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[Let’s Talk] Your impressions of Switch and Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Posted on March 4, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in Let's Talk, Switch

It’s almost tough to believe that Switch and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are finally here. With Switch, we’ve been waiting on it ever since late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata teased it as NX two years ago. The wait for Zelda has been even longer as it was first mentioned in a January 2013 Nintendo Direct.

It may only be around two days, but we’d love to hear about what everyone thinks of Switch and Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Have they lived up to your expectations? Are they disappointing you in any way? Let us know in the comments below.

Highlights from last week’s topic: Will you play Switch more as a console or a portable?


Portable for obvious reason: bed. When I get tired of loitering one spot, I’ll be using it on console. Hopefully, half and a half in between but no doubt portable will win out for me.


For me personally, I’m going to be using it more as a portable, and by portable I mean I’ll sit anywhere in the house to play it. I don’t really have the space to play it as a console, and if I did, it means I would have to share it with my brother who gets hyper-aggressive when frustrated. So yeah, rocking the portability.


As a console. I’m not going to risk taking or lugging around a $400 CDN item with additional accessories.

Jacob Groves

Console for me. Portable is when I am on bed before sleep or go hospital if my health issue or if I am lonely outside yeah play it.

Console is for me. I am console gamer not portable or PC or mobile. πŸ˜›


Between the 4 people in my house, we will have 3 Switch and 2 TVs. We’ll see how the battle for the big screen plays out. No matter the result I will be okay.


Console at home. But when waiting for appointments, which are always nerve wracking for me, I’ll be glad of the distraction.

Eileen the Pizza Queen

Definitely as a console. To be honest, I really don’t play games when I’m out of the house, not even 3DS games. So if I’m going to be at home anyway, being a weird loner, I might as well enjoy the full HD experience, right?


Upgrading my TV to a beamer soon, so I’ll be playing that 900p Zelda docked with surround sound on a giant wall. Can’t wait. That being said, once a month I do a 2 hour train trip to see my family, I’ll be bringing the Switch along in the future!


I mainly game at home, at which point I have a 36-38″ TV and it makes more sense to play on the big screen. I’ll enjoy the rarer times when I need it as a portable as well.

Particularly looking forward to playing games that were originally handheld exclusive, on the big screen!

Lord Drieg

Much like the author, I find myself too busy or occupied to spend long times in front of my TV so I’ll use the Switch largely as a portable console. I do want to spend a little time with it playing on the big screen, but I know I’ll use it largely as a hand-held.


Recently I got a part time job, and work Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. And I am still in high school, so those day’s I probably won’t be able to play on the TV, so I’ll be using the handheld part. However, the rest of the time, I will probably do half and half. Depends on if I want to kick back in relax in bed, or sit and play.

Ry L

Console mostly, but I’m going on a business trip less than a week after launch so I’m excited to try it as a portable. I guess I’ll need to use it portable whenever the wife wants to use the TV as well.

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  • TheDonRob

    Game is great.

    Sorry for brevity, must get back to playing BotW.

    • Thomas_NE

      It’s already one of the greatest games I’ve ever played. So far the only negative is a frame rate drop or 2 about 6 hours in.

  • Donovan Tull

    Breath of the Wild is incredible. It’s just flat out spectacular.
    The Switch is so much smaller than I imagined it would be, but with the Pro Controller, it’s been an epic experience.

  • Noah

    I’ve loved it. BotW is the Zelda I dreamed of as a kid. The Switch is smaller than I thought it would be, but also more comfortable than I feel I had been lead to believe. I didn’t get a Pro controller because of the additional cost and because I wanted to put the joycons through their paces, and so far, I’m incredibly pleased.

  • I believe BotW is a game every gamer (casual or hardcore) should experience. I mean that.

    Switch is a marvel of technology. Having it in hand I’m thoroughly impressed.

