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Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
I'm just thrilled I'm not tempted to upgrade like I was with DS Lite/DSi/New 3DS/New 3DS XL, and so on. This is great for people who don't already own a Switch! But I've already got one and I'm good with it. I'd rather they do something like this rather than an incremental upgrade and then expect me to buy the newest full-on upgrade two years after that.
 

RT-55J

definitely not a robot
(He/Him)
I just realized that this update is functionally equivalent to the Game Boy Light, which imo makes it even more hilarious.

I've heard speculation that the current shortages and and supply-chain issues in the semiconductor industry are the reasons this isn't a more substantial upgrade, though tbqh this is fine by me (probably not getting it tho).

Shame about the price. Thought they would have lowered the price for the based model, but no.
 
It should be okay, yes. Have you ever played an original Vita? They also have OLEDs. It's very similar to a smartphone.
I have a vita: never tried to take it outside. I should give it a shot. I might actually buy one of these if it means I can play on my porch.
 

Lokii

It's always time for burgers
(He/Him)
Staff member
Moderator
I think I'll get one, it comes out on my birthday, and let the boy have the old one to gum up with his jam hands and he can drop it on the ground as much as he wants
 

YangusKhan

does the Underpants Dance
(He/Him/His)
A nothingburger. I want to remain a Nintendo customer but they keep making decisions that are not really in-line with my own desires. Fuck portability. I don't give a shit about it whatsoever. What I do care about is getting the best display possible while docked since my Switch very rarely leaves the dock. It's becoming a sigh-worthy experience to go from the PS5 and Series X to the Switch, just as it was to go from a PS4 to the Switch. Great games hampered by tech that was already old in 2017.
But also: you've already got a Series X and PS5, so what you're mostly missing out on would be first-party Nintendo games that run in 4k or whatever. But Nintendo has never really tried to make games with high-end specs like that in mind.
 

Daikaiju

Rated Ages 6+
(He, Him)
I just realized that this update is functionally equivalent to the Game Boy Light, which imo makes it even more hilarious.

I've heard speculation that the current shortages and and supply-chain issues in the semiconductor industry are the reasons this isn't a more substantial upgrade, though tbqh this is fine by me (probably not getting it tho).

Shame about the price. Thought they would have lowered the price for the based model, but no.
Nintendo almost never lowers base prices... Unless it's Other M.
 

4-So

Spicy
But also: you've already got a Series X and PS5, so what you're mostly missing out on would be first-party Nintendo games that run in 4k or whatever. But Nintendo has never really tried to make games with high-end specs like that in mind.

But even 1080P is lovely if there's some horsepower behind the thing, such as ability to produce higher and steadier framerates. There's no good reason why modern Switch games should chug, and some of them do, or why I'm getting regular pop-in and artifacting in something as new as Mario Golf. "Doing more with less" has long been Nintendo's mantra but you eventually run into walls. Nintendo either doesn't see those walls or doesn't care about them. (Or, as always, they're waiting for a cheaper sledgehammer.) Competing with Sony or Microsoft isn't something Nintendo should do nor do I want them to. I'd just like the confidence to buy a Nintendo game and know I won't be shaking my head in disappointment because, hey gotta be honest, this kinda performs like ass.

What Nintendo provides and what I want from them are two increasingly different things. I'm thinking about bowing out after Metroid Dread and just crossing my fingers that whatever finally succeeds the Switch will play Switch games as well. By then, there will be a ton of Switch stuff to dig into and (presumably) something with a little more oomph under the hood. I'm fairly ambivalent about Breath of the Wild 2, no big shakes if I don't get to play it when it comes out, so it seems like a good time to take a breath (of the wild) and just wait it out until Nintendo gives me some actual new hardware. Of course, Nintendo might not care about making those older games work better with whatever the new hardware ends up being, so a lot of finger-crossing happening over here. Crossed fingers all the way down.
 

Gaer

chat.exe a cessé de fonctionner
Staff member
Moderator
If I ever see one cheap I might get the OLED version since I play mine a bit more in bed than on the telly lately. But the original Switch screen is still fantastic so I’m not hurting for anything new.

But if I did locate a cheap OLED unit I could also take my launch Switch offline and hack the shit out of it without worries. (Ty nVidia for your hardware level bug.)

In terms of an actual generational successor to Switch, Nintendo might have initially planned it for this year or next but the ongoing chip crises made them go “lol no” for now.
 

Sarge

hardcore retro gamin'
This just makes me hope we skip over any rumored Pro/New/whatever and go straight to Switch 2.
 

Becksworth

Aging Hipster Dragon Dad
I can sympathize with average consumers who wanted more out of the OLED Model announcement. I can even sympathize with the insiders who were just posting what they heard and never promised that a 4K model was actually coming.

