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As we all know, sons of Hirotomo are super into fightin’ wars! (EDIT: If Tadashii’ anger in the first panel doesn’t make sense, it’s because I realized that some of Honou-ko’s dialog had been omitted from the previous page. That has now been added back in!)

How bout that NINTENDO SWITCH, friends? It’s like an actual portable version of the WiiU’s second screen controller! Obviously we don’t know the system specs or the battery life, and, if we’re being totally honest here, a portable console isn’t exactly revolutionary outside of Nintendo’s insular logic. I mean, gaming laptops with HDMI cables? Smartphones with VR headsets? iPhones and AppleTVs? TV to portable gaming is faaaar from revolutionary, but that doesn’t matter in the slightest, because in the Nintendosphere, nothing could be more rad than the Big N combining its portable and console developers into a single device (well, okay, a unified eShop account would be more rad so I could stop re-buying Super Metroid). I mean think about it, the next Pokemon game will be a console game! It’ll have to be if Nintendo is merging everything into the Switch. I don’t even care about Pokemon games and I think that’s exciting!

So I have a dream scenario, and I’ve pieced it together through these simple logical premises:
* The PSVR headset can display any device that outputs to HDMI on a giant screen in VR.
* The Switch, we have to assume, will output HDMI for digital TVs.
* The Switch is portable and can play Zelda Breath of the Wild.


(granted, it does occur to me that if only the Switch’s dock contains an HDMI port and not its portable screen, my dreams are waylaid…)

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  • Galeden

    One would assume that the HDMI would be on the Dock, the Portable screen looks a tad on the thin side for an HDMI port.

    • suburban_samurai

      Well, there go my dreams, down flames, just like the Hindenburg.

      • Galeden

        At least you can still play it in bed

        • suburban_samurai

          It’s not the same!!

    • leavescat

      The screen seems to be about half an inch; should be big enough. It at least has an HDMI out to the dock itself.

  • Xinef

    In panel 4, those bamboos are huge and sparse, compared to all the other panels :v
    Or Tadashii and Honou-ko shrunk, while bamboos remained the same.

    My guess is that Uso’s soul joined the plant army and is now playing mind tricks on us.

    PS.: Plot twist – Honou-ko is actually a dog, hidden in all that armor.

    • suburban_samurai

      just a little bit of that ol’ negligent artist magic!

  • Kid Chaos

    So, are we finally going to catch up with Yori & co. or what? 😜

    • suburban_samurai

      NOPE! (but soon…)

      • Kid Chaos

        Colonel Sandurz: Try here. Stop.
        Dark Helmet: What the hell am I looking at? When does this happen in the movie?
        Colonel Sandurz: Now. You’re looking at now, sir. Everything that happens now, is happening now.
        Dark Helmet: What happened to then?
        Colonel Sandurz: We passed then.
        Dark Helmet: When?
        Colonel Sandurz: Just now. We’re at now now.
        Dark Helmet: Go back to then.
        Colonel Sandurz: When?
        Dark Helmet: Now.
        Colonel Sandurz: Now?
        Dark Helmet: Now.
        Colonel Sandurz: I can’t.
        Dark Helmet: Why?
        Colonel Sandurz: We missed it.
        Dark Helmet: When?
        Colonel Sandurz: Just now.
        Dark Helmet: When will then be now?
        Colonel Sandurz: Soon.
        Dark Helmet: How soon?
        –“Spaceballs” (1987) 😜

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  • Bree

    I can’t help but feel like there’s a panel of missing dialog, here. The last comic had Tadashii speaking calmly and the issue seemed resolved. This page has Tadashii responding as if Honou-ko had said something after that, yet there’s nothing between. I can kind-of sort-of see a logical leap if what Tadashii said last week was mostly a ruse for his true feelings, but the connection is incredibly difficult to make.

    • Turul

      Agreed, I guess… I figure Tadashi started with the important part (the status of Uso and the mission they got from their lord! what could be more important!) and then went on to the various other stuff (oh and btw. I would kill you if it didn’t interfere with the important things. like obeying our lord!), but because the page break sort of cut his line in half, it took me some time and back-and-forth flipping to make sense of it.

      (And then Honou-ko got all hung up on that Tadashi wanting to kill him stuff, and Tadashi had to once again get back to the important things. Like their mission! And obeying their lord!)

      • suburban_samurai

        HOLY HELL GUYS, you’re totally right! There were a couple important lines from Honouko in the panel of the last page that I totally omitted! I’ve added them back in there. Unfortunately, this is the the result of Joe and my own attentions being heavily divided away from the comic as of late, sorry for the slip up.

        • Turul

          Well! Yes, Tadashi issuing a death threat to *that* is easier to understand than earlier when it seemed like he was casually objecting to the line about gardening. XD

        • EBeth

          Well, being distracted by thoughts of lying on bed, playing Zelda on a giant VR screen makes it totally understandable. I think that would distract most of us similarly. πŸ˜€

  • clogboy

    Fan theory: Uso isn’t dead, his death was just an illusion.

    • Turul

      But maybe he didn’t exist in the first place, and whole Uso was just an illusion.

      • Xinef

        Uso is actually a cake.

        … a spoon cake.

        • EBeth

          So Uso was a lie all along…

    • KungFuKlobber

      Yori killed Ina and Uso has been impersonating her ever since.