  • Bart

    Can’t talk, playing. πŸ˜€

    They’re awesome, life is good right now, that’s my impression. πŸ™‚

  • Breath Of The Wild is a breath of fresh air for gaming. Amazing, fantastic and a masterpiece in every facet of the word and as for the Switch, it’s awesome…..I’m enjoying the hell out of it so far……now if you’ll excuse me BOTW is calling my name and I must obey lol

  • Jacob Groves


    Also well done to Nintendo bought us epic game into first of generation 9!!! πŸ˜€

    Wonderful game. It is sooooooooooooooooooo ****ing epic game. Riding on wild horse and dominated horse control is fantastic and it is best control then any games when comes to riding on horse gameplay control. πŸ˜€

    Love cutting the beautiful grass off with sword, axe and other sharp weapons to find little nature animals like crickets, lizards, little birds and more when they are hiding in grass. πŸ˜€

  • ShadowDragoon

    Breath of the Wild made far beyond my expectations, it’s definitely the most epic and most amazing game, not only from Zelda but in general, that i have ever played, couldn’t be happier with it. I have already stated that i don’t like the Switch as a console and have no interest in it, right now only Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is the only reason that i might have to get the console, but i remain open minded, and in the best case scenario, i might be getting one by the time Super Mario Odyssey comes out.

  • Gemmol Lewis

    best game hands down

    (Switch friend code SW-4384-8283-7514 add me, and if you plan on getting nba 2k18 for Switch make sure you definitely add me)

  • Timtendo Gaming

    Nintendo Switch – The console has met my expectations so far, and although there are only a few games at launch, most are of a reasonable to great quality. Better to have a small, solid quality than an excess of a mixed-bag. So far I’ve played the Switch evenly between handheld and TV modes and both are sound experiences. I love playing the Switch portably though, and with a USB-C powerbank, I’m getting upwards of 9 hours play – perhaps even more.

    Breath of the Wild – This game is great, without a doubt. With only 7 or so hours played I’m wondering if it is truly worthy of some of the highest praise it has received. However, the more I play, the more I realise that this isn’t just a modification of the typical open world mechanics, but one grounded in the detail and quality that one expects from the Zelda franchise. Whether it becomes a new watermark for the series, from my perspective, will very much depend on how emotive the story becomes, and whether the excitement of Zelda being open world is tainted by repetition or enhanced by continuous wonder.

  • ibo

    i’m still waiting for my Switch -__-

  • burchdude65

    Breath of the Wild is already my favorite game of all time! It’s everything I’ve ever wanted from the Zelda series. The Switch itself feels so nice and is really easy to use. I’m amazed at how quick everything is in the main menu.

    I’ve spent a good amount of time playing both on my TV and on the go. Both are great experiences.

  • Roto Prime

    I need a update so I can remove the hearts off the hearts off the screen, aside from that, a perfect game, too much love has been put into this beast!

  • ibo

    i pretty much blocked everyone on this site..

    • Ninty Kad

      Good for you buddy! πŸ˜€

      • ibo

        i blocked everyone but you πŸ˜›

        • Ninty Kad

          aww, Thanks man! :3

  • metalpants

    I’m blown away. I’ve been playing all day today and it’s hard to put down, lol.

    The Switch + Zelda combo is a Godsend. Both feel like something I’ve never felt before… in a way.

    BotW is simply superb. The one gripe Ive had with it are the controls. A lot of things could’ve been handled better in terms of button layout, but once you spend some hours with it, it steadily becomes more natural. Mastery will certainly take some time though. Aside from that, I’ve been using the Switch screenshot feature constantly with BotW xD!! So many gorgeous Vistas and moments!!

    Anyway, BotW… there’s so much I want to say but I’m trying to be brief. The way they’ve crafted that amazing world is beyond anything I’ve ever played. They really went above and beyond the call. Escapism doesn’t even begin to describe this masterpiece.

    And the Switch? Every time I start it up I feel like I’m starting up a dream. It’s weird. It’s so surreal that it’s very hard to explain, lol. I don’t know how Nintendo are gonna top themselves other than more powerful hardware, because the experience is just leagues above anything else.

    And I’m not saying Sony and Microsoft haven’t done a good job, because they certainly have… but Nintendo did some secret sauce/magic or something with Switch/BotW that I’m very curious to see how they can push it beyond this.

