Nintendo Switch Review

Having had the Nintendo Switch over two weeks by now and having sunk many hours into the new Zelda game, it’s time to review the new console. Introduction Nintendo has been in the business of publishing both consoles and games in the past 35 years. After producing both stationary TV video gaming consoles and handheld … Continue reading “Nintendo Switch Review”

Having had the Nintendo Switch over two weeks by now and having sunk many hours into the new Zelda game, it’s time to review the new console.

Having had the Nintendo Switch over two weeks by now and having sunk many hours into the new Zelda game, it's time to review the new console. Introduction Nintendo has been in the business of publishing both consoles and games in the past 35 years. After producing both stationary TV video gaming consoles and handheld gaming consoles, they have now gone into the hybrid direction. With the new Nintendo Switch you have both a stationary console you play with by using a TV and a handheld device you can take along on your travels. The previous console, the WiiU, was…
The Nintendo Switch is a great portable device with a lot of potential. It's going to be the type of console with which it will be easy to play with friends and family, whether that is on the same console or with multiple consoles online or locally. Even though it launched with limited software and online functionality available, it proves to have enough capacity and potential to run the newer and more advanced games. To name one, The Legend of Zelda - Breath of the Wild looks really stunning on the Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo Switch Review

Hardware - 8.5
User Interface - 7
Usability - 10
Battery Performance - 9.5
Features - 8.5
Performance - 10
Value - 9

8.9

Great!

The Nintendo Switch is a great portable device with a lot of potential. It's going to be the type of console with which it will be easy to play with friends and family, whether that is on the same console or with multiple consoles online or locally. Even though it launched with limited software and online functionality available, it proves to have enough capacity and potential to run the newer and more advanced games. To name one, The Legend of Zelda - Breath of the Wild looks really stunning on the Nintendo Switch.

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Introduction

Nintendo has been in the business of publishing both consoles and games in the past 35 years. After producing both stationary TV video gaming consoles and handheld gaming consoles, they have now gone into the hybrid direction.

With the new Nintendo Switch you have both a stationary console you play with by using a TV and a handheld device you can take along on your travels.

The previous console, the WiiU, was able to be played in the same room, while someone watched something else on TV, but wouldn’t be able to work much further away from the base station. The new Nintendo Switch has its entire operating system and the source of games on the handheld device itself, so it no longer requires a base station.

Features

The Nintendo Switch is a handheld screen with the processing power for playing games at a resolution of 1,280 x 720-pixels. It uses special game cartridges the size of 32Gb. The console has an internal memory of 32Gb for savegames, screenshots, video material (functionality in the future) and downloaded games, DLC and patches. You can equip it with a microSD card (up to 2TB) for saving savegames, screenshots (possibly also video in the near future) and downloaded games.
Nintendo Switch Controller Dock

It comes with two controllers, one that slides in on the left side of the screen and one on the right side of the screen. It also comes with a base station that makes the console charge up and more powerful to produce graphics up to a resolution of 1,280 x 1080-pixels on a TV screen. That means if you have a 4K TV, the graphics will be upscaled. It also means that when games are made for a lower resolution, The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild is rendered at a maximum of 1280 x 900-pixels, that gets upscaled on TV to FullHD. AC charge cable and HDMI cable are included. A controller dock is included for easier controls during TV mode play.

Main Console

The main console is surprisingly small, but it punches quite the power. It is perhaps not as powerful as the Playstation 4, but it outperforms the Nintendo WiiU with ease. The battery life depends on how demanding the game is. Playing Breath of the Wild you can do for about 2 – 3 hours when in handheld mode. I haven’t tested the less demanding games because I have none. When it’s docked, you can play as long as your controllers have juice in them. I managed so far to get 40 + hours out of the JoyCon’s from fully charged to empty, which is a vast improvement over the silly battery life of the WiiU controller.

Nintendo Switch - Multitouch Screen

There is a charging dock available for the joy cons but those are sold separately. One can also purchase the Pro controller for the Switch, which is highly recommended. The battery power of the Pro Controller is longer than that of the JoyCon and the de-sync issue is non existent.  The screen is multi-touch (thank God for that).  I am terrified holding the main console in my hands, the screen is made out of plastic that breaks easy. I don’t think it would survive if you accidentally would drop it.

