NX Reveal Trailer Coming Tomorrow, Promises Nintendo

Now we are playing with power! NX Power!

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Visit http://www.nintendo.com/ on Thursday, October 20 at 7 a.m. PT / 10 a.m. ET to be among the first to discover Nintendo NX. This preview trailer will serve as Nintendo's preliminary announcement of information regarding the platform.

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Asif Khan is the CEO and majority shareholder of Shacknews. He began his career in video game journalism as a freelancer in 2001 for Tendobox.com. Asif is a CPA and was formerly an investment adviser representative. After much success in his own personal investments, he retired from his day job in financial services and is currently focused on new private investments. His favorite PC game of all time is Duke Nukem 3D, and he is an unapologetic fan of most things Nintendo. Asif first frequented the Shack when it was sCary's Shugashack to find all things Quake. When he is not immersed in investments or gaming he is a purveyor of fine electronic music. Asif also has an irrational love of Cleveland sports.

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    October 19, 2016 5:43 PM

    Asif Khan posted a new article, NX Reveal Trailer Coming Tomorrow, Promises Nintendo

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      October 19, 2016 5:48 PM

      Promise me it won't suck

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      October 19, 2016 5:50 PM

      HEY SHACKNEWS!!!!!!! NEWS!!!!

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      October 19, 2016 5:56 PM

      10AM, nice and early

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      October 19, 2016 6:10 PM

      Awesome, thanks buddy :)

      I really hope the hardware owns and is equal to or greater than the PS4 hardware that would be amazing.

      And that the game cartridges are real, I want them big and chunky at least Genesis size with rad cart art.

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      October 19, 2016 6:26 PM

      is it just going to be a trailer or a whole little press conference thing? If the latter I'm considering taking a half-day.

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      October 19, 2016 6:50 PM

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      October 19, 2016 6:54 PM

      Nintendo also just tweeted it : https://twitter.com/NintendoAmerica/status/788900063833493504

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        October 19, 2016 6:58 PM

        Mario looks like he is excited!

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          October 19, 2016 7:05 PM

          :) yeah, he does.

          I am so ready for a crazy new good side scrolling Mario(the WiiU ver owned btw) that would be epic if we see it tomorrow or a massive 3D open world Mario I could go either way... and really we need both.

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            October 19, 2016 7:06 PM

            Mario Universe - Online Co op Mario :)

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              October 19, 2016 7:12 PM

              YES! ^^^^^^ that would be perfect, but they need to make sure its optional coop and you can play in offline mode plus SP mode.

              If they don't do what you just said they are crazy! Also what a prefect name Mario Universe you should run Nintendo :) I bet you would do an awesome job.

              Super Mario Universe would cool too.

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                October 19, 2016 8:14 PM

                I have been practicing my "Please Understand" and I run a company that is frustratingly slow at updating their technology... Hmm.

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                  October 19, 2016 11:04 PM

                  LOL :) you see you are a perfect fit! So when do you want to start, we have a great benefits package and competitive signing bonus.

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          October 19, 2016 7:13 PM

          Excited like a creeper

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      October 19, 2016 6:54 PM

      Reported to be 3min long, so don't expect anything in depth. Either fuck way, OMG NX REVEAL IS ALMOST HERE!

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        October 19, 2016 7:10 PM

        maybe its a 20 pages of spec sheet scrolling slowly by for 3 minutes

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          October 19, 2016 7:15 PM

          You can pause, so they could do 60 pages a second or 180 pages of specs.

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      October 19, 2016 7:17 PM

      Nintendur!!!!!!!!??

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      October 19, 2016 7:21 PM

      OH YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH

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      October 19, 2016 7:44 PM

      Anyone think it's weird they aren't saying codename NX or something similar? Also going so far to use the hashtag #NX? I actually kinda like the name, and if they are getting away from the Wii branding (they totally should), then it seems like a pretty safe name to me.

      Nintendo Experience?

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        October 19, 2016 8:13 PM

        Nintendox

      • Zek
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        October 19, 2016 11:09 PM

        Yeah I like the name too. I think it's actually a pretty good name for a console, unlike Revolution which people wanted them to keep at the time but would have been crap.

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          October 20, 2016 6:04 AM

          But think of the headlines when that thing sold a billion units.

