It’s one week to the Switch launch and my nipples are hard as diamonds, people. I am majority excited yet a strange calm has washed over me. I feel like it’s the last week of 5th grade before summer vacation.
On the morning of Friday, March 3rd, of which I naturally took the day off work, a friendly Amazon associate will be hand-delivering several boxes to my home, containing a new portable home console, along with some games, and I am going to be pacing around all day until then. Actually, I’ll probably go mountain biking to build up a sweat, along with some anticipation.
Here’s what I’ve got pre-ordered, what I plan on buying, and overall, what’s got me all riled up.
Switch Console w/ Neon JoyCons
I went crazy for the Neon JoyCons the second I saw them. Although I love the look of the “space gray” console, I think the neon colors really look great together. Plus I’m just a sucker for colorful things.
Zelda – Breath of the Wild Carrying Case
Because I plan on bringing this over to play with a buddy or two, I figured I might as well grab a carrying case. This was pretty over-the-top and normally I go for more simplistic/minimalistic case styles, but for $15 I had to have it. I’m sure I’ll see another one I like more eventually, but for the price, it’s a steal.
Zelda – Breath of the Wild
This is a pretty obvious one. The primary launch title that presumably every last day-one Switch adopter will be buying. Breath of the Wild is being touted as the one that returns to the roots of Zelda – abandoning the handholding and going back to leaving the player in a field to figure out what to do at their own pace. And I can’t wait to spend hours exploring.
Ridiculous advertisement aside, this game looks like a blast. I’m excited to play it with my fiancée, who isn’t into gaming at all, but has a great time playing games like Wii Sports and things of that nature. The thing with motion controls is that while they’re merely a gimmick, they can really appeal to wider audiences and get people interested who wouldn’t otherwise be interested. I think this will be a good segway into the console for non-gamers and casuals, as everyone understands motion controls.
This is going to be a fun one that I can’t wait to play with family and friends – especially when you add alcohol into the mix. I don’t know how anyone can watch people frantically milking cows and not think “man, I want to get drunk and play this.”
I was considering holding out until a physical copy was announced, since I only buy physical games for the most part, but this looks like way too much fun. One of the perks of the Switch including two controllers is that these kinds of games are so accessible right off the bat. I love puzzlers and I think my fiancée would enjoy playing this with me – hey, getting married is all about learning to communicate, right? Well, this should provide some foresight into the communication aspect of our future marriage!
Here’s the YouTube video that sold me on it.
Long-Term Pre-Orders and “To Buys”
I don’t actually remember pre-ordering some of these titles, but I can only assume I didn’t want to have to think about it again until they were delivered to my doorstep.
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: I never had the WiiU version so this might as well be an original game as far as I’m concerned. Really looking forward to playing this on the big screen – the last Mario Kart I played was Mario Kart 7 on the 3DS, and the last console version? Double Dash on the GameCube!
- Xenoblade 2: A no-brainer, as I just recently completed Xenoblade Chronicles 3D. I definitely needed a good break from an 80+ hour epic like Xenoblade so launching some time at the end of the year is perfect for me anyway.
- Super Mario Odyssey: Launching just in time for Christmas, I have some “super” high hopes for this game. I’m hoping the 3D mechanics bring me right back to Super Mario 64 from my childhood.
- Yookah-Laylee: I don’t yet have an order for this, but the word on the street is that it will be given the physical copy treatment via LimitedRunGames. I’ll be waiting on a release from them before jumping in, however.
- I am Setsuna: I only just recently read into this game – the title didn’t do any favors in describing what type of game this is, after-all. It seems as if Square Enix is bringing a solid-looking action-RPG to the console, although there is not yet word of whether or not there will be a physical release. I will definitely look into this if it’s coming in physical form! The Switch is going to need some action-RPGs.
And there you have it folks! A list of things I’m excited about with the Nintendo Switch. Based on how Nintendo has done things recently, I’m really confident in their marketing department and I’m also confident in a solid launch. Game announcements are coming out seemingly every day and I hope this trend continues.
Now I just have to hope Amazon deliver my packages some time during the day and not at 9:00 at night!