December 30th, 2019, 9:54am by Mike
Somebody else’s Switch.

This Christmas, Santa bought our house a new Nintendo Switch! It’s our first gaming system. Actually, I just realized that I think this is my first dedicated game system since my Atari 2600! I never owned another Nintendo, Playstation, Xbox, Sega, or any of those. Other than playing Metal Gear at Kelvin’s house in San Diego, I haven’t even really played the games, so most of the Mario characters are new to me.

So far, we have a couple of games: MarioKart 8 Deluxe (the kids’ favorite), Mario Tennis Aces, and Just Dance 2020. Our library also has Switch games for checkout — I’ve played the Zelda Breath of the Wild game a little and it’s really fun. We also bought an extra set of joy cons so the four of us can play MarioKart.

Since our kids don’t have iPads or anything, they aren’t used to having a portable game, and we’re trying to keep it as a home-based console for now (we would have gladly bought a TV-only Switch if there were one available).

Do any of you have a Switch? Any tips on games, other accessories we need, or how to manage kids’ screen time?

3 Responses to “Switch!”

  1. Kelvin Says:

    Hey Mike, Lucas and I love our Switch! We preordered it when they announced Breath of the Wild right before the console launch. We had been playing older Zelda games on a 3DS that Derrick’s family bought Lucas as a X-Mas gift a few years prior. The kids used to love playing Mario Kart 7 with each other on our ski trips.

    Anyway, yes, it’s been my favorite gaming console ever. Breath of the Wild was totally fun! It’s great being able to take it with you on the go— I would play a lot on my commute to Berkeley. That said, I much prefer it as a home console (could be my aging eyes). The optional Pro controller is a big upgrade for home use. Other games we have enjoyed are: Mario Kart, Aces, and Odyssey, and Splatoon 2.

    We’re still big fans now, and Santa gave us new games this Christmas too. Currently we’re very much into Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, which is fun for multiple players at a time, and we got Luigi’s Mansion 3 and Link‘s Awakening. We’ll post our reviews!

  2. Mike Says:

    That’s great! Sounds a lot like our experience so far! Emma and Adam are enjoying watching me play Breath of the Wild, and we’re having a big NYE bash tonight where I’m guessing there will be lots of Just Dance and Mario Kart.

    Hope you all have a great time in Tahoe! Maybe we’ll talk later!

  3. Kelvin Says:

    By the way, Breath of the Wild totally reminded me of our Metal Gear Solid days (all the sneaking around). SNAKE!!!!!!

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