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        October 20, 2016 6:11 AM

        I think they somehow need to name it so that people understand it is both a console and handheld if they indeed do go that direction. Anything to avoid consumer confusion about what the damn thing actually is.

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          October 20, 2016 6:16 AM

          I think that falls more under marketing than just a branding name. They completely failed last gen to let others know the Wii U was a completely new console.

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        October 20, 2016 6:17 AM

        The name "Duo" was floated a few weeks ago. I actually like that name: it's immediately evocative of what the system is and can do.

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      October 19, 2016 9:00 PM

      Preview? That doesn't sound overly encouraging. That kinda sounds like they'll do a short 2-3min vid and that's it. No full press coverage with tons of details.

      I'm really thinking Nintendo's seriously way behind schedule on this. I assume it's the games and not the hardware. They can't really wait much longer for the full announcement. I kinda suspect they have to do something in Oct or face the wrath of their investors. This is why we're getting a "preview" and not a full press conference.

      FYI, their fiscal year ends in March. This is why the NX has to release in March, which means
      1) the release date has to be in his fiscal year
      2) could also mean that it'll have to release in early march to impact sales in the fiscal period

      This is to say that the March date is probably set.

      I can't see them pushing the full formal press event farther than mid Nov.

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        October 19, 2016 10:18 PM

        It's a 3 minute video. It's probably just a teaser for a larger announcement (Nintendo Direct) probably coming sometime next week.

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        October 19, 2016 10:37 PM

        Yeah, they have to do this because of their financial report next week.

        They can dodge the press all they want but there is no dodging investors who want to know WTF Nintendo is doing for the next year. Saying "we're launching Pokemon Sun/Moon and Super Mario Run this quarter" isn't enough with the question of NX hanging over everyone's heads.

      • Zek
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        October 19, 2016 11:05 PM

        If it's still March they really have to reveal the hardware at this point. Maybe they can get away with not saying a name, and there won't be a price. But what everybody wants to know about the NX is what type of system it is, the games are obviously secondary to that.

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      October 19, 2016 10:05 PM

      Someone on neogaf posted this as a leaked devkit

      http://chattypics.com/files/h0UlVeX_7e57crzdkz.jpg

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      October 20, 2016 2:00 AM

      Damn, about time!

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      October 20, 2016 2:07 AM

      Hopefully it is portable and can run Wii u games

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      October 20, 2016 5:57 AM

      The new Intender is nigh!

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      October 20, 2016 6:32 AM

      I hope they call it Super Nintendo Chalmers

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        October 20, 2016 6:55 AM

        Haha, that account never fails to deliver.

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      October 20, 2016 6:57 AM

      Welp nintendo.com is down. Who could have predicted?!?

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        October 20, 2016 6:58 AM

        sigh. who thought that was a good idea as opposed to twitch or something?

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        October 20, 2016 6:59 AM

        As a "preview" video, I suspect it's not going to be a live feed. Jam F5 on their youtube page.

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      October 20, 2016 6:58 AM

      Stock shot up this morning. Anyone willing to bet it'll nose dive again once it's actually revealed?

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      October 20, 2016 6:59 AM

      EXCITE

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      October 20, 2016 6:59 AM

      UK site is still up: http://www.nintendo.co.uk/

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      October 20, 2016 7:00 AM

      any youtube streams?

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      October 20, 2016 7:01 AM

      Nintendo Switch!

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        October 20, 2016 7:02 AM

        thanks!

        was kind of hoping for a giantbomb talk over stream but this is the next best thing

      • jo3
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        October 20, 2016 7:04 AM

        so, not a new platform? that's a good thing, i think.

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          October 20, 2016 7:06 AM

          What makes you say its not a new platform?

          • jo3
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            October 20, 2016 7:09 AM

            same games, same input methods.

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              October 20, 2016 7:10 AM

              Did they show any touch screen stuff? I don't think it's surprising the input methods are similar, and the same games is probably more down to them not being ready to show too much yet. We'll see.

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            October 20, 2016 7:11 AM

            Its not some weirdass custom cpu like cell/ppc its most likely an amd soc so all the easy ported stuff you get on xbone/ps4/pc as seen by skyrim plus the cool shit like splatoon/mario cart, super mario and the new zelda from their wiiui catalog.

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          October 20, 2016 7:22 AM

          it uses Cartridges from what I could tell so looks like a new platform to me

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        October 20, 2016 7:29 AM

        Holy shit is that sky rim? SOLD!

