Any adult Nintendo Switch owners? Thoughts?

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Any adult Nintendo Switch owners? Thoughts?

Post by Bob Sacamano » Tue Feb 04, 2020 11:26 am

curious if you use it as much as you thought you would.

i feel like it'd be a really fun console for my wife and i to play various games instead of, say, going out to dinner or spending money in other frivolous ways on the weekend.

obviously im not buying it to "save" money, but it does seem like a device that can take the place of other forms of paid entertainment.

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Post by Stupendous » Tue Feb 04, 2020 11:40 am

I've been happy with mine but I just purchased it a couple months ago. I bought a 2nd dock for work so I can play during my lunch break (prefer a monitor and real controller). My partner has been getting into it, too.

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Post by theorist » Tue Feb 04, 2020 11:42 am

I bought one of these. I was hooked on Skyrim and played for an hour or more a day for a good number of weeks; I got into it over a holiday period and then could carry on the momentum from there. If you find the right game, it is a great mini console. I have heard good things about many of the other games too — especially Breath of the Wild — so finding addictive games may not be a problem. On the other hand I find it unhealthy if I spend too much time sitting in front of the screen!

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Post by TSR » Tue Feb 04, 2020 11:55 am

I (41) don't own one but my brother (43) does. I borrowed his to play Breath of the Wild and that was worth it beyond any doubt. He believes that the current game line-up coming out for it is basically bullet-proof. They really are making some crazy-good games. I will say this though: it's probably the best choice for more casual gaming, but it's not QUITE as casual as the old Wii was. I personally think that's good, because they are still putting out really robust single-player games that you can't get elsewhere, and there are fun multiplayer casual games, but it's not the old "bowling on the Wii" experience that some people loved. For me that's a huge plus, but I'm just trying to set your expectations. I personally wish I owned one, and I've held off only because I don't need two video game systems (I have a PS4). Please get one, play through Breath of the Wild with your wife, and report back.

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Post by Afty » Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:04 pm

We bought one for our kids for Christmas and have been playing it a lot as a family. I've also been playing at night after everyone is in bed. :)

It's fantastic. There are a number of multiplayer games that are a lot of fun with 2+ players. We use it more than expected.

We've been playing:
  • Mario Kart
  • Overcooked 2
  • Mario Party (the adults are less into this, but the kids love it)
  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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Post by cchrissyy » Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:04 pm

my kid has a switch which i did not expect to use at all but then i found out it has classic tetris so, um, I'm using it a lot more than i thought!

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Post by NoVa Lurker » Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:15 pm

We got a Switch almost two years ago now. There are some fun games, but overall I'd give it maybe a B. We definitely haven't used it as much as we expected. It's probably a matter of expectations.

When the Nintendo Wii came out, it really blew us away. I mean, we got a Wii in 2007, and we were not early adopters - it's been around for a long time! It was so much fun, we'd have people over and the gatherings essentially became Wii parties. More than a decade later, the motion controls on the Switch are not very precise (maybe even less precise than the Wii), so you basically have a choice: play the sitting-down games that are equivalent to those you can play on any console (the biggest difference being they might have Zelda or Mario in them), or play the handful of games that actually utilize motion control, which are all still rudimentary.

If you had asked me in 2010, I would have thought that by 2020 all the video game systems would have amazing, responsive games that use motion control. I was expecting that kids could literally train for soccer with a Nintendo app, or improve their tennis or baseball swing with a game on their PlayStation. It is pretty disappointing that the best games on all systems are mostly the same old style that were prevalent before the Wii, and a "tennis" game on the Switch just involves flicking the controller a few inches at the right time.

With all that said, you can certainly have many, many hours of good, clean fun with Switch games. Our kids' favorites have been Super Mario Odyssey, MarioKart 8, and Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games. (But to come back to the same point, none of these are huge upgrades over their Wii counterparts, except the HD resolution.)

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Post by Tamarind » Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:26 pm

Yes, wife and I have one, enjoy it, and play together. We each have our favorites but particularly like to work together on puzzle or strategy games (Fire Emblem 3 Houses is a hit).

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Post by bligh » Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:29 pm

Afty wrote:
Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:04 pm
We bought one for our kids for Christmas and have been playing it a lot as a family. I've also been playing at night after everyone is in bed. :)

It's fantastic. There are a number of multiplayer games that are a lot of fun with 2+ players. We use it more than expected.

