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- Nintendo Switch console, Nintendo Switch dock, Joy-Con (L) and Joy-Con (R), and Two Joy-Con strap accessories
- One Joy-Con grip, HDMI cable, and Nintendo Switch AC adapter
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Introducing Nintendo Switch, the new home video game system from Nintendo. In addition to providing single and multiplayer thrills at home, the Nintendo Switch system can be taken on the go so players can enjoy a full home console experience anytime, anywhere. The mobility of a handheld is now added to the power of a home gaming system, with unprecedented new play styles brought to life by the two new Joy-Con controllers.
Home Gaming System
At home the main unit rests in the Nintendo Switch dock, which connects the system to the TV and lets you play with family and friends in the comfort of your living room.
Lift Nintendo Switch from the dock and instantly transition to handheld mode for on-the-go gaming. By sharing Joy-Con, players can go head-to-head while away from home. You can also enjoy the same great games in tabletop mode by using the included stand to prop the system up.
New Play Styles
Remove the detachable Joy-Con from either side of Nintendo Switch for more play styles:
- One player can use a Joy-Con in each hand
- Two players can each take one
- Multiple Joy-Con can be employed by numerous people for a variety of gameplay options (additional Joy-Con sold separately)
- Slip a set of Joy-Con into a Joy-Con grip accessory, mirroring a more traditional controller. Or, select an optional Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.
Bring together up to 8 Nintendo Switch systems for local face-to-face multiplayer.
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1) the screen has never gotten a scratch after hundreds of hours of use. Even with some fairly casual handling a couple of drops. Not a scratch. Maybe I’m lucky, but IMO, the plastic seems sufficiently durable.
2) The joy-con connectivity problem is well-sorted at this point.
3) Online play is cheap enough to not be a bother ($20/year) and I can’t make judgments until it goes live.
4) I don’t know if I’d call this console “cheap” anymore. For its price point, it is extremely sturdy and well-made.
5) The library is growing fast, with great content. A good library is an important point for a console.
6) Most importantly: It is my all-time favorite gaming system. I’m a Nintendo fan, for sure, but I’ve been primarily a PC gamer for the past few years. I hardly play PC games much right now.
First of all, the system itself has a pretty good design to it, and I think Nintendo made some great decisions with it. The system basically looks like your regular, everyday tablet, and unlike the Wii and Wii U, they did not add any glossy plastic to it, so in my opinion, it sure does look better. The screen is also a real beauty when playing in portable mode, which is my way to play, and that's despite the fact that it's a 720p screen, which should help with expectations since the system is running a mobile processor. Now, unlike what would've been the competitor the PlayStation Vita, the Nintendo Switch uses the most standard mediums you could think of, and those things are USB Type-C and Micro SD cards. In fact, you may even have these two thing already. While USB Type-C isn't exactly growing on trees, these cables are getting closer and closer to becoming the standard, and Micro SD cards are relatively cheap, which is good since the internal storage is only 32 GBs. Luckily, the games don't require installation unlike the PS4 and Xbox One, because the games come in cartridges. While I do like these cartridge for this reason, they do have one issue, other than the small size, and that's that they don't have that much storage, up to 32 GBs, and are likely more expensive than disks. I bring this up, because a few games will require a separate download, such as NBA 2K18, WWE 2K18, L.A. Noire, and DOOM 2016 if you want multiplayer. These games will include a notice saying that it's required, except for DOOM that has the whole singleplayer on the cart itself, but hopefully those 2 TB micro SD cards will come soon. The Switch also has a flimsy kickstand, and sometimes, it doesn't like to stay closed. Still though, I think the Switch itself is well designed.
The dock is also a great addition. What the dock does is that when you put the Switch in it, you can then play your games on a TV, in which the Switch itself will upscale the game to a higher resolution since it's plugged into a power source other than the battery. It also has three USB ports, one of which being USB 3.0, and the back closes up for better cable management. I would say to get a screen protector, preferably glass, since the dock may scratch your Switch screen.
