It’s hard to believe that 6 months ago Nintendo released its newest console onto the world. The Nintendo Switch was a big hit at launch, gaining mostly positive feedback from the public. 6 months after launch the console continues to sell out. Despite Nintendo ramping up production to meet demand, certain countries can’t keep stock on shelves for more than a few minutes. Luckily, anyone in the Philippines still looking for a switch can find one easily.
I bought my Switch on day one. I made sure to get to the mall early to be the first in line to get the console, which I was. Suffice to say I have been very happy with my purchase.
The biggest selling point of the Switch is the ability to play home console games anywhere. And it definitely delivers on that promise. Switching from TV mode to handheld mode is as quick and seamless as lifting the console from its dock. The minute you lift the Switch, the picture is displayed on the tablet and you can pick up playing right where you left off. It still amazes me that I can play a game like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild away from my TV.
There have been numerous reviews of the hardware itself when it was first released so there’s really no need to get into that here. Yes, the Switch is not as powerful as the PS4 and Xbox One. Yes, the interface seems very minimal and might be lacking in features. Every positive and negative about the system has already been said many times over. The question is whether the Switch is worth it for anyone still on the fence. In my opinion, it is.
At launch, the Wii U was plagued with a lack of quality software. An issue it had numerous times throughout its lifespan. With the Switch, Nintendo made sure it didn’t repeat its mistakes. The console launched with the groundbreaking The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a game that blew critics and gamers away. In the succeeding months Nintendo has continued to release quality first party content, complemented by a few noteworthy games from other developers. On top of that, the Nintendo eShop has been continuously updated to provide a number of games from indie developers such as Shovel Knight and Snake Pass.
It is that exact content which makes it a great time to jump onto the Switch bandwagon. 6 months in and the console’s game lineup is already looking stellar with the likes of Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Yes, it’s a port of the Wii U game but the revamped battle mode and DLC from the Wii U version included into the game makes it a great purchase for those who never owned it before), ARMs, Splatoon 2, The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+, Ultra Super Street Fighter II, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, and many more. And Nintendo has no intention of slowing down with releases with the remainder of the year already planned out such as the highly anticipated Super Mario Odyssey coming out in October and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 this holiday. It is also worth mentioning that many of the games already out have future DLC planned to keep players invested. Breath of the Wild recently had a Master Mode added (among other smaller additions) which drew me right back into the game. Plus a second DLC pack which will be released this holiday with a new story after the main game. Splatoon 2 and ARMs will continue to receive free updates of new stages, weapons, and in ARMs’ case, fighters. All this and more just for 2017. At this year’s E3 conference, Nintendo previewed small glimpses of what Switch owners can expect in 2018.
So, is the Switch worth it right now?
For me, what it boils down to is this. I buy consoles to play games. And right now (and for the foreseeable future), there is no lack of quality games on the Nintendo Switch. And the fact that I can play all these games anytime, anywhere makes the Switch that much better. I believe that if you go out and buy a Switch now, you’ll hardly regret it.
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