Jazzy Philipson, Staff Writer – Nintendo released their newest console, the Nintendo Switch, March 3, 2017. The attraction comes from it’s incredibly unique feature of doubling as not only an at-home console, but a portable system as well. Within only a month of the Switch’s release, it has already become Nintendo’s fastest-selling console of all time, selling over 1.5 million units worldwide.
The Switch’s rapid sales are likely due to its paired launch-date release of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a highly anticipated game for Nintendo and Zelda fans alike. This new title has sold nearly an equivalent amount when compared to the Switch.
Lecanto High School [LHS] senior Carlos Colon purchased a Switch on the day of launch, along with Breath of the Wild.
“I think it’s great,” said Colon. “It’s a lot better than I expected. I typically prefer regular home consoles but I like how Nintendo went with both that and a portable hybrid this time.”
The console itself is a touchscreen tablet that can either be placed on a dock to project games onto a TV screen, or games can simply be played on the tablet alone, hence the name “Switch.” The system comes with two controllers known as “Joy-Con” [singular and plural], which can slide and lock into the sides of the Switch, be placed individually in both hands, or can be hooked up to a classic controller called the “Joy-Con Grip.”
“I was actually extremely shocked,” said Colon. “I thought I was going to hate the Joy-Con, but they were a lot more comfortable than I expected them to be. Overall, the performance you’re getting makes it totally worth buying.”
Senior Jordan Zoucha also purchased the Switch on its release date and brings his system to school every single day in order to play Zelda on the go.
“One of the features I like is called tabletop mode where you can hold the Joy-Con in your hands and prop the Switch up on the table with the built-in kickstand, “said Zoucha. “The Joy-Con are very comfortable, and Nintendo has finally gotten with the times, as the touchscreen of the Switch allows for multi-touch.”
Zoucha believes the Switch is a complete upgrade from Nintendo’s last home console, the Wii U, which sold poorly and caused many fans to lose faith in Nintendo’s sense of innovation. However, this has recently been proven wrong, according to Zoucha.
“The game selection is a bit small right now,” said Zoucha, “but in the upcoming months, Nintendo fans are sure to have a hole in their wallets. I can’t wait for Super Mario Odyssey, Splatoon 2, and Arms. I’d recommend getting a Switch sometime in the future when more games are out.”
Senior Jaron Kephart is a die-hard fan of the Zelda series, and although he has yet to own a Switch, he has played Breath of the Wild on friends’ consoles at every available opportunity.
“I was just playing Breath of the Wild and I love it!” said Kephart. “There’s so much to do. It’s a free-roam game so you can go literally anywhere you want. Zelda is no longer linear.”
As for the console itself, Kephart is no less than satisfied.
“I love how you can take it anywhere and still be able to play games,” said Kephart. “Just the setup in general is really nice. Also, the click that it makes when you snap the controllers in is so satisfying!”
The Nintendo Switch looks to be a promising console in the modern day, which has already been proven by its expeditious sales and mostly positive reviews.
Colon stated, “If you see a Switch in stock right now, definitely pick one up.”