Best Features of Nintendo Switch
Merge home console and handheld design
Things To Consider About the Nintendo Switch
You can only charge the Joy-Con on the console
Nintendo Switch, the new home and portable video game system from Nintendo. In addition to providing single and multiplayer thrills at home, the Nintendo Switch system can be taken on the go so players can enjoy a full home console experience anytime, anywhere with unprecedented new play styles brought to life by the two new Joy-Con controllers. At home, the main unit rests in the Nintendo Switch dock, which connects the system to the TV, and lets you play with family and friends in the comfort of your living room. Lift Nintendo Switch from the dock and instantly transition to handheld mode for on-the-go gaming. By sharing Joy-Con, players can go head-to-head while away from home. You can also enjoy the same great games in tabletop mode by using the included stand to prop the system up.
Remove the detachable Joy-Con from either side of Nintendo Switch for more play styles: One player can use a Joy-Con in each hand. Two players can each take one. Multiple Joy-Con can be employed by numerous people for a variety of gameplay options (additional Joy-Con sold separately). Slip a set of Joy-Con into a Joy-Con grip accessory, mirroring a more traditional controller. Or, select an optional Nintendo Switch Pro Controller. Bring together up to 8 Nintendo Switch systems for local face-to-face multiplayer.
Price: On the Nintendo Website it says that the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price is $299.99 but on Amazon, it has a reduced price of $238, $299.99 on BestBuy and $299.00 on Walmart
Release Date: March 3, 2017
Included in the box:
Unboxing and Set-up
Nintendo Switch Technical Details:
|Size||Approximately 4 inches high, 9.4 inches long, and 0.55 inches deep (with Joy-Con attached)|
*The depth from the tip of the analog sticks to the tip of the ZL/ZR buttons is 1.12 inches
|Weight||Approximately .66 lbs|
(Approximately .88 lbs when Joy-Con controllers are attached)
|Screen||Multi-touch capacitive touch screen / 6.2-inch LCD Screen / 1280 x 720|
|CPU/GPU||NVIDIA Custom Tegra processor|
|Storage||32 GB of internal storage, a portion of which is reserved for use by the system. Users can easily expand storage space using microSDHC or microSDXC cards up to 2TB (sold separately).|
|Wireless||Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac)(*)|
(*In TV mode, Nintendo Switch systems can be connected with a wired LAN adapter – sold separately)
|Video output||Up to 1080p via HDMI in TV mode|
Up to 720p via built-in screen in tabletop mode and handheld mode
|Audio output||Compatible with 5.1ch Linear PCM output|
Output via HDMI connector in TV mode
|Buttons||Power button / Volume button|
|USB connector||USB Type-C|
Used for charging or for connecting to the Nintendo Switch dock.
|Headphone/mic jack||3.5mm audio jack|
|Game card slot||Nintendo Switch game cards|
|microSD card slot||Compatible with microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC memory cards|
*Once the microSDXC card is inserted, a system update will be necessary. An Internet connection is required to perform this system update.
|Sensor||Accelerometer, gyroscope, and brightness sensor|
|Operating environment||41-95 degrees F / 20-80% humidity|
|Internal battery||Lithium-ion battery/4310mAh|
|Battery life||Model number: HAC-001|
(product serial number starts with “XAW”)
Approx. 2.5 to 6.5 hours*The battery life will depend on the games you play. For instance, the battery will last approximately 3 hours for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.Model number: HAC-001(-01) – Available starting in mid-August 2019
(product serial number starts with “XKW”)
Approximately 4.5 – 9 hours*The battery life will depend on the games you play. For instance, the battery will last approximately 5.5 hours for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
|Charging time||Approximately 3 hours|
*When charging while the hardware is in sleep mode
Joy-Con Technical Details:
Nintendo Switch Design
The great thing about the Nintendo Switch is how it was able to merge the home-console and handheld design, from TV Mode to Tabletop Mode to Handheld mode, they have really nailed it when they said that it will fit your lifestyle in a snap.
The Switch might be the slimmest console ever made but aside from that the hefty vent at the top for cooling purposes and the kickstand at the back made it stand out more.
The dock is matte black and the console easily slips to connect and charge the tablet through the USB-C Port.
Joy-Con has some cool features too, with the left Joy-Con it has a screen capture button, for an instant screenshot of your gameplay and with the right Joy-Con it has NFC touchpoint, as well as an IR Motion Camera that can detect the distance, shape, and motion of nearby objects in specially designed games. Both Joy-Con includes advanced HD Rumble, which can provide compatible games with subtle vibrations that are much more realistic than before. With HD Rumble players can experience a level of realism not possible through sights and sounds alone.
