Fortnite Switch gameplay and an NFC update

Hey whoa, Fortnite is out on Switch and… I’m kinda into it??

Here’s some gameplay I recorded:

Also, the podcast isn’t dead or on hiatus or w/e. It’s just been a crazy exhausting past few weeks for me at work, we’ve been covering Solo a bunch on our Star Wars podcast, and tbh video games haven’t really been a priority. Sorry, man. But don’t worry! We’ll be back, in podcast form, next week with bunches of takes on Nintendo’s E3.

See you in the Dusty Divot,

Ryan

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Must-play Neo Geo Games on the Nintendo Switch

About four years ago I made a list of must-play Neo Geo games on the Wii Virtual Console. Since then, it’s become the most consistently accessed post on the blog. With Wii VC shutting down and Hamster continuing to release a Neo Geo game every week on Switch, it seemed like a good time to revisit the concept with Nintendo’s hybrid console in mind.

A few things to know about this list:

  1. This list is a living document. I will continue to add cool Neo Geo games to the post as they release on the Switch eshop.
  2. The port quality in the series is consistently good. No game is being left off of the list because it’s glitchy or anything. The ACA Neo Geo series has a (pretty much) universal feature set including settings for audio, video (filters, screen size, etc.), difficulty (level, continues, etc.), and region (Japanese or English version). Every game also includes online leaderboards in the form of Hi Score and Caravan modes. The games can be played in handheld, docked, or tabletop mode with the Joy Con removed. They all support screenshots, and some like Metal Slug 3 have been patched to allow for 30 second video capture. None of the games in the series offer proper online play.
  3. I love SNK and Neo Geo games. A ton. However, many of these games demand quite a bit of skill for high-level play, and that’s not me. I can tell you why Last Blade gives me chills everytime I play it, but I can’t break down the fighting mechanics and systems at play. So in the interest of giving a more complete picture in addition to my thoughts, I included links for “further reading” about the games chosen in the list.
  4. I tried to limit the number of entries from a single series. For example, while I think there is an argument to be made for every Metal Slug game to be on this list, I only included one, because that’s my favorite one. This was especially challenging with the King of Fighters series, but such is life.
  5. Attn World Heroes and Art of Fighting mega-fans: don’t read this list, you’ll only be disappointed.
  6. Finally, and this probably doesn’t matter to anyone except me, but I took all the screenshots for this article myself. This ensures that the images you’re seeing from these games is authentic Switch quality. I use the A1 (light scanline) filter (found in the options of each game).

Cool. Let’s get started.

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Interview with Membrane Creator Seth S. Scott

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In this episode I (Ryan) interview Seth S. Scott, the creator of Membrane (now available on the Nintendo Switch eshop). It’s a pretty rad convo about NYU’s game development program, “Run Naked,” SSX Blur, and more. Unfortunately my audio gets weird and echo-y during the last 7 minutes or so, but thankfully I don’t talk too much. Sorry!

Check out Seth’s stuff here.

Music:

Seth S. Scott – Cyan

The Hold Steady – I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You

Episode 160 – Robots Playing Baseball and Stuff

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News:

My Nintendo Announces Changes To Program In March

SNK planning more support for Switch down the road

Games we’ve been playing:

Radiant Historia Perfect Chronology, Bayonetta 2, Super Baseball 2020

Music:

Fall Out Boy – The Last of the Real Ones

Jeff Rosenstock – Yr Throat

 

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Episode 158 – Radical City

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News:

January 11th Nintendo Direct Mini

Detective Pikachu Comes to the West on March 23

Nintendo Labo Announced

Irem’s Kid Niki Returns Next Week Thanks to Hamster ACA

News Zero Gunner 2 Stealthily Launches On Japanese Switch eShop

 

Games we’ve been playing:

Magician Lord, Mario Kart Wii, Art of Fighting 2, Sonic R

Music:

Leah – Calling (The World Ends With You)

TJ Daniels and Richard Jacques – Living in the City (Sonic R)

 

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Ryan’s 30 Favorite Switch Games of 2017

So, I started writing my top ten Nintendo game picks for 2017. As I compiled my list, I decided to narrow it down to just Switch (Fire Emblem Echoes and Dragon Quest VIII were the only non-Switch games on the list). But I couldn’t narrow the list down to just ten games! So I thought about imposing a “NO PORTS” rule, but that seemed silly. A fun game is a fun game, regardless of whether or not it’s the new hotness debuting on a piece of hardware. As I let the ports creep in, I soon found myself with a list of about 35 games I’d enjoyed on the Switch this year. I narrowed that down to 30, so give me some credit. Anyway, here is a list of games I loved playing on my Switch this year (complete with arbitrary numeric ranking). Keep in mind, this is NOT a “Best Games On Switch!!” list. It’s my weird tastes, at this moment (December 28th at 7:30 AM Mountain Time).

So yeah, it’s pretty definitive.

Now, without any further ado…

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