[0 60 calc]Nintendo Switch Has Games – And Now It Has An Expensive Calculator, Too

  MoonKnight7

  1MoonKnight7Tue 11th May 2021

  No thanks. I generally don’t game while I’m doing my taxes.

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  KayFiOS

  2KayFiOSTue 11th May 2021

  ”How much?!”

  Click to find out! Ho ho!

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  Snatcher

  3SnatcherTue 11th May 2021

  First Spongebob now this?

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  Patendo

  4PatendoTue 11th May 2021

  ……55378008…….and turn upside down lol

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  AJ1

  5AJ1Tue 11th May 2021

  At least someone is listening to the fans.

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  Pod

  6PodTue 11th May 2021

  I could understand a fully emulated TI83+, but this seems a little unnecessary.

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  Handy_Man

  7Handy_ManTue 11th May 2021

  The calculator built into my phone is perfectly fine, this is basically a scam.

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  CrazyCats

  8CrazyCatsTue 11th May 2021

  I’m sure my kids would love to bring a Switch to their maths class, with the excuse of, “it’s my calculator.”

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  TheFullAndy

  9TheFullAndyTue 11th May 2021

  @Handy_Man

  It is not a scam, it is a calculator app for a price.

  It is up front about what it is so nothing scammy about it and if people can get a use out of it then great.

  If people buy it expecting something else they haven’t been scammed they are just stupid.

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  CactusMan

  10CactusManTue 11th May 2021

  I′?l just get a free one from github. Probably somebody wanted to make cheap quick $. Maybe it′ll sell 8 and the one who made the software can buy a couple of beers from the revenue.

  All in all that′s nice.

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  westman98

  11westman98Tue 11th May 2021

  Finally, an app I can count on.

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  Jayenkai

  12JayenkaiTue 11th May 2021

  My current calc of choice is the wonderful PCalc on iOS.

  If I didn’t have an mobile device by my side at all times, this could be a handy replacement, and with the Switch’s “turn back on to resume where you left off” ability, it’d be functional when necessary.

  If you don’t have anything else, I don’t see why this can’t be an incredibly useful app.

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  Shiryu

  13ShiryuTue 11th May 2021

  I calculate my chance of getting this to be 0.00%.

  Joke’s on me when this thing becomes a rare NFT or the like down the line and the rarest Nintendo eShop title of all time.

  Untitled

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  WoomyNNYes

  14WoomyNNYesTue 11th May 2021

  Boooooooooo!

  

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  Snatcher

  15SnatcherTue 11th May 2021

  @TheFullAndy I think the word he was looking for was, Rip-off.

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  abdias

  16abdiasTue 11th May 2021

  Back when I was on college, I always had with me my HP12C calculator and my 3DS. I would love to have both on the same device.

  Now, I dont know that this calculator is good for, but maybe serves a purpose for some student out there.

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  CrazyCats

  17CrazyCatsTue 11th May 2021

  @Snatcher You could always wait for a sale

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  TheFullAndy

  18TheFullAndyTue 11th May 2021

  @Snatcher

  Probably but if somone was buying this for a specific purpose then I imagine they would get their money’s worth.

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  RupeeClock

  19RupeeClockTue 11th May 2021

  Yes, you may bring your own calculator to the exam.

  No, you may not bring your Nintendo Switch running calculator software to the exam.

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  HotGoomba

  20HotGoombaTue 11th May 2021

  I’ll wait for the sequel.

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  Yosher

  21YosherTue 11th May 2021

  I can’t imagine a whole lot of people getting this. Even if you want a handy calculator.. there’s easily better options available for cheaper. This seems to be expensive just to be expensive, in my eyes.

  Things that make you wonder why.

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  Nintendo4Sonic

  22Nintendo4SonicTue 11th May 2021

  Yeah right, as if would turn on the Switch, in times of Smartphones and than paying for that extra

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  Ooyah

  23OoyahTue 11th May 2021

  This is a Sin, Cos you could use the money to buy yummy Pi instead. Sorry for going off on a Tan-gent.

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  huntr132

  24huntr132Tue 11th May 2021

  Do you think LRG is gonna do a physical release of this one?

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  Jeronan

  25JeronanTue 11th May 2021

  Everyone has a free scientific calculator on their phone, so why in earth would anybody be stupid enough to pay for one on a game console? /shrug

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  johnvboy

  26johnvboyTue 11th May 2021

  @TheFullAndy,

  I was expecting a free calculator app that not only completed my taxes, but paid them too.

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  Ghost_of_Hasashi

  27Ghost_of_HasashiTue 11th May 2021

  The fact that both the Game.com and Pro 200 handhelds from 1998 had built-in calculator but not the Switch is disappointing at this point.

