Review: Nintendo Switch

I am a fairly normal person when it comes to video games, which means that I play games that I want to play on consoles I like. I don’t spend hours and hours playing video games, either. Basically, my point is that this article is coming from a casual gamer who, until March 3rd, never really played on Nintendo consoles, because I found that I like Xbox games better. But, on March 3rd, my family decided to get a Nintendo Switch. My sibling loves Nintendo consoles, so he really wanted it, and I thought it looked good, so we got it with Legends of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Just Dance 2017 (and later got 1-2 Switch).

Console Features

As you may know, the Switch can be played as a portable console or on a television. The graphics on a TV aren’t breathtakingly amazing, but are absolutely fine for the games on it. The controller that comes with it is not great, but you can buy a controller that is much like an Xbox’s. It is annoying that this does not simply come with the Switch. What sets it apart from Xbox or Playstation is its portability. The gamepad has great graphics, as well as being able to run for a long time before needing a charge. It also has a joy-con, which works like a Wiimote.

Concerns

I did notice some problems with the Switch. The main problem I have is that the only game worth playing right now is Legends of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It is the only game that I have been playing, and I believe that is the case for most people. 1-2 Switch is simply a showcase of the Switch’s capabilities, and Just Dance 2017 is just not my kind of game. More big games (Skyrim, NBA 2k18 and more, maybe) will be on the Switch in the months to come. This is exciting, but the fact that there was really one big game on the Switch and very few total games is disappointing and a little worrying. Also, the joy-con doesn’t work well for a few mini-games on the 1-2 Switch, which is concerning, but besides that they actually work extremely well.

Upsides

The Switch is a well-made console and has the opportunity for some very fun and innovative games. The joy-cons are as accurate as I have seen motion-sensing controllers be. They also do some interesting things, as shown on 1-2 Switch. Legends of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a great game, and I enjoy every minute of it (look at the link for a review). I love the open-world aspect and the freedom to do whatever you please.

Conclusion

The Switch is an extremely well-made console. The joy-cons are at times amazing, at times annoying. Legends of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a great game, but unfortunately, it is the only game really worth playing. If I were the person reading this and I wanted a Nintendo Switch, I would wait until fall to buy a console, because at that point, some of the bigger games should be out. I wouldn’t buy 1-2 Switch. It is fun for all of two hours.

If you twisted my arm, I’d probably give the Switch an 8.5/10. It is a well-made console with the potential to expand the amount of games it has and to improve on its small mistakes.

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