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      October 20, 2016 7:03 AM

      was that the witcher 3?

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        October 20, 2016 7:03 AM

        Skyrim

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          October 20, 2016 7:05 AM

          the dragon for sure, I thought I saw one of those guys wearing a deer head that reminded me of the witcher. Could be wrong

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          October 20, 2016 7:06 AM

          There's a Bethesda copyright notice at the end of the vid, too. Def Skyrim.

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        October 20, 2016 7:07 AM

        there's no way it'll run der witcher

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      October 20, 2016 7:05 AM

      Well its pretty much as was predicted. Crazy looking thing tho! I'm intrigued.

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      October 20, 2016 7:05 AM

      esport splatoon? Crazy

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      October 20, 2016 7:06 AM

      OMG NEW MARIO GAME. Also super dinky controllers when turned sideways, will reserve judgement for later.

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      October 20, 2016 7:07 AM

      The future is leaning forward and really tiny screens?

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      October 20, 2016 7:10 AM

      Holy fuck, I'm sold. GIVE IT TO ME NOW. It's perfect for the way my son and I play games.

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        October 20, 2016 7:10 AM

        Yep i'm in.

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        October 20, 2016 7:11 AM

        I'm HARD IN.

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          October 20, 2016 7:13 AM

          I skipped the WiiU so I'm HOPING this will be backward compatible with those games... In which case, holy fuck what a launch lineup!

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            October 20, 2016 7:14 AM

            yep, if this thing can run wiiu games it'll start with a huge leg up. There are some fantastic first party games, its just everything else that falls flat with the U.

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            October 20, 2016 7:16 AM

            That's possible I guess. The first controller they showed probably has touch. Hmm.. But that full controller obviously does not.

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            October 20, 2016 8:32 AM

            It doesn't use any discs, it's not going to be fully BC. My money is on updates to their core MP games (SSB, Splat, MK8) and virtual console like re-releases for the more popular SP games. They've already been testing these waters with the Wii releases on the Wii U that work as their own app without having to take your system into Wii Mode.

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              October 20, 2016 8:35 AM

              That would work fine for me. I'm really only interested in a handful of Wii games so I would hope those few would be in the BC list.

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      October 20, 2016 7:11 AM

      A great intro trailer. Reminds me of the ads that were put together for the mini-Playstation and Vita.

      So probably will sell as a tablet with the detachable controllers as the core unit
      Add on the docking station for extra storage and vid output
      Add on Pro Controllers, too.

      Really curious about what's under the hood, especially if Bethesda's signed on.

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      October 20, 2016 7:13 AM

      Cards confirmed, new Pro Controller (with new analog placements) confirmed, I'm 100% onboard day one looks awesome.

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      October 20, 2016 7:14 AM

      Initial impressions are that this looks pretty rad and exactly what everyone predicted. Portable + home console, cartridges, love it. The fact that they are showing Splatoon/Mario Kart 8 has me hoping for either backwards compatibility or at least license upgrades. I don't want to have to keep my Wii U plugged in but I really like a bunch of my games for it so I'd like to continue to be able to play them without buying them again.

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      October 20, 2016 7:15 AM

      Can't tell how many individual products we're talking about here. I assume the stand will come with it. But, almost certainly that full controller is going to be extra.

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        October 20, 2016 7:19 AM

        Yeah I imagine portable + dock + side controllers, then the pro controller is separate. Oh man so many questions argh.

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        October 20, 2016 7:19 AM

        I don't think you should assume that the stand will come with it. I could see there being a "portable" and "home" sku, with the home sku including the stand + pro controller.

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          October 20, 2016 7:22 AM

          Hmmm. IDK. They'll want to push the home aspect, so I'd think the stand to connect to a tv would be standard.

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      October 20, 2016 7:18 AM

      Skyrim running on it intrigues me. Does this mean they've finally created the hardware needed by AAA third parties?

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        October 20, 2016 7:20 AM

        Skyrim came out in 2011.. I would have been more excited if they had shown fallout 4.

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          October 20, 2016 7:22 AM

          Hardware specs are needed, but given the form factor, I can't expect much :(

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        October 20, 2016 7:23 AM

        I'd guess it would be the remastered edition... would be odd for Bethesda to port the original XBox 360 or PS3 game.

