As many of you know the Nintendo Switch is Nintendo's brand new hybrid console, and now we know what the console will be like I was wondering how everyone felt about it. Below is a round up of what the device is!What is it?
The console is the first hybrid machine on the market, which combines aspects from Nintendo's other products such as the GameCube, Wii, Wii U and DS. This means you can play games on the go and on your TV using the "Joy-Con" controllers that can slide on and off the device. You an play in three modes; TV Mode which allows you to place the console in a dock and play your favourite games just like an average console, Portable Mode where you slide the Joy-Con controllers onto the side of the console and play using the 6.2 inch touchscreen display, or finally in Table Top Mode where you can hold each Joy-Con individually and use the console as a screen. A downfall however is that in Portable and Table Top mode, battery life is estimated 2.5 - 6.5 hours dependant on the activity, although it is expected games will run at 60fps and in full HD on TV and 720p on the touchscreen display.What's a "Joy-Con"?
Joy-Con's are the controllers you use to control the Switch device. They can be used together or individually in co-op games, however there are some interesting parts to these little things. The left Joy-Con has a small button near the bottom, this is to capture screenshots and screen recordings of your Switch games, however the right controller is much more interesting. The right controller has an infra-red sensor at the bottom which allows the controller to detect distances and movement making for more accurate motion based game play. Speaking of which, both these controllers feature motion controls seen with Wii Remotes which allow you to play games using motion based controls. Finally, these also have "HD Rumble" which is a brand new rumble feature that can simulate something as small as ice cube moving in a glass and water pouring. You can use the Joy-Con's like a Wii remote, slide them into a grip to form a traditional controller or even attach them to the console itself.What games are being made available?
Plenty of games re being released throughout the year, below are some.
- Zelda: Breath of The Wild (March 3rd)
- 1-2-Switch (March 3rd)
- Super Bomberman R (March 3rd)
- ARMS (April 15th)
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (April 28th)
- Splatoon 2 (August 18th)
- Super Mario Odyssey (Winter)
- The Elder Scrolls V - Skyrim
- Minecraft Nintendo Switch Edition & Story Mode
- Lego City Undercover
- Farming Simulator 17
As well as many more titles (80+) such as Project Sonic 2017 in development.
Games are also saved onto cartridges as opposed to disks, which is more durable and compact for portability.What are it's online capabilities?
The Switch will finally introduce a system similar to Xbox Live where you can voice chat and share gameplay with others. The price of this service is yet to be stated however the first few months are set to be free to all.How Much is it and what's in the box?
Currently, the console is listed as £279.99. Personally I don't think that is too bad (the accessories is where it gets you!). In the box you get the Switch & power cable, the TV Dock, 2 Joy-Cons, Joy-Con Grip and HDMI cable. The console is also available in Grey or Neon Blue & Red.
So, what do you think of the Nintendo Switch and will you be buying one? I'd be fast though, stock is selling fast!