The Nintendo Switch is a console that tries to do many things simultaneously. Its success is due to it bridging the gap between a handheld console and a home console that the late, lamented Wii U never managed.
It’s a credit to the Nintendo team that the Switch is able to combine gaming on-the-move with gaming at home without a preference for either. Now with top-tier titles like Fortnite arriving, the Nintendo Switch is an even better proposition.
The Switch’s design makes it a chunky tablet. It has thick bezels and a 6.2-inch touch screen that sports a 1280 x 720 resolution. The construction has a rock-solid feel and its metal finish adds a classy touch. Indeed, the Switch could well be the slickest, slimmest and least obtrusive console ever brought to market.
The things that stand out are the top vent for the purpose of cooling, and the rear kickstand that allows players to prop the console when using it for tabletop gaming out and about.
The dock is an elegant chunk of black plastic. The console easily slips into this, and the tablet is charged through the USB-C port, with sockets for a USB-C power adapter and HDMI cable, along with three USB 3 ports.
These ports are available for charging the Switch Pro Controller, adding any Joy-Con charging accessory, or an Ethernet adapter.
The best thing about a Switch is the device’s versatility. It’s great that it does not rely on a TV. The console can be grabbed along with the controllers and the whole thing can be set up in an instant wherever.
It’s great fun, no matter how you choose to play. It can run some great games. As well as Nintendo’s two classics, Super Mario Odyssey and Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, there is a huge Mario Kart, and quirky faves like Mario+ Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, Arms and Splatoon 2.
It’s also considered good for indie gaming, where you can take advantage of titles like Oxenfree, Night in the Woods, and Stardew Valley.
What the Nintendo Switch as part handheld and part home console offers is the potential to be the only device you’re ever likely to need for gaming, wherever you choose to be. Its hybrid console is a great success, with exceptional handheld graphical quality, and the capacity to seamlessly transition into a home console.
What really makes this piece of kit stand out are:
- It’s unique hybrid design
- The HD Rumble
- The fact it comes with two controllers
- Its crisp, bright and colorful screen.
Nintendo is onto a winner with the Switch. It’s not only well made, but it’s easy to understand where it’s coming from and it does what it promises.
The Switch is not only a platform for a few first-party games. It is also a platform that is a good fit for lighter indie titles as well as innovative mobile crossovers. It is great for kids, along with people on the move, and those gamers who are time poor or perhaps are not inclined to sit down and do the big-screen thing.