Hello and welcome back lovely Internet friends!
As I talked about in my pickup haul on Friday, I got a Switch, later thank launch day but I got one!
To tell my tale kind of again, (with many more details added, I promise), I pre-ordered my Switch through Gamestop.com. This was also my first time pre-ordering anything through Gamestop.com. I, of course, thought nothing of it after I received my confirmation e-mail stating that I was going to receive my $510 red-blue joy con, five game Switch bundle. That was my first mistake. Only two of the five games I pre-ordered in bundle came out at launch and were shipped to me and because of that I was actually charged full price and charged separately for them. With no explanation or a heads up email. To add to it all, I didn’t receive my games the same day as my Switch. I actually received them the day after I got my Switch. Which is super frustrating. With again, no email letting me know or anything. The thing that made me most annoyed at this all was that everything was slated to arrive 3/6. I purposely didn’t pay the crazy (to me) amount of money for promised in your hands launch day shipping but I did expect it all to arrive the day I was told it would arrive. Or at least an email letting me know it was delayed.
Beyond the annoyance of Gamestop.com, let’s actually get in to the Switch itself. First and foremost, I love the packaging. The box was good looking but most of all, it was very collector friendly! I didn’t need to use knives or scissors. I didn’t have to rip or tear a single thing. It’s all still perfectly in tack and sitting very nicely on display on top of one of my bookshelves. 😀
The set up of the console was honestly one of the easiest setups I’ve done in a long time. I’m very glad Nintendo kept it simple and with very little ugly cords. The system itself looks very sleek and simple. I can definitely see myself displaying it a bit more once I am able to get a different entertainment center setup.
I was surprised with how quality the Switch console (the tablet) itself really is. Now keep in mind, I have been very lucky with my Switch as it has had zero problems at this time. And don’t worry, I was knocking on wood furiously as I wrote this. Another surprise, (good surprise!) was the Joy Cons! They are so light and small but I fell in love with them. They fit so well in my hands and I love to use them without the Joy Con grip controller. And though they feel so light they have more power than I thought. I am however, not a huge fan of the turned on its side Joy Con play when you’re playing two player. It’s awkward and far too small to be comfortable or natural.
As for the gameplay, I very much enjoy it. I have only played 1-2 Switch, Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild, and Fast RMX. Zelda is beyond beautiful. And fun. And hard. I say hard because this is my FIRST Zelda game ever. Yeah. You read that correctly. First Zelda game that I’ve ever played. This is because of a lot of different reason but now is neither the time nor the place for that. I am very happy with how the game showcases the hardware’s ability. It’s just too beautiful. As for 1-2 Switch, I am disappointed with it. Not all the games are accessible and I’m not sure how to unlock them. But I’m sure I’ll figure it out in time. The racing game is great. Super hard to control but fun, pretty and great. I love it.
My only dissatisfaction is just like every other Nintendo product at launch, underwhelming and lacking any real punch. There wasn’t enough launch titles. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very happy with Zelda but it almost feels very rushed and not well planned. I know more games are coming out for it soon and I will be much happier when that happens. For now I’m honestly more in to my Wii U and finishing up Paper Mario Color Splash than anything.
Overall, I’m very happy with the Switch. It’s a great idea and great hardware. I am very optimistic for Nintendo and very excited to see what happens with the Switch and where this journey takes us all.
Until Wednesday, stay classy and sassy y’all ❤