The PS5 reveal… is Bold.

ps5 digitial edition hardware

The moment we all waited is now here. Well, sorta here. We don’t have the thing yet. But as usual with reveals, there will be so many questions left to be answered. But that is in due time.

The PS5’s design and its lineup of games is out in the wild. You can watch it from Playstation’s Youtube channel, or just watch it below:

This is going to be purely my thoughts on how the reveal is like, and I’ll lastly tell you what I feel about the PS5 console as a whole. So first, some thoughts:

The stream is in 1080p at 30FPS

Need to get this out of the way. You may be seeing some gorgeous visuals and graphics out of lineup. But, it is, by all means, NOT THE FULL POTENTIAL. If you have a 4K TV now, it is not in shown in 4K. Meaning, it will be so much, so so much, gorgeous.

Not everything is coming up at Launch.

If you’re thinking of getting Hitman 3 at launch, sorry, that’s later in January 2021.  In fact, the only titles that seem to be coming out on Holiday 2020, which we can only assume is alongside the launch of the PS5, is Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Bugsnax, Godfall and probably NBA 2K21? Well, based on what’s announced that is. (I expect other sports titles to be there and ready too)

WHY IS GTA V STILL RE-RELEASED

ENOUGH WITH THAT AND GIVE US VI GADDAMIT.

The Lineup is strong… First party wise.

GT 7, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Horizon Forbidden West, Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart, they look amazing and feel ready to be played.

There is still no price on the console.

If you want people to be ready to buy it this Holiday 2020, at least let me know how much I should be saving on a monthly basis. Like what, RM 500 a month ker?

There’s a huge possibility, you need consistent Internet on the PS5.

Does that sound weird? No, it should not. With a Digital only version of the PS5, you’re not gonna play games with a USB drive.  You’ll probably have to connect it to your trusty Internet provider in Malaysia to go download the games. Still can’t afford Fibre? Then, maybe the Disc version is better. But still, prepare for huge updates.

So now that I have gotten ahead of myself, here’s my honest blunt first reaction of what I felt when I first saw the photo of the PS5.

Image courtesy of Kotaku

BURUK. Ugly. Mana aku nak letak bunga kat pasu ni.

And then I saw the PS5 Digital Edition next to it.

ps5 digitial edition hardware

Image courtesy of Polygon

Eh cantik pulak Digital Edition.

Then I understood. This is the bold important step that Sony wants to make: It wants us to go directly to Sony to get everything. From games, to various other streamable/downloadable medias, the design is meant to make us feel that it is probably easier, and convenient to get stuff from Sony instead of ordering online, getting from a shop, any traditional way you can think of that was only possible when we lived in the 90 to 2000s.

Of course this is all thanks to how the digital revolution has been for Sony during the PS4 generation. But not even that, our consumption of medias is so much of a clear distinction that going digital seems to be the way. Digital was really an exploration, we just made it possible.

This is gonna be so rare when the PS5 happens. Sorta.

That also meant collecting PS5 games, is going to be so much fun, and so much more expensive when I’m what, at a tender age of 55? (I’m 33 this year anyways.) It’s like how we look for records. Did you know they cost hundreds still? Sure, some will probably be cheap, but if scarcity is going to be a newfound problem, then I guess we will see what happens when I’m 55.

Is this good for me? As a buyer, the digital edition is indeed appealing. Wanna play something at midnight exactly the time it is available? I can pre-load the file and get it ready. (Not that it wasn’t possible during the PS4) No more having to wait for a shop to open it’s door the next morning, then probably have a Day 1 update to install before I can play it.

Of course provided this is cheaper than the Disc version. If not, I know what Malaysians will go and buy.

As a seller, do I see my income dwindle because the Digital version has now become so much more appealing? It might. It’s totally possible. If Blockbuster, Redbox (media renting companies) closed down, what makes you think Gamestop (the biggest video game retailer in the US) won’t have a similar problem? Or at least downsizing. Their profits are already dwindling.

Heck, I myself have a hard time getting used PS4 games nowadays. (To sell of course)

If you’re thinking the Digital Edition is going to flop like how the Stadia did (ok they didn’t really flop), I would like to remind everyone that nothing is solid just yet. Stadia has it’s community, and it is still too early to say anything about it. Google is still pumping money, games are still being released (Although oddly, not the better versions than their console or even Steam counterparts), and nothing is still set in stone.

But there is still a lot more questions that need to be answered before we get to that. Regarding this very bold decision, as a company, this is a step forward. Definitely not backwards. The sharing community will start to realise that they no longer can share as best as they did last time. But the company probably would not mind this. They know based on the trend of how it has been, and they will want to move forward.

So do I think the Digital Edition will be the way to go for me once it is released Holiday season of 2020? (Which is probably November 2020 onwards) Nah. I love my discs. I collect my blu rays. I like keeping them. The actual PS5 will be what I will own instead. For now, lets just save up and hope we can actually afford the console when it comes soon.

What will be your choice?

Cara-Cara return lepas beli barang kat Lazada

Tahniah kerana membeli di Kedai Lazada Kyo!

Dan game rosak lak tak pepasal.

Takyah risau. Setiap game ada warranty 1 minggu dari tarikh penerimaan, jadi kalau rosak, korang boleh hantar balik ke Kyo secara percuma!

