Game Consoles

New Nintendo Switch is Out!

Released a week ago, the new Nintendo console wants to erase the failure of the Wii U by focusing on mobility and targeting young adults.

Friday March 3rd. the Japanese manufacturer launched its new console, the Switch, sold 300 euros. Its main mission will be to erase the failure of its previous console, the Wii U, released in 2012 and sold only 13 million copies. For this, Nintendo bet on a concept: mobility.

● One console, three possibilities

The Nintendo Switch is an hybrid console, allowing you to play anywhere. It can connect to a television (TV mode), but also be unclipped from its base. The Switch turns into a tablet, with joysticks and control buttons which can also be detached. This gives you a mobile game screen that can be placed on a table and can be use by one or two players.

The idea of Nintendo is to allow a great flexibility of use. The player can start his game on the TV, switch to tablet mode to free the home screen, and take his Switch out of his home. According to the first returns of the specialized press, the console would be more pleasant to use in “mobile” mode, thanks to its wide and beautiful screen. Its technical performances far outclass the current mobile consoles (Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita), but remain below competitors’ consoles (PlayStation 4, Xbox One). The Switch is also a gaming machine more pleasant than a classic tablet thanks to its controller and will eventually offer a more qualitative and ambitious game selection. One little problem though is the battery. It will be necessary to connect its Switch approximately every three hours in mobile mode.

● Targeting young adults

If Nintendo says it is for all age groups, the Switch seems especially suitable for adults, who no longer have the possibility to stay hours in front of their television. Walk of the dog, long trips in public transport or screen monopolized by the family, the Switch promises to be usable at any time. The first advertisements feature urban youngsters who play this console during festivals, on plane, on train, at the university but also during breaks in the office!

● Limited selection of games at the moment

For its launch, the Switch can count on Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the new opus in open world of the famous Nintendo saga of adventure games. The game is praised by the specialized press. The rest of the original selection is less exciting. Except for 1-2 Switch, a party game from Nintendo, and Snipperclips, the other games are just new versions of existing titles on other consoles (Just Dance 2017, Skylanders Imaginators, Shovel Knight …). It will take another few months before we see Mario Kart, announced for this summer, and Super Mario Odyssey for the end of the year. The quality and diversity of games on Switch will be crucial to the long-term success of the console.

To play online, the owners of the console will have to pay a subscription from this fall. The price and terms have not yet been disclosed. We only know that the voice chat and matchmaking features (training a group of players of similar levels) will go through a mobile application. Subscribers will also be able to download free Nintendo successes from the 1990s.

The Switch is for the moment a machine dedicated exclusively to the game. No YouTube, Netflix, Spotify or even Internet browser! These media applications are however very popular on game consoles. Nevertheless, Nintendo said they would be added later.

Have You Played Super Retro Boy? You Should!

There might have been a moment in your life when you would have thought of going back to the old days and relive the joys of being young. Well, time-travel may not be possible at the moment but you certainly can re-live the old days of the Nintendo Game boy by trying out the Super Retro Boy.

For quite some time, Retro-Bit has been remaking classic consoles and boy OH boy, have they surprised us all with the Super Retro Boy. The company has tried to emulate the original version as much as possible but have also made some valuable additions as well.

Super Retro Boy is able to play all of the cartridges you might have stashed in the days of the original Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance. The console has been designed to only to feature all of the game cartridges that were released so many years ago. So it does give you a good excuse to re-live old memories or even try some of the games that might you might not have gotten a chance to play during those days.

The additions in this Super Retro Boy includes a TFT HD Display and a rechargeable battery that Retro-Bit is claiming will be able to provide 10 hours of non-stop game time. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to open up your storage and search for those old cartridges or better yet, you can find many of the classic games from that time online and start getting ready to experience the past.

There are no major additions to the design of the console as it has been given almost the same look as the original Game Boy. Well, of course, they couldn’t copy it off completely. Psst, copy writes.

If anything the console has been made lighter than the original version but that has no difference whatsoever on the overall appeal, design or experience of playing any games you might have liked.

The official release date for the Super Retro Boy is set to be sometime in August 2017. But it’s better if you start ordering or you could say pre-ordering and prepare yourselves for an ultimate experience. You can also get some of your favorite games in advance because there is a lot of hype for this console and you might have to rush in if you plan on cutting it too close.