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Switch “Making the Switch”: A VOCALOID/Project DIVA fan’s guide to the Nintendo Switch

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  1. Zac Wood

    Zac Wood Dedicated Non-player for the next 24 days

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    #1 Zac Wood, Jan 6, 2020
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    2 years ago, I was talking about the potential of the Nintendo Switch as a viable platform for Project DIVA here on ProjectDIVA.net, and now It’s 39 (or MIKU) days until the japanese release of an (not entirely) all-new game exclusively on this (new to some) console. With this new reality, and fans of both VOCALOID (or just Hatsune Miku) & Project DIVA possibly still stuck with the question of whether to ‘make the switch’ or not, or what to get for said console, amongst other things, it might be a difficult transition coming into the new decade for these people. I’ve blabbed on about the Switch in a “what if” manner long enough, and now I am going to give a comprehensive guide about the system, games and other things.

    I’ll just leave it to Josh from YouTube channel 91Tech to give you an idea in video form about the console in the context of the still-new year of 2020, and after or during the video, go ahead and read the Q&A below: (10K character limit strikes again, so it is segmented in a reply)



    What is the difference between the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite?
    Outside of sharing 0.55” in depth:

    Switch Lite
    • 3.6” in height,
    • 8.2” in length,
    • weighs 0.61lbs
    • 5.5” 720p capacitive multi-touch screen
    • built-in controls
      • Includes a + Control Pad/D-Pad instead of Directional Buttons
      • Lacks HD Rumble
      • Lacks the I.R. Motion Camera
      • Cannot charge Joy-Con controllers by itself
    • No TV-Mode functionality (people tried, all failed)
    • No Kickstand
    • Incompatible with Nintendo Labo Toy-Con
    • Battery Life at 3 to 7 hours on a single charge (varies depending on game)
    • MSRP: $199.99 (USD)
    Original Switch
    • 4” in height
    • 9.4” in length (with Joy-Con attached)
    • weighs 0.88lbs (with Joy-Con attached)
    • 6.2” 720p capacitive multi-touch screen
    • Rails for attaching Joy-Con controllers
      • Includes HD Rumble
      • Includes I.R. Motion Camera
      • Includes Directional Buttons
      • Can also charge Joy-Con
    • Can be docked for TV-Mode
    • includes Kickstand
    • Compatible with Nintendo Labo Toy-Con
    • Battery Life: varies on serial number/packaging (see below)
    • MSRP: $299.99 (USD)
    What’s the difference with consoles in red boxes and white boxes?
    In short; model numbers, serial numbers, and most importantly; battery life.

    White box Switch
    • Model number HAC-001
    • Serial number starts with XAW
    • Battery life ranges from 2.5 to 6.5 hours on a single charge (varies depending on game)
    Red box Switch
    • Model Number HAC-001(-01)
    • Serial number starts with XKW
    • Battery life ranges from 4.5 to 9 hours on a single charge (varies depending on game)
    To Zac: Do you think a Switch Pro model happening in 2020?
    In short; I don't think so. With the the red box console and Switch Lite just releasing in 2019, the best I see is just a PSTV style console with no hardware improvements, just a micro-console TV box for $149.99 (USD)

    How do you detach Joy-Con from the Switch? (MUNDANE)
    Hold down the button below where the ZL or ZR button is and then slide the controller upwards away from the system. With Joy-Con Straps; it’s checking the white “LOCK” tab, holding down said button, and sliding the controller downwards from the strap.

    Are those actually speaker grills? (REDUNDANT)
    No, those are just vents for air intake.

    Can the stand be adjusted? (REDUNDANT)
    In short No, doing that will accidentally dislodge it from the console, but thankfully inserting it back in is no problem, however, doing it weakens the stand overtime, so be careful. In terms of an adjustable stand, Nintendo has you covered.

    What is the highest capacity Micro SD card it can take?
    The console can support Micro SD cards upwards to 2 TB.

    Can it support USB flash drives? (REDUNDANT)
    No, if it did, you’d have a segmented library on your console with the flash drive stuck at home when you undock it.

    Is there a smaller Dock?
    There are, but if you don’t want to risk your console shorting out and get bricked as a result, and are terrible with disassembling electronics, then you’re out of luck. Bob Wulff from Youtube channel WULFF DEN has more detail on the matter.

    How do I connect a Ethernet cable to it?
    While you can’t just plug one into the dock, you can plug one of these into the back USB port (with the AC Adapter and HDMI ports) to get the needed results.

    Is the console Region Locked?
    As to what that is, there’s a reason why the header has a video link, and in the case of the Switch, no; there isn’t such thing. Here’s a guide from NintendoLife Staff that explains how to start a account from a different region.