Ni cara dia:

Cari “My Orders”

  1. Cari “My Orders”
  • Kalau di website, cari account korang. Kat sana ada My Orders
  • Kalau di app, pun pergi ke account korang dan cari My Orders. Lepas tu cari View All orders
  1. Cari order yang korang beli dengan Kyo. Tekan yang tu.
  • Patutnya korang boleh jumpa Manage kalau kat website.
  • Kat App, patutnya ada butang untuk Return sebelah butang Review
  1. Tekan butang Return!
  • Pilih sebab kenapa kena return.
  • Tak perlu ambik photo kerosakan.
  • Sekarang pilih cara nak hantar balik. Biasanya yang ada Poslaju saja. Tapi Kalau Mail Box Express (MBE) pun ada, dan lebih dekat, yang tu pun boleh juga. (Tapi arahan ni Kyo focus dengan Poslaju saja dulu.
  1. Tunggu untuk Kyo sah dan confirmkan
  • Dalam sehari boleh jer biasanya. Lain lah kalau Kyo tengah bercuti.
  1. Confirm! Tiba masa untuk hantar balik!
  • Bungkus elok elok. Boleh dalam sampul surat juga. Kalau korang pakai balik bubblewrap yang ada dalam sampul masa Kyo hantar kat korang, lagi cun.
  1. Print label Return, 3 kali.
  • Sekarang kena pergi My returns pulak. Cari return yang dah diconfirmkan, dan aka nada butang Print Return Label.
  • 1 patut dilekatkan ke sampul. Lagi 2 bawak ke Poslaju.
  1. Dah siap pack, gi lah ke Poslaju.
  2. Ambik nombor dan pergi ke kaunter untuk mintak “Dua form pink untuk buat return kat Lazada”
  3. Tunggu sampai giliran korang, dan pergi ke counter. Paling penting, TIADA PEMBAYARAN DIPERLUKAN! Kalau diorang mintak duit, ada benda tak betul tu.

Siap! Tunggu untuk Kyo dapatkan balik game tu, dan korang akan dapat duit korang balik.

Ni antara soalan yang pernah ditanya mengenai return kat Lazada ni.

  1. Saya pernah beli melalui Lazada. Tapi kalau nak hantar direct kat Kyo (Berjumpa jap), boleh ker?

Boleh jumpa Kyo dekat Amcorp Mall, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, sabtu dan ahad saja dari 11 pagi sampai 5.30 petang.

Nak hantar pakai apa cara korang yang ada pun boleh juga, tapi Kyo takkan bayar untuk cara penghantaran kembali tersendiri.

  1. Bayaran refund tu dapat dalam bentuk tunai ker?

Tak. Lazada akan bagi balik melalui e-Wallet Lazada.

  1. Nak hantar CD saja boleh ker?

Tak, kena hantar semuanya.

  1. Nak tukar dengan game lain boleh ker?

Malangnya, buat masa ni Lazada tak kasi Kyo buat camtu. Tapi, lepas dah dapat balik bayaran refund tu, boleh  korang beli game yang ada seterusnya.

  1. Bila bayaran refund tu akan sampai?

Lazada kata dalam 8 hari. Tapi bergantung dengan apa cara korang pakai untuk bayar. Kalau online banking patutnya lebih laju kata diorang.

Kalau ada soalan lain, tanya Kyo di kyos.game.mart@gmail.com

A How to Return guide after buying from Lazada

Congrats from buying from Kyo’s Lazada store!

And the game tiba tiba rosak. Crap. Bummer.

But fret not! You actually do have a 1 week warranty if the game is not working. And since you bought it from Lazada, you can return it for free too!

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Head to the My Orders
  • If by website, head to the your account and find My Orders
  • If by app, head to the account and find My Orders, then go to View All Orders.
  1. Find the order you bought from me. Click on that.
  • You should be able to find it under Manage if through website.
  • On the App, you should see a Return button next to the Review button
  1. Click on the Return!
  • This is where you choose the reason to return.
  • You don’t need to take a photo. You can if u want to, but not necessary.
  • You will also be given options on how to return. Most commonly it’s through Poslaju. But if you happen to see Mail Box Express (MBE) available, and it is nearer, go do that. (But I’m focusing this guide on Poslaju)
  1. Wait for Kyo to approve.
  • Usually I would do this in a day unless if I’m on vacation.
  1. Approved for return! So time to send back!
  • Pack the game nicely in a package. It can be in an envelope. Would also appreciate if you reuse the bubble wrap that was used to wrap your game.
  1. Print the Return Label, 3 times.
  • Head to My Returns now that it is approved. Go find the approved return, click on that and you will see the Print Return Label part.
  • Stick 1 to the envelope, and bring the other two with you to Poslaju.
  1. Now that you got everything, head to your nearest Poslaju.
  • You want to explain this part too? OK. Pick your mode of transport, from legs to airplane. Well, if the ticket is worth it at least.
  1. Get your number and ask at the counter for “2 Pink Lazada Return forms”. Yes, 2 copies. Fill in both.
  2. Once it is your turn, head to the counter and then pass everything.
  3. Last important, YOU DON’T HAVE TO PAY. If they ask for payment, something is horribly wrong. Returns by way of Lazada and Poslaju are always free.

And that’s it! You wait for Kyo to receive the game and I can send the refund once I get it.

Here’s some questions that have been asked before as well:

  1. I bought from you through Lazada, but I just want to send the game back to you directly without all this. How?

You can find me at Amcorp Mall, Petaling Jaya, Selangor on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am until 5.30 pm.

You can also send it however you want, but I will not reimburse you for your other methods.

  1. Will I be paid in cash if I send it to your directly?

No. You will be reimbursed through Lazada’s E-Wallet.

