The greatness of the Steam Deck makes it difficult to return to the Switch

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Recently, I have been playing Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope on Nintendo Switch. the original Mario + Rabbids It was one of my favorite Switch games. So far, this new entry is even better, adding even more chaos and depth to the previous game’s already impressive tactical action. But after owning the Steam Deck for a few months, returning to the Switch has been difficult, especially since more and more new games run poorly on Nintendo’s older hardware.

Since its launch in 2017, the Nintendo Switch has become one of the most successful consoles in history. In August, Nintendo announced It has sold over 111 million Switch consoleswhich puts it comfortably in the top five Best seller of all timeBehind PS4 from Sony. while, vapor surface in the valve It doesn’t sell nearly as well, but the newer laptop is making a splash among gamers because it allows gamers to take advantage of the most Their large Steam library With them on road trips and extended bathroom breaks. It also looks like a Switch Pro we still haven’t received yet, letting me play 60fps games on my couch with ease. Meanwhile, the Switch is struggling to power new games like Bayonetta 3. As such, I find it difficult to return to a Nintendo console in 2022.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m back, though not as often as before, because of Nintendo exclusives. games like Luigi’s Mansion 3Rabbids + Mario And the Kirby and the Forgotten Land It all brings me back to the Switch because there is no way to play these games anywhere else. (Well, there is, but Nintendo doesn’t like people talking about it…)

And I usually wouldn’t mind going back to the Switch (or previous Nintendo consoles) to play their impressive lineup of exclusives; Nintendo’s own games usually run great on their own hardware, even when other developers struggled. Unfortunately lately, even Nintendo exclusives seem to be having issues with older Switch hardware. Bayonetta 3 It works like crapAnd even my beloved Rapids + Mario The sequel screams during certain sequences.

(at recent days Scarlet Pokemon And the Violet We are Disreputable It is set Also, though this is understood to be due more to poor optimization than older Switch hardware.)

In years past, I could usually forgive some performance hiccups, as the Switch would allow me to play new games on a fully portable console. How cool was that? (So ​​cool!) But now in 2022 I have a Steam Deck and it offers the same portability but with much better performance. Recently, I have been playing Alan Wake on deck and runs great at 60fps with a few minor tweaks. while, Alan Wake on the switch…well, this is not a smooth experience, and not by half. And just like the Switch, I can connect my desktop to my TV or monitor and play all my favorite games on a big screen. But unlike the Switch, many of these games support keyboard, mouse, multiple gamepads, mods, and cross-progression with other consoles. Valve’s nifty mini PC makes the Switch feel more and more outdated.

Of course, a more expensive piece of hardware introduced this year will beat Nintendo’s legacy tablet/console from 2017. But even if it’s not fair to compare it, it’s impossible not to. And today, all I can think about when playing Switch is how beautiful all these great games would be on a more powerful device like the Steam Deck. Switch 2 or Switch Pro Or whatever Nintendo calls its follow-up console, it can’t come soon enough. Besides, I really hope it supports the entire existing Switch library, and performs better than the current Switch. If not, well, Steam Deck will continue to win more and more of my game time. It’s just a better experience now.

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