The Nintendo Switch Is Perfect For Classic Gaming

The Nintendo Switch is the perfect classic gaming machine.

It’s been 18 months since the release of the Nintendo Switch, and it must still be a hot item given that it still costs $300. Only this time, you get the Neon Red and Neon Blue controllers. You also get a free download of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which is almost too much fun and has a score of 100 when it comes to video game addiction.

Anyhow, I’ve purchased the Nintendo Switch once and have returned it. I thought I would give the Switch another try, and I like it a lot better now that there’s a lot more content. What I was really looking forward to was playing classic video games such as Super Mario Brothers, Donkey Kong, and Pac-Man. Needless to say, I haven’t been able to put this thing down.

The first thing I did after setting up the Switch was download the arcade version of Donkey Kong, which looks dated (of course), but nearly perfect. Here is a video I took:

Click to play in YouTube.

Then, I went to Nintendo Switch Online and started downloading some classic Nintendo Entertainment System games from the late 1980s and was brought back in a time machine when I started playing Super Mario Brothers. For those not old enough, this game, more than any other, was responsible for college kids getting kicked out of school for having a low GPA in the late 1980s.

Can you play classic games on a PC or Mac? Sure, but game play always feels clunky since whatever controllers (or keyboard) you use aren’t completely compatible. This isn’t the case with the Switch; the controllers work perfectly. And speaking of the iPad, you won’t find many classic games, including Donkey Kong.

The iPad Pro may be great for a lot of things, but it's not a classic gaming device.

After I get my fix with all my current games, I am going to buy (downloading costs way more than the physical copy) the Namco Museum Arcade Pac, which includes such classic Namco games such as as Pac-Man, Dig Dug, Galaga, and Rolling Thunder. Of course, Pac-Man is available on everything.

I would love for a company to release such arcade classics as Donkey Kong Jr., Zaxxon, Turbo, and even Mr. Do!, a game I loved that wasn’t a blockbuster. There is a huge market for classing gaming, and most video game companies haven’t really tapped into it. That will hopefully change soon.

About Daryl

Daryl Deino has been a technology enthusiast since 1995 and has written for several newspapers and technology sites. Please reach him at [email protected]
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