We've been playing:
  • Mario Kart
  • Overcooked 2
  • Mario Party (the adults are less into this, but the kids love it)
  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild
+1 to that list. I will add the following:

Lovers in a dangerous Spacetime. Our absolute favorite. It is excellent co-operative gameplay. I strongly recommend it.
Also Astro Bears for some quick exciting fun. I bought it on a whim and we seem to play that more than I expected.
Worms is excellent too.

For the OP. We do not play it as much as we thought we would. We didn't buy it to save money though, it was just a fun thing for the family to play. Our kids play it too, but the usual goal is for all four of us to play together if possible. I would say we average maybe playing it once a week or so. That is worth it to us. A lot of it depends on how expensive that console feels to you, and whether you and your wife are gamers and will prefer playing over going out. It doesn't take a lot of nights out to pay for the console and a few games.

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Post by wabbajack » Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:46 pm

I'm 28. I bought the Switch last Christmas as a way to get back into video games after not being in that world for a long time. The games I play on it are The Witcher 3 and Pokemon Shield. So far, I have nothing to complain about. The world I'm coming from is a recovering hardcore PC gamer. I now own a Mac and almost never play games on it.

The Switch works very well for its intended purpose - which is to provide casual entertainment (i.e. to be a bit more involved than just binging Netflix). It's also a nice platform because there's a hard ceiling on the intensity of the games. You won't be thinking about frame rates and the next big leap in gaming technology, because it's just not the dimension Nintendo competes in.

Oh, and you can also play in bed. :P

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Post by junior » Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:57 pm

NoVa Lurker wrote:
Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:15 pm
More than a decade later, the motion controls on the Switch are not very precise (maybe even less precise than the Wii),
It's my understanding that the people who bought the Wii for the motions controls often only bought a few games and moved onto other things, so Nintendo has had to largely pivot back to the audience that wants games with traditional controls and buys a lot of games for each console.

The most innovative motion control gaming is currently in VR systems, but it's not a good social activity for people who are in the same house since you have a screen glued to your head.

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Post by ReformedSpender » Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:58 pm

Afty wrote:
Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:04 pm
We bought one for our kids for Christmas and have been playing it a lot as a family. I've also been playing at night after everyone is in bed. :)

It's fantastic. There are a number of multiplayer games that are a lot of fun with 2+ players. We use it more than expected.

We've been playing:
  • Mario Kart
  • Overcooked 2
  • Mario Party (the adults are less into this, but the kids love it)
  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Overcooked is a great game

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Post by decapod10 » Wed Feb 05, 2020 5:59 pm

I bought the Switch on launch, it's great especially if you have a busy schedule / have kids, not because the kids like it, but because it's good for playing in small bites. You can play something, then just put it on standby quickly if you need to do something else, even if you're in the middle of a cut scene or something. Also it's relaxing to play in bed or on the couch. I have a PS4 also, but I use the Switch more. Graphics are not as good as Xbox One or PS4, so if that's important to you then probably shouldn't get the switch.

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Post by swordandscales » Wed Feb 05, 2020 6:02 pm

Breath of the Wild is worth it if you’ve ever enjoyed a Zelda game. Masterpiece.
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Post by getthatmarshmallow » Wed Feb 05, 2020 6:19 pm

DH is a nerd, though for some reason not into Zelda. It was a birthday present. He loves Mario Maker 2 and is using the Ring Fit for an earnest attempt at getting in shape.

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Post by miriamele » Wed Feb 05, 2020 6:31 pm

+1 for Breath of the Wild. Also for RingFit - very fun and a good workout. 3 out of 4 of our family do it pretty regularly. There is also a fun boxing workout game.

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Post by Bob Sacamano » Wed Feb 05, 2020 6:55 pm

i still have very fond memories of Zelda from N64 days...hmmm....

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Post by JEC » Wed Feb 05, 2020 7:13 pm

I love mine and highly recommend it. Though not free, it's pretty cheap entertainment compared to most other things you could compare it to (i.e. one night out to dinner may cost the same amount as a game you'll get 50 hours of play time out of). If you're not into handheld mode, I recommend the Pro Controller as the buttons on the Joy-Cons are a bit small.

