So for the past few months I've been obsessing over the flyest gaming company's awesome upcoming console: the Nintendo Switch.
I walked through the doorway into the room, and I was blown away. It was a truly majestic sight to behold. Video game demo setups in every corner, video game artwork adorning the walls, A big stage at the front with a big screen playing Switch commercials... and right before the stage, at the end of a red path through the center of the room, on a pedestal on display in a glass case, the Nintendo Switch console in all its glory.
All of the Nintendo representatives there were wearing cool Nintendo Switch shirts, and I asked one guy where I could get one. He said they weren't giving them out, but that they were giving out hats, so if they asked for volunteers I should go up there.
I participated in the onstage demonstration of one of the minigames in 1-2-Switch. 1-2-Switch is basically a fun 2-player game that utilizes the unique Joy-Cons.
The Joy-Cons are Nintendo's cool controllers for the Switch. They can be used together as a single controller for some of the more intense games, or they can be split into two separate controllers, so that two can enjoy the fun.
1-2-Switch is a game that really makes good use of the Joy-Cons, with its motion controls, rumble, and traditional controller elements. The interesting thing about the minigames in 1-2-Switch is that as you interact with the game using the Joy-Cons, you don't look at the screen-- you look at the opponent.
I played the Quick Draw minigame, in which I held my Joy-Con at my side, until the announcer called "FIRE!" and I tried to point my Joy-Con at my opponent and press the button before the other player did on his controller. Alas, I wasn't fast enough, and I lost, but I still got a hat! I was really excited about my hat.
Splatoon 2 wasn't that different; all of the basics of Splatoon still applied. But it was still very fresh.
When they called us up, we were very excited. Kyra and I play Splatoon together a lot, and we're a really dynamic team.
Conveniently enough, this is one of the games that can be played with a single Joy-Con. I played as Sonic, and Kyra joined me as Tails. We only got to play one stage, but it was a whole lot of fun. I could tell, this is going to be a great game.
To be honest, though, I'm even more excited for Project Sonic 2017, a more modern Sonic game coming out for the Switch around the holidays. It looks like it's going to imbue the same cinematic spirit as Sonic Unleashed did.
I'm psyched for it, in fact it's the game I'm getting with the system. But I didn't play it at the event. I'm really looking forward to exploring everything this game has to offer, and I want every inch of it to be new when I do. I'm going as far as to avoid most news about the game.
However, Kyra did play the game, and she really enjoyed it. She said it was incredible! She didn't do any of the story stuff, though-- she just rode around battling monsters.
I also took some cool pictures with the Master Sword.
Neither I nor Kyra had ever played Street Fighter before, but we had a tiny amount of experience when its flagship character, Ryu, appeared in Super Smash Bros.
I picked the dependable Ryu for battle, and Kyra chose M.Bison. Thanks to Ryu being in Smash Bros., I figured out Ryu's special move, the Hadouken, pretty easily. The Hadouken is a projectile attack, in which Ryu throws a fireball from his hands at the opponent. I was able to use this to keep Kyra at bay, although she still beat me most of the times. The game was a lot of fun!
The Nintendo Switch is awesome.