- Aug 7, 2004
I wouldn't consider it the best game ever.. But it's a really good game. Good enough that as more people hear about it and see it in action it's going to move a lot of Switch consoles.
Public service announcement - Dbrand, one of the leading manufacturers of "skins" for devices and whatnot put out a long post on Reddit today, citing that the Switch - including the back of the console itself and the front of the JoyCons - has a "soft touch"finish that is very, very sensitive and easily marred. They even went so far as to say that they will likely not offer any skins for Switch items at all because the adhesive causes so much damage to it. . Pretty ethical of a company like Dbrand to actually make a statement like this early on, when they could have profited by ignoring or downplaying the issue. So do not use ANY, even "official/licensed" skins , like the PDP Zelda ones, until there has been a lot more investigation.
Issue number 2 - Apparently, people are noticing scratches on their Switch, including on the screen, when it comes to placing it into the Dock! Its really asinine it should scratch so easily! Some suggest using some of the "softest" including packaging material (the cushy opaque stuff) to cover the screen and perhaps back of your Switch while plugging it into the Dock, at least until you have a screen protector! Some thought this may cause possible heat issues, but there's no proof of it now, but just keep checking it out.
I have to admit I am rather disappointed with the finish on the Switch - fingerprints/oil marks from hands are present on the back of the casing with very little handling and the display seems to smudge easily, which is odd for something supposed to have 10 point multitouch; I don't see any actual scratches yet but I've babied the thing. How could Nintendo think this was a good idea? Especially if they wanted to focus on kids, and people generally taking it everywhere as a portable system, this seems a MAJOR oversight. Usually Nintendo hardware is made very durable but perhaps the "Nintendium" mines have been running dry! Pretty much everywhere the "soft touch" material is found seems to be an issue. I can't see how Nintendo thought this was an issue, when in the past nearly all of their controllers and devices had durable chassis unlikely to be marred or easily collect fingerprints and even displays - like on the 3DS - were not easily scratched.
I have a Wii U and a number of 3DS's. The material on the switch is way more durable. It's not just glossy brittle plastic. Is it perfect? Is it an aluminum shell like a phone? No, but I frankly don't know how much better Nintendo could have made it unless they made it like a Toughbook or something with 1 inch of plastic on all sides.
I don't know how you could possibly say the 3DS wasn't easily scratched. Anyone who has owned a 3DS knows that the glossy plastic on most of the models is complete shit.
Mine finally showed up last night at 8PM. I actually think UPS planned on skipping out on delivering it, but I called around 7 and pestered them about it since this is a regular occurance. Never seen a delivery truck in my neighborhood after 6 before and whoever delivered mine apparently did so via a personal vehicle.
Something about the entire UI on my television looks very upscaled. As in everything looks like it's actually 720p and scaled up to be 1080p...on a 4K television. It has that foggy/hazy look that heavily upscaled images do. I think the handheld version looks way better and sharper. That isn't shocking, but it's decidedly so. Audio is PCM again, so 5.1 streaming video is out the window again. For gaming that's irrelevant, though. 5.1 is as far as it goes, though.
You apparently can't choose to move data around once it's on your machine. It just chooses at random where downloaded games will go. In my case, Zelda is on the system storage.
Older Ethernet adapters still work, but mine claims that the download speeds are awful using it. Wireless was about 3x as fast per the connection status screen, so I guess that's what I'm sticking with for the moment.
I kinda like the simple UI and it's easy to operate. I was totally up and running in about 5 minutes. The system itself feels sturdy and nice, although the TV dock is a little light/cheap feeling by comparison.
Zelda's pretty impressive, but that foggy/upscaled look is a bit annoying. Graphics still feel like a distant 3rd behind the other consoles.
I'd say that it's pretty close to what I expected so far. Some good things, some bad. It does feel like a massive beta test a the moment, especially with the return of friend codes and how sparse everything is.
Sometimes shit happens, like accidentally deleting a save file you’ve invested lots of blood, sweat, and tears into. Unfortunately, there’s no way to backup the save files for Nintendo Switch games. It seems hard to believe but Nintendo has confirmed that’s the case.
Give it a couple months and a few OS updates and a lot of this stuff is sure to be patched in. Both the WiiU and 3DS received significant feature additions throughout their life and the Switch will be no different.
Ohhhh.... The Xbox one RGB out. Just use the reverse settings. TV/Standard range. Confirming with http://www.lagom.nl via the built in browser, this is the correct full color space (and no black crush) range for my monitor (which supports PC RGB via HDMI and 100% Adobe RGB color space...). Otherwise, blacks were so crushed as to make many games unviewable in many scenes.I ended up deleting Zelda and re-downloading it to see if it would install on my memory card...which it did this time.
My pro controller should be here today. No issues with the normal controller dropping inputs but it isn't particularly comfortable. The way I hold it makes me not really want to use the shoulder buttons or triggers. I can't explain it, but I think my grip just makes those buttons inconvenient or something.
The fact that full RGB is supported (unlike the WiiU) makes me want to reconfigure my setup to use full RGB again. If only the stupid ass Xbox One didn't have broken RGB it would be pretty easy now.
Ohhhh.... The Xbox one RGB out. Just use the reverse settings. TV/Standard range. Confirming with http://www.lagom.nl via the built in browser, this is the correct full color space (and no black crush) range for my monitor (which supports PC RGB via HDMI and 100% Adobe RGB color space...). Otherwise, blacks were so crushed as to make many games unviewable in many scenes.
Xbox color output settings have been broken since xbox 360.
Randomly walked into a walmart and luck was on my side. They had a special edition Breath of the Wild on hand. So to recap: walk into best buy; walk out with a switch. Walk into a walmart next door to the bb the next night and get a special edition Zelda game.
Anyone buy a carrying case for their Switch? Waiting to see if there are any particular good ones before I make the plunge. It's not like a 3DS - I can't just toss it in my bag. It definitely needs a case.