Interface

The interface is surprisingly simple but very easy to use. Making a profile is stupid simple. just follow the instructions the Switch will explain you exactly what to do. One can still create a Mii or use design your own image with many of Nintendo’s iconic characters. The frustrating part is the almost none existent activity log. Other online websites have claimed you get to see how much hours you have spend int he game after a week. After 10 days it finally showed I had played for 75 hours or more…
Nintendo Switch - Interface
Also some things such as copying screenshots, managing data and the menu structure is somewhat dated for 2017.

Docking Station

The docking station makes the console charge up and gives more power to the console to produce higher resolutions up to FullHD 1,280 x 1080-pixels on a TV screen.  AC charge cable and HDMI cable are included.

Nintendo Switch - Docking Station

Controllers

When I first saw the Joy-Con controllers, I was skeptical how they would feel in my hands. Turns out they are rather comfortable and the size is not a bother at all. You can use them attached to the screen when playing in handheld mode, attach them to the controller dock or have each of them separate in your hands. The Joy-Con’s come with all the required buttons and sticks to play games comfortably.

Nintendo Switch - JoyCon Controllers
It also comes with a new type of rumble. Nintendo calls it Rumble HD. You can feel things really detailed, hence they released a party game called 1,2, Switch in which you can for example feel balls rolling from one side in the controller to the other side.

The JoyCon comes with InfraRed camera and NFC reader as well.

Nintendo Switch - NFC

Online features

Sadly most of the online features are not yet available. Until this gets released, we get to enjoy online multiplayer for free. The Nintendo Switch e-shop is pretty empty as well so far I counted 18 games, but we will see a release of a total of 60 games this year. Just today 5 more games were released and I am sure more are soon to come. Some of you might be sad to hear Miiverse is no longer existing on the switch.

I assume it has been replaced with the online feature that will be released in the near feature. Sadly Nintendo decided it’s a great idea to include friends codes. Why can’t I add friends with my Nintendo network account?!  Well, perhaps this is something they might add in the near future (when they properly release the online features), so this seems to be something temporarily. Because of this reason, I will have to come back and give an honest review regarding the online features once they are made available.

There is Cloud Saving for games, but this is not active yet and as of now it is only Nintendo Games that have access to this (but not active yet, so everything saves on your internal memory or SDCard).

Problems

I have been lucky my switch. My screen has not been scratched when docked. I have however come across that horrible de-sync bug with the JoyCon’s. Sometimes the left JoyCon decides to be a complete arse and looses connection to the Switch giving me some unfair deaths and tears of frustration.

I have however found a way around this annoying issue. As soon as I placed my console away from any obstruction and other interfering electronic device (in front of the TV on a table) the de-sync issues magically disapeared; POOF!  I could finally enjoy my private time with Link, without him dying in the most horrible ways possible.  Nintendo has issued a statement to contact support asap when one encounters an issue with their device.

The Good and the Bad

Good

+ Mobile console you can play anywhere even if you are stuck on a public toilet
+ JoyCons feel rather comfortable in your hands
+ Great design
+ Switch screen is multi-touch

Bad

– De-sync issues with JoyCon’s; patching the console didn’t fix it (sofar)
– Missing online features makes it feel the console was rushed
– Back to friends codes ( might be temporarily)

Conclusion

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Nintendo Switch is a great portable device with a lot of potential. It’s going to be the type of console with which it will be easy to play with friends and family, whether that is on the same console or with multiple consoles online or locally. Even though it launched with limited software and online functionality available, it proves to have enough capacity and potential to run the newer and more advanced games. To name one, The Legend of Zelda – Breath of the Wild looks really stunning on the Nintendo Switch. We hope to update the review with info on the online functionality when the functionality has come available.

Anima – Gate of Memories Review (PC)

Anima Gate of Memories started as a kickstarter project a few years ago. I finally got to play the game that me and many others have been waiting for. May I say the wait was totally worth it? This game is created by three talented people. I have to admit I really do not know … Continue reading “Anima – Gate of Memories Review (PC)”

Anima Gate of Memories started as a kickstarter project a few years ago. I finally got to play the game that me and many others have been waiting for. May I say the wait was totally worth it? This game is created by three talented people. I have to admit I really do not know much about the Anima Universe, but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying this wonderful game!
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The Legend of Zelda – A Link Between Worlds (3DS)

[intro] The Legend of Zelda – A Link Between Worlds is Nintendo’s latest addition to the series. It’s the sequel to A Link To The Past, which comes with a few new features that break the traditional Zelda formula. Is it for the good or for the bad? [/intro] Publisher: Nintendo Genre: Adventure Console: 3DS … Continue reading “The Legend of Zelda – A Link Between Worlds (3DS)”

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The Legend of Zelda – A Link Between Worlds is Nintendo’s latest addition to the series. It’s the sequel to A Link To The Past, which comes with a few new features that break the traditional Zelda formula. Is it for the good or for the bad?

