It has been just over two months since Nintendo promised us an entire new way to “Switch and Play.” With much fanfare, meme’s, and finger-snapping, the Nintendo Switch stormed  out and into the wild. Love it or hate it, you have to admit that Nintendo has come to the table with something special. Several of your PSVG staffers got our grubby mitts on this console as soon as possible. Being the prominent online resource that we are, it’s our duty to bring you our honest take on gaming journalism. It’s time to reflect, has Nintendo delivered? Perhaps you were on the fence, maybe the supply chain just failed you? Let’s look back at two months of the Nintendo Switch.

Our First Looks

Software Release Timeline

As of the publishing of this article, here are all releases currently available on Nintendo Switch, minus the Neo Geo mumbo jumbo.

  • March 3, 2017 – Console Launch; 1-2 Switch, Breath of the Wild, Snipperclips, I am Setsuna, Fast RMX, Just Dance 207, Shovel Knight, Skylanders Imaginators, Super Bomberman R all available at launch.
  • March 9, 2017 – Blaster Master Zero, Voez
  • March 16, 2017 – Human Resource Machine, World of Goo, Little Inferno
  • March 17, 2017 – Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth
  • March 23, 2017 – New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers, Othello
  • March 28, 2017 – Has Been Heroes, Snake Pass
  • April 4, 2017 – Lego City Undercover
  • April 5, 2017 – Vroom in the Night Sky
  • April 6, 2017 – Graceful Explosion Machine
  • April 13, 2017 – Mr Shifty, Jackbox Party Pack 3
  • April 18, 2017 – Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap
  • April 25, 2017 – Puyo Puyo Tetris
  • April 27, 2017 – Kamiko
  • April 28, 2017 – Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • May 2, 2017 – TumbleSeed
  • May 9, 2017 – NBA Playgrounds

The Switch has greatly benefitted from a strong showing of support from indie games to round out its library. There has been a decent gap between first party releases and still no strong commitment from third parties. Time will tell as many companies have taken a “wait and see” approach to the Switch. The Wii U was promising (from a sales perspective) out of the gate and many third parties are quick to not make that same mistake.

Needless to say, gamers are hungry for more games to play. Upcoming Nintendo releases such as Arms and Splatoon 2 will help fill the void. There are also some great “Nindies” on the way such as Flipping Death, Shakedown Hawaii, Stardew Valley, and WarGroove. We just don’t have any concrete release details coming. Hopefully, E3 will change that and give us a few extra surprises! Super Mario Odyssey will also provide some much-needed support as the console heads into its first holiday season.

Another odd trend we are seeing is the cost of physical games for the Switch being higher than its console counterparts. Take for example RiME,  retailing for $29.99 everywhere else, yet the Switch version costs $39.99. Many have theorised that this is due to the increased production costs that go along with the cartridge format that the Switch uses. It will be interesting to see if this continues further along the lifespan of the system.

**Update**

It appears that RiME‘s digital price has been adjusted to $29.99 while the physical remains $39.99. The physical release will now contain a digital download code for the game’s soundtrack which would normally retail for $10.

 

 

 

The PSVG Take

Let’s see what the crew of PSVG thinks. Has the Switch lived up to our expectations thus far?

Donnie

My two months of Nintendo Switch have been a positive experience overall with a couple blemishes.

Nintendo has a hit on their hands with the Switch. The Switch’s core concept – A powerful handheld that can be played on the go and double as a home console with your television is an easy sell. The dual market approach puts the always fiscally-conservative Nintendo in a position to compete in the gaming market without the need for bleeding edge tech. The Switch also has proven to have sales momentum, even in a non-holiday season,  and that’s good news especially for anyone that’s jumped over from the Wii U. Any system that’s selling equals hope – Hope that more support is on the way, not just from Nintendo but from third parties. And while we’re just only 2 months in, it’s obvious the Nintendo Switch has captured an amount of buzz that Wii U never did.

Zelda is the best game I’ve played in 2017, 2016, well its one of the best games I’ve ever played! Listen to our reviewcast for all my review thoughts, but in summary its the type of game you buy hardware to play.  Between Zelda and Mario Kart 8, any gamer that makes the jump to Switch will be amazed at the “true console power” in your hands.

Not everything with the Switch is a slam dunk. The system still has that “beta” feel that so often comes with being an early adopter. The eShop feels like a placeholder right now with not only a minimal amount of games but minimal search and filtering options also. There’s still no virtual console of your favorite old school hits, but we expect that soon enough with E3 just around the corner. Additionally, we are still awaiting third party support in some form or fashion (again all signs pointing to E3).  But to end on a good note – The summer looks surprisingly fun with first party games Arms and Splatoon mixing it up with Steamworld Dig 2, Overcooked, Stardew Valley, War Groove and Flipping Death.