    • Justin McQuillen

      Ah yes, you’ve discovered the secret sauce. They used it once before with the Super NES launch.

      • metalpants

        For sure. This definitely feels like when they launched Super NES and N64. Literally the same or better. And you know, it’s not like they ever really lost their secret sauce… but it’s almost like they put their secret sauce on really bad food (Wii, Wii U), lolol. No amount of special sauce can save food that was bad to begin with.

  • Justin McQuillen

    I can’t even start playing the game without looking up and realizing at least 10 hours have gone by. This game is on a complete different level than anything before it. Just spoke with my friend and he has been up for 20 hours straight playing. BTW I have only gotten to one dungeon so far and seen maybe 25% of the map.

  • Hexodious

    Definitely a game changer for the franchise, ‘forget everything you know about Zelda’ sounds about right, almost any logic you try to apply in this game from past titles (minus combat) just flats out gives you the middle finger and just kicks you right out of your comfort zone

    I hope everyone is having a good time with the game, and by ‘good time’ I mean I hope you have set yourself on fire at least once, got struck by lightning, froze to dead and got kicked in the face by that horse you try to catch, welcome to Breath of the Wild; how tough are ya?

  • Vigilante_blade

    I’d love to comment, but I don’t have it due to Post Canada.

    • ForeVision

      I do hope they’ll deliver it to you soon, I think you’ll enjoy it.

      • Vigilante_blade

        I hope so. I hear of the game being harder than usual Zeldas. If that is true, this would be great. It would be a great way to instill an understanding that challenge is fun to the more casual players.

        • Hexodious

          I barely to never die in a Zelda game and I already died more than 50 times in BotW

          Take that as you will

          • Vigilante_blade

            Good sign!

        • ForeVision

          It’s hard as nails, so I’m sure you will be satisfied.

  • nemo37

    Okay so I am going to being with my impressions of Zelda Breath of the Wild. So far I am really loving the game and content within it. Every time I get a new objective and I start going towards that I objective, I realize that I get distracted and do about a hundred other things in the game before getting back to the main objective. This is nothing new for me, because I tend to like open world and exploration type games (particularly when the mechanics are gameplay oriented like Zelda, Skyrim, Xenoblade X, and even Horizon Zero Dawn), but I feel this Zelda game takes it to an entirely new level (although Skyrim with mods comes close to this). The character movements are spot on, upgrading equipment and Link are all quite logical, I love how the game does minimal hand holding, the Shrines are great bite sized puzzles, though I cannot comment on full dungeons since I have yet to go into one. Moreover, I cannot comment on the story yet because I am not really far into it. I can easily imagine this becoming my most played game of all time, and I suspect I will be playing it multiple times over because I will most likely miss a lot of things in my first play-through. I was surprised that two of my friends who did not like previous Zelda titles are now trying hard to find a way to get this game.

    Now for the Switch. I absolutely love the concept behind this hardware and the hardware itself. The system and the Joy-Cons are quite sturdy and feel much more premium than past Nintendo products. As for the main OS, it is fast, responsive, and largely stable. This is a huge departure from the Wii U, where I would have reservations about opening an application or going into settings because it was so slow and in certain cases I had to close the game (on that note I am glad system settings is a multitasking app on the Switch, because now I can change network connections without having to close the game). With regards to stability, the Switch has not yet crashed on me, my original launch 3DS and Wii U crashed on me several times in the first few days (these issues were quickly ironed out in future updates though, but I am impressed with how the Switch does not have such issues at launch). A few other things that I enjoyed included the seamlessness of game and system updates, the quick screenshot feature and social media integration, and the overall simplicity of the UI.

