David Di Franco


My First Weekend with the Nintendo Switch

It would not be a major video game console launch without an exceptionally long weekend vlog to accompany it, and that's just what I did this past weekend. Similar to what I did with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One a few years ago, I documented my first impressions of the Nintendo Switch — including thoughts on the hardware itself, compatible accessories, and of course, the games.

What began with the usual anticipation of anxiously awaiting that big brown truck to pull up outside my house, I eventually found myself holding the box that held my brand new Nintendo Switch. Also in my possession were the games that I chose on Amazon, alongside a few accessories I decided to treat myself to.

I couldn't believe the moment was finally here. I had to do things right, so naturally I set up a quick corner in my office for taking photos and sharing them on Instagram. Something I didn't fully expect to be in the photo was a copy of 1-2-Switch, which was generously gifted by Harrison. Check out his YouTube channel here and say hello. Thanks again, Harrison!

Moments later, my living room had turned into a recording spot for all things Nintendo Switch. My in-depth unboxing video ended up being more than 17 minutes in length, so I think it's safe to assume that my video is one of the longest unboxings on YouTube. What can I say? I was excited. The moment needed to count.

The rest of the weekend consisted of nerdgasms on top of nerdgasms. I was experiencing that love for Nintendo that I felt years ago with the original Wii. Nintendo was once again doing something truly innovative. That's not to say the Wii U was not innovative in its own way. It was, and it still is.

But the Switch? I have a good feeling about it. Sales wise, the console is already off to a great start. I'm just hoping Nintendo can keep it going strong throughout the next few years. I've got faith in them.

Getting back to the weekend, my first impressions of the Switch were overall very positive. The Switch may not be perfect, but what is? Everything has its shortcomings. But let me tell you, the pros easily outweigh the cons. I plan to touch upon this in future videos.

Focusing on the positive for now, switching between TV mode and handheld mode via the included dock was seamless, the Pro Controller was a joy to use, and the display on the Switch is surprisingly nice. It didn't match up to my initial reaction to something like the iPad's Retina Display, but it looked pretty damn good — especially coming from Nintendo, a company that typically hasn't used the best looking displays in the past.

The Switch is, without any doubt, a huge step for the gaming industry as a whole. Of course, it's going to take some time for Nintendo's newest console to gain traction in a market that is extremely competitive. For now, I invite you to check out my vlog right below and share the excitement. Days like this don't come around often enough.