Nintendo Switch also has several multiplayer options, using the TV mode for multiplayer on one TV, the link up to eight Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch lite, or Online play with Nintendo Switch Online Membership.
Nintendo Switch Display
6.2-inch , 1280 × 720p LCD(237 ppi) Up to 1080p via HDMI while docked. The screen could be better, with the quality and brightness but it’s okay coz it does the option to connect to a TV using HDMI.
Nintendo Switch Performance
The versatility of Nintendo Switch is really a huge plus because it’s not just a console you can only play at home but it’s portable if needed. With this, the fact that the resolution is not that great and the processor is at Tegra X1 and 4GB of DDR3 RAM is not good for games with high-definition effects and design you will oversee it because you get to enjoy its convenience more. With the upgrade for the battery, instead of getting a battery life of approximately 2.5 to 6.5 hours it is upgraded to 4.5 to 9 hours. But this still would still depend on what game you playing but still, it is a significant upgrade especially for those who use it a portable gaming system
Nintendo Switch Battery Life
According to Nintendo, the Switch’s portable battery life will range from two-and-a-half hours (2.5 hours) up to six hours (6 hours), depending on the graphics requirements of the game being played. It comes packing a 4,310mAh lithium-ion cell. The Switch will also take three and a half hours to fully recharge from a depleted battery.
Amazon – 4.5 out of 5 stars with 7,348 reviews
BestBuy – 4.9 out of 5 stars with 52 reviews
Walmart – 4.6 out of 5 stars with 641 reviews
What People Love About Nintendo Switch
“I finally played the Nintendo Switch for the first time on October 27th 2017, so I’m slightly late to the party. I say this as someone who owns both an Xbox One and PS4 and games pretty regularly.
My first impression of the console was, wow, this thing is little. The joy cons are actually tiny. I’m a full size adult. But I slid the joy cons onto the sides of the tablet portion of the console and powered it up, created a Nintendo account (on my phone), signed in and did an update to the console and controllers. Neither took long. I never once used the touch screen and it took all of a minute for me to acclimate to the size and shape of the controls. It feels good even with full size hands which was surprising.
Next I popped in the physical copy of Super Mario Odyssey that I preordered alongside my new console. I can’t believe how tiny the game cards are, even smaller than 3DS cards. Anyways, the game was ready within a minute or 2, which is a huge relief from the long installs on a lot of PS4/Xbone games. The game fired up fast and runs great, and I played it for quite a while in portable mode before realizing, hey, I could be playing this on my TV.
That’s a big point, because the portable mode feels almost completely natural with no restrictions. This is truly the game changing feature it’s marketed as. Playing the game with the entire system in your hands makes the Switch’s versatility a huge added benefit vs. other consoles. The screen looks fantastic and definitely not too small. Granted you’re dealing with significantly less technical power than other consoles, but the Switch makes up for it with polish. Everything I’ve done so far has worked excellent, and I can’t wait to explore more of the Switch library.
I never imagined that coming from gaming on the big screen to this would feel so good, but the Nintendo Switch is probably now the easiest recommendation I could make to anyone looking for a new game console.” – user The Eliminator comment on Amazon.com
“Who needs another rave review of the Switch? I’ve owned every major video game system and many minor ones since the early 90’s, this one is solidly ahead of the pack but from strictly a hardware standpoint, I wouldn’t put it on top. It does everything it promises to, but it’s the least excited I’ve been for a console since well, I bought a WiiU. While I’m glad Nintendo made something that indie developers are able to port their games to, at this point I know I’m only ever buying a Nintendo console to play a handful of first party games. That experience so far, has been phenomenal, and recommending Zelda and Mario isn’t necessary, that is why you’re getting a Switch in mid-2018. But I can’t help but feel like for $300 this is hard to recommend over a cheaper Xbox One S if I only had to have one system. It gets even harder to stomach when you factor in the $70+ controllers and the $60 Nintendo games that almost never go on sale. I suppose it depends on who you are, where you are in life and what you want out of a gaming console, but the Switch feels like a compromise as a portable system and as a home console. The system itself just doesn’t have the same build quality that I would expect from Nintendo hardware, it reminds me of a cheap Android tablet. The Wii and WiiU felt like they were made with nicer build materials, the matte plastic all over this bad boy and the dock are just kind of stale. This is an easy 5 star at $200 which it will inevitably get to, but this version of the console feels like the original fat DS to me and I’m looking forward to the DS Lite equivalent for the Switch.” – user Shaky Dave comment on Amazon.com
Why Do We Love This Product?
One great thing about the Nintendo Switch is its versatility and portability. Unlike big-screen gaming, you can fire it up and enjoy whenever and wherever you want. The upgrade in the processor and battery adds more value to the whole gaming system. If you’re looking for a new game console, the Nintendo Switch is definitely a must-try.
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