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Why the Nintendo Switch is a Bucket List Console

MY NINTENDO SWITCH

I have been purchasing Nintendo consoles at launch since 2001.

That has been sixteen years of standing in line and pre-ordering just to get my hands on the newest Nintendo hardware. After careful consideration due to being slightly burned by being an early adopter for the Wii U, I continued my tradition and procured a Nintendo Switch at launch.

Would I be filled with regrets?

More importantly, would there be games to play on my shiny, new $300 device?

Not only did I have not have any regrets, but I was filled with glee having snagged a Nintendo Switch at launch. And I am happy to report that it is a bonafide Bucket List console straight from Nintendo.


 

Happiness Cubed

Before I gush and delve into the reasons why I appreciate the Switch so much, let me take you back to 2001.

My friend’s brother and I decided to buy Nintendo’s upcoming home console, the GameCube, on day one. It was a glorious purple lunchbox of a device I have consistently called my favorite console of all time. And I am sticking to it (although the Switch is coming close to dethroning it).

We went to our local Kmart (a department store that was super popular before the rise of Walmart) to procure one. We stood in line about an hour before the store opened to snag a launch unit. And if my memory is correct, that would have been about 5 or 6am. Oh, we were dedicated gamers back then indeed.

When the doors parted at opening time, we made a mad dash to the electronics department—my friend’s brother actually bumped into me but I would not be knocked off course. I grabbed the GameCube (and a free blow-up chair with the GameCube logo on it) and headed home.

Fun times ahead and the start of my nearly two decade Nintendo home console launch-athon.

Wii, Wii, Wii, All the Way Home

In 2006, I vowed to get a Wii at launch and thought I would have an easy time doing so. After all, I was a die-hard Nintendo fan. I was one of the few who stood in line for the GameCube, Nintendo’s worst selling console at that time. Alas, the Wii had permeated popular culture before its arrival and everyone wanted one. My dreams and hopes were squashed.

It did not help that I worked the day of its release, too.

I threw my hands up in failure, but luckily, my mother did not. She told me to get ready before work, drove me to the local mall, and made me follow her as we searched electronic store after electronic store until we lucked out and found a female employee standing in front of the outer entrance to Sears. I remember thinking the search would be for naught, but then I noticed two white tickets in the employee’s hand. I asked for one; my mom looked at me and asked if we should grab the last ticket for my older brother. I said sure since my brother was supposed to meet us soon. The girl hesitated and handed the final ticket to my mother.

Success!

I was able to procure the Wii at launch after all. Even with a lot stacked against me. I had a blast over the next six years playing Nintendo’s motion controlled revolution machine.

The Wii U Acquisition

By the launch of the Wii U in 2012, I had developed a sixth sense: A console hype radar. I began to understand whether a Nintendo product would be sought after with a gut instinct. And the Wii U did not seem to have the same kind of excitement the Wii did. Or even the GameCube, looking back.

It was the easiest console for me to acquire and required little effort. I was able to walk into GameStop and plop money down for a pre-order oh so causally. Come launch day, I walked into the store and was handed my Wii U.

No fuss. Actually, no one else was in line to get one.

More so, no one seemed to know about the Wii U’s existence. I truly mean that. The employee in the electronic department at Best Buy did not even know what it was.

The Wii U launch was anti climatic (and that is an understatement). But I snagged a launch edition because I was, am, and always will be a Nintendo fan through thick and thin. The Wii U would turn out to be Nintendo’s worst selling console ever, casting doubt on Nintendo’s next hardware, doubt in the mind of Nintendo fans everywhere, as well as doubt in my mind.

Nintendo Switches Focus

As 2017 came around, it was starting to become clear that the Nintendo Switch would be more like the Wii and less like the Wii U in terms of demand. My tummy rumbled; it was my sixth sense telling me Nintendo was going to have a hit on their hands. And I needed to pre-order to secure one.

I stayed up later than usual and bounced from website to website right after the official Nintendo Switch presentation had ended in January. I stumbled upon a live show from one of my favorite podcasts, Radio Free Nintendo. My attention piqued when the host mentioned Nintendo Switch pre-orders had gone up on Walmart’s web site. I quickly pre-ordered a unit with a huge smile on my face, albeit with a little apprehension.

But it turned out being a greater deal than I had anticipated.

I did not have to pay for shipping because I shipped it to store, my tax was waived, and I got a free $20 gift card because it was not delivered on launch day as scheduled but during the following week. The following Monday after work, I sped to Walmart and picked up my shiny new Switch.

