Nintendo Switch Review
Nintendo’s newsest console is finally here and now that I’ve had some time to check it out I’d like to give you a quick update on my experience with it. In this Nintendo Switch review I’ll highlight some of the great things about this unique gaming system and tell you the things that aren’t so good.
If you don’t know much about the system yet, I’ll give you a brief summary of the hybrid console. Yes it’s a hybrid console that can be played as a portable handheld gaming device and as a home console by sliding the device into the docking system hooked up to your TV.
Other than that it is basically a next Gen Wii U. It has differnt controllers called joy con controllers. Like the Wii U, they have a motion sensor function for games that are compatible. Over all I have really enjoyed playing this system. Playing Zelda gave me a strong nostalgic feeling. I’m sure once Mario Kart and Mario Odyssey are released that feeling will be even stronger. Over all I love my Nintendo Switch and I think it’s well worth the price.
Now that I’ve given you a little info on the Switch here is my full review.
Nintendo Switch Review
Overall rating 90 out of 100
Price: $299 (may be more expensive based on availability)
- Handheld mode and Console mode
- Handheld device has a solid build
- Games look great in Handheld mode
- Online play works very well
- Zelda Breath of the Wild is unbelievable
- Dock not well designed (feels cheap, not as easy to slide into dock as it should be)
- Screen is easily scratched (must buy screen protector)
- Battery life could be better
- Only a few games available right now
- Resolution could be better in dock mode
The Nintendo Switch is certainly a differnt concept in the world of console gaming. To be able to play on your TV or on the go in handheld mode makes this system stand out. It has been fairly well reviewed since it’s release, getting 4.2 out of 5 stars from Amazon users. First I’m going to go over some of the things I dislike about the Nintendo Switch before I get to the things I love. Believe me there are plenty of things to love about it, so don’t get discouraged by reading it’s flaws.
The main issue I’m seeing with this versatile console is the system it’s self has a screen on it used for handheld mode that can be easily scratched when simply sliding it into it’s dock. I do think this was an oversight by Nintendo. It is made of plastic which helps it not crack but makes it very easy to scratch. They should have given the screen an anti scratch protective coating or at least made it easier to slide in the dock. It took me sometime to put it in the dock without scratching it. I was aware of how easily it was scratched so I was able to not scratch it. If I hadn’t known about it I would have almost certainly scratched it.
I can’t say the screen being easily scratched is a major issue considering most handheld devices with screens require you to purchase a screen protector to keep your screen looking brand new. What I do consider a major issue is that it seems as though this wasn’t considered at all when designing the dock. Nintendo should have figured out a way to make it easy to put into the dock without scratching your screen. I would have given the system a 95 out of 100 if not for this major oversight. I purchased a screen protector right away so I simply put it on and try to be careful not to scratch it when loading it into it’s dock. It’s worked out so far, however it is annoying always having to be mindful of scraping the screen when loading it into your dock.
The other major issue I have (the rest below I consider minor) is that the resolution in dock mode isn’t even 1080p for some games. Zelda Breath of the Wild is at 900p while in dock mode. I can handle not being 4k resolution. After all this is a Nintendo system, most games don’t rely on super realistic graphics. I also understand why the graphics aren’t as high on handheld mode. It would drain the battery extremely fast and to be honest even though it’s only 720p in handheld mode for most games, they look great. I just feel like a console that came out in 2017 not 1080p just doesnt make sense to me. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve never seen a Game on a Nintendo system look so great, it does look good. It’s just I know they could have done it. So why didn’t they, 1080p is to me the standard resolution of today.
Another gripe I have is the build quality of the docking station. It seems very flimsy and I feel like it could break easily. It seens like little thought was put into it compared to the rest of the system.
One other issue I have is the battery life while in handheld mode. It’s not horrible however I do think it could be better. I only get about 3 hours playing Zelda in handheld mode. The battery life will vary based on the game and Zelda certainly drains it faster than most will. Overall I am very happy with the way the game looks and preforms while in handheld mode, so I suppose it’s a trade off. The better the game looks and preforms the faster the battery will drain.
The only other issue I have with the switch is the fact that there aren’t very many games to play. That’s a usual thing for a new console however I do think Nintendo should have at least had Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Mario Odyssey available at the release of the new system. That being said I don’t see myself growing tired of Zelda any time soon.
Obviously one of the coolest things about the switch is it’s ability to be played at home as a console on your TV and as a handheld gaming device on the go. It’s been a treat to be able to play online anywhere and then switch back to my TV when I get home.
I have had virtually no issues playing the switch online both at home or on the go. It’s been a pleasant surprise. This is where I thought the system would fail. I give Nintendo’s big kudos for this achievement.
The handheld portion of the the system has great build quality. It seems very solid and durable. The controls on it are placed petty well although if my hands were any bigger I’d have a hard time using them. In addition to the solid build the display is very nice. While plying Zelda the resolution is only 720p but it seems much higher. Overall I’m very happy with the handheld device it’s self other than the fact the screen scratches easily when placing it in the dock, which I covered in the dislikes.
One of the main reasons I purchased the Nintendo swich is so I could play all the new Nintendo exclusive games, such as the new Zelda game. Zelda Breath of the Wild is simply amazing. I can’t rember the last time I enjoyed playing a game this much. There might not be very many games to play right now but this one alone is almost worth purchasing the switch on its own. Some would argue that it is. As soon as the other highly anticipated games come out it will surely be in the same league as the other top consoles. If you’d like more info on the new Zelda game, please see my post Zelda Breath of the wild.
The Nintendo Switch has so far met my expectations. It’s definitely the best Nintendo console to come out since the Wii, if not since the Nintendo 64. Other than a few issues I have with it, the switch is exactly what I wanted from Nintendo and more. If you are a fan of Nintendo exclusive titles the switch is a must have. I believe what the switch has to offer far out ways it’s flaws. Once more games are available it will truly be among the best gaming consoles available.
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