So first of all, Switch was advertised as having 3 modes: docked, handheld, and tabletop. The first two modes work as advertised, but after a month of playing with the system almost every day, the tabletop mode really isn't functional for single player games. At all.
I talked about this in my first Switch review, but the kick stand just doesn't prop the system up at the right angle at all. It's too steep, so your eyes hit the system at way to high of an angle. I was very much looking forward to playing Switch in tabletop mode, leaned back in a chair with the Joy-Cons in their controller grip to relax and play Zelda, but it just doesn't work as advertised. Additionally the screen is a little too small to see while in tabletop mode as well. Overall, while on the go it's simply just easier to play with the Joy-Cons attached to the system like you're playing a traditional handheld. Like a DS or a PS Vita.
I'd love to see the next version of the Switch minimize the bezel by increasing the screen size and feature an adjustable, more stable kickstand so that tabletop mode becomes just as good as the handheld or docked modes.
I was really worried about the system's paltry 32GB of internal storage because for a modern game console that's a really pathetic amount. In reality, it doesn't seem to be a big deal yet. I haven't really run out of space. I believe that the 32GB could be enough for a lot of people to get by. But similar to 16GB iPhones, it's really not the best experience. If you want to download any extra games at all, you're gonna want to buy a big SD card to shove in this thing.
I purchased a physical copy of Zelda, and have basically been downloading everything else from the eShop. So far I have purchased and downloaded:
- 1 2 Switch
- Metal Slug 3
- Human Resource Machine
- Snake Pass
5 games fully downloaded to my system, and I still have 18.9GB of free space, which isn't too bad. When I do run out of space, I could of course just delete games from my system to make room but I'll probably just get a big 256GB SD card to put in the system but I just haven't gotten around to doing that yet. With that said, I really hope Nintendo makes the next version of the Switch with at least double that much space.
Speaking of games, I really wish there was a larger library of games. It sucks that Nintendo is strategically holding back the Virtual Console for some reason. They have a huge back catalog of games that I would love to play on the Switch's beatiful display. While Nintendo will hopefully announce more details about the Switch's Virtual Console during E3 this year, they really should have had it there from the beginning. Just like the Wii and Wii U did. GameCube games (like Metroid Prime and Prime 2, Pikmin 1 & 2, Luigi's Mansion, Mario Sunshine, Viewtiful Joe, and Resident Evil 4) would be amazing on this thing.
And there's always room for more Wii U remakes to come out on Switch as well. For example Paper Mario Color Splash was a really great game that I don't think a lot of people played, and it could definitely run on the Switch's hardware. Eventually maybe we could get Wind Waker HD & Twilight Princess HD on the Switch too.
Additionally, the online could be better. It's silly that I have a friends list and there is almost always people online, but I literally can not interact with them at all. What's the point of having a friends list if I can't even send friends messages? Much less invite them to a party or even play any online games with them.
I realize the Switch just came out, and I'm totally cool with all this stuff I've written about in this post. None of them are deal breakers, but it's pretty clear that the Switch really does have quite a bit of work left to be done on it. I can't wait to see what Nintendo has in store for us at E3 in just a couple months.