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          October 20, 2016 7:24 AM

          Well the new hardware is Tegra based, i'm not really knowledgable, but a tegra device wouldn't be able to play ps4 / xbox level titles would it?

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            October 20, 2016 7:27 AM

            it's looking like it will be the tegra x2, which is armv8+pascal. pretty powerful, probably between xb1/ps4

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      October 20, 2016 7:18 AM

      here's the partner list, not a bad start: https://twitter.com/i/web/status/789105984966754304

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        October 20, 2016 7:38 AM

        They have from software and namco bandai. That’s GOOD for souls/armored core fans. ATLUS means maybe persona5?

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          October 20, 2016 7:48 AM

          i think sony has exclusivity rights to the persona series, could be wrong though

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            October 20, 2016 7:55 AM

            I remember at least one 3ds version of persona. I think its more a japanese thing. Niche audience in the west (until p4), ports are costly for the xbox which nobody owns in japan anyway.

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            October 20, 2016 8:18 AM

            Maybe the main series, but the 3DS has Persona Q.

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          October 20, 2016 8:46 AM

          Atlus means business!

          And more Etrian Odyssey / Shin Megami Tensei related games, and perharps some new titles as the 3DS got (Stella Glow / Legend of Legacy)

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      October 20, 2016 7:20 AM

      pics of it charging: https://twitter.com/johntv/status/789105576265396224

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        October 20, 2016 8:36 AM

        Hah can't unsee the puppy. It's like kind of drunk with wobbly eyes.

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      October 20, 2016 7:21 AM

      Another severely under-powered console by Nintendo that will be used for 1st party games of which only a few each year will be released.

      Thx, but no thx.

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        October 20, 2016 7:22 AM

        lol is there anything out there stating the power or are you just talking out of your ass?

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          October 20, 2016 7:30 AM

          Lol, are you serious?

          1. It's a Nintendo console
          2. Look at it's size

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          October 20, 2016 7:32 AM

          It's a custom TEGRA chip (links below in thread) there are limits on the power of it based on that. No idea about what/anything that could be in the dock.

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          October 20, 2016 7:36 AM

          Well they were demoing it with skyrim. A 360 game from 2011

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            October 20, 2016 7:40 AM

            There is also a skyrim remastered coming out this year so it might not be the 2011 version of the game

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        October 20, 2016 7:23 AM

        With all the games i have to play still on my PS4, PC, 3DS, and Wii U, the only way I'd get one is if it was fully backwards compatible with Wii and WiiU and they offered a Wii U trade in program. I doubt this will happen.

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        October 20, 2016 7:23 AM

        Except this will basically be the new handheld as well which tend to have strong developer support.

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          October 20, 2016 7:48 AM

          ^^^ This ^^^

          Nintendo has done both hardware and software differently for a LONG time and it's been biting them in the ass with the lack of third party support. With this unit being an Nvidia Tegra, there is already developer (Unity, Unreal) support for the hardware.

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          October 20, 2016 7:50 AM

          Yup, this will basically end the separate handheld line in about 2 years. Can't blame them. Means they can really focus their energies into one platform instead of two. Might also mean we'll get more 1st party games on the one platform.

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            October 20, 2016 7:51 AM

            To me that's the biggest benefit for them. Being able to up their first party content.

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          October 20, 2016 7:51 AM

          Plus a complete unification of their studios onto one platform.

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          October 20, 2016 8:28 AM

          Do we know that the DS is dead though? I have a hard time believing this will be the only portable. I really don't think giving this to little kids is going to work well. The DS can be dropped and it won't break. This thing looks fragile.

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        October 20, 2016 7:55 AM

        Hateralert!

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        October 20, 2016 8:06 AM

        Thx, but no thx

        All of Nintendo focused on developing 1st party games for a single platform is all I've ever wanted.

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      October 20, 2016 7:22 AM

      powered by NVIDIA: https://blogs.nvidia.com/blog/2016/10/20/nintendo-switch/

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        October 20, 2016 7:23 AM

        Tegra processor, huh. That’s a surprise.

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          October 20, 2016 7:25 AM

          Hasn't that been the rumor for a while?

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            October 20, 2016 7:26 AM

            Yup!

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            October 20, 2016 7:31 AM

            Yeah initially but recently it was mostly rumors of amd hardware. Makes sense though their new mobile gpu with pascal core is on par with their desktop models.
            The no x86 cpu part makes me wonder about engine support and ports though.

