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A new look at the Nintendo Switch UI

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Hello there, just your average video game enthusiast/writer/guy with too many opinions. I here to make sure this ship doesn’t go down without a fight. This is my first time doing a big journalist project and I’m super excited to start making content for Nintendo Switch Network.
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On the presentation on the Nintendo Switch, they showed off quite a few things and answered quite a few questions we had, but one thing that we only got a quick glace was the UI of the system, and it really didn’t tell us much.

Then during the Treehouse live presentation the day after, during the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild demo, we got to see a live version of the Operating System that gave us a quick glace at what to expect, but in the end they quickly moved onto the game and left us to speculate.

Under these conditions, the only expected future information about the UI of the Nintendo Switch would come out when the Nintendo Switch comes out, but unexpectedly we got quite a treat. From the developers of Cave Story, Nicalis, tweeted out a picture of the UI, but was quickly deleted, of course not before the someone, “tsarkees” from twitter got a mirrored and saved for the internet to look at, and oh boy is it something to look at.

This tells us quite a few things, for one, that the UI can be customized in some degree and in fact might even have a night mode if you want to base this off of possible different color schemes. This also seems to point to the fact that you can have multiple accounts as well as customization account photos. Cave Story as well as 1001 Spikes is shown, which basically confirms the titles for the Switch, but as you can tell, there seems to be another title shown that you can’t really see since it is cut off, but of course, the internet had an answer for it.

One of the leading theories as to why this post was taken down was because on the far right it shows an unconfirmed title that probably isn’t done considering the transparent background of the art.

As you can see from this image, the game seems to be the 2011 indie game Hydra Castle Labyrinth, which is still unconfirmed. Keep in mind, all the games shown except for The Binding of Issac has not been confirmed by the developer, but at this point it’s hard to not look at this without certainty.

We will keep you updated on this if more news comes out about the UI or games. If you want to see a full list of games check HERE.

New Writer Introduction and Giveaway Details!

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Hello there, just your average video game enthusiast/writer/guy with too many opinions. I here to make sure this ship doesn’t go down without a fight. This is my first time doing a big journalist project and I’m super excited to start making content for Nintendo Switch Network.
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Hello there, my name is Daniel Clifft, and I am the new writer and organizer for the Nintendo Switch Network. There really isn’t much else to know about me other than the fact that I love video games and Nintendo. I also have a passion for writing and creating content for people to enjoy. This will be the first big project/team that I will be a part of, so I am super excited to start making content for all of you.

Apart from that I might as well give an update to the status of the 2nd issue and other related content. Over the next couple of weeks, we will be brainstorming ideas to start putting together the theme, different sections and talking points for the upcoming issue. In fact, we have already started working on making content to bring to you in February.

Right now, if you go to Twitter we are running a giveaway for a 11×14 poster with the 1st issues cover art on it. To qualify for it you must follow the Nintendo Switch Network official Twitter account, @NinSwitchNet and follow the artist responsible for the artwork at the following handle, @EternaLegend  EL. Along with that you must also retweet the tweet containing the giveaway and your all set. The winner for this giveaway will be announced on Thursday, January 19th, the best of luck to all of you.

As for the other on going giveaways from our 1st issue, we will be selecting the winner for the Patreon users for the $10 Nintendo eShop card sometime this week.

We at Nintendo Switch Network are working hard to bring you the best news in Nintendo Switch and Nintendo related content and we strive to bring you a unique experience to your mailbox and media devices. As of now we have broken the 1k mark for Twitter followers which is incredible, we are amazed at the support we have gotten from the 1st issue and this makes us strive to bring you even better content each issue.

Over the next month, we will be releasing more information about the upcoming issue, including some of the content as well as the its theme. Please make sure to follow us on twitter to receive updates on this, as soon as it is released.

We thank you for your time, and hope you all have a good night. This is Daniel Clifft, signing off.

The FIRST Nintendo Switch Magazine

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Austin enjoys long walks on the beach with his Nintendo Switch while enjoying the reflection of the sunset. Well... the Nintendo Switch has not been released yet, so he just dreams about that at night. Austin is known to talk about himself in third person and refers to himself as Clint Eastwood at times.
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Our whole team has been designing this Nintendo Switch Magazine over the last few months. Magazines may not be the most popular form of news, but they sure look amazing.

Nothing will look better next to your Nintendo Switch than a whole stack of Nintendo Switch themed magazines.  Plus, this gives us a way to bring the Nintendo Switch community together. This includes bringing the developers into the community and allowing them to interact with the consumers who enjoy playing their games.

The Nintendo Switch Network Magazine will start at approximately $10.99 each issue for the print version. The digital version will be included for free, or you can buy the digital version separate for $1.99. Patrons who pay $1.99 per magazine will also receive early access to the digital version.

Our magazines will feature EXCLUSIVE content that can’t be found anywhere else. We won’t even post this exclusive content on our website. We have already set up exclusive interviews with studios developing games for the Nintendo Switch, and we will continue to include those in every issue we release. On top of exclusive content, we will be including giveaways in each issue of the Nintendo Switch Magazine. These giveaways are exclusive to our Magazine readers in order to thank you all for the massive support. Whether you prefer digital or physical magazines, we will have both available for purchase. The digital version of our magazine will also be available via mobile devices which makes it easy to access.

We are currently planning on publishing issues bi-monthly. Our goal is to publish the issues digitally and physically on the first week of every other month. Patrons will get EXCLUSIVE access of our magazine digitally up to a week before everyone has access to view it. Also, you will only be charged PER magazine we release which will be every other month until we hit our $500 goal. Our first issue is set to release by the first week in January if everything goes well!

We need your help!

