Nintendo Switch - Neon Blue and Red Joy-Con
- The mobility of a handheld is now added to the power of a home gaming system to enable unprecedented new video game play styles.
- Providing single and multiplayer thrills at home
- Enables gamers to play the same title wherever, whenever and with whomever they choose.
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Platform For Display: Neon Blue / Neon Red Joy-Con | Edition: Standard | Colour: Neon Blue / Neon Red Joy-Con
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All features work as advertised with no surprises. It switches between docked and undocked modes almost instantaneously.
The joy-con controllers are really good. Having two in the box means you can play multiplayer games on day one without having in invest in extra hardware.
The system itself feels sturdy and well constructed.
Nintendo first party games! (IE the reason you buy any Nintendo product). Mario is a blast, Zelda is mind blowing, Mario Kart is stupid fun. You know what you're going to get with Nintendo games.
The indie game support has been really impressive! Nintendo has seemed to focus on quality rather than quantity with its indie offers. From games such as Overcooked, Stardew Valley, Golf Story, The Sexy Brutale, you're going to be able to find games you enjoy at cheaper prices, and support developers who aren't EA.
The joy-cons are not as comfortable as other controllers for longer play sessions. The pro controller (an additional cost) is recommended if you plan on playing the Switch at home with games such as Breath of the Wild.
The Nintendo online features are somewhat lacking compared to Playstation, Xbox and PC gaming. Friends lists are a mess, you cannot send messages or game requests through the system. To send a friend request, you cannot search via name, but have to send through a 12 digit code to your friends via SMS or another messaging service. The friend system seems really archaic for a system released in 2017. Voice chat can currently only be done in one game (Splatoon), and is handled through a smart phone. That's right, you don't do voice chat through the system, but through your smart phone! For this privilege, Nintendo will be charging you $30AUD a year to access this service (despite discord being available on mobile for free).
So you'd think I would be a prime customer for the Switch, right? I mean sure, Nintendo hardware always has unique and strange quirks but I adopt or ignore them so that I can enjoy the games.
I never bought a Switch at release because I didn't want to only play Zelda, so I waited until Xmas 2018 to finally order one, once a Pokemon game was released.
And for me, it just hasn't clicked.
I love the idea of it being portable alongside being a living room console, but I feel like it does both roles poorly instead of just one being done really well.
In 'TV' mode, it's low res and slow. In portable mode, it's too big and it feels like it's going to break - the controllers on the side feel as if they could snap off if too much pressure was applied, and the joysticks and buttons are just far too small. This is really frustrating when combined with the positioning of the buttons almost directly underneath the analog stick, making it nearly impossible for me to tap them without the joystick getting in the way.
Maybe I'm not the target demographic (I don't have tiny hands)?
The other annoyance is that none of the retro library, nor online gaming functionality, is available unless you subscribe to the Switch's online service.
In the end, it's just not what I had expected - there are too many fundamental design issues for me, and the library isn't strong enough to warrant it's purchase. I can play nearly all of its non-bespoke library on much better (and more comfortable to use) hardware.
I'll be playing my 3DS until it dies one day in the future, but the Switch, for now, is being sold.
My advice: Try before you buy. Borrow a friend's or demo it in store, just to be sure you know what you're getting.
The Switch is super portable, playing either on a TV or like a gameboy of old. Coming from Xbox, the games are more fun and approachable to the family. Brining back the nostalgic days of getting everyone around the TV playing Mario Party (instead of something like Call of Duty).
Games can become quite expensive, but just have to keep an eye out for sales.
Really good price and fast delivery.
It reminds me of how fun it was to play on a SNES, before games became as demanding as a 2nd life, but with 720p/1080p 30 FPS graphics.
The current flood of Indies filling in the gaps in the eShop is also a great value added.
Well done Nintendo. Now if you just could keep the prices of download-only games in check a bit...