The Good, The Bad, The Switch

The Good, The Bad, The Switch

It’s been one year and two months since the Switch’s release and I can say, I still don’t regret my purchase of the Wii U. I’ve been working since 2006; using my money to buy my consoles. Meaning, no more waiting until systems are dirt cheap to purchase them for birthdays or Christmas. Then risk receiving them second hand and slightly broken.

MY DS
Nintendo DS Lite, The first console I purchased, broke and snapped right in half. That’s okay, my PS2 took all my attention anyway. Eventually, I got a Wii, and a GameCube, and an Xbox but, these are old systems. My next newest system happened to be the 3DS; day one buy. Yes, I dropped $250 on a handheld that barely had any launch titles and three months later dropped in price. Sound familiar? That was okay too because again, my PS2 was my go to console.

By the time I acquired my brother’s Xbox 360, the Wii U surfaced. And I decided, these systems aren’t enough. I need that Wii U.

The Wii U transitioned into the Switch
The Switch is what the Wii U aimed to be; I loved the dual screen. Being able to play off the TV was great because I shared a room. The first titles are amazing. My favorite is Bayonetta. A game that I wasn’t going to pick up until I saw a post ranting about it being a Nintendo exclusive. The console itself failed, in marketing, in execution. What’s the point of having all these great games if no one has the console to play them?

That’s where the Nintendo Switch comes in, despite its subpar launch, buying it day one was a no-brainer for me. I’m a huge Nintendo fan and a brand spanking new Zelda was all I needed to hear. Yes, Breath of the Wild was on the Wii U but, why wait when you can have it on the go? This is a plus for me because I moved far away from my job with no car. You can imagine how the Switch is the perfection solution to combat my three hour trip on public transportation.

Now a year later, it boasts an impressive library. Games making it a worthy buy, including a lot of those amazing games that were once on the Wii U.

Storage
Some of the complaints circulating were because of the lack of storage space. To rectify this situation, I recently picked up a 200GB micro SD card for my console. I highly doubt I’m going to use it, and since Nintendo isn’t the only console that needs memory card updates I feel like this complaint was just lobbed at Nintendo because they’re Nintendo. I mostly buy physical copies of games, but the game which takes yo the most space is Bayonetta 2. The port only gave out the first game in digital. The digital version of Sonic Mania barely made a dent, my Breath of the Wild save file took more space than most of my digital purchases combined. For reference, I was only able to download 5 games on my PS3 before needing some more space. For both my Wii U and Switch, I had at least 10 games before I needed more space.

Accessories
The next complaint is for the price of the accessories. $80 for a pair of new joy cons, which is technically two controllers and $70 for a pro controller. That’s only $10 more than its competitors, but the Switch controller has better battery life and more features. I swear my PS4 controller dies after at most four hours, that’s annoying for when I’m having long game sessions. Now it’s about $30 for the Joy Con charging grip, and I’ll agree that the console should have come with one instead of the plain grip, but I digress, Nintendo not the only company to nickel and dime accessories. And you don’t need the charging grip as the battery on the joy cons last long.

Speaking of Joy cons, I never got new ones, I love playing with them off the console, but the syncing is terrible, I’ve found myself having to resync my controllers a lot recently and for a while, my joy con didn’t sync and I couldn’t play with it off the dock. That’s a problem. Hopefully, the newer joy cons don’t suffer the same fate, but there’s always the Pro controller.

I recently picked up a pro controller. I had a wired Legend of Zelda one, but it was no longer syncing, frustrated I went to GameStop and finally picked up the wireless controller. IT IS SO COMFORTABLE. I never really thought about how controllers fit in your hand but comparing the feel of the Switch wireless to my Wii U wireless and my dual shock controller. It’s just perfect. It’s smooth and soft and it almost makes me want to play Dragonball Xenoverse 2 with it, almost. Sorry folks, I love me some motion controls.

The last complaint and one that I tend to agree with is, it’s lack of apps. There’s still no internet browser. I don’t actually always have my phone near me, plus with its crappy battery life, I often have to save its juice for later. I don’t have a laptop or a tablet and when I’m on the Switch, my significant other is usually on my PC. I shouldn’t have to go to other devices if I need to quickly check something on a website for a game I’m playing. I never realized how much I do that until I couldn’t do it on the Switch. It’s just inconvenient and yes, the Switch is a “gaming console” but why not have it? Why settle for less. They put Hulu on there, it’s clearly capable.

Can we get rid of friend codes?

I’m not actually upset that the virtual console isn’t there yet, I’d rather they fix the way the store looks first because the Eshop is a mess, I liked how the U and the 3DS have in, where games are separated by genre and not just new releases and best sellers. I don’t care what other people buy, I just want to easily get to the action/adventure section without needing a keyword first.

I cannot comment on the online services, the times I jumped online for Mario Kart 8 and Splatoon have been fine. The service is only $20 a year, that’s cool, but that phone app is garbage. Just put it on the Switch and give us wireless headset capabilities since the controllers have no headphone jacks.

Maybe I’m biased being a lifelong Nintendo fan, but if you haven’t picked up the console yet, I highly suggest it. It has great first party titles, it has amazing indie support, and sometimes the third-party games are good, Skyrim and Doom did rather well for being old ports. And you play them all on the GO, best adult console ever. Seriously have you seen the trailers? Mostly adults in them. That’s what we care about right?

