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The Nintendo Switch after a year: A lot of love, but a lot of concerns

It’s one year later and and I am still enjoying the Nintendo Switch. I will be brutally honest and say that I had a lot of concerns about this console and most have been put to rest. While some have been put to rest in the year that it’s been released, I am still mostly concerned about Bluetooth capability for headphones as well as cloud storage. It’s scary to think that with a console that is portable, one single drop and repair may result in consumers losing everything they every played because their game saves weren’t backed up. Sure, if you purchased a digital copy of the game you can re-download it, but your saves and achievements are gone. On the other hand, it was a good year for gamers as the system wasn’t short on games. Even some ports from the Wii U such as Mario Kart 8 and the recent release of the Bayonetta series are giving new life to games that may not have gotten a chance on the Wii U. I am still eager to see what happens with Super Smash Bros; and regardless if it’s a port or a brand new release, it would be a big seller for fans if it hits the Switch.

We asked fans about what their thoughts were after a year of the Switch, and here is what they said:

Evan S: Mainly the controllers are my issue. Too high of a price and they break very easy or just get worn down. But other than that I love my Switch, very mobile and an increasing amount of good games. Would like to see more themes in the future.

Dee W.: They gave us an awesome release title that was addictive enough to be considered a drug and that kind of made everything else not so appealing.  But honestly, the portability of the system, growing number of games (quality new and old games) and the pro controller are great reasons to get the console and reasons to be excited for year

Kathryn A: I love the portability, the console is lightweight, Zelda is an amazing game. I wish they made more new games that are as addicting as Zelda. I also wish they had more motion controlled games.

Max M: Best: The console is portable without being uncomfortably big or small. The Switch’s first year was AMAZING and I hope they keep it up. The advertising is also on point and the overall concept and execution is nearly perfect.
Worst: While I think the system itself has a fair (not incredible) price point, the accessories are like $15 too expensive, in my opinion. The eShop could definitely use some work…and WHERE IS THE VIRTUAL CONSOLE??  Overall however, I  love the Switch and I can’t wait to see it grow.

Derek D: I want the next switch to have a bigger screen and a completely redesigned dock that has ability to stand without being knocked over. Also, I want it to have options for charging only, docking only and charge and dock at the same time!!!!!!

Roger M. Metroid Prime 4 is probably the biggest announcement made for me. Super excited. I do have my doubts about Virtual Console, though, as nothing really has been said. I’m starting to think there won’t be a Virtual Console, which makes sense if Nintendo is going to continue their Classic console thing.

Yotam B: Best thing is portability and Xenoblade Chronicles 2. It’s a phenomenal game and I love it so much!

Mitch W.The online is a joke. The lack of chat in Splatoon 2 is ridiculous. I feel like they could have added a bit more power as well. Other than that, I love it!

There you have it. Commentary from those who’ve bought the Nintendo Switch in its first year of existence. What are your thoughts on the first year of Nintendo’s portable console? Let us know in the comments below!

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Armand is a husband, father, and life long comics fan. A devoted fan of Batman and the Valiant Universe he loves writing for PCU, when he's not running his mouth on the PCU podcast. You can follow him on Twitter @armandmhill
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