Friday the 3rd March was a pretty good day. It was the day, Nintendo Switch finally came into my life. 🙂
It’s a great console and yes I will attempt to write a review to this blog but I’ve also made some links to Dyspraxia that I also want to talk about.
I’ve been saving my pennies for this day and the day finally came. I believe I’ve made the right choice. Switch represents the future of Nintendo.
I read a lot of reviews and comments about Switch. That it’s merely an update to the 3DS and doesn’t match up to anything they’ve ever done on the home console market or anything the PS3 or the XBOX has ever done. That it’s too much money to spend based on its specs and that it’s not good marketing to charge for the online service. Also that sales will flop because the only decent game is Zelda which is also available for the Wii U which is coming to the end of its days.
I’m here to say that the Switch is worth it. Absolutely worth it.
It’s small, lightweight; the JoyCon controllers are a Joy (no pun intended) to use and although I haven’t really utilised it yet I can attest that games really do seamlessly switch between TV and the console itself.
It’s such a shift to the way I’m used to console gaming. The Wii U worked in a similar, but I didn’t have the time, money or inclination to get it. While the dock stays in front of the TV, the unit itself, the console is completely independent and can be taken anywhere. This allows for unprecedented freedom to play the very best games, anytime anywhere, provided of course you have the battery life. Games of the power of any console of its generation, on the move.
For me, it’s an absolute winner and a selling point that will eventually be driven home to consumers
I paid full price for Switch and I was very happy to do so. In fact, I think I’ve been quite lucky to get my hands on one for launch day. I missed out on a huge saving with the independent games hardware website GameSeek and told myself I’d be happy to wait.
But since I was going to town anyway to do some banking, I thought I’d take my chances at Argos and thankfully I was able to secure my reservation, to the surprise of the cashier in the store it has to be said. But I really do believe it is and certainly will be worth the full RRP.
Zelda: Breath of the Wild is an amazing game. The sheer size of it is, and there’s no other way of putting it, breathtaking. The Hylian world is akin to the size of a small country and I don’t think I’m exaggerating to say that.
Everything about the game is on the money. Script, visuals, sound production all blend together seamlessly to create a beautiful game.
Zelda isn’t everyone’s favourite game necessarily but the franchise has surely contributed to some of the industry’s greatest games. But in my experience, they’ve all followed the same formula. This one takes all the elements that made the game great but removed some of the shackles to create a complete free open world experience. I do miss the days of Z targeting but each new game gives the Link character a different natural skill. I’ve sometimes wished Link would be able to climb more mountain peaks and other mountain areas. Breath of the Wild sees us scaling the highest peaks of Hyrule, trek long distances, take a leisurely swim and even learn to hunt game. It’s up to you to find creative ways to make your way across the puzzles and dangerous of Hyrule.
Dyspraxia Vs Switch
The gaming world has come a long way over the years and Nintendo has tended to be the first to embrace change over the years. In the last decade it was Nintendo who stood out with their motion sensing Wii offering. But when the Switch and how it would work in the teaser videos I had a feeling my Dyspraxia might cause me one or 2 difficulties.
You see, if you have good coordination (like I don’t) I have no doubt you can seamlessly and quickly dock the JoyCon controllers in and out of the console as demonstrated in the trailers. It seems not for me.
It’s always difficult when learning something new but I find the process to be a little less straight-forward than perhaps the average person. When replacing the JoyCon I can never get it in the slot first time, needing 2 or 3 attempts to do so. The Switch itself fits fine inside the dock but rocks inside so I’m never sure it’s correctly linked to the TV. Whether this is by design or I’m not using it correctly I’m still not sure.
And don’t get me started on finding the HDMI input for Switch on the TV that I use without a remote for it… but that’s clearly not the fault of Nintendo 🙂
Dyspraxia also comes into play throughout gameplay as I’m slow to react to various situations in the game. I’ve committed “suicide” in various situations because my brain says press one button and my hands do another. There’s nothing wrong with the control system of the game as I can see the logic with how it is used but all too often action happens quicker than I can react, and as with everything in life I have to concentrate as hard as ever to perform in the game.
Not that this effects my enjoyment of the game. I love Switch, I love Zelda and I can see that over the years to come we are gooing to have good times together 🙂