I had a whole post brewing in the back of my head for this week about the Nintendo Switch.
That was largely driven by my daughter, who got one for Christmas. She, like myself, had been somewhat blasé on the console. But when Nintendo announced Animal Crossing: New Horizons for the device, she changed her mind. Leaving aside Pokemon, Animal Crossing was probably her favorite title on the DS series.
So she asked for a Switch Lite, the more portable variation of the Switch Console, and found one under the Christmas tree back in December.
However, Animal Crossing: New Horizons wasn’t out yet. It is still two weeks away even as this post goes live. So, to give her something to do I threw in a copy of Pokemon Shield, the latest of the core Pokemon RPG titles, which launched back in November.
She has quite enjoyed the game and has told me that it is a solid title within the framework of the core RPG series. (I think the fact that her boyfriend also got a copy and that he had never played a Pokemon title before helped with her enjoyment.) She finished the main story and I have been bugging her to crank out 500 words for me about it to post here, because I haven’t played it.
But her response has been such that I was going to write up a post committing to the idea and would buy a Switch Lite myself if Nintendo announced that the next core RPG title ended up being a remake of Pokemon Diamond & Pearl. I was hoping for that on the DS line, it being the oldest titles yet to be remade, and I was deeply disappointed when Nintendo and GameFreak abandoned the 3DS before they got there.
And then my wife and daughter got me a Switch Lite for my birthday this past weekend and of course I had to go buy a copy of Pokemon Sword to have something to play on it.
Also pictured, a Kirkland Mister Meeseeks keychain and a vintage MAD Magazine from 1969, both from my daughter.
So now I am all-in with Pokemon on the Switch I guess.
The hardware is nice. The unit is light, though it does not feel as solid as any of the DS/3DS units we have owned. I sort of miss the second screen and the built-in stylus of the old hardware as well. But the screen on the Switch Lite is very good, though it isn’t big enough to keep me from having to wear my reading glasses when I use it. And it is a touch screen and works with a couple of the third party styluses that I keep around for pecking out anything of length on my iPhone as my big hands and sausage-like fingers are not ideal for precision clicking. So I have that going for me.
Possibly best of all, the Switch has a button on the front, recessed to you don’t click it by accident, that allows you to take screen shots. Pokemon Sword screen shots mean Pokemon Sword posts… at least once I get an SD card for the Switch. So expect that.
And, finally, there is Pokemon Home, the Switch platform replacement for Pokemon Bank. I have a bunch of Pokemon in Pokemon Bank, including a large collection of legendaries. All of those can make a one-way journey to Pokemon Home, from which they can be accessed in Pokemon Sword & Shield. So I am going to have to work on getting Pokemon copied over. Pokemon Bank is/was a subscription servers (though it was only $5.00 a year), but they’ve given lapsed returning users like myself a five day free access period. We’ll see what I can get copied over.
I have Pokemon that came from earlier generations (I played Pokemon Emerald and Pokemon FireRed & LeafGreen on the DS Lite, as it had a GameBoy Advance cartridge slot) that have gone through a variety of copy and transfer processes just to get to Pokemon Bank. Nintendo is pretty conscientious about that, even if it is sometimes like jumping through hoops. (There is even a rumor of Pokemon Go connectivity.) So I am not going to leave anybody behind if I do not have to.
On the DS/3DS front, as expected, all of the back end services have been shut down. I am not sure how Nintendo can still sell Pokemon games on the 3DS platform now that a lot of the promised functionality has been cut off, but whatever. Time to abandon that ship I guess.
So there we are. On to the Pokemon trail yet again. I still want the remake of Pokemon Diamond & Pearl. But I can bide my time until then.