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  1. Splatoon 2 is releasing July 21 and ARMS is releasing June 16, as announced at today's Nintendo Direct. Along with Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, they pretty much round out Nintendo's release window first party titles. A few smaller titles and ports were also announced, which was pretty much in line with what I was expecting (saving bigger announcements for the upcoming E3). Minecraft is coming on May 11th with a few Nintendo tie-ins. The trailer seemed to show some Nintendo character models and environments. Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition was announced for a 2017 release. Payday 2 was also announced for 2017, which was a port I definitely wasn't expecting. Dragon Quest X's Switch version is coming out in Fall 2017 in Japan, but idk if it'll come here (it's an MMO version of Dragon Quest and isn't really a mainline title, and XI is coming out before too long, anyway). Then there was a game called Namco Museum announced as a Switch exclusive, which was advertised as the "ultimate collection" of Namco arcade games (Pac-Man, Galaga, Splatterhouse, etc). Nothing there I'm super excited for, personally. Might pick up the Rayman Legends release whenever it comes out since I never played it when it originally came out.
  2. Shovel Knight is a lot of fun, but I couldn't get into Plague Knight. Controls were really weird to me. There's a Nintendo Direct tomorrow focusing on ARMS and Splatoon 2. ARMS looked like a throwaway at first to me but the game actually looks like a lot of fun. Could be a game with a surprising amount of gameplay depth. Splatoon 2 should also be fun. First Splatoon was a lot of fun and one of the few success stories of the Wii U. There's supposed to be some other stuff talked about, but I'm not expecting any major announcements until E3 in 2 months.
  3. I think the Sega Saturn was mine. It's hard to remember. We've had videogames around the house since I was born and I grew up playing stuff like Sonic, Pac Man, and Flicky on some console. It was either the Genesis or the Saturn. If it was the Genesis then the console released before I was born and it just happened to be around the house as I grew up. We also had the Sega Channel thing so it was whatever supported that.
  4. I've put a ton of time into this since it came out. I've found 80 shrines and beaten 3 of the dungeons. Finally made my way into Hyrule Castle and did some exploring there. It's a very difficult area. It's super cool that you're able to go there basically from the start, but it's difficult enough where it's probably not feasible to just waltz in and beat the game from the start. I got my ass handed to me a few times by a certain enemy in there even with 18 hearts.
  5. Zelda is pretty incredible. Played about 9 hours yesterday after buying it. I thought Nintendo would stumble a bit trying to transition the series into an open world adventure type of game, but it's amazing. Also much more difficult than I ever would have guessed for a modern Nintendo game. Series like Pokemon and Mario & Luigi are basically 30 hour tutorials at this point. This game pushes you in a direction once in a while and you're on your own for the rest.
  6. Headed out to Target this morning to see if I could get a Switch. My store ended up getting a crazy 48 of them in so I got one. Wasn't really expecting to tbh. Really excited to play Zelda.
  7. This list definitely skews towards the hard rock side of things. Some other good ones: Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks and The Basement Tapes (1975) Grateful Dead's Workingman's Dead and American Beauty (1970) Neil Young's Tonight's the Night and Zuma (1975) Van Morrison's Moondance and His Band and the Street Choir (1970) Bruce Springsteen's Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. and The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle (1973) David Bowie's Low and "Heroes" (1977) There are probably a lot of good ones that came after the 70's, but at this point the time between album releases started to increase it seems like and I'm just not as familiar with album release dates off the top of my head after this point. I'd actually be interested in seeing someone list some more recent ones.
  8. Fire Emblem Warriors was dated for Fall 2017 and a new main Fire Emblem game is currently scheduled for 2018, according to a presentation from Nintendo today.
  9. Stock tends to go down immediately after reveals pretty often from what I can tell. I think the smart thing for Nintendo to do with the Switch is to make it the successor to both the 3DS and the Wii U. I think it would basically guarantee the system a good library of first party games at the very least if it combines a generation of series that are typically on their handheld consoles (Pokemon, Animal Crossing, Fire Emblem, Mario & Luigi) and a generation of games that are typically on their home consoles (major Zelda, 3D Mario, Smash Bros, Mario Kart titles). If you combine the 3DS and Wii U libraries right now, it'd be a pretty amazing library. I think Nintendo unveiling a 3DS sequel that's solely for handheld gaming would be a huge mistake and I'm really hoping we don't see that in the next few years.
