The Switch is Almost HERE! Not long now until you pick up the new addition to your Nintendo family, I mean collection.
Now, hold your horses! Before you grab your console on Friday I have prepared this post about some information about the new console, and some things you might want to consider before you get knee deep in Nintendo’s latest hybrid gaming machine.
What’s In The Box?
The Nintendo Switch console will come with the following: The Switch Console, The Console Dock, AC Adapter, HDMI Cable, Two Joy-Con Controllers, Joy-Con Grip and two wrist straps. There are two “consoles” available; the Grey Console and the Neon Console (which has the Blue and Red Joy-Cons).
Ways to Play
“Switch” it up! There are three ways of playing this awesome new toy. You can do the usual; plug and play to a TV and attach the Joy-Cons to the grip for a traditional controller experience. Give a Joy-Con controller to your friend and you can play multi-player! Each controller is designed to operate as a separate controller during play on selected titles. Or, you can take the switch out of the dock and take it with you! By attaching the JoyCons to the side of the “tablet” here is your “on the go” portable gaming device with the capabilities of a at home console. Taa-daa! So versatile…
There are only a handful of games coming out at launch. These games include; 1 2 Switch, Skylanders Imaginators Starter Pack, Super Bomberman R, Just Dance 2017 and of course The Legend of Zelda; Breath of the Wild.
While I believe that Nintendo wanted to launch this console with the hype of Zelda (and probably vice versa) it seems like they are missing some serious titles which could blow this launch out of the water. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, for example. This is the one game (aside from Zelda) that I am really excited for — and it’s not available until April. The END of April! I mean, Mario Kart 8 for WiiU has been out for years, howwwww? I am just confused… Anyway. I’ll be picking up Super Bomberman R and 1 2 Switch for some good old fashioned family fun.
The most exciting part is the partnership with Third Party Contributors for this new console generation. While I thought the WiiU was a great console, the released titles were repetitive and severely lacking. With the addition of these developers, here’s hoping for a lot more titles and playtime than the WiiU ever had.
Other titles that are on their way: Splatoon 2 (Q3 2017), Arms (q2 2017), Lego City Undercover (07APR17), PuyoPuyo Tetris (28APR17), Yooka-Laylee (TBA), Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (TBA 2017), Super Mario Odyssey (Q4 2017)
Please, please. For the love of Nintendo. Make sure you research your titles and your controllers and make sure you have enough Joy-Cons at the ready for the whole family. Even though Nintendo have changed the controllers to be more accessible for multi-player where you can simply split the joy-cons and share them, please remember that this might not be the case for all titles on the Switch. I know Nintendo (from a retail POV) and TRUST ME when I say “grab an extra pair of Joy-Cons at launch if you think you’ll need them later”, because, I can foresee a shortage on the horizon.
Keeping in mind that this is a “touch screen tablet” console where you can literally take it out of your home, you might want to consider some extra accessories if you decide to take your switch on the go. Screen Protectors, Hard and Soft Cases, Portable Chargers, etc… There are lots of different accessories and gadgets available from Day 1 which might become a bit tricky to get your hands on first.
General Tips and Tricks for New Consoles
Here are my tips for first time console owners, or things to remember when you first set up a new console. (May or not be relevant to the Switch, but I thought it might be good to keep in mind.)
Give your Switch the best charge of its LIFE! Your Little Switchy has been patiently waiting — boxed, shipped, sitting in the storeroom and then on the shelf. Once you take him home and set him up, I would recommend giving him, what I like to call a “Boost Charge”. Plug him in to the power. Charge until the light goes off, and then unplug it just for a minute. One. Whole. Minute. Then plug him back in again! The light will (should) come back on… it wont take long for it to go off again. But this will make sure the battery is full and will wake up Little Switchy for much better and stronger battery life.
Update it as soon as you can. This will allow the system to be ready and up to date, in case some errors were found during testing after production. It will make for a more pleasurable experience.
If you experience any issues, please have patience. There is usually a “teething” period when new consoles launch, so please don’t get on the phone to Nintendo or the retailer who sold you the console… chances are there are more people having the same issues. First things first — Check online, google your problem, try turning it off and on again, update your system, etc. If all else fails, wait it out. It will be fixed in good time. 🙂
Sea Of Solitude Review
Sea Of Solitude is a game which was developed by Jo-Mei Games and was published by Electronic Arts. It is available on PS4, Xbox One and PC via Origin. It is a single player third person adventure game. The game has the player control a character named Kay who explores an abandoned and flooded city.
This was a game which caught my eye only very recently when I first heard about its release. After watching the trailer, I thought the art style, strong colours and animations looked very interesting. Also as a person who went mad one day and subscribed to EA’s Origin Premiere late last year so that I could play some games I had missed out on over the years, I was pleased to see something new added to the store that wasn’t a typical Electronic Arts style major franchise game. Knowing I could get this one for free was enough to give it a go. But if you’re not part of that program to get it for free, I’d say that the $26.95 asking price for this digital title is certainly worth it.
The game isn’t too long, most hardened gamers will probably be able to finish this one in a single session, which I actually managed to do yesterday morning. I didn’t time myself, but I’d say to expect about 3 or so hours out of it, a bit more if you look around for collectables.
