Good bye Wii U. Nintendo released their next generation console Switch on March 3, 2017. In this blog post, you’ll learn some details about the console based on my experience.
The Nintendo Switch is a great system even for just a small lineup of games. I played The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild first. The game is very good. It has gorgeous graphics on it, very little loading screens, and many activities to do. I also played 1-2-Switch to experience the motion controls and the new HD rumble feature. Other than that cool aspect, the game was not great. The final game was only a demo called Snipperclips which was surprisingly pretty good. Considering this is not a game review, we are discussing the Switch today.
The Switch plays in tv mode while docked, handheld mode when undocked, and tablet or Mobile mode with the Joy-cons removed. (Handheld and Mobile are two different markets. Let’s not dwell on it, okay?)
In all three modes, you can play with the Joy-cons with or without the Joy-con Grip Controller or play with the Pro Controller, similar to the Wii U’s.
However, touchscreen only works while undocked. I tried using the Joy-cons attached in docked mode. It doesn’t work well for me, at least. So, three systems in one basically all for around $300 USD!
Then it has problems. The problem is a lack of games and streaming applications. The Switch broke records in North America for outselling the Wii and Wii U at launch date. That doesn’t mean the system will always sell, though. First and third-party are essential and streaming apps like Netflix and Hulu also help. The system has been doing well probably due to the new Zelda game.
Now, the system does have minor technical issues but nothing too serious for me, anyway. My Switch only crashed once for an unknown reason, occasional left Joy-con de-syncing and delays usually after an extended amount of time. I had one point where the fan was loud and the system was hot but I cannot remember if this was when I went to work and left it on for several hours to charge, before realizing it can be charged when powered down.
Overall, it’s a great system with three ways to play, some cool features (playing modes and HD rumble), and a fun time to have. It is missing many games and lacks applications, but maybe this is to be expected for a newly released console.