Nintendo Switch Review March 2017

The Nintendo Switch

In a world of next generation consoles and very realistic graphics, the Nintendo Switch is a console that tries to do something different. It focuses on innovation and it manages to bring in front the value and success that you always wanted. At its core, the idea is rather simple. Nintendo Switch manages to seamlessly create a handheld console that has a 3D display, but at the same time you also get to use this console with a stand and turn it into a fully-fledged gaming unit for your PC.

There are lots of promises to be had here, and that alone makes the Nintendo Switch so rewarding, to begin with. Nintendo Switch is already out, and it costs $300 or your regional equivalent. It has a very distinct design and lots of accessories.

Package

Included in the Nintendo Switch, you can find an USB type C cable as well as the console, two detachable controllers as well as tool that helps you combine these controllers into a single gamepad. You also receive the Nintendo Switch stand as well as an HDMI cable.

So, with this console, you get just about all you need to start playing your favorite games as fast as possible. That’s what makes the console stand out, the fact that it’s a delightful and new experience for all audiences.

Handheld mode

Just as you can imagine, the 7” screen offered by the console means that this is one of the larger handhelds out there. However, once you start using the Nintendo Switch, you will find that the unit is rather comfortable and very easy to use. They did a magnificent job at bringing in front value and quality, which is what you want to have with such a unit. The Switch has between 2.5 and 6 hours of battery life when gaming so it can be a viable option for daily commuters, especially with an office to charge before the commute home.

The upper side of the unit has a cartridge slot, a headphone hack, a power button and a volume rocker. On the bottom of the Nintendo Switch you don’t have that much stuff, in fact, you have just the kickstand and the SD slot.

Speaking of that, the SD slot is needed, because the unit shares only 32 GB and some of that is already required by the OS. Thankfully, you can use a micro SD card which is not that expensive. Nintendo is said to launch some special SD cards for the Switch, but let’s face it, you can easily use any SD card without a problem. The Joy-Cons are a delight to use, and the console does an excellent job in its handheld mode. You wouldn’t expect it to be so easy to maneuver, but it is, and it does bring in front a stellar experience when you handle it, which is exactly what you want to have from such a unit.

Console mode

The great thing about the Nintendo Switch is that you can also use it as a regular console. While the console is in this mode, you will not have to worry about dropping it, which is nice. I liked the fact that the switching/docking process is seamless. It shines, and it manages to bring in front a resounding value for sure. Plus, you can do this in the middle of the game, something that pays off quite a bit.

Sometimes, you might feel that detaching the Joy-Cons can be a bit fiddly, but overall the idea of using this console and the performance you get from it is very good. Nintendo did a very nice job at providing you with a resounding attention to detail and the experience as a whole is a nice, distinct one. I like the approach they went with, the connectivity options that include HDMI, USB type C, and USB type A. All of these make the game experience seamless, and you can easily connect your device to any newer TV.

Tabletop mode

The Nintendo Switch does have a kickstand, so you receive a tabletop mode here as well. It’s a very interesting option and one that will impress you with the experience and value that you can get. It’s certainly a fascinating way to use the console, most of the time this can come in handy if you want to watch any video. Otherwise you may go for the other modes.

Installation and performance

The setup process is easy and inserting the cartridges is very simple. You will be quite impressed with how easy to use the entire process is, so Nintendo did an extremely good job at bringing you the value you expect from such a product. It’s safe to say that the performance is consistent, especially during the console mode. I did find a bit of fiddling during the tablet mode gameplay, but then again this is not disturbing. Plus, you can expect this during intense fights or anything similar that requires a lot of processing power!

Networking

The Nintendo Switch networking system is sound and connectivity works pretty well. The downside here is that the online service just has a limited functionality here and the online multiplayer is not available at this time. It’s expected to come this fall, though, with a great dedicated service attached to it. However, currently the Switch does allow up to eight consoles to connect wirelessly to create a LAN network for local multiplayer.

Graphics and the battery life

You can expect the graphics to be similar to the Wii U. Considering that the Nintendo Switch is a handheld/console hybrid, this is amazing, and it just shows the amazing value that you can obtain from such a unit. While the graphics are at around 720p or 900p, you still get pretty good visuals, and that’s what matters the most. The battery life in handheld mode will last you for around 6 hours or less, depending on what you play or how graphically intensive the game is. While the game library isn’t there currently for the Nintendo Switch to out do the 3DS yet, it will eventually become the best option for portable gaming.

Games at launch


The Nintendo Switch does come with a very limited selection of games at launch in March 2017. However, they do have plans on increasing their catalogue with new renditions of a number of Nintendo classics. However, just because there aren’t many games at launch, Nintendo does include a new rendition of  The Legend of Zelda. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild provides a new exciting adventure for you to explore, and for the first time ever Zelda will be a completely free world game, moving away from the restricted worlds of previous games. Check out our Review of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.  The complete list of launch games below:

  • Just Dance 2017
  • Human Resource Machine
  • I Am Setsun
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Little Inferno
  • Shovel Knight
  • Skylanders: Imaginators
  • Snipperclips
  • Super Bomberman R
  • World of Goo
  • 1-2-Switch
  • Fast RMX

Conclusion

The Nintendo Switch is a delightful, unique console with plenty of interesting features. It’s designed to bring you a resounding value for your money, and at roughly $300, you do get a lot of value for your money. The only notable issue with the console is the memory, with only 32 GB of space it leaves little room for stored media. Which can be tricky to manage if you have Nintendo’s online subscription service because it includes free game downloads every month. Also is it a good idea to get accessories for it? Well, accessories can be very expensive, but the console is certainly worth your time and money. Check it out, and you will be impressed with it!

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Justin
 

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