On the surface, Sea Of Solitude is about a young girl named Kay, who is searching through a city, which is for some reason flooded. You start the game all alone on a tiny boat, way out at sea on the water. You make your way to the city, where you find a monster clad in darkness is blocking your path. Through exploration and activating certain things, Kay brings light to an otherwise dark city.
Underneath the main plot though, is a game with strong messages and themes related to loneliness and relationships. Kay as a character is someone who has become lonely, isolated and quite depressed after issues with her family and her boyfriend. The game sends the player on a journey to free Kay and other characters from suffering from the effects of loneliness and related themes. What I didn’t expect this weekend, was to play a game which seemed to have the objective of tackling these mental health issues in this way and I never expected to play something this weekend from the gaming genre with such deep meaning to it.
In many ways, Sea Of Solitude reminded me of my experience with Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice which was also a game that focused on mental health issues and is still a game I hold in very high regard. Both of these games were experiences that I could not put down once I started playing as I just had to find out what was going to happen with my character. Games tackling these mental health themes and the issues involved are quite rare in this medium, so when an experience like this does come along, it’s very unique and interesting. The difference between Sea Of Solitude and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is that Sea of Solitude is a little lighter in tone and not the intense gruelling experience that Senua’s was. This makes a player’s time with Sea Of Solitude one that is peaceful to experience.
The art style in Sea Of Solitude is something I enjoyed looking at. The animations are very rounded, colours stand out on the screen and the use of blacks in contrast with visibly bright blues, whites and orange was what I loved the most. The music and also the voice acting, was soft and did fit in well with the tone of the game’s themes and art style. All together, visuals and audios seemed to be just right.
The gameplay in Sea Of Solitude is something I’d say is probably a little simple. It’s essentially a platforming game where you will jump, swim, drive a boat and shoot flares onto enemies. There aren’t any button combinations to learn or any level up systems. The game is accessible to people of most ages and even to people new to gaming could easily pick this one up and get through it.
Overall coming out of playing Sea Of Solitude, I was filled with positivity and happiness. The story is quite heavy when playing through it, but very warm in the end. The art style and animations are nice to see and the sound and voice acting was just right. I do like to see that the games industry can use the medium to tackle such heavy topics and release games like this which show how well this medium can tell a story and provide its audience with something of great meaning. I’m happy to recommend Sea Of Solitude for your gaming collection.
Stuber is a film which comes directed by Michael Dowse and stars Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani and Betty Gilpin. The film is an action comedy adventure about an Uber driver and a policeman who go on a wild ride together.
Going in to see Stuber I didn’t really know where to set my expectations. Knowing only that the film was a comedy, meant I went in for the lols and didn’t expect all that much from the story. But coming out of the film, I’m sorry to say, but it’s not really that great.
The film starts off okay and the opening scene features both Vic (Dave Bautista) and Sara (Karen Gillan) engaged in a dangerous shootout with some bad guys. Both are seriously injured and Vic loses his eyesight, which means he gets some urgent surgery. His eyes need time go recover, but as soon he’s able to walk he calls for an Uber and continues on with his police business, which is catching the bad guys who got away in the opening scene. This is where Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) comes in and the journey between this awkward duo begins.
I wish I could say that it was all good once the Uber ride began but it wasn’t. The film is only really mildly funny. Dave Bautista who I do really like in action films really isn’t great at comedy. Kumail Nanjiani basically was just screaming and yelling the whole time and talking about his Uber rating and reviews. I admit I did find some of the bad reviews he got from his previous customers in the film funny when they were shown, but that’s about it. Some of the jokes were also drawn out way too long. Dave Bautista’s character being blind was kind of funny in the first minute when you saw him trying to walk around without being able to see. But it’s only funny once and they did this joke over and over again almost all the way until the end!
In addition to this, for quite a bit of the film, I wondered if this was some sort of product placement or advertisement for Uber. There were so many mentions of Uber, Uber reviews and the difference between Uber products and services. What are we paying to watch here? Who cares about Uber!?
In the end I would suggest avoiding Stuber at the cinema this week and choosing literally any other film currently showing. After leaving this I instantly thought that Stuber needs to be on my list of worst movies of 2019 which I created just after seeing this and that says a lot because I was not compelled to make one after seeing X:Men Dark Phoenix.
The Biggest Album Debuts of 2019: Updated Chart
The Biggest Album Debuts of 2019 – Billboard has been publishing a list of the most popular albums in America every week since March 1956. They include the “equivalent album units” for the albums in the top ten. What’s not included is a way to view the biggest debuts for each year.
For anyone else who is curious, here is a chart that ranks the biggest album debuts of 2019.
- This only covers first-week album sales in America that debuted in the top ten on the Billboard 200 chart
- EPs are included in this list
- “Equivalent album units” factor in traditional album sales, concert ticket/merch bundles and streaming numbers
|Artist||Album||First Week “Units”|
|Jonas Brothers||Happiness Begins||414,000|
|Ariana Grande||Thank U, Next||360,000|
|Billie Eilish||When We All Fall Asleep||313,000|
|BTS||Map of the Soul: Persona||230,000|
Tyler, the Creator
|Death Race for Love|
|165,000 (1) (2)|
|Vampire Weekend||Father of the Bride||138,000|
|DJ Khaled||Father of Asahd||137,000|
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