Like others have mentioned, Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey are masterpieces and are worth getting the Switch for alone.

New Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze, and Mario Maker 2 are great platformers.

Celeste and Hollow Knight are absolutely fantastic if you're into brutally difficult platformers (not for the faint of heart).

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Post by zlandar » Wed Feb 05, 2020 8:28 pm

Look at the game library and see if there are any games you consider "must play". I borrowed my brother's who didn't play his and I spent 80 hours on Fire Emblem. I'm ~5 hours into Breath of the Wild but it doesn't hold my interest like Fire Emblem did. I only play it hooked up to my TV and don't use it as a portable.

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Post by Alf 101 » Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:41 am

This is an interesting thread, which I find pretty relevant. Not only am I an adult, I was gifted a Nintendo Switch by my brother for Christmas, which I have yet to take out of the box. My wife thinks it could be fun, so I should crack it out, but just need to get started. I've found games to run $50+ each, and I'd like something to play recreationally, not obsessively.

This is not to say I'm above gaming. Long ago, on a PlayStation 2 or similar, I played Zelda and other RPG games. I also really liked Katamari Damacy, which probably needs no further explanation if you've played, but it was both catchy and strange.

On the PC, for the big names, I played the Civilization games, and Diablo I and II. I generally liked strategy and tower defense games too.

Not so long ago, I was traveling more for work, and bought a refurbished Nintendo 3DS on Woot. I played mainly the Etrian Odyssey and Fire Emblem games, and a few others people loaned me (e.g., Ninja Town, Elite Beat Agents)

I was thinking of either starting with Breath of the Wild, Witcher 3, or bringing it back to the store for a return.

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Post by Tamarind » Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:50 am

Alf 101 wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:41 am
This is not to say I'm above gaming. Long ago, on a PlayStation 2 or similar, I played Zelda and other RPG games. I also really liked Katamari Damacy, which probably needs no further explanation if you've played, but it was both catchy and strange.
FYI, there's a Switch port of Katamari Damacy which I've enjoyed greatly. The Switch has many of the same sort of casual games you are used to on the 3DS, plus RPGs like Skyrim, Witcher, and Zelda.

It's a pretty good sweet spot where it's pleasant and ready to use both for portable gaming and as a console hooked up to a larger screen.

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Post by Bob Sacamano » Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:06 am

Alf 101 wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:41 am
This is an interesting thread, which I find pretty relevant. Not only am I an adult, I was gifted a Nintendo Switch by my brother for Christmas, which I have yet to take out of the box. My wife thinks it could be fun, so I should crack it out, but just need to get started. I've found games to run $50+ each, and I'd like something to play recreationally, not obsessively.

This is not to say I'm above gaming. Long ago, on a PlayStation 2 or similar, I played Zelda and other RPG games. I also really liked Katamari Damacy, which probably needs no further explanation if you've played, but it was both catchy and strange.

On the PC, for the big names, I played the Civilization games, and Diablo I and II. I generally liked strategy and tower defense games too.

Not so long ago, I was traveling more for work, and bought a refurbished Nintendo 3DS on Woot. I played mainly the Etrian Odyssey and Fire Emblem games, and a few others people loaned me (e.g., Ninja Town, Elite Beat Agents)

I was thinking of either starting with Breath of the Wild, Witcher 3, or bringing it back to the store for a return.
you could send it my way and i promise my wife and i will enjoy it :)

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Post by Brianmcg321 » Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:10 am

We bought one for our daughter a couple of years ago.

There are a lot of games my wife and I play with her. Mario Kart, Tennis, Smash Bros. They make game night a lot of fun.

I've watched my daughter play the new Zelda and complete it over the course of a few months. That game is amazing. When I think of the original Legend of Zelda, it's really mind boggling how far gaming has come.
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Post by Psyayeayeduck » Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:13 am

ReformedSpender wrote:
Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:58 pm
Afty wrote:
Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:04 pm
We bought one for our kids for Christmas and have been playing it a lot as a family. I've also been playing at night after everyone is in bed. :)

It's fantastic. There are a number of multiplayer games that are a lot of fun with 2+ players. We use it more than expected.

