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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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I finally got around to finishing Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn and I have to say I had a lot of fun with it. I don't mind the crude, verging on racist, humor and the play style is reminiscent of early 90s beat 'em ups. There's even a move where you hit A to land a size 22 kick that launches the enemy straight into the screen just like TMNT IV: Turtles in Time. Shaq Fu never takes itself seriously, poking fun at crowd funding and the game itself. All of the old beat 'em up tropes are present and accounted for; endless enemies, random things in the background and foreground to smash, the odd object you can use as a weapon until it breaks, etc. At $20 USD in the eshop I think that the price is a bit steep for the amount of game time you'll get from it, if you play it on easy you can walk through this game in one sitting and I don't see much replay value in it. Harder difficulties does make it a longer process though. There is a DLC pack called "Barack Fu"  that opens up a new story line where you play as President Obama, the humor continues as one of "Dirty Barry's" moves lets you call in a "Peace Prize" drone strike. Nintendo's eShop says it released on June 5, but I can't seem to find it. The game's website says that physical copies come with a code to download a "bonus game" later this month. I haven't seen what that game is yet but I would suspect that it is the DLC so if you really want to fight as Barack Obama the physical version might save you a bit of money. Overall I give Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn a solid 5 out of 7 Size 22 Reebok Pumps. Pick it up if you find it on sale, and you enjoy old school beat 'em ups (think TMNT IV style with some off color humor and a stupid plot).
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 Watch the Nintendo Direct E3 Event all over again!
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 Get it right now on the Nintendo Switch eShop!
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There hasn't been as much hype around Mario Tennis Aces, either from fans or even really from Nintendo themselves. So after spending the weekend with the demo, what is your impression? Does Nintendo know that they're serving a fault and that is why they haven't  built up the hype, or is this going to be a surprise must own title?


I spent a few hours with the demo, enough to get somewhere north of the 1500 points required to unlock Chain Chomp. I got to the final round a few times but I never won a tournament, so I think that means I'm OK at the game, but I'm not good. Within the first 30 minutes or so I was thinking that Mario Tennis Aces is going to be a must own game for me. I was having fun playing with randoms and would have some long volley's with people, each of us being able to return special shots. But after an hour or two with the game the repetitive nature of it began to wear on me. The soundtrack was the first thing that got to me, I really hope there is much more music variety in the final version. The characters are different, but not enough to make me be excited about playing against one vs the other. Maybe it's the people I tended to play against but most of the time I could use the same opening strategy and get a win within 2 to 3 touches of the ball. I entered the demo without a real clear opinion on the game one way or the other. As I said, initially I was infatuated with it. However; like most infatuations it quickly faded and I found myself only focusing on the flaws. I left the demo thinking it's a fun game, but I'll probably wait to pick it up on the cheap to keep around for a fun way to pass the time rather than to play seriously.
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like an Oregon Trail spinoff, but with funny-as-hell turns and zombie fighting intermissions. It has you pick-and-choose options in a crap ton of scenarios that could all end really well or really badly. There are a lot of reasons why I love Death Road to Canada, and here are a few.
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I'm sure many of you know that Capcom's bringing The Blue Bomber back for another run and I for one am really appreciate to see this even if it's the same formula revamped I feel it's a ...
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This is an interesting topic in my opinion. This game called Starlink: Battle for Atlas has my attention, but I have so many questions and I figured I would see what all of you thought
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I am just trying to determine if I am alone in my hatred of Fortnite, or if there are others out there like me. I'm not sure what it is, but I cannot stand this friggin' game. It could be that I am a middle school teacher and that is the only thing my kids talk about. It could be that I coach High School LAX and it is all that they talk about, too. It could be that my 30 year old best friend almost lost his friggin' job because he couldn't stop playing. I have played it and found it to be dull, boring, and repetitive. I will say that I have never been a huge online gamer, but that isn't to say that I am against them in any way. It is true that I prefer a story and actual missions with goals and achievements, but playing Destiny or Rocket League or GTA online have all been great experiences and tons of fun. It is such a massive hit that my 6th graders literally stand in a circle and mimic the dance emotes from the game. Is this a sign that I am getting older? Or are games getting lamer? I just cannot wrap my head around just how massive this game became. I get that it is fun and exciting for some, but good gravy, this thing is turning into some kind of monster! 

I would love to hear your thoughts fellow Radarians!
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As you can see the Games from the E3 Showroom from Nintendo leaked. The list sports Dragon Ball Fighter Z, Fortnite, (can't read the one on the top right), FIFA 19, Killer Queen Black, Starlink, Paladins, Overcooked 2 and Mario Tennis Aces. We rumor that there will also be a huge showroom for Smash.

These are all 3rd party games so probably Nintendo will also show some of their own first-party games Mother 3 etc.

 

Fortnite will probably be one of the few "and it's available now" titles as it already got put on the Korean rating board.


With all these leaks and rumors I'm ready for E3
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Andrei Lazarescu, Supervising Producer for FIFA World Cup mode, told Dream Team that FIFA 19 will arrive to Nintendo’s console with vastly improved graphics – despite once again not running on Frostbite. FIFA on Switch uses a modified version of the IGNITE engine

FIFA 19 will look significantly better on the Nintendo Switch than last year’s game, EA Sports has revealed.

Features sport: "New features such as face paint and hats on the crowd" as told by Lazarescu to dreamteamfc

Personally, I don't think that these are great new features that are worth a completely new game

The game officially launches on June 1 – but you can pre-register for the game now.
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Return to the Kanto region and experience a classic Pokémon journey in a whole new way with Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! on Nintendo Switch! Coming November 16, 2018:
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Remember how dbrand's switch skins flopped due to issues with the adhesive? 

Well, they don't anymore! And that's what this topic is about.
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Nintendo Labo reviewed by JNASTY!
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Welcome to the NintendoRadar.com Raceway!!!


 

With so many requests for Mario Kart Tournaments, I've opened a room for weekly races! Every Saturday join the room to race the night away with all your fellow Radarians! Every Saturday, beginning at 6 PM Mountain (5pm Pacific) the Tournament will open and will run for 3 hours! 150cc, any cart, any level!! 

All you gotta do is... Launch Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Switch, choose online play, choose tournaments, choose Search by Code, and then enter the super secret code! 

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Share the room code with any of your friends to let them join in! And be sure to tell them to join NintendoRadar.com for more fun tournaments! 
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During its Sega Fes 2018, Sega announced it is bringing Sega Ages to the Nintendo Switch.

 
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Are you a fan of YoKai Watch?

 
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During the SNK panel at PAX East today, a new 40th Anniversary Collection, featuring games from SNK’s long history, is coming to the Nintendo Switch.
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Is Spyro coming to the Switch?
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