  1. Can I just send CD only if that is the only item that is broken?

No. You need to send to me the whole thing.

  1. Can I exchange for another game that you have at the moment?

Unfortunately Lazada does not allow that for me. So I am unable to do that. You can however, purchase another game before the return is complete. I will still refund to you in whole once I get the returned game.

  1. When will I be refunded after you have received the item?

Lazada says within 8 days. But, it also depends on how you paid for the item as well. Online banking is said to be much faster.

Got any queries? Feel free to ask me right here as well at kyos.game.mart@gmail.com

Nintendo Switch FAQ

switch

I’m sorry this took forever to make. I got busy handling too many things at one time, and now I can finally focus on writing this properly. Here we go!

  1. What is the Nintendo Switch?

The Nintendo Switch is Nintendo’s latest console which varies the flexibilities of a portable console while also making it possible to become an amazing home console. Picture a tablet, with removable controllers,  that you can play anywhere and easily hook into a huge TV to continue the playing at home.

  1. What are the contents that come with the Nintendo Switch?

Nintendo Switch (the tablet), Left and Right Joy Con (separate controllers), Grip (joining both controller to one), Left and Right Joy Con Strap (So you can wear the Joy Cons like the Wii Remote)

A Dock (to hook to the TV), USB-C Adapter (to charge the Switch or power at Dock Mode), HDMI Cable (for TV purposes).

Depending on where you got it from, you will be given a manual or not. The Asian version doesn’t have manuals (when it first launched) but does have the contact information for Customer Service from Maxsoft if you need it.

  1. Currently what versions of the Nintendo Switch is available in the Malaysian market?

When it comes to versions, I’ll say the 3 important ones: Launch version, Version 2 with Enhanced Batteries, and the Switch Lite.

Launch Version is… exactly what it is: The Switch that came since 2017. This version may not be easily obtainable anymore what with the Version 2 being released now.

Version 2 with Enhanced batteries has a longer battery life than the first. And a little more improvements to the console’s performance.

The Switch Lite is the different one. It’s a Switch, but only playable as a Handheld and is smaller than the Switch. You can’t hook this to a TV, so certain games may not be playable either.

  1. The Switch looks like a Tablet. Can I use it like a tablet?

Well, maybe not entirely. It is still more of a gaming device. But expect apps to slowly appear on the Nintendo E Shop (Nintendo’s digital store of games and apps) that makes the functionality of the Switch more than just a gaming device.

  1. How do I play games on the Switch?

Physically, with cartridges! Yes cartridges are making a come back in home consoles (Sorta). And that cartridge may even look like the size of your thumb. Digitally, you can buy from the Nintendo EShop.

  1. Must the Joy Cons be connected to the Switch at all times?

Nope. Here’s the beauty of the Switch: The Joy Cons can be taken off, played with the Joy Con straps, attached to a grip, or even given to another player immediately for multilplayer play.

You can’t cabut the Switch Lite’s Joy Cons. So, live with it.

  1. So, I can immediately play with another play by just giving them another Joy Con?

Yup! This is one of the best features of the Switch: Local Multiplayer gaming immediately. While not all games can do that still (like Arms, the punching game), but it’s a welcome feature to have again so that you don’t have to fork out money to get an extra controller when purchasing the Switch.

You can use another controller to pair with the Switch Lite if you really need to play 2 person Smash on a fricking tiny screen.

  1. Is Nintendo still under the region locking thingy that they implemented in the last consoles?

Take a deep breath with me here… The answer is…. NO! The Switch is region free! Meaning all the games from all over the world will work on your Nintendo Switch! We’re talking about the physical copies of course.

  1. Hurm, what if I wanted to buy Digital Games from other regions on the Switch then?

There is an old trick here that you can use. But, I am not willing to disclose yet at the moment.

  1. Why not?

Let this man take time with the console to explore this feature. I’ll get back to you when it’s ready. Although, it’s not really a good idea though.

  1. Will it damage my console?

Nah, nothing like that. Just that, a grey line between legal and illegal. Sorta.

  1. Ah… I think I get what you mean.

Lets keep it on the hush hush then. Cough.

  1. Say if I don’t want to get the Asian version, is it ok to buy from other regions in the world?

It’s a Yes and No kind of answer. I normally tell people: Buyer beware. So, I’d immediately tell people if they are getting warranty or not for the items. Having warranty definitely doesn’t hurt. That’s the good thing. But if you’re ok without it then that’s fine too actually. You’re probably set in getting whichever that works best for you then.

  1. Do you have a Switch Kyo?

Well, yeah of course I do. Gots to.

  1. Are you going to add more questions to this FAQ?

Hopefully on a weekly basis. We shall see.

16. So what’s the difference between the old Switch models and the new revised 2019 ones?

Easy. On the outside, nothing at all. Ok maybe the new red color box, but really that’s it.

On the inside, that’s where the magic lies. The processing power and the motherboard has been given an overhaul plus new parts that makes the battery more efficient to handle for longer hours. But the battery itself didn’t change.

17. Is battery everything for me?

Well, if you happen to play the Switch a lot on the go, then yes. It’s going to. Because it now lasts up between 4.5 to 9 hours.

18. What about the Switch Lite?

It’s smaller, cheaper, and is supposed to suit people who prefer to play a handheld console purely. And yeah it does.

19. Now then Kyo, where do i get the console?

I sell it. And a whole bunch of other retailers sell it such as Gamer’s Hideout, Impulse Gaming, Heavy Arm just to name a few.

