Being able to travel around with your game console wherever you go, is every gamers dream. Growing up in the era of when handhelds like the Nintendo Gameboy and Nintendo Gameboy Advance were widely popular, the one thing I always wanted was to be able to pick up where I left off in Donkey Kong on my Advance, when I got home on my larger console. Although sometimes annoying to have to restart the level on my console that I just beat on my Gameboy, to look on the brighter side, at least I knew all of the shortcuts.
Anyways, fast-forward to present day, Nintendo finally is answering our battle cry in it’s release of it’s newest console/ gaming device, the Nintendo Switch! Since making it’s debut to the market on March 3, 2017, there has been some buzz around the pocket console and it’s been promising!
Let’s talk specs for a moment. You’ve just unwrapped the gift of your new Nintendo Switch, opened the box and inside you find…..
- Nintendo Switch Console
- Nintendo Switch dock
- on Controllers (gray or Neon Blue and Red)
- Joy-Con Strap
- Joy-Con Grip
- HDMI Cable
- Nintendo Switch AC Adapter (USB-C)
Now, if you’re anything like me when I get a new device, I always have to take a moment to stop and marvel at the brilliance I’m about to touch (let’s face it, most technology is a form of brilliance in it’s own right!). Okay moment over! Now it’s game time!! The console itself is perfect for on the go! 4 inches in heigh and 9.4 inches long, with Joy-Cons attached, and weighing less than a pound, the Nintendo Switch is the perfect size to carry in a small bag or even a jacket pocket, while you’re out and about! It’s built-in 720p screen in tablet and handheld mode afford you a crisp and beautiful, yet intimate gaming experience. There’s even a little kick stand to prop the console up on a table. Switching it up to the TV mode once you get home by docking the Nintendo Switch, you then get up to 1080p with HDMI attachment for a full at-home console feel. This is something unlike anything really we’ve seen before with a handheld gaming devices, and boy is my childhood self excited about this!! Finally I get to finish the game I started!
On a single USB-C charge, your Nintendo Switch will last anywhere from approximately 2.5 to 6.5 hours depending on the games played. For instance, according to the official website for the Switch, battery life for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is approximately 3 hours. In addition, charging time is approximately 3 hours with the hardware in sleep mode. Connectivity is pretty seamless as well. Available for free until paid services are activated in Fall 2017, you can take Switch online, with your Nintendo account to play co-op or competitively with friends (up to 8 devices).
Through all of the rave about this awesome new handheld, the two things that everyone wants more of are game availability and connectivity. Here’s what I mean. Currently, there are only a select few games available: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Just Dance 2017, 1-2 Switch, Super Bomberman R, and Snipperclips. According to the Nintendo Gamestore, over the next several months, a host of other games will become available form Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on April 28th to NBA 2K18 which is slated for September 2017. So lot’s to look out for with games! Also, as recent reports are showing, the company is in talks with streaming services Netflix, Hulu and Amazon to get these features added to the device as well. Obviously still in it’s infancy stages there but definitely something to look forward to.
In the meantime, there is so much to enjoy with the Nintendo Switch, whether it’s playing Zelda on your commute to your favorite coffee shop or having a fun night with friends dancing around with Just Dance, the Nintendo Switch is really switching things up in the way of console gaming.
Pricing: $299.99 on Nintendo.com