The Nintendo Switch is a gaming device from Nintendo. The company developed the Switch on the back of poor reception for its previous devices. Facing stiff competition from Microsoft's XBox and other portable consoles, Nintendo decided to make the device appealing to the gaming world. For instance, Nintendo used Nvidia chips in the Nintendo Switch that support many of the major game engines on the market. This has made it easier for game developers to target the Switch, thus increasing the number of games available for Nintendo Switch users.
Specs at a Glance
The Nintendo Switch weighs in at 0.66lbs, so just over half a pound in weight, making it comfortably light for stand up gameplay. It has Joy-Con Controllers that add the heavy gaming buttons that are reminiscent of other consoles such as the XBox, and which can add to the fun of playing a game. These are not required for playing on the portable console, but are useful when connecting the Nintendo Switch to an external display.
With the Joy-Cons attached, the Nintendo Switch measures 9 inches in length, with a height of 4 inches. Its depth is around 0.55 inches. It has 4GB of RAM and comes with 32GB of expandable flash memory. It supports connectivity via Wi-Fi, and has HDMI and stereo speakers support. This lets you hook it up to large screens and surround sound systems.
Nintendo Switch Hit Games
Part of the success of the Nintendo Switch owes to its huge library of games, many of them from independent game developers. Nintendo aggressively courted game developers to write games for the Nintendo Switch, and now has over 1,300 titles in its game library. While in the past, there were regional restrictions in place for where users could buy their games, now it is possible to play games bought from anywhere around the world on a Switch.
Hit games like Super Mario Odyssey, and The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild, have added to the popularity of the Nintendo Switch. You can buy these and other games with classic Nintendo characters from the Nintendo Online Shop or by buying cartridges at game retailers.
Other notable games in the shop include:
- Captain Toad Treasure Tracker
- Mario Tennis Aces
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- Splatoon 2
- LEGO DC Super Villains
- Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition HD
Head to Head with XBox and PS4
As a gaming device, the Nintendo Switch squares up against Microsoft's XBox One X, and Sony's Playstation 4. Both of the later are well-established consoles that boast vast game libraries, albeit without some of the Nintendo exclusive titles such as Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild.
In terms of processing power, the Nintendo Switch lags behind the XBox and the PlayStation 4. For example, the Nintendo Switch only has 4GB RAM, compared to 12GB GDDR5 for the XBox One X and 8 GB for the PlayStation 4. The XBox One X uses a high-end 2.3GHz 8-core AMD Custom CPU, whereas the Nintendo Switch uses an Nvidia customized Tegra processor.
Gameplay is likely to be superior on both the XBox One and the PlayStation 4 than on the Nintendo Switch, particularly for resource-intensive titles.
The key difference, however, and the ultimate reason why you will want a Nintendo Switch is that it can do many of the same things those other devices can do. However, the Nintendo Switch is uniquely portable. You can bring it on a long trip and enjoy hours of gameplay in airport layovers or camping trips. The Nintendo Switch's $299.99 MSRP is about even with the PlayStation 4. Meanwhile, the XBox One X is priced at around $499.
Another major reason to buy the Nintendo Switch is that it eliminates many of the problems that made the Nintendo Wii a hard buy, such as a small library of games. Now you can play many of your favorite games on the go. When you are home, you can plug into your HDTV for a gaming experience similar to the XBox and PlayStation 4.
To Consider Before Your Purchase
An optional upgrade you can pick up is the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Edition. It adds unique features not available in the regular Joy-Con controller, including HD Rumble and motion controls.
XBox One X Exclusives: Gears Of War 4, Halo 5
PlayStation 4 Exclusives: Bloodborne, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Uncharted 4
Nintendo Switch Exclusives: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
What Do They Say on Other Sites
"I just want to tell you one thing: Best console ever! I have the PlayStation 4, but as a console, the Nintendo Switch is just amazing. You can take it anywhere with you, and his battery is enough to play it while you can't connect it to the base. I haven't had any problems with it, but i think that it could be improved". (David Hurt on Amazon)
"I like how I can play big name titles on the go, but its useless as can be because the battery will only last 2 or 3 hours". (Carlos Gonzalez on Amazon)
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