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At long last, the new Nintendo console has arrived; the console that’s set to redeem the brand from the embarrassment that was the Wii U. Apologies if you’re a Wii U fan, but for now I’m going to pretend that we went straight from the Wii to the Switch, I’m happier that way! Anyway, in a nutshell, the Nintendo Switch is pretty revolutionary, daring to try something different, and it’s a risk that’s definitely paid off. And while it’s not quite the ‘perfect’ console, it is a massive upgrade from the Wii U (it wasn’t difficult!)

 

Breaking Boundaries

So just what is it about the Nintendo Switch that’s so groundbreaking? Well, as the name suggests, you can ‘switch’ this compact little console to create your ideal gaming environment. Gaming on the big screen? Sure. A quick tabletop two-player? Sounds good. A bit of Rainbow Road on the train? It’s no trouble for the Switch. You see, the Nintendo Switch is designed to be as much of a portable console as it is a static gaming platform, with the inclusion of a 6.2 inch tablet to turn the console into mobile fun.

The tablet itself is nice, great for solo gaming but perhaps a little on the small side for a multiplayer tournament, especially if we’re talking about something frantic like Mario Kart. The tablet is designed to be played anywhere, anytime… just not in direct sunlight it seems. On the plus side, responsiveness is top notch, and definitely gives the old handheld device from the Wii U set up a run for its money.

 

3-in-1 Gaming

TV, tabletop, or handheld: these are your 3 options for playing with the Nintendo Switch. The Joy-Con controllers, which can be slotted into ― or out of ― the Joy-Con Grip as necessary for whatever mode of play you feel like at the time, are remarkably comfortable to hold in your hands, although you’ll need some super human strength to play in handheld mode for any length of time… that thing gets heavy.

On the whole, graphics are decent, and certainly head and shoulders ahead of the now retro Nintendo Wii, but they’re unable to compete with the new wave of 4K consoles like the PS4 Pro or the XBox One X. But at the same time, these consoles can’t compete with the Nintendo Switch in terms of portability, so the value of the Nintendo Switch really depends on what you’re looking for from a new gaming console.

 

Game Library

Switch games, as you can probably imagine, are a little more costly than Wii games, and the library (at the time of writing) is still pretty dire. Don’t get me wrong, it’s much better than the handful of games available at launch, but the library is still embarrassingly small compared to older consoles. Perhaps something to do with reports that Nintendo have been a little inflexible with their content system? Who knows. What we do know, however, is that all your favourites ARE available, including Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the Legend of Zelda series, Splatoon, Super Mario Odyssey, and a few more cool titles. Of course, no games are included in the standard pack, so you’ll need something to get started with.

 

Design

Design can’t be faulted. This thing is sexy! It’s sleek, sophisticated, stylish, and if you’ve been gaming on an old Wii all this time you’ll be pleased to know that it’s also silent! This is definitely not a console that’s designed to live out its days hidden away underneath your TV, oh no. This is a console that’s designed to be showed off. It’s a console that you’re not going to mind being seen with when you’re out in public.

 

A Long Commute? Good Luck…

Remember all the palava around the battery life of the Wii U handheld? It was so bad that Nintendo themselves even owned up to having created a pretty poor piece of kit, and started selling better battery packs for the device to appease frustrated consumers. You don’t remember? Neither do Nintendo, apparently! Once again, battery life is a major issue with the portable tablet, struggling to make it to 3 hours with demanding games like Zelda. If you’ve got a long commute, I’d suggest taking a book.

 

Final Thoughts

As a versatile console able to effortlessly switch between big screen gaming and mobile entertainment, the Nintendo Switch cannot be beaten. While it lacks the battery life to take it to the next level, and while it can’t compete with the graphics of its 4K competitors, it does have its own unique advantages that are well worth taking advantage of. Overall, a nice upgrade and improvement to previous models.

What’s in the Box

  • Nintendo Switch Console
  • Joy-Con (left) and Joy-Con (right) Controllers
  • Joy-Con Grip
  • Pair of Joy-Con Wrist Straps
  • Switch Dock for Holding Main Console and Connects to TV
  • HDMI Cable
  • AC Adapter

Nintendo Switch
Games87%
Graphics69%
Design94%
Noise51%
75%Overall Score
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