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The Appeal of the Nintendo Switch: Clearing Your Queue

/ Aug 6th, 2018 No Comments

Nintendo Switch

There’s a reason why Nintendo has hit a sweet spot with the Switch, and that reason does not include iconic first-party games like Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. OK, the fact that you can play those games is a huge boon for Nintendo’s console, but it’s only a small factor as to why the Switch has been selling like hotcakes. The biggest reason is that you can take those same games on the go and continue playing them on a train, plane or bus.

Related: The 7 Best NPCs You’ll Meet in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

This may not seem like a big deal to everyone, but let us explain why it is big for gaming.

Clearing Your Queue

Nowadays, games release at a rapid pace. For every Grand Theft Auto there are thousands of independent titles, and it is pretty much impossible for anyone to keep up. However, the Switch, for many reasons, has players experiencing games they could’ve played before but didn’t. Take for example Paladins: Champions of the Realm, which originally launched September 2016 but was ported to the Switch in June.
 

Paladins Game Switch

Paladins is more than an Overwatch clone.

Paladins initial release was overshadowed by a little Blizzard game known as Overwatch — you may have heard of it. Like a lot of other people, I never played Paladins because I figured it was a copy of Overwatch and everyone else was playing Overwatch. But when I saw the trailer for Paladins for the Switch at E3 and the fact that it would be free to play, I decided to give it a shot. I am kicking myself for not playing this game sooner, but I’m also happy I waited for the Switch version. I am playing it at home in dock mode and even at work on my breaks in portable mode.

If Paladins had not come to the Switch, I probably never would have played the game. Through the magic of the Switch, I found a gem, and I would think that many others have had the same experience — whether it be Paladins or some other game.

What’s Next for the Switch

Aside from experiencing previously released titles like Paladin and Warframe (coming soon to Switch), there is a lot to be excited about for the Switch. Indie game Sleep Tight from developer We Are Fuzzy is out now. Major first-party titles including Mario Party, Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee, and Super Smash Bros are launching in October, November and December respectively. The Switch has a big holiday season ahead, but before that time comes, you should catch up on some titles you probably missed out on when they released on other platforms.

 

Sal Thomas

Sal Thomas

Contributor at Gaming Illustrated
Sal is a contributor to Gaming Illustrated.

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