Just a note though: If you’re buying locally, try to ensure the unit is Asian and is distributed by Maxsoft. At the very least, you have warranty coverage for the console that you bought.

20. You don’t seem to be advertising yourself a lot more than when you wrote about the 3DS.

Well, there’s plenty of options and ways to get it. I am just one way and method. Plus I feel like helping others by giving specific places that I think have done well for the community.

Plus me writing “I sell it” is good enough.

21. What’s the standard price like? What about colors?

Supposingly, it’s at RM 1350. Well, at least that’s my pricing from my distributors. The downside is that there is no actual bar that we have to meet unlike Sony Playstation 4’s that are sold at Sony Centers.

In terms of colors, it’s the same all the way. Minus which Joy Cons you pick. And also any special editions that you are tempted by.

22. What’s the average price for games though?

I will say it is around RM 100 to RM 259 last I checked. And these are the prices for new games of course. Used games are a different beast all together.

23. Ok! I got the Switch console from one of those guys you mentioned earlier. What do I do now?

TURN. IT. ON.

24. That’s it?

Yeah. What else were you hoping that it would do? Make you guacamole?

25. Erh… How do I turn this thing on?

If you have doubts, the moment you open the box there will be instructions right on the side for you to check on how to set it up. Plus, the power button is on the top left of the Switch anyways.

26. It’s on. So what’s next?

Follow the wizard. Choose your language, choose your country (Lets start with US first), accept the EULA, choose the Wifi you have at home (if you don’t have one that’s fine), hook to the TV (if need be), choose your Icon for your profile, and your done! Ok i overlooked the parental controls, but that’s up to you.

27. So, why are we choosing the Americas again?

Simple: Malaysia doesn’t have a Nintendo E-Shop. At this point, you can even choose Japan if you want to, but since you’re playing this in English, start with the US first.

28. So, I’m done with the setup. What’s next?

Go play your game! Or visit the Nintendo E-Shop to download demos and what not. It is entirely your call.

29. The Switch is asking me to update. Should I?

Erh… Yeah?

30. How long will the Switch last battery wise if I play it on handheld?

Here’s a simple way to know:

The Older Switch Models: 2.5 hours to 6.5 hours
The Newer Switch Models: 4.5 hours to 9 hours
The Switch Lite: I don’t know yet. Waiting for an actual unit. But on paper it’s 3 to 7 hours.

31. Wow that’s a lot of hours.

I got a little confused by thinking if I should caps lock the h letter or not.

32. I meant the difference.

Owh yeah that too. The Newer models are more efficient anyways.

33. Back then there used to be battery packs for the old Switch. What about the new ones?

I have not seen those yet. But if I do then that’s another way to improve battery life at least.

(The following is actually a repost from my 3DS FAQ. Because it really is just the same thing anyways)

34. Alright time to get into the Nintendo E-Shop! And now I can’t? What gives?

Well, for starters, make sure you put a country that does have a Nintendo E-Shop. Again, Malaysia yilek E-Shop.

35. So… How do I use it?

Pick a country that has it. It can be US, or Canada. Your call. Then we shall create your Nintendo Network ID.

36. Wazzat?

It’s the account that you use to access the E-Shop in order to buy stuff and get it locked to your account. The same ID has existed in the 3DS and the WiiU, so if you have them, you can put them in here as well.

37. How do I get that?

You will need your email address, your full name, a FAKE US ADDRESS and you are good to go. Owh, this needs to be registered as you are connected to the Internet. So, that too. Key in the details as instructed and walah. (Yes I copy pasted from the 3DS FAQ.)

38. Wait wait wait, A FAKE US ADDRESS???

Remember how I said that Malaysia doesn’t have a dedicated server issue? Well, this is the somewhat workaround for people who don’t live in the US. That being said, it does not have to be “fake” per se. It needs to be an address within the US itself.

39. Urm… Sounds complicated. What address in the US can you use then?
Young padawan, I can show you the door, but only you can walk to it.

40. Did you really have to go Star Wars on me?
Do or do not. There is no try.

41. NOT HELPING KYO.
I can’t supply you that info because that would be against the law. But I have been mentioning a specific uncle that has been helpful all this while for that detail no?

42. Google?
You said it not me.

43. You just copied everything from the 3DS FAQ.

If it ain’t broken…

44. OK FINE.

Don’t fix it~

45. Ok, I got the ID setup and everything is now working fine. What kind of content can I expect from the Nintendo E-Shop?
Loads! You have got cheap digital exclusive games, E Shop exclusive games, demos, videos attached to recent games and so on. There is a whole lot of stuff here.

46. Whoa awesome. But, how do I go around buying this thing?
Using the US Nintendo E Shop Cash Code. Well, provided you set the Switch to the US of course.

47. When you say US Nintendo E Shop Cash Code, I am guessing that my Australian or Japanese E Shop Cash Code won’t work on my US console right?
Right you are. E Shops are region locked as well. Still locked on that end.

48. Where do I get the E Shop Cash Codes?
Kyo has them consistently. Serious. I am your easiest option to buy the E Shop Cash Codes. Find them at the Products page. Not sure where?http://kyosgamemart.com/collections/ninten…shop-cash-codes

However, as alternatives, your reputable sellers from earlier also sell these without a doubt. You can also try and hunt them online from other providers. But, from what I heard, not that reliable. Stick to your local retailers, or Kyo. You can’t go wrong there.

