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Richard Kain

Member Since 02 Aug 2007
Offline Last Active Jan 20 2017 11:55 PM

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In Topic: Switch Questions

20 January 2017 - 05:19 PM

Well i read a report yesterday that Nintendo has officially announced that Zelda will be the last Wii U release title. They were also asked about bc and as of now there will be none other than however the eshop purchases will work.


Both of these things are extremely likely. Nintendo will likely have no more first-party titles on the Wii U. There's no reason to doubt that statement. There may be additional 3rd party games, but I wouldn't expect much. With the console holder themselves bailing, it is unlikely that 3rd party developers and publishers will hang around afterwards. Zelda Wii U may not be the LAST title released for the Wii U, but it is going to be close.


And backwards compatibility for the Wii U on the Switch is not impossible, but extremely unlikely. The Wii U, with it's streaming video between the tablet and console, was a much more esoteric design than what the Switch is proposing. It would not be possible to provide proper backwards compatible support to the Switch without additional hardware, and that's just not happening with the Wii U's miniscule user base. There aren't enough current Wii U customers to make it worth the trouble.

In Topic: Raspberry/Retro Pi

20 January 2017 - 05:12 PM

Just dont try to play any saturn games, those arent even playable on a modern desktop

Well, yeah! The Saturn has always been an emulation nightmare, and is still one of the most difficult legacy consoles to enjoy. If you don't have the original hardware, you're generally out of luck. And acquiring some of the peripheral requirements aren't easy.


I really liked adding a mouse/keyboard to my RetroPie, and running Scummvm. It's a convenient way to enjoy some classic point-and-click adventures on a big screen. It's good to hear the power on the Raspberry Pi 3 is so robust. On the 2 I would have occasional issues with some SNES titles and settings. I don't often even bother trying to run N64 titles, as my retro setups frequently don't include an analog stick. Trying to play the N64 without an analog stick is just a bad time.

In Topic: Raspberry/Retro Pi

19 January 2017 - 10:50 PM

RetroPie is a fairly nice package. It includes the RetroArch emulator/front-end with a fairly nice skin to it. If your objective is playing some older emulated titles, it will pretty much do you proud. And a Raspberry Pi 3 should have all the power you need for most of the available emulators. You might start to see some performance hitching once you get into the PS1-era consoles. But I've tested RetroPie on a Raspberry Pi 2 and had great performance for Sega CD titles. Anything prior to that should run great.


When you refer to "setups and ideas" I'm assuming that you mean the physical application. RetroPie itself handles most of the software side of things. For a physical setup, I would say either make a custom console, or rig up your own mini-arcade. I made a custom console for my brother a year ago, and had a lot of fun doing it. I was able to rig up LED-buttons for the power, reset, and blue-tooth setup. It took a little bit of coding to pull off, but it was all in Python so it wasn't that difficult. Wiring them up to the GPIO pins was nifty.


If you are a bit more ambitious, you could create a custom arcade setup, with the arcade controls wired directly into the GPIO pins. This takes a little more doing, but is entirely possible.

In Topic: Switch Questions

19 January 2017 - 08:52 PM

Early adoption on the Switch is for Nintendo enthusiasts with plenty of disposable income. It could also be for lapsed gamers looking to get a convenient console that fits their lifestyle, but we have yet to see if that demographic pans out.


It is not an easy sell to your average CAG. Few systems are at launch, but the Switch is out-there enough to represent a fairly substantial risk. It could be great and do well. It could also fail to find an audience and tank hard.


Either way, it is not an easy recommendation for anyone looking to save money. The Wii U was not a popular/successful system, but it still represents far less risk than the Switch. It has an existing library of games that are now available for a reasonable price. If you already have a Wii U, you can easily get your Nintendo fix on that platform for less money.


Also, Nintendo's history of handling digital/Virtual Console games across different platforms is bad. Games tend to be tied to specific hardware, and can't always be transferred to new hardware. Even when they can the process is a pain. It is entirely possible that many/all of the digital games you have on the Wii/Wii U won't transfer to the Switch by default. If you want access to a digital Nintendo library, it's better to stick with the Wii U you currently have for the moment.


Wii U backwards compatibility for the Switch is extremely unlikely, and impossible at launch. It could theoretically be added at some point in the future, but would require hardware designed specifically for it. (an external optical drive/video streaming handler would be the needed) At this juncture, it is highly unlikely that backwards compatibility for the Wii U on the Switch will ever happen. Even EShop BC will likely never materialize, thanks to the hardware requirements. If you want to play Wii U games, then keep your Wii U.

In Topic: Nintendo Switch Revealed

19 January 2017 - 04:59 PM

but it might be that Nintendo is in fact prepping a real DS successor for 1-2 years down the road.


Think about it.  A DS system that has backwards compatibility to the Switch.  There's nothing that makes that sound crazy.


This is the first interesting idea you've proposed. It's also wrong.


Nintendo isn't going to ditch the 3DS out of hand. It would be foolhardy to do so at this juncture. But they aren't also going to go all-in on a DS successor when they are currently launching another portable system. A New-New 3DS is only possible with the utter failure of the Switch. Granted, this seems to be something you are quite keen on, and fully expecting. But as it stands this is the only scenario that could lead to another DS. Where is the GameBoy line right now? It was supplanted by a successful DS line. If the Switch has solid first-year sales, it will prevent any successor DS system from appearing.


As to my personal arrogance, I'll readily cop to that. I have a strong tendency towards a swelled ego. But you can't really blame me under the circumstances. You haven't done a single thing to refute any of what I've posted. Incoherent, unfocused rambling walls of text do not constitute an argument.


The basic hypothesis I've put forward is that the Switch will do better than the Wii U, but will likely sell less than the Wii in a similar time frame. I understand that this is a difficult position to oppose. When you actually look at it, it's a very reasonable prediction that constitutes a huge swath of outcomes. The Wii U sold only around 13 million over the course of 4+ years. The Wii sold 100+ million over roughly the same time frame. That's an 87+ million spread to cover. Not exactly an ambitious prediction. It's a safe, conservative estimate with plenty of common sense to back it up.


Your assertion that the Switch will be another Wii U, and will perform as badly or worse, baffles me. And you still haven't provided any solid reasoning to back up your claims.