Written by Alex Maidment (nSanity Beach)
Almost a year ago I gave in to temptation and bought a Nintendo Switch. I’ve long owned various Nintendo consoles, usually of the handheld variety and the concept for the Switch is such an intriguing one, that I just wanted to give it a proper go.
Consider this my thoughts on the console, although a little late to the party…
I’m going to start by saying that the Switch is far from being my most played games device, but if I’m honest, it was never going to replace my primary games console, the Xbox One, and I treat it much more like a sit back and relax type console.
For starters, the games I play on the Switch are on the whole very different from what I would play on Xbox. They are more sociable and fun to play with friends that don’t game in the same way I do. Some of those games include: Mario Kart, Smash Bros, a bomberman style game, Crash Team Racing, various NES games that are free with Nintendo Online.
The thing that really got me into the Switch was of course it’s key selling point: the fact that you can switch between a dock-based TV console and a handheld console.
Whenever I travel, I love the fact that I can just pick up the Switch and chuck it in my bag to continue playing some point later. The little kickstand and detachable joy-cons that become 2 controllers even mean that I can play a game with my wife on a train or plane.
If I’m honest, I initially thought that it would only be the handheld version that I used on the Switch but as it turns out, it’s the perfect little party console that can be docked and used on the TV.
I haven’t really tested some of the beefier games that require better graphics but I really have found it fantastic for arcade games and platformers that are chilled to play and just keep my gaming itch scratched while travelling or when I don’t fancy jumping into more serious games on the Xbox or PC.
The Switch will never be my ‘main’ console of choice and while I was originally brought in on the hype of what Nintendo have to offer in terms of both the console and types of games, it still lives up to the hype most of the time today.