What’s Nintendo Switch about

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.

UPDATE: The Nintendo Switch is out.  To learn more about the good and the bad please read my Nintendo Switch Review.

Nintendo Switch Price

$299

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.

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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.

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Final verdict

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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If reading this hasn’t answered the question what’s Nintendo Switch about for you or if you need any additional informationthen I strongly encourage you to leave your question in the comment section below.

 

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21 thoughts on “What’s Nintendo Switch about”

  • Hi there. I just finished reading your article about the new Nintendo Switch and thought I would just drop you a line or two to share my thoughts.

    I really appreciate you putting this article together. I have heard a couple of people talking about this new console but until now I hadn’t actually seen it. I think it looks like a decent piece of kit. I think what you say in this article is very true, we need something different that moves away from the likes of the Xbox and PlayStation.

    I think the new Nintendo console will be very successful. For those of us that don’t necessarily need ultra high definition graphics and just want to have fun playing games, I think this looks great. And fun is what Nintendo do better than both Sony and Microsoft in my opinion.

    Thanks for sharing this!

    Regards,

    Andrew

    • Andrew thank you very much for the kind words. I feel like there are a ton of people out there that forgot what Nintendo was about so I wanted to make sure I made my opinion clear that they are about fun first and foremost. From what you say it look like my message was received. I for one am very excited about the switch . Thanks for reading and for the comment.

  • Regardless of the console’s financial success or fanboy acceptance, I can’t wait to play a new Zelda! The NES holds a special place in my heart and Zelda was one of the games I spent the most time with.

    The sense of discovery was so awesome! Finding the level under the graveyard, finally getting the raft to nab the full heart that’s just been floating around in taunt mode. Taking down Gannon with silver arrows. Epic!

    Thanks for sharing some Switch details with us. You got me fired up for it!

    • I too am looking forward to the switch. Mario Kart and are the two games I’m most excited about but I also can’t wait to what other great gamed the come out with. Glad I could help get you excited about the switch. Thanks for reading and taking the time to leave a comment.

  • I’m an avid gamer and grew up playing the Nintendo consoles. I haven’t been excited for a new Nintendo console in quite some time. The detachable controls, the portability and ability to play with friends is awesome!! Hopefully Nintendo supports it with some really awesome games! I get your point about going away from the AAA Xbox and PS4 games and just play something fun!

    • J.R.

      Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. I agree with you that Nintendo hasn’t really put out any consoles that would excite in a long time. As you said just the pure ability to take this on the go and at home on your screen is enough to get my attention. I have a really good feeling about this system. They already have a lot if titles announced to be released soon. I’m certainly not going to stop playing my other consoles but it will be nice to play thexperience switch from time to time and with my family.

  • hey whats up bud i recently traded in my Nintendo Wii U and all my games to game stop so i can purchase the new Nintendo switch i hope this console is everything you say in is Nintendo needs a slam dunk to stay relative
    thanks for the post i will bookmark you
    stacey

    • thank you for reading my post and taking the time to comment. I have a good feeling about the switch. We should know more and more about it and it’s games as the release date gets closer. I’ll be sure to update the post with info as it becomes available. Thanks

  • I haven’t really been a big nintendo gamer but have always loved their games. The classic mario games are probably my favorite ones, along with smash bros and mario kart. I look forward to seeing how the Switch plays out and if it will live up to the hype that’s out there about it. I know that Xbox and Playstation haven’t always lived up to the hype, so we’ll see. Thank you for writing this post!

    • Garrett, you’re welcome. Thanks for taking the time to comment. Itake an exciting time for console gamers on general. There’s so many things we are looking forward to this year, the switch being one of the big things. Be sure to check back with this article as I will be updating it as we find out more on the switch and the games being released.

  • I haven’t really been a big nintendo gamer but have always loved their games. The classic mario games are probably my favorite ones, along with smash bros and mario kart. I look forward to seeing how the Switch plays out and if it will live up to the hype that’s out there about it. I know that Xbox and Playstation haven’t always lived up to the hype, so we’ll see. Thank you for writing this post!

  • Great post, and perfect timing, I was just watching something about the switch and I didn’t understand what it was. I didn’t know if it was a console or just like a hand held device or what! But your article has explained it well to me so now I have a much better understanding. It seems like a cool system and I would get one just for the new mario kart game and super mario!

    • Summerly, thank you for taking the time to comment and for the kind words. I’m glad I could help you better understand what the switch is. Don’t worry we will be playing the new Mario Kart soon enough. Take care and don’t forget to check back with the post regularly as I will be updating it.

  • Didn’t realise it was coming out on the 3rd March – the kids were asking me about it – thanks for sharing all there is to know so far on it – my kids are really looking forward to it – price is reasonable also

  • Bill,
    I still have the WII and WII U. Are the games backwards compatible on the new WII switch, can I use my games on the new console. I am a avid fan of the WII motion, it gets us off the couch when playing some games, is this part of the new switch.
    Thanks for your information about the new console.
    John

    • John,
      The physical copies of Wii and Wii U games will not be compatible. The switch will use a new style of gsme cartridges instead of the discs. I would think this is because it is also a handheld device and discs are so easily damaged. I digital versions of the old console games will be able to be played on Switch but Nintendo has not officially announced this. As for the getting off the couch part, the switch will have motion controllers and support the same type of play while in dock mode (not in handheld mode). Thanks for the comment.

  • This is interesting. I’m mixed on how I feel about the switch. That it won’t have the specs that the PS4 and xbox one is unsurprising. Nintendo offers a unique gaming experience and isn’t trying to emulate them. It’ll be interesting to see if it’s successful. At the very least, they are doing something new.

    • Jake,

      You are exactly right that they are doing something new. I have a very strong feeling that this system will be successful. The fact that you can play the console in handheld mode or on your TV is very unique. There is a hudge market for that and Nintendo has always offered a very family friendly platform. The combination of these 2 things and the fact there are a ton of game developers on board already is a very good sign. Thanks for leaving a comment.

  • Zing! I didn’t know the switch would be that much! I almost wonder how much I really want to play the new Zelda at that price. I personally only have the dinosaur wii so I would have to upgrade in order to play.

    While the features seem cool I have to think about it in the perspective of use to price and.. I may just end up having to wait two years for the price to lower a bit to even dream of playing the new Zelda. (let’s face it getting a wii U for one game is a stupid choice).

    Thanks for the post and the information!

    • Alex, I could see why you think the price is a little high right now. The way look at it you are getting two devices for the price of one. Rember it is a home console and a handheld gaming device in 1. Although the value of the switch will be different for different people. If you plan on using the console in both modes and playing many games I would consider it a high value to you. If you are only interested in playing 1 or 2 games and don’t really plan on using it on handheld mode very often, then it would not be a very good value to you. You might want to wait for the price to come down. Thank you for commenting.

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