Hey friends. Mr. Krystal here with a personal quick heads up for anyone planning to attend Nightmare Nights, the Dallas Brony Con, this weekend. I will be there! I plan to cosplay Friday and Saturday. I'll be the one with the HUGE smile. You'll know what I'm talking about when you see me. If you see me, stop by and say hello! I love talking to site readers.
This also means my response to comments and emails will be even more delayed than usual. Thanks for the understanding.
The official title is "Nintendo Switch". It is re-confirmed for a March 2017 release. It's a combination home console and portable device with detachable controllers, standard controllers, and a detachable screen. It has a home dock and a openable stand to allow the console's detachable screen to stand on its own while the controllers are used separately. The detachable controllers can be used individually without being attached to the screen or the detachable controller dock controller. The Nintendo Switch appears to use memory cartridges (a la the 3DS) for storing games. Many of the rumors were spot-on. Games shown playable on the system include:
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- What appears to be Bethesda's Skyrim
- A New Mario Kart
- A Basketball game
- A 3D Mario platformer (looks similar to Super Mario 3D World's platforming)
- Splatoon (probably a port from the Wii U)
According to PR Emails (GoNintendo posts: 1, 2), the detachable controllers are each called a "Joy-Con". The controller dock for the Joy-Con controllers to make them like a traditional controller is called a "Joy-Con Grip". The traditional controller with non-detachable parts is called a "Nintendo Switch Pro Controller". The portable display is described as "bright" (presumably suitable for outdoor usage) and that it is "high-definition", which means 720p (1280×720 pixels per frame) at minimum. The focus (or gimmick, if you will) of the console is to allow many different modes of gameplay, from traditional couch-surfing to outside groupings.
The partners listed supporting the Nintendo Switch with software support include:
- 505 Games
- Activision Publishing, Inc.
- ARC SYSTEM WORKS Co., Ltd.
- ATLUS CO., LTD.
- Audiokinetic Inc.
- Autodesk, Inc.
- BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
- CAPCOM CO., LTD.
- CRI Middleware Co., Ltd.
- DeNA Co., Ltd.
- Electronic Arts
- Epic Games Inc.
- Firelight Technologies
- FromSoftware, Inc.
- GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE INC．
- Gungho Online Entertainment, Inc.
- HAMSTER Corporation
- INTI CREATES CO., LTD.
- KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD.
- Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
- LEVEL-5 Inc.
- Marvelous Inc.
- Maximum Games, LLC
- Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.
- Parity Bit Inc.
- PlatinumGames Inc.
- RAD Game Tools, Inc.
- RecoChoku Co., Ltd.
- SEGA Games Co., Ltd.
- Silicon Studio Corporation
- Spike Chunsoft Co., Ltd.
- SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.
- Starbreeze Studios
- Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
- Telltale Games
- THQ Nordic
- Tokyo RPG Factory Co., Ltd.
- TT Games
- Ubitus Inc.
- Unity Technologies, Inc.
- Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
- Web Technology Corp
The Nintendo Switch is powered by a custom Nvidia Tegra chip, providing powerful graphics performance at low power. Not much in the way of specific specs are given, but they talk about how much this is a custom chip specifically for the Nintendo Switch, rather than this being a generic portable graphics chip (as is the standard Tegra and Tegra 2). Even the low level software, physics accelerators, streaming, and audio processing software for this chip is custom-made. More at Nvidia's blog.
Just an hour ago, Nintendo announced via Twitter and Facebook that there will be a special presentation about the Nintendo NX on Thursday, October 20th at 7am PT/10am ET. The reveal will come in the form of a 3 minute trailer, possibly followed by further broadcasted data.
We know very little about the expected format. They will talk about the NX, but what about it? Will they only talk about one aspect of the hardware (as the Wii Remote teaser video did at the 2005 Tokyo Game Show). Will new games be shown? 3 minutes seems like an awfully short time to get a full rundown of the system, so I expect that they just want to give a general idea of the power and it's unique selling point, but won't go into actual specs or specific games. The Nintendo of Japan twitter post indicates the video will mostly be about whatever the NX's revolutionary concept happens to be.
At this point, I don't even know where exactly the trailer will be. But here are the likely locations:
I will be there to watch it, whatever it is, in real time tomorrow. I hope to see you there too and talk about it here afterwards.
Illustrator Abby Davis is creating a Star Fox Adventures comic book and is looking for your support. The prologue chapters have already begun appearing on the Tumblr blog, including what looks (to me anyway) like a very distressed Krystal after recently crashing on Sauria. The comic is going to be a serious take on the game, so watch out for some moderately dark scenes. Comic pages are posted every Friday, as long as nothing goes awry.
Abby is doing this as a side project, and would like to get more funding. Check out Abby's Patreon page, which provides sneak peeks and behind-the-scenes resources for those who help out funding the comic.
Thanks to Lily for the heads up.
A very silly and quirky animation by ToastyKong has appeared on YouTube. Krystal even makes an appearance. Wait for it...
Thanks to LucasJG1994 for the heads up.
In inostupid's video, it looks like he takes the Smash Bros. Krystal trophy and translates it into colored Minecraft blocks.
Thanks to earth being for the heads up.
OxygenImpulse's Zyn has posted her Etsy listing for the Krystal Charm that I commissioned a few months ago. It looks like she went all out and provided lots of different options. You can get an Adventures, Assault, or Command Krystal. Each can have an optional Staff and/or optional magnetic stand.
The Adventure Krystal charm has the bikini and loincloth look of Star Fox Adventures. The Assault Krystal is the jumpsuit and boots look of Star Fox Assault. She also has a Star Fox Command Krystal available.
Krystal's tail dangles on a loop in all versions. The head has a loop so it can be used as a necklace (using the included free necklace chain with lobster clasp) or other things. The Stand is magnetic to correspond to the magnets in Krystal's feet, so the charm will stand up with no support. Zyn can probably customize orders further by request, such as making a version without the top loop. Each charm is about 2.5 inches tall (6.4 cm). These are all hand-painted, so yours may look slightly different.
Would you like one? Go to the Etsy listing by Zyn and purchase one! The different options have different price points, which are higher than expected due to the complexity of painting them. Zyn informs me that she can do installment plans if necessary.
- $85.00 - Adventure Krystal
- $95.00 - Adventure Krystal with Staff
- $105.00 - Adventure Krystal with Staff and Stand
- $70.00 - Assault Krystal
- $80.00 - Assault Krystal with Staff
- $90.00 - Assault Krystal with Staff and Stand
- $75.00 - Command Krystal
- $85.00 - Command Krystal with Staff
- $95.00 - Command Krystal with Staff and Stand
Falemirous has already received his. He got an Assault Krystal with the Staff and the magnetic stand. The last two photos in the gallery below are from him.
We had previously posted about Ayano's celebratory photoshoot to commemorate Star Fox Command's 10th Anniversary using photos from her Twitter feed. Ayano sent along OVER 100 PHOTOS from the shoot. These were selected from among over 1000 photos she took during the photoshoot. She tells me that Mr. Dylan Cuthbert and the Q-Games staff liked her photos.
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Ayano sends this quick demo video showing off the newly updated gatling gun prop with new lighting on the muzzle in addition to the spinning barrel.
Ayano sends this quick demo video showing off the newly fixed Krystal Staff with new lighting on the end.