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I'm a hack amateur on the home audio front, but I've sunk a stupid amount of time (and money) into my main hobby - video games. 😜

 

A couple of years ago, I got into the Nintendo Switch and, well, I've never looked back. Wondering if there are any Switch gamers lurking here? It's such a fantastic console - completely encapsulating old-skool gaming fun for me.

 

(Talking of old-skool... prior to the Switch, I'd amassed a collection of ~160 retro consoles but found the upkeep and maintenance too much...and pensioned most of them off 😥)  

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My daughter who just turned 23 and has a Degree in Games Design is trying to convince me to buy her one as a delayed birthday present...…  I'd aleady bought her a Sony PS4 Pro because she used that excuse as R & D to get her Degree.....  I don't think she can use the same excuse as getting into the industry as a paid designer is not that easy to get into.... She's tossing between 2 casual jobs and also doing volunteer work for the local council in educating kids trying to get into the industry.

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I want to be a Switch owner, but am being tight until tax time.

 

Actually keen on getting my daughter into games (good parenting right there).

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14 hours ago, OzDJ said:

A couple of years ago, I got into the Nintendo Switch and, well, I've never looked back. Wondering if there are any Switch gamers lurking here?

Hiya, my then 12 yo saved up and bought the Switch. I agree, it is a beautiful portable gaming system and it reminded me of the first mini tape recorder/music players that Sony produced a long time ago. I think it was OK for reliability considering how the joy sticks slide onto the sides and the screen resolution was also nice. Did you feel a but coming... There was so much competing for everyone's family time that something had to give. You know, a nice phone device that has games and a pretty good camera for hobbyist, an Alien Area 51 PC with upgrades that make it a fabulous gaming machine, and then there are the Microsoft Surface and Laptops for their schooling. The great thing was that it was really easy to sell and feel we had a great experience. Just wonder if it is a format that can work in the modern day. Probably, especially if more than one family hook up. I have one reservation and that is how the games are setup. They are so expensive and maybe with a better business model we would have invested in more games and the Switch would have had more use. I noticed with the PC gaming model, now Steam and Origin streamed services, my lads want a new game every couple of months. Nintendo need to switch to a streaming type model for their console to really happen. Do you feel that way about the game side of things OzDJ?

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9 hours ago, thathifiguy said:

I want to be a Switch owner, but am being tight until tax time.

Actually keen on getting my daughter into games (good parenting right there).

Keep an eye on OzBargain.com.au and get ready to pounce when the killer deal pops up. 

 

And there's nothing wrong with gaming, of course. Great parenting indeed! 😉

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8 hours ago, BrettBR said:

Hiya, my then 12 yo saved up and bought the Switch. I agree, it is a beautiful portable gaming system and it reminded me of the first mini tape recorder/music players that Sony produced a long time ago....

I know exactly what you mean! I suspect we might be of a similar vintage. 

 

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Just wonder if it is a format that can work in the modern day. Probably, especially if more than one family hook up. I have one reservation and that is how the games are setup. They are so expensive and maybe with a better business model we would have invested in more games and the Switch would have had more use.

You're certainly not the first person to have lamented the price of the software. Indeed, sometimes you'll see reference to the "Switch Tax" when a game on PS4 or XBox One ends up being 25%+ more expensive on the Switch.  True to their 8bit and 16bit roots, Nintendo went with 'carts' (for portability and reliability reasons) and those solid state memory units have a unit cost orders of magnitude larger than a BluRay disc equivalent. 50GB BluRay disc cost ex-factory USD0.62 vs USD3.10 for the smallest 1GB Macronix HybridFlash card. 

 

That said, there are literally thousands of games you can buy for the Switch now and even quality 3rd party titles can be found for under $10 on the eShop or under $20 secondhand. Nintendo rarely discount their first party releases as they maintain a view that quality should cost more. Look at what first party Wii U games still sell for. Egads!

 

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I noticed with the PC gaming model, now Steam and Origin streamed services, my lads want a new game every couple of months. Nintendo need to switch to a streaming type model for their console to really happen. Do you feel that way about the game side of things OzDJ?