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          October 20, 2016 7:32 AM

          Not really. Tegra is their product line for mobile. No specifics on which variant. Yet.

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            October 20, 2016 7:50 AM

            Hopefully the newer pascal based chip.

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              October 20, 2016 7:52 AM

              That would be my guess since the Tablet refresh was cancelled. Easy to assume Nvidia needed the production capacity to meet the Nintendo demand, so it scrubbed the refresh; which isn't really doing all that well anyways.

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        October 20, 2016 8:12 AM

        Ugh. Battery life on those processors are shit.

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      October 20, 2016 7:24 AM

      Looks pretty cool

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      October 20, 2016 7:25 AM

      Do gamers at large really care about mobile gaming like that? It seems to me that this is good for little kids. They are on their tablets all of the time.

      But aside from kids it's seems like the only games adults play while on the go are simple games from the App Store. We are too busy to engage in a full-on gaming experience while on the go. I would bet people are much more content to play any game that requires even a moderate time investment at home/on a couch.

      The scenarios in the video just aren't going to happen with adults (Which is fine), but we are a bit part of their audience. You can exclusively use it at home of that suits you, but it seems like a misfire and waste of tech. And because the hardware is housed in a small tablet, it's going to be severely underpowered (as usual).

      I hate consoles because I think in many ways they retard gaming tech progression, but Nintendo is the one console I'd consider, if they made something worth a damn. We'll see I guess, maybe this will be the best thing since sliced bread. I doubt it though.

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      October 20, 2016 7:25 AM

      So is the screen required to be docked to play it on the TV, or is that just when it's charging? Because if it has to be docked, I guess we can say goodbye to the asymmetrical aspects of the Wii U :(

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        October 20, 2016 7:27 AM

        Did that ever prove to be that important? It had great potential but nothing much came of it if I recall.

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          October 20, 2016 7:29 AM

          Dude, for Mario Maker it's critical.

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            October 20, 2016 7:30 AM

            I didn't realise people played Mario Maker in groups in front of the tv.. I assumed people just uploaded to the internet to share their levels.

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              October 20, 2016 7:34 AM

              My friends and I play a game where we pick a stock level and then take turns trying to run through it. First person through it gets to add 5 "blocks" of items, then hands off the controller. Next person to complete the level (now with added blocks) gets to add 5 more. Repeat until someone has finished the level 5 times. It's a blast, and people get diabolical with their item choices.

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                October 20, 2016 7:37 AM

                That sounds cool, almost a bit like Ultimate Chicken Horse. Lets wait and see I guess.

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                  October 20, 2016 7:38 AM

                  Yep, that was the inspiration. We were at Magfest and wishing we had Ultimate Chicken Horse (wasn't out yet) when we came up with it. Actually prefer it to the real game now.

          • Zek
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            October 20, 2016 9:06 AM

            Not really? Just make the level creator tablet exclusive.

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          October 20, 2016 7:33 AM

          It was definitely severely under utilized, but some of my favorite Wii U games made use of it. Think of Mario Maker, do you now have to un-dock the system to design a level, then put it back to play it on the TV? Kind of shitty, and people can no longer easily design levels as a group. My friends and I actually made an Ultimate Chicken Horse style game out of that.

          But yeah Nintendoland, Mario Maker, Rayman Legends, Affordable Space Adventures, Stealth Inc. 2, and Splatoon all made great use of the gamepad. Plus games like Zelda were improved by it with regards to inventory management.

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        October 20, 2016 7:27 AM

        That... is a very good point! :O

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        October 20, 2016 7:33 AM

        I would guess yes. While there were limited circumstances where it was really great (basically Mario maker), it was mostly poorly used and lead to awful battery life on the controller.

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      October 20, 2016 7:26 AM

      Eh.... So, they kinda showed a card. I assume all storage will be on the tablet itself. That means we'll get like 16gb of storage, a slot for games....and, maybe an SD slot for extra storage????

      This could really limit downloadable content if there isn't an SD port.

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        October 20, 2016 7:28 AM

        Looks like it maybe SD based cartridges.

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        October 20, 2016 7:30 AM

        Yeah unless there is storage in both units, a larger backup drive in the dock and smaller flash storage on the portable. It could potentially shuffle titles back on forth between the device depending on what you've been recently playing.