Kevin

For me, the Nintendo Switch was more than I initially expected. Sure, you might think typical of Kevin to be the skeptic, but hear me out. I was very open minded when it was finally unveiled but as we got closer and closer to release date some folks who had gotten some to review started to get really knit-picky about things. Is the Switch the perfect console, no, nothing will ever be. But this is the best handheld device i’ve ever used. Its asthetic is great and playing these types of games on a handheld still is blowing my mind months later, and I’m sure the best is yet to come. If I can complain about anything and this isn’t even that major for me, is the lack of titles right now. We do have some fantastic indies in the shop but other than Zelda, there hasn’t been anything yet I can sit down on my couch for hours and lose myself in. Now we already know there is much coming down the pipeline, but I just want something more substantial in my switch before we get to Mario at the end of the year.

Jason

I was sold on the Switch as a versatile gaming option that would help me utilise whatever little gaming time I would have. I was about to become a father for the first time. If I had 30 minutes before falling asleep at night, I wanted to be able to play a decent game. With this in mind, the Switch has absolutely delivered. It has been everything I wanted. I’m able to bring the unit to work and play on my breaks, in bed if I can’t sleep (as well as anywhere in the house), and in my new basement gaming setup. It just provides me with the flexibility that I don’t have with previous consoles or my PC. Yes, you can argue that this isn’t new territory, there have been handhelds and mobile games for quite some time.  However, there is something about playing a full-fledged console game anywhere and everywhere. For that reason, my 3DS has not been touched since March 3rd. Also, I could I forget to mention, BREATH OF THE WILD?! Hyrule has never been so good!

I was feeling a bit of game drought up until the release of Mario Kart. Luckily, I took a chance on several of the “Nindies” that have been available and have really enjoyed the experiences offered. The whole, “play on the go” option really makes itself present as a selling point for just about every game on the system.  I’m much more likely to take a chance when I can play the game in so many different settings. Rediscovering a passion for Shovel Knight, blasting high scores in Graceful Explosion Machine, and of course dropping frames all the way to the top of Mr Shifty’s skyscraper setting.
While the online experience definitely needs some work (thanks for showing its true side Mario Kart) and fleshing out, I’m greatly looking forward to jumping into Splatoon 2 this summer, more great “Nindies”, and the experience of another new Mario adventure. I have zero regrets about being a “day one” Nintendo Switch owner and can’t wait to get more out of this system. I’m hopeful on a UI update, Virtual Console news, and more information on the whole online application in the near future. Thank you for being you Nintendo and delivering a unique yet enjoyable gaming experience to the masses.

Seth

I have played more video games since the Switch launched. While part of this is because of my involvement here at PSVG, a larger part is because of the convenience of the Switch, combined with the kinds of games released during its first two months.

Any time you get a new console, there is a certain shine and desire to play it. The Switch launched with my current front-runner for game of the year in Breath of the Wild, which has helped cement it as a system worth having.

But the reason I’m loving the Switch is its simplicity. Everything with the system just clicks, though I’m not saying that it is perfect. The eShop needs to be overhauled, for one, and I’m still awaiting the actual online functionality.

Here’s how I play my Switch: I get home from work and grab the Switch from the dock, as I sit down in my chair so my infant daughter can get some naptime on daddy. The games have changed — Zelda, Has-Been Heroes, Mario Kart — but the result is a good hour-plus of gaming that I wouldn’t have had otherwise.

I’m also getting some quality family gaming in. I’ve played Jackbox Party Pack with the inlaws. The Joy Cons are a perfect size for my kids’ hands, and they love playing SnipperClips and Mario Kart. The console is extremely adaptable and has a growing library of family-appropriate games. I am extremely happy with my Switch and look forward to many years of happy gaming with it.

You can look at the Switch library and pick out games that you wish were there. If Persona 5 came to the Switch, it would be my preferred place to grind away. I’d love for the Switch to have Madden, Prey, Injustice, Battlefront and so-on, but I’m happy with the library it has.

Nathan

Going in, I will be honest, I was sceptical of the Nintendo Switch. I preordered it before fully understanding it, always keeping my finger hovering above the cancel button. Before launch, however, Nintendo was able to allay my scepticism, and I went through with the purchase of the console, a Pro Controller, and the Special Edition of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

It did not take long for me to realise how much potential the Switch had! I was actually smiling while setting up the console, and quite impressed as I played Zelda for the first time. Being able to play a vast, beautiful game like Zelda on the go was always something I wanted, but no handheld had ever fully given me. I was able to sit back, put out the kickstand and use my Pro Controller to explore Hyrule. It has been more solidified since Mario Kart 8 Deluxe came out because playing that on a portable device just makes me happy!

