Nintendo Switch Catch-All 2.0

beeporama wrote:

What are the "must have" accessories? I'm figuring a pro controller given the kind of games I'll mostly be playing, and probably the charging dock since I'll mostly be docked in TV mode. Any great love for any of the third parties, or should I stick with the Nintendo accessories?

The battery life on the Pro controller is pretty great (rated at 40 hours) - so the charging dock is very much optional. Just plug it in overnight once a week, and you're good to go.

If you plan on ever taking it out of the house, a case and a screen protector are must-haves. The screen protector should be a must-have anyway, unless the Switch isn't ever going to leave the dock.

beeporama wrote:

I just got a Switch console, almost exclusively to (re)play The World Ends With You and its coming sequel. But as long as I've got it, Astral Chain, the Bayonetta series, and the No More Heroes series are likely pickups.

What are the "must have" accessories? I'm figuring a pro controller given the kind of games I'll mostly be playing, and probably the charging dock since I'll mostly be docked in TV mode. Any great love for any of the third parties, or should I stick with the Nintendo accessories?

Any can't-miss exclusives, particularly weird indies? I don't have a ton of love for Mario or Zelda, and anything cross-platform I'm more likely to pick up for Playstation, so I don't think there's much else for me.

Welcome!

If you plan to play portable a lot you may want a Fixture S1 to go along with the pro controller. It's the very best way to play handheld. I wish I had bought one sooner.

And amfilm have fabulous screen protectors. I shattered one of the screen protectors a while back but my Switch screen was unharmed so I think it did its job.

Breath of the Wild is very different from most Zelda games. A lot more open exploration. At least read a few reviews before you dismiss it.

FTFY

Jonman wrote:

The screen protector should be a must-have anyway, even if the Switch isn't ever going to leave the dock, as the dock has been known at times to be very mean to screens.

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As for other recommendations, your games don’t overlap mine so I won’t point any out, but you should know in assessing whether Nintendo’s Pro Controller is right for you is that Nintendo believe it or not cheaped out and did NOT use the same D-Pad they have been using since NES/SNES; most Pro Controller’s have ass D-Pads more similar to XB360 D-Pads than the perfect excellent ones used for decades for perfect 2D platforming. So if you’re going to play anything like Celeste or Mega Man.....go with something else. The latest the rage controller is 8bitdo’s Pro 2.

beeporama wrote:

I don't have a ton of love for Mario or Zelda, and anything cross-platform I'm more likely to pick up for Playstation, so I don't think there's much else for me.

I'll second Tokyo Mirage Sessions if you haven't played it for WiiU. However, when it comes to Breath of the Wild, it's a different beast. I don't know if I want to suggest shelling out $60 on an unknown, but there's one area I know you and I cross over in terms of taste, and that's Final Fantasy XV.

Now, the two games are very different so it depends on what it is you like about those games, but as someone that's grown weary of open-world games, Final Fantasy XV and Breath of the Wild were the two that convinced me there's something to love in the ...rather than "game type", I'll say "approach to game world". Breath of the Wild lacks the road trip atmosphere and the camping, certainly, but it's very much about cresting that hill, examining the horizon, and saying "Ah, that looks interesting" before hopping off to explore. The combat isn't particularly deep (sort of (there's a lot of impressive things you can do with the mechanics but it's not "deep" like a Devil May Cry or Bayonetta, it's a very different sort of depth)), and the shrines are each individual, bite-sized trials to tackle rather than the lengthy dungeons of the prior games.

Basically, if you can rent it from your local library or borrow it from a friend, I'd recommend giving it a try. I know I opened this with "we both liked FFXV so maybe you'll like this", even though FFXV is itself a very different world than Breath of the Wild, but it could be a good time.

You didn't mention Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Any objection to that particular game?

Naturally I imagine a lot of us Switch owners are also playing Monster Hunter Rise these days, which has a great gameplay loop.

Keithustus wrote:

As for other recommendations, your games don’t overlap mine so I won’t point any out, but you should know in assessing whether Nintendo’s Pro Controller is right for you is that Nintendo believe it or not cheaped out and did NOT use the same D-Pad they have been using since NES/SNES; most Pro Controller’s have ass D-Pads more similar to XB360 D-Pads than the perfect excellent ones used for decades for perfect 2D platforming. So if you’re going to play anything like Celeste or Mega Man.....go with something else. The latest the rage controller is 8bitdo’s Pro 2.