  10. Unfortunately, no. I think it's marked for Fall 2017, which is really strange.
  11. Xenoblade 2, Mario Odyssey, and Breath of the Wild (that trailer was incredible) have me incredibly excited. Great price point, too. Xenoblade 2 came out of nowhere and Xenoblade Chronicles was an excellent Wii game. Mario Odyssey had me very worried at first since the realistic people was a huge turnoff (and gave Sonic 06 vibes) but it looked fantastic as the gameplay went on. There's also the Mario Kart 8 upgrade (being called Mario Kart 8 Deluxe) which is perfect for me since I skipped Mario Kart 8, and Splatoon 2 looks like a very cool natural improvement over the original. Fire Emblem Warriors was also a neat surprise, as was the Shin Megami Tensei 25th Anniversary teaser. Very excited for all of this. Even ARMS, while looking campy and goofy, looks fun (though I probably won't get it since fighting games aren't really my thing). E3's only 5 months away, so this is definitely not all they're working on.
  12. My expectations for battery life aren't very high. Everything I've read points to the price tag being pretty low for a new console (in the $249-$299 range). Thankfully I personally plan to use it more as a home console than a portable console, but I don't suspect it's something you could bring out to play for 7+ hours. Nintendo's big presentation for the Switch is on the 13th, btw. We'll probably find out more about release specifics around then. I'm looking forward to seeing more from its library.
  13. Packers' front office needs to stop being so stubborn about acquiring players outside of the draft imo. It worked for a while, but I think that's largely because of the greatness of Aaron Rodgers (not to mention one of their key impact defenders a few years ago was Charles Woodson, who wasn't drafted by the team). It's honestly just straight-up weird how they seem to just refuse to use any other avenues for improving their roster. They cut Knile Davis before he even had a chance to possibly show anything (was acquired a day or two before their game and was cut almost immediately afterward), probably because they were terrified of giving up a 7th round pick. It's just bizarre. They signed a way-past-his-prime Julius Peppers a few years ago, but they'd be smart to start using trades and free agency to their advantage more.
  14. I see where you're coming from with this, but it's worth pointing out that Nintendo's handheld devices have been stronger for them than their home console counterparts going back to the original Game Boy for the most part, except for maybe a brief period of time at the beginning of the Wii's lifespan. 3DS, which launched back in 2011, had a rough launch but it rebounded and ended up moving a lot of units. I do agree that with smartphone games and the such there's a tougher market for a handheld video game than there was compared to the 90's or 00's, but the performance of the 3DS has to at least be somewhat reassuring. I think the fact that this seems to be Nintendo unifying their portable console market and home console market should help them. Nintendo's always had a habit of keeping certain games to certain consoles, with the home console being their machine for 3D Mario, Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros, and Zelda while their handheld console is for things like Pokemon and Animal Crossing (and now you even have something like Fire Emblem suddenly becoming a very popular series an incredible 22 years after the first entry in the series released). If this machine is really going to be the house of both future Pokemon games and future Zelda/Mario games, then I'm interested to see if it can sustain itself basically off of that alone. The Japanese market is actually where Nintendo handhelds have dominated as of late, so I'm very interested to see how this console will do there. The Wii U did horribly in Japan (and mostly everywhere) while the 3DS cleaned up. The Japanese market is known for being partial toward handheld consoles, but I wonder if the fact that this seems to be a bit of a hybrid between handheld and home console may actually harm it in Japan relative to the 3DS and DS. My hunch is that as long as it keeps getting Pokemon, Yokai Watch, and Monster Hunter games in Japan, it'll probably be fine. As a Nintendo fan, I'm really excited over the prospect of both of their previous console archetypes being unified if that's actually what's happening. Having a lot of my favorite handheld series (Fire Emblem, Pokemon, Mario & Luigi) and my favorite home console series (3D Mario, Zelda, Metroid, etc, etc) available on one console means this could end up having one of my favorite video game libraries to date.
  15. Just got back from this. Was pretty cool. More politics than I expected, but I also liked the politics and the human characters much more than I was expecting so it was fine by me. Soundtrack sounded like it was basically lifted straight from Neon Genesis Evangelion. First Godzilla movie I've seen and it was pretty damn good, honestly.