Fortnite for the Switch is the Best Version for Beginners

New to Fortnite? The Switch version of the game is a great one to learn with.

Opinion by Nadia Oxford, .

In the hustle and bustle of E3 2018, a brief aside announcing "Hey, Fortnite: Battle Royale is out for the Nintendo Switch!" should by all rights get lost in the sound and fury. But this is Fortnite we're talking about. Fornite—and the Nintendo Switch. People have been waiting for this pair-up for a long time, and it's already proving a popular combination.

I'm lukewarm on battle royale games and tend to bounce off them quickly. But I promised myself I'd give Fortnite a big try when it arrived on Switch. I did it, and I've concluded while I might not wind up playing it as religiously as the average 12-year-old, I will likely return—and it's the Switch version of Fortnite I'll reach for when I'm taken by the itch. It boots up quickly, there are few technical issues to speak of, and the ability to switch from private play to public and back again makes it the ideal system for learning the ins-and-outs of Fortnite upon.

Don't spread it around, but another great way to learn the ins-and-outs of Fortnite is to enter a 50 v 50 game and then eff the dog while everyone else on your team protects you.

"Everything is better on the Switch" is a joke that's becoming an adage. I've played battle royale games on mobile, on PC, and on Xbox One, but the very act of running, hiding, and hunting feels best-suited for Nintendo's system. Playing any kind of multiplayer shooter makes me feel vulnerable to begin with, but the Switch in handheld mode lets you hunch over a private screen while you just kind of pull yourself into a small, secure ball. Strange as it sounds, I feel less anxious when playing Fortnite on Switch than any other shooter game on any other platform. Mobile iterations of Fortnite and PUBG offer the same sense of security, though the Switch's controllers and just-right screen size puts Epic's latest port of Fortnite at an advantage.

Related: If you're new to a game like Fortnite, getting the chance to slip into a game and figure it out in private can be much preferable to having people jab at your TV, or your monitor, or whatever while declaring "What are you doing, you idiot?" Granted, that might be a determent if you thrive on friends yelling advice from the couch, but a docked Switch solves that problem. Overall, the versatility of the Switch makes it a great "learner system" for Fortnite newcomers.

Yeah all these punk kids are still better than me, but I have one thing they don't: Disposable income to throw around on fancy skins.

I played several games of Fortnite on Switch, including solo and team play. I never had a problem with connectivity, and though I did encounter a bit of stuttering during one or two matches, I didn't have any problems comparable to PUBG's first stumbling steps onto Xbox One. Moreover, the Switch port isn't segregated. You can pal around with Fortnite players on mobile, PC, and Xbox One.

There's just one big problem with Fortnite on the Switch, and it's not Nintendo or Epic's problem so much as Sony's. If your Fortnite account is linked to the PlayStation 4 version of the game, you can't use it to sign in to the Switch version. That means all your levels and skins can't be accessed on the Switch. That's a major turn-off, and it makes me even more comfortable with sticking to the Switch version of the game.

It works out, anyway. If you're like me and you find Fortnite hard to "get into," I'd recommend downloading the Switch release anyway. The pick-up-and-play nature of the Switch lets you jump into a battle without delay, and the private nature of the Switch makes it a comfortable platform to learn on—unless you want to broadcast your multiple failures to your entire living room, which the Switch also makes simple. As for me, I'm going to play just one more game of Fortnite. Maybe two.

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  • Avatar for Fourfoldroot #1 Fourfoldroot 4 months ago
    Bit of a strange argument here: best place to learn because you won't get advice from friends? Best place to learn because the small screen makes you less anxious? Not sure I entirely get it.
    Oh, and congrats to Microsoft, looks like they're majorly ramping up the PR pressure to get Sony to give up one of their major advantages in earning a large player base this gen. I can see it happening now. As long as MS have given up the requirement for cross play games to run through Live of course.
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  • Avatar for riderkicker #2 riderkicker 4 months ago
    I can't even hear my allies. And one very useful one was helping me build, when he/she wasn't using emotes.
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  • Avatar for VotesForCows #3 VotesForCows 4 months ago
    Tried it this morning. Its... ok. Shooting feels a bit weird, movement is floaty, building is very basic. But its fun I guess. Will see if my kid likes it later.
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  • Avatar for SpoonyBardOL #4 SpoonyBardOL 4 months ago
    Are there any decent getting started guides for Fortnite? Particularly the Switch version?

    I gave the game a shot for the first time when it came out on Switch and I spent my first 50v50 match just trying to figure out the controls. The game is begging for a simple single-player arena for a player to mess around in private and get used to how everything works (unless there is such a thing and I just can't find it).

    Suffice to say I haven't come close to victory yet, but I'm intrigued enough to keep trying. But I get the feeling there are still some basics, or even some tricks of the trade, that I'm missing out on.

    Also, regarding the Switch version, it's absolutely begging for gyroscopic controls. Is there a way to enable them somewhere on the settings menu, or is it not possible right now? If it's not there, hopefully it's a feature Epic can add later.Edited June 2018 by SpoonyBardOL
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  • Avatar for jeffk #5 jeffk 4 months ago
    @SpoonyBardOL I was in the same position as you yesterday—honestly didn't know what to do in the game (and building is still something I need to work on). The most helpful thing for me has been to just keep watching after I die and see what other players do. I just finished second in a battle royale this morning, so the learning curve isn't super steep.

    That said, if someone knows a good beginner's guide, I'd love to see it too.
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