We’ve all had a week of official Nintendo Switch experience and there’s been opinions across the board for Nintendo’s latest system. Console launches are getting tougher, with more consoles dealing with “soft” launches and slow roll-outs of features. But Nintendo needs a hit right out the gate, and despite the hype, they might’ve mistepped a bit. There’s a lot of good to go with the bad here...
- The menu is snappy but lacks personality. Without music and Nintendo’s typical playfulness the clean design just comes off as stark and clinical. The sound design is crisp and pleasant otherwise.
- I don’t think I’m alone in saying that when the Wii U released Miiverse’s charm was a surprise. It’s apps like those that make Nintendo consoles stand out, and the lack of them here is all the more obvious. Sure, we’re better off without a web browser, but some of the other cutesy pack-ins would have been fun.
- Speaking of Miis, I’m sad they aren’t taking a role as they did in previous systems. I hope Nintendo isn’t trying to phase them out.
- The screenshot tool is pretty robust and you’re given some smooth integration to Facebook and Twitter. Since there’s’ no stylus, that means no drawing on pictures though.
- Nintendo makes getting club points easy! Make sure to add Nintendo points through your console to your linked My Nintendo account when you purchase physical copies of a game. When choosing a game press the (+/-) button, then choose “Earn Points (Game Card version only) from the “My Nintendo Rewards Program” option. It’s a minor convenience but it’s leagues better than inputing codes and doing surveys on the site.
- Data management is going to be a pain (at least till Nintendo lets us manage it how we want). Currently I’m defaulting all my save data to my Micro SD card so that I can move it to a larger one when needed. Hopefully we see Nintendo do a cloud-saving option included in the online service once that’s up and running come Fall or at least patching in some more functionality.
- I’m afraid of scratching the screen. My solution will be gluing felt to the inside of the dock and a screen protector. What’s yours?
- The Joy-Cons are small, but you get used to them much faster than you’d expect. The positioning of the analog sticks here and on the Pro Controller is great too. using the separate Joy-Cons means lounging while gaming is a new reality.
- Nintendo is banking on the value of switching to portable mode, and the investment might’ve paid off. I’ve played in Uber trips home. On the Metro to work. At my desk at work. The transition between the two modes is nearly seamless, meaning I can go from the TV to the toilet without missing a moment of sweet sweet Zelda gameplay.
- On the other hand, for being a portable machine the lack of bluetooth connectivity for headphones is a head-scratcher. As more and more devices go wireless, it’s odd that Nintendo decided to go in the opposite direction. Maybe that can be patched?
I want to say go out and buy a Switch now. As a Nintendo fanboy I feel like it’s my duty. But I don’t think buying into the Switch is the right move for everyone. Sure, by waiting you’ll be late to what’s probably the biggest game of the year. But if you aren’t committed to a dedicated Zelda machine for a few months now then now isn’t the time to buy for you. Give it three or six month. If you’re still not convinced give it a year before you buy one because by then I’m sure it’ll be settled into a nice place as a console.
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