Should You Make the Switch to the Switch?

 Nintendo’s breathtaking device that sold 10 million copies in under a year, the Nintendo Switch.

Back in March of 2017, Nintendo released a revolutionary console that took a big leap in the gaming industry as we know it: The Nintendo Switch.

(image from www.nintendo.com/en_CA/switch/)

In this post, we will be discussing the ups and downs of the device, and hopefully provide you with enough information regarding whether you should make the switch to the Switch, or save the whopping C$399.99 to pay your bills or whatever. (Or most likely to just blow it all on another console.)


What about the Switch is so special?

The Nintendo Switch is a gaming console that introduced an impressive feature that striked interest in many gamers from across the globe. It can be played on your television, or you can instantly “switch” to the HD screen pasted on the portable console for your on-the-go convenience.

The controllers, which Nintendo has given the name Joy-Cons, can also be detached and rearranged to three different playing positions.

They can click into the sides of the screen, lock into the the provided controller handles, or can be used by holding one Joy-Con in each hand.


(image from www.nintendo.com/en_CA/switch/)

How are the games?
There are already over 600 games (and counting) that can be purchased as a physical game card, or downloaded through the Nintendo EShop that comes pre-installed on the device.

In 2017, Nintendo won the Game of the Year award with their game the Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild.

They also won The Game Award for Best Family Game for Super Mario Odyssey.

What are the Cons?

  • The battery life isn’t the greatest. You can get over 6 hours depending on usage, but the battery may only last up to 3 hours on larger-scale games like Breath of the Wild.

 

  • The device doesn’t support Bluetooth, which could be an issue to those who prefer to use wireless headphones.

 

  • Unlike previous Nintendo consoles, the Nintendo Switch doesn’t have Youtube or Netflix. (Yet.) However in a recent update, Hulu has become available to download through the EShop.

 

After owning the Switch for a month, I’d say it’s worth the money. But I’ll leave that for you to decide. I’d recommend trying one out before purchasing, either playing one at your friends house or trying the one on display in your local electronics store.

 

One thought on “Should You Make the Switch to the Switch?

  1. I like all the information in your post of the pros and cons of getting a switch. Although I’m not a massive Nintendo fan some of the games are appealing. I’ve never played any of the Zelda games but the newest one for the Switch has always peaked my interest. It’s unfortunate that the battery life isn’t the greatest though. It would be nice if they had an extra battery you could charge for longer use if the regular one can die after 3hrs of play with some games. I have to agree with the lack of Bluetooth being a disappointment cords are annoying!

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