Are The Nintendo Switch Controllers Comfortable?

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Are The Nintendo Switch Controllers Comfortable?

We've spent the day in New York playing the Nintendo Switch and are eager to talk about it. In this video, the Game Informer editors went hands-on with Nintendo's new system to show off and discuss everything about the myriad control options for the new console. From Joy-Cons to the pro controller, we walk through the pros and cons of each configuration. If you're interested in even more details and impressions of the console, check out Ben Reeves' full write-up here.

Check out the video below to see the Nintendo Switch in action and hear our thoughts.

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Going Hands-On With Switch Answered Our Five Biggest Questions

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Going Hands-On With Switch Answered Our Five Biggest Questions

Nintendo never aims for normal. The Xbox One and PS4 already out power the Switch, and the console hasn't even released. However, Nintendo isn't interested in releasing the most powerful console; it wants a console that does something different. The Switch is a system that plugs into your TV for traditional gaming, but that can also be mobile within seconds.

After spending a whole day getting my grubby mitts on the Switch's every configuration, I walked away more enthusiastic than ever about Nintendo's newest console.

For a detailed breakdown of the Switch's technical specs, read What We Know About Nintendo Switch.  

Replay – The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess

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Replay – The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess

The Nintendo Switch launches on March 3 with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild available on day one. This isn't the first time that a new Zelda adventure has been available at launch, and it isn't the first time that the game will be available on two different systems. Nintendo is repeating the same strategy for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, which launched on Wii and GameCube in 2006. Yes, 10 years have already passed since its release.

On this episode of Replay, we take a look back at Twilight Princess's opening moments, and discuss the Zelda series at large as Brian Shea struggles to win the affection of a cat. We also talk about the Zelda game we would like to see, and speculate about the Switch, a segment we knew would bring extensive mocking on your behalf.

The second game we look at is a party game that we anticipated to be terrible, but ended up having a blast with. Enjoy the show, everyone. We'll see you again in seven short days.

What We Know About Nintendo Switch

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What We Know About Nintendo Switch

This week signals the real introduction to the Nintendo Switch, the latest platform from the legendary gaming company. We expect to learn more about the Switch's launch, including game lineup, price, and release date. Before that happens, though, we wanted to take the opportunity to run down everything we know from its initial tease as codename "NX" to its eventual reveal as the Nintendo Switch.

The Initial TeaseOn March 17, 2015, Nintendo announced a partnership with DeNA to produce various mobile games. As a part of that announcement, Nintendo outlined its strategy to develop for multiple platforms. Included in that strategy was a previously unknown system codenamed "NX." While nobody knew what it was at the time, many dissected the name "NX" to speculate that it was a crossover platform that blended characteristics from home consoles and handhelds.

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Can The Switch Get Nintendo Back On Track? Game Informer Editors Discuss

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Can The Switch Get Nintendo Back On Track? Game Informer Editors Discuss

The gaming community is buzzing with reactions to Nintendo's highly anticipated Switch event last night. From first and third-party releases, to tech specs and online services, there's a lot to unpack.

Editor Kimberley Wallace is joined by Matthew Bertz, Brian Shea, and Suriel Vazquez to discuss the event and whether or not they think this will be enough to get Nintendo back on track. Check out the discussion below!

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Funny To A Point – God Help Me, I Can't Stop Playing Stardew Valley

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Funny To A Point – God Help Me, I Can't Stop Playing Stardew Valley

The end of the year always offers a huge opportunity for G.I. editors – once we've finished arguing over our Top 50 list and sent the issue off to the printers, we abandon the office for Christmas and don't come back until our calendars are officially obsolete. Like any well-adjusted person, I spend the majority of my holiday break with my family video games, tackling the great big pile of shame that I've built up over the year. Doom, Dark Souls III, and Overwatch* were just a few of the unfinished games I was looking forward to playing while waiting for 2016 to finally die. Then Stardew Valley came along and blew those plans all to hell.

Forgoing a stack of triple-A games for 10 straight days of Stardew Valley might sound like the gaming equivalent of kids chucking their new toys aside on Christmas morning to play with the empty cardboard boxes instead. However, beneath Stardew Valley's simple 16-bit graphics lies a devilishly addictive simulator. Like literally addictive. Like, I can't stop playing it. Or thinking about it. I need help.

If you haven't heard of Stardew Valley, here's a quick explainer: It's Harvest Moon.

Watch Us Play And Weigh In On 1, 2, Switch

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 Watch Us Play And Weigh In On 1, 2, Switch

Ben Hanson milked some cows, guessed balls, and got in a high-noon duel in 1, 2, Switch, and is ready to share his impressions.

1, 2, Switch is a party game that features a collection of competitive, motion-controlled mini-games. Unlike most party games however, 1, 2, Switch doesn't focus on the television screen – instead, most of the games feature auditory and vibrational cues that emanate from the Joycon controllers to guide the action. G.I. video producer Ben Hanson just got his hands on 1, 2, Switch at Nintendo's Switch event in NYC and tried out four of the demos, which included a fast-draw duel, milking a cow, guessing how many balls are in a box based on haptic feedback, and a game of sightless table tennis. In the video below, Hanson shares his impressions of the game, including what works and what doesn't.

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Test Chamber – The New Yu-Gi-Oh! Mobile Card Game Looks Promising

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Test Chamber – The New Yu-Gi-Oh! Mobile Card Game Looks Promising

If you had told me 2017 was the year I'd play Yu-Gi-Oh! again, I wouldn't have believed you. But with the number of digital card games hitting the market recently, I guess it was only a matter of time before the card game with the best-dressed and most stylish characters saw a good mobile entry.

To see how the anime-based card game has adapted to mobile, Daniel Tack, Javy Gwaltney and I sat down to see how the free-to-play Yu-Gi-Oh!: Duel Links speeds up the classic card game, throws in some interesting progression hooks, and does its best to relive the nostalgia of the first Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series.

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Test Chamber – Star Wars: Force Arena

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Test Chamber – Star Wars: Force Arena

Netmarble's new take on Star Wars has many of the classic characters from the epic universe, including Rogue One heroes and villians, and even things like Grand Admiral Thrawn. The mobile "microRTS" meshes elements of MOBAs and Clash Royale to form a lane-pushing battle royale packed with many iconic vehicles and units. With packs to crack and battles occurring in both 1v1 and 2v2, there's force flying everywhere.

Join Daniel Tack and Andrew Reiner as they Boba Fett and Princess Leia through a few matches in this fast-paced version of Star Wars.

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Here Is The Full List Of Announced Nintendo Switch Games

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Here Is The Full List Of Announced Nintendo Switch Games

In the aftermath of yesterday's Nintendo Switch reveal event, we finally have an idea of what the game library will look like from the March 3 launch forward. 

As we expected, third parties are still treading lightly, kicking the tires of the platform with a small collection of games. One of the few exceptions to this trend is Square Enix, which revealed a list of five games for the Switch. A surprisingly big collection of indie games accompanies the list of familiar franchise. You can get the big picture right here:

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Arms
Fire Emblem Warriors
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Untitled Pokemon game
Snipperclips: Cut It Out, Together
Splatoon 2
Super Mario Odyssey
Xenoblade Chronicles 2