Nintendo Switch Review

It’s time for honesty… I know nothing about video games or video game systems outside of the fact that my 10-year-old son is obsessed with them, so when Nintendo reached out to me to review the new Nintendo Switch, I promoted Tristan from messy haired lifeless lump on the couch to video game reviewer. Although, I would like to add that getting him to stop asking to play the Switch so that we could write the review was pretty difficult.

I had to threaten to fire him.

According to Tristan, he loves that the Switch can be used as a mobile hand held system, but also used on the TV. The controllers can be taken apart to be used separately, for two person play, but also put together for more comfort and control, depending on the game. He loves the graphics and he enjoys that the Switch kept the movement elements of the controller featured on the Wii, but it has the functionality of gamer focused systems like the Xbox.

Nintendo gave us Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Super Mario Odyssey. He loved Mario Kart because he likes Mario Kart in general. We played the game together a couple times, and both times he put it at 50CC instead of 200CC because I hadn’t played before. More or less, this is when your child goes easy on his father. Not that it mattered. He still kicked my trash.

He also enjoys Odyssey because you can throw your hat at different characters in the game and take control of them, particularly the T-Rex. There are parts where it switches back to the original Mario game, and he thought that was retro and cool.

He was hoping that he could play his Nintendo DS games on the system, but cannot. He hates the parental controls, which leads me to the element of the system I enjoy most.

Once you link the system to your online Nintendo account, parents gain console settings that can be controlled through a smart phone. These include playtime limits and age level restrictions that govern what games can be played. Video games are my son’s life right now, and getting him to turn off a game usually means me reminded him several times to shut it off, and eventually ripping the game out of his white knuckled grip. Then I get to listen to him scream, “I was in the middle of a battle!” Being able to easily shut the thing down gave me a wonderful sense of power.

It also tracks how long your children spend on the device, and it will alert you if your child is trying to figure out your password for more screen time. We’ve had it for three days and Tristan already tried. I suppose I should be proud of his determination, but I’m not.

Over all, the Switch is fun for the whole family (we have been playing a lot of Mario Kart over the break), so if you are in the market for a new system, I highly recommend it. Here is a link to the system on Amazon.

 

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