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I'm about to pick up a Switch and probably as early as this weekend.  Buying a Switch was always in the works so it was eventually going to happen.  I just kept putting it off until that "right time."  As I type this post, my daughter is enjoy her last day in school as a field day so she'll be coming home with her final report card.  I promised her we'd get a Switch if she brings home all As for the last 9-week.  Going by previous trends in academic achievement, IT'S GOING TO HAPPEN.  So this is not a thread about "Do a buy a Switch or not?" because the answer is "DO."  But may I get any advice or suggestions on what I need to consider?  Here's what I've been thinking so far:

1) I'm eventually going to get a second docking station to we can easily... "switch" between two TYs.

2) I don't see us being very portable with the Switch unless we go on long trips so I still need to consider a carrying case.

3) How often do you need a second set of Joy Cons?

4) The games that mainly interest her are Smash, Arms, Pokemon Go Eevee, Mario Cart 8.

5) Games that I'm interested in are Zelda, Metroid, Mario, Shin Megami Tensei, JRPGs

6) SD Card advice

I'll flesh things out more as we discuss. Thanks, all.



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2 docks for 2 TV's sounds good to me! Enjoy the new system. Have you ever thought about buying 2 Switch systems? - So you will both have access to one and won't have to share, as well as being able to play with each other more easily.

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1) If you buy another docking station, be sure to buy an official one from Nintendo. Third party docks don't provide the correct voltage and can kill the console over time.

3) A second set of Joy-Cons is only useful if you expect to play multiplayer with four people regularly. Otherwise, the purchase of a Pro Controller is more sensible, especially if you intend to use the console a lot to play games on a TV. The Pro Controller is more comfortable to hold than Joy-Cons with or without a Joy-Con grip.

6) Micro SD cards should only be purchased from reliable manufacturers such as Samsung and SanDisk. If you prefer to buy games physically, you won't need a micro SD card for a while because save games only need 10-100MB in the majority of cases. Prices for micro SD cards keep dropping over time, so managing to hold out literally pays off.



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RolStoppable said:
1) If you buy another docking station, be sure to buy an official one from Nintendo. Third party docks don't provide the correct voltage and can kill the console over time.

3) A second set of Joy-Cons is only useful if you expect to play multiplayer with four people regularly. Otherwise, the purchase of a Pro Controller is more sensible, especially if you intend to use the console a lot to play games on a TV. The Pro Controller is more comfortable to hold than Joy-Cons with or without a Joy-Con grip.

1) Besides, there have been stories of consoles bricking on third-party docks after certain updates, so, yeah, definitely not a very good idea. Then again, Nintendo charges an obscene price for those things.

3) I'd disagree about the Pro controller always being more comfortable than the Joy-Cons. I love the Joy-Cons for single-player games, they allow me to play in insanely comfortable positions - namely, in bed with covers on - that the Pro controller just wouldn't. When in "natural gaming position", though, yeah, Pro is always the way to go.

What more, let's see...

2) I don't know about a carrying case, but you definitely should consider a screen protector, that thing gets damaged easily. I was reckless enough to keep mine without one for over half a year and now I'm stuck with scratches forever.

4) I haven't played Pokémon Let's Go, but I did play the demo and it feels very much not worth the price in my opinion. Personally I'd wait for either a price drop, or just for Sword/Shield which are coming out later this year.

5) There is no Metroid game on the Switch, but there is Hollow Knight, which is amazing. If you haven't played it yet, I recommend you do.

6) As Rol said, try to hold out on buying an SD card for as long as you can because of price drops. If you can get to something like black friday, that'd be great for your wallet. But if you're not planning on buying digital games, there's a good chance you'll never need one. Personally, I buy digital only, and have been doing fine with a 128GB SanDisk card, but it will probably need upgrading at some point in the not-so-distant future.



LivingMetal said:

The games that mainly interest her are Pokemon Go Eevee

My condolences.

It must suck to have a kid with poor taste in Pokemon. #PikachuFTW!



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LivingMetal said:

I'm about to pick up a Switch and probably as early as this weekend.  Buying a Switch was always in the works so it was eventually going to happen.  I just kept putting it off until that "right time."  As I type this post, my daughter is enjoy her last day in school as a field day so she'll be coming home with her final report card.  I promised her we'd get a Switch if she brings home all As for the last 9-week.  Going by previous trends in academic achievement, IT'S GOING TO HAPPEN.  So this is not a thread about "Do a buy a Switch or not?" because the answer is "DO."  But may I get any advice or suggestions on what I need to consider?  Here's what I've been thinking so far:

1) I'm eventually going to get a second docking station to we can easily... "switch" between two TYs.

2) I don't see us being very portable with the Switch unless we go on long trips so I still need to consider a carrying case.