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Publisher: Nintendo
Genre: Adventure
Console: 3DS

Story
The story in this game is very interesting. Our traditional characters return and a new bad guy named Yuga. Yuga curses Link by turning him into a painting, but little did he know it would come back to him and bite him in the arse. Link can use this power to his advantage (he can transform to normal and back into a painting) and travel between two worlds. This time Hyrule is under attack. The seven sages are transformed into paintings and it’s up to Link to save them, but he has to travel between Hyrule and the corrupted version of Hyrule, named Lorule, where he is aided by Princess Hilda (Zelda’s dark version). Lorule has no hero as Hyrule has, so Link has to save both worlds, but thankfully Link isn’t alone. The ending of the game is very beautifully put together. It is different from the other stories, but that is fine. Hilda, and Raveo do a good job capturing the players interest in the game. The story offers you plenty of humour and unforgetting characters.

Gameplay
I mentioned that Nintendo have changed the formula of the series. They have removed the linear experience by making most of the dungeons exploreable at first. How did they do this? Simple, all items are accessible in the beginning. You can rent them at Raveos shop against a fee. But there is a twist, if you die you loose the item. Luckily you can find many rupees in this game, so even shopaholics wil be rich..

So what about the dungeons? Doesn’t it take some of the essence gameplay away? It doesn’t because this gives you the option to strategize and plan your next move wisely. The game does give you hints as to what items you need. The dungeons still offer you rewards that come in handy. such as the upgraded tunics or the Hylian shield. You don’t need these items, but they do help out in the tougher situations! I must admit I love the boss battles in this game. They are difficult at first, but once you figured out how to beat them it is rather easy. Creativity helps! You will be glad to know the dungeons are not that long, but no worries, there are lots of dungeons in this game to keep you interested!

Links’ new skill to merge into the wall as a painting is brilliant. It forces you to think outside the box, how to tackle the dungeons puzzles and more. Sometimes I forget I can avoid enemy attacks by simply merging into the wall.. LOL… This new skill will help you to find secrets and allow you to travel between Lorule and Hyrule.. It’s a good thing to use your brain and this game leave you no choice. This game is somewhat more difficult then other Zelda games since Nintendo won’t hold your hand. This time they have given the freedom of exploration to the player! But if you do get hopelessly stuck, you can always put those nifty glasses on and ask a ghost for advice.. Keep in mind, it will cost you a player coin, so if you are out of coins.. well time to stand up and take your 3DS for walkies!

The traditional mini games return. They will award you hearts and rupees. Secret mini dungeons are scattered around Hyrule and Lorule that offer you some interesting brain training. There is a lot to do, a lot to keep you busy. If you love to collect good news, there is a squid like creature called mother Maimai. She has lost her babies and it’s up to you and your skills to find them. For every ten you bring back to her, she will offer you a much appreciated upgrade to your weapons that you own! The gameplay is rock solid and it has tight controls. it’s very hard to be bored in this game!

Graphics
The graphics offer a more traditional old school look with lots of pretty colors. I am glad they decided to use the more old school Link. Hyrule and Lorule look gorgeous. The bosses look amazing, the enemies range from cute, funny to completely bad ass. The graphics do a good job describing each temple, theme and atmosphere to the player.

Sound
You will recognice many of the old songs from various games in this game. The music is very well put together, some borrowed elements of A Link to the Past with an updated soundtrack. The game offers minor voice acting and Link still screams as always.

The good
– Complete freedom
– All weapons available from start
– Colourful graphics
– Bosses and dungeons are extremely fun
– Great sound track
– Immersive (the game sucks you in)

The bad
– [Error], none found

Conclusion
The Legend of zelda – A link Between Worlds is a must-have! This game redefines the Zelda formula, giving the player freedom how they want to embark on their adventure! So no playthrough will be the same. The redefined dungeons and boss battles are a blast. Links’ new skill will force you to think outside the box, opening a brand new gameplay element!