I don’t sympathize with all the YouTubers who were hyping up the possibility of a Pro model without any concrete details to back it up in order to generate views now posting videos on how “disappointed” they are now like they were innocent in setting expectations too high. No, y’all can eat the “I was wrong” crow now.
 

karzac

(he/him)
I'm just thrilled I'm not tempted to upgrade like I was with DS Lite/DSi/New 3DS/New 3DS XL, and so on. This is great for people who don't already own a Switch! But I've already got one and I'm good with it. I'd rather they do something like this rather than an incremental upgrade and then expect me to buy the newest full-on upgrade two years after that.

This is exactly my feeling. I was putting off buying a Switch waiting for this, and now I feel justified in that decision. The price difference is small enough (only $50, even in Canada) that it's a no-brainer over the basic model.
 

ShakeWell

Slam Master
(he, etc.)
Can you imagine the reaction from The Gamers if Nintendo did actually announce this during E3? It would've been A Disaster For Sure!!!

Happening anyways, Yangus. Like I said on Twitter, if I can borrow a wrestling phrase, they've worked themselves into a shoot.
 

Purple

(She/Her)
Hey now, it's not JUST a better screen. It's also apparently a better speaker, and a kickstand that looks actually trustworthy.
 

Sarge

hardcore retro gamin'
I mean, Nintendo has done this before. I saw someone post a pic of the AGS-101, and that's a really good comp for this. Yeah, they may have had bigger plans because of the pandemic. Or not. Cue the endless speculation in more clickbait videos!
 

Bongo

excused from moderation duty
(he/him)
Staff member
My launch Switch is pretty beat up. I've lugged it around for travel and such, and it turns out those things aren't exactly as rugged as a Game Boy. There are cracks in the case and the kickstand doesn't work any more. Truth be told, I was thinking of getting a new one anyway and hacking the old one into an emulation device. So perhaps that's just what I'll do.
 

LBD_Nytetrayn

..and his little cat, too
(He/him)
Nice enough to upgrade? Dunno, depends. Will we get a Metroid themed one?

Nintendo: "Sure! Here you go!"



"It's white and black, just like an EMMI!"
 

Becksworth

Aging Hipster Dragon Dad
Hopefully the lack of an upgraded chip means scalpers will be disinterested too for anyone who just needed to get a new unit for whatever reason.
Well, that was naive of me. I guess Nintendo doesn’t have to worry about the Steam Deck just yet…
 

4-So

Spicy
I was able to snag one of these on a pre-order, more just to see if I could get one than actually needing one. Thinking about handing down my Switch to my youngest - he has a Switch Lite and one of the sticks is wonky - and keeping the OLED for myself, or maybe just cancelling it. I'll make a decision closer to release. Those white joycons do look so good, tho.
 
But also: you've already got a Series X and PS5, so what you're mostly missing out on would be first-party Nintendo games that run in 4k or whatever. But Nintendo has never really tried to make games with high-end specs like that in mind.
This is where I'm coming from. I have a PS5, and a pretty decent computer. Switch is there just for its exclusives, which are mostly things that are stylized/abstracted enough that higher resolutions would have diminishing returns. I view the machine as a handheld that just happens to be able to hook up to a TV, even though I play my Switch docked like, 98% of the time too. I just don't really care that much about crazy graphics on them as long as the games are good. GB wasn't a frustrating machine to own despite it not having the horsepower of PSX. Same with GBA not being up to par with an Xbox, or the DS not being on par with a PS3. Or a 3DS not being on the level with a PS4.
 

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
(He/Him)
You’re Bound to like the next games coming to Earth next week for SNESflix;

Claymates
Jelly Boy
Bombuzal


At least they’re adhering to releasing the games I saw for rent at the gas station, every weekend
 

SpoonyBard

A Bard Named SPOONY
(He/Him)
I remember being vaguely interested in Claymates from what I saw of it in Nintendo Power. Is it actually any good?
 

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
(He/Him)
I’d put it somewhere between Bubsy and Bubsy 2 in terms of Sonic the Hedgehog knockoffs.

IIRC, the main villain was a witch doctor, so that should also inform you what kind of experience it was
 

lincolnic

can stop, will stop
(he/him)
I really enjoyed Claymates as a kid, but I haven't played it since and kids are not generally known for their discerning taste. I'd be curious to see what it's like now, though.
 

Positronic Brain

Out Of Warranty
(He/him)
This is the first time where all the games in an update trigger no recollection at all in my mind.

There was this brief moment of excitement when I thought the first game was Clayfighters. Alas, dreams crushed, soul rendered, etc.
 

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
(He/Him)
I’ll certainly say that Jellyboy (which I don’t think is related to Smartball, AKA Jerry Boy, but I may be mistaken) has some uniquely terrible box art.

Conversely, Bombuzal (or Kablooie) has some very excellent boxart considering the graphics in the game itself
 
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