The Nintendo Switch has been making waves since its launch in March. As of late July 2017, the handheld/console hybrid sold about 4.7 million units. In contrast, the Wii U sold a total 13.56 million in a span of four years.
Clearly, Nintendo is doing something right this time. But what’s different with the Nintendo Switch after five months? Here are some of the things I like, and the things I don’t.
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What I love
There’s no other home console that’s playable on the go. When I don’t have time to sit in front of the PS4 or Xbox One, I take the Switch with me (e.g. on the subway, weekend trips) and it scratches my gaming itch despite my busy schedule.
The Nintendo Switch can seamlessly transform from home console to portable handheld in seconds. You can take the system with you by simply taking it off the dock and sliding the Joy-Cons on both sides. If you want to play on your TV, just insert the tablet into the dock.
Either way, you can continue playing your game right where you left off.
The Switch feels comfortable to use – particularly in handheld mode – even for long periods. I never strained my wrists playing despite marathon gaming sessions. The controllers feel natural in my hands, whether they’re in the dock or connected to the tablet.
Games load quickly
Installing games on the PS4 or Xbox One can take from 5 minutes to a half hour; not so on the Nintendo Switch. Once you slide in the cartridge, it’s ready to go.
Zelda is AWESOME
I think The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one of the best launch titles in history (right up there beside Tetris on the original Game Boy and Super Mario Bros. on the NES). This new Zelda is sprawling, gorgeous, engaging, and offers a perfect old-school level of challenge.