Now for the obligatory games, you must own on the Switch list.

-Bayonetta 1& 2

-Breath of the Wild

-Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze

-Doom

-Earthlock

-Fire Emblem Warriors

-Hyrule Warrior

-I am Setsuna

-Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild

-Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

-Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

-Outlast Bundle of Terror & 2

-Pokken Tournament

-Rocket League (cross-platform play)

-Skyrim

-Super Mario Odyssey

 

There, now with that list, plus the plethora of other indie titles and way more first party games to come does that make the $300 still inconceivable? I think not. Go get yourself a Switch, you won’t regret it.

Books made by Black Girl Magic

Books made by Black Girl Magic

Can we just talk about the Black Girl Magic that is thriving in our literature culture right now? Maybe we can hit the video game industry next.

Though we have a long way to go, the industry is slowly changing. Just this year why have a beautiful bundle of books with not only amazing character representation but author representation as well. I’m talking about the beautiful brown authors of 2018.

I first want to talk about Debut authors Dana L Davis and Tomi Adeyemi.

Dana L. Davis, which you may recognize the name, is an actress and voice actress. She’s stared in 10 Things I Hate About You as Chasity Church and Heroes as Monica Dawson. She voices Kelly in Star Vs. the Forces of Evil which plays on Disney XD. I’ve seen a lot of Ms. Davis’ work, but I was reintroduced to her as an author through Youtube, her book is contemporary and though it’s not my first genre of choice, I felt similar to her in feelings of growing up black and after hearing her read a passage from her story, I was intrigued to find out more.  The summary of her debut novel is as such.

Dana Davis. Image source: https://goo.gl/knyHW8

“I’ve got seven days to come clean to my new dad. Seven days to tell the truth…

For sixteen-year-old Tiffany Sly, life hasn’t been safe or normal for a while. Losing her mom to cancer has her a little bit traumatized and now she has to leave her hometown of Chicago to live with the biological dad she’s never known.

Anthony Stone is a rich man with four other daughters—and rules for every second of the day. Tiffany tries to make the best of things, but she doesn’t fit into her new luxurious, but super-strict, home—or get along with her standoffish sister London. The only thing that makes her new life even remotely bearable is the strange boy across the street. Marcus McKinney has had his own experiences with death, and the unexpected friendship that blossoms between them is the only thing that makes her feel grounded.

But Tiffany has a secret. Another man claims he’s Tiffany’s real dad—and she only has seven days before he shows up to demand a paternity test and the truth comes out. With her life about to fall apart all over again, Tiffany finds herself discovering unexpected truths about her father, her mother and herself, and realizing that maybe family is in the bonds you make—and that life means sometimes taking risks”

Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now is available now.

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Then there’s Tomi Adeyemi, and her debut novel Children of Blood and Bone which is not only an NY Times bestseller, but it’s becoming a movie as well. Ms. Adeyemi is a Nigerian American woman and her book is a West African fantasy YA. Fantasy is my number one genre and I’m looking forward to reading her book.

Tomi Adeyemi.
Image source: https://twitter.com/tomi_adeyemi

“Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy”

Children of Blood and Bone is available now.

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https://goo.gl/1VNWKQ

The next two authors aren’t necessarily debuting authors, but the books they released this year are making a big splash and they are Dhonielle Clayton and Justina Ireland.

Dhonielle Clayton had published other books “Meet Cute, The Radical Element, Tiny Pretty Things, and Shiny Broken Pieces” all with other authors. She is the COO of the non-profit “We Need Diverse Book” I don’t need to explain what that is, but I’m so here for it. The book she released this year is called The Belles it is a Dark Fantasy YA that explores what it means to be the belle of the ball…sorry, bad pun.

Dhonielle Clayton.
Image source: https://twitter.com/brownbookworm

“Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.

But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the Favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the Favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the Queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision.

With the future of Orléans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide—save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles—or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.”

The Belles is available for purchase now.

Image source: https://goo.gl/DA9DKi

And lastly and most certainly not the least, Justina Ireland, who is just my favorite person twitter right now. She’s released several books, before the one I just picked up, “Vengeance Bound, Feral Youth, Promise of Shadows, and Three Sides of a Heart” And now this year we have a Historical Zombie YA. Two things that I don’t really care for, but Ms. Ireland sucked me in anyway.

Justina Ireland.
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“Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville—derailing the War Between the States and changing America forever. In this new nation, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Reeducation Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It’s a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations.

But that’s not a life Jane wants. Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston’s School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn’t pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose. But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies. And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.

At once provocative, terrifying, and darkly subversive, Dread Nation is Justina Ireland’s stunning vision of an America both foreign and familiar—a country on the brink, at the explosive crossroads where race, humanity, and survival meet.”

Dread Nation is available now.

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https://goo.gl/SoqdqW

So many great books, so little time, but I know I’m excited about each and every one of them. Here are the links to all those wonderful ladies below, I hope you go and check them out.

Dana L Davis: http://www.danaldavis.com/

Tomi Adeyemi: http://www.tomiadeyemi.com/

Dhonielle Clayton: https://www.dhonielleclayton.com/

Justina Ireland: http://justinaireland.com/home/