There has been tons of impressions on the net.
Some important details make me happy and hopeful:
- You can activate and deactivate an account yourself
- Your account can be used on other consoles as long as they become active
- The UI is quick, snappy and pleasant on the eyes
- Taking in-game pictures is quick and easy
- Indie support appears to be strong from the get go
- Region free games and eshop
- The screen quality is great
- and switching between modes takes seconds and as good as advertised
However, new details (along with already known issues) also make me face palm and become worried again:
- No digital manuals like the Wii U and 3DS
- The Switch getting scratched by the cradle thing
- Friendcodes are still used and you can’t send messages
- Basic apps such as browser and netflix are missing
- The Switch lacks its own Streetpass, Miiverse, gameplay log or its own unique features
- While the UI is pleasant, it is very empty, quiet and lacking
- 32gb storage
- Where is the third party support?
- No d-pad
- Nintendo being cheap*
I have been feeling this a lot with the last point. How can games miss digital manuals or through basic browser versions? We went from physical to digital to nothing? If you want a d-pad (which should be standard as it is needed for certain games) you have to pay 70 for a pro controller. 32gb is laughable. Especially how it was apparent that it was a bad idea with the Wii U. I’m guessing the UI is lacking because they want to sell paid themes, just like the 3DS. These and more examples just make me feel like the Switch was designed to fleece money at every turn. That doesn’t make me feel good.