    With regards to what they can improve on I believe since the system has many properties of a tablet, they should bring some commonly used tablet programs and features (with a few non-gaming features I could easily replace my media tablet with this). More specifically, a multitasking web browser with tabs, bookmarks, HTML5 H.264 video support, and PDF reading capabilities (essentially everything like the Wii U browser) would be great; and a few streaming apps like Netflix would be much appreciated (ideally local medial playback apps for music and offline videos would also be great, but I doubt Nintendo will do this). Another issue that ought to be addressed is somewhat unreliable Internet connection (this occurred for me in the early days of Wii U and 3DS as well); the system kept dropping my WiFi connection (even if it showed it was connected downloads and access to eShop and social sharing features would fail), I fixed the issue by using a different router operating on a different band on the Switch but while the network is no longer dropped, the range that I get signal in is still typically lower than with other devices. Moreover, the right Joy-Con for me creates an audible buzzing sound when using the rumble feature (it does not occur in Joy-Con L) I do not know if it is a manufacturing issue that only effects my unit or if it is widespread thing but it is a tad annoying.

    Last but not least of course, the Switch needs a lot more games. Here is my personal ideal list of games that I want the Switch to have (you will notice certain things on this list will be designated as “will be fulfilled” because a game to satisfy it.

    1. A good VC with NES, SNES, N64, GB/GBC, GBA (ideally some sort VC or VC equivalent service for Master System, Genesis, and Neo Geo [will be fulfilled]).
    2. New 3D Mario game that is exploration based (will be fulfilled)
    3. New Metroid Prime game
    4. New 2D Metroid
    5. Smash 5 or port of Smash 4
    6. Port of Xenoblade Chronicles X
    7. A new Mario Maker game (ideally combined with a New Super Mario Bros game; though both being separate works as well)
    8. New Luigi’s Mansion
    9. New Pikmin
    10. A mainline Pokemon game
    11. Port of Pokken
    12. A new Xenoblade game (will be fulfilled)
    13. HD remake of Zelda Skyward Sword with Wind Waker HD’s new lighting system and HD rumble support.
    14. 2D Sonic game (will be fulfilled)
    15. Great 3D Sonic game (will be fulfilled; provided Project Sonic 2017 will be like the PC, PS3, and X360 version of Sonic Generations)
    16. New Kid Icarus game
    17. New Animal Crossing game
    18.New Fire Emblem game (will be fulfilled)
    19. New mainline Yoshi’s island game
    20. New mainline Kirby game
    21. 3D platformer like DK64 or 2D DKC
    22. Top GameCube and Wii games (either as remakes, ports, or, if possible, emulation)
    23. New Star Fox game if they find a way to innovate beyond what was already done in Star Fox 64
    24. Bayonetta 3 or at least port of Bayonetta 2
    25. New Paper Mario that goes back to its N64/GC roots
    26. Some touch screen experiences like Pokemon Shuffle, Sudoku, and/or Plants VS Zombies (this last one needs to come from EA)
    27. New 2D Zelda
    28. A few new projects largely unrelated to existing gameplay styles of Nintendo’s traditional franchises (partially will be fulfilled with ARMS, but more is needed)
    29. A great indie collection (will be fulfilled)
    30. Some more niche Japanese titles (like YS games)
    31. New Monster Hunter
    32. Port or new Tekken game
    33. Port or new Street Fighter game (will be fulfilled)
    34. A good action-based Final Fantasy game and/or Kingdom Hearts game
    35. Minecraft (will be fulfilled)

  • JasonBall

    Can’t comment on Switch impressions, it’s out is stock. But I picked up my preorder of Zelda on Wii U yesterday, and have hardly eaten or slept since.

    So, my thoughts. Well, my top two games of all time are MM3D in second and OoT64 in first. BotW, at 10 hours in, has passed MM3D. Not blown it away, but surpassed. And it’s Almost on par with OoT. But the thing is, after the first five hours, it was down at third. It’s getting better and I don’t know why. It’s a masterpiece, absolutely. It’s only behind because some of the issues I point out below require much more will and work to work around. OoTs admittedly existant issues were less… issuey.

    I think the music is fantastic, great remixes of series regulars, visuals are great. But only in the day. It’s vibrant and clear in the day, but I can’t tell it’s HD at night, I can’t see a thing. It’s so muddy. And before you say “that’s the point,” I point to WWHD. Things stayed clear, lights came on, enemies had a sheen to them that made them easy to see. Here, it’s ridiculous. Nothing. Every time it gets dark, I find a fire and make it day.

