Hi everyone, so that's my very first topic on the actual forum of Gonintendo so that's already something worth mentioning, for me at least ^^
As the title says I was there at the press event with my association Nor'Geek. We are based in France so we went to the Paris event. Here are random thoughts. I'm not planning on doing this in a super organized way, so I'd rather just comment on a couple stuff and see if people actually want to talk about it. I'd love to share impressions or answer questions if some are interested.
First, the hardware itself. The console is actually smaller than I thought it was. It's not a bad thing of course, it's just that it is more compact than it first seemed in trailers in my opinion. That also means very portable and easy to handle. It does not feel too big in your hands as some people complained about when the gamepad came out for example. The screen is pretty cool, backlighting works fine and you can look at it from pretty much any angle, it looks fine. The console is not too heavy but it still has a nice weight to it, same goes for the joycons. they do not feel like cheap pieces of plastic, you can actually feel that you have something in your hands and I think we'll all agree that it's a good thing.
The different types of controllers all seemed fine to me. The Pro controller in particular is pretty awesome. It's a nice continuation of the Wii U Pro with asymetrical analogs this time. The one thing that I love the most about the Pro is that it doesn't have a "main" position. The dualshock always felt like they had a "main" position for your hands, where your fingers naturally fall in place respectively on the d-pad and the buttons. On the other hand the analogs on that controller always felt like they were in secondary position, and that's something I really didn't like too much about it even though you get used to it. The Switch Pro controller however doesn't really have a "main" position. You can either play with the dpad or the stick and it still feels very natural.
The joycons attached to the grip were the big surprise for me. Simply put, they feel great and I can easily imagine myself playing for hours with them. The one thing that could be a problem is the secondary stick that could get in the way of actually reaching the buttons. I imagine that could ba a problem for some but personally, I thought it was great.
The analog sticks on the joycons are very small though. I think they will be fine with most games, but I don't think you could comfortably play an fps with them for example. They were fine for Zelda though and pretty much all the games I've played that made use of them.
Well that's already a couple points explained. I'd love to share impressions on software as well but I wanted to start the discussion with hardware since these are probably the first questions that could pop in people's heads. So software will wait a little ^^