To give you a little background, I’ve own every Nintendo system except for the Wii and Wii U (the original Nintendo, SNES, N64, and the cute GameCube), so we love Nintendo. It’s just that I somehow outgrew Nintendo and didn’t want to play games using motion.
Anyway, with the Nintendo Switch, this is a hybrid handheld and game console.... meaning it will fit to your preference. Their “Joy-Cons” (joystick controllers) can detach, and using accessories, it can adapt to games. The best part about the modular controller is that the left and right joy cons can become two single controllers if you hold it vertically - so basically you can have two controllers if you need it. There’s also a motion chip built into the controller, meaning that you can play it Wii-style.
The problem with modern mobile phone games is that your fat fingers always gets in the way of the screen. With dedicated buttons and mini-joysticks (and not to mention vibration rumbling), playing games on the Switch is a much better experience.
The biggest problem isn’t that the tablet is underpowered, but that it’s really expensive. It costs as much as a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One ($299). If you throw in $30, you can even grab the current New iPad, which does more than just gaming. Nintendo can bring down the price if they unbundle the TV Dock, which I have rarely used. I don’t think anyone who owns a Switch uses it as a television gaming console. Graphic-wise, the Switch doesn’t even compare to the worst-looking PS4 games, but if you’re playing it on handheld, you can forgive the lower graphics on a small screen.
If Nintendo just sell the tablet and Joy-Cons, they can probably get away with a retail price of $199 or less, so they can compete against Sony.
Speaking of expensive, their games are also expensive. Major titles like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 are $59.99 each.... but man, these Nintendo exclusive games are so fun and I will begrudgingly say it’s worth the money. Zelda, as far as I’m concern, is a perfect 10 game. It’s right up there with Skyrim, Fallout 1-4, Icewind Dale, Pillars of Eternity, and Dragon Age.
At the moment, there aren’t many games for the system, so if you’re thinking of picking up the Switch, I would say wait until July when Splatoon 2 is released. Or when they bundle a free game (I strongly feel that their two player-only game 1-2-Switch should be free) with the console or discount it around Christmas 2017.
My other complaint is that Nintendo said that they will start charging a reoccurring fee to play online. Both Xbox Live and PSN does this with their Gold and Plus services... which I have to admit is not worth the money (especially if you only game solo). With Nintendo joining in on this so-called “service”, count me out. Nintendo simply has the worst online presence, no lobby, and its “friend’s code” is a terrible way to add a friend. Plus, it currently has two online services: Nintendo eShop and Miiverse.
My next game I will buy will be Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers (which just came out). It’s a 25-year-old game, but at a very expensive price of $40. Just for comparison, I recently paid less for The King of Fighters XIV for the PS4 (on SteelBook!) for $29.99.
Looking forward to these games: