So I have been playing a lot of Nintendo Switch lately and wanted to make a post about my opinions on the device. Growing up, I played a lot of Nintendo. The first home console me and my brother got was a Gamecube, we were hyped when we got a Wii when it launched in 2006, and naturally purchased the Wii U when it launched in 2012. Now later on, I played more Xbox and PlayStation as those games kept my interest more at the time and the Wii U really turned me away from Nintendo for several reasons.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) February 6, 2017
So when I heard the rumors about the Switch (they talked about a hybrid console several months before the launch trailer) I wasn’t holding my breath, I just wanted to see what they announced. After I saw that first trailer, I was a bit skeptical but I was excited about the announcement. I have always personally liked gaming more on consoles than handhelds for several reasons, mainly because the screen is bigger and generally the console games I thought had deeper gaming experiences. The combination allowed me to get more immersed in those games (and the better graphics on consoles helped that as well).
— Hallow Games (@HallowGames) March 7, 2017
So when it came up to launch time in March, I was hugely on the fence. There was a ton of launch hype for the thing and I knew several people looking everywhere to find Switches. I have played almost every Zelda game in the series as well, so I was also very excited for Breath of the Wild and since I didn’t have a Wii U, it made the Switch a more appealing purchase. So I ended up getting one, what can I say?
I am very happy that I got a Switch this early. Breath of the Wild is an amazing game and even though I haven’t gotten as far as about everyone else I know, I can’t wait to sit down and play it some more when I have the time. While I do have some complaints about the game, being open world is amazing and this game makes me really excited about the potential future of the franchise. (One of my favorite parts of the Zelda games were the dungeons, so those being scaled back was kind of a bummer for me but in no way does that make this a terrible game). Considering that, I still don’t know if it deserves all this crazy credit it is getting from people. It’s definitely a step up from some of the most recent installments, so again I am looking forward to seeing more innovative game design used in the series going forward.
— Hallow Games (@HallowGames) March 8, 2017
Outside of Zelda, another thing I really like about the device is playing it when I am out and about. Showing it to others that don’t follow the games industry that closely and getting them to play it got them very excited, and just seeing their amazement when I snapped off the joycons was thrilling to me. Snipperclips and Fast RMX are also great games to jump into and show off some of the Switch’s features to them. Both were worth the purchase in my mind.
There are several things that Nintendo has done with the Switch that I don’t agree with as well, so I am going to cover them here. I do not agree with the price of 1 2 Switch. While I understand why they couldn’t package it in with the console, they could have at least brought that price down a bit. Also the eshop felt very empty at launch. While I know online has always been a weak point for Nintendo, I think they could step up their game a bit for that.
— Hallow Games (@HallowGames) March 7, 2017
But back to positives, their lack of region locking is great. I made a Japanese Nintendo account on the day I got the Switch, since it allowed me to download demos that have not been released in the North American store, including Puyo Puyo Tetris and this cave exploring side-scrolling game. While I didn’t understand anything they were saying, I think part of the fun of those is guessing what to do and figuring it out was really satisfying for sure.
— Hallow Games (@HallowGames) May 3, 2017
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe just came out very recently and that game is great as well. I have not bought a new Mario Kart game since probably the DS or Wii, so being able to experience the thrill of that at the game’s launch was great for me. I have been really enjoying the new courses, as well as the familiarity of the retro courses which I instantly recognized for the most part.
So in closing, I am very happy with my Switch purchase. Would I recommend others buy it? Yes I would. Even if you don’t like Zelda or Mario Kart, their are some great games coming in the next few months, we are going to have some great E3 announcements soon I am sure, and the larger the install base gets for the Switch, the more likely that third party developers will develop games for it. So do us all a favor and go out and buy a Switch!