The controller(s), a.k.a. the Joy-Cons, also provides some versatility to the system. They slide into place on the sides of the Switch, but with the features included, there are many ways to play. First is the basic console layout, which can be played apart or with the include "Comfort Grip." These thing can be quite comfortable, especially when on the Switch or apart, but the Comfort Grip, while decent, can feel quite small due to the fact the stick is not angled like other systems. The Joy-Cons can also be a quick and easy way to play two player games such as Rayman Legends and Snipperclips, which actually works well with it's sudo-SNES layout. The Joy-Cons also include motion control. While I haven't played games that take advantage of this feature completely, such as Arms and 1-2-Switch, they can still be used for games like Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild and Splatoon 2, and it works well. The system also has a Pro controller option, but it's a good $10 more than rival controllers. If you plan to play the Switch in console mode more than portable, though, it may not be a bad idea to get one, or maybe an alternative like J&Top's controller or 8Bitdo's SNES 30 Pro when it comes out if your strapped for cash or cheap.
Lastly, let's look at the most important thing for a system, and that's the games, and man, Nintendo knocked it out of the park this time around, and we're not even done with it's first year yet (at least when this review was posted anyway). The Switch is not only a great system for indie games, which there is a lot of, but there are also great games released such as Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild, Sonic Mania, Splatoon 2, etc., and there are still games coming out such as DOOM, not the original but the 2016 version, L.A. Noire, Wolfenstien 2, and Xenoblade Chronicles 2. The main problem would be that the selection will just drain your wallet dry, there's just so much available out right now. They also barely have any drawbacks compared to other systems. For example, games like DOOM and Sonic Forces run at 30 FPS, while other's just have lower resolutions. The only completely gimped games I think of are FIFA, which is specifically made for Switch but keeps out a few modes in other versions, and even though some people say NBA 2K18 is a decent port, I will still consider it gimped since the online only MyCareer mode just makes the Switch version pointless. Just remember that this is basically a decently powerful tablet, so expectations should be in check, but I think the portability does give you a reason to buy the Switch version to a game.
For as long as I had my Switch, since late June, I have had a great time with my Switch. Not only does it have great games within it's first year, but it's a very versatile system, and the portability factor is not only the icing on the cake, but the whole cake. The system is great for fans of Nintendo and people who live busy lives and don't have time to play games.
I didn't really know much about it, so I wasn't really looking forward to spending $300 for it. We looked it up and learned that it's basically a giant upgrade to his 3DS, which made it more worth it to me because he *loves* his 3DS. He recently got the Wii U and when we were looking at games for the Nintendo Switch he was commenting on the newer games and upgrades and which ones were going to be the best one. He ranked them all in order of which he wants first so we started with Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (http://amzn.to/2hdXjgb), then Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (http://amzn.to/2uOsrpP), then Splatoon 2 (http://amzn.to/2v9kgXM) and he loves them all. He is really looking forward to Pokken Tournament Dx (http://amzn.to/2v92vHO) coming out in September and wants to get 1-2 Switch (http://amzn.to/2hdXRCL).
In this video, he tells you all his favorite things about it, which mainly comes down to graphics and user interface. The battery lasts him about 2 days and he plays it regularly. He loves that you can create multiple user profiles so if someone wants to play his game they won't delete 'his' game but can create one on their profile on his Switch. It does only have 32gb but can upgrade it with a higher GB Mirco SD card (http://amzn.to/2he7Fg6), which makes me happy.
In the video, he calls the controller the Xbox 360 controller only because when he first opened it up he said it was almost just like that controller and he plays that system often so he was used to it already. You can play this system in a number of ways with multiple people. I love how universal it is. I think it was totally worth the money because of how much he will use it. If your kid (or you) is already a lover of 3DS then this is a no brainer purchase. Now that I understand more of what it is, I'd recommend it if someone was thinking about purchasing this for their kid. Personally, I'm not a gamer so it doesn't phase me but I cannot wait till they come out with Donkey Kong (there are rumors but nothing has been confirmed). When they come out with that, I may get one for myself.
Nintendo is also offering access to their web service for free until 2018 and then it is only $20 a year which is the cheapest I've yet to see it this low (comparing it to Xbox and PS4). Overall, we are all really happy with this purchase. I got it when Amazon lowered their price back to the ((normal)) of $299.00 I would ((not)) pay more than that. The games are between $50-$60 now and you can pre-order some on Prime and get them 20% off. So watch Amazon's prices and wait for them to lower. I joined CamelCamelCamel and got an email alert as soon as it went down. So worth it.