Nintendo Switch…SpartanNerd Unboxing and Review

I saved for months.  That’s something!  I never save money.  Last time I saved money, it was 50 dollars, that I used to purchase new cards for MTG Standard…I matched those funds from my regular account.

This time, I saved the $300.  Too bad.  I couldn’t even find one for sale!

So I kept saving.  Eventually, the SpartanWife said for me to go ahead and pull the trigger on a GameStop bundle.  But even then, they were scarce.  I kept watching the headlines, and pounced on GameStop Prestige in Gaffney South Carolina as soon as I had the chance.

My bundle included the Super Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Edition remake, Zelda Breath of the Wild, and Has Been Heroes, as well as two YOK steering wheel accessories, and the Switch, and it costed out at around $475.  I figured I would have gotten Zelda anyway, and I enjoy Mario Kart.  I never heard of the other game.

I have been playing the Switch now for two weeks.  Here are pictures of the unboxing, and my thoughts about the new system.

 

The box is pretty straightforward.  In fact, you can find a ton of these empty boxes at Wal-Mart, which are just placeholders for the actual product, which they don’t even have in stock!

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AHHH!  Angelic Choirs!  This is the most interesting part of opening the box.  I assure you, underneath is the dock, the JoyCon Grip, the power chord, the HDMI cable, and some paperwork…oh and some safety straps I probably will never use.

The dock has an access door that you open up, and track the chords through an access hole.  So basically, you get two unglamourous wires hanging out.  But who cares?  I don’t!

The Nintendo Switch console is kind of like a large smartphone, or a small tablet.  It’s bigger than my iPhone 6, but smaller than my iPad Mini.

The idea is that you can carry the thing around like a portable system, but at home you can hook it up to your TV and play like a home console.

The two controllers are called JoyCon.  They are not symettrical, as some might have thought.  One is labled “+” and the other “-“, which I eventually discovered were actual buttons  .  They are very responsive…they have a gyroscope function like the WiiMote has, and they are totally covered in ergonomic buttons.

The JoyCon connect to the sides of the console, or they disconnect, and you can play with the JoyCon propped on the table.  Or you can mount them on an accessory like the steering wheels or the included JoyCon Grip.   The Joycon can play for 13 hours on full charge!   (The Switch can only make it to 3 hours)

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I purchased the Zelda themed carrying case, and have been on the lookout for the Sheikah Slate Skin for the system.  It does have a multi-touch screen, but that isn’t really where the action is with the switch so far.

Carrying it around is pretty easy.  It can fit in a pocket, with the JoyCon attached.  You can set it on a table and prop it up like a separate TV screen and console all-in-one.  It truly can do what it is advertised to do.  This is where the success of the system will be, and why X-Box and Playstation will have to follow suit.

There has been some talk of this device being inferior in the power department compared to the X-Box and Playstation offerings…Maybe so.  But Nintendo seems to embrace their innovative playstyle over that power.  It has worked for them in the past with Wii, and seems poised to be a success this time as well.

I haven’t noticed a lack of power.  Zelda has been incredibly fun.  It is a beautiful game, and has an explorative quality that say, MineCraft has.  Mario Cart works excellently as well.  Though I’ll admit, I’m not as into that as I am Zelda.

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Notably Has Been Heroes didn’t come in a physical form.  I had to download it with a code, which I only got by calling the GameStop headquarters.

And I just can’t get into that game.  It is alot like an app on an iPhone.  One that I wouldn’t play.  (Or buy.)  Maybe I will get more into it later.

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The YOK steering wheels.  These are pretty crappy.  It takes wrangling to get the triggers to interact with the buttons on the backside of the JoyCon.  And that seriously hampers some Mario Cart fun if you can’t shoot turtle shells at people.

They DO work.  But it takes wrangling like I said.  They should “just work.”

The Nintendo Switch gets a 5/5.  There is a promising future for this device up ahead!

The YOK steering wheels get a 1/5.  I am thinking about getting NINTENDO BRAND steering wheels.  In fact, I thought that the first time I played with them.  BOO.

The games.

