I haven’t been excited for a Nintendo product since maybe the first 3DS model back in 2011. The last Nintendo anything I spent countless hours with was Fire Emblem Awakening. I wasn’t much into Wii and I didn’t even bother with Wii U. I, like so many others, have been sorely disappointed in what Nintendo has put up against the console juggernauts in Playstation and Xbox, more PS these days. Most recently, Nintendo was able to attract the masses in the form of Super Smash Bros. but that’s it.
Then came the big announcement of a new direction on Oct. 20, 2016, and an innovative one if you ask me, in the Nintendo Switch:
Before clicking or tapping play on the above video back on that fall day, I remember going into watching it with very low expectations. As I wrote before, Nintendo hadn’t been developing and churning out anything of interest to me at all for quite a few years. After seeing the ad for the Switch, however, I was rejuvenated.
Seeing the guy sitting on his coach playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on a flat-screen TV… Switch! (*fingers snap*) Removes the joy-cons from the grip, inserts them on the sides of the system, lifts it from the dock it was sitting in and it’s literally switched into a handheld device. Once I saw that moment, I was totally in and sold.
Now that we’re past the Switch’s release and it’s in the wild, well sort of because it’s sold out pretty much everywhere, does it deliver what it was promoted as being capable of? My short answer is a resounding yes.
Note: I didn’t pick up my own unit until just last week for three reasons:
(1) I wanted to wait to see how Nintendo supported the device post launch because the only draw was and is Breath of the Wild.
(2) The steep $300 price-point.
(3) Again, it’s sold out everywhere you can possibly look.
What eventually swayed me into making a move for a Switch of my own was looking into buying one as a gift for my brother’s birthday. To research what Nintendo’s thinking was; how it looks, feels and plays; and overall reaction. I listened/watched a ton of IGN’s podcast Nintendo Voice Chat. The enthusiasm and giddy discussions host Jose Otero and co-hosts Peer Schneider, Brian Altano and Jonathon Dornbush had gave me an itch to return to the world of Nintendo for the first time since the second 3DS model released.
I spent all of Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of last week Googling and searching for local retail stores to see when it’d no longer say “sold out,” “out of stock” or “currently unavailable” after refreshing my browser over and over and over… Early Thursday evening was when it came together finally. A nearby Target read it had “limited stock.”
I was hoping for the neon-red and neon-blue version of the system. But when I called they said they had three gray ones left. At that point, I really didn’t care. So I ran out and drove immediately to pick it up. When I arrived they had one left. It was like it was meant to be too because when the associate pulled it out from behind the registers it was just sitting there; it was as if it was waiting there for me. I can’t put into words how happy I felt. It’s been a while since a game device has made me feel that way. The last was the PSVita, which has since fallen to its proverbial death.
Can't believe I haven't tweeted this yet. I GOT A NINTENDO SWITCH! Took me a few days to find a store that had it in stock.
— Jon Reyes (@werdynerdy) March 30, 2017
Once I made it back home, I toyed with the Switch in handheld mode at first and was in love with the screen, touch controls, matte finish and feel, clean minimalitic UI and the second I tested the dock out to switch it to my TV I was amazed at how instantaneous it is. The next day I picked up a carrying case, Breath of the Wild, the Pro Controller and just received a 200 GB micro SD memory card in the mail that I ordered. (I plan to go all digital.)
Since Then, I’ve logged about six hours into Breath of the Wild. All I’ll say, for now, is I love the system’s versitility and the game is breathtaking. I can’t stop playing or thinking about when I’ll play next. I’m genuinly super pumped to see what Nintendo has to show off next for the Switch. I’m counting the days until Mario Kart 8 Deluxe drops on April 28.
Nintendo has something really special here, hopefully they don’t screw it up.
Have a Switch? What’s your experience been like? Leave a comment below or tweet me @werdynerdy.