      • clogboy

        Mind. Blown.
        Or: everything since the battle has been an illusion like in that godawful excuse for an action piece ‘Next’. (now that would be a nice April Fool’s gag)

  • Flaming Squirrel

    “The front line?”
    “The front line!”
    “Which front line?”
    “THE front line!”
    “But there are so many front lines!”
    “Well, then we’ll just have to search all of them!”

    • Flaming Squirrel

      On a side note, I can see Tadashii having a problem with that. They’re a super secret shadowy assassin group that isn’t supposed to exist. The front line is a great place to be seen by 90% of the Japanese population.

      • Flaming Squirrel

        On a side side note note, I have mixed feelings about the Switch. On one hand, it could be cool. I’m not much of a portable gamer. The only time I’d need a handheld console is when I leave the house, and the only time I leave the house is when I have something I want to do, and I usually want to do it as quickly as possible so that I can come home again- where my consoles and TV are! On the other hand, I kinda wish Nintendo would quit devoting so much of their time to gimmicks like this and just make a good console. One that stands out because of its amazing games, not what silly thing it can do this time.

        • suburban_samurai

          If Nintendo wanted to simple make the most money, all they’d have to do it make a console with the same specs as the current/upcoming xbox one/ps4 that’s easy to port third party games to, and then continue to make great, well polished 1st party exclusive Nintendo games. That’s it, that’s all it would take! But that’s not how the Big N does thing.

          In fact, no one knows why Nintendo does the things it does, they’re such an unpredictable company! But there core philosophy seems to be ‘innovate even at the expense of fun’. Granted, and I’ve said it before, my WiiU and 3DS get the most play time of any of my gaming devices, because even though the hardware is often baffling, the software is usually fantastic! So I guess I can live with the big dumb elephant that is Nintendo.

          • Xinef

            Oh, it’s obvious why Nintendo does things the way it does. They’re Japanese. They are above logic.

          • suburban_samurai

            Oh that makes perfect sense! Thanks for clearing that up.

          • Flaming Squirrel

            Yeah, definitely. You can’t beat Mario and Zelda. Like that video says, though, they’re so busy doing weird stuff that they don’t devote hardly any attention to making games for their systems. I mean, look at the Wii U! How many worthwhile games does it have? I use it to play classic SNES and N64 games more than I actually play Wii U games on it!

          • suburban_samurai

            I dunno about that, Squirrel! Nintendo makes waaaay more first party games than Sony or Microsoft! And I own more games for WiiU than for my PS4 by far! Super Mario World 3D, Mariokart 8, Toad’s Treasure Tracker, Xeno Chronicles X, Bayonetta 2, Pikmin 3, Hyrule Warriors, Splatoon , two dozen or so indie games from Humble Bundles. And none of those games are realistic first person shooters, the genre I am least interested in. Also, like you say, the WiiU can play a massive number of classic Nintendo games on top of that. It’s my favorite console, but specifically because I’m loving this first generation of HD Nintendo games. Also, the second screen controller is a great concept, it’s just unfortunate it has such lousy range. Having it fully realized with the Switch is one of the big reasons I’m excited about it!

    • suburban_samurai
      • jULES

        This will not ever be not funny!

    • Da’Zlein

      “But the battle’s already over!”
      “Then we’ll start a new battle! And find him at the front line!”

  • Ginger Mayerson

    I love your sound effects, or whatever COAT was, it was great. I could just hear the coat flapping noise. Or something.

  • clogboy

    We have the Wii-U, and I like the basic concept.
    Pro’s: in Zelda Windwaker you can use it as a map and quick menu. It is quicker than PS3 or Xbox 360. The controller does not feel clunky, and it is a nice, convenient way to use Netflix.
    Cons: ported games only use the second screen to display the map. Arkham City armored edition does use it for all of Bat’s gadgets and I heard ME3 uses it as a tactical map to give commands to your squad mates. But for the majority it is integrated pretty poorly, or just as a way to ‘handheld’ game (within 15ft of the console) without hogging the TV. Which on its own is great but not a good justification, and as a result the market isn’t big enough for developers to really spend time using the second screen to its full effect.

    Enter Switch. The console IS a high-performance handhels, in fact it looks like a fat tablet with handlebars because that’s the only way to hold it firmly. Nevertheless you can take it on holiday without having to worry about where the main console is. Battery performance might be bad. But it is high powered and I hope it will be suitable for ports from PS4/Xbox One games. Since it’s not a secondary screen anymore I guess developers will have less trouble using the features that it has (touch input? Do we have that? Patents say yes, and also image/motion recognition and a projector – but patents do not represent the final product

    Anyway. While the market for casual gamers is way bigger than the one for hardcore gamers, it is hard to break the tradition where the latter group is quicker being pandered to because they are willing to spend more on a single product. But what it is, or isn’t, remains to be seen, as well as the market response. If anything the device better comes with a nice bag to accentuate its portability, or it might end up on said shelf next to its older cousin.

    • suburban_samurai

      The WiiU’s hardware reviews were very mixed when it was released, and there was a lot of confusion for those not up and up on the games industry as to what exactly it was and how it related to the Wii. The Switch’s message is much more on point, which will help immensely with marketing to the less game focused populace. If the battery life lasts at least five hours, I suspect any game reviewers are going to rate the Switch very highly because of its portability. If the games are good, the price is competitive, and the third party support remains steady after launch, then I suspect the Switch will be a hit. That is a lot of ‘ifs’ though.

      Also I hope it comes with a dope carrying bag.

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  • themadpsychologist

    Foreshadowing! Eijiro does not fight on the front line!

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