Why Nintendo Switch might be tough to get in North America

It’s almost here after nearly two years of waiting. From 8 p.m. PST to 11 p.m. EST (that’s 10 o’ clock Texas time, y’all) on Jan. 12 — also goes by the name “tomorrow” — Nintendo will host the Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017, an event that reveals all of the details for their next system. Catch up with the Nintendo Switch’s debut trailer that’s up top if you haven’t seen it yet.

To catch you up to speed, the Nintendo Switch fuses the graphical power home console (NES, Super Nintendo, Wii, etc.) with the portability of their handheld systems (Game Boy, DS, 3DS, etc.). Although it’s a home console first thanks to the dock that lets you play it on your TV, you can take it with you outside your home. The controls on both sides of system — which is the screen itself, not the dock —can come off and be used as separate controllers. It will also use cartridges similar to either SD cards on 3DS games for software, though the games graphically won’t be quite as good as Xbox One or PlayStation 4 titles.

The presentation will likely answer the most important questions: how much is it, what’s the battery life, the launch date (currently with a March 2017 window), which games we are getting when it releases, etc.

I’m excited as HELL for the Switch and its potential. I desperately want one at launch because I know Nintendo doesn’t release a product if it hasn’t been extensively tested, but here’s what I’m most worried about going into the presentation: just how freakin’ hard is it going to be to get your hands on one? These are some of the signs that have me thinking it’s going do be harder to get than a likable Kanye West.

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Pokemon GO is fantastic because people are getting out and exploring the world

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You’ve probably seen Pokemon GO all over your social media feeds already, or, more than likely, you already ran over someone who was aimlessly walking in the middle of a street while they were on their quest to catch ’em all.

In just a few days, PGO has already become a sensation of sorts.

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Down, but not out: Postponing the Spartan Race

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This is an update I’ve been meaning to do on my Spartan Race training progress – rather me lack thereof.

I was originally entered in a Spartan Beast race for Nov. 1, 2015. I was even keeping track of my routine every day, both in what I ate and my exercise.

Well, a blessing finally fell into my lap more than two months ago: I got a job with The Daily Sentinel, the newspaper in Nacogdoches, Texas, as the assistant news editor. This was all, of course, fantastic, but getting hired on the spot basically meant had about a week to not only find a new place where thousands of college students already had their leases paid for months in advance, but getting moved in as well.

As I finally settled in town after a week lacking exercise, it was a bit difficult getting into a routine, but I was able to keep things up for about two weeks. I signed up to workout at one of the local gyms and used running routes I previously made for myself during my Stephen F. Austin State University days.

My body had different plans, however.

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