3) How often do you need a second set of Joy Cons?

4) The games that mainly interest her are Smash, Arms, Pokemon Go Eevee, Mario Cart 8.

5) Games that I'm interested in are Zelda, Metroid, Mario, Shin Megami Tensei, JRPGs

6) SD Card advice

I'll flesh things out more as we discuss. Thanks, all.

First of all congratulations for your excellent purchase. I have a lot of fun with the device, and I am sure you will as well.

As you buy the device for your daughter, but will play without a doubt yourself too I recommend creating different profiles and also recomment activating the excellent parental controls. You download a free app for your phone and connect it with your Switch, then you can regulate in the app stuff like play-time, age-restrictions on games, online and purchases in the eshop, while still be able to overwrite it with a pin-code. The app also allows you to see much better how much and what was played than the internal stats showed in the profile on the system itself.

1) Are additional docks available? If the price is OK and you plan to use multiple TVs, this might be a good idea.

2) Mobile usage is more awesome than you might think. You are on holiday breaks in hotel or something like this, then the ability to use the Switch is gold. A carrying case might be good if you fear for scratches or something. A cheap one will do though.

3) Depending on the games. I think stuff like Mario Kart you can play each with one Joy-Con, so two people can play out of the box. For Arms you need a double set of Joycons for each player. Or a Pro controller. Consider getting a Pro Controller, as this is pretty good. With an additional Pro Controller three people can play Mario Kart (Two each with a Joycon and one with the Pro-Controller) and two people can play Arms. If you still need more, you can go with more Joycons.

4) Seem like good choices to me. All for can be played with two people (Smash and Kart with more), all seem to me as adult kid friendly. You might consider Katamari Damacy for her and you, it seems like fun for both kids and adults alike and is one of the greatest games ever.

5) Get Zelda. Period. No one should not get Zelda. I hear Mario Odyssey is good too, so if you a fan of Jump&Runs you can probably do nothing wrong with it. Probably Mario also works for your daughter. There is no Metroid and Shin Megami Tensei yet released. If you like JRPGs, you should consider Octopath traveler, as long as you think the graphics are not too cheap. Also the old Final Fantasy titles are still great in my opinion. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is also a pretty good choice, more real time and open world though. Also you should get Okami, not an JRPG, but always a good choice.

6) Each one available will not be enough if you start purchasing indies from the eshop. There are so many great indies. But you don't need to buy one right away. The Switch has internal memory that lasts you for one week or so, so use the time to look through the eshop, mark the titles you want on your wishlist and look how big they are. This should give you an idea how big an SD card you will need.



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Ka-pi96 said:
LivingMetal said:

The games that mainly interest her are Pokemon Go Eevee

My condolences.

It must suck to have a kid with poor taste in Pokemon. #PikachuFTW!

Eevee haters are horrible people! Probably even into something gross like polar bears or so *shiver*



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my greatest games: 2017, 2018

Predictions: Switch / Switch vs. XB1 in the US / Three Houses first quarter

I believe the Sandisk 256mb is both a good and reasonably priced atm. As for a 2nd set of joycons, i would recommend a pro controller over the joycons every time. Joycons are small, flimsy and unreliable. There are some good options for carry cases, depending on your requirements. For solely handheld there are some good cases for around £10/$10. If you want to carry everything there are a lot of specialised compartmentalised Switch carry cases but they are obviously a bit more expensive.

As far as games go, you can't go far wrong with a Mario/Zelda/Kart combo. Honourable mentions must go to Mario Tennis Aces and ARMS too, though it's not everyones' cup of tea. I noticed you mentioned Metroid. Unfortunately that has been delayed. It may be an idea to watch Nintendo at E3 to see if any updates are given. There are actually several JRPG's on the Switch. I've seen others recommend Octopath traveller, not got it myself but i would definitely recommend Xenoblade Chronicles 2. Anyway, enjoy your Switch! Although i'm pretty sure you will anyway.



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https://www.amazon.co.uk/SanDisk-microSDXC-Memory-Adapter-Performance/dp/B074RNRM2B/ref=sr_1_3?crid=11C341MO7T7L&keywords=400gb+micro+sd&qid=1558017589&s=gateway&sprefix=400%2Caps%2C151&sr=8-3

This is what I use in my Switch, realistically if you buy one of these you won't have to ever worry about space unless you get 100 or so games digitally keep in mind that very few Switch games go over the 10GB mark most indie titles float around the 1GB point but that 400gb at time of linking is just 56sterling, that's cheaper than the 256GB card.



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Ka-pi96 said:
LivingMetal said:

The games that mainly interest her are Pokemon Go Eevee

My condolences.

It must suck to have a kid with poor taste in Pokemon. #PikachuFTW!

I'm sorry, i cannot endorse this statement.



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