Nintendo Announces the Nintendo Switch Presentation

Shortly after Nintendo revealed their newest home gaming system , the Nintendo Switch, they notified us that no additional information was going to be shared until 2017. Many people wondered if that meant January or February for more details. I always assumed that to mean fairly early in January to give the most time for promotion prior to release in March (also likely the second or third week in the month–my prediction).

Now, however, we know that Nintendo has scheduled their Nintendo Switch Presentation for a live stream blowout on January 12, 2017.

Following the reveal and subsequent information regarding additional details, a lot of people felt it was a mistake to not give more right away. Questions about whether the company should “strike while the iron was hot” were swirling. There were others who immediately hoped that Nintendo would not give any more details until January, allowing the reveal trailer to stand on its own for a while.

It looks like Nintendo had the exact same idea, as now we will begin to get a deluge of details, events, and more starting on January 12. In addition to the live stream presentation which will take place at Tokyo Big Sight on the 12th, there will also be live hands-on events for media and analysts taking place at the Tokyo Big Sight on the 13th and 14th (13th-15th Tokyo time). There will also be events held in the US and Europe at times around there, as well. Currently the exact times have not been announced, but I do expect to get more on that as we get closer to the event. Nintendo has also made it known that the event is open to the public, so anyone who can make it to Tokyo on these dates can be among the first to actually get hands-on with the brand new Nintendo Switch!

This three-day event is absolutely how I envisioned the reveal of the “NX” to be, and the initial reveal trailer is all bonus, in my opinion. What I am most excited about is the fact that the company is showing how dedicated they are to giving the Nintendo Switch an amazing launch and are committed to giving it an incredible launch library.

What do you expect we will see along the lines of additional “secrets” regarding the Nintendo Switch features? What games do you hope to see from the launch lineup? Will you try to make it to witness the event live?

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!


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Splatoon Showdown Series Coming in November

Nintendo has partnered with the eSports platform Battlefy, and they have set a series of online Splatoon tournaments for every weekend in November, called the Splatoon Showdown Series. This move seems to be yet another in the string of steps that Nintendo has made in their embracing of the eSports scene, especially when it comes to the smash-hit Splatoon.

Each weekend, the tournament will feature a different mode of competition, starting in the first weekend with Turf Wars. After that the modes will shift to Tower Control, Splat Zones, and finally Rainmaker. Nintendo has sponsored several Splatoon eSports tournaments over the last couple of years, and most have been overseas in Japan, but now we have the opportunity here in the states to participate.

I have actually never heard of Battlfy before, but this concept has such a natural feel to it, that I am flat-out excited about it, and the possibilities. For those who are unaware,

Battlefy is an eSports management tool focused on building infrastructure for tournament organizers.

One of the most intriguing things about this Series is the fact that participants can compete in the tournament and not all have to be in a single location. Obviously, players will definitely want to make sure their internet connections are solid, but boy the possibilities are endless. Imagine competing in a Nintendo-sanctioned tournament for prizes, and doing so comfortably from your home without the hassle of traveling to different venues. Amazing!

What are the possibilities you see in this partnership between Nintendo and Battlefy? Do you think you will compete in any of the tournaments? Have you ever participated in any other Battlfy tournaments? Had you ever heard of them before?

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!


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Development Has Not Been Taken Lightly!

Since Nintendo revealed their next home gaming system, now known by its proper name, the Nintendo Switch, we’ve learned that they have no intention of giving any more details about the console until 2017. That means, information that we don’t know, at least definitively, will not be revealed nor will it be confirmed until January, at earliest. We have, however, gotten a little more detail on the system via Nvidia, and it’s quite enlightening.

Shortly after the reveal of the Nintendo Switch, Nvidia finally confirmed that they, indeed, are the processor chip manufacturer for the system. They also shared several other key pieces of information, as well. It appears the folks over at Nvidia are excited that the Nintendo Switch is the ONLY gaming device they are providing their chips for. Leading up to the reveal of the Nintendo Switch, the rumor mill swirled  ferociously especially around which chipset would power the console. Many people found themselves in differing camps, seemingly fighting it out over who was correct on which manufacturer would power the “NX”. Well, that has now finally come to an end, as we have gotten the answer. Of course, there are a few who are disturbed by that realization, but in the end, now is the time to discover the greatness in that partnership between Nintendo and Nvidia.

