The decision to buy a brand new console is one most wouldn’t take lightly. It’s a bit of a commitment on your time and wallet. But once the decision has been made to purchase one of the consoles of your choice, you’ll be so glad you did. The Nintendo Switch is the most recent console to join my lineup of game systems.
I’m not typically a Day 1 adopter of new consoles when they come out. I’m more likely to be sitting on the fence and waiting a little longer to see if upgrading to a new system will be worth my while. I skipped out on getting the Wii U when it was the hot console for Nintendo at the time and I don’t regret that decision. Not many games of interest came out for that system and the Wii U has been put to rest in the same way the original Wii was.
When the Nintendo Switch debuted back in March 2017, it was an impressive display of what this console could do. A system that could act as both a plug to the TV console and a handheld portable, depending on what your gaming needs might be? It sounded ingenious but it wasn’t enough to jump on board just yet. There needed to be a substantial amount of games on the Switch for me to justify the purchase. Even with Mario Odyssey, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Overcooked among the many games being added to the Switch’s game library, the one game that finally made me want to own the Switch was the remaster of The World Ends With You. Patience and a good Black Friday deal finally awarded me my very own Switch.
One of the first things that struck me about this console when I took it out of the box was how small and light the Switch was. The Xbox One and the Playstation 4 tend to be bulkier and require more space to rest comfortably in your living room or bedroom. The Switch barely takes up half the space on my entertainment system, which still leaves plenty of room for my old school Wii and Xbox 360 to keep their original spots that they have been occupying for the last few years. Installation and setup was more or less simple and painless, although, it still would have been nice to have one of those single fold out setup diagrams come with the box.
I was extremely glad to have taken advantage of the special Switch and Mario Kart 8 bundle during Black Friday sales. What’s the fun in owning a new console when you don’t have a game to play it on?
While I’ve lately taken to playing NieR: Automata on the Xbox One, I couldn’t resist showing some love to my Nintendo Switch by getting in a quick game of Mario Kart or two. It’s the same fun racing game filled with challenging obstacles, opportunities to steal the number 1 spot from your opponents, and fun courses to drive on. I’ve only managed to play the game using the Switch as a handheld, but with the Joy-Con controllers being a part of the console itself and easily detachable to let others join in on the fun, I can’t wait to have some people over to have a multi-player session with them.
The Nintendo Switch is slowly becoming my new favorite console and I’m excited to add a whole new set of games to go with it. My bank account and backlog will weep, but the gamer in me is doing a jig to call the Switch another member of my console family.
Do you own a Nintendo Switch? What are some of your favorite games to play on it?