The challenges that present themselves to you as a gamer once you become a Dad are many and varied. Time is the big one, or lack of any substantial amount of it. Between a very hands on, full time job, often with 12 hour + days, and parental duties as soon as I step in the door, finding any time for myself, you would think, could prove difficult.
Enter the Nintendo Switch. Once again Nintendo have revolutionised gaming, and for me personally, the timing couldn’t have been better, what with it launching 2 months before the birth of my 1st child.
The console itself appeals to so many demographics, local co-op and handheld HD gaming being but a few examples. For me though, it’s all about convenience of play. Being able to put a game like Breath of the Wild into sleep mode, and pick up exactly where I left off, in a manner of seconds, is insane, such a god send when your little daughter stirs in the night. There is a flip side to this though, as games such as Splatoon 2 and ARMS, games that you play online with other people don’t lend themselves well to this experience. The original Splatoon was one of my favourite Nintendo experiences of recent years, I sunk hundreds of hours into that game. Splatoon 2 I’ve barely hit 10 hours. To put that into context, I’ve already clocked 15 hours on Mario + Rabbids.
I also love being able to take my Switch anywhere. Once our baby had settled for the night, I can just sit in the arm chair, and clock a few hours, whether it’s whilst my partner watches a terrible movie on Netflix or even together, having a few races on Mario Kart, a game we clocked an impressive 265 hours on the Wii U, yet we’re still going strong on Switch. I also once had a race with my, at the time 4 month old daughter. 50cc, auto accelerate and steer assist on. She won!
I used to spend a lot of time perusing dedicated gaming websites, getting up to date with all the latest news and rumours, as well as reading reviews of games. Unfortunately now I just don’t have the time for that. That’s why a show on IGN has become very much part of my religion. NVC is everything I need for my weekly fix of Nintendo news, streamlined into a whirlwind 60 minutes or so.
As well as a news round up, they talk about the games they’ve been playing, giving their opinions of what’s hot. This is a very good thing. If it wasn’t for them, Steamworld Dig 2 would have completely passed me by. And that makes me sad.
If you’re curious to see what these guys are about or just looking for something new to watch, please feel free to check out the show at the link provided below. If you’re a gamer, definitely worth a watch.
Thanks for reading and now that I’m starting to get a hang of this whole parenting thing, will be trying to update this on the regular-degular. Until next time…