I've been so busy this week... playing Switch... that I haven't been writing, or posting, or doing much of anything else other than play Zelda. But I'm here now to tell you a bit about the system from my perspective. I hope you enjoy this initial review.
Let's get this out of the way: I've heard lots of people say that the Switch is "Apple quality design" and that is simply untrue. It's unfair to place Nintendo and Apple in the same category. But for a Nintendo system this is the best they've ever done.
It's an upgrade from the Wii U in every way, and while I quite enjoyed the Wii U's game library (it has a lot better games than most people think) the hardware was deeply flawed since the early days of development.
Since the NES, every Nintendo home console has felt like a sequel to it's predecessor. This time, the Switch feels like a total do-over.
Though we all wish that the Switch could have just existed instead of the Wii U, I don't believe that's possible. Nintendo had to make the mistakes they did with the Wii U in order to totally realize what the Switch should be. Additionally, if the Switch would have came out in 2012 instead of the Wii U, it would have had to be much more expensive.
The Switch feels like a fresh start for Nintendo. I got rid of my Wii U and in order to save money on the Switch, I got rid of my 3DS XL as well. I'm happy to have only one Nintendo system and, really, the coolest thing about this system is that you can bring full, console quality games anywhere with you.
I've noticed most people prefer to play in the handheld mode most often, but I switch back and forth between TV, handheld, and tabletop mode all the time. It's fun having so many different ways to play, and I haven't gotten tired of the gimmick yet.
I have the dock set up on my side table beside my sofa, and always leave the Pro Controller there as well for TV play. For me, the Pro Controller is the best way to play while on the TV.
This really is a high quality controller. Though it's very expensive for a controller, it was about $90, this controller is an improvement in every way to the Wii U's Pro Controller. It's much heavier. The rubber handles feel really nice, and the D-Pad is classic Nintendo quality and is really large. The joy sticks are great and it has big buttons. It charges with USB-C which is better because USB-Micro really sucked and always felt like I was gonna break it. It has a huge battery, and even has the same motion control and HD Rumble as the Joy-Cons. This controller is a win.
The kickstand is very flawed. I wish it was more like the Surface's kickstand and could hold the system at any angle you like, rather than just one angle. The angle is not obtuse enough to hold the system at a low enough angle to be able to see it properly while playing on a table, so I usually just prop the system up on my iPhone or a book instead of using the kick stand.
I really don't know what they were thinking when designing it because the kickstand is basically pointless during actual tabletop use. The only way it would hit your eyes at the correct angle is if you were using the system at a counter height kitchen island while sitting in a regular height dining chair.
I hope that this problem will be fixed with the next iteration.
So my conclusion is that Nintendo did a great job with this initial version of the Switch. But they have a lot of work to do over the next year. The system needs games, but those will come with time. I'm really looking forward to Mario Kart and Splatoon 2, as well as indie games like Rime, Yookah Laylee, and The Sacred Hero. And they really need to get this whole friend code fiasco figured out. They knew that nobody wanted friend codes and they're been hearing our complaints for years yet they chose to still use friend codes anyway. But I digress.
Oh, and Zelda is truly amazing. But you already knew that.