GAMING AND TECHNOLOGY: Nintendo Switch
The Nintendo Switch is the fastest selling Nintendo entertainment system ever. It sold a total of over 900,000 units in its launch month in March! It is the latest entertainment system from Nintendo, a hybrid system that allows for both TV and portable play. Analysts say it will be more popular than the mega-hit Wii, which provided many popular games including Wii Fit, Wii Sports, and Mario Kart.
The system can hardly stay on the shelf with eager customers walking into the store to acquire one within a moment’s notice. And, yes, that means the system is sold out everywhere.
The system itself is quite a show of technology: It is the most powerful handheld on the market; its novel controller, the Joy-Con, can be disassembled into two individual controllers to allow for two individuals to play; and it has HD rumble, an advanced vibration feature in the controller which produces an eerily-realistic tactile feel. Then there is the customization. The buyer can choose between a standard colored black entertainment device to match their TV or one with a playful bubblegum look that stands out with a neon red and neon blue combo, one color on one side’s handle and the other the opposite.
A gaming system is defined by its games, and in March, gamers got to play the most critically acclaimed game in history: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The Legend of Zelda franchise started in 1986 and the games feature a mixture of puzzles, adventure/battle, and exploration. The graphical splendor of Breath of the Wild includes large, carefully crafted worlds in extraordinary lush colors. For smaller feats, players can cool down with some goofy minigames with motion controls in 1-2-Switch software reminiscent of the hit game Wii Sports or they can heat up their couch-gaming nostalgia with Konami’s Super Bomberman R. And, if that’s somehow not enough reasons to buy this system, a new Mario Kart is set to come out Friday, April 28.
Whether you stick with friends and family in your living room or take it to the world online, there is something for everyone in Nintendo Switch. Just like the Wii, the Switch will be producing lines of customers at stores for years to come.
5 stars – Splatoon 2, Zelda: Breath of the Wild
4 stars – Mario+Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, ARMS
3 stars – Super Mario Odyssey, Xenoblade Chronicles 2