Jstar’s Chronicles #20 – Recapping The Switch’s Future
In this issue, considering it’s been a slow week, I recap what’s coming both short and long-term with the Nintendo Switch.
RECAPPING: NINTENDO SWITCH’S 2017
The Nintendo Switch has had an amazing launch so far. Zelda has taken the world by storm, while a lot of hyped-up games are still to be announced. This week, I’ll be going over what’s still on the way for Nintendo Switch both short-term and long-term, in terms of games, software, and online functions.
Starting with Games, two big titles for Nintendo Switch that are releasing as early as next Friday is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Puyo Puyo Tetris. I’ve already played both on other platforms and have loved how both play. Mario Kart 8 was a phenomenal game on Wii U, featuring a massive amount of content, great multiplayer options, and the pretty decent implementation of Mario Kart TV. It was overall a system seller to me, and I’m glad that an improved version is not only coming to Switch, but very close to launch at the same time. It’s one of confirmed system sellers that’s releasing in the Switch’s first year.
There’s also Puyo Puyo Tetris, which has that demo that everyone with some Nintendo Account experience should have already, including me. The demo that’s been out since launch was almost entirely in Japanese, but it did feature the standard Tetris and Puyo modes, along with a mixed up mode. The full game will have many more modes available, along with online functions, but this was the game that everyone played between Zelda if they couldn’t afford another game.
This is not to mention the obvious choice of other games releasing later in the year, including Super Mario Odyssey, Splatoon 2, ARMS, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, and lots of ported-over games like Steep, Skyrim, NBA/FIFA, and Rayman Legends. It’ll soon feel good to be a Nintendo Switch owner (I should know!).
Moving on with Software, I’m very interested in how soon applications like Netflix/Hulu/Amazon are coming along. They will bring massive boosts of attention and activity to owners of the Nintendo Switch, as it will allow them to be provided another means of watching their favorite movies and T.V. shows. What will also be interesting is seeing a full-fledged web browser on the Switch; There is as-of-now a cut-down browser that loads a minimal amount of websites for use with hotspots and social media accounts. The use of the Switch with it being docked and undocked will allow these apps to take advantage of families and single people, as they will be able to take their media with them to other rooms while watching it on the big screen with a higher resolution.
Concluding with Online Functions, it’s rather a shame that we don’t have more information than we do now. We know that it’ll be a paid subscription, and we know that it’ll provide voice chat, lobbies, and other stuff through your smart phone (which isn’t that great), and we know that more information will be arriving this summer, before the online functions actually start costing money sometime in the Fall. It’ll also be interesting to see how Nintendo performs with new and active games taking over the Switch’s online infrastructure, as they should be up-to-par for something that’ll cost money to the common user. There aren’t enough examples of those yet, but Mario Kart 8 Deluxe could be the first true example to take advantage of Nintendo’s online service. We’ll hopefully have more information by the next Jstar’s Chronicles.
I’m overall intrigued with what Nintendo has in their playing Hanafuda cards, and can’t wait for what Nintendo Switch will have on the way as we progress through the year of 2017.
GAMING IN THE NEWS
- Super Bomberman R 60 FPS Update! Before & After Comparison (Ver. 1.3)
- It’s kind of shocking to see Konami put some effort into an already-released game, to the point where the frame rate doubled!
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Review (9.3/10) – IGN
- A really good score for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, with review copies being sent out already. With a score that high, it simply makes me even more hyped with it releasing in just a week!
- Konami : “Contra is now @Xbox ONE compatible alongside Symphony of the Night! “
- Speaking of Konami, it’s good that another game has been brought along the Xbox One’s Backwards Compatibility.
- Tencent bringing free-to-play Rocket League to China
- A free-to-play version of Rocket League that’s China-exclusive? Very interesting, and it really looks like they mean business here.
- The original StarCraft has been patched for the first time in over 8 years, and is now FREE
- Quite a feat to re-release a massively popular game after several years, and have it released for free.
- Rocket League has reached 30 million players
- Such a massively popular game to release and reach a whopping 30 million players! Here’s to the game’s future!
- Bayonetta Hit 100k Copies on Steam in One Week
- Another massive feat for a game that was before exclusive for video game home consoles. It’s good that more people will be able to play it, and it seems that people really wanted to play this on their computer!
- Bandai Namco files trademark for ”PAC-MAN Maker”
- Maybe the success of Nintendo’s Super Mario Maker has Bandai Namco interested? It’s simply a trademark and might not have much come out of it, but if Namco goes through its onslaught of different styles for Pac-Man, this would really be interesting and tempting for many people.
Next week, prepare for an inside-look at Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, along with another weekly dose of gaming news! Until then, thanks for reading!