Switch and all the bits are here!
Handling everything while setting it up last night I was very impressed with the build quality - I know Ninty stuff is usually well put together but the Switch is a step up, like the 3DSXL build quality, everything very tight, well fitted, no rattle, amazing.
The setup was quick and straight forward, the updates were quick (a big improvement over the WiiU which seemed to take an age to download anything at all), the software as you would expect is smooth but I’m also impressed with just how smooth, its almost iOS smooth from the little go I’ve had. Transitions between windows and screens is quick and smooth (have another ‘smooth’ for good luck), the transition between the various combinations of setup and controller options is seamless (barring connecting the third party Pro controller but I’ll chalk that up to a problem on the 3rd party end).
The Joycons are a bit odd to handle in any configuration other than docked to the switch, but I felt that way about the Wii mote and the WiiU controller.
Right now I can’t see myself buying the online since the 'We’ll give you a free game…for 7 days! oh and multiplayer!" thing just really doesn’t tickle my Johnson. I’ll see how alluring the online is when I get a few more games.
Speaking of games, and as ever being Vred the grump, Vred against the grain, Vred is being a bell: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is possibly the worst Mario Kart game (maybe worst value either/or) I have ever played. What the hell is the point in a modern Mario Kart game where every character (No, I don’t count gold Mario), every track and every mode (ok, you have to do a little bit to get to 200cc and Mirror, but they’re still there in the menu and the effort is low…) is already unlocked?!
It feels like the market for Mario Kart has turned full tick to a younger/family audience, which I get, but it has really disappointed me where Mario Kart has gone since Double Dash. Where is the interesting coop gameplay? Where are the exciting, new levels? Where are the challenging AI? Where is the epic modes with every track start to finish and then again mirrored? Why is Ninty giving me everything already unlocked? WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO MARIO KART?!
Lets Go Eve is alright. Haven’t touched Odyssey yet, I’ll blast that tonight.
Tl;dr: Console good, Pokemon good, Mario Kart baaaaaaaad.
Next purchase: Some Gamecube controllers and (if I can’t find it) another copy of Double Dash for our Wii!
Edit: Oh yeah and a couple more Switch games, probably Diablo and Rabids next.
Edit 2: Looking around at what the general reception for 8 Deluxe has been and apparently I’m both wrong and a bad person for not thinking 8 Deluxe is the best Mario Kart ever released.