World of Goo for Nintendo Switch Can Use a Joy-Con As a Pointer

The 2D Boy title appears to emulate the Wii functionality without a sensor bar.

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World of Goo is out now for the Nintendo Switch for $9.99, and trying to play it for the first time may surprise you a bit. It's like playing it on the Wii or Wii U, but without the sensor bar.

The game, from developer 2D Boy, is one of the first to use the gyroscopic sensor inside the Joy-Con to allow players to turn the controller into a pointer. You first need to put it on a flat surface to help calibrate it properly, but then it works efficiently as the Wii U controller did, although the mechanics are slightly different. The Joy-Con sensors detect how you are moving the controller and then extrapolate the data to the screen after the cursor is centered.

You then hit the plus or minus buttons on either controller to mark the center of the screen as you aim it. this method also allows both Joy-Cons to be used in this way in two-player co-op.

Here's a look at how it works, courtesy of Daan Koopman via Twitter:

The game can still be played in portable mode using the touchscreen, but it is nice to actually see the pointer functionality in action. This could also suggest that Wii ports are viable options on the Switch, even without a sensor bar, seeing as its gyroscope can apparently imitate it reasonably well.

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    March 17, 2017 8:00 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, World of Goo for Nintendo Switch Can Use a Joy-Con As a Pointer

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      March 17, 2017 8:25 AM

      I love that game, it has music that stays with you for years, charming visuals and a quirky sense of humor.
      I bought it on multiple platforms but the only ones I would want to play it on personally are those that have a mouse or some other accurate direct input like a pen on tablets.

      The showcase is a bit like "fork and chopsticks can be used to eat nintendo soup watch the video!" gyro stuff is nice for the kind mini/party games that you find in warioware.

      Nothing shown in that short clip made me think "yes! That’s how I want to play it, FINALLY nitendo brings back less accurate than even Wii controls we all so desperately missed".

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        March 17, 2017 8:28 AM

        I never played it. Guess I should try it?

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          March 17, 2017 8:37 AM

          I can't recommend it enough. This is one of the games that for me personally define independent game-development, its brilliant game-design polished and bundled into a package that should appeal to hardcore gamers and casual folks alike.

          Its one of those games that I often buy for folks to expose them to gaming.

          Ps: an example of the music/one of the songs https://youtu.be/aHId6LIPVd4

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          March 17, 2017 8:38 AM

          One of my top 10 games ever. Buy it and play it now.

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            March 17, 2017 8:46 AM

            Wtf, Omg, so buying it this afternoon along with Isaac, I may actually have to exit my 25 hour instance of Zelda

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            March 17, 2017 8:59 AM

            Sounds good, gonna get it.

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      March 17, 2017 8:35 AM

      Oh nice. Also I've never played this game, is it good?

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        March 17, 2017 8:38 AM

        For fucks sake whats wrong with you assholes!? Buy it immediately. If you don't like it your are dead to me >:(

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          March 17, 2017 8:42 AM

          Hmmm, looks like I own it on other platforms but I've never installed or played it haha, well I'll probably buy it again here

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          March 17, 2017 8:45 AM

          Do we know if the switch version has local coop?

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        March 17, 2017 8:38 AM

        Yes. It is incredibly good and your kids will love watching you play it.

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        March 17, 2017 8:48 AM

        How is it you don't have half a dozen copies through random bundles like the rest of us? I swear at one point this game was the sprig of garnish in every humble indie bundle.

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          March 17, 2017 8:48 AM

          I do, just never installed it, Switch however will get me to play it

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            March 17, 2017 8:50 AM

            Yeah I noticed that after I posted.

            Finding someone who doesn't accidentally own World of Goo is like finding someone on Steam who doesn't own any Valve games.

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        March 17, 2017 2:52 PM

        Yeah it's super fun! It's like the bridge building games. But with goo...

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      March 17, 2017 8:38 AM

      Same with Human Resource Machine. In fact it is either touch screen or pointer, no buttons/thumbsticks.

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        March 17, 2017 8:49 AM

        From the same developer, too.

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          March 17, 2017 8:52 AM

          Little Inferno is another delightful little game of theirs. Not on the same level as WoG, but worth a play.

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      March 17, 2017 8:46 AM

      For folks who haven't played it check out the demo on steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/22000/ or literally any other platform under the sun https://worldofgoo.com/dl2.php?lk=demo


      its available on steam,gog,humble bundle etc. https://www.gog.com/game/world_of_goo

      This is a lovely game to have on switch and I'm happy that this way godless heathens like milleh who may or may not be dead to me at this point got the chance to be exposed to this little gem.

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        March 17, 2017 8:47 AM

        Buying as soon as at least 2 of my kids stop crying

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          March 17, 2017 8:53 AM

          Aw :) maybe you should follow the advice of the shack and get another kid, even odds and everything and they can keep each other company. With only 3 kids its obvious one is going to feel neglected by its peers!

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      March 17, 2017 9:03 AM

      ISAAC AND GOO PURCHASED

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        March 17, 2017 9:03 AM

        yeah man let's try this!

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        March 17, 2017 9:07 AM

        I'm super curious how you guys like it. Make sure to give us some impressions.

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          March 17, 2017 9:09 AM

          Played first 3 levels with my kids (until baby started screaming), older ones were instantly interested, I love the music and art style so far and the touch controls are super tight, nice! Will try more later, thank you!

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      March 17, 2017 9:06 AM

      Woah WTF the pointer thing works great!

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        March 17, 2017 9:09 AM

        OH GAWD I love this. Gotta stop until after work ugh.

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          March 17, 2017 9:12 AM

          I'm surprised that the gyroscope works as you claim, glad to have been wrong in my expectation then.

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            March 17, 2017 9:13 AM

            Dude me too I was real skeptical but seems good so far. I'll know more after an hour of play I imagine

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              March 17, 2017 9:16 AM

              At this point I wouldn't be surprised if the Switch actually resurrected Christ in a few weeks

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            March 17, 2017 9:14 AM

            They've got 3 (maybe 4 if you count both Wii iterations) generations of this now. It should be pretty good.

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        March 17, 2017 9:09 AM

        Nice, I'm going to dock my switch for the first time tonight for this and Zelda

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          March 17, 2017 9:13 AM

          Yeah I just tried it real quick in tabletop mode. Worked awesome

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      March 17, 2017 9:08 AM

      such a great game

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      March 17, 2017 2:58 PM

      Man, sat on the couch this afternoon while glasses napped, plunked the kids in front of Netflix, and I played 2 hours straight of Zelda, Isaac, and Goo

      Soooo goooooood