    And therefore, with all my day night transitions, I discovered something pretty nasty that happens at night sometimes. I don’t understand the point of it and haven’t had it affect me so it’s pointless, it seems weird and it feels like just a convoluted way to save memory.

    I love the nods to the series. Music remixes are spot on, names of places make me smile, recurring characters popping up as well. It feels like a Zelda game, and I think most importantly, the first modern Zelda game. I feel like I’m playing a video game of 2017. It’s refreshing.

    Voice acting… is… Ugh. But it has zero things to do with the English versus Japanese. It just isn’t used well. Random times, short bursts, choppy. And yeah, I guess it could use some emotion, but I’d rather understand the characters than empathize with them.

    I’m impressed with horse riding and auto road following, the smoothness of controlling Link, the landscape design, the combat, the controls. Sad, very sad, at no gamepad use, but I understand the business reasoning behind it and am aware I’m in the minority. Also, amiibo usefulness was at first lacking to me, when I found out the function, but now that I’ve played and understand how often stuff breaks and how often you need to cook and eat, the amiibo are godsends.

    Rupees are too rare, inventory is a pain, lag is inexcusable in certain places, the engine is amazing, the choice in path is overwhelming, the NPCs are well placed and developed, the climbing is fun, the story is okay, the autosave is great, the difficulty sucks, and why is it I can carry twenty mushrooms and apples but four bows?

    Just some ramblings from a hooked BotW player. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a mountain to climb so I can get to a shrine to activate a warp point so I can warp away and cook some potions so I can warp back and climb a higher mountain. That’s Breath of the Wild, ladies and gentlemen.

  • Lord Drieg

    Spent the last day and a half playing with the #Switch, trying JP & EU demos, getting re-acquainted with Bomberman!
    Overall, tons of fun!!!!

    *minor spoilers/major rant ahead*
    My main gripe about Super Bomberman R: the Dastardly Bombers have no pattern. Therefore, beating them is largely or entirely luck-based. You waste lives and/or continues to tank a bomb blast that will hopefully kill the Dastardly Bomber as well.

    That’s just bad design.

    Every Evil Bomber boss I’ve faced before has had a pattern, something to learn so you know when you can hit them.

    If this randomness is a design element from S/NES Bomberman games, it’s one that should’ve been left there where continues were provided fairly.
    *end spoilers/rant*

    As for Breath of the Wild, it wasn’t on my purchase list until 3/3. I wasn’t interested in ANOTHER Zelda game, no matter how good it looked. Once the mystery of Hyrule’s devastation came to light, I was more interested. It took a few friends nudging & urging before I was convinced to buy it. I’ll be diving into it soon and I hope I’ll enjoy it.

  • Reggie

    Haven’t been able to play BotW largely due to unforeseen problems, but I’ve been enjoying it so far. It’s a very different Zelda game and in a good way. I’m impressed with how all-out the teams went with it.

    Switch, however, is not something I’m as impressed with. It is a bit flimsy in areas and clunky. Furthermore, I haven’t been able to connect to the internet to receive the day 1 update despite the console having zero issues with connecting during the set up. I don’t know what’s causing this.

  • Saxo2712

    I love it! I now feel like I cannot go back to the gameplay style of previous Zeldas now)

  • Melatelo

    Breath of the Wild has totally blown me alway. I can barley put in to words just how good it is. Can’t even begin to stress how much Nintendo managed to pack in to the game. The sheer amount of detail, beauty and wonder within this massive world is nothing short of incredible. I’ve played for maybe 20 hours but feel like I’ve barley scratched the surface of the game.

    The Switch itself has equally impressed me as much. It all works so well and every time I show it to someone new they are left just as impressed. Worth noting also that the Pro controller is the best controller I’ve ever used. It’s that good. Othwise the joycons are great both in and out of the grip.

    Overall I really think Nintendo is hitting back hard with this machine and I can’t wait to see what lies ahead.

