Nintendo Switch review

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.

Nintendo Switch Review

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)

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PROS

  • 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

 

Cons

  • 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

Nintendo Switch review

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.

Dislikes

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.

Nintendo Switch Review

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.

Likes

Nintendo Switch Review

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.

Final verdict

Nintendo Switch Review

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.

Click here to see my Nintendo Switch games list or Click here to read my review on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

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6 thoughts on “Nintendo Switch review”

  • You definitely go in depth with the description of the console and your thoughts on it. I do like to play Nintendo exclusive games so this is something that I might be interested in. Your post was very informative on the pros and cons of it even though i really do not understand what the difference is in the 720p and 1080p. I love the images and the relevance of them. Keep up the good work

    • thank you for the comment and your kind words. I’m glad you show interest in the Nintendo Switch it really is a neat little device despite it’s flaws. By the way the only thing you really need to know about the difference in 720p vs 1080p is 1080p looks much better.

  • Wow what’s next technology is incredible , kids today have so much in terms of technology it crazy. This console is incredible, I think that children know how to use these games in a careful manner. You in my opinion spoke a little to much on the negative side ,a little discouraging if I was a kid and was interested in purchasing one that would discourage me a little. But like I said earlier most kids know how to handle those games. So just a word of advice if your trying to promote this console stay away from the negatives and stick to the positives.

    • Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. I appreciate your advice however I am not trying to promote this product at all or any product for that matter. I am simply giving information and my honest review on the product so people can make decisions based on all the info. The good and the bad. The last thing I want is someone buying something and then later realizing there are issues or that it’s not right for them at all. Although the switch has many flaws it’s still a great console with much to offer. I just want to make sure everyone knows what they are getting. Thanks again and let me know if you have any questions.

  • I really love the switch! We was able to get the console the sale day it came out for a little cheaper listed above. So far, I really like it! I’m a huge Nintendo fan (especially the handheld game systems. Yay Gameboy!) so the switch was able to meet my expectations too. I love the screen size and I actually think the handheld portion is pretty good since they probably didn’t want the system to be too heavy to carry around.

    • Thanks for leaving a comment. I’m more than happy with the handheld function of the switch as well. It’s been one of my favorite things. Playing Zelda while on the go has been simply amazing.

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