All we need from you all is your support! We are not here to make money, our simple goal is to provide the best content for our fellow Nintendo Switch fans. Sadly, designing a magazine does take a lot of work and publishing the magazine takes quite a bit of money. All we ask is that you contribute to our Patreon if you would like to help support the Nintendo Switch Network Magazine. We also need help spreading the word, so please share our Patreon with all of your friends. The bigger Nintendo Switch community we have, the more content we can continue to produce for you all.

SUPPORT our Nintendo Switch Magazine HERE.

Top 3 Features I want on the Nintendo Switch

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Austin enjoys long walks on the beach with his Nintendo Switch while enjoying the reflection of the sunset. Well... the Nintendo Switch has not been released yet, so he just dreams about that at night. Austin is known to talk about himself in third person and refers to himself as Clint Eastwood at times.
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There has been a lot of talk about the Nintendo Switch recently in regards to rumored features. While we still do not have confirmation for many of these rumors, I would like to talk about the top 3 features the Nintendo Switch NEEDS to have. In no particular order here is my top 3

Smooth Online Capabilities:

Let’s face it, Nintendo has slacked over the years when it comes to online features for their consoles. The Nintendo Switch HAS to be nearly on par with the PS4 and Xbox One when it comes to the online experience. This generation of gaming relies heavily on multiplayer and playing with friends, and Nintendo needs to keep this in mind.

This brings up the question on whether or not people would be willing to pay for a Nintendo online subscription similar to the yearly Xbox live fees. I feel like this would be a no-brainer, YES. Xbox and PlayStation have proven gamers will happily pay a yearly subscription fee to play online. The Nintendo Switch needs to bridge the gap between the WiiU and the current gen systems. A smooth party chat/messaging system is a must. This is especially true if Nintendo plans to create a competitive eSports community.

Achievements:

Hi, my name is Austin and I am addicted to achievements. The first step on the road to recovery is to acknowledge that I have a problem. On a serious note, bring on the achievements Nintendo! Nintendo is literally the only company who has yet to integrate an achievement system on their gaming devices. I personally get so much more out of games I play when I have achievements to work towards.

It would also be interesting to have some sort of rewards system tied to these achievements, although that may be way too much to ask for at this point. I would be glad to just have some sort of achievement system.

Multi-tasking and a BEAUTIFUL user interface:

The Nintendo Switch needs to be able to SWITCH between apps/games and the UI. The 3DS does not have any multi-tasking whatsoever, but the PlayStation Vita on the other hand has shown the ability to multi-task rather well. On the topic of multi-tasking, I am also hoping to see a variety of streaming apps available on the Nintendo Switch. I currently own the Xbox One and it doubles as a gaming system and smart TV due to all the apps available. The Nintendo Switch needs to have these in order to compete with the Xbox One and PS4.

The user interface is also important to me. I specifically would like to have the ability to customize the main home screen with wallpapers. Nintendo handhelds have yet to have much of any customization whatsoever, and this hybrid system should be the first to do so. Nintendo needs to go big or go home at this point. Everything revealed so far seems to be very promising, and I am beyond hyped for the Nintendo Switch.  I’m just hoping Nintendo does everything they can in order to recover from the path they took with the WiiU. What features would you like to see on the Nintendo Switch? If you haven’t heard yet, GameCube Virtual console is rumored to be coming to the Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo Switch Ports are Not a Bad Thing

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Austin enjoys long walks on the beach with his Nintendo Switch while enjoying the reflection of the sunset. Well... the Nintendo Switch has not been released yet, so he just dreams about that at night. Austin is known to talk about himself in third person and refers to himself as Clint Eastwood at times.
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It seems like everyday we are getting rumors of new games which will be coming to the Nintendo Switch. A vast majority of these games seem to be ports though. Will having too many Nintendo Switch Ports  have a negative effect on the system? Here’s why I think Nintendo Switch ports will be a great thing for the Switch.

So while we have not many confirmed titles coming to the Nintendo Switch, we do currently have 38 games rumored to be in development. You can read through the full list of titles HERE. Of these 38 games, more than half of them are considered to be “ports”. I personally think ports are great and they help fill in titles, especially, for new systems. Some gamers though are complaining about the lack of unique titles in the lineup for the Nintendo Switch. So this brings up the question, is there such thing as too many ports? The answer to that question is yes.

If, the Nintendo Switch only received ports of games and lacked any unique titles there would be very little incentive to buy the console. There needs to be a good port to new title ratio. I personally believe ports and “remasters” are different though. Rumors are going around that the Mario Kart and Splatoon teased in the official launch trailer will both be “remasters”. These games will supposedly both contain DLC from the previous release as well as some additional content unique to the Nintendo Switch version.

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While technically this sounds a lot like a port, this is a smart way for companies to give gamers new content without releasing a whole new game which only really adds a new feature or two. I personally would rather play a remastered version of Mario Kart than a whole new version which adds nothing new. I mean who really wants to buy a new Call of Duty every year for a new feature or two? When a new game is released it should be NEW. New games should add significant changes.

So could too many Nintendo Switch ports be a bad thing? Possibly, but with many of these titles rumored to be remasters, Nintendo may be on the right track. If a game isn’t broke, there is no need to fix it. Plus we have also been teased with a variety of unique games including: New 3D Mario, Dragon Quest XI, Entertainment HERO, Zelda: BOTW, and several others. Unique IP’s will sell the Nintendo Switch, but remasters and ports will keep consumers playing the system in-between releases. The Nintendo Switch has a bright future ahead if it can execute a successful launch lineup.

What do you think about the vast amount of rumored ports coming to the Nintendo Switch? Do you think remasters are worth buying or would you prefer a complete new game? Let us know your thoughts.