My Opinion Switched

The Nintendo Switch was everything the Wii U wanted to be: Sleek, modern, sophisticated with solid weight when held.

It was as if the Wii U GamePad had shrunk, lost weight, and put on a new set of clothes. The Switch’s high quality, higher resolution screen stood out as quality and the two separate Joy-Con controllers felt immediately comfortable in my hands. The unit felt like a solid, modern electronic device, something its predecessor lacked. Turning the Switch on only cemented this feeling of mine.

The Switch’s minimal and clean user interface loaded quickly, a far cry from what I was used to with the Wii U’s interface. With the Nintendo Switch, I checked my profile, altered settings, checked the eShop, and then jumped into a game all within seconds. Furthermore, the Sleep and Wake functions made playing games a snap. The Switch took the chore-like nature out of the game playing equation. I really appreciate the effort by everyone at Nintendo for making this device so quick and intuitive to use.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

AN IMAGE I TOOK WITH THE SWITCH CAPTURE BUTTON

What’s More . . .

The central feature of the Switch, the ability to switch the device from a handheld to a console, makes game playing more convenient than ever before. It is really eye opening to no longer have my play sessions dependent upon one form factor, something I felt with many games in the past.

I hated going through the cumbersome steps to get my Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate save file from 3DS to Wii U and back. I wish I could play my copy of Pokemon Moon on the television when at home. And it would have been cool to take my Wii U version of Darksiders 2 around with me as I have done with Breath of the Wild.

The Switch changed all of this: There is only one save file; only one game is needed; and both go everywhere the Switch goes. I could finally play how I wanted without having to buy two copies of a game–one handheld and one console version–and worry about how to transfer my save file without corrupting it. I have played The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at home, then in a waiting room, and then continued playing the same game and file back at home on the big screen. Simple, painless, and capable.

The Nintendo Switch Versatility

Even more, there was a level of versatility the Switch instantly provided that I have never experienced in my near thirty years of collecting and playing games. I could finally play how I wanted and that included controller methods, too.

The main unit and Joy-Con combined felt similar to holding a modern Wii U GamePad or portable device. I used this comfortable play style whenever I wanted to scan amiibo for Breath of the Wild items.

When I brought my Switch to a friend’s house to play Zelda, I removed the Joy-Con from the unit and attached them to the included grip controller to better replicate a more traditional control method.

But whenever I felt lazy, I kept one Joy-Con in each hand and laid back. Wii Remote and Nunchuck style. All of these methods can be used in Zelda. Additionally, most games thus far support multiple play styles if not all of the ones I mentioned above. I am grateful to be able to play with the control style that fits my mood rather than being limited to a single way.

The Games Are Here

The Switch is an awesome all-in-one device but it would mean nothing without games. Luckily, the games are here.

I love the lineup that the Switch has as it seems to target people who love games for what they ultimately are: Fun, interactive media. That is why I have been having a blast playing Zelda for over 200 hours, Super Bomberman R with friends and family, Fast RMX solo, King of Fighters ’98 for the first time, Puyo Puyo Tetris competitively, Graceful Explosion Man, Snipperclips with my spouse, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe locally and online, and my very first Disgaea game. And that is just a small slice of the Switch’s stellar lineup it has amassed in three months.

I still have to get many quality digital games such as Square Enix’s RPG I am Setsuna, a charming retro inspired collecting game called Snake Pass, a frantic action game called Mr. Shifty, the return of an arcade basketball type game titled NBA Playgrounds, as well as many other SNK retro games, along with heavy hitters that are sure to come in the following weeks (ARMS, Splatoon 2, and Sonic Mania–I am looking at all of you).

I am really overwhelmed, in a good way, at the amount of quality games that have been made available in such a short time frame.

THANKS FOR READING!

Nintendo Switch. No Regrets.

I have been accruing Nintendo hardware at launch since 2001.

And although I felt a bit burned by getting a Wii U at launch, I am glad I ultimately did not let that get in the way of getting the Switch at launch.

I have had many memories so far with my spouse, her sister, our friends, online with strangers, and by myself in the last three months just playing games for the sake of fun. Zelda has been epic, Mario Kart has been a blast to play online, and delving into the King of Fighters series for the first time has been thrilling.

The Nintendo Switch is a solid hardware selection for anyone looking to reinvigorate their love of gaming, to fit into a busy life schedule, or to become a gamer’s primary console of choice.

It is a Bucket List console for sure, and I highly recommend procuring one when/if you can.

–Walapie Gamer


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