I love the games’ soundtrack and visuals, they really suit the game very well. The story has left a deep impression on me. I can safely say that this is one of the best Zelda games ever made.

There are loads of easter eggs in this game, such as Majora’s Mask and other good bits from previous Zelda titles that will give you a feeling of nostalgia. If you have a 3DS and you don’t have this game then you are missing out on a master peace!

Rating: 10 out of 10

Game on!

The Game Mistress

Review: Sonic Lost World (WiiU)

[intro] Sonic returns in this fast platforming wonder, but the question remains: is it a hit or is it a flop? [/intro] Release: 2013 Platform: WiiU Producer: Sega Publisher: Nintendo Story Tthe story starts off with Sonic and Tail chasing after Eggman while trying to save their animal friends. But after Eggman shoots down their … Continue reading “Review: Sonic Lost World (WiiU)”

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Sonic returns in this fast platforming wonder, but the question remains: is it a hit or is it a flop?

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Release: 2013
Platform: WiiU
Producer: Sega
Publisher: Nintendo

Story
Tthe story starts off with Sonic and Tail chasing after Eggman while trying to save their animal friends. But after Eggman shoots down their plane, they end up at the mystical land of the Lost Hex, home to the evil Deadly Six. Eggman has enslaved them with the dream to destroy Sonic for once and for all. But it doesn’t take long until things go wrong and the Deadly Six riot against Eggman, forcing Sonic and Eggman to team up! The dream team of the year, or is it? Well Tails certainly doesn’t agree to this!

Gameplay
The game play in this game seems to be based upon the cancelled game Sonic Extreme. Sonic has gotten all his skills at his disposal, including the Super Peel Out from Sonic CD. You can decide yourself if you want to travel along at max speed ( by holding both the trigger buttons on the WiiU gamepad) or move at a slower pace to explore your surroundings. There are a total of seven zones split into four levels. Each stage is made out of many platforms, which you travel through with many paths to choose from! Gravity plays an important part this time, as you have to blast with speed from different areas on each stage. You will find yourself upside down, left or right.

Many of the stages are super cleverly designed. You have to use your noggin, if you want to advance. A little example of this: lead a giant evil apple to the cutting blades that will spawn a fruity fountain of delicious juice that will send you onwards. The Badnicks return and so do the cute adorable animals you have to save and collect. Sadly 100 rings don’t award you a free 1-up, since you will really need all possible 1-Ups in this game. The game changes from 3D gameplay to 2D side-scrolling gameplay. Of course the Colour Powers return and some of them were best left out in my opinion as the controller doesn’t respond too well to some.

The difficulty scales insanely. You get to feel this at World 4 and I can promise you, it hurts. The plat-forming turns from fun and pleasure to brutal and non-forgiving hell. Where did that sudden difficulty spike come from?! But that wasn’t enough to stop me!

It is sad they had to put such a strange difficulty spike in the game, some may say it’s good to have challenge but why not leave it as an option? The difficulty spike does give you many unfair deaths, and that’s one major downside of the game.

The boss fights in this game are rather easy…very easy in fact. Only the last three give you a decent challenge. The Deadly Six are not so deadly after all, but instead rather silly.

The great Red Ring collection has returned. Collect them to unlock bonus stages, hidden levels and the Chaos Emeralds. I won’t say more, since I don’t want to spoil it for you.

Mission are available as well from Omachao that awards you cool items you can use or share it with others on Miiverse. Great use of Miiverse there for people who really need items!

However visually, the game is looking frigging beautiful at full HD 1080P and 60 framerate. The stages are well designed. The Badniks look awesome and Sonic looks really great and detailed. The story in this game is light-hearted but very very funny to listen to. I do enjoy the cutscenes, don’t take it serious, it’s a fun game after all and I am pleased Sonic has his rude attitude. I really had to laugh every now and then.

Sonic Lost World has the best music I heard in a long time in a Sonic game. It is very well put together and suits the setting well. My favourite must be from the desert stage.

Let’s break it up to the good and the bad!

The good:
– Beautiful visuals
– Great music
– Great gameplay

The bad:
– Insane difficulty spike that will leave you tearing your hair.
– Some colour powers are a simple pain.

Conclusion
All in all, Sonic Lost World is a fantastic game. If you love sonic and own a WiiU, I don’t see why you shouldn’t pick it up!

Rating: 7/10