49. But you only sell the US ones…
You can always ask me for other regions. I can get them too ya know.

50. How come the price for the E Shop Cash Code is expensive? I thought it is a direct USD conversion?
Not at all. That is simply not the case. In the US, what happens is that the cash codes are charged at an extra USD 3 from the amount that you wish to purchase. For example, a USD 10 would go to USD 13 instead. This is common everywhere in the US.

TLDR, USD 3 is our untung. Also, I have written about this topic in legnth from a previous blog post.

51. Ah I see. Ok I have gotten myself a code now. How do I go about redeeming it?
Head to the Nintendo E Shop, access Menu, scroll down to “Add Funds”. Then, click on Redeem a Nintendo eShop card and key in what you got.

52. Can’t I do this at the “Redeem Download Code” under Menu?
That doesn’t work. That only applies to digital games that you may have been able to buy from Amazon.com or Ebay as examples.

53. Wait, I can buy from them? Why should I buy from you then?
Well, go give it a try.

54. Crap, it doesn’t accept my Malaysian Credit Card.
I rest my case.

55. You knew about this didn’t you?
Of course. But I believe the best teachers are experience and our own mistakes.

56. You cheeky b*st*rd.
/Lights up a cigarette.

57. Kyo! How come I’m being charged for taxes on the E Shop! This is not right!
Then the state setting that you keyed in incurs taxes. Also, make sure that the address you keyed in and the state and the zip code matches all the way. If not, it won’t work.

58. What if I still want to use my Malaysian Credit Card for the eShop instead? Is there a workaround to this?
There have been reports that the Canadian eShop accepts Malaysian Credit Cards for the past few years now. And there has been no change to that in recent memory. However, in order to access this, I believe you need to create a separate Canadian Nintendo Network ID and go through all the process again from earlier. So, choose wisely.

59. Choose wisely? How come? What’s the worst that can happen?
When it comes to using the Canadian eShop, it should be noted that in the event of a new console being released in the future, you would be stuck with that ID. Plus, you may no longer be able to use your Malaysian Credit Card on the Canadian eShop if Nintendo decides to cancel its privileges to you. (It happened with the Brazil Hack on the Wii in the past).

But since that’s what happened to the 3DS, I apparently can say you can still use your Malaysia Credit Card on the Switch, provided it’s the Canadian EShop still.

60. So, if use the US eShop, I pay more. But if I use the Canadian eShop, I risk having my games stuck in the Switch and lose access to use Malaysian Credit Card in the Canadian eShop in the future?
Righto.

61. Ok, any other tips I should know about the E Shop?
Here’s some:
– Find a state that doesn’t charge you taxes. You can Google to find it out.
– Unfortunately, the E Shop doesn’t support Malaysian credit cards. So buy the Nintendo EShop cash codes.
– If you plan to download a lot of stuff, get a bigger SD card. 32GB ain’t enough.
– There’s a SLEW OF DEMOS in the E Shop. That’s your best bet in trying a game first before actually purchasing it.

62. What happens if my Switch breaks down?

If it’s under warranty, give your friendly Maxsoft a call and say that you need to get it repaired. The paper is in the box, they will then tell you what to do to get the process dealt with. If you’re not clear, follow this link of mine to find out how to do it.

Nintendo Switch Online Membership

  1. What’s the Nintendo Switch Online membership?

It’s like Playstation Plus or Xbox Live. It’s basically Nintendo’s way to force you to pay money to play games online.

  1. What comes with the Membership?

Priority, playing any Switch Game online with other players around the world. It also does:

  • Give you NES and SNES games. So far there’s 70+ of them as at writing.
  • Back up your save data to the cloud.
  • Exclusive offers. Depending on the region you took.
  • A Smartphone app that lets you talk to other players while playing on the Switch.
  1. Wait, an app to talk to others on my smartph-

DON’T. ASK.

  1. . Wh-

I SAID DON’T. But since you must know, Nintendo doesn’t do voice chat on the Switch. So, they do it on the phone.

But at the very least, it’s not limited to just that. There’s some first party content like sharing of Smash Ultimate Vids and Screenshots. And Splatoon 2 stats. Man, they really need to do more with this.

  1. So, what’s the price like?

Cheap! In my opinion.  4 USD for 1 month. 8 USD for 3. 20 for a year.

  1. Do I really need this?

If you fancy battling Pokémon online with other players, you have no other choice. That also applies to playing online in any other Switch game.

  1. Is the NES/SNES catalogue worth it?

Here is your answer. Only you can decide if the games are worth your time. At the very least, you can also play those games multiplayer online with others. And I believe local too.

  1. How do I get it?

If you’re using a US Nintendo ID account, then head to the Eshop to purchase it. If you don’t have the credit card for it, then you can also ask me to hook you up directly to get the Membership. I also have it in 3 months and 1 year subscriptions.

  1. Does the Save Data cloud apply to all games?

Unfortunately, no it does not. There are some that are not valid.

  1. How often is my save data backed up?

Every time you log into the internet with your Switch.

  1. Can I transfer my save file to another Switch system?

You can, provided the other system has your ID and you log it on with the ID. And then you just continue where you left off.

  1. How many save files of games can I upload to the cloud?

You know what, I’m not sure. I couldn’t find the answer to this yet. I’ll try and update this question when I get a better answer.

13. Which region for the NSOL Membership can I get?

You can take from any of the regions. US, Europe, Japan. But your ID needs to have the right address for it.

14. What’s the best E-Shop in your opinion?

US. However, Canada also works (If you want to use your credit card). But it really depends on your convenience.

