What’s Nintendo Switch about?
What’s Nintendo Switch About? Nintendo Switch is the newest console from Nintendo. It is set to release on March 3rd. Considering it’s release date is so close we should know what the Nintendo Switch is about however there are still a lot of mysteries. Even though we don’t know everything there is to know about the switch yet, there is quite a bit that we do know so lets start with that.
The Nintendo Switch is both a home console & a portable gaming device in one. It’s hand held portable screen is a 6.2 inch multi-touch screen with a screen resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The screen size is the same size as the Wii U game pad but with a higher resolution than the U’S 854 x 480 screen resolution. The portable device can be connected to the dock & when in dock mode the console supports resolution up to 1080p on your TV. It’s understandable that the resolution would be lower in portable mode considering higher resolution would drain the battery faster.
When in portable mode the battery can give you up to 6 hours of battery life. Of course the actual battery life will vary depending on the game you are playing. Another great thing to know is the dock for the console actually charges the handheld device. It’s a good thing that you can be charging the handheld while plying it in dock console mode but you can also charge it via a USB connection.
The Joy-con controllers have both motion sensors & inferred sensors. These controllers are expected to be much more accurate than any previous controller for Nintendo consoles. The controllers have rechargeable lithium Ion batteries that can give you around 20 hours of game play before needing to be charged.
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Nintendo Switch Price
Some may argue that the price is a little high for a console that’s highest resolution is 1080p but this isn’t a console like the PS4 Pro & Xbox One S. It’s not meant to give you those realistic graphics & 4k resolution. This is a true Nintendo platform & has stayed to to what Nintendo is about. You have to respect them for not trying to just put out another console just like the others. This is a real upgraded Nintendo system with the added feature of being both a hand held gaming device & console. There are 2 different options to choose from when purchasing the switch. You can go for the standard that comes with two Gray Joy Controllers or the Neon that comes with one red and one blue controller. Both options have 32 GB of memory.
Three different game play modes
The switch actually has 3 different modes when it comes to game play. It can be played connected to the dock & display on a TV screen, in handheld mode & the third option is table top mode. Table top mode is when you use the handheld display devices kickstand to hold it in an upright position. You can even hook up some controllers to it & essentially use the display as you TV screen for single player or multiplayer action.
Nintendo Switch games
There are a few games that will be available the date the switch comes out. Those titles include The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, 1-2 -switch, Skylanders Imaginators, Super Bomberman R, Just Dance 2017, World of Google, Little Inferno and Human Resource Machine. Many more titles are expected to release soon after including Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on April 28th. Some other titles expected to release some time in 2017 are shovel knight, Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim, Fifa, NBA 2k18 & Super Marion. There are even more titles in development so check back for updates. The Switch’s games are expected to be in $60 range. If you’d like a little more information on the games please see my Nintendo Switch games List.
Here’s a brief games trailer video from Nintendo highlighting some of the games we can expect in 2017:
Playing the switch online is not free
We know the switch will be able to play multiplayer games online but it won’t be for free. We don’t know exactly how much it will cost yet but I would expect it to be around $10 per month. The online services will be free for the launch & they actually aren’t gong to start charging until sometime in Fall 2017. The online services will support voice chat & will include some type of discounts as well as a free monthly classic game to play. It looks like you will only be able to play that game for a month though which is kinda a bummer to me. We also know that there will be some kind of an APP to go along with this online service. Exactly what features it has or what role it will play in the actual online service it’s self is still unknown.
I’ve gone over many things that we know about the switch and even pointed out a few things that we aren’t so sure of yet. It’s hard to say how successful this console will be or what the user experience will be. I for one am very excited to get my hands on one to test it out. I love the fact that there is something so different coming out in the console world. While I love Playing my Xbox One S & PS4 Pro it will be nice to take a break from those ultra realistic gaming machines and step into Mario’s word again. Nintendo will always hold a special place in my heart as a gamer. I’m very excited to play a new Mario Kart. I’m sure many of you are too or even Zelda. Almost every gamer has at least one Nintendo title they can think of that they would love to play again. Nintendo consoles always manages to give you some family friendly fun.
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