The Nintendo Switch is finally here!
Issue 19 — March 5, 2017
Nintendo Switch

Hey, here's issue #19 of Switch Weekly — your roundup of great Nintendo links.

The Switch is finally here! What started life under Satoru Iwata's leadership as the NX is now in stores. I've spent most of the weekend engrossed in Hyrule — 'Breath of the Wild' really is a joy to play (more on that below).

Did you get a Switch on day one or are you holding out for the games library to grow? Hit reply and let me know — I'll be reading every response.

Until next week,
Chris Brandrick

PS - If you're new to the newsletter, you can get a feel for things by taking a look over previous issues on the web.

REVIEWNintendo Switch review: a brave and fascinating new console
"The Nintendo Switch is a brave and fascinating prospect" with the company doing "its idiosyncratic best to challenge the way we think about games hardware".
Keith Stuart // The Guardian
REVIEWThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild — Critical Consensus
The reviews are in, and they sure are positive. What was a swansong for the Wii U is seemingly also the perfect start for the Switch. Here's a round-up of industry opinion.
Christopher Dring //
NEWSGuide: How to access the Nintendo Switch eShop for multiple regions
The Switch is region free, meaning you can play games from anywhere. Here's how.
Steve Bowling // Nintendo Life
NEWSNintendo Switch uses Friend Codes to add friends
This is kinda dissapointing. I think we all thought (for good reason) that the days of sharing a 12-digit code to add a buddy was over. I'm hoping this changes...
Shannon Grixti // Press Start
VIDEOHow Nintendo made the Switch
Nintendo's Shinya Takahashi & Yoshiaki Koizumi share the vision behind the Switch.
IGN // YouTube
VIDEOIt's the Nintendo Switch Teardown!
The folks at iFixit waste no time in taking apart the Switch and seeing what's inside.
iFixit // YouTube
NEWSNintendo Switch Parental Controls app is now live on iOS and Android
Yes, this is a handy way for any parents to cap game time for younger players, but this is also worth grabbing just so you can see how long you've been playing Zelda this weekend.
Mikhail Madnani // God is a Geek
NEWSGet your 3D printed Nintendo Switch accessories right here
It's going to be really interesting to see how the accessory market opens up for the Switch — a lot of potential, especially with the side rails on each Joy-Con.
Clinton Matos // htxt.Africa
NEWSPeople can’t stop licking their disgusting Nintendo Switch cartridges
Can confirm - gross. They have a coating on them to stop kids swallowing them, so of course adults are putting them in their mouths.
Mat Whitehead // BuzzFeed
SOCIALMe and my blind husband played 1-2 Switch for two hours
The variety of play styles on offer proved highly accessible for this couple.
themanje // Reddit
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REVIEWSuper Bomberman R
Chris Scullion // Tired Old Hack
REVIEW1-2 Switch
Matt Kamen // Trusted Reviews
NEWSSwitch Joy-Cons tested: are there really de-sync issues?
Thomas Morgan // Eurogamer
NEWSGameStop: Nintendo Switch is ‘Strongest Console Launch in Years’
Boston Blake // GameRant
NEWSThe Nintendo Switch Pro Controller hides a secret message inside
Patricia Hernandez // Kotaku
OPINIONThe Switch’s menus are uncharacteristically boring, for good reason
Jeff Ramos // Polygon
VIDEOHow to claim your My Nintendo points on the Nintendo Switch
Triforce Boyz // YouTube
NEWSZelda: Breath of the Wild's first prototype looked like a NES game
Jeffrey Matulef // Eurogamer
NEWSSwitch digital games can only be played on one console at a time
Samit Sarkar // Polygon
NEWSHow to charge the Nintendo Switch on the go
Jeff Ramos // Polygon
Curated by Chris Brandrick