As I raised my fists in victory, glowing as I watched the Nintendo Live Press Conference for the Switch last night, I realized just how excited I am for this ambitious device. While the design is sleek, the controllers look comfortable (if slightly diminutive), and it looks easy enough to handle, I can’t express enough how encouraging their initial first year lineup appears on paper (and via the streamed video). Below are the five things that excite me the most about the Nintendo Switch.
- The Design
This one is an obvious first choice. While initially skeptical of a design that closely mirrors the failed Wii U controller, the tablet itself appears thin and comfortable to hold (per recent sources). While the Wii U had a good concept, I never quite understood the weight to the device, or the fact that it felt like my hands were always too far apart for it to feel like an actual controller. Hopefully this one gets it right.
- The Detachable Joy-Cons
While most knew about the detachable Joy-Cons since the initial design was leaked, no one was able to report on how they felt or looked for sure. Now, we know that there are “shoulder” buttons built in to the side for use when apart from the main console. Also, you can hold them apart just like you could with the nunchuk and Wii remote. The freedom that gives your hands is something no other console can offer, and that’s always a plus.
- The Launch Lineup
It was speculated that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild would miss the initial launch window. Thankfully, our doubts were vanquished when Nintendo confirmed that it would, in fact, be released alongside the Switch (and this awesome collector’s edition is something to swing a sword at).
Also, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe looks beautiful and will release within two months of the console being available. Breath of the Wild alone should be enough to satisfy the hardcore fans long enough for other promising titles to reach our anxious paws.
- All of the Unique Games Announced
Now, I know that not all of the titles announced will be out anytime soon, let alone this year. However, that doesn’t mean that a brand-new Shin Megami Tensei game on console or Fire Emblem Heroes isn’t enough to get me all fired up. In particular, Super Mario Odyssy looks like a blast (minus the lifelike people in that trailer, boy they looked rough) and the super interesting Project Octopath Traveler have me licking my gaming chops.
- The Possibilities Ahead for the Switch
This is my last point, and as such is somewhat ambiguous. Instead of focusing on a singular topic, I want to expand it to all the possibilities for this new console. I know they haven’t announced or even mentioned Metroid yet, but how cool would it be to play a brand new Metroid game on a portable system that isn’t as limited as the 3DS? To be able to take a console quality Metroid game on the go would be a dream come true! Plus, with the added power, the Switch could serve as a great return to form for a legitimate 2D Castlevania game that rivals SotN.
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