The Nintendo Switch is an awesome little console, and it makes for one of the best handheld platforms we have ever put our hands on, but it is not without its issues. Let us take a good look at everything awesome, and everything not-so-great about the Nintendo Switch.
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The Nintendo Switch is the most versatile console ever created, and it does a great job at that. Everything from the start of the experience when you open your box, tells you that Nintendo went for a hybrid console that does more than just the TV. If the Nintendo Switch does anything the best, it manages to mould around your lifestyle, and adapt to your gaming preferences. We have not had much time to dedicate to the console due to other games like Ghost Recon Wildlands and Horizon Zero Dawn, but every moment we had that when we were not in front of our TV screen, we used the console’s awesome portable feature.
Laying in bed exploring the wilderness in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, or just playing some classic Metal Slug 3. The portability of the Nintendo Switch is its best asset, as the power inside the Nintendo Switch is able to produce visuals never seen on a portable device before. This also goes for 1-2 Switch, as the game is so out there, that it relies on body movements instead of looking at the screen. This way you can play with a friend using the console propped up using the kickstand, and it will be a mini-TV.
The Joy-Con devices are also one of the strongest parts of the Nintendo Switch experience, as they pack some awesome power in them too. With the ability to charge while plugged into the screen, and HD rumble that feels so realistic in your hand, there is no doubt that the Joy-Con are the best controllers in gaming. It also means that when you buy one, it is a pair so they act as two separate controllers. When you play 1-2-Switch, or when Mario Kart 8 releases, it uses one-half of the Joy-Con, so you and your partner can play without any additional purchase.
Overall there are so many awesome features to the Nintendo Switch. Its portable mode, its great visuals on a portable gaming device, and its awesome controllers. But while there is so much good behind the console, the bad is also weighing it down.
The Nintendo Switch’s portable mode drains the battery of the device, and especially when playing on max brightness, with full sound on. We have managed to get just under four hours of gameplay in while playing Breath of the Wild, and while this is perfect for us, others might have expected more.
Then we faced some rather nasty controller issues while using the Nintendo Switch. The dock with the screen inside was about 3-meters away from the controller, and we had disconnection issues while playing Breath of the Wild. Buttons would stop responding, and we had to move closer to the device. For a home console, this is something that would not be ideal for someone who has a larger TV, and sits quite far away from it.Then we have the damage control issue we have faced with the devices. The Nintendo Switch relies on you sliding the Joy-Con onto the screen, also onto the controller dock, and let us not forget the screen into the docking station. Now, this is all plastic on plastic, and plastic on glass when using the screen. This means that while you are sliding everything onto everything else, it is scratching the device. We are afraid that we might face scratches on the screen soon, as we already have scratches on the controller dock.
There is no beating around the bush, the Nintendo Switch has a poor launch lineup, one that has never been experienced before. Other than The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, 1-2-Switch, and Snipperclips, the console has very little games to play on it. If anything, the Nintendo eShop has 18 games on it, 5 of which are NeoGeo virtual console games, and the rest are re-releases of current games. There are only a few games made just for the Nintendo Switch, and we will have to wait a little longer to play games like Arms, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. We can only hope that Nintendo has some cool plans for the Nintendo Switch, as it is an awesome device with so much potential.