During almost every console release, there is a fan base that will do whatever it takes to buy it. This was me for the Nintendo Switch.
After being the 51st person in line on midnight Friday morning, March 3rd, when the store was selling 50 consoles, I was pretty upset having to leave the store empty handed. I tried again the following morning, however, and got my place in line as number 54 of 59 consoles being sold.
Despite me almost losing out until the stores could be restocked like many others behind me, I was able to purchase a Nintendo Switch.
The Nintendo Switch itself is a pretty innovative and versatile piece of hardware. It can be played on the go or on TV. It is a portable home console.
The Nintendo Switch looks like a tablet with two controllers mounted on either side. These controllers, called JoyCon, are detachable and can function as a controller separate from the system. Each JoyCon can also function on its own to enable multiplayer mode.
Due to the detachable JoyCon, the system can be played many ways. It can be played with one JoyCon in each hand, connected to a grip to make it feel like a conventional controller, or can be directly connected to the Switch itself.
The Switch can be taken with you on the go. It can also be placed in the dock that comes with the system to connect to the TV. The Nintendo Switch is awesome functioning on its own without a TV, but when docked and playing on an HDTV, the Nintendo Switch is at its best.
However, even though the console is very good, I did come across a slight problem. When playing with a JoyCon in each hand, I had disconnection problems with the JoyCon in my left hand. I tested it out; it appears that when playing, my hand would wrap a little too far around the JoyCon, and I would block the signal to the console itself.
It is a minor hardware problem, but it did not happen often, and when it did, it was only for the slightest amount of time.
Another thing that some people see as a problem – but I don’t – is the lack of a streaming service such as Netflix. This is not a hardware problem, and it was confirmed that some type of streaming service is in the works by Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Amie according to bgr.com. This will come in time so it is not a flaw of the console.
Like many other consoles in their early life, the Nintendo Switch currently has a very limited, but growing game selection. Currently, there are around 10 games that are playable on the switch at the moment. However, one of the games that released already may already be better than any future game that will release on the console.
This game is “The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild.” This game is already topping many reviewer’s charts, and after one week with the game, I understand why.
The game is an open world experience where you can go wherever you want, whenever you want, and however you want. There is a storyline to the game, but it does not have to be followed at all. The final boss can be beaten without doing anything in the main quest.
It is a game that is easy to lose time with. I often found myself playing past the time I allotted myself to play. I have only had the game for one week and can tell this game is on my top five list, and it may even creep to number one by the time I finish the game.
The Nintendo Switch is definitely a step up from its previous console, the Wii U. Although I liked the Wii U, it did not do very well in sales.
Together, the Nintendo Switch and “The Legend of Zelda” are working magically together. With the extremely fun game and the many different styles to play it offered by the console, there are many, many hours of fun available with this system and game.
Due to the small hardware issue, I cannot give the Nintendo Switch a perfect score, so I give the Nintendo Switch a 9/10. Zelda, however, is one of the best games I have ever played and without a doubt give it a perfect 10/10.