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By Alex "Scorpidvenom" Adriaens on March 9, 2017

The time has finally come; the Nintendo Switch has been launched! The moment every Nintendo fan was waiting so desperately for, is now here. Okay, so what have we got here? A brand new Nintendo console with less power than the Xbox One or PS4 but which still has a few tricks up its sleeve that will still convince us to take a look at this brand new Nintendo console.

At first sight the Nintendo Switch has a smooth design with a nice clean minimalistic menu. Well at least that is the case right now. What people have bought right now is a console that has only a few options. So it might be a risk buying the Switch while not everything is clear about it yet. So buy at your own risk.

My first game trial! The cassettes of the switch are really small. It`s weird to think about a game like Zelda Breath of the Wild fitting on a cassette so small. Welcome the future! So, ready for the first test. Does the cassette really smell and taste weird? Yes it does! Jikes that`s nasty! Better not try that at home. They made it taste/smell this way to keep babies from putting any of the Switch hardware in their mouths. Well, that might actually work if you ask me...

At first glance, Zelda: Breath of the Wild picks up really easy. Even if you haven`t played any Zelda games before, you can jump right in. Having said that; Breath of the Wild is definitely not an easy game. It`s quite challenging at times, and you might have to use your puzzle brain for this game on multiple occasions. It tells us the story of Link; a brave young warrior. Together with Zelda, he will have to defeat the Calamity Ganon. A real dark and evil force that Link has to banish from the realm of Hyrule so Zelda, Link and all other friendly characters can live in peace once more. They kind of failed the first time and Zelda is fighting Ganon in Castle Hyrule and keeping him occupied over there, giving Link the chance to help restore the rest of the world. Sounds complicated? It`s not really that hard of a story. Just play the game and be amazed by its fantasy setting and world.

Does ridding Hyrule of evil sound like a heavy duty objective? Yeah it does! There are 100 of puzzle-filled temples that you have to complete in order to grow stronger. You can take over multiple Towers which you can climb to get a better view of the world around you. You can kill, hunt, gather, cook, swim and brew potions. In short: there are a lot of thing to do in this truly beautiful game.

During my time in Breath of the Wild, I came to the inevitable conclusion that this game another fine example of a Nintendo classic with amazing gameplay and visuals that will keep a smile on your face the entire time you play. The switch feels like a great balanced system that has more and more potential every time you play with it. Zelda belongs on the Switch and as I'm writing this review, I already find myself wanting to go back to playing the game and discover all the secrets it has to offer. There's just so much to see and do!

So, to conclude: the Nintendo Switch is finally here. At the moment, people are complaining a bit about the hardware getting scratched by the switch dock, controllers not syncing the right way so connection is lost during gameplay and loads of other problems. I must say that, personally, I haven`t experienced any hardware or software issues whatsoever. I sure hope that, for everyone having these issues, these problems will get fixed and everyone can enjoy their new console. I'm sure that it will bring us a lot of fun for 2017 and years to come. Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a big, awesome looking game with a lot of content that will easily fill the gap until other big titles make their way to the Switch. The coming update will add more features to this brand new console.

I would sure love to rewrite this review after a few more weeks of playing, so more information is available about the Switch and its upcoming games. For now: Enjoy Zelda and share you adventures with us!

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March 3, 2017