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Nintendo Direct 9.13.17 – Speculation, Predictions & Wishful Thinking

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Intro:

A new Nintendo Direct is coming tomorrow and it’s reportedly focusing on the Switch’s next couple of months (Holiday Season) and the 3DS.  To have a little fun with this I decided to put together a little bit of what I think Nintendo is going to be announcing, and a lot of what I think they should be announcing.  I know there’s a lot of reasons why some of this stuff won’t happen, but I don’t think any of it’s too far fetched.

The Switch launch was a huge success, and unlike most successful system launches it was not during a holiday season.  Now 6 months later, it is my opinion that Nintendo needs to essentially re-launch and re-introduce the system to everyone for the holiday season.   Show us all what has gone so well, and what Switch owners have coming in the future, that’s what I hope to see from this Nintendo Direct

Sales/Success:

Nintendo should start off by hammering in the fact that the system has been a huge sales’ success so far and that the systems are flying off the shelf worldwide.  This past July the Switch outsold the PS4 and XBox One, it has also sold over 5 million units worldwide (1.5 million in Japan alone where thousands of people line up weekly to try and get one) and over 10million in software sales.

Games like Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and The Legend of Zelda: BOTW have all sold over a million copies (Splatoon 2 did it in 1 week!).  But even Third Parties such as Capcom and NISA have been very happy with the success of the sales on the Switch.  Nintendo should throw out all of this information in a concise way to just reiterate the fact that the Switch is doing good and developers are happy.   There is no need to worry about purchasing a Switch, this is not another Wii U.

Third Party Support

Transitioning from applauding the success of the Switch Hardware and Software sales, this would be a great time to announce some new third party support for the Switch and some details to recently announced games.   Some of the recently announced games we know of are: Resident Evil Revelations 1 & 2 and L.A. Noire, but wouldn’t it be great if we found a few more surprises from third parties?

These major third parties are just testing the waters, and most have had development tools for less than a year, so to expect brand new full fledged releases would be a little unrealistic at this point in my opinion.  I expect to see some more ports/remasters to get Switch owners through the next year before the major players really commit a big AAA project to the Switch.   They’ll want to try out their reliable sellers and gauge it on that, that’s why I’m expecting some more ports, and I’m all for playing some of these great games with portable functionality…this makes the Switch version more appealing to me than others.

3rdPartyPorts

We know Capcom and Ubisoft have some unannounced games up their sleeves, and something like Mega Man Legacy Collection, or the Disney Afternoon Collection seems like a very easy port and cash grab to try out on the Nintendo fanbase.  Read the rest of this entry

PSVR – 2 Months Later

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It’s been two months since I picked up the PSVR and a handful of launch titles Unfortunately it was already collecting dust and not getting any use.  A few of the titles were making me sick when I played them, and that deterred me from going back to those games.  Other titles such as Batman and Job Simulator had the novelty wear off.  I looked at them as more of an “experience” than a “game”.  Once I experienced it, that was it, no need to go through it again so soon after.  Ultimately I’ve come to the conclusion that VR, or at least the PSVR isn’t for me at the moment.   From what I’ve played, I’ve come to the conclusion that the games will either make me sick, or the novelty will rub off quickly.  I have no problem sticking with non-VR games.

Over the past 2 months there are plenty of games that have come out on the PS4 that I have picked up, and more I plan to pick up:    

  •  Aragami
  • Battlefield 1
  • Call of Duty Infinite Warfare / Modern Warfare Remaster
  • Dragon Quest Builders
  • Earth’s Dawn
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Mafia III
  • Rise of Tomb Raider
  • The Last Guardian
  • Titan Fall 2
  • World of Final Fantasy

I’m already trying to juggle all of those games on my PS4, which is causing me to struggle to find time for the PSVR.  In my opinion, every one of those PS4 games takes priority over the PSVR games.  I understand that it’s not quite fair to compare 3rd Year PS4 Games to a Launch Line-Up of a peripheral, but the PSVR requires a PS4 and is in direct competition for my PS4 time and budget.  Even if the above games were available in PSVR, I would still choose to play without the headset.  I feel like the best experience for most games and genres is still going to be without the VR and without the time limitations of using the device.

DriveClub VR with the steering wheel and pedals is incredibly immersive, it’s amazing how realistic it feels.  In small doses I would actually prefer DriveClub VR, with steering wheels and pedals over regular DriveClub with a Dualshock4.   But if I wanted to sit down and play for more than 30minutes, I would prefer the regular edition.  If you bring the costs into the equation, I don’t see that upgrade being worth the $400 for the PSVR (camera and Move not included) plus the costs of the Wheel and Pedals.  Shooting games with Move Controllers are like an advanced version of Light Gun games, while those that use the Dualshock 4 feel very disorienting, especially when replacing the headset for the aiming of the right joystick.

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