Since then, I have played my Switch on aeroplanes, in movie theatres, on lunch at work, and (very rarely) at home. It is safe to say that to this point, the Switch has lived up to my expectations, and it is a very nice piece of hardware. That’s not to say that it is not without its flaws, the USB-C placement isn’t ideal, and I’m still concerned about scratching my screen when it slides into and out of the dock.

There are opportunities to improve the Switch, but for now, Nintendo has (unexpectedly) pulled me back into their fold.

Mo

It stinks, but Skylanders is better on this than any other platform…

Though I am in the minority when it comes to the Switch and I understand my personal experience plays into the bias, my main concern comes from a lack of new features. What drives me up the wall on the Switch is that in my opinion, it is a Wii U that can go more than 10 feet from your console. Not enough new features, recycled games, and lack of in-game services make me wish this system had more for the average gamer instead of the fanboy lip service.

I have tried every game my Switch had to offer and have been left thankful I have a PS4 and Xbox one.

Josh

Originally, I had no interest in getting the Switch at launch. Early buzz and my need to be an early adopter changed my mind. To be frank, I thought I was really just buying a Zelda box, I didn’t really plan on spending any time with it for a while due to games like Horizon and Mass Effect Andromeda being in my playlist.

Currently, I still have only played about an hour of Breath of the Wild, however, I have used my switch much more than I anticipated. There are a surprising amount of gems available on the Switch. Games like Graceful Explosion Machine and Kamiko have been taking a lot of my time.

Right now, the Switch is, in my mind, an essential gaming machine. Zelda or not, I can’t recommend this enough. What an impressive device. Whether you want portability, a cool little co-op screen away from the TV, or that full-on gaming experience, the Switch has it all. Cross your fingers for more 3rd party releases and no major delays for its first party games and we have a winner on our hands.

Caroline

After months of hyping up about the Switch release, I spent eight hours in my local GameStop awaiting midnight release for the console and my Breath of the Wild Master Edition. I went home after snagging my goods and played into the night. Immediately, I was amazed at, though small, the Switch itself was extremely powerful. And quiet! I was worried about toting it around and having the cooling fans sound like they were blasting a rocket off into space. But even while playing Breath of the Wild in my bed that night, the Switch was incredibly quiet, if not silent.

Two months later, with Breath of the Wild under my belt and chipping into Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, I am still pleasantly surprised with the graphics. MK8’s fluidity in comparison to its Wii U predecessor is not even a competition. Graphics aren’t the only sleek things the Switch boasts. I can seamlessly go from TV to on-the-go with easy clicks of Joy-Cons just as they showed in the trailers. (Not to mention, the actual clicking sound effects when you lock them in is incredibly satisfying!) The Switch gives me all the joys of my 3DS but with the powerhouse of a home console, and I’m still in awe of how Nintendo managed to pull it off given the size.

Am I satisfied with the Switch? You bet. Am I craving more games? Of course. I’ve got a couple of months until Arms comes out which will be an insta-buy, and E3 should keep my mouth watering for more. I only wish that folks could get their hands on one since they all seem to be in short supply. At least Nintendo seems to be out of the doghouse now after a lackluster Wii U era, and this fangirl couldn’t be happier!

Justin

I bought a Nintendo Switch on launch day because frankly, I just missed playing Nintendo games. I grew up on Super Mario World and Super Mario Kart but until this year, I hadn’t played a Nintendo game in over a decade. I’ve been missing out. The Nintendo Switch has been the perfect system for me to get back into Nintendo games.
A simple UI, easy setup, and portability have made the Switch my most played system since purchase. The Switch game library isn’t deep but there are endless hours of entertainment to be had with the two biggest games on the platform, Zelda and Mario Kart and there are many more games to come. I love my Switch and I find myself wishing I could play more games on my new portable. I’m confident more game will be adopted to the Switch platform but for now, I’m having enough fun Karting with my wife on the couch and exploring Hyrule in bed!

Will the Nintendo Switch fill that void missing in your gaming life? Only you will be able to answer that question. As a team, we are having a very positive experience and personally, I couldn’t imagine gaming without it. The future is bright and it’s a perfect time to jump on board. Most importantly, have fun, and play what you want. That is the true essence of games and to a greater extent, play itself. Do you have a similar story that you would like to share? Sound off in the comments below or come find us on social media.

Most importantly boys and girls…. Never Stop Gaming!