The first thing to know about the new Nintendo Switch home gaming system: it’s really fun to play. With great graphics, loads of game titles and incredible performance, the Nintendo Switch will provide people with many hours of engaging and interactive gaming entertainment.

Nintendo Switch is powered by the performance of the custom Tegra processor. The high-efficiency scalable processor includes an NVIDIA GPU based on the same architecture as the world’s top-performing GeForce gaming graphics cards.

You may remember that some early information coming out about the “NX” was that the console would be using “industry leading chips” and now it appears we know what that means. It really should come as no surprise though, that Nintendo is utilizing custom chips, anyway. They have always used custom chipsets for their hardware. Even when it has been based on existing chipsets, the final product was always something catered to the needs of their hardware.

It should also be noted that Nvidia shared a little more about the Nintendo Switch in their recent blog post. Quite obviously they are going to sound extremely optimistic about their partnership, but their involvement looks to go far beyond providing some silicon and solder for Nintendo to do what they will with it. They are providing much more with this investment, and the amount of work put into the creation of the Nintendo Switch.

The Nintendo Switch’s gaming experience is also supported by fully custom software, including a revamped physics engine, new libraries, advanced game tools and libraries. NVIDIA additionally created new gaming APIs to fully harness this performance. The newest API, NVN, was built specifically to bring lightweight, fast gaming to the masses.

Gameplay is further enhanced by hardware-accelerated video playback and custom software for audio effects and rendering.

We’ve optimized the full suite of hardware and software for gaming and mobile use cases. This includes custom operating system integration with the GPU to increase both performance and efficiency.

NVIDIA gaming technology is integrated into all aspects of the new Nintendo Switch home gaming system, which promises to deliver a great experience to gamers.

Sometimes I think too many people either underestimate Nintendo’s collective understanding of the industry that they have virtually pioneered, and sufficiently thrived in for the last 30+ years now, or they’re just overestimating their own grasp of it. Either way, that’s not a great place to dwell. Far too often we hear people overreact to this news, or that rumor, or even some confirmed move, only to find out how far off their assessment was of the situation. Meanwhile, Nintendo is continually working very hard to be the best at doing what they do best: make incredible experiences designed to elicit smiles from those whom they touch. The amount of work that has gone into the Nintendo Switch is mind-boggling!

But creating a device so fun required some serious engineering. The development encompassed 500 man-years of effort across every facet of creating a new gaming platform: algorithms, computer architecture, system design, system software, APIs, game engines and peripherals. They all had to be rethought and redesigned for Nintendo to deliver the best experience for gamers, whether they’re in the living room or on the move.

So essentially, those people who assume Nintendo kind of stumbled into the Nintendo Switch could not be more wrong. Nintendo and their development partners have put in some obscenely intensive hours to make what could possibly (and hopefully will) turn out to be their very best console ever, both critically and financially! Time will tell, but the most efficient approach for all of us fans/gamers would be to patiently wait for Nintendo to completely pull back the curtain on their new home gaming system.

So what are your thoughts on the additional, albeit limited, details of the Nintendo Switch? Of what has already been revealed, what are your favorite features of the console? What other features do you want to see as part of the system? How well do you anticipate the Nintendo Switch to do from all aspects?


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Having a Little Fun With It

It’s actually been a while since Friday Fun shared some NFL goodness, but New York Giants WR, Odell Beckham, Jr. sure brought it back nicely this past weekend. On Sunday, the wide receiver donned a unique and impressive pair of cleats during the Giants’ game against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

Already sporting several items pink in the month of October, in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, NFL players league-wide have many splashes of the color throughout their uniforms. Beckham went just a bit further, showing his love for our favorite pink puffball character, Kirby.

Interestingly, we know that Nintendo has several licensing deals with their IP, but as far as I am aware, the only major shoe deal is with Vans. These Nike cleats, however, are really very cool, and it’s great to see that Kirby’s abilities may well have sucked the life force back into Beckham’s season. The wide receiver had an astounding career-high 222-yards receiving, and 2 touchdowns, one of which was the game-winning touchdown catch of 75 yards.

