The Dazzling Reinvention of Zelda
“They said, ‘Change anything you want,’ ” Fujibayashi recalled. “So we wrote down all of the stress points, the things that make Zelda games less enjoyable, and we replaced them with new ideas.”
Path Finder Update : No Man’s Sky
Huge expansion of a game that was a little thin at launch.
Humble Freedom Bundle
$30 for waaaay too many good games, proceeds to the ACLU among others. Wish PC gaming didn’t wreck my body now.
Sony sold more consoles last fall than in any quarter in PlayStation history
Poised to become the best-selling console ever.
This Switch thing coming from Nintendo is interesting. Here’s the full announcement video for reference:
Some random thoughts now that we have some more details on the thing:
- This is totally unlike Apple product introductions, the only other product intro presentation I typically watch. They are interestingly dressed! And the sense of humour is…. strange.
- The Joy-con controllers (the ones that snap on to the side of the tablet) have accelerometers, so they can function like the Wii remote.
- The Switch screen is 720p, 6.2″, and multi-touch. Size-wise it’s between an iPhone Whatever Plus and an iPad Mini. When it’s hooked up to a TV it can do 1080p.
- It’s only got 32GB of internal storage, but it has a MicroSD card slot and the games come on their own cards anyway.
- Nintendo remains firmly behind in hardware specs. This thing isn’t interested in 4K and it’s essentially a juiced-up phone chip running in it.
- The games look insane, and great.
- 1-2 Switch looks to be the console’s Wii Sports equivalent, a party mini-game bundle that showcases the possibilities of the hardware. Seems like the idea is one-on-one faceoffs, where the players are staring at each other rather than the screen, and using the joy-cons for various ludicrous things: gun duels, sword fights, cow milking? Why.
- The Zelda game is the first one to have voice acting and cut scenes and such like. It looks phenomenal.
- The Mario game takes place in “New Donk City”, an NYC-alike offering some degree of sandbox play. (Will Mario steal any cars?) There are semi-realistic humans walking around in it, but Mario is like half their height. And his hat has become sentient? It looks profoundly strange.
- The online strategy is not great (you only get your monthly free game for the month and then you have to pay for it), but I expect them to revise this before the holidays.
- Similarly, the pricing is high but may well come down (or feature more bundles at least) before the holidays. There’s a long time between March and November, so it’s like they’re almost doing a long beta.
- I want one of these things real bad.
Nintendo Switch launches worldwide March 3, $299 in US
with the new Zelda alongside it.