Talking Nintendo on the podcast.

I just started doing my own podcast. My guests brought up some good points about the console I thought I’d share.

The Switch’s game shortages.

I’ve talked before about the Nintendo Switch. Many a time, come to think of it. One thing that stands out is a shortage of titles to choose from.

Sure, you have the newest Zelda title. That’s fine and dandy and I’m sure there are plenty of people who are still enjoying it.

What I haven’t much of yet is where all the future games are. It’s been quiet on the announcement front and there are some people getting restless.

My first guest, Jeremy Cable, hasn’t tried it yet or laid hands on a Joy-Con controller.

“Ocarina of time was pretty good. I liked Wind Maker, that was probably my favorite. But that was also one of the last good ones to me,” he said.

Future choices?

Hopefully they’re gonna be good. Peter Hart, my other guest, said he was on the line about them, and while he’s played them, never really got hooked.

“I tried a few of them here and there, but never really got into them.”

I brought up the idea of an open-world style MMO Pokemon game. While I don’t own a Switch, I think I would make the consideration for that title.

“Almost how they set-up Pokemon GO!, but just video game it,” Jeremy added.

Peter also agreed with the idea.

“Just start with the basics, first. Add in the newer ones along the way.”

We unanimously agreed that the Gold and Silver versions of the GameBoy cartridges did it best.

Of course we talked Call of Duty.

What started as a topic about MMO’s and the game Destiny, we had to talk about the newest release in the titular Call of Duty series.

We watched the newest trailer for it and got their impressions about it.

While we all agreed that you can’t beat a good D-Day opening scene, it still has a lot to prove to us. Like in another post about the game, the backdrops can look shockingly similar.

Jeremy agreed that they’re all kind of starting to feel similar. He misses the older games and like myself, think the franchise ran their course.

Only time will tell!

Check out the podcast to see the whole rant!

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A console reminder for those switching it up.

Well, The new Nintendo Switch is officially here. It became available to buyers on March 3 and it’s already met some opposition.

Now this isn’t unexpected. Don’t forget what the Switch is. It’s a portable console of sorts and as such we’re seeing some hardware issues.

People have been reporting blue and orange screens when turning on their devices and others having issues with the game cartridge not playing when it’s inserted.

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Not all gloom.

On the flip side of all these issues is that some people have been having success with the classic “turn it off and back on.”

And with it being a newly released console that can still play on the internet, you know Nintendo will be releasing updates.

It’s also interesting to note that you see these issues with more prevalence when the Switch isn’t in its dock. When the Switch is off the dock, the unit is running at reduced processing power and that’s probably one of the factors affecting that boot performance.

Others have done it, too.

We all remember legacy consoles that are the 360 and PS3 and what it was like when they released. The infamous “Red Ring of Death” or the failure to boot message.

People also figured out the hard way that you couldn’t stand the 360 up vertically and some even made the mistake of doing it with the first wave of the new XB One’s and messed theirs up pretty bad.

Nintendo had its fair share when they released the Wii-U. I still think it’s a goofy thing and have never really been a huge Nintendo fan myself. I’m sure there were issues with the Game Boy when it was released and there’s a million different iterations of that thing.

But after all those things got figured out, we saw software fixes and the newer XB One’s can be stood up vertically to the players delight. Heck, I have mine on the stand. And it works better in my office set-up as a space saver!

Your standard grief.

It’s always expected that when a developer releases a new game or the Big 3 release a console, there’s going to be a few issues. It’s standard protocol for something that is selling millions of units on launch day.

Don’t let the bad reviews scare you or the feedback dissuade you from buying one, either. I personally don’t plan to purchase one, but that’s because the Switch doesn’t have what I look for in a console and the games don’t appeal to me.

I know it’s blasphemy to say I’m not a huge Zelda fan or that Super Mario Brothers was nigh-impossible for me as a young gamer.

Point is, ignore the people calling for Nintendo’s collective heads over the issue. They’re angry trolls.

Give it some time.

Even with my view on the Switch, I’m still excited to give it a try whenever I get the chance. It’s also a big step for Nintendo given that it’s been forever since the first Wii rolled off the line.

Wait a bit before you buy one is my opinion. It’ll give Nintendo time to work out the bugs and you know you’ll be seeing the new edition of the Switch come the holidays.

-Cheers, Nick

(Updated 4/4/17)