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  lemonjellydude

  28lemonjellydudeTue 11th May 2021

  Day one purchase! I wonder how many extra levels it has?

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  Shambo

  29ShamboTue 11th May 2021

  So, now we can have a calculator that not only technically runs every DOOM game, but also Crysis.

  Edit: to be honest, if I were still in school and needed to buy a scientific calculator anyways, I would use this excuse to play my Switch in class.

  ”What are you doing there?” – “Calculating, what does it look like?” – “It SOUNDS like you’re ripping and tearing demons again…” – “I must have divided by zero or something.”

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  sanderev

  30sanderevTue 11th May 2021

  @Handy_Man It’s not a scam. You get what you pay for. You can say that it’s overpriced. Sure.

  Also funny thing is. I used to play games on my calculator, now I can have a calculator on my gaming device.

  On a different note, I make some awesome Windows tools as a developer. Maybe I should port those to the Switch.

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  LouBlu08

  31LouBlu08Tue 11th May 2021

  I’ll just use my phone… ha ha…

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  Dethmunk

  32DethmunkTue 11th May 2021

  what is the point of that? ha ha. I’m sure someone will buy, but why?

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  sanderev

  33sanderevTue 11th May 2021

  @Dethmunk Well, if someone buys it (which they will) it has proven the point.

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  theberrage

  34theberrageTue 11th May 2021

  I’ll wait for your review, nintendolife

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  ChakraStomps

  35ChakraStompsTue 11th May 2021

  I’ll wait for the free to play with loot boxes version

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  Maxz

  36MaxzTue 11th May 2021

  “…Costs a rather steep £8.09. We say steep because you can buy a real scientific calculator for considerably less than that”

  While I don’t think the price is particularly great value for an app that doesn’t appear to be much more powerful than the default iPhone one, I also think it’s worth pointing out that most decent scientific calculators cost more than eight quid. The cheapest CASIO I could find on Amazon was £10 (reduced from £15) rising to £20 (reduced from £33) for the more advanced model, and though there was one a decent looking RENUS one for £6, I wouldn’t say that was considerably cheaper.

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  Trellgoth

  37TrellgothTue 11th May 2021

  Now, if this isn’t a system seller, I don’t know what is.

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  1UP_MARIO

  381UP_MARIOTue 11th May 2021

  This needs a physical release.

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  Kriven

  39KrivenTue 11th May 2021

  For some reason, I kind of miss when Nintendo themselves were interested in including utilities on their consoles. At the time, the Wii felt like a closed-access PC in some ways. I used to love the Nintendo News Channel and the Weather Channel, and I would sometimes spend an hour just spinning the globe around and viewing weather and time conditions in other parts of the world. I even enjoyed the Wii browser before the Internet kind of updated itself and made the browser even more impractical than it was. Shoot, I used to use Meebo through the browser and message my friends with the on-screen keyboard when my family only had one computer and no smart devices. It was cumbersome, but I got pretty good at it for a while.

  I appreciate that the quality of their games has improved since they’ve decided to focus solely on that aspect of their devices, but I can’t say that I don’t often wish they would set aside a more technically-minded software team to develop useful tools and applications. Even if the Nintendo News Channel just turned out to be some kind of RSS aggregator where you could “subscribe” to your preferred outlets. It just feels a little weird to me to intentionally cripple or neglect a device’s potential applications, I guess.

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  Jeronan

  40JeronanTue 11th May 2021

  @Maxz The point is that it’s not of this time anymore to make such apps. It’s outdated.

  Everyone and their grandmother have a smartphone these days and they all come with a built-in scientific calculator.

  So why on earth would you want to pay for a calculator on a game console, when you have an excellent one on your phone for free already. (both iPhone and android)

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  tntswitchfan68

  41tntswitchfan68Tue 11th May 2021

  charging this much for a calculator app that you can get for free on your phone… well that does not ADD up!!

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  Mr-Fuggles777

  42Mr-Fuggles777Tue 11th May 2021

  The switch has finally hit the wii’s level of shovelware.

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  Shambo

  43ShamboTue 11th May 2021

  @Dethmunk To play Doom in class.

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  Earl_Grey

  44Earl_GreyTue 11th May 2021

  Does it even do graphs?

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  Maxz

  45MaxzTue 11th May 2021

  @Jeronan I understand that. Like I said, I don’t think it’s great value for an app that doesn’t seem much more powerful than the default iPhone one. Nevertheless, the point still stands that real scientific calculators typically cost more than eight quid.

