I Bought a Nintendo Switch, Now What?

I Bought a Nintendo Switch, Now What?

Nintendo has been killing it when it comes to people wanting their stuff and not being able to get it. The $70 Nintendo Classic is now selling on Amazon and Ebay for $300 and the SNES Classic has been going out for pre-order and selling out in seconds.  So when it comes to the Switch, I immediately pre-ordered one when it came out at Gamestop. I got my Switch, like it was Christmas morning, and popped in Zelda: Breath of the Wild and away I went.  A month later, I am still playing Zelda, and that’s about it.  So the question I ask is now what?

When it comes to the hardware of the Switch, it feels great. The controller is cool, it has multiple functionality and overall, it works the way it was designed to.  With that in mind, I recently bought Mario Kart 8 for the Switch, as a hope to find something else to play.  I got some friends, we carted around, we won some races and then I put it back in it’s case and have not touched it since.  Maybe it’s the type of gamer I am, maybe I don’t like Nintendo’s wacky style of games.  Either way Mario Kart is fun, exciting and sitting in its case until I can find another human who want’s to play with me.  I know people might get upset with this comment but, why do I have to share my experiences on a handheld in order to get full enjoyment out of it? I want single player games, I don’t want to have to rely on others to enjoy the Switch.  So that gets rid of Mario Kart, Arms and Splatoon as popular games I am supposed to enjoy. What is left?! Zelda. Give me some better single player games Nintendo!

I have been patiently waiting for Nintendo to do some big things with the Switch, as I know they have some things in the works.  Bethesda wants to release its games on the Switch, as they have announced Skyrim and Wolfenstein to come out next year.  This to me opens up the floodgates for other games to be ported to the system and I might have a legitimate chance to get good single player games.  I think that this is amazing and would be a game changer for a lot of different games, mostly RPGs, sports games, and first person shooters. Imagine being able to take Madden on the bus, and actually get to play the full game while being out and about.  It is going to happen but when is the question. Nintendo recently released NBA 2K18 on the Switch and the reviews have not been pretty.  From graphics to mechanics, the game got smashed in the reviews. Even though that doesn’t feel encouraging, I hope this is great for Nintendo and for sports games because over time they will be able to develop better games for the Switch and learn from their mistakes.   

The one design flaw that I can say makes PlayStation and Xbox more next level consoles than the Switch is that they can connect online and do it fast. Online gaming is nothing new but Nintendo has consistently, for the past decade, been the worst for online gaming.  The Switch is equipped with WiFi, however without an Ethernet port, we will never see light speed gaming.  I cannot imagine the Switch being able to have Destiny 2 on it, based on the fact that it always needs to be connected online.  A lot of games are like that now and unless Nintendo releases a cellular version of the Switch or beef up the hardware, we will never get to see AAA titles like that come to Nintendo.  Now, I own a PS4 and don’t expect the Switch to be able to run the same graphics as the PS4 but dammit, I want some AAA titles that a across consoles to be able to take on the go.  

So I know this article might seem as if I am bashing the Switch, which I kind of am, but I’m just sitting here bored. I love the Switch and all of it’s amazing features but I need something to do on it!  Rumors have been flying in for all of the things that could be but I am waiting to hear what is. One rumor that I know will most likely come true is the various eShops that will pop up and offer emulators for past Nintendo systems and games. They have these on the 3DS but after almost 7 months after launch, the Switch does not.  Now I think and hope this is due to the fact that they are trying to port in all of their old systems into one spot and allow players to choose from Nintendo, Super Nintendo, N64, Gamecube and Wii games but that is wishful thinking.  Even so, something like that would turn any frown upside-down about the lack of content.  Like I said before, Nintendo is preying on the fact that we love the past.  And as someone who owns an NES Classic, I can say that I will pay for nostalgia.  And I am sure millions of others will do the same.  All that needs to happen is Nintendo has to actually deliver the goods.  

The title of this article is: “I bought a Nintendo Switch, Now What?” Well I still can’t answer that question yet.  I am still playing Zelda and am about to get my hands on Mario Odyssey but I cannot say if that will quench my thirst for more games.  All I can say is that as a mainstream Nintendo lover, I just want more of what made me buy this bad boy in the first place and that is games.   Millions of Switches have been sold to players all around the world and I am sure a bunch of them are in the same boat as me.  All I can say is; what are you waiting for Nintendo? Take my money!

Content Manager for Mammoth Gamers, Ken is a deadhead but not like from the 70’s. Ken often times finds himself picking up anything with “Of the Dead” in the title. On top of this, he is also a walking, talking pop-culture reference. He is a sports geek, a comic book nerd and loves John Mayer….

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  • TheRealSpiderman

    get Mario + Rabbids if you want a solid single player experience. Such a great game.

  • Aaal

    Read this review on nba2k18. Its clearer and fairer. Go to the comments too. Switch indeed has some of its other issues. However, Nba2k18 graphics on it is cool so I’m not so sure that what do you mean by “reviews have not been pretty”. A bunch of problems you find on Switch is apparent on other consoles as well.

    http://www.usgamer.net/articles/nba-2k18-nintendo-switch-review

  • James Jones

    This is the dumbest article that I’ve read this week…possibly longer. I…I can’t…don’t even know where to start. I’ve never heard of “mammoth gamers” but I hope it goes away soon.

  • Mithan

    Now you play it.
    If you have nothing to play, then you should examine your decision making process for future purchases, since clearly you didn’t do your research on your own buying preferences vs the system itself.

    ie- Blame your self, not Nintendo.

  • notmy cellphone

    After getting your SWITCH go attack it for having 4 AAA games in it’s first 6 months on the market. And make your excuse the mutiplayer part of those games. Ignore that other consoles AAA games also have multiplayer elements.

  • freelancepimp .

    Dude give it up. Blogs like this are not as relevant as they once were and youtubers (who are pretty much all in on the switch,) now have the major influence. In other words, bull shit blogs with articles like this don’t have the power they once did to sway the public like during the WiiU release.

  • heavenshitman1

    XenoChron 2, Doom, Mario n Rabbids, Zelda DLC in first 9 months..
    That’s pretty stellar, what did ur PS4 have at launch?
    Resogun and Knack…

  • Olie Cox

    Yeah what a load of crap. There are a tonne of single player games, I can’t stop playing Neurovoider for instance. But I’m not a big indie fan, so I am waiting for Skyrim, Project Octopath Traveller, DOOM, Wolfenstein etc. Unlike the reviewer however I understand this is limitation imposed by MYSELF, not Nintendo. So quiet down. And yes like another comment said, get off the switch sucks train. You are the only one on it.

  • Gamingfan

    For someone that has a wii u and ps4 the line up right now is garbage imo.

    zelda on wii u.
    mario kart 8 on wii u.
    arms meh.
    mario and rabbids ok if you’re into it.
    fire emblem warriors rehashed and a dynasty warriors clone, shovelware.
    mario odyssey good if you like mario games.
    sonic forces meh.
    skyrim old game meh.
    doom old game meh.
    xenoblade 2 good if you’re into those kinds of jrpg’s.
    splatoon 2 I think its too similar to splatoon on wii u personally but if you think its different enough, fine.

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