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    • I know, I know, It's really popular right now to shit all over Nintendo's new online program. But that's not what I'm here for. In fact, I think it's pretty good. I'm here to set the record straight.

      Nintendo Switch Online is only $20 USD for an individual membership, and way less if you split the cost of a family membership. For a third of the price of its competitors (at the most), I don't really care what else NS Online has to offer. I can play my games online, and I can do it for cheaper than PS4 or XB1 users can.

      It gave us designated servers for MK Deluxe and, later on, Smash Bros, and while, for some reason, Splatoon 2 didn't, I never really noticed connection issues while playing. Peer-to-peer isn't really bad at all, unless your friends have really bad connections. And most of the third party games we play don't have designated servers anyways.

      You also get a pretty cool ever - expanding library of NES games, which is an added bonus. Now, I get that this is a shitty replacement for virtual console, and that many people have bought these games many times and might not want to buy them again, the library comes at no additional cost with an online service that is already affordable.

      Some people seem to think that charging customers for online is a crummy thing to do, but these companies want to make money. It sucks, but when you have an additional service for a product, it's a bad business strategy not to charge.

      The only legitimate problem I have with NS Online is the voice chat. Only Fortnite supports it without the use of your phone, and even then you need a wired mic. For me, this is a big let-down because I think it's something that can easily be fixed. All Nintendo have to do is release a wired-to-Bluetooth audio port adapter, which I've found on Amazon for $16, and release a software update. If you're someone who really wants voice chat to communicate with teammates, the price is more than justifiable. Using your phone is really clunky and definitely not an option.

      That being said, as the title of this topic indicates, I really do believe you get what you pay for. When you're paying $2-20 a year for online, I can move past these things. I think the real reason we're all complaining is the Osborne effect. I think Nintendo advertised the fact that we would have to pay for online service way too early. I was ready to pay for this a year ago. I was ready to pay for this in January. But the truth is, we all got comfortable with playing online for free and how well it worked. We all took it for granted as something that shouldn't be monetized and when the time came to pony up, it took us by surprise. 

      I'm really interested in knowing what the general consensus is with this, who bought it and who won't. Feel free to leave us your opinions, and who knows? Maybe this'll help some people that are on the fence to go either way. 
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    • Sony announced its Playstation Classic today and somewhat surprisingly I have been reading some threads of people who are not at all excited by this. Now, I am a Playstation man, through and through, so my opinion may be somewhat biased, but overall I really like the idea of the retro mini console and having it stocked with games. Older consoles, controllers, and especially game carts and discs become worn and useless as time goes on. Experiencing older games on a crisp new screen with responsive brand new controllers sounds great to most of us, but to many it will never live up to the original experience of untangling the controller cords, blowing the dust from your cartridge and switching the TV input over to RGB. I totally see both sides of the argument and I think that these retro consoles are not for everyone. I had serious plans to purchase the SNES Classic but never got around to it and now it seems as though many of those games I would've bought it for will end up on the Switch at some point anyways. Even the PS Classic is kind of lost on me now considering Final Fantasy 7, 8, 9, 10, 10-2, and 12 will all be out on the Switch soon. So what do you all think?
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    • Hello fellow Radarians! It has been a while since I have posted anything new so I figured.... I would do exactly that! This post concerns my newest obsession: Hollow Knight. Man, oh man. What a game this is! I am a major metroidvania fan, so games like Axiom Verge and Owlboy already appeal to me, and Hollow Knight is no different. There isn't a ton to mention as far as what makes this game special to me or stand out in a major way, but it is special and it does stand out. I like everything about this game. The art style is simple and unique. The gameplay is very simple and easy to handle, however, the enemies and bosses are anything but. This game challenges me in the same way I am challenged by a Dark Souls title. You fight, you die. You fight again, you die again. You try and level up, return to fight, die again. It's really a smashing good time. Something about the lore of the story has me drawn in as well. This underground kingdom of bugs, that has this tragic and mysterious past, is tons of fun to explore and master, searching every nook and cranny for new things. The other bugs you meet all have distinct and engaging personalities and voice acting, although they are speaking "bugish" and we cannot understand them without reading the text on screen, that somehow just fits perfectly and sounds right 100% of the time. My favorite bug voice is of the cartographers wife, Iselda, and her bored sounding sigh of "bafanada..." This game is hard as hell and super engaging. I highly recommend it for its playability and the way it translates from big screen to handheld. Some metroidvania games are best viewed on a smaller screen(Axiom Verge is a great example of this; on my 66" screen the game looks silly), but that does not apply to Hollow Knight. I love the way it looks on my TV and it is perfect and cozy in handheld mode. I bought this game while it was on sale for around $8 and I had a few hundred points, too. It cost me maybe $5 in the end and I have enjoyed it far more than Octopath Traveler(which I was SUPER excited for) that I paid $59.99 for. 
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    • So now that Smash Ultimate has been announced and EVERY SINGLE Smash fighter ever (and some extras) are a part of the roster, I'm curious to find out who everyone's main might be.

