4 Mistakes Everyone Makes With Nintendo Switch
The Nintendo Switch has been around for over five years now and yet many of us are still making the same old mistakes. No, not lick cartridges (although you really shouldn’t either), just simple errors that can easily be corrected.
With over 100 million sales accumulated worldwide, that’s potentially a lot of people not getting the most out of their gaming machine. Things that could help you save money usually make Switch gaming easier or take away a minor frustration you have to deal with on a daily basis.
So, to help right some wrongs, we’ve put together a list of several common mistakes that everyone makes with their Nintendo Switch. Whether you bought a Switch at launch, opted for a Switch Lite, or upgraded to a Nintendo Switch OLED, these tips apply to everyone and will hopefully help create a better overall experience.
Just playing Nintendo games
One of the main reasons Nintendo has survived in the gaming market for almost 50 years is its software. This Nintendo magic is truly something else, impossible to recreate. The Nintendo Switch is no different. Whether it be Super Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild or more recent hits like Kirby and the Forgotten Landthere is a stellar library of titles ready to read.
That said, the Nintendo Switch is still home to plenty of other wonderful experiences, especially in its indie department. The list is endless, but here are some of my personal recommendations: Cuphead, Hades, Snake Pass, One Step From Eden, Golf Story, OlliOlli World, Untitled Goose Game. Special thanks to Flipping Death too, an underrated 2D adventure game from Zoink Games that boasts terrific writing.
Buy from Nintendo eShop
Listen, I understand. The Nintendo eShop offers convenience. What it usually doesn’t offer are good prices, unless there’s a big sale going on. Unlike every other game developer out there, Nintendo believes the value of its products shouldn’t go down whether it’s a year after release or five years. As a result, this may lead to an increase in the price of many Nintendo games. I’m sure all GameCube lovers share my pain.
That’s why it’s always good to look for the latest Nintendo Switch Deals in line. Many retailers like Amazon (opens in a new tab), ShopTo (opens in a new tab) and Very (opens in a new tab) often decent deals that will get you two Switch games for the price of one. Likewise, local stores are more likely to cut prices than online stores (especially in the UK), when trying to get rid of stock. From a quick Google search, I’ve already found Super Mario 3D Worlds for £20/$20 cheaper than the eShop. It is worth spending time on it.
Not getting the most out of battery life
Depending on the game you’re playing, the Nintendo Switch offers a battery life of around nine hours at most and four and a half hours at worst, according to Nintendo. This means that you often have to put the device on charge, which in itself can be quite annoying. Luckily, there are several ways to improve its battery life, such as reducing screen brightness, enabling airplane mode, or disabling HD rumble. Better yet, you can Extend Nintendo Switch Battery Life.
Pay for the DLC separately
Earlier this year, Nintendo unexpectedly revealed that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe would receive more courses – an astonishing 48 remastered courses throughout its history, in fact! Although it’s available for the very respectable price of $24.99 / £24.99, the tracks are included in the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack, giving you access to a collection of NES, SNES, N64 and SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis.
Along with that, you also get the Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise DLC. Suddenly, the subscription service went from passable to totally worth it, thanks to these inclusions. Nintendo is likely to continue this trend in the future to keep users subscribed to the service, so it makes perfect sense if you’re a fan of either to take up the offer instead of buying each one separately. .
On top of all that, there’s also the plethora of updates that a lot of people are just not aware of. On the one hand, the Nintendo Switch recently got a cool new update it should have had at launch.