Fans of handheld gaming will find quite a bit of intuitive design within the new Nintendo Switch console. While some elements of it may cause hardware issues, the device brings together the best of two mediums, and allows players to experience the true quality of a home console title in the palm of their hands.
Above all else, as a handheld console, the Nintendo Switch is incredibly powerful. Running The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the console very rarely skips a beat, keeping consistent resolution, framerate, and numerous other graphical bells and whistles.
The Joycon controllers are incredibly comfortable to hold, despite their small size. The controllers feel right at home on their charging mount, but also work well when held in the classic Wiimote and Nunchuk style. Fans of classic Nintendo consoles will find themselves enjoying these devices as they make strong calls back to the days of old.
The sheer modularity of this console is unprecedented. To find a machine that serves multiple purposes, while opening doors for so many varying demographics is quite interesting.
While Nintendo has always relied on a major pull with their consoles (at least dating back to the Nintendo 64) the Switch has numerous, offering a surprisingly substantial powerhouse of a handheld, and a competitively relevant home console.
The only thing that the Nintendo Switch is lacking at this time are powerful launch titles. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not implying that every game to launch with the console needs to be a Breath of the Wild, that’s absurdly ambitious and unreasonable. That being said, 1+2 Switch is the only game on the market right now that makes use of all of the consoles features.
The HD Rumble is revolutionary technology, and the use of the Joycon controllers as two separate controllers is an incredible way to create a legitimately on-the-go experience, so it should stand to reason that more games would help drive home this point.
For all of its failures one thing the Wii U got right was the launch of Nintendo Land, which was a glorified tech demo, offering players and developers insight into some of the ways they could creatively use all of the existing tech. The entirety of Nintendo’s history has been built on one principle. The creation of an inclusive community so everyone can play games. Here’s to hoping that given the time to do so, the Switch will prove strong in that.
The tech is slick, and every modular piece clicks together like a dream, feeling sensational and well crafted at every turn. While not without flaws, this is no doubt a piece of incredibly strong cutting edge technology that gives us new ways to play some of gaming’s greatest hits. Here’s to hoping for a successful lifespan for the Switch.