        Not quite sure if I trust nintendo to figure something like that out though.

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          October 20, 2016 7:33 AM

          That would be terrible design though. I assume Nintnedo has a younger audience than the other consoles. So, asking a kid to manage storage between multiple device is not likely to work well.

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            October 20, 2016 7:35 AM

            Yeah you're probably right. How big are sd cards these days?

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              October 20, 2016 7:39 AM

              They've gotten up to the 512gb. But, most devices are only addressing up to 128gb so far. I believe that's mostly a controller limit. It'll just depend which controller Nintendo decides to use.

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            October 20, 2016 7:49 AM

            I dunno. Kids are crazy smart when it comes to games. Think about trying to free up Conventional Memory back in the day to run stuff.

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              October 20, 2016 7:52 AM

              Was thinking more about the aggravation factor.

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        October 20, 2016 7:46 AM

        Looking at the teaser again, there is a dedicated game slot. It says so on the cover, and it's clear that the card he inserts is thicker than a traditional SD card. The aux jack is just below it.

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      October 20, 2016 7:39 AM

      The console also appears to be pretty large when portable, which is a "big" change (heheh) from previous portables. Can't fit in the pocket. I wonder if they gave up on that market since phones are kind of eating their lunch.

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        October 20, 2016 7:44 AM

        This was my biggest concern from the preview. It looks f'n big, so it's about as portable as an ipad mini which is not all that portable unless you have a purse or backpack.

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      October 20, 2016 7:39 AM

      Wow that looks awful. Looks like another low powered, unsupported console by third parties just like the WiiU. Not falling for these gimmicks again.

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        October 20, 2016 7:46 AM

        -Its a mobile system.
        -"unsupported" https://twitter.com/i/web/status/789105984966754304

        also nintendo's first party lineup alone is usually worth the entry if you already own a pc.

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          October 20, 2016 7:48 AM

          I mean the hand held games will be huge I'm just not understanding why they can't make a powerful console for once.

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            October 20, 2016 7:51 AM

            The only system that consistently does 60fps outside of my PC is the Wii U. Like Hoax said, for third party there's the PC.

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              October 20, 2016 7:53 AM

              Understood but the WiiU was a sales failure. I thought they would learn their lesson making an under performing console. They may be okay because their integrating the handheld market into this console. Time will tell though.

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                October 20, 2016 8:08 AM

                Performance is not an automatic indicator of success. The PS2, Wii, and DS were the slowest consoles of their hardware generations and they are the three highest selling of all time.

                The Wii U had many problems. The messaging was obtuse and confusing (is the gamepad an accessory for Wii?), very few devs put the gamepad to good use (Super Mario Maker, Nintendo Land, Rayman Legends, and Splatoon), and most important of all, the library took 18 months to come into its own.

                The Switch will sink or swim based on how many games they make for the release window. Zelda is on it for sure, so that's a great start.

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            October 20, 2016 7:56 AM

            Because you can't make a super powerful mobile machine and keep any semblance of battery life. Unifying all their development efforts onto a single platform is the most important / smartest thing Nintendo could do.

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              October 20, 2016 7:59 AM

              Yes. But, they should also consider going the Sega route and just get out of the hardware race. Although, this does put them in a very different category from gaming on a phone or tablet. Those controls will likely end up being a bigger difference maker than we're giving them credit for.

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                October 20, 2016 8:12 AM

                Nintendo can't leave the hardware sector, who would Sony & MS rely on to innovate for them?

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                  October 20, 2016 8:30 AM

                  Huh? What innovations have they taken from Nintendo? The camera stuff? The PS glow sticks? Umm.. I guess, but they didn't do anything.

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                    October 20, 2016 9:10 AM

                    I feel the Wii motion controls did it right. Sony decided to hack it on to some PS3 launch titles and the eventual controller..then we get onto Kinect, oh dear Microsoft :(.

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                    October 20, 2016 9:26 AM

                    Among other things, Nintendo is responsible for:

                    Shoulder Buttons
                    Rumbling Controllers
                    4-player multiplayer
                    Motion Control
                    Wireless Controllers (Wavebird as way ahead of its times)
                    Thumbsticks on controllers (Sony added their analog sticks after the N64 came out)
                    Portable gaming (all the way back to Game & Watch)

                    Nintendo has absolutely shaped the video game industry and its technology as it stands today.