  I’m not sure I’d describe the iPhone calculator app as excellent. Serviceable for basic arithmetic, but a bit rubbish for inputting complex strings of data as everything has to be done stepwise. The average internet browser beats it for anything involving multiple brackets, powers and trigonometric functions, and a proper scientific calculator comes out on top for formatting and ease of use in nearly all cases.

  But like, proper scientific calculators don’t cost significantly less than £8.

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  Bizaster

  46BizasterTue 11th May 2021

  Wow, calculators must be REALLY POPULAR nowadays!

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  Zidentia

  47ZidentiaTue 11th May 2021

  What Smartphones have for calculators is decent but not the best. I purchased a Sharp EL506a and the an EL506d while getting my degree and they are simply some of the best ever made. The reasoning for these calculators though has nearly been eliminated as most calculations for CS are already done for people.

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  res1080p

  48res1080pTue 11th May 2021

  think ill wait for the physical release lol…

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  Pacmanrace

  49PacmanraceTue 11th May 2021

  @Patendo Heh, Nice

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  LowKeyLoki

  50LowKeyLokiTue 11th May 2021

  So what… one month… two months(?) until:

  a) They realize that design is soooo 2007

  b) It goes free.

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  matdub

  51matdubTue 11th May 2021

  The real question is does

  1÷ 3 x 3=1 or 0.999999.

  Some floating point thing, I think.

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  EVIL-C

  52EVIL-CTue 11th May 2021

  That’s hilarious. The perfect calculator to calculate the extra Switch tax you’re paying simultaneously.

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  BirdBoy16

  53BirdBoy16Tue 11th May 2021

  @Ghost_of_Hasashi now I’d like to meet a kid who owned that handheld

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  meijin3

  54meijin3Tue 11th May 2021

  I thought that interface looked familiar. I checked and yep, it looks exactly like the one for the old iPhone/iPod Touch:

  http://iphone.tgbus.com/zt/images/cn/iphone/features/images/main_calculator20080609.jpg

  I miss those days when I could just pretend my iPod Touch was some fancy calculator in class. Smartphones were far from widespread and all my friends were so fascinated. My favorite thing to show off was the album art and how you could scroll through it when you turned the iPod on its side. That and playing Pokemon on a GBA emulator.

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  Steel76

  55Steel76Tue 11th May 2021

  I wish there was some quality control in the Eshop, filtering away all the crap that flood the store every week…

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  scottishwildcat

  56scottishwildcatTue 11th May 2021

  @Snatcher I don’t see how it’s a rip-off. The best calculator apps take time and effort to develop and cost money to buy. Even the good Android ones, whose users are famously resistant to paying for apps, cost $3 or so, while pCalc for iOS is $9.99.

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  Pacmanrace

  57PacmanraceTue 11th May 2021

  @scottishwildcat Heck, your phone usually comes with a calculator.

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  elias84631

  58elias84631Tue 11th May 2021

  @Steel76 I agree

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  TrixieSparkle

  59TrixieSparkleTue 11th May 2021

  I remember when I had a homebrewed PSP with a scientific graphing calculator application on it. The teachers couldn’t think of a concrete reason to disallow it (especially when faced with the “People play things like tetris/doom on their normal graphing calculators all the time, what’s the difference?”) so that was pretty nice (especially since the calculators used to cost, like, $150 for a “real” one, so good money savings).

  Something people need to remember is a lot of the time, phones are explicitly banned for classroom use in high school/college, regardless of what apps are on it, due to the internet access/messaging/etc.

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  Snatcher

  60SnatcherTue 11th May 2021

  @scottishwildcat Uh? I didn’t call it a rip off (Kinda did) just thought it was kinda overpriced for a switch app but hey, to each their own.

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  Zimon

  61ZimonTue 11th May 2021

  This app got more press coverage than niche games like Paradise Killer or Root Film. So clearly they are doing something right.

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  Gerudo_Guy

  62Gerudo_GuyTue 11th May 2021

  @Earl_Grey Yeah it’ll do graphs…..in the $3.99 expansion DLC

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  SirAileron

  63SirAileronTue 11th May 2021

  I wonder when they’ll patch in the multiplayer mode

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  CheekyZelda

  64CheekyZeldaTue 11th May 2021

  I ONLY use the digital ones where you can type classroom obsenities

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  CheekyZelda

  65CheekyZeldaTue 11th May 2021

  Hey, if it used switch online, you’d have to wait two weeks for the answer to your math problems!

