Nintendo Switch – The Soulless Console

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Author: Blake Biehle

I love my Nintendo Switch, but does anyone else agree with me when I say that the Nintendo Switch has by far the least amount of personality of any Nintendo Console? Most of this post will be nitpicking, but I believe it’s important to point out. I want it to feel like a NINTENDO console and not anything but.

First of all, when you first boot up the Nintendo Switch, you’ll notice that it is DEAD silent. There is no home theme music to be heard! I’m not sure if this will be added in the future, but I sure hope it is. I used to always leave my consoles on so I could just relax to Nintendo’s charming jams. They were always just so Nintendo-like. Speaking of a lack of jams, when you open the Nintendo Switch eShop, once again, the dead silence is back with a vengeance. For whatever reason, Nintendo has not even added any shopping music. With the home menu, I could understand. Maybe some people don’t want to listen to music when they just want to launch their game and go. But when you are SHOPPING, music NEEDS to be a necessity. How can you remove the shopping theme Nintendo? You’ve been known to add such charming music to your menu’s and I miss them! The Nintendo Switch even hides the mii app. You can’t access it immediately from the home menu, you have to look in the options to access it. The switch quite literally has no apps for you to enjoy, no news channel, or miiverse, nothing. It just seems so empty. I’m sure Nintendo is working on fixing this, but it still was rather disappointing, at least for me, considering I actually loved looking around on all of their apps. It made it feel like I was a part of the Nintendo community.

My theory for this lack of a soul, would be that they wanted to ship this console out on time for Breath of the Wild. This was a smart move if that is so, because honestly, not too many people bought it for the Wii U. I know there was a decent amount, but the main appeal for that game was the fact that it was being sold at launch for a new console.

Do you guys feel the same way about the Switch’s lack of character? Leave a comment if you agree or disagree below!

A breath of Breath of the Wild’s WILD Experience

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Author: Blake Biehle 

In this post, I’ll be sharing what I think of Nintendo’s approach to a truly open world game. Before I get into the details, however, I would like to share my opinion of the game thus far. Now that I have owned the game for a few weeks, I have a much better grasp of the overall gameplay and what exactly this game has to offer. As of now, I have clocked over 50 hours of Breath of the Wild. With confidence, I can say that this game STILL lives up to the hype. This was mentioned in my previous post, but also was before I really dove into the game’s roots. Now I KNOW what I am talking about.

I am still amazed that this game has so much left for me to do, even after clocking in so any hours. Constantly, while exploring BotW’s massive world, I’ve been finding new areas to explore, more side quests to dive into, and I don’t feel the least bit overwhelmed. Usually with other open world games I’ve played like The Witcher 3 or Skyrim, I get so flustered due to all of the quests thrown at my side, and the constant need to explore every corner of every area of interest the first time I visit. The design of BotW, however, somehow prevents this from happening for me. It’s like I am just going with the flow. Whatever I find interesting at the time, I explore it. If there’s a side quest nearby, great, I’ll do it on my way back from claiming that tower or invading that enemy base. The ingenious design creates a flow for the player that feels natural, while also not bombarding the player with objectives they MUST complete.  If you don’t feel like invading that base, there are tons of other areas to explore, things to do. For this reason, BotW will always be one of my favorite games of all time.

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild HYPE

Author: Blake Biehle

legend-of-zelda-breath-of-the-wild-titleThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, arguably one of the most anticipated games of 2017, is just around the corner. I don’t know about you guys, but I haven’t been this hyped for an upcoming game in a VERY long time. The Legend of Zelda has be an extremely successful title from Nintendo since the first installation of the series with the NES. This game will be no different. In fact, I’m fairly confident that Breath of the Wild will be their most successful LOZ title to date.

The fact that this game will be on two separate consoles, the Nintendo Switch and Wii-U, alone makes it a worthy contender. Not only that, but it’s also taking a fresh stance on the series. There hasn’t been a single 3D LOZ game that has been open world, at least to this size. Wind Waker, the Legend of Zelda’s Gamecube title and later HD remastered Wii-U title, was also open world but to a much smaller scale. It is nowhere near as huge.

Another completely new aspect of the game is voice acting. Never before have we ever had proper voice acting for a Legend of Zelda title. The immersion will be out of this world, especially for a Zelda Game. With these promising aspects, I can’t wait to see what Nintendo has whipped up for us this time with our hero Link.

The Nintendo Switch – Switching Generations

Author: Blake Biehle

As many of you Nintendo fans and gamers alike are aware, Nintendo’s next inventive console, named the Switch, is just around the corner. This extremely unique and intriguing machine has been all the buzz for months now after showing its first preview trailer in October last year.

As of a little over a week ago, Nintendo had their official Switch presentation. Within this presentation, the Switch was exposed inside and out. They talked about the control scheme of the console, all of its features, its $300 price tag, release date of March 3rd, and many games that will be coming out for the console over the next year.

To be honest I’m eager to dive into Nintendo’s next generation. It’s about time the era of the Wii and Wii U come to a close. Finally Nintendo can open new doors to substantial 3rd party support and find a more appealing control scheme for gamers. One of the biggest flaws of the Wii U was its lack of support from 3rd parties. There just weren’t enough games to flock more gamers to the system. Now that Nintendo has a powerful console and a gimmick interesting enough to persuade 3rd parties and consumers alike, the Switch’s future is filled with promise.

Not only that, but the Nintendo Switch also has a decent lineup of games along the way. We have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, one of Nintendo’s best launch titles for any of their systems, Arms, which in my opinion looks like crazy competitive goodness, Splatoon 2 in the summer, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on April 28th , and Super Mario Odyssey, finally a new 3D open world Mario game! These are just a few of the many promising games the Switch has to offer over the next year.

As you can probably tell, I’m absolutely ecstatic for the Nintendo Switch’s release. Are any of you guys excited for the Switch? If so what games are you most hyped for? Leave a comment below!