Nintendo President Defends ‘Weak’ Switch Launch Line-Up

Nintendo President Defends ‘Weak’ Switch Launch Line-Up

Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima defends the Nintendo Switch’s launch line-up, pledging that the system won’t experience the same software droughts that have plagued its predecessors.

When Nintendo unveiled the Switch earlier this month, many were convinced of the company’s vision for a system that blurred the line between home console and portable device. However, the potential of the hardware itself was tempered by a launch line-up that doesn’t give early adopters much to be excited about.

It’s clear that Nintendo is banking on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to give fans a reason to buy the console on day one. The company’s only other first-party release scheduled for launch day is 1-2-Switch, and the rest of its intial library is fleshed out by third-party titles like Super Bomberman R, Skylanders: Imaginators, and The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+.

As such, it’s easy to see why Nintendo has received some criticism for an underwhelming array of games to convince gamers to get on board with the Switch as soon as possible. Now, the company’s president Tatsumi Kimishima has spoken out against these comments.

“Some of those who have seen this line-up have expressed the opinion that the launch line-up is weak,” said Kimishima during an earnings call earlier this week, according to a report from Gamespot. It seems that the company’s strategy hinges around a steady stream of content coming after launch day.

“Our thinking in arranging the 2017 software lineup is that it is important to continue to provide new titles regularly without long gaps,” he explained. “This encourages consumers to continue actively playing the system, maintains buzz, and spurs continued sales momentum for Nintendo Switch.”

Software droughts have certainly been a problem for Nintendo in the past. Both the Wii U and the 3DS experienced stretches without compelling releases in their early years — although it’s fair to say that the 3DS managed to overcome these hurdles much more convincingly than the Wii U did.

It’s good to see Nintendo’s management thinking about its long-term plans for the Switch, rather than focusing all their efforts on a successful launch. Hopefully this strategy comes to fruition, and we see high-profile titles like Super Mario Odyssey meet their expected release date and debut within the first year of the console’s lifespan.

Nintendo is certainly doing a good job of promoting its new console, and the concept behind the Switch could help the hardware carve out its own niche. However, a strong software library is essential if the system is to avoid the pitfalls that sank the Wii U.



[Source:- GR]


Nintendo Switch’s First TV Commercial Features The Legend of Zelda

Nintendo Switch’s First TV Commercial Features The Legend of Zelda

Nintendo’s first commercial for the Nintendo Switch highlights both the portability of the console and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, one of its launch titles.

Nintendo has just released the first television commercial for the Nintendo Switch, and the 30 second video unsurprisingly focuses on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, its strongest launch day title. The video also features a healthy split of focus between both showing off the console’s portability, and displaying some snazzy gameplay footage courtesy of Breath of the Wild.

It’s no surprise that Nintendo would choose to focus on one of their most exciting Nintendo Switch titles of 2017 for the company’s first foray into Nintendo Switch television advertisements, as other more high profile titles like Super Mario Odyssey and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe won’t be arriving till further after the console’s launch. As it currently stands, Breath of the Wild is the de facto launch day attraction, sharing the launch day roster with just 4 other titles.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a good choice to give the masses for their first look at the Nintendo Switch, though the title itself isn’t exclusive to the console. Nintendo has promised that the game will arrive for the Wii U on the same day, and failure to deliver on that would upset a lot of Wii U-based fans. While the gameplay will be completely the same for both consoles, Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma stated that the Nintendo Switch would feature faster load times and a higher resolution. However, when stored locally the game will take up half the space of the Nintendo Switch’s entire HDD, which means many Nintendo gamers will likely be expanding this storage with SDXC cards.

Nintendo revealed in a recent Switch Presentation that the console would sport between a 2.5 to 6 hours of battery life depending on what is being run on the console, so whether gamers could feasibly take the device from home, onto a public bus, and then onto a flight in one go remains to be tested. That being said, the guy in the commercial didn’t take any luggage with him, so it was probably a short trip.

In any event, the Nintendo Switch is certainly more portable than its rival consoles, although the facts revealed at the presentation weren’t enough to prevent Nintendo’s stocks from falling after the event concluded.

What do you think about the Nintendo Switch, Ranters? Does the commercial do a good job in showing off both the console and Breath of the Wild?

The Nintendo Switch will release on March 3, 2017, alongside The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.


[Source:- GR]


Here’s How the Fake Nintendo NX Controller Was Made

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The creator of the second fake Nintendo NX controller image apologizes for tricking so many people, and shows how the fake image came to be.

The original prankster behind the alleged Nintendo NX controller leak recently came forward and admitted his image was nothing more than a Photoshop job, which has prompted the creator of the second controller image – which caused an equally big stir upon its release – to reveal his work to be a sham, too.

As it turns out, the second batch of Nintendo NX controller photos didn’t come courtesy of Photoshop, but were actually a proper 3D design and lasercutter job by a Finnish man named Frank Sandqvist. He copied the design of the original fake image, and added his own stickers and adjustments after looking at the leaks of Nintendo consoles past for inspiration. Now, however, the creative Nintendo fan has come clean, and has also posted an in-depth behind-the-scenes look at how he was able to fool most of the masses.

Here’s the video itself, which Sandqvist was kind enough to make an English version of:

Frank first apologized to the people who’s hope he built up with the impressive fake, and then went on to explain that he utilized the tools available to his family business to forge the fake Nintendo NX controller, using a 3D printer and a professional lasercutter device.

As it turns out, the glossy screen of the controller has nothing behind it, and the analog nubs are made out of the same material as the sides of the fake device itself – they were merely spray-painted to look like they had rubber grips. The Unit 2 sticker, as it turns out, was actually placed there to cover up a paint bubble. Ironically, the sticker that stated it was ‘confidential property’ generated the most doubt over the internet, although it was a sticker directly copied from previous Nintendo leaks.

As some may have guessed, the backside of the device, which never had photos published online, was completely bare. Frank stated that he would have had to do a lot of extra work to make it look authentic, like making some screw holes and adding a fake battery compartment. Evidently, it was easier just to forego that entire process and just take a photo from the top down.

Frank also shows how the device was 3D printed, and showed off some of the steps behind making everything look as professional as possible. It’s clear he did a good job in this regard, as the internet seemingly exploded after his fake low-resolution image was posted online.

He also stated that his forged creation was uncomfortable to hold, though to be fair, it doesn’t have the two grip areas that the official Nintendo patent features.

What do you think of the fake Nintendo NX controller, Ranters? Do you think the official Nintendo product will resemble something like this?

[Source:- Gamerant]