The Nintendo Switch has different strengths, however the The key aspect of its design that has contributed to its success is flexibility. It’s a concept that is ultimately more than the sum of its parts – if you break it down, it’s a tablet with mid-2010s technology and a USB-C port for connecting to TVs. But thanks to Nintendo’s product design, it’s more than that. It offers players around the world choices and intuitive play options. Docking on a TV is easy and instant, the Joy-Con controllers slide off and become wireless, you can place them on a table in the park. These are all things that are either less intuitive or not possible with other gaming hardware, and Nintendo has even been making ‘My Way’ Switch trailers for a while to make this clear.
It also has a huge library at this point with a wide variety of titles from both a first-party and third-party perspective. But when this scribe began Metroid horror a recent insight hit – there’s a way to play the game: In portable mode, with headphones, in a dark room. This is how it will be played from now until the end credits, making it kind of “just before bed”.
Another recent game has been the opposite; I was just playing The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD docked and on weekends in the middle of the day. Why only on the weekend? With a penchant for motion control, it didn’t feel like a game playing on an evening after work, as the jiggling and frequent quick calibrations weren’t good for a tired mind. As a Saturday afternoon game for many weeks, however, it was Perfect.
With that in mind, here are some categories our games tend to fall into when it comes to Switch habits. Do you have a certain “way” of playing certain games?
# 1 – Great TV games
Aside from Skyward Sword HD, there are quite a few games that are better suited for a big screen – many of them likely RPGs. For example, although Monolith Soft comes with its user interface in Xenoblade Chronicles 2 In particular, the game’s performance in handheld mode (with a decreasing resolution) and a lot of information on the screen make it a good candidate for the docked game. And of course the switch iteration of the predecessor. The Switch has loads of RPGs and great games that have to fill the screen with a lot of information, and some of them certainly qualify as “best when docked” (although the option to grind some battles on the bus does too is very welcome). .
Then there are certain multiplayer games that are best for a television, especially local multiplayer. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe could have appeared in the video on the switch concept as something to play back in the car In practice, however, when you split the screen, you want to be looking at half a TV, not half a portable device. We believe the same is true for Super Mario Party, especially if you’re working your way through a board doing a mix of co-op and versus mini-games on a split screen.
# 2 – travel games
In theory, this can be true of pretty much anything, but let’s think of a few specific examples. This writer remembers a train ride while playing Splatoon 2 with a buddy, Salmon Run mode, so when every player has a copy, this is a fun time.
This is a bit of a high maintenance though, and it’s arguably the slightly more calming, less pressurized games that are best for those times when you’re in the passenger seat of a car, train, or airplane. Something like Stardew Valley is a great way. One of this author’s favorites to pass the time is slow and steady play through Okami HD. or Hades, a fast-paced game that still melts hours.
Or maybe you would like to read a little while traveling? The Switch has some fantastic visual novel-esque games, with good recent examples: The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles and The House in Mirage: Dreams of the Revenants Edition.
# 3 – cozy headphone games
Playing the Metroid Dread at home with headphones on might not sound like cozy, but it is. the game is quite tense, but grabbing it in a comfortable chair can take the edge off and add to the atmosphere (with an optional warm mug nearby, of course).
Since we’re also releasing this in October, there are some good horror games that will make you scary if you’re hiding under a blanket in a darkened room. Alien: Isolation and a whole bunch resident Evil I can think of titles.
Music games are a great option too, and Switch has some good us. There is the snappy titled one Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer with The Legend of Zelda (take a deep breath), and one of our favorites is the wonderful one Sayonara Wild Hearts. If you’re looking for more conventional rhythmic music games there are such as VOEZ, demo and Cytus α that have hundreds of tracks in between and work best with headphones (wired unless you’re happy with bypassing the bluetooth latency).
And then there’s the recently released one Tetris Effect: Connected for the times when you want to exclude yourself completely. Bliss.
# 4 – Tabletop games that you play in public, like those cool kids on Ninty Ads
As Nintendo wanted, you could play pretty much anything that way, but … Oh well. Hands down the least used gaming option on Switch, it’s still fun if you’re on the go and a bit social, which apparently still happens from time to time. In fact, the Switch OLED model’s bigger screen and sturdier stand could make this style of play more workable from now on.
An obvious choice – and we’re not just saying this because of Nintendo’s OLED advertising – is Clubhouse games: 51 worldwide classics. With good support for individual Joy-Con and the touchscreen depending on the game, there is probably something for everyone.
Something completely different that we’ve seen in the real world (at a wedding, no less) is something Jackbox party package Title because players can join in and use their phones as controllers. We’ve seen slightly drunk people doing this – that’s one thing.
Either way, this meandering article was all about having a fun chat and reading some comments on whether there was any particular way you wanted to play certain games. Do you have a favorite handheld-only game or something that you really have the stand on the table to play for? Or maybe need some games on TV? Did we miss a category or two above?
Let us know the poll below and in the comments!