It's too early for hiphoptherobot to play games, connect to the eShop, or access many of the Switch's online features (the Nintendo Switch officially hits shelves on March 3), but we still managed to glean some interesting tidbits from his premature Switch showcase:
With so many control options and a weight that conveys a solid build, it feels good to fondle the Switch.
You choose a Nintendo character icon when you set up your profile
Once you wade through the typical stuff you expect out of modern game system setup (choosing your language, your region, setting the date and time, setting up a Wi-Fi connection), you're asked to set up a profile (one out of a possible eight) with a nickname and an icon. The icon selection menu features several Nintendo characters, including Mario, Bowser, Link, Zelda, the Inklings, and Celeste and Blathers from Animal Crossing. Samus from Metroid is also an option. Hmmm.
The whole setup process still contains unique Nintendo touches
As you work your way through a succession of menus, a simple rising tone lets you know you're making progress. It's a very small thing, but it's those small things that make Nintendo what it is. Another nice touch: If you look at the instructional videos nestled under "News," you'll see a picture of a screaming Toad accompanying the "How to Charge Your System" video.
Capturing and sharing screenshots is easy, but it makes us miss Miiverse
As Nintendo promised, sharing screenshots is as easy as pressing the "Capture" button and uploading your picture to social media (video sharing will be available at a future date). The simplicity is nice, though the Switch owner couldn't show off the feature just yet. Still, we're going to miss the weird comradery of Miiverse and the happy, rustling sounds of the Wii U and WaraWara Plaza.
Out of the box, the Switch has 25.9 GB of internal storage out of 32 GB
The Switch's OS is a hefty package that takes up six gigs. Last month, Nintendo confirmed the system will support microSDXC cards up to two terabytes. Granted, that denomination doesn't exist – yet. Until then, any off-the-shelf microSDXC card will do fine. Don't lose it.
Default desktop themes include "Black" and "White"
You can switch between the standard white desktop and a black desktop that's quite easy on the eyes. We can probably expect to be able to buy and download fancier themes in the future, like the personalization options available for the Nintendo 3DS.
Mii creation and editing is done in the Settings menu
Nintendo isn't abandoning its Mii avatars by a long shot (nor should it), but the Mii creation process isn't front-and-center the way it was with the Wii and the Wii U. Instead, Mii creation and editing is regulated to a sub-slot in the "Settings" menu. You can also use a Mii in lieu of a character icon during the profile creation process.
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