtua Racing on sale, after checking out the DF Retro video on it. It's weird that it took so, so long to get a genuinely great home version of the game, but it really is an incredible port. It has the most astonishing array of split-screen modes I've seen in any game, ever (2 players can even go cocktail-table style, while it maxes out at a whopping 8 players simultaneously, previously only possible in a huge arcade). The sale price is like four goes on the arcade machine if I could even find one now. And this version is a Switch exclusive. Highly, highly recommended.

    In fact I might do a mini-review for the OP:
    • Sega Ages Virtua Racing
    • $7.99 (eShop only)
    • Arcade racing
    • F1 meets Out Run, maybe?
    • Groundbreaking 1992 racing game from the early days of fast 3D in arcades. The Switch port is upgraded from the original arcade game, courtesy of retro wizards M2, with big performance improvements and even replicating the arcade's 8-player setup if you're so inclined. Great fun in short blasts without eating all your quarters!

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  • ZundeZunde Registered User regular
    Those case's / Screen protectors look nice. Absolutely going to look into them.

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  • DrezDrez Registered User regular
    I bought The Outer Worlds.

    I don’t think it’s gonna be downloaded fully by midnight but let’s see.

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  • DrezDrez Registered User regular
    Zunde wrote: »
    My mom bought both my little cousin's switch lites for their birthdays and watching them carry them around hurts me in my soul i have seen them drop on the ground already three times in a week and each time i feel like my hearts about to leap out of my throat.

    Also cleaning the screens every day has been a chore.

    I have literally dropped my OG Switch face down on a bumpy bar floor and then accidentally kicked it, sending it skidding across the floor. It was fine. Maybe I was just lucky but

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  • DaringDirkDaringDirk Father of Nearly Two! Oakland, CARegistered User regular
    Drez wrote: »
    Zunde wrote: »
    My mom bought both my little cousin's switch lites for their birthdays and watching them carry them around hurts me in my soul i have seen them drop on the ground already three times in a week and each time i feel like my hearts about to leap out of my throat.

    Also cleaning the screens every day has been a chore.

    I have literally dropped my OG Switch face down on a bumpy bar floor and then accidentally kicked it, sending it skidding across the floor. It was fine. Maybe I was just lucky but

    Ahh, the old lucky butt on a bumpy bar floor story, always great to see tropes play out IRL.

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  • ArcSynArcSyn Registered User regular
    It's a plastic screen instead of glass, isn't it?

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  • rahkeesh2000rahkeesh2000 Registered User regular
    edited June 5
    Yep. Hardish to shatter but easy to scratch.

    Edit: by the way, John "Bloodstained isn't that bad" Linneman of DF concluded that the Outer Worlds port shouldn't have happened. So uh, good luck.

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  • DaringDirkDaringDirk Father of Nearly Two! Oakland, CARegistered User regular
    Drez wrote: »
    I bought The Outer Worlds.

    I don’t think it’s gonna be downloaded fully by midnight but let’s see.

    It's released and live, as is the 51 Clubhouse games.

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  • borschevskyborschevsky Registered User regular
    My Genki Dock arrived this week. First impressions are that it does what it's supposed to - plugging the Switch into it seems identical to the standard dock. It'll be nice as a second charger, and easy to throw in my bag when travelling. Seems like a nice bit of kit.

  • Local H JayLocal H Jay Registered User regular
    edited June 5
    Look I'm extremely late to the party on Legend of Zeldor but watch me pull this boss fight directly out of my butt

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  • MNC DoverMNC Dover Game Designer/Stay-at-home Dad Kirkland, WARegistered User regular
    Jazz wrote: »
    I grabbed Virtua Racing on sale, after checking out the DF Retro video on it. It's weird that it took so, so long to get a genuinely great home version of the game, but it really is an incredible port. It has the most astonishing array of split-screen modes I've seen in any game, ever (2 players can even go cocktail-table style, while it maxes out at a whopping 8 players simultaneously, previously only possible in a huge arcade). The sale price is like four goes on the arcade machine if I could even find one now. And this version is a Switch exclusive. Highly, highly recommended.

    In fact I might do a mini-review for the OP:
    • Sega Ages Virtua Racing
    • $7.99 (eShop only)
    • Arcade racing
    • F1 meets Out Run, maybe?
    • Groundbreaking 1992 racing game from the early days of fast 3D in arcades. The Switch port is upgraded from the original arcade game, courtesy of retro wizards M2, with big performance improvements and even replicating the arcade's 8-player setup if you're so inclined. Great fun in short blasts without eating all your quarters!

    Added to the OP!
    DaringDirk wrote: »
    Drez wrote: »
    I bought The Outer Worlds.

    I don’t think it’s gonna be downloaded fully by midnight but let’s see.

    It's released and live, as is the 51 Clubhouse games.

    Did anyone find a confirmed list of online games in 51 Clubhouse?

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  • DonnictonDonnicton Registered User regular
    Started some Xenoblade and gotta say I'm reaaaallly liking how much better quests are handled.

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  • JazzJazz Fuck cancer. Un-UKRegistered User regular
    edited June 5
    My Genki Dock arrived this week. First impressions are that it does what it's supposed to - plugging the Switch into it seems identical to the standard dock. It'll be nice as a second charger, and easy to throw in my bag when travelling. Seems like a nice bit of kit.

    That looks awesome... if a tad spendy.

    Look I'm extremely late to the party on Legend of Zeldor but watch me pull this boss fight directly out of my butt

    I'm still waiting for my copy to show up, so you're less late than me :lol:

    Edit: aaaand it just showed up. :+1:

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  • skeldareskeldare Gresham, ORRegistered User regular
    MNC Dover wrote: »
    DaringDirk wrote: »
    Drez wrote: »
    I bought The Outer Worlds.

    I don’t think it’s gonna be downloaded fully by midnight but let’s see.

    It's released and live, as is the 51 Clubhouse games.

    Did anyone find a confirmed list of online games in 51 Clubhouse?

    https://egmnow.com/clubhouse-games-51-worldwide-classics-review/

    This has a list of which game is available online and also on the same screen.

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  • MNC DoverMNC Dover Game Designer/Stay-at-home Dad Kirkland, WARegistered User regular
    skeldare wrote: »
    MNC Dover wrote: »
    DaringDirk wrote: »
    Drez wrote: »
    I bought The Outer Worlds.

    I don’t think it’s gonna be downloaded fully by midnight but let’s see.

    It's released and live, as is the 51 Clubhouse games.

    Did anyone find a confirmed list of online games in 51 Clubhouse?

    https://egmnow.com/clubhouse-games-51-worldwide-classics-review/

    This has a list of which game is available online and also on the same screen.

    Wow, thanks! It looks like it’s almost everything online, except for some obvious stuff. It’s actually easier to list what isn’t online:
    • Slot Cars
    • Fishing
    • Team Tanks
    • 3 Solitaire games
    • Sliding Puzzle
    • Piano

    So, 43 games with online play. And you apparently choose 3 to match with other people online? Interesting take I guess. Will be interesting to see if the game offers more games down the road as DLC.

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