The beautiful world of Hyrule, a massive playground that spans snowy mountains and lush forests, is under threat and you have to save it. Add an element of survival to the mix and you’ve got a masterclass in open-world gaming.
I’d like to start by saying that it’s not like anything else out there in the gaming world. Nintendo has once again paved the way with a unique and fun ideas and executes it well. For people that are worried by the Wii U like tablet…there are no left-over ghosts of the Wii U here. The entire console is inside the tablet itself, which has a intensely powerful battery which gives you hours of gameplay on a high-definition screen. It’s very easy to set up the dock, which allows you to charge the tablet, but also play on a TV screen, just like any other console on the market. The beauty lies in being able to play a triple-A full console game on the TV, and then take it with you to bed, or out on the bus, or in the car etc. and still be able to continue your progress seamlessly. The Joycon Controllers are small and light, but very precise and provide excellent control. They’re unbelievably ergonomic and just feel right in your hands. They clip onto the sides of the tablet screen for off-screen play, but can easily be removed and used on their own for on-TV play.
All of which is to say one thing: This thing isn’t meant to sit casually in a bag. It needs protection! It’s got a large screen. It’s got a ton of nooks and crannies where various detritus can get lodged. It’s got two tiny gamepad attachments (the Joy-Con) that could accidentally come off and get loose in your bag.
The Nintendo Switch is a monster unto itself. There’s no backwards compatibility to WiiU or 3DS games. That means you’ll need to buy games specifically made for the Switch. Also, the lack of a virtual console (for now) means there’s no access to your favorite Nintendo games from the past.
Another home console classic now given a new lease of life on Switch is LA Noire. It’s unusual to see 18-rated games on Nintendo consoles but it’s exciting that the Switch is building up a more mature library.
Nintendo always brings amazing experience out of its own studios, and the Switch has already seen some of the best games of all time in its first year. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8: Deluxe, Splatoon 2, ARMS, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, Fire Emblem Warriors, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and the astounding Super Mario Odyssey have all wowed us.
Following closely behind Breath of the Wild is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which stands at 4.42 million copies. The colorful online shooter Splatoon 2 is third with 3.61 million copies sold, while 1-2-Switch and Arms round out the top five at 1.37 and 1.35 million units, respectively. All of these figures combine physical and digital game sales, as well as those included in console bundles.
The Nintendo Switch is gaining momentum with the role-playing game genre and has a promising future with over 50 third-party independent developers offering support. Like the days before it with previous Nintendo consoles, the Switch is on a journey to return to form, allowing for more role-playing games to its console. And there are already role-playing games released and lined up that are ready for any RPG enthusiast to dive into.
What makes the Switch an even better value than the Wii U and other preceding consoles, however, is the fact that it can double as a portable. This means gamers won’t have to spend extra on a DS device to play games when they’re away from the TV. With the Switch, you’re spending $300 for a stationary and portable console when you’d otherwise have to spend between $80 and $200 for a DS (depending on the model) and $300 for a Wii U bundle. From that perspective, the Switch looks like a bargain.
This is another Switch accessory that won’t be useful for many gamers, but very effectively solves a very specific problem. Don’t prop up your Nintendo Switch against a vase or another unsuitable piece of furniture. This stand will put your Switch at just the right angle for long hours of undocked gameplay. It has lots of rubber pads, prongs, and other anti-slip features to ensure it’s held in place well.
The fact that Super Mario Odyssey manages to be so experimental while also drawing in the best parts of every Mario game to date, becoming a incredibly playable and joyous love letter to gaming’s most celebrated series in the process, is without doubt like a legendary Homeric odyssey – truly epic.”
The Switch works exactly as advertised. Switching from console to handheld is seemless, easy, and games like Zelda are extremely impressive. As a console, the Switch is relatively capable but as a handheld it is a beast of a machine. Playing a game that looks as good as Zelda or Fast RMX in the palm of my hand is unreal. As a portable it outperforms anything else in its class. Battery life isn’t as bad as I thought it would be, clocking in at the same range as the PS Vita or 3DS XL. Great system with a lot of potential.
Even with the Switch being a relatively new gadget, there are plenty of excellent add-ons that enhance and supplement the experience. Here are some of the best accessories you can get right now to elevate your Switch experience.
The Legend of Zelda: Breadth of the Wild has players climb up towers and mountain peaks to traverse new areas and set their own path into the wilderness. It’s a world with gigantic monsters, friendly animals, as well as various ingredients and items that kids can mix and match to create new concoctions. The Legend of Zelda: Breadth of the Wild has plenty for a kid to do, with over 100 Shrines of Trials, hundreds of items, as well as various lands filled with friends and foes.
