I don’t know about you but I am ALL IN with the Nintendo Switch!! It took me a bit of time to actually find one, without having to pay over MSRP ($299 is the real price!), but I finally picked one up at my local ToysRus. Since purchasing, my PS4 and Gaming PC have kind of been dormant. There is just something about the quality of a Nintendo game that is hard for others to duplicate.
So…. These are my recommendations for your 2017 Nintendo Switch Xmas / Holiday purchases. I wont go overboard, just the games and accessories I recommend that you buy to have fun and keep your Switch protected.
Nintendo Switch Pro Controller – For me there is no substitue for having a pro controller. It’s a bit pricey compared to other gaming system controllers, but it’s packed full of technology and it has a very solid well made feel to it.
Screen Protector – These screens will scratch!! So, before you do anything put on of the thin glass screen protectors on it. That way you can just forget about it. Most come with 2 so once the first one gets dirty or marked up (if it ever does), you can take it off, throw it away, and put on the second.
Memory Card – To save you money Nintendo put 32GB of system memory in the Switch. Some will complain about that, but as for me, with the prices of memory cards….I plopped in a 200GB card and I am good for a LONG TIME. Plus if you plan on buying physical copies of the games, you wont need to worry too much about filling up the system memory and the extra memory card you added. **You could go with a 128GB memory card for much cheaper if you like and it’s still plenty of space for a while.
What’s a gaming system without the games….NOTHING! So here are my choices for the first five or so games you should purchase with your system. I will put them in order of importance (from my perspective).
Zelda: Breath of the Wild – This is my new all-time favorite game. It will keep you busy for a long time (I’ve been playing for 6 months and still loving it.)
MarioKart 8 Deluxe – Good for all ages with local multiplayer as-well-as online multiplayer. It’s hands down the best MarioKart ever! You can use each JoyCon as a controller, a pro controller, or buy another set of JoyCons to give you 4 player races.
Splatoon2 – A non-bloody kid friendly (adults too) multiplayer shooter game. There is also a single player offline mode which is very fun.
Mario Odyssey – What’s a Nintendo game system without a Mario game…This appears to be another great game that will keep you entertained for a long time.
StreamWorld Dig2 – A recent purchase for me and at $19.99 on the eShop (get a gift card on Amazon). I have just started playing this game and have spent some serious hours digging around in the world. It is a top notch indie game that is very polished, in fact I wouldn’t even call it an indie game.
I am going to throw in a few optional accessories that you might want to pick up as stocking stuffers if you have a Switch already or want to pimp out your Nintendo Switch setup.
For this Adobe Premiere Elements 15 Tutorial, I show you how to do that squeaky high pitched voice (You know kinda like the chip monks or other funny video you see on YouTube). This functionality is located in the Audio Effects section of the program. As usual a lot of the functions are tricky to find in Premiere Elements, lol. You are looking for the “Pitchshifter” effect.
In this Adobe Premiere Elements 15 tutorial, I show you how to do slow motion video. You can do slow motion video with any video but for best results, 60fps (frames per second) video provides a smoother look. It’s a bit tricky to find in Premiere Elements 15 but the option is called “Time Remapping“. Time Remapping allows you to slow down or speed up a video clip. In this tutorial I only show you how to slow down the clip but you can easily see how you would also speed up the video footage too.
In this Apple iMovie tutorial I will show you how to add a logo to your video. Sometimes these are called “bugs”. Basically, it’s a way to put some branding on your video, wether you post it on your website, YouTube, Facebook, or any other video site. What we are doing here is using the picture-in-picture functionality to put a small logo in the corner of a video.
In this Apple iMovie tutorial you will learn how to edit the audio in your iMovie project. I have included basic audio editing as well as advanced (Note: iMovie isn’t a pro application so you are not going get too many features).
I will show you how to:
Increase/decrease the audio levels of the entire video
Control the volume in different parts of your video (“R” key + mouse left click and drag)
Use keyframes to adjust audio levels (“Option” key + click on the audio level volume control)
Ever get video with a bit of a bluish color, or the video color just didn’t look “right”? Well there are a couple of tools in Apple’s iMovie that will usually do a great job fixing this problem. The first is the ability to adjust the white balance. Now of course if possible you want to do this before you start filming if your camera has the features…but let’s face it….nobody has time for that, lol.
The second tool is using color correction to get your video footage looking the way you want. A little more saturation here, and a little move highlights there can go a long way in making your video look awesome.
In this iMovie tutorial for iOS (iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch) I show you how to do a slow motion video. There are a couple ways to do it but I went with the easiest and fastest, as I am not a fan of the “other” way.
In this tutorial I am going to show you how to use the FREE Apple Photos App to make your Instagram photos look AWESOME!! The Photos App gives you the ability to Crop, Rotate, Zoom In, Zoom Out, Resize, and most importantly….Color Correct.
Step 1: Launch The Photos App on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch Read more