Thank you! I don't think it's relevant to me, but that's just the kind of advice my fussy self was looking for.

ccesarano wrote:

I'll second Tokyo Mirage Sessions if you haven't played it for WiiU. However, when it comes to Breath of the Wild, it's a different beast...

You didn't mention Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Any objection to that particular game?

Thanks for the recommendations, to you and Aeazel! Tokyo Mirage Sessions looks worth checking out.

I really love well-done exploration, but having weapons that break down is a weird kind of dealkiller for me regarding Breath of the Wild. And I have to admit, the faux road trip atmosphere of FF XV is a big part of the appeal. As much as I'd like to think I'm all about gameplay, I'm honestly most drawn to story and atmosphere (and music/sound design), which the Zelda series never evolved much on.

I don't think I'm opposed to Fire Emblem (I understand this one doesn't have the permadeath that marked the series in the past?), but it isn't typical of my tastes, so I didn't mention it. If I can get it cheap, I will.

I just bought a Switch Lite as a backup to my regular Switch (also, so I can just leave the regular one docked forever/until I want to play Ring Fit.)

It's a nice little handheld. Feels great. Wish there were more color options, but the yellow pops in a nice way. I can see myself playing this handheld much more than the OG Switch.

beeporama wrote:

I really love well-done exploration, but having weapons that break down is a weird kind of dealkiller for me regarding Breath of the Wild. And I have to admit, the faux road trip atmosphere of FF XV is a big part of the appeal. As much as I'd like to think I'm all about gameplay, I'm honestly most drawn to story and atmosphere (and music/sound design), which the Zelda series never evolved much on.

I would not let the weapon degradation thing stop you from giving it a shot. It bothered the Hell out of me at first but I ended up really liking it after a while.

The part about story being important to you could be a deal breaker, though. I didn't feel it had much story. See if you can borrow it from someone and get out of the starting area for a few hours to see if it's your bag.

-BEP

bepnewt wrote:

I would not let the weapon degradation thing stop you from giving it a shot. It bothered the Hell out of me at first but I ended up really liking it after a while.

My experience with the weapon degradation is that at almost EVERY point in the game I had an entirely full inventory of weapons waiting for the one I was using to break. It's really not a big deal - the game throws weapons at you like candy.

I bought a Bluetooth headphone adapter from Genki for my Switch and it’s nice being cordless.

Works when docked and in handheld mode. Supports charging pass through, and multiple headsets at once. Comes with an adapter for docked mode, too.

They make two: default (tall, two headsets, can charge or dock) and “lite” (short, one headset, can’t charge or dock)

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Jonman wrote:
bepnewt wrote:

I would not let the weapon degradation thing stop you from giving it a shot. It bothered the Hell out of me at first but I ended up really liking it after a while.

My experience with the weapon degradation is that at almost EVERY point in the game I had an entirely full inventory of weapons waiting for the one I was using to break. It's really not a big deal - the game throws weapons at you like candy.

That's been my experience through two full playthroughs. It's a little rough in the early game before you unlock more slots, and you have to break yourself of the "Final Fantasy elixir" mentality of saving your "good" weapons for a clutch moment that never actually comes, but it's totally manageable.

hbi2k wrote:
Jonman wrote:
bepnewt wrote:

I would not let the weapon degradation thing stop you from giving it a shot. It bothered the Hell out of me at first but I ended up really liking it after a while.

My experience with the weapon degradation is that at almost EVERY point in the game I had an entirely full inventory of weapons waiting for the one I was using to break. It's really not a big deal - the game throws weapons at you like candy.

That's been my experience through two full playthroughs. It's a little rough in the early game before you unlock more slots, and you have to break yourself of the "Final Fantasy elixir" mentality of saving your "good" weapons for a clutch moment that never actually comes, but it's totally manageable.

That's one of the biggest things. You definitely have to re-train your gamer brain.

hbi2k wrote:
Jonman wrote:
bepnewt wrote:

I would not let the weapon degradation thing stop you from giving it a shot. It bothered the Hell out of me at first but I ended up really liking it after a while.

My experience with the weapon degradation is that at almost EVERY point in the game I had an entirely full inventory of weapons waiting for the one I was using to break. It's really not a big deal - the game throws weapons at you like candy.

That's been my experience through two full playthroughs. It's a little rough in the early game before you unlock more slots, and you have to break yourself of the "Final Fantasy elixir" mentality of saving your "good" weapons for a clutch moment that never actually comes, but it's totally manageable.

Yup. It was actually kind of cool when a weapon broke because I got to open my toy box and pick what to play with next.

