I think mobile gaming continues to have a strong future as a defined space which is why I’m always interested in seeing who is going to make the next coolest advancement in the mobile gaming space.
If anyone has the ability to come out of left field, it’s Nintendo.
This next idea isn’t really weird, but perhaps it’s a neat and logical step for the company’s mobile offering. Mark Kart is coming to smartphones. What a perfect idea.
Waiting for Nintendo’s next Nintendo Direct was starting to become a meme, and at times it felt like the company was even trolling us on Twitter with their nonsensical imagery. Yesterday, with practically no announcement at all, they dropped a ‘mini’ Direct on us with lots of great games and details.
I’m just going to touch on a few of my favorites and stand-outs, but you can find all of the games and info on Nintendo’s official site for the Jan 11th Direct.
Hey fellow Switch owners, after hours of playing the Mario Odyseey or the newly released DOOM, are you finding yourself wishing your Switch had a better battery life on the go?
Graev showed me this awesome extended battery pack/case by Antank for the Nintendo Switch he bought that allows you to not only extend your battery life significantly (doubles the battery life), but also provide additional functionality that the switch desperately needs.
The Antank battery case provides 6500mAh of power which, in practice, doubles the battery life you can expect to get out of your Switch.
One of the biggest complaints Switch owners have is that the charging port is natively on the bottom of the Switch. This means you can't use the kickstand and play mobile while charging at the same time. The Antank battery case relocates that port to the side of the console.
By default the Switch only has one kickstand which can leave the console feeling somewhat flimsy and unsteady when just standing up on a table, seat-back tray on a flight, or precariously perched on a book in the car. This case has two kickstands, and they have 3 different levels/degrees they lock into.
Additional features include being able to store two games within the case itself (nice for travel if you don't have a good case -- which you should), an LED charge indicator, and the USB-C charging capability. The charging also provides over-current and over-voltage protection.
Fairly standard stuff, but I definitely like the LED charge indicator which acts as a much easier way of figuring out how long you have left to play before you need to charge.
For those wondering, I looked into the following:
Hopefully this helps our fellow Switch owners out there!
This post glitched out and didn’t post, so I’m still counting this as posting every day.
I got a SNES mini! Graev was cool enough to give me his European version since he was able to snag himself a North American one. It’s essentially the exact same thing except it looks different. Why they created multiple versions of the SNES, I have no idea.
The games that came with it are pretty good.
Super Mario World (my favorite) is in there, along with The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (awesome) and Super Mario RPG: Levend of the Seven Stars.
The build of the console itself is interesting. Where the controller plug is is a facade that pulls down to expose the larger Wii style controller connections. The back has ports for HDMI and USB Mini.
I was worried about how to power the EU version because of power compatibility (and a warning on the box about not including an AC adapter) but it turned out to be no issue. Powering the SNES Classic Edition via USB is entirely possible using a standard iPhone USB to AC adapter. No issues at all.
I’m trying to figure out a good setup to record videos. Passing through to a monitor through my Avermedia Live Gamer Portable 2 might be my best options, though figuring out sound becomes an issue. Anyone have ideas on a video/stream setup for something like this?
I also find myself wondering how silly it’ll all be when Nintendo brings a virtual console to the Switch. I’m hoping and would probably even bet that there will be a full virtual console on Switch + the inclusion of a Gamecube virutla console for the first time. Having those games mobile… dang that’d be sweet.
So overall a cool system with games from the golden era of 16-bit gaming.