What is the all new Nintendo Switch?
Nintendo does things divergently. First came the Nintendo Wii’s motion controllers, then the Wii U’s tab-style GamePad. Now comes the Nintendo Switch, a handy, home console, one that works well on buses, aeroplanes and wherever you want to play as it does on your flatscreen at home.
With a 6.2-inch tablet and two resourceful, removable Joy-Con controllers, it’s ready to play a game unaccompanied or be split in two for provincial multiplayer. And while it lacks many of the slick online features typical of its competitors, not to mention the organic power to produce 4K HDR imagery, its innovative design is an unanticipated hit.
- Detachable Joy-con controllers
- 2-in-1 portable home console
- TV dock
- Manufacturer: Nintendo
- Review Price: £279.99
Nintendo Switch – The Design
As a result of the Switch’s multiple purposes, it comes with quite a bit of apparatus.
Aside from the Switch and Joy-Con Left and Right, you get the Switch Dock for coupling the console to a TV. There’s also a Joy-Con Grip, which docks between the left and right Joy-Con parts when the Switch is docked – this turns the Joy-Con into a more conventional controller.
Then there are two Joy-Con straps for games that use motion control, which will inescapably be a blessing for ‘ardent’ gamers – we don’t want another Wii blunder with players smashing their televisions. Finally, you get an HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) cable and power cord.
It’s quite surprising how minuscule Nintendo’s new gaming machine is. Take away the dock and the included Joy-Con controller and what you have is a black box that looks no bigger than a mini tablet.
The Switch has a quite thick bezel around its 6.2-inch multi-touch touchscreen. The display size is adequate when playing games in portable mode, like a slightly larger PS Vita display, or perhaps a decent phablet. When it’s in its tabletop mode using the attached stand, it’s complacent, but I had to sit adjacent to the screen to play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in two-player local multiplayer because of how much is going on at a time.
The touchscreen’s responsiveness is miles ahead of the Wii U GamePad’s “economical” and soft resistive screen, which often had deferred inputs and was a pain to use. This feels like I’m actually using a tablet, which is an alleviation.
In the hand, the gaming console feels incredibly well built and is again a dissonance ahead the GamePad’s Tonka Toy plastic. The metallic finish of the Switch coupled with the capable(if a little light-weight) Joy-Con make this the Nintendo Switch, the best gaming console Nintendo has made from an artistic standpoint, perhaps by any gaming console manufacturer.
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