Going through and watching the highlights for his game, his biggest plays seemed to come in the second half of the game, during which time, Odell had changed into the Kirby cleats!

Do you like when players who express their individuality show their love of Nintendo? Do you think Kirby had any effect of Beckham’s gameplay in the second half of Sunday’s game? Do you think we will see more Nintendo cleats from Beckham or any other players this season?

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!

So, What Did We Actually See?!

Thursday, October 20, 2016 will be remembered as the day that Nintendo revealed to the world their newest “home gaming system” known now by its proper name, the Nintendo Switch. It has really been a long time coming to get solid confirmed information directly from Nintendo about what has been known as the Nintendo NX since the late, great Satoru Iwata surprisingly shared that it was in development back in March 2015 when he announced the DeNA partnership. In the midst of all of that waiting (and silence), many fans took to employing their investigative, however sharp they may have been. That proved to be frustrating for many, and exhilarating for others.

nx_hardwareNow, we don’t have to rely on fake 3D model mock-ups, and with additional confirmations trickling in from developers and partners, we are finally entering the realm of the truth dwellers. My main hope is those who alienated themselves, or just felt it necessary to contentiously interact with certain others in the Nintendo fanbase and community, are able to get past all of that and embrace what we have. So what exactly is it that we have?

It turns out Nintendo showed us quite a bit in a short 3:37 minute video. On the surface, the new Nintendo Switch is simply a new “home gaming system” that can be taken on the go with a portable aspect, as well. Now, that concept was not a new one to any observers who have been keeping up with ANY of the rumors/leaks since March of last year. Now though, we have official confirmation, and seeing it in action is much more gratifying than reading someone’s speculation.

One thing that is evident, also, is that Nintendo is making sure that it’s known that the Nintendo Switch is first a home console. They made that point clear with their initial branding following the video announcement last Wednesday evening. The official Nintendo website was promoting for the Thursday morning reveal, and many noted the wording on the site that read, announcement“Watch the preview trailer for Nintendo’s next home gaming system.” In addition to that, though, Nintendo has also reiterated that sentiment.

While the Nintendo Switch is designed for play both in the home and on the go, Nintendo wants to be clear that it’s a home system first.

“Nintendo Switch is a home gaming system first and foremost,” the company told Polygon when asked if the system was going to impact the sale of the 3DS portable systems.

So, after seeing for certain what the concept is designed to do, we not only saw several different control options, but also saw a few snippets of gameplay, as well. Nintendo packed a lot into that short video, and it was done very well.

Gaming springs into action by removing detachable Joy-Con controllers from either side of Nintendo Switch. One player can use a Joy-Con controller in each hand; two players can each take one; or multiple Joy-Con can be employed by numerous people for a variety of gameplay options. They can easily click back into place or be slipped into a Joy-Con Grip accessory, mirroring a more traditional controller. Or, if preferred, the gamer can select an optional Nintendo Switch Pro Controller to use instead of the Joy-Con controllers. Furthermore, it is possible for numerous people to bring their Nintendo Switch systems together to enjoy local multiplayer face-to-face competition.

Today’s video incorporated short glimpses of representative gameplay to demonstrate the liberating nature of the Nintendo Switch home gaming system.

One of the most interesting things about today’s presentation is the amount of possibility that it presents with the system. Nintendo made a concerted effort to show people utilizing the console in the multifaceted ways that it can be. Whether playing in the living room at home, in the park, on a plane, at the basketball courts, or even in a large group competing in eSports, the Nintendo Switch allows gamers to play however they choose, without boundaries.

“Nintendo Switch allows gamers the freedom to play however they like,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO, Nintendo of America. “It gives game developers new abilities to bring their creative visions to life by opening up the concept of gaming without boundaries.”

Developers can design their games supporting a variety of play styles, which gives gamers the freedom to choose an experience that best suits them.

One of the major things that plagued the Nintendo’s most recent home console, the Wii U, was the lack of major 3rd party support for the system, long-term. The company has been aggressive in remedying that as best they can with the Nintendo Switch. Prior to reveal, that was a big “want” from many gamers and digital space influencers as the importance of having real support from developers and publishers outside of the company, and its key role in the ultimate success of the system. Immediately out of the gate, Nintendo has made it clear that they were serious about having the content necessary to bring gamers, old, new and uninitiated, to their new home gaming system. They provided a list of several devs/publishers to help gamers to know who they can anticipate.

