Switch party! #TeamNeon (but grey looks cool, too )
Ocey, did you lick the Zelda cart? I heard it tastes delicious.
Can you confirm?
No parts of my Switch and/or accessories have been in and/or near my mouth, and I intend to keep it that way, good sir.
OK, some more detailed impressions after a day with the thing: it's neat. Let's get some bullet points going here, starting with the good stuff:
- I logged into the console with my normal Australian NNID that I use on my Wii U and 3DS, no probs at all. I then changed my system language from English to Japanese, expecting this to throw a spanner in the works, but surprisingly it actually just works really nicely. It doesn't ask for you to log in with a Japanese NNID or reset your console to factory settings or anything, just bamzo and your language is changed.
- However, the eShop is locked to the region of whatever NNID you're currently using. When I open it up I get a message telling me I'm only going to be able to access the Australian eShop with my Australian NNID. However, it's perfectly simple to just add a second account from whatever other region's eShop you want to access. Nintendo wasn't lying when they said they weren't doing region-locking any more; it works pretty much exactly like Sony's system on the PS3 and 4.
- The whole OS is extremely basic at the moment, but it's snappy and functional and I suppose that's all you need for a launch console with one game. Everything works like you'd want it to; you can hit the Home button during gameplay to suspend your game and go back to the menu to manage whatever you want to manage. I downloaded the Snipperclips demo in the background as I played Zelda, no trubs at all. You can take screenshots with a button on the controller, then jump out to your photo album to review them in-game (helps if, for example, you're playing a game entirely in Japanese and you can't read kanji quickly enough yet so you need to take screenshots of text before it disappears ).
- Sleep mode continues to be the best thing about modern video game consoles. I paused Zelda right in front of a Shrine, and when I come back tomorrow I'll just wake the Switch up and be right back there in a couple of seconds.
- It's obvious once you think about it, but it's something that didn't hit me until I started playing: the Switch is dead silent. I'm used to a certain level of white noise coming from my consoles, which occasionally becomes something far more irritating (playing Bayonetta 1 on disc on the Wii U was the noisiest, most irritating vidjagame experience I've ever had), but the Switch doesn't make a peep in either docked or handheld mode. It's really nice.
- The Pro Controller is one of the all-time greats. That thing just feels fabulous in my hands. It brings back memories of the Logitech Cordless Action Controller for PS2, if anyone remembers this glorious beast:
And the bad stuff? Well...
- I don't like the JoyCons at all. I tried playing Zelda in handheld mode for a while and it just didn't feel good to me. The analogue sticks are so much smaller than the Pro Controller's that the camera and aiming sensitivity changes quite noticeably when you switch between them, and the buttons just don't feel good to press. I haven't tried using the JoyCons in the Grip yet, but when I have that glorious Pro Controller sitting there I just don't want to use anything else.
- I've had some erratic Wifi problems. They didn't pop up when I just explored the eShop for a few moments, though, so hopefully they won't come back.
- And, y'know, the obvious thing that it's too expensive and doesn't have any games yet