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Nintendo Switch Launch Party

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The Nintendo Switch has now Launched, so now the Party begins and we get to spend the weekend enjoying the latest console and handheld at the same time!!  Zelda is bound to steal the spotlight, but there are other launch games!!!  These will also be played and show off the unique features of the Nintendo Switch.  Feel free to participate in the chat, and watch on twitch.tv/theGamerPad or on the front page at theGamerPad.com

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This of course is the biggest title and most anticipated on the Switch.  Check back here for progression updates in the campaign and attached videos of our playthrough so far.

First Update: Played for a little over an hour and just obtained the Bombs.  This game feels so polished and pacing seems perfect.  Still very early but I can tell the greatness in this title. Wow this game is going to be amazing.

Second Update: There is so much to do in this world, we spent so much time exploring and hunting, every single action feels so polished.  We have just past the introduction and received the Paraglider.  Before that we obtained the ability to stop time and also to freeze water.  These mechanics combined with the previous ones will open up so many areas in the world and surely be a part of a lot of dungeon puzzles.    Can’t wait for more.

12switchminibanner.jpgThis is the local multiplayer party game that should really bring out some of the unique features of the Switch.  Will update with impressions and information about the different games as we play them.  Unsure how well this game will be represented in a stream.

First Update: This doesn’t show well in a stream, at least without a webcam.  The mini-games are very fun and I was very satisfied with the fun we had playing the games.  There was 3 of us and all 3 agree Ping Pong is the best.  It feels incredibly real.

bombermanminibanner.jpgA new Bomberman with a co-op campaign and the same classic multiplayer (plus online), this seems perfect, especially when paired with the ability to break off the joycons and play co-op while out of the house.  Will update with multiplayer impressions and co-op progress.  Videos coming.

First Update: This is traditional Bomberman at its best, and it’s everything a Bomberman fan would hope for.   We played local multiplayer a little bit online and even some co-op campaign.   This will be played a lot.

Second Update: We completed the first world in Co-Op.  The game is actually harder than I expected.  The boss fight was my favorite part so far.  Online multiplayer was lagging heavily today, wasn’t at all on Friday.

snipperclipsminibanner.jpgSnipperClips is another interesting launch title that should show off the Switch’s local multiplayer and co-op play.   Expect impressions and video updates.

First Update:  We cleared the first world.  This is a very unique game excellent co-op and great way to showcase the local multiplayer and joycons controls.

shovelknightminibanner.jpgShovel Knight Treasure Trove includes the brand new Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment.  Love the 8Bit style and I was a fan of the original Shovel Knight.  This will get some playtime too.  Expect updates about progress.

First Update: Didn’t really play much.   Expect more tomorrow.

Second Update: I beat the first level. The sprites are beautifully colored, the game is definitely for fans of 8bit retro games such as Mega Man.   Want to play more

My Interest Level of the Upcoming Switch Library

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The Nintendo Switch Super Bowl Commercial

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I was going to write an opinion piece here that Nintendo should run a Switch Commercial during the Super Bowl this weekend, but it turns out Nintendo IS running a Switch Commercial!   So now this has become a piece about what they should’ve done with the commercial, or what I think would be the most effective.  Sorry, don’t mean to give the impression I’m never satisfied, just wanted to share my vision or idea for the commercial.  But before we even get to that, let me point out what is great about the commercial.

The Good: During the Super Bowl we will see ads for movies and such that won’t have specific release dates or something as vague as “Summer 2017”.  Nintendo however will be capitalizing on the proximity of the Switch’s release date and Super Bowl LI.  Less than 30 Days from the Super Bowl, the Switch has potential to grab and keep people’s attention right up to it’s launch.   The ad shows off the functionality of being able to go portable, or to play at home, while also showing off the big launch title, The Legend of Zelda: A Breath of the Wild.

Spreading the Word: Outside of the hardcore gamers that check video game news sites and forums, I doubt most people even know about the Nintendo Switch.  Since the release of the Wii U, Nintendo has disappeared from the spot light and has been forgotten by many.  The Switch Presentation in January was based out of Japan at 11pm EST with little follow up from Nintendo of America, so it’s likely most people are in the dark about the Switch.  The Super Bowl is a perfect time to announce to America and the rest of the world that Nintendo has something big on the horizon.

What was missing: The Super Bowl Ad runs 30seconds, and it is a hard task to introduce the the Switch and all of it’s functionality along with it’s games in that short amount of time.   But I think it’s possible for them to have crammed it all in.  There were some key things I noticed that were missing during the commercial that I feel should’ve been shown offOne big thing was the ability to play Retro games!  Look how huge the success of the Mini NES Classic was!  I understand $300 is a completely different ballpark than $60, but there is obviously a nostalgic audience that wants to play the simpler classics. This crowd might be the new “casual” audience that Nintendo can scoop up that nobody has tapped into.  The commercial  also missed the opportunity to showcase some other Switch games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, 1,2 Switch, Super Bomberman R, Mario Odyssey and Splatoon 2, even if it was done in a very quick montage.  I also noticed that the commercial only shows the gamer playing portable within their house, it may make some people believe it’s limited like the Wii U was.  Last but not least (and maybe intentional) they never showed the joycon’s and their functionalities.  Below is a breakdown of how I would’ve presented the Switch in the 30 seconds. Read the rest of this entry