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Seems entirely predictable, especially as I bought myself a Switch for almost entirely handheld use last week so it was inevitable this would be announced immediately afterwards.

 

No regrets though, I do occasionally use it on the TV and I appreciate the flexibility. This version is perfect for kids, and will become the true successor to the 3DS, finally fulfilling Iwata's strategy to have a single platform for home and portable gaming.

 

Are people really wondering why the cheaper portable-only version won't play on TVs?

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Just now, Hoodedclaw said:

Bundle this and Animal Crossing and win

No need. It's releasing alongside Links Awakening and the new Pokemon is out a few weeks later. It's going to sell crazy amounts this Christmas. 

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3 minutes ago, Stanley said:

So there's no kick stand but you can still use extra joycons I presume for local multiplayer? How do you charge them though?

 

With a third party charge stand that you buy from Amazon/Argos.

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3 minutes ago, imp said:

 

Looking into it, there's actually a few moons that are designed to be collected via motion controls. There are finnicky work arounds, but I doubt that's acceptable by Nintendo standards.

 

I don't think i explained correctly. I'll look into it, but surely the Lite will still do basic controls like gyro and being able to shake the lite for the speed boosts in SMO?

 

I can understand the ones where you move the joycons in a circle etc though.

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1 minute ago, yashiro said:

 

With a third party charge stand that you buy from Amazon/Argos.

:doh:of course. 

 

I don't know really, if it's £180 I might bite, but having to explain to my daughter that her Switch won't work on the telly might be an issue.

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2 minutes ago, Rex Grossman said:

If you have a game on a cart are the saves stored on the Switch? So if you put the cart in your Lite (same account) you'd not be able to access the saves?

Saves are stored on the switch console not the cart. I hope they get some sort of cloud saving system on the go to get round this and multiple consoles.

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1 minute ago, Flockheart said:

Saves are stored on the switch console not the cart. I hope they get some sort of cloud saving system on the go to get round this and multiple consoles.

 

That's what I thought. Switch Online does have cloud saves though. If I knew I could chop and change between devices I'd be tempted.

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9 minutes ago, Stanley said:

Yeah, seeing as it's the Switch's USP.

 

Yes this is absolutely baffling. All they would need is to sell an accessory cable "dock" like many third parties are already doing. Then you just plug into that and game using a separate controller. It's the difference between me being completely up for this, day one, inject it into my veins etc vs being completely disinterested. I've always found the switch a bit unwieldy for portable gaming and this looks like it would completely fix that. But I also play it most often on the couch, connected to a TV.

 

I don't even understand the limitation - it seems artificial, purely to differentiate the products. If this new version is capable of playing the same games in handheld mode, then it must be capable of playing them in docked mode too - it seems to have the same vents and fan setup. Just needs the video out and a beefy enough USB-C power supply surely?

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1 minute ago, Rex Grossman said:

 

That's what I thought. Switch Online does have cloud saves though. If I knew I could chop and change between devices I'd be tempted.

 

That not all games support cloud saves is absurd, given the Lite is a good choice for a second Switch. 

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I'm hoping upcoming games will have a bespoke handheld mode control scheme when needed (or just when better because some thought has gone into it - e.g utilising the touch screen for a Zelda map or inventory like Wind Waker HD), original Switch owners benefiting too. 

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I can't find any info on the actual size compared to the original Switch. From the trailer it didn't look that much smaller.

Other than the actual Dpad, there's little to tempt me so far, especially disappointed with the battery.

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30 minutes ago, Darhkwing said:

 

Everything is possible with a pad. I played practically the entire thing with a pro pad.

 

So did I, and needed the Pro Pad's motion controls for the extra high jump.

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24 minutes ago, RYAN WHITELAW said:

 

I must have missed this along with a bunch of other people. 

 

Cnet are quoting Doug Bowser as saying that.

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14 minutes ago, Rex Grossman said:

 

That's what I thought. Switch Online does have cloud saves though. If I knew I could chop and change between devices I'd be tempted.

 

Unless you want to play Animal Crossing or Splatoon 2 or Pokemon.

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10 minutes ago, TehStu said:

That not all games support cloud saves is absurd, given the Lite is a good choice for a second Switch. 

 

Not supporting free syncing of saves, or at least a way of doing it offline yourself, is absurd. I would wager a lot of people will get this and immediately want to transfer their existing saves, and be upset when they find out the only way is to pay for the online service. It's been a while since a major player released a new version of a console, without offering an easy way to transfer games / saves / data etc across, isn't it?

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