    What comes with Nintendo Switch Online? & how much is it?
    In terms of Price:
    • $3.99 a month for 1 user
    • $7.99 for 3 months for 1 user
    • $19.99 a year for 1 user
    • $34.99 a year for 8 users
    It includes the following:
    • Online Play
      • Games like Fortnite don’t require membership
    • NES and Super NES games
      • 2 separate apps for their respective systems
      • 70+ games total as of January 2020
      • Games are added overtime for free
      • Features online play
      • NOT streaming-based, but requires an internet connection per 7 days offline
    • Save Data Cloud
      • Some games are not supported
    • Access to the Smartphone App
      • Requires Smartphone/Tablet
      • Can do voice chat (for 1st party games)
      • Includes micro apps for games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
    • Other Special Offers
    What are My Nintendo Gold Points?
    A currency from the My Nintendo Rewards Program that with your Nintendo Account, can be rewarded via digital purchases via the eShop, and for the most part can be used as a part of your transaction. For example; 50 gold points can be used towards $0.50 (USD), and the digital purchase of a $60 (USD) game nets you 5% of that game’s value in said points (so $3.00 USD essentially) and for physical games, it’s 1%. (or 60 points)
     
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    #2 Zac Wood, Jan 6, 2020
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    I had heard about this issue called Joy-Con Drift, what is it?
    Essentially, the analog sticks in the Joy-Con begin to read false inputs due to internal wear in the sensors. Thankfully it seems like it is something to easily fix temporarily thanks to some compressed air and rubbing alcohol, however not a permanent fix sadly. Even I get annoyed by it.

    Is their multimedia features? Like an internet browser?
    There are none what to speak of, as for multi media apps, there are only YouTube, and Hulu, (or Nico Nico in Japan) Netflix has yet to deliver, and Disney+ is still TBD.

    How can I use voice chat?
    2 ways, the aforementioned, albeit heavily scrutinized Nintendo Switch Online app for smart-devices. You could also plug in a headset, earbuds, whatever and chat that way on games that support Viverox chat servers. (not games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but games like Fortnite) You could also buy a headset to have the app and game audio be mixed, but even that has been scrutinized by fans as well.

    Can I use Discord?
    In terms of integrated use, there isn’t such a thing.

    To Zac; how many games do you have?
    According to “My year in review” from Nintendo themselves, in 2019 alone to give you an idea; I have played about 205 games, and probably more than that.

    To Zac: how is it like to play the Switch?
    In short; once you use the system and its three modes in everyday life; you really start taking the system for granted. Take the numerous Cross-play functions of the ill-fated PS Vita; just without requiring another affiliated console. You COULD emulate that experience with having both the Switch and Switch Lite, but stick to just THE Switch if you don’t want the headache.

    To Zac: what’s your setup?
    In terms of console; it’s that red box console. I use two docks hooked up to a TV in the living room and another hooked to a TV in my bedroom.

    What are amiibo? (SEMI-REDUNDANT)
    The remaining remnant of the once prevalent fad of Toys to Life from more than 5 years ago. (2014) Those figurines Nintendo mostly produces in conjunction to games that have functionality attached to them, and it isn’t limited to any one game. How to tap amiibo to your console is simple, tap it where the right Joy-Con’s analog stick is, (or the logo of the Pro Controller) and there you go.

    Can I make a Miku Mii? (DUMB QUESTION)
    With blue hair?, yes you can, thanks to the Mii Maker feature allowing more hair color options and such. more like Mii-ku, am I right? (terrible joke, I know)

    What accessories do you recommend as essentials?
    This is the best I could find, hope it helps:
    Why do you often compare Kagamine Rin & Kagamine Len to Joy-Con? (TRIVIA)
    Easy, look at this excerpt from the Wikipedia page: “Their names are derived from the concept of 'left' and 'right', like in stereophonic sound.” Now combine that with the concept of Left and Right controllers, a left yellow and a right orange… I can hear minds exploding, and a ton of LOLs right now.

    Hey, I thought you would talk about games!?
    That; dear traveler/reader (I cannot decide the noun) will take time, and will not show up to a adhered schedule. These aren’t reviews mind you; but these are summaries that are written with the intent of the common VOCALOID/Project DIVA fan to discover and play something new. This was how I ended up being the fan of Miku that I am thanks to discovering Project Mirai DX those 5 some years ago, and I just want to share that sense of discovery with the rest of you.

    Besides that; I was busy re-writing this guide from scratch today, and this was something I had planned since October.
     
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    Nice guide, I bought a Switch just for Mega39, already got the 10th Anniversary Edition preordered.
    Now I'm not sure if it's worth to get one of the controllers, both are above the $400 USD range (without taking in consideration tax and import fees) and I don't feel like the price is justified.

    In the meanwhile as I wait for the game to come out, I'm playing Groove Coaster, I had no idea the game existed and it's pretty cool.
     
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    #4 Doctopus, Jan 6, 2020
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    Actually you forgot one thing: only buy docks made by Nintendo or (very) widely trusted 3rd party. Crappy docks could die together with the Switch. The USB-C laptop docks are usually based on Thunderbolt or DisplayPort standard instead of MyDP initiated with some vendor-specific (i.e. Nintendo-specific) negotiation protocol and thus will not work with Switch.
     
