The Switch is more than a mascot machine

The Nintendo Switch is one of the fastest selling consoles ever – mostly due to a debut year lineup of friggin’ awesome games, including Zelda Breath of the Wild, and Mario Odyssey.

But the Switch is so much more than just a place to play the latest Nintendo Games. Sure, you’ll find the latest outings for Nintendo’s colourful gang of characters, but you’ll also find some of the seminal games of the past decade.

When the Switch launched with a crazy mixture of dead franchises (Bomberman) and interactive tomfoolery (1-2-Switch), alongside Zelda BotW, I immediately feared for the worse:

Switch Tweets

I was wrong.

The Switch did launch with the aforementioned mixture, but it also promised major third-party support. Most notably from Bethesda and FromSoftware.

Switch partners

Within a year of the Switch’s March 2017 launch, Bethesda have released ports* of both The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Doom (2016), and FromSoftware announced they’re bringing Dark Souls Remastered to the Switch.

That’s a whole lotta gore on Nintendo’s new family-friendly device. And you can play it on the go. Go Nintendo.

There is an argument floating around that all of these games are ‘old’ and players want new experiences, but I would counter that if you have played these games already, that means you have other consoles, or at least a PC. You are NEVER going to be short of new experiences.

However, the millions of people rushing out to buy their first Nintendo console for over a decade are going to be able to play some of the most important games of the last 10-20 years, on the most accessible gaming device since the Game Boy! That’s cool.

There are of course dozens of other major titles popping up on the Switch that bolster it’s third-party lineup like FIFA 18, NBA 2K18, Rocket League, Minecraft and so on. It’s not all blood, guts and fantasy. And if you’re feeling adventurous, there are 100’s of the biggest indie titles to try out – I bought Darkest Dungeon again this week, and that’s what inspired this post!

The Switch isn’t without fault, but if you’re tempted… don’t hesitate – it’s ready when you are.

Best wishes y’all.

Sean

*Porting a video game is essentially adapting the software to run on a different machine. Not as easy as flicking a few switches! Ports of older games are usually enhanced to run on higher resolution screens and contain all the bug-fixes released after the original launch.

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