And if you have any amiibo, weapons for days. No problem.

beeporama wrote:

Any can't-miss exclusives, particularly weird indies? I don't have a ton of love for Mario or Zelda, and anything cross-platform I'm more likely to pick up for Playstation, so I don't think there's much else for me.

Hades will likely come to Playstation at some point, but it's not there yet. That's an easy Switch recommendation if you're at all open to roguelite gameplay.

As much as I'd like to think I'm all about gameplay, I'm honestly most drawn to story and atmosphere (and music/sound design)

It also fits these criteria very well

Another oldie but goodie that I like to recommend if you have a nearby co-op companion is Snipperclips.

And I second the recommendation for the Fixture S1 if you pick up a pro controller. I don't think I've touched my joycons since I got it.

More Switch Pro rumors, this time from Nikkei.

There's really nothing to it, but figured I'd bump this thread again.

garion333 wrote:

More Switch Pro rumors, this time from Nikkei.

There's really nothing to it, but figured I'd bump this thread again.

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I'd be a lot more interested in a Switch Pro if Nintendo's release calendar had more to offer. Not really hyped to buy a Switch Pro to play Miitopia or a port of the worst 3D Zelda.

There are so many good games coming to Switch all the time, I don’t understand why you’d limit yourself to only Nintendo developed titles.

garion333 wrote:

More Switch Pro rumors, this time from Nikkei.

There's really nothing to it, but figured I'd bump this thread again.

I'm honestly hoping it's true. The fan in my Switch is acting up and I have to buy a specialty screwdriver if I'm going to pop the back open and hope all I gotta do is clean some dust out of this thing. I don't feel like having to buy a replacement fan or something, or taking the lazy route and buying a plain ol' replacement Switch. A new model I could upgrade to would be preferable.

So it's basically Nintendo's take on Scratch? As a software engineer, I'm not particularly interested in it, but all three of my kids did a semester of Scratch and code.org in middle school, and this might be extremely interesting for them. Definitely something to keep an eye on. I hope it allows sharing of creations online, a la Mario Maker.

Cool. Clearly what the Labo folks have been doing. My eldest might like it, or find it too limiting as he's seen plenty of these programming things in his life by now, which is an awesome thing to say.

Blind_Evil wrote:

There are so many good games coming to Switch all the time, I don’t understand why you’d limit yourself to only Nintendo developed titles.

Because almost everything else, I'm going to play on PC instead.

The Game Builder Garage site points out you can use a compatible USB mouse when the switch is docked. Excuse me? When did USB mice become a thing with the Switch?

*Legion* wrote:
Blind_Evil wrote:

There are so many good games coming to Switch all the time, I don’t understand why you’d limit yourself to only Nintendo developed titles.

Because almost everything else, I'm going to play on PC instead.

My issue is that so many of the titles that I would have played on the switch I already own on PC or they have gone to bargain bin prices on the PC (or Game pass). I can't justify paying the 5x the cost. I did it with Dead Cells but that was the exception.

EvilDead wrote:
*Legion* wrote:
Blind_Evil wrote:

There are so many good games coming to Switch all the time, I don’t understand why you’d limit yourself to only Nintendo developed titles.

Because almost everything else, I'm going to play on PC instead.

My issue is that so many of the titles that I would have played on the switch I already own on PC or they have gone to bargain bin prices on the PC (or Game pass). I can't justify paying the 5x the cost. I did it with Dead Cells but that was the exception.

Yeah, this. My Switch is nearly an exclusive-only machine because it makes no financial sense to do otherwise.

My desktop PC isn't portable. That's the financial motivator. It's hard to justify a double dip, although I did for Dead Cells. But games like Slay The Spire I just waited the 6 months for Switch release. It's not like I was missing out on multiplayer and I've got hundreds of games in the pile.

Jonman wrote:
EvilDead wrote:
*Legion* wrote:
Blind_Evil wrote:

There are so many good games coming to Switch all the time, I don’t understand why you’d limit yourself to only Nintendo developed titles.

Because almost everything else, I'm going to play on PC instead.

My issue is that so many of the titles that I would have played on the switch I already own on PC or they have gone to bargain bin prices on the PC (or Game pass). I can't justify paying the 5x the cost. I did it with Dead Cells but that was the exception.

Yeah, this. My Switch is nearly an exclusive-only machine because it makes no financial sense to do otherwise.

Yeah y’all should buy new Switches then

Comfort games (Binding of Isaac, Slay the Spire etc.) I wait for on Switch, because I know I'll love having the ability to play them wherever, and not tethered to the TV.