15. How do I change my Nintendo ID?

You have to create a few more. From there it needs to be paired to the accounts on the Switch.

Observations

I feel currently annoyed by some PS3 titles as it breaks down on me with time. The usual culprits seem to be the following:

  • Resident Evil 5 (Region 3 discs)
  • Moto GP 09/10 (Region 3 discs also, new or used)
  • Assassin’s Creed II (Region 1 and Region 3)

I’m not sure what got into the heads of Capcom and Ubisoft on the asian side, but the games tend to break down with time. Even if I’ve never open the game whatsoever (Moto GP 09/10 suffers from this a whole lot, and Resident Evil 5 too)

If you happen to have these games, best give them a check. Or get another region.

Kid Friendly PS4 Games List (Part 3)

Often I get this happy question, from parents mainly. We all love our kids and try our best to not expose them to hyperviolence as best as we can. Or even curse words for that matter. But hey, considering most of the games they asked for does exactly that (You have no idea how many kids ask for GTA V on a weekly basis. Or even Call of Duty games), here’s a handy list for you parents (or just clueless with what games work for kids) to give some thought at. There’s a lot to begin with, so I’m gonna write down 3 of the ones that I should highlight weekly:

Rocket League

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Do you love football? Do you love cars? Then good! Lets combine both of them together in a fun and pretty insane ride where you play football using cars! Playable up to 4 players, it’s fun to even think of the possibilities of tricks and even the manipulation of speed on how to get a goal in. I bet you can’t dribble that good in a car eh?

Don’t believe me how good it is? Check out this video, of 50 of the best moments in Rocket League history (Some cursive language included) :

Little Big Planet 3

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If you fancy on wanting your kid to a game level designer, look no further than this title. It’s all about creating your own game levels, and experiencing thousands of levels created by others. Heck, there’s someone ballsy enough to make a Super Mario clone in the game. No kidding.

Here’s the proof:

Dragon Quest Builders 1 / 2

Minecraft is an easy recommendation. But what if you wanted the kids to have a little bit more of an adventure and a story to focus on? Plus seeing quirky characters and brush up a little bit on their English. Then this would be the perfect title. Somewhat of a Minecraft clone, but so much better in terms of execution and story. And cutesyness. Yes, I made the word up.

Here’s a review from IGN:

Minecraft

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For those who don’t know what Minecraft is, well, it’s full of blocky characters and a huge open world that lets kids (and adults) do whatever they want. It’s really more of a building simulator, just that it’s not just limited to buildings since you can build cities with all the resources available.

Nah, I’m not gonna put a video. No need.

You can also purchase the games from Kyo. Just contact me and I’ll direct you to the right places. 🙂

Kid Friendly PS4 Games List (Part 2)

Often I get this happy question, from parents mainly. We all love our kids and try our best to not expose them to hyperviolence as best as we can. Or even curse words for that matter. But hey, considering most of the games they asked for does exactly that (You have no idea how many kids ask for GTA V on a weekly basis. Or even Call of Duty games), here’s a handy list for you parents (or just clueless with what games work for kids) to give some thought at. There’s a lot to begin with, so I’m gonna write down 4 (this week) of the ones that I should highlight weekly:

OverCooked 1 or 2


Ever wanted to play a cooking game, but you realise it’s not available except for the Cooking Mama series? Then you’re in luck, Overcooked is the best cooking game available at any current moment. Everyone has a specific task to handle and you’re required to work together (or alone if you want also) to complete each levels given.

Two chefs played the game. And I actually kinda like how they explain the game:

Runbow

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Last week I highlighted Rayman Legends, which is what we call a platformer and the closest thing that you can have to a Mario game on the PS4 (with nice graphics, fun game play, simple and all out oozing of charm). Runbow is an indie platformer game that shares the same DNA, but has an interesting twist: The blocks/platformers changes everytime the color changes.

If the block/platform matches the background, then it’s gone. You can’t jump on it anymore, and you’ll fall through. It adds an interesting mechanic that makes the game challenging, and funny too. The game is best played multiplayer too.

I wanted to show videos of people playing the game, but there’s too many curse words. So, this will do.

Ratchet and Clank

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If you have never played Ratchet and Clank before, you’re missing out. What started to be a Teen rated game, has now mellowed itself down to being a kid friendly game, but loses none of what makes it previously great. An adventure where Ratchet and Clank must prevent the destruction of the universe from Dr Nefarious, the fast paced action and platforming that is renowned in the series is present and made easier for kids to enjoy.

And here’s the story, for the game:

Any Lego series

The safest of the bunch. Really. Any Lego game has been known to not only be Kid friendly, but it doesn’t stray away from the same formula, every damn time. It still makes a lot of money though, so who’s to say it’s a bad idea.

You get a story, with a ton of characters, and levels, and sometimes a nice play ground for kids to just do whatever they want in it. You can drive, fly, run, do whatever it is possible. It’s probably the kids version of GTA too. if that helps.

There are a few exceptions though, but depends if it can be found. Lego Dimensions requires you to get the toys for the game, if not you can’t play them, at all. Lego Worlds is somewhat of a Minecraft rip off. Or… actually a mega Lego Playset in one. That can be fun, or daunting entirely.

