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Hey, so I have wanted a Switch from even before it was announced. I figured a long time ago that Nintendo would eventually combine their handheld and console hardware into one product. The Switch was announced and released at a time when I was at a low point in my interest in gaming. That, my busy schedule, and a desire to wait for upgraded hardware prevented me from buying one right away.

Fast forward to summer 2019, Nintendo announced the upgraded version of the Switch and the new Switch Lite. I also predicted that Nintendo would release a portable only version of the Switch. The Switch Lite did not really appeal to me however because I definitely want the freedom to play on the TV and in portable mode.

The new model with the upgraded battery life finally convinced me to buy. Also I had quit my job and was starting grad school so my income quickly went to 0 but I set aside money before just for the Switch. It was the first gaming hardware I ever ordered through Amazon and it was delivered the very next day (thanks Prime!) However, as I said before I had no income so I did not have any money for a game at first so the Switch sat unopened in the box for a couple months.

Until two days ago. I bought New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe as my first game through Amazon. It was on sale and I had an Amazon gift card. The game came through same-day delivery (again Thanks Prime!). The reason I chose NSMB U Deluxe as my first game was because I wanted something simple to pick up and play that was suitable for both TV and handheld mode, had local multiplayer, and did not have a big online component because I will not be paying for Switch Online anytime soon. I of course considered Breath of the Wild (not enough free time to dedicate to playing), Odyssey (same as Breath of the Wild), MK 8 Deluxe (I recently bought Crash Team Racing for PS4, don't need 2 kart racers at once), and Super Smash Bros Ultimate (not able to take full advantage of the multiplayer at the moment) and will eventually buy them all.

Anyway, I finally booted up my Switch, made it charge and started playing NSMB U Deluxe in handheld mode. Within 5 minutes the Joy Cons start acting up. The right Joy Con stops working completely and won't charge or connect to the Switch. BUMMER! I play as best I could with only the left Joy  Con and the Switch docked. Yesterday I called Nintendo about the issue and they agreed to repair my right Joy Con. The support representative asks me to go to a Best Buy or a Gamestop to try another right Joy Con on my device to see if the issue is only with the controller or both the console and the controller.

I inconveniently drove to both Best Buy (they were not helpful) and Gamestop (they were friendly and helpful). I explained my situation to the clerk at Gamestop and he fetched a used right Joy Con for me to test on my Switch device. It worked immediately. That was a relief because it meant I could just send in the controller and continue playing. I ask about used controllers for sale at Gamestop. My budget is low to non-existant as I mentioned earlier. Eventually I end up buying a 3rd party Zelda branded wired controller modeled after the Xbox One Controller for $25 + tax. The clerk also told me that I could return the controller within 30 days if I got my Joy Con back. I tried the controller back at home in docked mode. It's a nice controller the only downside is the wired connection. I figure I will eventually return it at put the store credit towards Zelda Breath of the Wild. I definitely will buy a Pro Controller down the line though.

Anyway that is my rambling odyssey about becoming a Switch owner. This is the second time Nintendo hardware has failed me within a day of purchase after my Gamecube. Other than that impressions are good so far. The interface is really simple.

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