Nintendo Switch Review

Feels like we waited forever for Nintendo to bring out a new console. Now finally we have the Switch, it made some great noise when it was announced and some more with some hands-on experiences but now we finally take it through its toll. The Nintendo Switch offers something different,…

The Crit

Value for Money - 64%
Quality - 83%
Look/Feel - 91%
Extra's/Features - 86%

81%

User Rating: 3.8 ( 1 votes)

Feels like we waited forever for Nintendo to bring out a new console. Now finally we have the Switch, it made some great noise when it was announced and some more with some hands-on experiences but now we finally take it through its toll.

The Nintendo Switch offers something different, instead of being a handheld or “stationary” at home console, it is being marketed as a 3 in 1 console. You can play it as a Handheld, Tabletop and “Stationary” or Dock mode. For me the 3 ways to play is amazing, the screen is big enough to see without squinting, the joy-cons work well as any controller and the console is extremely versatile. So it definitely offers something different and is probably the first proper hybrid console out.

The Joy-Cons are great little controllers that are versatile themselves and they are very robust and responsive. There are reports of the R side giving some connectivity or interference issue but luckily, I haven’t had any issues. The Pro controller also works great and offers a more traditional controller as an option, this is an extra accessory that you have to buy though.

What’s in the Box:

  • Nintendo Switch Console
  • Joy-Con (Left & Right)
  • Joy-Con Grip
  • 2x Joy-Con Straps
  • Dock
  • AC Adapter
  • HDMI Cable

You get everything you need in the box to start and there are some cool extras that you can buy already to get more options etc. be wary of 3rd party accessories though as there are reports of them damaging the Joy-Cons or console.

You can see that the console is very bland at the moment on the OS, there is very minimal things to do and looks like there is space for a lot more to come. One of my worries is that people will run out of space quickly. The system only has 64GB internal memory, some of which will be used by the OS and then you can insert a MicroSD card for extra memory. This can be quite expensive if you want to buy bigger storage. Some games might not be as big as on other consoles but still one of my concerns.

Games I played so far

  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • 1,2 Switch
  • I am Setsuna
  • Vroom in the Night Sky
  • New Frontier Days
  • Neogeo King of Fighters
  • Shovel Knight Spectre of Torment

I had so much fun playing these games, I was pleasantly surprise by how good “I am Setsuna” is and how quickly it drew my intrigue. All the games on the list I played and their own cool differences and even playing King of Fighter on the Switch was tons of fun.

Hardware Specs

The hardware overall is about ¾ of that of the current-gen consoles and is impressive seeing that that tech is in this “little tablet”

  • 2-inch LCD touchscreen (1280 x 720)
  • Maximum resolution of 1080p 60fps when plugged into a TV
  • Nvidia “customised” Tegra processor
  • 32GB internal storage MicroSD card slot (on tablet)
  • 11ac Wi-Fi
  • Ethernet internet through optional adapter
  • Bluetooth 4.1 (on tablet) – Bluetooth 3.0 (in Joy-Cons)
  • NFC (in right Joy-Con for Amiibo support)
  • Stereo speakers (on tablet)
  • PCM 5.1 channel audio in TV mode
  • HDMI output (on dock)
  • USB Type-C port (on tablet)
  • 3x USB 2.0 ports (on dock) – USB 3.0 support to be added at future date
  • Headphone/mic port (on tablet)
  • Game cartridge slot (on tablet)
  • 4,310mAh battery (on tablet – up to six hours of play on one charge)
  • 525mAh batteries (in Joy-Cons – up to 20 hours play time)

My Little unboxing

Conclusion

For me the Nintendo Switch is Awesome, I Love Nintendo games and are stoked that 3rd party developers are back in developing games as well. At the moment, there needs to be more games for the console and I’m very eager to see what we will still see come out for this little beast.

Additional Information

Estimated RRP: R5,600
Release Date: 3 March 2017

Available Models

  • Red/Blue Joy-Cons
  • Grey Joy-Cons

Likes

  • Great Innovation
  • New Nintendo Console

Dislikes

  • Storage might become a problem
  • Not enough AAA games yet

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