Super Mario Odyssey is Mario’s first real outing on the Nintendo Switch and he makes his debut in style. Odyssey is a 3D sandbox adventure that sees Mario travel between a wide range of worlds to save Princess Peach from the nefarious and maritally-minded Bowser.
This upcoming title will retain the classic turn-based battle system with an added ability of a Boost system. The boost system will allow players to attack an enemy multiple times during a turn if enough Boost Points are acquired.
It would be hard to imagine running into a gamer who hasn’t played or at the very least, heard of Super Meat Boy. The video game was a massive success and a highly addicting and challenging platform title by indie developers Team Meat.
GameStop often sells custom Switch bundles of its own, many of which toss in extra games and accessories for the same price as buying them all separately. On the plus side, these bundles tend to be more readily available than the console by itself. But if you just want the console and a game, also check to make sure the game you want isn’t on sale. For instance, one of the Switch’s most iconic games — Super Mario Odyssey — is currently on sale for $54.98 at Amazon.
Convenience: Before you buy a Nintendo switch game, make sure it is handheld and can be used anywhere, at any time. In fact, most people go for these games because of their portability. Remember, fun is everywhere and so you will want to take the game with you.
Nintendo Switch also contains a number of built-in features that make it more interactive. The left Joy-Con has a Capture Button that players can press to take instant screenshots of gameplay to share with friends on social media. The right Joy-Con includes an NFC touchpoint for interaction with amiibo figures, as well as an IR Motion Camera that can detect the distance, shape and motion of nearby objects in specially designed games. For example, it can tell how far away a player’s hand is, and even if the hand is forming a rock, paper or scissors shape. Both Joy-Con include advanced HD rumble, which can provide compatible games with subtle vibrations that are much more realistic than before. The effect is so detailed that a player could, for example, feel the vibration of individual ice cubes colliding inside a glass when shaking a Joy-Con. With HD rumble you can experience a level of realism not possible through sights and sounds alone.
While the Switch port of Pokkén Tournament DX adds a few new elements into the mix, such as a daily challenge, wireless multiplayer and a handful of extra characters, it is very much the same game as ever. So that’s a surprisingly nuanced brawler that’s as much for genre veterans as it is for anyone who fancies pummeling Pikachu’s face into an adorable mush. With a proper mainline Pokémon confirmed for Switch sometime in the not too distant future, consider Pokkén Tournament DX as a fun taster of greater things to come.
Nintendo’s biggest Switch release of the holiday season, Super Mario Odyssey, just launched last week, though it isn’t the only major title still in store this year. Three mature titles–Doom, LA Noire, and Skyrim–all launch for the system within the span of a week in November, though as these aren’t published by Nintendo, they wouldn’t appear on these best-seller lists. The system’s next first-party title, the open-world JRPG Xenoblade Chronicles 2, releases on December 1.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is a turn-based tactical role-playing game that features Nintendo’s Mario alongside with Ubisoft’s Raving Rabbids franchise. The game includes both a single and multiplayer campaign mode with each level consisting of a series of battles. Each side, both the player and enemy, take turns moving around a battlefield while taking shots at one another with laser guns. The easy-to-learn-but-hard-to-master game takes into consideration the player’s positioning and range, maximum movements, as well as other conditions that make for a fun and strategic gameplay.
Rocket League is the only game I’ve played that’s captured the truly exciting bits of soccer for me. The vast majority of (the admittedly few) sports games I’ve played are so beholden to seasonal statics that I’m just always so bored because I can’t be bothered to keep up with the annual Who’s Who of professional leagues. Rocket League’s touch of zaniness allows it to focus on the bare essentials of the game: there are the players, a ball, and two goals. There are no stat games here. No managing players. No fluff. Just soccer…with turbo-powered RC cars, and it’s all the better and more accessible for that.—Javy Gwaltney
Console is great, durable and extremely easy to set up. Feels like a Nintendo product and the quality expectations of it. Only downside is no Netflix or other third party app support yet. If you are not into Zelda at the moment I would suggest waiting a little for more content to be released.
Aside from letting you take a great game on the go, the Switch version of LA Noire has some neat features such as motion control support. This means you can pick up evidence at crime scenes and inspect it from every angle using the Joy-Con controllers.
The main difference from the PC and console iterations of the game is the ability to use the Switch’s motion controls and the option to play on the go (which is downright awe-inspiring). Just make sure you have a spare 300 hours to devote to it.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is a beautiful epic Japanese role-playing game with a cinematic presentation. Its cut-scenes feel larger than life (often like watching a well-written anime movie) and include an optional original Japanese voiceover dub, giving the players the game’s original authentic form.
Nintendo Switch bundles with additional games are a mixed bag at the moment, but this is one of the cheapest ones. Don’t worry if the Neon Red/Blue version is a bit loud for you, you can get this bundle in grey for the same price too.