We've been playing:
  • Mario Kart
  • Overcooked 2
  • Mario Party (the adults are less into this, but the kids love it)
  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Overcooked is a great game

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Post by froman118 » Thu Feb 06, 2020 12:07 pm

I got one for the family for Christmas and it's been great so far. Playing through Mario Odyssey with my 2 daughters and they love watching and telling me where to go. I got Breath of the Wild for myself and have been enjoying just exploring and figuring out the world (I hadn't played a Zelda game since A Link to the Past on SNES).

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Post by abuss368 » Thu Feb 06, 2020 12:12 pm

Our child has one. We would rather stream a movie or show!
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Post by stoptothink » Thu Feb 06, 2020 12:44 pm

abuss368 wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 12:12 pm
Our child has one. We would rather stream a movie or show!
My nieces brought there's to our house for Christmas, there were definitely tears when it (the console) left...not sure any of it had to do with their cousin's leaving.

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Post by decapod10 » Thu Feb 06, 2020 4:18 pm

Alf 101 wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:41 am
This is an interesting thread, which I find pretty relevant. Not only am I an adult, I was gifted a Nintendo Switch by my brother for Christmas, which I have yet to take out of the box. My wife thinks it could be fun, so I should crack it out, but just need to get started. I've found games to run $50+ each, and I'd like something to play recreationally, not obsessively.

This is not to say I'm above gaming. Long ago, on a PlayStation 2 or similar, I played Zelda and other RPG games. I also really liked Katamari Damacy, which probably needs no further explanation if you've played, but it was both catchy and strange.

On the PC, for the big names, I played the Civilization games, and Diablo I and II. I generally liked strategy and tower defense games too.

Not so long ago, I was traveling more for work, and bought a refurbished Nintendo 3DS on Woot. I played mainly the Etrian Odyssey and Fire Emblem games, and a few others people loaned me (e.g., Ninja Town, Elite Beat Agents)

I was thinking of either starting with Breath of the Wild, Witcher 3, or bringing it back to the store for a return.
- Diablo III runs well on the Switch and is pretty fun.

- Katamari Damacy Reroll is also available on the switch... I think it's a remaster rather than a sequel, not 100% sure.

- Breath of the Wild isn't bad for just playing for short bursts at a time. There aren't very many huge labyrinths, they're mostly replaced by small "shrines" which are smaller challenges. But honestly sometimes it's just fun to go in and walk around and harvest apples, lol.

- Civilization 6 is also available on the Switch, though I have never played it.

- Mario vs Rabbids Kingdom Battle was pretty fun too. It's a turn based strategy game where the battles consist of you moving your team of characters around the board (2-4 character) to defeat the other team. Again, easy to do in bite sized pieces, since the battles don't usually take too long.

- Fire Emblem Three Houses got pretty good reviews also

You can also look at some indie games if you would prefer lower priced stuff, depending on your tastes. Stardew Valley is pretty popular, relaxing game I hear (I don't have it, but it's extremely popular), you build a farm, tend your crops, etc. I like the Steamworld series as well, although Steamworld Heist is the main "strategy" game, the other ones are platformers.

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Post by DaftInvestor » Thu Feb 06, 2020 5:11 pm

Out of curiousity - how did you decide on Switch?

Why not one of the other platforms?
Or try out Oculus Quest with Vader Imortal or something?

My spouse tells me I work too much and should try something out to distract me from re-engaging in work after dinner in the evenings.

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Post by decapod10 » Thu Feb 06, 2020 5:19 pm

DaftInvestor wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 5:11 pm
Out of curiousity - how did you decide on Switch?

Why not one of the other platforms?
Or try out Oculus Quest with Vader Imortal or something?

My spouse tells me I work too much and should try something out to distract me from re-engaging in work after dinner in the evenings.
Not OP, but usually the reasons why people choose the Switch are:

1. Nintendo - Nintendo has a pretty loyal following in the video game world due to their exclusives such as Mario / Mario Kart games, Pokemon, Super Smash Bros, Zelda, Metroid, Fire Emblem, etc.

2. Portable - There aren't many non-Nintendo options for portable video game systems. Even if you don't travel with it, you'd be surprised how nice it is to have a portable system vs having to use the TV if you are super lazy like me. It's great for picking up to play for 15 minutes or whatever time you have.

People who do NOT like the Switch are those who need the highest quality graphics or like to use game modifications.

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