• 505 Games • LEVEL-5 Inc.
• Activision Publishing, Inc. • Marvelous Inc.
• ARC SYSTEM WORKS Co., Ltd. • Maximum Games, LLC
• ATLUS CO., LTD. • Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.
• Audiokinetic Inc. • Parity Bit Inc.
• Autodesk, Inc. • PlatinumGames Inc.
• BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. • RAD Game Tools, Inc.
• Bethesda • RecoChoku Co., Ltd.
• CAPCOM CO., LTD. • SEGA Games Co., Ltd.
• Codemasters® • Silicon Studio Corporation
• CRI Middleware Co., Ltd. • Spike Chunsoft Co., Ltd.
• DeNA Co., Ltd. • SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.
• Electronic Arts • Starbreeze Studios
• Epic Games Inc. • Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
• Firelight Technologies • Telltale Games
• FromSoftware, Inc. • THQ Nordic
• Frozenbyte • Tokyo RPG Factory Co., Ltd.
• GameTrust • TT Games

• GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE INC.

• UBISOFT
• Gungho Online Entertainment, Inc. • Ubitus Inc.
• HAMSTER Corporation • Unity Technologies, Inc.
• Havok • Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
• INTI CREATES CO., LTD. • Web Technology Corp
• KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD.
• Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.

nx_partnersSeveral other companies have since gotten into the fray, announcing their excitement of being partnered with Nintendo on the Nintendo Switch. A few of them are featured below:

So, there we have it! Nintendo pulled the curtain back for a few minutes to allow us to see the Nintendo Switch, and aside from any clarification articles that may come up here and there, we are not going to get any more official details until some time early 2017. That in all likelihood will be in January, shortly out of the holiday season and after the new year. I expect the information flow to be heavy in the last fiscal quarter 2016 (January, February and March 2017). And as the system is scheduled to release in March, whenever that is specifically, the heat will be on furiously with details and advertisement going constantly. I expect it to be a time where anyone who is paying any attention will indeed know exactly what the system is, and that they definitely want one!

Full game demonstrations, the list of launch window titles, as well as launch date, price, product configuration and related specifics, will be shown and announced prior to the March launch.

Which aspect of the Nintendo Switch appeals to you most? Which 3rd party supporting partner’s software do you think will be a game-changer? What else do you think we will find out about the system that was held back by Nintendo in this initial reveal? Will you be picking up this system at launch, shortly afterward, or quite some time afterward?

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!


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This is It…Nintendo Finally Let’s Us See the Nintendo Switch!

So there we have it, the Nintendo NX is no longer the moniker to remember for Nintendo’s next home gaming system. The Nintendo Switch is the new way to play! Now, the speculation can conclude, and we can get into the business of real deal facts, and genuine excitement!

All of these months of anticipation, speculation, and even frustration culminated in a 3:37 minute video reveal of the Nintendo Switch that absolutely delivered. Nintendo unveiled their new console and it appears that most (if not all) of the predictions/rumors that some outlets  were sharing were, in fact, accurate, yet the reveal video was still highly gratifying and satisfying. Just over 24 hours prior to my writing this, many people were finding it difficult to believe that Nintendo’s wait for transparency was anything more than detrimental at this point. However, last night the internet went crazy over the confirmed revelation of the long-awaited Nintendo (NX) Switch! The timing has been questioned by many, but the truth is, Nintendo has allowed the community to sufficiently generate enough (and to some, exhaustive) hype about the NX, and now we can revel in the incredible new Nintendo Switch.

By now, you may have already see the video, but it is provided here for your viewing pleasure, again, and if you haven’t seen it yet, enjoy!

As, you may have noticed in the trailer, there are a lot of new and exciting things to glean, and I will be going into more details in the next (and subsequent) post. For now, the Nintendo Switch is the new piece of hardware that we can truly get behind, and be excited for its release.

In my opinion, Nintendo did an amazing job of relaying the simplicity of what the Nintendo Switch is, its functionality, how fun it is to play, and the many different control options…all without a single word needing to be spoken until the end when a simple voice says, “Nintendo Switch!” I am flat-out excited about this new console, and the more I look at it, the more excited I become. I do anticipate watching that video repeatedly over the next several days and weeks…and I don’t expect to tire of it any time soon. For now, though, I will leave you with your thoughts.