But if you’re curious about the Lego games that came out for the PS4 (minus the two mentioned above), here’s a complete list of Lego Video Games on the PS4 at the moment:

The Lego Movie Video Game 
The Lego Movie 2 Video Game 
Lego Marvel Super Heroes
Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2
Lego Star Wars The Force Awakens
Lego Jurassic World
Lego Marvel’s Avengers
Lego Harry Potter The Complete Series
Lego City Undercover
The Lego Ninjago Movie Video Game
Lego Batman 3 Beyond Gotham
Lego The Hobbit 
Lego DC Super Villains
Lego The Incredibles

You can also purchase the games from Kyo. Just contact me and I’ll direct you to the right places. 🙂

My grief with Uncharted 4

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I wrote this in 2016, and now in a blog purging state, so I figured I’d publish this out anyways. Because I still feel the same even after Lost Legacy came out.

Lets get a few things out of the way first: Uncharted 2 is the best in the series. Yes many have balked at how Uncharted 3 didn’t live up to the standards and the bar placed in Uncharted 2, but it still doesn’t make it a bad game. It’s not even close to that.

On 10th May 2016, the highly anticipated Uncharted 4 was released globally. The reviews have poured in days earlier and everyone basically gave a thumbsup. Or two at the least. In my reviewing capabilities, I would say that UC4 is one of the best in technical marvels for the PS4 coupled with very strong story telling and fantastic gameplay mechanics.

If you somehow haven’t heard of the Uncharted series before, think of it as the Indiana Jones of games. You’re Nathan Drake and over the course of 4 games, you’re chasing treasure in fantastic locations combined with fantastic set pieces showcasing the strengths of the gameplay. Climbing and shooting mechanics are not only done well, they feel amazing and fluid. From El Dorado, to discovering Libertalia, every game’s drive and motivation is wonderful all over.

The problem is, I’m not entirely satisfied with Uncharted 4.

One of the issues I noticed is that while it ended in a way that was good, I felt empty at the very end. After 4 games and you realise, that’s pretty much it. This is the end because people felt 3 didn’t finish on a very strong note. I may just be the only guy saying this, but Uncharted 3’s ending was satisfactory. That was enough for good old Kyo.

Earlier I was talking about the game to a few friends of mine. I finished UC4 in 13 hours, on Moderate level. And right after that I sold it to another fan who was interested with the game. That was ok with me. I prefer to share the experience with others. But in that same conversation, I made the comparison to Star Wars. Nothing is going to beat Empire Strikes Back (UC2). Return of the Jedi (UC3) wasn’t really that great, but still it wasn’t bad at all either. Heck, I loved it because it felt better to explore the relationship dynamics between Drake and Sully (Han was back in Return of the Jedi.) The Force Awakens? UC4 indeed. Familiar, but was better told in storytelling. (At least there’s no such thing as the prequels for the Uncharted series)

But because of it being familiar, regardless of how well the storytelling is, it just didn’t meet the high standards for UC2. UC2 had a grounded enemy threatening the balance of not just the people involved in discovering Shambala, but also the world as a whole. UC4, well, lets say there’s a few this time compared to the rest.There isn’t really a central villain. But the message of greed was somewhat clear. If they had kept on hammering the idea of what greed was to an adventurer, then maybe it may have been better.

The inclusion of the Piton in the climbing mechanics were also pretty darn late. Debuted in a gameplay video earlier, I had at least expected the “borrowed from Tomb Raider” mechanic was introduced way earlier because we can have fun with it first hand.Instead, we got the grappling hook. Which, I’ll admit, is a ton of fun when you can fly on to someone and do vertical smackdown. I had wished that both items very available much earlier so we could have more fun with them.

Another part I quite disliked was that, if you followed what was revealed for this game, will lead you to feeling slightly disappointed. Apparently, the gameplay videos teased over the years, make up for too much of the game itself. Did it have surprises? Somewhat. But it truly feels like you’ve seen everything from gameplay or trailers. It’s similar to thinking that you’ve seen all of a movie through a 2 minute trailer. That isn’t good.

Do I hate it? Obviously no. It’s the same as Force Awakens. It’s great. But, with TFA, there’s 2 more movies. With Uncharted 4, this is it. This is the defining ending tale. While the directors of The Last of Us did that game justice by completing what it needed to be by the end of the game,  I felt that the end for Uncharted 4 could have been much better. There’s an actual reason to the A Thief’s End tagline. The thief may have ended. But I think the end isn’t really the end. Somehow the end, needs to be a lot more neater. Maybe something like a Fast and Furious 7 Paul Walker tribute. Maybe. But regardless of my grief, the Thief has met his end.

Kid Friendly PS4 Games List (Part 1)

Often I get this happy question, from parents mainly. We all love our kids and try our best to not expose them to hyperviolence as best as we can. Or even curse words for that matter. But hey, considering most of the games they asked for does exactly that (You have no idea how many kids ask for GTA V on a weekly basis. Or even Call of Duty games), here’s a handy list for you parents (or just clueless with what games work for kids) to give some thought at. There’s a lot to begin with, so I’m gonna write down 3 of the ones that I should highlight weekly:

Rayman Legends

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When people come, they always ask for Mario on a Playstation console. Sorry to say, won’t happen anytime soon in this generation. But there is a next best thing that I always recommend people go for.

Rayman is somewhat of a rival to Mario, even if Sonic The Hedgehog is actually considered THE rival. But when it comes to platformers, and employing a similar style of playing the game like Mario, this one is the next best option on the PS4. And it is graphically wonderful too.

IGN’s review is a perfect start to see how it plays, plus how good it makes you feel:

Sonic Mania Plus

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How long did it take for us to get a proper Sonic game? Way too long. Sonic Mania came out of the idea of a guy who just wanted to make a Sonic game of old. Lo and behold, it is the best reviewed Sonic game to date…not done by Sega. Not kidding.