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  AquaVibe

  66AquaVibeTue 11th May 2021

  Sabec Limited

  https://sabecltd.com/

  Looks like they make a lot of games that you would see on machines in the pub.

  https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/company/84817-sabec-limited

  Interesting, they started with a few mobile games in 2009 – 2010 and then no releases for 8 years and in 2018 they had some releases for the switch. But they had 41 releases in 2020 so they must have had some funds injected.

  I think what is interesting too, is that these games might be targeting an older demographic (like in retirement age) because it’s games like blackjack, poker, chess, roulette.

  They probably said “hey, nobody has made a calculator for the switch, let’s do that.”

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  holygeez03

  67holygeez03Tue 11th May 2021

  Does it have online?

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  B_Lindz

  68B_LindzTue 11th May 2021

  @Patendo Boobies is spelled with a 1. You need to work on your math skills.

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  Patendo

  69PatendoTue 11th May 2021

  @B_Lindz I wasn’t spelling boobies, as kids it was BOOBLESS in my class lol

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  JohnnyC

  70JohnnyCTue 11th May 2021

  Completed it, mate. Unlocked the secret ending. Can’t say what it is, don’t want to spoil it.

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  MajinSoul

  71MajinSoulTue 11th May 2021

  No thanks, I’ll stick to Mario Maker 2 if I need to do some calculations

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  Euler

  72EulerTue 11th May 2021

  Ooh, it has secant and cosecant. Fancy!

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  Kirbo100

  73Kirbo100Tue 11th May 2021

  @huntr132 If they did, they’d charge $30 lol

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  Bustacap

  74BustacapTue 11th May 2021

  this design is 100% stolen from the old built in ios calculator (around fw 6 or something)

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  B_Lindz

  75B_LindzTue 11th May 2021

  @Patendo Boobless Oh my gosh, you just made my morning. Hahaha!!!

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  nhSnork

  76nhSnorkTue 11th May 2021

  Haven’t we clamoured for Switch to have apps we can much more easily use on our nigh everpresent smartphones instead? Monkey paw is a harsh mistress.

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  FargusPelagius

  77FargusPelagiusTue 11th May 2021

  If it has features such as charts, graphs and basic numerical database keeping, it could actually be useful. As a pure calculator it needs to take advantage of the fact it is on a game console, so should have had a “math test” mode like brain age, as a side game to the main function.

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  Paulo

  78PauloTue 11th May 2021

  @huntr132 either LRG or Super Rare, for sure.

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  duffmmann

  79duffmmannTue 11th May 2021

  Apple, stick to mobile games. You will fail at a dedicated gaming system and environment.

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  Andors

  80AndorsTue 11th May 2021

  This seems a little to calculated

  Don’t count on me for this release

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  kepsux

  81kepsuxTue 11th May 2021

  waiting for a physical release

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  hackeynut

  82hackeynutTue 11th May 2021

  So what are the chances this is actually one of those things that turns into a GBA emulator when you put in the right number.

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  Quarth

  83QuarthTue 11th May 2021

  Day one!

  1+1=3, right?

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  oats-81

  84oats-81Tue 11th May 2021

  My body is ready…..

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  JDnes10

  85JDnes10Tue 11th May 2021

  How much is £8.09 in euros? Guess I’ll need a calculator…

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  Deppasois

  86DeppasoisTue 11th May 2021

  ?No thanks.

  I’ll just use the ‘Mario Calculator’ on my N3DS:XL…

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  Sun_wukong

  87Sun_wukongTue 11th May 2021

  A counting app for a whopping £8.09 Count me out…

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  Meehanuk

  88MeehanukTue 11th May 2021

  Can’t wait to see speed runners run calculator

  Game of the year if you ask me !

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  TheBigK

  89TheBigKTue 11th May 2021

  Dude I have a phone, go away. The dev. Not you guys

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  Joeynator3000

  90Joeynator3000Tue 11th May 2021

  What games are on Calculator?

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  Godzil

  91GodzilTue 11th May 2021

  My problem with this app is not the fact it exist or the price, I have no problem with such an app, and nothing can come for free. When something is free, there is always a reason, whatever it is, and if you make something and expect low sale, the price will be higher. (not talking about the AAA game logic, but normal selling logic)

  My problem with it lie in the fact that the interface is basically copy-pasted from Apple’s iOS 3 calculator.

  I don’t know how Nintendo allowed that to happen.

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  ChrisHoi

  92ChrisHoiTue 11th May 2021

  I’ll get it!

  For free!

  Because I hacked my Switch.

  Custom Firmware all the way baby, free calculator for meeeeeee.

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  CrazyOtto

  93CrazyOttoTue 11th May 2021

  I’d like to see someone make a notebook app for Nintendo Switch though not expensive.

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  Andors

  94AndorsTue 11th May 2021

  @Deppasois Exactly. Don’t forget we already have mario calculator.

