The Nintendo Switch has several strengths, but the The key aspect of its design that has helped drive its success is flexibility. It’s a concept that’s ultimately more than the sum of its parts – when you break it down, it’s a tablet with mid-2010s tech and a USB-C connector for connecting to televisions. However, it is more than that thanks to Nintendo’s product design. For gamers around the world, it offers intuitive options and ways to play. Docking to a TV is simple and instant, Joy-Con controllers slip on and go wireless, you can place them on a table in the park. All of this is less intuitive or not possible with other gaming hardware, and Nintendo has even been teasing Switch ‘My Way’ to make that point for quite some time.
You also have a massive library at this point, with a wide variety of titles from both your own and third-party perspective. However, when this scribe began Metroid Dread Recently a realization hit – there is a way to play the game: In portable mode, with headphones, in a dark room. This is how the credits will be played, from now on, making it a ‘right before bed’ type game.
Another recent game was the opposite; I just played The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD docked and in the middle of the day on weekends. Why only on weekends? With a preference for motion controls, it didn’t feel like a game to play on an evening after work, as the motion and frequent quick calibrations didn’t feel right to a tired mind. However, as a Saturday afternoon game for many weeks, it was Perfect.
So with that in mind, here are a few categories our games tend to fall into when it comes to Switch habits. Do you have a certain “way” of playing specific games?
# 1 – Great TV games
Aside from Skyward Sword HD, there are a good number of games that are better suited to a big screen, many of which are probably RPGs. For example, although Monolith Soft did a good job with its user interface in Xenoblade Chronicles 2 in particular, the handheld gaming performance (at steep resolution) and a large amount of information on the screen makes it a good candidate for docked gaming. And the Switch iteration of its predecessor, of course. The Switch has plenty of RPGs and great games that require filling the screen with a lot of information, and some of them certainly rate ‘best when docked’ (even if the option to fight a few battles on the bus is also very welcome).
Then there are certain multiplayer games that are better suited to a TV, especially in local multiplayer. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe may have appeared in the Switch concept video as something to play in the car But in practice, if you are splitting the screen, you want to see half a television, not squint at half a portable device. We believe the same applies to Super mario party, especially when working on a board and combining cooperative and versus minigames on a shared screen.
# 2 – Travel Games
In theory, this can apply to just about anything, but let’s think of a couple of specific examples. This scribe remembers a train trip playing Splatoon 2 with a friend, that is, Salmon Run mode, so if every player has a copy, it’s a fun time.
That’s a bit high-maintenance though, and it’s arguably the slightly more calming, less-pressurized games that are best suited to those times when you’re in the passenger seat of a car, train, or plane. Something like Stardew valley it’s a good option. One of this writer’s favorites to pass the time is a slow and steady game of Okami HD. OR hell, a fast-paced game that nonetheless makes the hours fade away.
Or maybe you like to read a little when you travel? The Switch has some fantastic visual novel-type games, with good recent examples like Chronicles of The Great Ace Attorney and The House in Fata Morgana: Dreams of the Revenants Edition.
# 3 – Cozy Headphone Sets
Playing Metroid Dread at home with headphones may not sound comfortable, but it is. the play It’s pretty tense, but tackling it while curled up in a comfortable chair can ease the edge and help create the atmosphere (with an optional hot cup of tea nearby, of course).
As we will post this in October, there are also some good horror games that will scare you while you are hiding under a blanket in a dark room. Alien: Isolation and a lot of resident Evil titles come to mind.
Music games are a good option too, and the Switch has some good options. There is the energetically titled Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer with The Legend of Zelda (to breathe), and one of our favorites is the wonderful Sayonara Wild Hearts. If you are looking for more mainstream rhythm-based music games, there are the likes of VOICE, Deemo and Cytus a They have hundreds of tracks between them and work best with headphones (wired, unless you’re happy with avoiding Bluetooth latency).
And then there is the recently released Tetris effect: Connected for times when you want to completely disconnect. Happiness.
# 4 – Board games you play in public, like those cool guys in Ninty’s commercials
Like Nintendo would, you could play just about anything this way, but … nah. Hands down the least-used gaming option on the Switch, nonetheless, it’s still a fun thing to do on occasion when you’re out and about a bit social, which apparently still happens from time to time. In fact, the larger screen and sturdier kickstand on the Switch OLED model could make this style of play more viable from now on.
An obvious choice, and we don’t just mean it because of Nintendo’s OLED ad, it’s Clubhouse Games: 51 World Classics. With good support for individual Joy-Con and the touchscreen depending on the game, it arguably has something for just about everyone.
Something quite different that we have seen play in the real world (at a wedding, no less) is any Jackbox Party Package title, as players can join in and use their phones as controllers. We’ve seen slightly intoxicated people doing this, it’s one thing.
Regardless, the point of this meandering article was to have a fun chat and read some comments about whether everyone likes to play certain games in a specific way. Do you have a favorite game exclusively for handheld devices or something that really kicks off your kickstand to play at the table? Or maybe some games have to be on TV? Have we missed a previous category or two?
Let us know the poll below and in the comments!