What did you like best about the Nintendo Switch reveal video? Is it what you want in your next Nintendo console? Do you think Nintendo relayed their message well enough to the masses to truly understand what this console is/will be?

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!

Extra! Extra! Read All About It…Sort Of.

Alright, so that time of the year 2016 seems to be coming up on us rather quickly, as it seemed to have been taking forever, throughout the first 9-and-a-half months. Finally, we are coming up on the last quarterly report for the calendar year 2016 (which is the second quarter for Nintendo). And this time around, it seems that this will be an extremely important time period, as the announcement of Nintendo’s new and coming hardware is expected to be officially announced and revealed by the end of the Investor’s Briefing and Q&A next week.

Trusted Wall Street Journal reporter, Mr. Takashi Mochizuki, has written about his expectations for the Investor’s Briefing. In addition to the earnings report, the company is also expected to share their forecast projections, along with information regarding Pokémon Go, future Nintendo 3DS plans, Super Mario Run, and of course the Nintendo NX.

Mochizuki is reporting that Nintendo is expected to report both a net profit in earnings, as well as an operating profit!

The Kyoto-based company is expected to report a net profit of 18.5 billion yen ($178.5 million) and an operating profit of ¥3.2 billion yen, according to a median forecast of six analysts polled by data provider Quick. In the year-earlier quarter, Nintendo reported a profit of ¥3.2 billion and operating profit of ¥7.8 billion.

We are also expected to see more information regarding Pokémon Go and the Pokémon Go Plus accessory.

The second-quarter results will provide the first financial indications on the blockbuster smartphone app Pokémon Go. The game was developed by Nintendo affiliate Pokémon Co. and Niantic Inc., an Alphabet Inc. spinout in which Nintendo also invested. In July, Nintendo said it expected no major financial contribution from the game. Nintendo may also provide more fresh data, including sales of the game’s wearable device—Pokémon Go Plus—which Nintendo was in charge of making.

There may also be more on the Nintendo 3DS, as we are nearing the holiday season, and titles for the Wii U are no longer a viable financial topic for the company (aside from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which has already been slated for simultaneous release on the NX, as well).

Nintendo is phasing out its flagship console Wii U to focus on the NX. As a result, its popular but aging hand-held 3DS game machine will be one of the company’s few weapons for the coming holiday season. Nintendo prepared many strong titles to boost sales of the 3DS, including a new Pokémon game, Super Mario Maker and Miitopia, which has been a bit of a mystery. Nintendo has promised to talk more about it by the end of the year.

Along with the above-mentioned topics, Nintendo is also expected to share information regarding the latest announced smartphone game, Super Mario Run.

Another partnership creation from its tie-up with smartphone game maker DeNA Co., Nintendo plans to release a Super Mario game for Apple Inc.’s iOS platform in December. Nintendo may announce additional information next week.

As more information is given, we will share it, regarding the NX, however, Takashi Mochizuki believes it is highly probable that we may not get any information this week, and it will all fall into next week, in and around the Investor Meeting. Emily Rogers, however, is adamantly expecting to there to be information given this week, as well as next week. Either way, the trees are rustling and the excitement is definitely building for whatever Nintendo is about to reveal to the public, finally!

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So as we continue to get closer to knowing definitively what Nintendo is going to have for us, it’s time to switch our focus from rumors and speculation, to analysis and true anticipation. I am really excited to see what Nintendo has been cooking up in the lab, and I truly anticipate it to be fantastic! I have been a Nintendo fan since the earliest of their console days. When I first realized there would be a home console to play games like Super Mario Bros. that I had been playing in the arcades, I knew that the NES was exactly what I wanted when it was finally to be released, but until it was I read through the catalog I’d found it in, repeatedly. I imagined playing with the device for hours on-end, until it was released and I could do so, in reality. That is the type of excitement I get from Nintendo, and that is what I am getting from NX, now!

What do you think will be the most exciting (and unexpected) feature of NX for you? Do you plan to get it, no matter what, or do you plan to wait and see what it is, first? How long have you been a fan (or are you, yet) of Nintendo consoles?

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!


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