I'm old-skool mate. I want to have my games in my hand and know that they can't be arbitrarily taken from me by a company flicking a DRM switch. 😉

 

And I can't see Nintendo going down this streaming service path any time soon, unless it's for older titles via the virtual console functionality under Nintendo Online. 

 

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I've owned a Switch for nearly a couple of years now and I reckon it's a pretty good console. I originally played Mario Odyssey and Mario Rabbids Kingdom quite a bit until I finished them, but play the console a lot less nowadays. It can go months without being used - it's more a time restraint for me than anything to do with the console.

On flights and trips away it's great, I generally save Zelda for those times. Most recent game purchase was Mario Party, which is great for the kids.

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On 12/06/2019 at 12:01 PM, Eli said:

I've owned a Switch for nearly a couple of years now and I reckon it's a pretty good console. I originally played Mario Odyssey and Mario Rabbids Kingdom quite a bit until I finished them,...

Two classics on this platform...have no doubt! 😃

 

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but play the console a lot less nowadays. It can go months without being used - it's more a time restraint for me than anything to do with the console.

I'm hearing you. I have around 450 games and I've managed to get started on less than 20 of them. 😫 

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The Switch is great, hanging out for Virtua Racing, Luigi's Mansion and the new Zelda.

Loving Senua at the moment, I think Nintendo's focus on gameplay rather than graphics is a good call.

But with all the streaming service announcements at E3, it might be time to adapt.

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21 hours ago, Michael_B said:

The Switch is great, hanging out for Virtua Racing.

Oooh! Another vote for a local Virtua Racing release. So much multiplayer goodness! 😃

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Very happy switch owner here.  I think its a fantastic console and unique design. 

 

Zelda is astonishing.  And Smash Bros is absolutely hilarious.  

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Me too, it's great console. I also have a PS4 pro and Xbox 1S. So aswell as HiFi I am a gamer.

Looking forward to the New Zelda and BoTW was amazing. Also looking to...
 

 

 

 

 

 

And if you haven't played it already and want some more Zelda like action that is a bit more adult then this is a must!
 

 

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On 11/06/2019 at 10:44 AM, thathifiguy said:

I want to be a Switch owner, but am being tight until tax time.

 

Actually keen on getting my daughter into games (good parenting right there). 

While we're on the topic of parenting, the Switch has a great app where full parental control can be accessed remotely. This includes push notifications, play time limits, content restrictions and logs etc.

If a parent was to consider a gaming console for a younger child, the Switch is likely the most parent friendly.

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I have a Switch too! I'm really enjoying it, it was great when i was living in a caravan to be able to have a console-like experience in a handheld

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In principle, the travel platform is not bad, but there are quite a few games that I like. Yes, and they are relatively expensive in cost. Although the game console is very convenient for surfing the Internet and bitcoin gambling sites in particular

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I have loved having the switch for travelling. With another trip coming up i'm not sure what game to get next with it most likely being Astral Chain.

 

I put hours into Guacamelee and Road Rash.

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Has anyone had issues with Joy Con drifting?

 

I have reconfigured the controllers but it is still happening.

 

Tossing up whether to sending them in to be fixed which I have read is for free or just get a new set.

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I have a Switch, got mine end of 2017 and I really do adore it. I'm mainly a Playstation guy though so any other system

(I have many) are usually on the backburner in favour of my PS4. Recently though I've been getting reaquainted with my Switch, since getting Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze on it. I actually own it twice, having bought it for the Wii U.

To me it plays much better on the Switch though.

It's not as tight controlling as a Mario platformer and it has a higher degree of difficulty but it is still a lot of fun.

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Play switch with kids are fun. 

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Switch is awesome. I got mine on launch. First console I've ever bought on launch day. So much fun.

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Has anyone here tried to play online multiplayer games on the Switch (e.g. Rocket League, Smash Brothers, Overwatch)? What do you think?

 

On 15/07/2019 at 11:10 AM, Farpun said:

I have a Switch too! I'm really enjoying it, it was great when i was living in a caravan to be able to have a console-like experience in a handheld

What games do you play? Do you just play single player or get online with it?

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