  • Operative

    It’s pretty good. I don’t like it as much as skyward sword but the scope of it is extremely impressive

  • ForeVision

    It’s great, and really gives this vibe of freedom. Where you’d run into invisible walls in other games, you can scale mountains and find something in this one. That really resonated with me, plus I like the idea of using what weapons are on hand, instead of this one weapon that you stick with for most of the time.

    I tend to have trouble finding where to go and what to do at times, but that’s mostly on me, and I’ll find my way via external means if I happen to get stuck. I’m savouring the experience, and playing at my leisure (especially since it will take some time before the next title appears)

  • DarkHalf

    I hate it. Absolutely hate it. It’s completely disrupted my getting any work done. No really, I’ve managed about three hours work since I got it. Just keep getting pulled back into Zelda.

    Aside from spoiling my livelihood, I love it. Best handheld Nintendo have ever made. I still struggle to call it a home console, it’s not, it’s a tablet with TV out. But it’s still awesome.

    Zelda is just amazing. Feels like a logical progression, where the series has always been headed. I’ve been playing Zelda 31 years, right from the beginning. It’s always felt as if Nintendo have always been pushing to make a bigger, more open world whenever they can. Now they’ve managed it. The scope of BOTW is amazing, God knows how long I’ll be playing to cover every inch of it.

  • I have fun with my family and friends, I’m great full to Nintendo parenting app to control your kids.

    My opinion Switch is the Wii U 2.0 somehow, take your game portable mode. Switch Dock is pretty useless, Nintendo could make Switch Dock powerful not just 1080p, and the battery could be better 5/6 hours at least. Also It doesn’t look like Switch features fast-charging could be amazing 15 min of charge give you 1 hour of play. Hope in the near future seen some AAA 3th party games on Switch.

    Zelda so far is amazing game but I’m not into to open world games.

  • Cavalier

    Zelda is amazing so far .
    I tried gliding tru a huge canyon and failed miserably died 3 times on the way down but still managed to live because I had 4 fairies to spare needless to say I learned a valuable lesson.

    Then as I was climbing up that same canyon while waiting for my stamina to recover, I take a look around to see how much I climbed of that canyon and then I saw DinRaal just passing by then I continued my way up and found a nice village up there totally worth it.

  • Kaine Morrison

    I decided to do what Aonuma said NOT to do:
    I think I did fairly well.


    The Life Bar was halfway under the “W” in WaterBlight when I finally died…
    So close… πŸ™

  • RoadyMike

    I had to force myself to shut down the Wii U. I’m kind of glad I didn’t get the Switch; you would never see me without the thing in my hands. Literally the only complaint I have is this version’s constant framrate drop

    I still haven’t even talked to Impa. I’m far too distracted by everything else.I don’t think I will until I activate every tower I can with my current gear. Then there’s the shrines…
    You see something interesting miiiiles away? Off I go. A peak? Race you to the top. I’m hoarding everything. I’ve charged into battle with little preparation despite the battle tips.I’ve died at least a dozen times already and loving every hour of it. It’s so amazing to the point of being ridiculous. It’s perfectly clear why it for nearly perfect reviews across the board

  • I didn’t end up getting the Switch yet. Much as I want one, it’s just not a practical investment for me right now. I did still get Breath of the Wild though (for the Wii U, obviously), and I’m loving it.

    I only just got it the other day, so I’m not too far, only just getting off the Plateau now. But instead of going where I was told, I decided “south” felt like the way to go. I died a lot, found a shrine, rode a horse, died some more, and somehow managed to very slowly kill a Moblin with bombs, arrows, and utmost perseverance. Couldn’t find much down that way yet though, so I decided to take off somewhere else. Now I’m in a desert, and yep, I’ve been dying there too. And it’s been a blast so far.

    If I have one complaint – and this may just be me – it’s the music (or lack thereof). What’s there isn’t bad, but it’s too rare. I guess the point is to make it more atmospheric, but it’s very jarring for me. I mean, even the title screen is dead silent. I dunno. It might just be me. It’s not a deal breaker for the game or anything, but the absence of music – especially from a series known to have great musical scores – is a little disappointing to me.

    That aside, the game is fabulous, and I can’t wait to play more.