For many, it took a tweet from Chance the Rapper to realize Epic Games’ mega-popular free-to-play battle royale Fortnite would be a great fit for the Nintendo Switch. Then at the end of May, a leaked image started floating around showing the game as part of a list of titles with the Nintendo Switch logo that would potentially be announced at E3. Turns out it was all true.
Many players like myself were excited to be able to play Fortnite on the go. Personally, I found the change-up from keyboard and mouse controls to the use of joy-con a bit jarring. Perhaps an Xbox or PlayStation 4 controller work better but I can’t help but feel that the precision of analog sticks and a mouse will forever be at different levels. Nevertheless, practice should make perfect as the game is absolutely fun and playing in bed just can’t be beat. After 1 day, the Switch port hit an incredible yet foreseeable milestone.
Thanks to all the #Fortnite fans who’ve already helped build up over 2 million downloads on #NintendoSwitch! Still haven’t jumped into the Battle Royale? Download it today for free on Nintendo #eShop! https://t.co/4xKVx2J2mL pic.twitter.com/brunlnnP7N
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) June 13, 2018
Though many were having fun with the latest iteration of Fortnite, some ran into a peculiar login issue that had to do with anyone who played Fortnite on PlayStation 4..
Hearing really good things about Fortnite on Nintendo Switch – Can’t wait to give it a go when I’m home! 🎮👍🏻
Sucks you can’t link an Epic Games account that’s tied to PS4, with a Switch account though… What’s up @PlayStation ? 😕
— Ali-A (@OMGitsAliA) June 13, 2018
As mxdwn has previously reported, crossplay between Microsoft and Sony’s consoles has been a bit of an awkward problem. Last year, a glitch within the game showed that crossplay was an essentially easy task. Epic Games has stated that it will eventually be necessary for the politics behind crossplay between the two platforms to be settled. Could this be the final straw? Unfortunately, Sony has yet to comment and popular gaming figureheads such as Greg Miller have weighed in on the matter:
.@PlayStation, fix this.
Not allowing me to sign-in to Fortnite Switch with my Epic account because it’s linked to PS4 is tone deaf and points more to fear than market dominance.
It does the opposite of what you want — it makes me think about moving to Xbox for Fortnite. pic.twitter.com/D9xqv9aWdF
— Greg Miller (@GameOverGreggy) June 12, 2018
As mentioned earlier, Fortnite for Nintendo Switch is a free download available on the Nintendo e-shop now. Also, as of today, voice chat will be available through use of the headphone jack, a happy change from Nintendo’s previous voice chat functionality.
Nintendo: To use voice chat for Switch games you must download an app and use this crazy dongle with 3 wires.
Fortnite: Hmm, how about we just plug the headset into the Switch headphone jack like every other console?
Nintendo: That’s genius! We never thought of that!
— MhunterCHUMP (@MhunterCHUMP) June 12, 2018