I Want to be a Nintendo Switch Fangirl

The Nintendo Switch is releasing next Friday. I want so much to be a Nintendo Switch fangirl.

I grew up as a Nintendo kid, with my first exposure being the original NES. Through the years, I maintained a soft spot for Nintendo, even after investing in systems like Playstation and Playstation 2. When PC gaming came into my life during my college years, the consoles saw less and less of my time, but I always managed to own the relevant Nintendo systems and handhelds… even when I haven’t invest in Playstation in over 15 years, and Xbox pretty much never.

Despite this, I have never purchased a Nintendo system at launch. Putting in a pre-order for the Nintendo Switch is the first time I’ve done such a thing! So far, the preorder seems to be fine — I’ve also never preordered from Best Buy before, and I know there’s always the chance they’ve oversold or something. I’d hope by now I would have seen a cancellation if so.

Right now, my plans are this:

Friday March 3 I have taken a vacation day from work. I plan on picking up my Nintendo Switch from Best Buy as soon as I can. I have a pre-ordered copy of Zelda: Breath of the Wild that should be coming in from Amazon that day as well. I may or may not pick up another game… it all really depends on what’s available at launch. Hopefully everything will align so that I get a little bit of time with my new system that day!

I’ve already purchased a micro SD card, which will arrive this afternoon. So, I should be set for storage space. Thank you so much for using SD cards with this system, Nintendo! It’s much better than having to hook up an external hard drive to the Wii U.

I Want to be a Switch Fangirl!

Now, back to the title of this post.

I really enjoy my Wii U. I think it has a lot of great features, and I don’t regret buying it. Despite all that, it was hard for me to be too much of a fangirl for a system that clearly was going to have a shorter production life than it should have. As much as I wanted to support it, the writing was on the wall.

However, I originally had no plans to jump to Nintendo’s next system so soon. My Wii U has plenty of life and gaming left in it!

That changed when I saw the concept behind the Switch. The mobile/console hybrid was exactly what I’ve been looking for. In fact, when I chose to buy the Shield Tablet in December 2015, it was expressly with the idea that I could game on my TV.

The Shield does a fantastic job for what it is — quite impressive, actually. But to see a Nintendo console that takes that idea, and ironically builds off the same sort of Nvidia chip as the Shield contains (but probably more powerful), spoke to me. Knowing what I know about my Shield’s performance, I was instantly on board for the Switch.

So, all that being said, I want nothing more than to be blown away by the Nintendo Switch. I’m a jaded and aging gamer who wants to find that kind of excitement in a console again. I want it to convert me into a Switch fangirl! I’m completely open to this… my current expectations are actually on the shelf, and I’m in hopeful wait-and-see mode.

I’ve been waiting a long time for something in the console world to really sweep me away like I was in my youth. I know that’s probably a hard thing to ask for, since we always have over-inflated memories of what we loved in the past. But hey, I can hope, right?

Have you ever really wanted a system/game to make you a big fan?
How’d that turn out?