I have to say, I am very impressed with Nintendo on this one. I've seen Nintendo evolve over the course of many years, and I have been a bit worried about them lately. It seemed as if they were always late to the party, and had been making games that only stuck to their "formula" that they had developed for each of their series. They tried to become more unique with their motion controls on the Wii, but while it did great with sales at first, it just didn't perform well enough to be considered a real success. And of course the Wii U was a failure.
Then, The Switch was announced. At first, due to my worries, I wasn't all that interested in it. But as the hype for the new console began to grow, I slowly became absorbed by it. Of course, the new Zelda was part of this hype, so I couldn't resist for long. By the time we got to release date, I was SO excited that I couldn't control it.
And then it arrived.
I was absolutely blown away. The Switch was incredible! Nintendo had finally made something that was truly new and unique after a streak of consoles that were seemingly afterthoughts. There are plenty of pro's and con's to this console, so let's discuss them a bit.
First, the cons, and why some of them aren't actually cons to begin with.
First of all, yes, The Switch has had plenty of launch issues. The de-sync issue with the left joycon, dead pixels, and even just straight up broken units. But the thing about all of these problems that people fail to understand, is that they were completely expected. Every launch generation of a new console has a bunch of issues. The first build is always the most rough. I mean, the red ring of death originated from the launch build of the XBox. The fact that people are so infuriated with these issues is a bit ridiculous, regardless of how abundant they may be. Plus, Nintendo has been doing their best to replace all problematic consoles, so good on them. Also, if your are messing up your controllers by putting the wrist straps on the wrong way, then that is your own fault. They are fairly self explanatory, and if you put them on incorrectly, all you have to do is hold down the release button and apply a little force. They will slide right off. I've also heard people complaining about the resolution of the console. While it is pretty sub par compared to competitors, I personally don't feel like the image has to be perfect to enjoy game play. For what it is, it looks absolutely amazing graphically.
As for the screen scratching issues, yes the screen is plastic, so expect it to be prone to scratching. First of all, although it may seem like it is easy to scratch the screen on the dock, but it really isn't. As long as you are decently gentle with the console, and you put it in and out of the dock at a straight angle, then you will be fine. Secondly, if you don't already buy a screen protector for every mobile device that you buy, then you are doing it wrong. It should be a no-brainer to buy a screen protector for a device that you take on the go, as it is exposed to outside forces. Make sure you get a screen protector if you buy The Switch, because yes, it isn't that hard to scratch. However, still try your best to be gentle with the console. The console itself is surprisingly durable for what it is made out of. As cheap as the plastic may feel, it is actually quite strong, and while it can be scratched, extensive damages are difficult to incur on accident. Except for the dock. That thing is pretty cheaply made, but since it is simply a way to connect to a TV, you really shouldn't have a reason to put it in a situation where it can be damaged.
Personally, I only have three issues with the console as a whole. One being that I very much dislike the table top mode. This is a personal issue, so not everybody will have the same issue with it that I do, and therefore shouldn't judge the console based on this. The kickstand is a bit cheap, yes, but it is supposed to be that way because it is removable, preventing it from being permanently broken off the console. However, why is it positioned to the side?? It would make so much more sense for it to be in the center. Due to it being on the side, it is unbalanced, so it doesn't stay standing. There were many times that I tried to adjust the volume and ended up knocking the console over and popping the stand off. Plus, the screen is just a little too small to enjoy table top mode fully, and its a bit awkward when trying to focus on such a small image at a greater distance. A minor detail, but a bit annoying. An extra issue would be that the controller grip doesn't charge the controllers, but this is minor, not entirely necessary, and fixable. Also WHERE ARE THE GAME MANUALS???
My second and third issues are a bit more important. First of all, the battery life is only about 3 hours and some change (a bit less playing Zelda). This is not an issue normally, because finding a chance to charge the console is fairly easy in this day and age, especially when the connector is USB Type-C. However, it is a bit of a different story on a long car trip or plane ride, and it certainly wouldn't last long enough to keep you entertained the whole way. Yes, it could be fixed with portable batteries, but this is another investment that would make the process more difficult. Not to mention that the charging doesn't keep up too well when the console is running. Secondly, why is charging port on the bottom!?!? This makes NO sense, because you can't play table top if your are charging the console, and it is extremely uncomfortable to play it while laying in bed because the cord juts out into your chest/stomach. A poor choice of placement on Nintendo's part.
The final issue that people have that I don't care about that much personally, is that the launch library is extremely small. While this is true, obviously it will be fixed over time. For this reason, however, I will say that if you aren't a hardcore Nintendo or Zelda fan, I believe it is worth waiting for the library to expand and for some prices to drop a little.
Okay, that's it for the cons, now for the pros. Which is literally everything else. Because this part will be extremely long, I'm going to do this part in a list to save some space. Here we go:
1. The console looks SO SEXY and sleek.
2. For how small they are, the controllers are very comfortable to use.
3. The console is very durable despite its plastic screen.
4. The multiple modes on this console are an extremely innovative idea.
5. The sound effects. OH MY LORD THE SOUND EFFECTS.
6. The controller grip is also very comfortable to use.
7. The screen and graphics within games look amazing.
8. The UI is very well-crafted and easy to use.
9. The inclusion of the screenshot button was an awesome idea.
10. I am so glad that they went back to game cartridges!
11. THE PRO CONTROLLER IS AMAZING!
12. Storage space is actually quite good, you just have to get the larger games like
Zelda on cartridge, and then you have plenty of space for all other games.
13. I love the mechanism that is used for attaching and removing the controllers.
14. Controls are very responsive and fine-tuned.
15. ZELDA IS AMAZING!!!!
16. Motion controls are still a bit janky, but much better than the Wii, and also used more as a enhancement than an integral game mechanic.
17. IR camera is pretty cool, I hope they incorporate it in cool ways in the future.
18. Obviously, it's amazing that this is a mobile console with as much processing
power as it has.
19. Prices are bit high, but actually quite sensible when you think of what you actually
NEED to buy and how expensive it is to game nowadays.
20. Updates don't take forever, online capabilities seem pretty powerful.
21. Third party support seems to be going well so far, hopefully it doesn't crash like the Wii U.
22. This isn't really a pro or con, but despite the online play becoming a paid service, it seems like it will be pretty affordable. Hopefully the bonuses for buying it will get better, because right now they don't seem worth it.
23. Docking station works really well and is quickly responsive.
24. Brightness features working really well.
25. I like that Mii's are used for profile pictures now, instead of being an actual feature of the console. Makes more sense.
26. Parental controls make sense and work really well for their intended purpose.
I'm sure there is more I could say, but for now I will leave it at that. Overall, this is an incredible console, and has impressed me so much more than I could have hoped for. Great job Nintendo, I look forward to the future of The Switch.