What it is to play Fortnite on Switch



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‘Fortnite’ is fast becoming a cultural phenomenon and has set a new YouTube record for live games to stream. The multiplayer shooter game, which allows players to navigate a vast landscape, has racked up a huge following.

Immediately after Nintendo’s E3 press conference, I went to the Switch to the eShop to download Fortnite, so I could play on my desk. After an initial hiccup, I found the game runs well, but it is a bit of a combination of the mobile phone and console versions.

My first problem was trying to log in. Sure, getting into my Nintendo account is simple enough, but my Epic Games account was a different story. It is connected to my PlayStation 4, and Sony is not kind of cross-play. Unfortunately, I had to make a whole new account.

As soon as I in the past that, though, Fortnite on the Switch is usually smooth sailing. There were a few matchmaking issues when I started, but I attribute that to a strong increase of the popularity.


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When I was in my first solo contest, my first impression was that the game looks more like the mobile version on the Switch than on the consoles. But I don’t think most people care — Fortnite is not all about graphics. It plays more like a standard console game. (It doesn’t open doors for you automatically, for example.)

The controls are well marked and similar to the PS4 and Xbox, so it’s not hard to get used to the combat and crafting. I found that I have a more accurate shot with the game the assault rifle on the DualShock 4 to the control sticks than the Switch of the Joy-and Disadvantages, but it is a better experience than playing on my iPhone.

Save the World mode, there is not, but I played Solo and 50 vs 50, with options for duos, Teams, and Sniper Shootout.

Fortnite for Switch still has a number of codes in the menus and in the upper left corner of the game — a little bit of jankiness players expect and love anyway. But one thing is clear: the Switch is equal to consoles when it comes to playing Fortnite, just not to look at its best. But if you already play on your phone, and you want to upgrade the Switch is a superior mobile option.

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