Zelda and Switch update.
First, the Switch. It really is quite a nifty little gadget - unlike the PS4Pro, the Switchs “Sleep mode” means it’s “always on” so you can literally touch a button and return to the exact point you left off in a game in a few seconds as opposed to booting up the playstation and clicking the game app, which probably takes a minute. It’s not a major thing, but it’s a cool feature.
It’s also quite fun to switch between the handheld and the TV, which really is seamless - the controls aren’t as intuitive or as comfortable as I’d like - and I’ve tried all different “modes” (separate joycons, handheld, controller). It never really feels as comfortable as other console controllers and it feels too light. Also, motion controls are fine but the emphasis on them seems misplaced. I’ll admit it was quite nice to lie on my bed, with one arm behind me head and one lying beside me and still be fully controlling my character, but it basically just led to shitty gameplay because I was too relaxed.
Onto the game - Zelda can look nice, and it certainly does look better either on the smaller screen or at a distance from the TV, where the lower res and jagged edges on things aren’t as obvious (surprisingly important in a cel-shaded game). I’m slowly making progress, I’ve earned two hearts, completed eight shrines, found a memory, unlocked three towers (including the first one), upgraded my sheikah signal and had a giant fairy in a spiky-pumpkin-thing demand me pay her 100 rupees. Oh and I got attacked by a Yiga assassin dude and killed him.
I’m mostly avoiding combat because I’m not real confident or comfortable with the controls yet (I find myself pressing what I intuitively think is dodge and its not) but I did end up taking on a Guardian in one of the shrines. After a few attempts, I gave up; I’m not quite up to defeating it yet, although I figured out how.
Exploration is fun for the most part, although I have found myself walking ALOT and climbing ALOT (which is a bit of a chore at this early stage) but the game does have some nice locales despite the annoying texture pop in.