Nintendo Switch Preview

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Recently, I had the opportunity to get some hands-on time with Nintendo’s latest console – the Nintendo Switch. While I was slightly concerned that the console would offer a fairly mediocre experience, I was quite surprised to find that it was an immense amount of fun to play.

During the preview session, I spent a fair amount of time playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which I can honestly say completely took my breath away. At first glance, the game offered up crisp, clear visuals as well as gameplay that completely exceeded all my expectations. The demo was around 20 minutes long; however, I kept wanting to go back to it in order to experience more Breath of the Wild goodness.

Next up, I played ARMS. ARMS is a unique multiplayer fighting sport that lets you trade blows using extendable arms, this game includes elements of both boxing and shooting games, and is an absolute blast to play. After customising a character with a variety of arms, the player holds one Joy-Con in each hand and throws left and right punches at the opponent. Characters can jump and dash, and players can bend their punches by twisting their hands as they swing, much like a right or left hook. As players learn the game and improve their skills, they will discover a deeper level of advanced tactics. Players can compete against the computer, against a friend on a split screen using another set of Joy-Con controllers. From what I had experienced, ARMS was truly something unique.

At the preview event, I also got to play some Splatoon as well as Mario Kart, 1-2 Switch, and Just Dance. Unfortunately, Super Mario Odyssey was unavailable to play… which was rather disappointing. Moving away from the games, let’s take a look at the console package.

The package, according to Nintendo, will include the main console, Joy-Con (L) and Joy-Con (R) controllers, a Joy-Con grip (to which two Joy-Con are attached and used as one controller), a set of Joy-Con wrist straps, a Nintendo Switch dock (which holds the main console and connects it to a TV), a HDMI cable and an AC adapter. Two stylish versions of the console will be released: a version with a set of grey Joy-Con, and a version with one neon blue and one neon red Joy-Con. When it comes to visual appeal, I quite liked the looked and feel of the Nintendo Switch and all of its accessories.

During the preview session, I played in both TV mode as well as portable mode. While TV mode felt like a stock standard affair, the portable mode felt truly innovative. In my opinion, Nintendo has nailed the head on the portable console. No only is the Nintendo Switch a pleasure to handle, it also feels solid as well as well-made and durable. It’s also not entirely too heavy, which makes it east on the wrists. While the portable mode exceeded my every expectation, I would recommend picking up a cover as well as a screen protector for this device as you would not want a cracked screen anytime soon.

Overall, I quite enjoyed my time with the Nintendo Switch. It’s comfortable, portable and a console that I would love to spend more time playing… It’s truly a pure joy to play.

By: Darryl Linington
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