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                      October 20, 2016 10:18 AM

                      Those are all valid points.

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                October 20, 2016 8:13 AM

                Sega went out of the hardware race because they were broke, nintendo makes a profit with every console sold. They have a reserve of 12 billion bucks thanks to the wii and the ds, every game they release sells in the millions.

                They could bleed money for a century and wouldn’t need to go the sega route.

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                October 20, 2016 8:47 AM

                Nintendo is the only major hardware company that still innovates. This includes Apple. They need to stay in the hardware business to keep everyone else on their toes.

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                  October 20, 2016 8:48 AM

                  Did you just accuse Apple of not innovating?

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              October 20, 2016 8:10 AM

              Couldn't they operate in a battery saver mode when not plugged in? Like, you don't get the special AA and shadows.

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                October 20, 2016 8:17 AM

                rumor is the tablet is only 720p.. likely run at 1080p when it's docked??

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                October 20, 2016 8:27 AM

                Not easily no, and not in a way that wouldn't cause poor impressions of the portable side of things.

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            October 20, 2016 8:32 AM

            Yes, what we need is another PS4/XBO clone with differentiating features. /s

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        October 20, 2016 8:38 AM

        It will be exactly what it sets out to be. I don't need another contender with PS4 and Xbone and PC. I need first party Nintendo games delivered to my face with a low barrier to entry. The thought of taking said games on the go sounds like a blast too.

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      October 20, 2016 7:48 AM

      Looking over the teaser again, there are air ports all over the tablet half. That suggests the thing will run warm at the least. I assume they'd go for passive cooling, but it also means the air ports are going to be subject to dust, smoke and pet hair.

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      October 20, 2016 7:51 AM

      Interesting to note there are no kids in the video.

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        October 20, 2016 7:56 AM

        Kids don't have money

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        October 20, 2016 8:25 AM

        Kids are not f5ing some message board for a teaser video of a console 6 months down the line. They will get their own targeted ads. Nintendo knows their audience.

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          October 20, 2016 8:27 AM

          ^^ somebody doesnt know kids

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            October 20, 2016 8:42 AM

            Well there's a large age gap of "kids". My son will be 6 when this comes out. He doesn't know it yet, but this thing is going to blow his fucking mind. He's in school right now and has no idea what a press release is or how things like this are announced. But sometime in the middle of March we will be in Target and this will be on display and he will be fawning all over it. Now a 12 year old is still a kid and yes, he's probably watching this video on his iPhone in the school's restroom for the 15th time right now.

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          October 20, 2016 8:29 AM

          That was my point, its been a long time since nintendo were that aware of which demographics they were reaching.

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        October 20, 2016 9:02 AM

        Kids would leak the info

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        October 20, 2016 9:11 AM

        Kids or no, the groups Nintendo does include are pretty funny. I don't think competitive Splatoon is going to pack stadiums like that. And I doubt yuppies are going to huddle around a tiny screen to play Mario Kart during a fancy rooftop party.

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      October 20, 2016 8:33 AM

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        October 20, 2016 8:40 AM

        Interesting to see From Software and others on the list of supported devs. Hopefully we see a Bloodbourne port, but not holding my breath.

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          October 20, 2016 8:53 AM

          Bloodborne is a Sony property so it won't happen. I'm sure there will be a Dark Souls "special edition" or something along those lines, though.

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      October 20, 2016 8:39 AM

      Hopefully there's solid indie dev support. Mount Your Friends brought to house parties on that thing? What could go wrong?

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        October 20, 2016 8:41 AM

        Demons with Shotguns Nintendo Switch port confirmed!

        not really

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          October 20, 2016 9:02 AM

          I'd totally take that somewhere!

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            October 20, 2016 9:03 AM

            Like a party... or a cafe... or a bathroom!

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          October 20, 2016 10:31 AM

          If I was you I would have your game ready at their launch. People will buy anything on a console release.

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            October 20, 2016 11:04 AM

            All depends on what their indie program is like. Usually it's pretty closed. Also, no idea how you communicate to different Switches. I'm guessing you need some form of standard networking model, which the game doesn't have and can't have with a complete rewrite, essentially.

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      October 20, 2016 8:43 AM

      I'm guessing this will be on par with Xbox One? But then Scorpio and PSNeo or whatever will come out, and third party will suffer again? Not to sound negative but I feel like that's pretty obvious as that always happens with Nintendo.

