It’s easy to criticize the Switch for all the things it’s missing — no Virtual Console, a bare bones online mode, strong third party publisher support — but in the short time it’s been available, Nintendo has arguably proven that they are ready to compete with their new console. Since it’s release on March 3rd, the Switch has pretty much dominated gaming coverage thanks to its exciting design and small, but excellent lineup of games.
I’ve certainly been hard on the Switch in the past and I still have some major issues with the way Nintendo has handled certain things, but I’m really starting to warm up to the system the more time I spend with it. It remains to be seen whether Nintendo can keep this momentum going but so far, they’ve gotten a surprising amount of things right with the Switch.
11. It Feels Like Premium Hardware
One thing that I feel like people aren’t giving Nintendo enough credit for with the Switch is the quality of the actual hardware. Issues with the left Joy-Con notwithstanding, it’s hard not to impressed with what Nintendo has crafted, especially when directly comparing it to the Wii U. The Wii U’s tablet screen felt like the Fisher Price version of what a tablet should be, whereas the Switch tablet is sleek and looks like a cool piece of tech.
This build quality extends to peripherals too, as the Joy-Cons feel solid in your hands and it’s impressive just how much tech Nintendo was able to jam into these little things (even if stuff like HD Rumble feels like more of a gimmick than anything right now). Nintendo will probably release a better version of the Switch in a few years’ time, but for now, it’s great to see that they nailed many aspects of the Switch hardware design on the first try; even more impressive when you consider that released this monstrosity as the original design for the Nintendo DS.