Friday, March 3, 2017

Time To Switch It Up! Hot New Nintendo Switch Out Today.

ChiIL Mama's Adventures With 
Nintendo Switch: 

It's our great pleasure to partner up with Nintendo once again, and introduce our readers to the incredible new Nintendo Switch. This groundbreaking system is released to the public TODAY, 3/3, but my 15 year old son and I got to play with it a couple weeks ago in Chicago at Revel Fulton Market! 

Hopefully you caught loads of our real time social media posts from the event. We were live streaming on YouTube & posting photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, documenting our adventures with Nintendo Switch. It was amazing to be invited to be one of the first families in the country to see the new games in action, and we had too much fun. 

Check Out Our Full Set Of Photos In The Slideshow Here. 
More of our favorite shots are below. 

The press preview at Revel Fulton Market on 2/18 was a gamers paradise and a visual feast of fun. The giant, open room was filled with cozy little living room scenes, each with screens, Nintendo Switch games, and comfy decor. 

We had a blast trying out some classic favorites like Street Fighter II, Sonic, Mario Cart and Skylanders, and some new finds too. 

We had a blast playing Mario Cart 8 Deluxe on an airplane! 

They even had a vintage Mario Diner set and volunteers playing game demos on the BIG screen for prizes. The whole event was fantastically fun.

Switch It Up: 

This groundbreaking system is versatile, and replaces the need for separate  home gaming units, and portable travel units. Here at ChiIL Mama, we are impressed by how tiny yet responsive the controls are! Switch enables players to play some games while facing each other, and stay active and interactive by throwing real punches, dancing and moving in real time, to advance game play. 

My teenage son, who is an avid gamer, thought it was brilliant and I was relieved that it was fairly easy to figure out, even for a middle age mom! The controls are intuitive and evolved from earlier familiar systems we grew up with like GameCube, Wii, and DS systems. From what we've seen of Nintendo Switch, we highly recommend Switching up.

Nintendo Switch is the new home video game system from Nintendo. In addition to providing single and multiplayer thrills at home, the Nintendo Switch system can be taken on the go so players can enjoy a full home console experience anytime, anywhere. The mobility of a handheld is now added to the power of a home gaming system, with unprecedented new play styles brought to life by the two new Joy-Con controllers.

At home the system rests in the Nintendo Switch dock, which lets you play with family and friends on a TV in the comfort of your living room. By simply lifting Nintendo Switch from the dock at any time, the system instantly transitions to handheld mode, and the same great gaming experience that was being enjoyed at home now travels with you. The portability of Nintendo Switch is enhanced by its 6.2-inch screen, which displays bright, high-definition gameplay at the park, on an airplane, in a car, or at a friend’s apartment.
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The Scoop On The Games:

Something old... something new. My husband and I grew up with the first generation Nintendo characters and games ever invented. They're reissued for Nintendo Switch, easier to play than ever, and ready for parents (and grandparents) to introduce those classics to the next generation of gamers. Then there are new games like Arms, a battling game that's a great workout at the same time, that we thoroughly enjoyed learning how to play. Game launch dates range from March 3rd through the holiday season. All release dates are listed below.


The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild
Release Date: March 3, 2017 | MSRP: $59.99

Forget everything you know about The Legend of Zelda games. Step into a world of discovery, exploration, and adventure in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a boundary-breaking new game in the acclaimed series. Travel across vast fields, through forests, and to mountain peaks as you discover what has become of the kingdom of Hyrule In this stunning Open-Air Adventure. Now on Nintendo Switch, your journey is freer and more open than ever. Take your system anywhere, and adventure as Link any way you like.

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1 2 Switch
Release Date: March 3, 2017 | MSRP: $49.99

Throw an impromptu party anywhere with anyone thanks to a new play style in which players look at each other—not the screen! Bring the action and fun into the real world as you face off in wild-west duels, cow-milking competitions, a copycat dance-off, and more. Each game takes advantage of the Joy-Con controller features of the Nintendo Switch system in different ways. While the action unfolds off- screen, the audience watches the players themselves instead of the screen. That makes it as hilarious to watch as it is to play – an instant party amplifier!


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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Release Date: April 28, 2017 | MSRP: $59.99

Hit the road with the definitive version of Mario Kart 8 and play anytime, anywhere! Race your friends or battle them in a revised battle mode on new and returning battle courses. Play locally in up to 4-player multiplayer in 1080p while playing in TV Mode. Every track from the Wii U version, including DLC, makes a glorious return. Plus, the Inklings appear as all-new guest characters, along with returning favorites, such as King Boo, Dry Bones, and Bowser Jr.!

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Release Date: Spring 2017 | MSRP: $59.99

Choose a fighting champion from around the world, equip your own combination of extendable arms, and then use a mix of button presses and quick hand motions to really take the fight to your opponent. Throw punches and guide them midfiight to hit agile fighters, avoid incoming attacks with dashes, or trampoline high into the air to rain down fists from above. Power-up your punches to deal extra damage or curve your fists around obstacles to hit skittish opponents. Fill up your special gauge to dish out devastating combinations and finish them off. Unleash your inner fighter in this unbelievable sporting event!

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Splatoon 2
Release Date: Summer 2017 | MSRP: $59.99

Get hyped for the sequel to the hit game about splatting ink and claiming turf, as the squid-like Inklings return in a colorful and chaotic 4 vs. 4 action shooter. For the first time, take Turf War battles on-the-go via local multiplayer in portable play styles. You can also compete in frenetic online matches like before. Two years have passed since the release of Splatoon, and two years have also passed in the game world, leading to an evolution in fashion trends and new styles of weapons and gear. Staying fresh never looked so good.

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Super Mario Odyssey
Release Date: Holiday 2017 | MSRP: $59.99

Mario embarks on a new journey through unknown worlds, running and jumping through huge 3D worlds in the first sandbox-style Mario game since Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine. Set sail between expansive worlds aboard an airship, and perform all-new actions, such as throwing Mario’s cap.  

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Disclosure: Thanks to Nintendo for inviting us to ChiIL' out with them in Chi, IL and play with the Nintendo Switch at Revel Fulton Market. a couple weeks before it's launch. We were given snacks and some full collectibles. I was not paid for this feature and as always, all opinions, photos and experiences are my own. 

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