It’s finally here!
The Nintendo Switch was just released on Friday, March 3rd and we were one of first families in the country to play the Nintendo Switch over the launch weekend.
The Nintendo Switch is a tablet-like system that sits in a dock when using it with a TV, but can be played on-the-go when undocked in handheld mode. In handheld mode, the Joy-Con controllers can be attached, or detached, on the sides of the 6.2-inch display screen. The design of this console is so nice with its slim and portable design. It combines features of the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, and takes the system to another level of video gaming.
This was such a great event! It was full of energy and excitement as you entered the room, right from start to the very end. There was music, photo ops, snacks, food, contests on the main stage, giveaways and so many games to play. It was the perfect crowd size too. We were able to demo all the games there without having to wait too long.
We were the first to demo some of the games for the Nintendo Switch as well. Many of the games that we played are set to be released soon or later this year. Here is a list of the games that were playable at the event:
• The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
This is the one game the brought a tear to my eye when I started playing it. The graphics gorgeous. The gameplay is great and took me back to my days when I played Ocarina of Time. In stores now.
• 1-2 Switch
A really fun competition game that is perfect for a party. It has games like Quick Draw, Copy Dance, Ball Count, Samurai Training, Table Tennis and the very hilarious Milk. In stores now.
• Splatoon 2 (demo version)
One of the hit games that launched on the Wii U gets a sequel on the Switch. The multiplayer Turf War game has evolved with on-the-go via local multiplayer in portable play styles, new style of weapons and gear. Coming Summer 2017.
The title of this game says it all… you can get a real workout playing this fighting game. Your attacks are motion/button activated by the Joy-Con controllers you are holding in each hand. Coming Spring 2017.
• Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
It has every track from the Wii U version, including DLC. There are a couple of new tracks, a revised battle mode and some new vehicles. The Inklings from Splatoon appear as all-new guest characters. Coming April 28, 2017.
• Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers
This was a bit of a throwback to my days in the arcade for me, especially when I played it in the classic retro mode. The high-definition mode has a more modern look and feel. Coming May 26, 2017.
• Sonic Mania
Get ready to play these Sega Classic Sonic titles on the Switch. This collection includes: Sonic The Hedgehog 1, 2, 3 and CD, with new Zones and Acts mixed into the game. The graphics look just like when they appeared on the Sega Genesis. Coming Spring 2017.
• Has Been Heroes
An RPG-style of game with a unique battle system that is a combination of side-scroller and chess that has a pretty funny story. The game’s battle system/controls takes a little bit of time to get used to, but is fun once you figure it out. March 2017.
• Super Bomberman R
Another classic game that has been updated with a ‘Battle’ mode for up to eight players to play against each other. In stores now.
• FAST RMX
This high-speed racing game kind of reminds me of F-Zero. There are speed boosts strips on the track that you will need to match the color of your vehicle with to speed up or you’ll speed down when matching the wrong color. In stores now.
• Disgaea 5 Complete
Turn based RPG with some pretty insane magical summon attacks. The mode I played on this demo version of the game took a bit of time to work out, but worth it. Release date is TBD.
• PuyoPuyo Tetris
This game combines the popular puzzle games, PuyoPuyo and Tetris, into a fast paced, 4-player competition. Coming April 25, 2017.
• Skylanders Imaginators
Lead your Skylander figures into new battles on the Switch. In stores now.
• Just Dance 2017
The Just Dance series comes to the Switch and this time it can be played anywhere, at anytime. In stores now.
• Snipperclips – Cut it out, together!
A game where you’ll have to cut each other up to clear obstacles move through the game. You may have to cut each other into the right shapes or turn into objects to solve puzzles. In stores now.
• Super Mario Odyssey
What would a Nintendo system be without a Mario game. This game is not out until the Holiday Season of 2017, but just from seeing the gameplay video trailer it looks pretty amazing. Gameplay is very much like Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine.
I’m still pretty amazed at how easy it is to go from playing the Switch in console mode on the TV, then into portable mode in just a few seconds. The transition is smooth and simple. Since it’s launch on Friday, I’ve been seeing quite a few people playing the Switch out in public on the streets. The colors of the Joy-Con Controllers make it easily recognizable.
We were invited to the event for editorial purposes. This is not a sponsored post. Opinions are our own.