Blazing through levels in fast speeds, and do it with 3 other players, is good chaotic fun that never ends. And that’s what Sonic is supposed to be all about: Gotta go fast!

Here’s what Digital Foundry has to say about the game:

Super Bomberman R

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Did you know when was the last time there was a memorable Bomberman game? If you are thinking the Nintendo DS version, you’d be right. And now that it has reappeared on the Switch first, and then the PS4,  chaotic blasting among each other is pure joy and fun.

If you’ve never played it before, go find the classic version. It’s basically 50 levels of trying to get from one map to the next, aiming a high score, getting your powerups, and making sure you don’t conjure more enemies (everybody hates the coin one). This time, it’s not that different. Still the same old formula. So you’ll be back at home. But, it also comes with multiplayer now. That’s more interesting considering it can be very, very chaotic.

WindyCornerTV has a good review of the game if you’re interested to see how it is

And that’s it! That’s the three that are the top of my head at the moment. Also, this is a weekly thing, so I’ll be back with three more recommendations next week. Until then, see ya next time!

You can also purchase the games from Kyo. Just contact me and I’ll direct you to the right places. 🙂

Switch Lite has an audience of its own

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Nintendo just announced the Nintendo Switch Lite, as I was having my dinner with my wife and my friends started buzzing me about the announcement. As I walked and turned on the Youtube video with Koizumi speaking about the Switch, I feel something off.

How is this a Switch if I can’t…do my Switch click sound?

The Switch Lite is definitely different than the Switch…erh, Classic now? You know what, for comparisons sake, we’re gonna go with Switch and Lite. Ok? From the get go, you know the following about the Lite:

  • It’s smaller.
  • Kickstand is gone.
  • It’s handheld only. So you can’t dock it or connect it to the TV (although…a certain USB C bypass might be possible, but that remains to be seen)
  • It has three colors (yellow, light blue, grey)
  • Priced at USD 199.99
  • All Switch Games are compatible if you can play it on Handheld mode. But certain games like 1 2 Switch will require an extra pair of Joycons.
  • In the box is just the console and the AC adapter. That’s it.
  • Battery is slightly improved by half an hour (3 to 7 hours battery life)
  • The screen is at 5.5 compared to 6.2 on the Switch.
  • IR is gone too.
  • Owh, there’s a D-Pad all of a sudden. Yup.

With the emphasis on it being smaller, and cheaper, and lighter, and it being a handheld console, it’s suited for one audience: KIDS. Ok fine, also inclusive of people who actually want the thing on handheld only. (I wanted to say I’m included, but I see myself playing it on the TV lately)

The Parent in You will be Pleased.

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And that’s ok. If this was positioned for kids, or parents who want to give kids a cheap console to play with (it’s supposingly won’t go over RM 900. Supposedly that is), then this is perfect. You don’t have to buy the full scale package if you don’t need it. They don’t have to lug around a long handheld console that needs to be detached if required. They can just lug this around instead.

The problem lies when you realise you not only have one kid, but two or more (or you know, the big kid in you). Sure, you can get another joy con set, but remember, that screen is tinier than it was before. It’s suitable for one pair of eyes. Maybe just not two instead. Then there’s the matter where the games, are still not as cheap as you would think. Unless you’re willing to scour the second hand or used market, prepare still to buy Switch games over RM 100, even for a used one (Though, good old Kyo will say he has some cheap new ones around that range too).

Is the Lite for me though?

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The gamer in me is pleased that the Lite is made to reach to more people who not necessarily need a console hooked to the TV. I can probably fit this easier into pockets and take lesser storage space in my bag. The (slightly) longer battery life is a good thing too. And again, i don’t need to spend so much to play Nintendo’s fantastic game of the year worthy titles, anywhere I want.

The D-Pad, is supposed to be a very welcome addition. I kid you not. It’s nice to see what made Nintendo revolutionary back on a Nintendo console. However, I got along with the buttons just fine when I played on the Switch. So I didn’t feel like this was going to change everything in all the games I played. But I know a few gamers would love this for Mortal Kombat. At the very least.

But I will also start by saying that COULD THEY HAVE NOT MADE THE BATTERY LIFE GADDAMN LONGER. COME ON. You guys cranked out so much on the DS. WHY CAN’T THIS BE THE CASE. I’m already living in a universe where I have to consistently charge so many devices in order to get my days going. I don’t wanna charge this daily. Let me charge it 2 or 3 days once instead. That would be better.

There is another complaint though. I lose out on what made the Switch special: Local multiplayer on the go. In order for that to happen, I still need another pair of joy cons, which, to be fair, I also would have to find a way to prop the Switch to play it at a picnic table with my wife. Wanna play this on a flight with another player? Nope, not gonna happen. I can’t find anywhere to prop this thing at all. The Joy Cons adds more cost, adds more storage, makes me wonder where am I gonna charge them (third party charging cradle perhaps). The hassle is there all on it’s own.

Will the Lite prevail?

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But again, don’t look at this like it’s supposed to be a Switch: It’s a handheld (only) console by Nintendo with the capability of playing Switch games. Certain games might not be possible, but at least it can. In a way, this would be the actual true successor to the line of handhelds that Nintendo created since the Game Boy, all the way to the 3DS. And for what it’s worth, it has the right audience.

Just maybe not everybody though. We’ll wait for Miyamoto to reinvent the controller again for that to happen.