May 1, 2017
Reviewing the Switch
So now that I’ve had the Switch for a couple months and have played a game other than Zelda I figured enough time had passed that I could write about my opinions a bit.
I got the Switch on launch day in early March and was initially very impressed with the hardware quality. Not only was it smaller and sleeker than I expected, but the build was sturdy in a way I’ve never found Nintendo hardware to be. Also, aside from running games this is just a really great tablet Nintendo has made. The touch screen is far better than the Wii U Gamepad or the 3DS touch screen. Its fast and well designed enough that I was able to do the initial device set up and buy Zelda using the device as a tablet without controllers, and actually enjoy the experience.
I haven’t quite gotten through too much of Zelda, but am very impressed with the game play and design. There’s just so much to do that it can be very overwhelming to a person only looking to kill half an hour playing a game. It is the first Zelda game I’ve played anything more than a few minutes of and I think it’s a great introduction to the world and lore.
Mario Kart is great, like pretty much every Mario Kart game. This is the first new Mario Kart entry I’ve had since Mario Kart 64, so it’s a lot of fun not to be figuring the game out while playing with friends who are already familiar with the mechanics, although I suppose that Mario Kart mechanics never really get too difficult. It’s a very fun casual game though, and I’m looking forward to playing with Rosalee to see how well the auto steer and rubber banding keep us in the same general skill level. Oh, and battle mode is a welcome addition, since it was one of my favorite things to do in 64.
Snipperclips is a fun puzzler game which I would highly recommend if you want a game that is genuinely better with a second person playing.
Nintendo and the Internet
I have no idea why this is so hard for Nintendo to do. There is no reason I should have to buy credits for the Nintendo E-Store and then use those credits to buy an actual game. You know what I’m here to do Nintendo, don’t make it more difficult for me please, I just want to give you my money.
Another complaint I have is the lack of information about a Virtual Console. I bought the Switch in a big part so that I could finally have access to a bunch of older Nintendo games that I either missed when they were new or just would love to go back and play again for nostalgia. So far they have not announced anything, but I’m certain it’s just a matter of time.