Zelda Breath of the Wild gets 5/5.  I have completed only a small part of the game, and have been playing about three hours a day, for two weeks.  I like the “cooking” that you have to do…this is something to do when you have your switch out on the go.  But plug the switch in to the TV to fight the bosses!  I just freed the “Divine Beast Ruta.”  I’ve already successfully raided a small section of Hyrule castle.  The game is a sprawling open world, and you never know what’s around the corner.  A thunderstorm to make you drop all your stuff?  A fortress full of goblins? (Bokoblins, Moblins, Lizalfos).  A town.  A waterfall, a stable, a wild horse, some wild game, or a traveler who is an enemy in disguise?  You almost never know.  This is a killer app that sets the bar high for the system.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem that many of the available games so far reach that level.

Mario Cart 8 Deluxe gets a 4/5.  This is a remake.  It’s a good remake.  But this is really the only Mario Title available for the switch right now, until October when Mario Odysee drops.  (The trailers look incredible!)

The only thing I am really disappointed about is the lack of classic gameplay.  Really.  The reason I even got this is because Nintendo has been doing so well honoring their legacy software.  NES Classic.  Wii Virtual Console.  I digured right out the gate the Nintendo library would be available.  

Nope.  BOO!!

Is the Nintendo Switch for you?   If you like Zelda, and the portability of a 3DS, and Wii.   Then this will do you well. 

If all tou want to do is casually play a classic game during your lunchbreak, as of July 2017 this device doesn’t do that.  You could play Zelda or other new games easily though. 

The SpartanNerd rates the Nintendo Switch 5/5.  Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Figure Review…Sonic The Hedgehog Superpack by Jazwares

I have limited knowledge of Sonic and his universe…I have always been known as “THE Mario Master,” and proudly announce to the world right now that I have beaten every Super Mario game up to Mario 64 WITHOUT WARPING!  (And I have beaten Super Mario Bros. 1 countless times without even dying once.  Take that, SEGA.)  Oh, and I beat Super Mario Bros. Wii by myself!  (Also with my sons on multiplayer)

Oh.  A Tangent.  Sorry!

Not that I am completely devoid of experience with Sonic.  I had the first Sonic games on iPod…And maybe I also have the free version on my iPhone today.  In the SpartanNerd household we have Sonic: The Black Knight and Sonic Colors on our Nintendo Wii.

So, because I am such a Sonic NOOB, SpartanSmurf #2 is going to help me with this review!

I am told that these three figures are the Super versions of Sonic, Silver, and Shadow.  And the Gems are called Chaos Gems.

When we picked this set up, we were not entirely clueless as to what we were getting.  SpartanSmurf #2 has a regular Sonic Figure, and I must say it is masterfully articulated.  These appeared to have the same joints and all as that figure.  And those are…

Swivel Ankles
Knee joints that swivel and bend
Hip joints that swivel and bend, certain ways.
Waist Swivel
The same joints on elbows and shoulders as on knees and hips.
Swivel Wrists
Head Swivel

SpartanSmurf #2 tells me that Sonic can even kick his own butt!

This is impressive, considering that they are figures in scale pretty much with  California Raisins!

I just wish they could move their heads up and down, and move their fingers.

The Chaos Gems are a nice touch.  SpartanSmurf #2 tells me that these are required for the character to transform into their Super Selves.  These are all translucent, and about the size of a super-ball, and shaped like a classic diamond.  I wish there was a stand or something that came with them to prop them up, because they must lay on their side.  I guess the person playing with the figures have to get creative!

Here are some pictures!  Today, SpartanSmurf #2 did all of the posing!  Enjoy!

This was what they looked like in package from Toys R Us

We get this artwork on the back of the box.  SpartanSmurf #2 did not see fit to keep it.

This is our favorite picture that we took of the set!

Sonic, the main character looks cool as he gathers the gems.

I was unaware of Silver the Hedgehog…He is apparently the Sonic of the future or something.
This is SpartanSmurf #2 ‘s favorite.

And here is Shadow the Hedgehog.  All of these super hedgehogs remind me, the SpartanNerd of Super Sayans.  How about you, oh Hub City Geeks?

My Score…4/5.  The point was taken off because the head can’t look up on either figure.  But other than that, perfect!