It has been eighteen days since the Nintendo Switch launched. Eighteen days since I picked up my pre-order and started playing one of the best launch titles to ever come out for a system; The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. After getting past the initial excitement and giddiness of having a new toy, I’ve decided to write up my thoughts on the system itself.
We can’t talk about the Switch without looking at it’s main selling feature. It’s a home console that you can sit down and play on your TV, but when the time comes to go, say on a trip or to work, you can pull the tablet out of its dock and take it on the go. It reminds me of one of my favorite features on the Playstation Vita, Remote Play.
The Switch itself comes with a dock, charger, two Joy-Cons (multiplayer out of the box!) a Joy-Con grip which is like a controller holder for the Joy Con and two Joy Con straps. A nice little assortment of goodies which complete the package. I’ve really enjoyed using the Joy Con grip, it fits my hands comfortably and enables me to save some cash by not buying the Pro Controller. The Pro Controller is more like a traditional game pad like the Xbox One or the PS4 which would be a great purchase, but can wait in my opinion if you don’t mind using the grip or the Joy Con individually.
Playing in the TV mode is very much as you would expect, but the transition from the TV to the handheld is my favorite part. Picking it up and continuing off where I was on Zelda and being able to lie in bed is an amazing feeling. With many games, such as Dragon Quest Heroes I & II, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2 and Skyrim coming out this year there will be many opportunities for gaming on the go.
That said, the game line up has only a few offerings with Zelda, Shovel Knight, I Am Setsuna and Binding of Issac Afterbirth+ currently out right now. If any of these games catch your eye (and you don’t have a Wii U for Zelda) and you have the money to buy it I would say go for it! The Nintendo Switch is a unique console, great for those who enjoy portability and those with tight schedules. I know it sounds crazy, but Breath of the Wild is worth every penny. It’s unlike anything I’ve played before. Although the system is pretty barren for features right now (no Netflix, no Virtual Console, etc) hopefully Nintendo brings out software in a steady drove to alleviate these concerns.
Overall, I’m enjoying my Switch, and I can’t wait to see what other games are going to get announced this year. I mean, with the announcement of the Seiken Densetsu Collection for the Switch (which you can check out here, so hyped! https://reelgeekgaming.com/2017/03/20/seiken-densetsu-3-on-the-nintendo-switch/) who knows what other classics will get introduced to the system in the future. It’s (always) a good time to be a gamer. – BAJ