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Signalstar said:

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.

Any recommendations?

If you have an Amazon Prime account you can get up to 12 months of Nintendo Online for free! I'm not sure if you have to buy the subscription first then get the time added on the back end, but definitely worth checking out to see if you can get it for free! You'll have lots of NES and SNES games to play casually if you're interested in that sort of thing.



Recommendations? GRIS, Into The Breach, Hollow Knight and Stardew Valley are some of the best smaller games on Switch. If you want something with abit more substance then Divinity Original Sin II is one of the best ports I've ever played (I've played this to death on PS4/PC) and ofc Luigi's Mansion 3 which is a must get.



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So Nintendo Switch controller prices are insane. The cost of new joy cons and the Pro Controller are a bit much to swallow. I find the wired controller I got based on the Xbox One controller design to be quite comfy to use. The only downside is the wired aspect.

Is there anything about the official Nintendo Switch Pro controller that makes it better than a cheaper 3rd Party alternative?



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Have a look at the games in the thread in my sig, or better the google docs (it's more up-to-date), might be helpful to you

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Heh, I myself also had issue with the right Joycon. The stick of mine didn't click. I didn't even know it was supposed to until some game required me to. I fixed it myself by putting in a new stick. My left Joycon is totally fine. Was the first time I ever had a Nintendo thing fail on me, but yeah Nintendo wasn't in the right mood I guess when they made the right Joycon.



Signalstar said:
So Nintendo Switch controller prices are insane. The cost of new joy cons and the Pro Controller are a bit much to swallow. I find the wired controller I got based on the Xbox One controller design to be quite comfy to use. The only downside is the wired aspect.

Is there anything about the official Nintendo Switch Pro controller that makes it better than a cheaper 3rd Party alternative?

Yes, everything. Its battery life is amazing, it has gyro sensors which really important in many games, it's pretty, and it generally just feels really good to play, the buttons and stuff are great. It's my favorite controller ever.

The only downside is the analog drifting thing, but mine only started showing it after hundreds of hours of competitive Splatoon/Smash, and even now, after two years of use, the issue is still minor enough to rarely bother me, even at tournaments. Mind you, I use my Pro controller for PC gaming, competitive games on the Switch, and most games on the Switch when docked, so it probably has well over 2000 hours on it.



Update: So I sent in the Joy-Con for repair last Thursday. I received word that it was delivered to the repair center on the following Monday. That same day i receive a notice that the center is shipping me a repaired/replacement Joy-Con. I received it through UPS on Friday. Overall it was a relatively painless process. It probably helps that the repair center I sent it to was in the same state that I live in. The new Joy-Con worked right away. Now I can play the Switch is Handheld mode for short bursts. I returned the Wired Controller at Gamestop for a full refund no questions asked.

I don't have much time to play the Switch or anything else but NSMB U Deluxe is great to pick up an play. I forgot how difficult these games could be. I haven't played one since NSMB Wii 10 years ago.



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You can't do anything wrong with Link's Awakening, Luigi's Mansion 3, Ori and the Blind Forest, Cuphead or Super Mario Odyssey. Haven't played Bayonetta or Ace Attorney yet, but it looks like that the games are technically pretty good and fun to play. Maybe you also want to create your own levels in Super Mario Maker 2 (also NSMBU style possible), but then you need Nintendo Switch Online to share and play other levels. There are sometimes offers to get NSO for free if you buy a specific game like Mario Maker or Tetris 99.



Finally bought my second Switch game. Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild. Full confession I have only finished two Zelda games before: Twilight Princess on Wii and Four Swords Adventure on 3DS. I hope I will complete this one.

Windwaker was my first Zelda game and my first Gamecube game. I gave up when you had to gather the tri-force shards. I never got more than hour through Ocarina of Time on the 3DS because I got bored/stuck. It's hard for me to complete the original Legend of Zelda without a physical map to look at. I also started Minish Cap and A Link to the Past on the 3DS but haven't completed either yet.



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