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    Also when will Nintendo finally release Kagamine Rin/Len colored JoyCon set? I'm sick of Neon Yellow/Orange as the only choice. They look off, doesn't follow the FT pallete (Len=Orange, Rin=Yellow) and I have to buy 2 sets of JoyCons in order to get the color combo and they aren't cheap!
     
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    #6 Zac Wood, Jan 6, 2020
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    I already mentioned that, + I left a link to Nintendo’s refurbished Dock listing.

    Is there a smaller Dock?
    There are, but if you don’t want to risk your console shorting out and get bricked as a result, and are terrible with disassembling electronics, then you’re out of luck.

    I’ll go ahead and add more detail to that. Thanks.
     
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    LOL how did I miss it
     
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    Nice guide, thanks.
     
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    #9 Zac Wood, Jan 16, 2020
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    For my 1st game recommendation, it’s a necessity for all Nintendo systems since 1999, parties, and both competitive eSports junkies and gaming enthusiasts.

    Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

    Ah Super Smash Bros.; that series of fighting games were (mostly Nintendo) gaming legends duke it out by trying to knock each other off of a platform-laden stage, being a game that is easy to learn, hard to master. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is worthy of it’s subtitle hands down and that subtitle explains its position as the “Best Fighting Game of 2019”, becoming the “Best Selling Fighting Game of All-Time”, as well losing to Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice as the 2019 Game of the Year.



    • A massive 88 character roster too varied to mention all at once, all 65 characters from prior Super Smash Bros. games, 11 new characters, and currently 6 out of 12 DLC characters.
    • Each stage has both a Battlefield and Final Destination (Ω) form amounting to more than 300+ stages
      • There’s even a Stage Builder that was added in April.
    • As of 9/4, Home Run Contest has been added.

    • As of 5/31, a VR mode via the Toy-Con VR Goggles
      • As well as online functionality, like sending a amiibo (FP) to challenge 3 battles once a day on a journey, and allowing amiibo to fight in Battle Arenas.
    • Smash World is a content downloading/Spirit management micro-app via the Nintendo Switch Online App.
    • Currently, there are 1380 Spirits as of (1/16/2020)

    • Online can be a trainwreck depending on your internet connection, or your skills (sorry if that’s rough)
    Most of my 710 hours from this game comes from my time with about 68 amiibo, not real exciting, I know, but I figure (no pun intended) I say it anyways. Heck, that’s what I am doing now with a Isabelle amiibo from Christmas and a Incineroar amiibo I just bought today. I know this isn’t as DEEP, or OBSCURE as I may have implied, but I hope to get to that point soon.
     
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    #10 Doctopus, Jan 20, 2020 at 03:37
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    Random notes on DIVA themed JoyCon combination:

    • Miku
      • Possible combo: Launch Blue + Launch Grey
      • Cost: 1-2 Unit due to single JoyCon availability for launch colors. (1 Unit == price for a pair of JoyCon)
    • JoyCogamine Rin/Len (classic palette i.e. Len==Yellow and Rin==Orange)
      • Possible combo: Neon Yellow + Waluigi Orange
      • Cost: 2 Unit (Neon Yellow Set + Waluigi Set [Neon Purple + Neon Orange])
    • JoyCogamine Rin/Len (FT palette i.e. Len==Orange and Rin==Yellow)
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    • Luka
      • Possible combo: Splatoon Pink + either Launch Grey or Waluigi Orange or Pikachu Yellow (!)
      • Cost: 1.5-ono Unit (ono if you went for Pikachu Yellow which is only obtainable from Let's Go Pikachu limited edition Switch, although color-wise it might be the best fit)
    • Others to be filled when I got the idea...
     
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    #11 Zac Wood, Jan 22, 2020 at 20:38
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    Arcade Archives (series)
    I know it’s a radical leap coming from Smash Bros. to this, but in terms of “new experiences” you could say this counts I suppose. PS4 users are probably aware about Arcade Archives’s existence; a brand of some 198 old games split up in two series for $7.99 (USD) a pop. In a nutshell; while its trying to catch up with the PS4’s library, leading to a old/new title from the series every week on the eShop; essentially Switch gets the edge in exclusive content from Nintendo themselves, and the system’s form factor allowing for proper TATE (vertical/portrait orientation) gameplay, without resorting to extreme measures. It was my dream since I was 10 to have access to arcade-perfect games when and wherever possible, while experiencing something new at the same time, and sharing that with others, and now thanks to HAMSTER; that dream has finally come true.

    Since I already owned MOST of the line-up on Switch; I’ll just leave 30 some specific games, in addition to the bullet points:
    Yes, I am that fool that has almost every title HAMSTER has released in this series on Switch; but this means every impulse-buy per week brings another new experience and another glimpse into the past (mostly not out of nostalgia) while imagining the context of that era: This means was I not blind-sighted like many people when news of a SNK character coming to Smash (Terry) was all over the place. It also helps that these games are pick-up and play experiences that work to the Switch’s advantage. Like out of nowhere the latest video from Extra Credits, dropped; talking about such thing:
     

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