      Personally, I'm excited to try out Little Mac now that air dodges improve recovery. I hope that might help to balance out his attacks without occasionally falling off the map with no control whatsoever. I also want to try out the Ice Climbers and how their two-in-one combo fares against some of the newer fighters. 

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    • Proud to announce that as of today NintendoRadar is now available in app-form on all your favorite mobile devices! We had a feeling you might like one *cough, ahem, a'choo* 
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Potential SD formatting issue/fix, BOTW crashing with "The software has closed because an...

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I recently had an issue with my SD card that took me some time to troubleshoot. Last week BOTW started crashing for me. I would get the error message, "The software has closed because an error occurred". At first it would happen while I was in-game. Then, it started happening while I was attempting to load a save file, and eventually it would happen before getting to the main menu. I wanted to share my experience in hopes it will help someone else.


Troubleshooting steps:


  • Check the software. At first this felt like a software issue. I have 3 other games, 2 cartridges and one digital, those were all playing just fine. Called Nintendo support and they came to the same conclusion. They set up a repair, and I sent my game cartridge in. They had upgraded me to overnight shipping and had an amazing turnaround time, sending it back the same day they received it. Tested the newly replaced cartridge with high hopes, but after 10 minutes the same issue popped up again.

  • Check all the saves. I was starting to think I might have had corrupt save data. The earliest save I had was from a few days earlier when I was able to play with no issues. I tried loading that save, but the same issue started happening almost immediately.

  • Check the error log. There was no error code, or entry in the Switch error log (under settings). This was not helpful at first. Later, I thought this might indicate this was not an issue with the console or software


After chatting with the Nintendo support line again, their suggestion for next steps were to do a factory reset of the system which would delete all of my save data (ugh), or send the console in with the game for the technicians to troubleshoot with a chance they can preserve the save data. I told the support specialist that I actually felt like it was a software issue still, but not the game cartridge. I told her I was going to send it in with the hopes they could save my data. She said all I need to send was the console and the game, I could remove the Joycons and SD card. As I was holding the SD card in my hand it finally hit me. I had downloaded the expansion pass, and it saved to my SD card. I put the console back in the dock and booted it up. It re-downloaded the expansion pass and saved it to the console and fired up. Tried my latest save and played it with no issues for over an hour. I was cautiously optimistic at this point that the issue was with the DLC that was saved to my SD card.


When I first got my SD card I just put it right in the Switch. It gave me a quick message like "hey this needs to be formatted, want to do that now?". I said yes and thought nothing of it. Now I am thinking it wasn’t formatted properly. After determining my issue was likely with my SD card I started looking up if there was a specific format needed for the Switch. The only thing I found was these instructions for the 3DS. I followed these steps, re-downloaded the expansion pass to the freshly formatted card, and fired up the game. About 3 hours in now with no issues. I am cautiously optimistic this was it.


tl;dr I let the Switch format my SD card. Downloaded BOTW expansion pass to it. Game started crashing with error message "The software has closed because an error occurred". Reformatted SD card using these instructions. Game no longer crashes.


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after over 80h of gameplay i got this message one day and havnt been able to play since. I started the game in another account on my switch and it worked fine until later the next day i got the error message again! there goes 80+h of my life booo!!!! how do i fix without losing my progress?! Will i lose eveything if i archive the software or format the sd card?


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