I’ve watched coverage of the latest Nintendo Direct three times and I spent seven hours playing Zelda the same day. What have I become?
A history of gaming
As I get older in years, I seem to get younger in terms of what I want from gaming. I started out on PC with Real Time Strategy games. Went I got to university and became an Xboner. Now my gaming
rigs are the Switch and 3DS.
Pokémon aside: I’ve never had much love for Mario, Link, Samus or any other Nintendo properties. But a few months ago I picked up a Nintendo Switch.
When my last console died, I mused whether the Switch was right for me. I’ve never an early adopter and my strategy of “only if the Switch fails to deliver” was totally right and Nintendo didn’t disappoint.
Was this inevitable
Sure to my tastes, the Switch is still hamstrung by its slim library. But Nintendo recognised that gamers like me – who arguably represent a key (read profitable) market – would unintentionally leave gaming if we didn’t have non-sofa ways to play. The Switch’s form factor solved that problem.
I knew Odyssey and Breath of the Wild would be excellent. To be cynical, what Nintendo’s good at is brand perception, so it was never going to put out shoddy first party titles at launch.
What’s surprised me about myself is just how far I’ve slipped into the Mushroom Kingdom. Thanks to the Nintendo Direct I’m excited not only about Switch titles, but also non-Pokémon 3DS titles.
What has caused this? It’s certainly not the online functionality, which is certainly the weakest part of the Switch experience. But I still find myself playing Splatoon 2 most nights. It’s the aforementioned quality control and I’ve learned Nintendo knows what’s right for me… So I think I’ve become a Fan Boy.
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