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Switch won't include many multimedia features at launch

Coming from a BusinessInsider feature...

The Switch isn't going to replace your iPad — it's a dedicated gaming machine to the point where it won't have many multimedia functions at launch, Nintendo's Kit Ellis told me. Don't plan to watch Netflix on the Switch, for instance.

We're sure those features will come eventually, but no word on when to expect them.

Reggie says Wii U struggled due to lack of clarity & steady flow of compelling games, Switch won't do the same

Coming from a GameSpot interview with Reggie Fils-Aime...

- Nintendo has thought deeply about why the Wii U didn't succeed
- Nintendo did not effectively communicate the novelty of the system
- the "clarity of the consumer proposition" was not strong enough
- also, there wasn't a steady flow of compelling games
- strong games coming out frequently is a "critical" component to selling Switch consoles and to keep existing users engaged
- Switch will have a "steady cadence of content"

"Nintendo Switch is a home console you can play anywhere, with anyone. Clear. Compelling. We see the reaction by consumers whether it's measured in Twitter trending topics or views of videos on YouTube or just the frequency with which I get called by old high school buddies that I haven't heard from in 30 years who are asking me how to get their hands on Nintendo Switch. We have communicated the proposition clearly and it is compelling.

Wii U will go down as having fantastic content--the issue was as you look at the reality of exactly when the games were launched, there were large gaps in between."

GoNintendo Talking Points: Jim Sterling on the Switch - A Rebuttal

Time for another Talking Points, my friends. I checked out Jim Sterlings' latest video, which focuses on the Switch live-stream presentation Nintendo put on. Jim wasn't too please with what he saw, but I'd like to offer a rebuttal for some of his points.

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EA's VP on supporting Switch with FIFA, hoping the system succeeds, loving Zelda

The following comes from an IGN interview with EA’s executive vice president Patrick Soderlund...

“We’ve been with Nintendo for a very long time. I’m a Nintendo fanboy since I grew up. Nintendo is the reason I got into gaming. What I like about Nintendo is that they come to the table with a slightly different approach. They’ve done that in the past to great success, and sometimes not so much, but I think unless you’re willing to think about something unconventional, it’s going to be hard to break ground. Nintendo forces us to think differently. (The Switch) challenges conventions and as game makers, makes us think about the platform in a different way.

(FIFA is) our biggest brand. It’s the brand that spans across the most markets. It’s the brand that spans the biggest age demographic. It’s a mass market proposition. It’s a game a lot of people want to play. This is our way of showing we’re going to be there. We’re supporting the platform. We are not announcing anything [else] yet, but you can expect us to be there once the platform launches and takes off.

We have the benefit of being a platform agnostic company. We will be at whatever platform the consumers are. New hardware is always a positive for our industry. It allows us to push forward. I think (the Switch) can (succeed), I hope it will. There’s no denying [smartphones are] the biggest platform today. That’s not going to change in the foreseeable future. But I think the types of game experiences you can get on the Switch will be different than what you can get on a smartphone. The power of it and the types of games will, I hope, bring a renewed interest in portable gaming. That’s what I hope.”

“(Zelda: Breath of the Wild is) on the top of my list for 2017 as one of the games I’m looking forward to the most. I’ve played every single Zelda since the first one. And having completed all of them, even if I forget about my job, just as a gamer, from what I’ve seen and what I’ve played, I can’t wait to get my hands on it.”

Fire Emblem Nintendo Direct to start 2 PM PT / 5 PM ET


Super Mario Odyssey - game development nearly finished, story details, dev team ideas & more

The following info comes from the Switch stage show that Nintendo put on in Japan.

- development is pretty much finished
- the producer wanted people to get hands-on, but since the release is farther off, Nintendo decided to hold back
- the theme of the game is active exploration by players
- the objective is to rescue princess Peach
- Mario goes out from Mushroom Kingdom and travels a “certain Earth” with a hat-shaped airship
- go on adventures across various countries
- many ideas were gathered from the team to implement in the game and they build each one into a playable form
- the team keeps playing those elements over and over again
- the team only throws these ideas into the sandbox if they find it to be really fun
- Mario will have more facial expressions this time
- the hat is still a secret
- in desert buildings, you can enter and explore inside
- in the desert, go and explore a tower and Tokyo Big site-esque building which you can see far away
- the forest is well-suited for exploration
- the devs are putting effort into showing nice-looking grass and sunlight through trees
- in the city, Mario can jump to the ground from the top of a skyscraper
- you can also jump on/step on humans

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's official backstory revealed

The special and master editions of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild contain a map, and that map features some Hylian/Sheikah text. Zelda fan Zeltik went through the process of deciphering the text and came out with the backstory for the game.

“Hylians pass stories of a destined time long past, where multiple races lived and worked together in harmony. The Sheikah Tribe’s blue aura breathed through the land, and this mutual prosperity continued, until a cataclysmic disaster struck. The hero and the princess attempted in vain to seal the terror, which became known as the Calamity Ganon. Divine Beasts awoke from four directions, and deployed a mechanical army which made the king and his people fearful. They fractured Ganon’s power and sealed him… But the Sheikah were banished from the land ever since.”

Mention of Fire Emblem Fates: Revelations for Switch found in source code of Nintendo.com page

Could Fire Emblem Revelations be coming to the Switch? There seems to be something going on over on the webpage for Fire Emblem Warriors at Nintendo.com. If you look at the source code for the page, you see a listing for Fire Emblem Fates on Switch. The line of code specifically says Fire Emblem Fates: Revelations for Nintendo Switch. Make of that what you will, but now people are crossing their fingers tightly for a reveal during this week's Fire Emblem Direct.

Germany - First Switch commercial

Well what do you think? Do you like the direction Nintendo took with this commercial?