      So at best, this will play already released, older games - the newer stuff won't work unless downscaled (which no third party will do)?

      I really don't care too much, I just want to play their first party games and have a PC and Xbox anyway.

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        October 20, 2016 8:55 AM

        I thought Tegra 3 was supposed to be 1TF, which puts it somewhere around the WiiU, maybe a bit better.

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          October 20, 2016 8:56 AM

          IF that is whats inside. Could be something beefier, obvs.

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            October 20, 2016 9:16 AM

            It could be like this:

            Portable - CPU+GPU underclocked to save battery.

            Docked - CPU+GPU superclocked (power isnt an issue) and/or more hardware (CPU and/or GPUs) in the dock (it does look big for just an docking charging-station.

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          October 20, 2016 10:20 AM

          Tegra 3 is what the original nexus tablet had. Switch almost certainly has the Pascal update to the Tegra line. That should put it on par with a ps3

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            October 20, 2016 10:33 AM

            No, the switch will be significantly more powerful than the ps3. Here's the deal, the rumor is that the tegra x2 is powering the switch. So:

            xb1: 1.2 TFLOPs
            x2: 1.5 TFLOPs (FP16), 0.75 TFLOPs (FP32)
            ps4: 1.8 TFLOPs

            For reference, the 360/PS3/Wii-U are all around 0.3-0.4 TFLOPS. The rather huge caveat with the switch is that the tegra platform reports TFLOPs in FP16 operations, so if you compare it apples to apples with xb1/ps4, you have to halve that TFLOPs number. Still, you're talking 2x wii-u if you choose double precision, which I doubt devs would usually do. They'd probably choose single precision and better performance.

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              October 20, 2016 11:06 AM

              On paper, probably. But, I think being on an SD cart will limit the use of higher res textures. That may make it feel not as powerful.

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              October 20, 2016 11:07 AM

              Double precision is a whole other thing and super slow or unsupported on all these platforms. FP16 is half precision, FP32 is single precision, FP64 is double precision.

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                October 20, 2016 11:10 AM

                ahh yeah, thanks for the correction

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        October 20, 2016 9:35 AM

        Devs have to design their games to work on the original Xbones and PS4s as well, so there won't be any problem if the Switch is as powerful as those consoles.

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      October 20, 2016 8:43 AM

      This looks exactly like what I wanted out of the Vita. Full, real games played mobile.

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      October 20, 2016 8:52 AM

      I like it.

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      October 20, 2016 8:56 AM

      This maybe my first Nintendo console since the NES I'll wait to see the 3rd party support though. I love my Vita.

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      October 20, 2016 9:26 AM

      The controls in tablet mode seem uncomfortable

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        October 20, 2016 9:54 AM

        Yeah, but people still play games on a 3ds so it isn't that crazy.*

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      October 20, 2016 10:23 AM

      I think it looks great. I'm going to preorder one.

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      October 20, 2016 10:28 AM

      Battery Life? on the screen and the controllers themselves? that's a beefy screen with relatively beefy hardware... though i guess it's something like a laptop / tablet?

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      October 20, 2016 10:35 AM

      Nice design. Not holding out hope it will have much too offer outside some rehashed exclusives and ancient games however.

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        October 20, 2016 11:06 AM

        So in other words you just don't like Nintendo games. Not sure what else you expect from them.

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        October 20, 2016 11:14 AM

        So you don't want good quality first party Nintendo games?

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      October 20, 2016 10:57 AM

      Juts woke up, so uh yeah.... where are the specs? Why does Nintendo always do this :(

      The Mario in the video looked awesome, that is about it the rest looked like the Wii U minus Sklyrim and NBA.

      So its basically a custom Nviida SHIELD made for Nintendo.

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        October 20, 2016 11:45 AM

        I think it's a great idea. Specs don't really matter for nintendo. They will never try and compete with the other consoles. They just need something to play their games on.

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      October 20, 2016 11:12 AM

      Cool. I like the idea. A few things. I'll hope the new pro controller is included (I doubt it though) and also THAT THING IS HUGE. That thing looks way to big to just carry with me like my DS or Vita. I take a train every day to work so mobility and size are key. I guess until my hands are on it it may be different.

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        October 20, 2016 11:13 AM

        Oh also I hope it has a portable charger.

        Also I don't mind the name one bit.

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