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  PeterAndCompany

  95PeterAndCompanyTue 11th May 2021

  The free demo comes out, but it only includes the numbers 3, 7 and 8, and only does subtraction and division.

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  Deppasois

  96DeppasoisTue 11th May 2021

  @ChrisHoi I’ve just grassed you up to Shigeru Miyamoto

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  pinta_vodki

  97pinta_vodkiTue 11th May 2021

  Nintendo Switch – THE BIGGEST pocket calculator in the world!

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  MindWanderer

  98MindWandererWed 12th May 2021

  Also, it’s 53 MB. What the heck is taking up that much space? There’s a good chance it’s hiding something else in there….

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  AndrewP

  99AndrewPWed 12th May 2021

  Why do the buttons have e^x or x^2? Can the Switch not do superscripts?

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  Marioman2020

  100Marioman2020Wed 12th May 2021

  @westman98

  REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

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  peppermillian

  101peppermillianWed 12th May 2021

  I’ll wait for the DLC.

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  westman98

  102westman98Wed 12th May 2021

  @Marioman2020

  It all adds up.

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  Gridatttack

  103GridatttackWed 12th May 2021

  I would understand the appeal for this if it had graphing capabilities to use this instead of a TI, but nope.

  I just rather buy a 10$ CASIO calculator that it’s easier to carry around…

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  Brady1138

  104Brady1138Wed 12th May 2021

  ”sure to be popular with all students and engineers,”

  No, it probably won’t be at all since I’m sure most classrooms and workplaces won’t allow you to whip out a gaming console.

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  SnackBox

  105SnackBoxWed 12th May 2021

  This looks like a port of the iOS6 calculator

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  T0biasCZe

  106T0biasCZeWed 12th May 2021

  on DSi/3DS it costs 1

  and on switch 8 … xD

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  nocdaes

  107nocdaesWed 12th May 2021

  I can see why opinions are divided on this one…

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  Murbs

  108MurbsWed 12th May 2021

  My first calculator had a game built in…

  https://images.app.goo.gl/mZWiD7PPeRvsfw1M7

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  noswitchbutidc

  109noswitchbutidcWed 12th May 2021

  It’s literally the pre-iOS 7 calculator.

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  ModdedInkling

  110ModdedInklingWed 12th May 2021

  I’ll use…the calculators that I already own.

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  SwitchForce

  111SwitchForceWed 12th May 2021

  Now I can digits myself to death….

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  noswitchbutidc

  112noswitchbutidcWed 12th May 2021

  @Kriven What’s Meebo?

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  noswitchbutidc

  113noswitchbutidcWed 12th May 2021

  @ModdedInkling Basically meaning your phone, right, Nathan?

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  Kriven

  114KrivenWed 12th May 2021

  @noswitchbutidc It was a website that allowed you to sign into AIM, MSN Messenger, and Yahoo! Messenger in one convenient browser window. Very clean, meant I didn’t have to run three apps to talk to everybody. Later on I (think) it incorporated GMail chat as well.

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  Tempestryke

  115TempestrykeWed 12th May 2021

  Umm ok? But I can get actual calcs for much cheaper and I have a free one on my phone.

  The comment section did not disappoint in the puns department. XD I knew I could count on you guys.

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  Tempestryke

  116TempestrykeWed 12th May 2021

  @MoonKnight7 Does taxes while gaming, confuses tax employees by converting dollars to gil, because you got distracted

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  Mr_Persona

  117Mr_PersonaWed 12th May 2021

  It does have a nice big screen for it. But if it was free then l would get it.

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  relatively_random

  118relatively_randomWed 12th May 2021

  Sounds almost like a money laundering scheme.

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  ModdedInkling

  119ModdedInklingWed 12th May 2021

  @noswitchbutidc

  Phone, PC, Google Calculator, and the actual scientific calculators that schools want you to use.

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  Pti_batteur

  120Pti_batteurWed 12th May 2021

  I hope they are planning on a physical release, I definitely need that in my collection

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  Silly_G

  121Silly_GThu 13th May 2021

  Most people would have an in-built calculator like this on their phones. Why anybody would pay what I’m guessing will translate to AU$15 (!!!!) is beyond me. The fact that the devs thought that anything more than a couple of quid for a digital calculator was in any way reasonable makes this even more ridiculous. You can easily grab a decent scientific calculator for that kind of money. What gives?

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  Mountain_Man

  122Mountain_ManFri 14th May 2021

  Can’t you just picture a bespectacled scientist in a white lab coat striding into the lab with a Nintendo Switch tucked under his arm?

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