Starting with the TV mode, playing it with a friend using a JoyCon each work when you have the Switch docked into the TV but it is not the easiest way to play but it the most genius in how it has to work around the limited number of buttons. You can hit the control stick and a button to bring up a special console shortcut wheel.
You’d be much better off using the Pro Controller as it fits really well when you have more than one player in a local game. Furthermore, you can also bring together more devices that can play in local proximity to each other by bringing additional consoles without the need for an internet connection. You can of course still play online as well but when you are on the go, signal issues create a frustrating experience that is not only a problem for Diablo.
Still, in the end, the best way to play it on your own in the handheld mode as this is where the game shines and with the full set of expansions that includes Adventure Mode and Nephalim Rifts, there is plenty to keep you going for a very, very long time. There’s something about being able to play on the Sofa, in-bed or even on the toilet which makes the game great to pick up and put down whenever you like.
Controller scheme also works really well in handheld mode with keys being mapped to the most useful actions you’d expect for Diablo, I also really liked the fact the game was able to easily equip the best weapons on pick up or you can “quick-equip” recently looted items by pressing up on the JoyCon’s directional buttons that also worked not only for weapons and armour but also newly acquired skills.
These minor tweaks make the game a hell of a lot more accessible on the smaller screen and set up. Of course no matter the set up it’s shy of the accuracy of the keyboard and mouse but for a console port, it’s a decent one.
Added to the fact that it also plays great on the TV means when you want that bit more screen space as some things are a little small on the handheld version you can just pop it into your dock and grab your Pro controller and go to town building up your characters and trekking through dungeons.
Playing both on your own or in co-op the game still looks fantastic after many years and on the Switch’s hardware. Battles are a chaotic mess of colours and animations that will bring you right back into the mix. Although smaller, the game is still nice and easy to grasp what is happening when the action starts in 720p when using it handheld or 920p when playing it on your TV.