I've been wanting to get a Nintendo Switch for a while. I love the concept of being able to play it at home on my TV or take it with me to continue my game on the go. I'd been waiting for a game that really speaks to me and my interests before getting one, and was really hoping there would be a "Star Wars" game, or at least the announcement of one, by now to really get me in.
But I love tennis games. My back doesn't really like it when I play the real thing, and there hasn't been a good tennis game on a PlayStation system in awhile. So when "Mario Tennis Aces" came out last month, I figured it was time. And I haven't been disappointed in the system or the game since.
My favorite thing about the new system is just how versatile it is. Anyone who's remotely familiar with the system knows that it can be played in the dock on your TV or in handheld mode. Switching between the two is just as easy and seamless as the commercials.
Now I love PlayStation and the exclusive games that Sony has put out the past 20-plus years. The "Uncharted" series and "The Last of Us" are some of my favorite games ever, but as great as they are, even a PlayStation fanboy can admit that there's a certain charm that Nintendo has with their games that no other developer can match. "Super Mario Odyssey" is almost like playing through a Pixar movie it's so charming, quirky and cute.
So is the Switch worth a buy? Probably. There's still not a lot of third-party support for it, so popular franchises like "Assassin's Creed," "Call of Duty" and "Grand Theft Auto" haven't made the jump to Nintendo's new system yet. If that's what you're looking for, hold off. But the system is selling incredibly well – more than 10 million units in its first nine months on the market. So I think those third-party games will come. In the meantime, there already are some amazing Nintendo-exclusive games, with more on the way, to tide us over.
Now if I could just get a "Star Wars" game on the Switch. ...
Dusty Ricketts is the editor of The Destin Log and The Walton Sun newspapers and can be reached at email@example.com. He is currently playing "Mario Tennis Aces," "Super Mario Odyssey" and "Star Wars Battlefront 2." You can find him to play online through his PlayStation Network ID, DustRAG316.