Nintendo Switch Impressions
Written by Justin Fleming
It is finally here. Nintendo’s home console/handheld hybrid hit store shelves last week and it has been greeted with great success. According to early reports, the Switch is already outpacing Wii U sales by 50%. This is great news for Nintendo after some speculated that another failure like the Wii U could signal the end of Nintendo’s hardware. So after spending several hours with the system, what do I think? Well for starters let me break down what I have played and used. I purchased a Nintendo Switch console, Pro Controller, Breath of the Wild (duh), 1-2-Switch, Just Dance 2017 (don’t judge me), and Fast RMX. I have also played the demo for Snipperclips which is great fun.
The overall console itself feels great. The Joycons didn’t feel too small or uncomfortable, the system is zippier than any other OS on any other system I’m used to, and it just seems to work. Packing the handheld part in my bag and playing away from the dock is a delight and it is a true game changer. If Nintendo really does lock down solid third-party support, we’re in for a treat.
While the price of the Pro Controller is not so great, the hardware itself is. It is my preferred way to play Breath of the Wild. It feels sturdy and resembles the Xbox One controller. I’m not exactly sure why Nintendo felt the need to charge so much for it, maybe NFC chips are expensive? I don’t really know but the controller is great and if there ever is a price drop to make it match the market, it will be hard to pass up.
Most of my time has been spent exploring the vast world that is Hyrule in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This game is huge. I mean really yuuuuuuge. Almost intimidating and lonely. The first two to three hours you’re spent stuck on this large plateau with no way down with only you and an old man. This game, as you may have read before is difficult. I could count on one hand (maybe two) how many times I’ve died in Zelda games before. This game has my death count well over 30. It’s unforgiving and I love it. This game reminds me so much of Ocarina of Time. Not in style or gameplay, but because Ocarina of Time shifted the franchise in a new direction. I feel as if Breath of the Wild is doing that right now.
1-2-Switch is not necessarily a bad game, but it is a bad $50 game. I was so desperate to have a multiplayer game to play with my fiancé that I bought this game when in reality, it should’ve been neatly packed inside my Switch box as a freebie. I’ve spent the least amount of time with this and while Quick Draw is a ton of fun, it’s not $50 fun.
Fast RMX is a fun racing game that is more challenging that most of its type. For $20 it’s not bad. The Snipperclips demo is a delightful multiplayer puzzle game that I could play for hours. It’s probably going to be my next purchase. As for Just Dance 2017, I picked that up for my fiancé but she seems to be having a good time.
It is hard for me to label the Nintendo Switch as a must buy. As of today, it isn’t. There simply isn’t enough software available to make it a must buy. However, in April we get Mario Kart and Lego City Underworld, then we get ARMS, Splatoon 2, Skyrim, and Super Mario Odyssey. There is a good chance that before the end of 2017, this will be a must own system, but we’ll see.
As of now, I’m very satisfied with my purchase and with Zelda. With my busy work schedule, the ability to take AAA games with me on the go is a huge selling point. I can’t wait to see what other tricks Nintendo has up their sleeves.