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Nintendo Switch - 1 year old

Disclaimer: The following is written by an opinionated oaf and should not be taken particularly seriously. If you get offended, it's your own fault for reading it and taking shit seriously. No facts were considered, opinions withheld, spelling checked, and certainly no proof reading occured. Read at your own risk.

Time flies, I've had the Switch for one year now / since launch - and I've still not had the guys over to play Mario Kart on it. Maybe this year....

My first impressions of the Switch were mixed. Unlike seeminlgy everyone in the world, I wasn't enamoured by Zelda . "Push Forward The Game", as I've been known to call it. It just didn't do much for me. I certainly appreciated the systems at play, and it looked nice; but the narrative was poor and the combat fucking painful as your weapons broke over and over. I keep thinking I should go back to it. Maybe one day.

I wasn't really impressed with the Switch, although I liked the hardware. It felt like a typical console launch - barebones, usually best to wait a while.

Well, the next 6 or so months and Nintendo done a lot to get me playing on the Switch.

It started with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. I'll not get too worked up that Nintendo is repackaging a buttload of Wii U titles and re-selling them at full price. It's bullshit but it's Nintendo and they always have been, and always shall be, bastards when it comes to first party software price. Though it works for them, as I see no point waiting for a Ninty title sale because IT NEVER HAPPENS, no "wait 6 weeks it will be half price" with their software launches, may as well buy at launch and be done with it. I digress....

So I had Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U and all the expansion packs. We played it quite a bit. Loved the graphical style, didn't like the aliasing. I played it quite a bit on CEMU as well, which looked all kinds of amazing (Nintendo art styles scale up in res magnificiently) but has the typical little emulation hiccups which always detract from the "real experience". It was a no brainer on the Switch, particularly with a proper battle mode - the original came with some lifeless battle mode on race tracks, rather than specific arena courses. And it looks great on the Switch on the TV (not as good as 4K CEMU of course). Played it quite a bit. I still don't like 200cc mode, the courses clearly weren't made for it, but maybe that's just me being crap at it. Regardless, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is amazing and I know it will be a go-to game on the Switch for it's lifetime.

Nintendo pumped out other games like Splatoon 2 and ARMS which I never got, but hope to at one stage - though in the case of Splatoon, the threat of Nintendo moving to Pay Online Subscription puts me off online games, I resent having to get PS+ as it is, I'm not buying another annual service.

In it's first year, Nintendo also managed to pump out a new Mario game, which again looks great but I'm tired of 3D platform games, even one as awesome as this (and the irony that I find many of them boring these days while I'm writing on own is not lost on me). And special mention to Golf Story, a nice little 2D gold game; I enjoyed the whimsy.

I played other titles, and was disappointed with Xenoblade Chronicles 2. Puyo Puyo Tetris was great.

The hardware is still a joy to use, and playing "full title" games on the go is great.

I think the first year for the Switch has been amazing. Nintendo have giving a constant stream of quality games, there's a load of great indie titles being released all the time (and I'd get more, but I only really buy indie titles on the PC these days to safeguard my long term game collection and not watch them become unplayable next gen).

The second year looks good as well, although again Nintendo are re-selling us Wii U titles (and in the case of that Zelda Dynasty Warrior game, selling it for more than the Wii U version launched at). I find the Switch a nice addition to the PC / PS4 combo I've been running for the last few years.