The Nintendo Switch was released on March 3, 2017, by its innovative producer, Yoshiaki Koizumi. The device itself delivers an interesting and smooth look with 2 joy cone controllers and an LCD screen.
Nintendo has once again, baffled us with a fresh idea of gaming by first off, creating a hybrid gaming device that works as a stationary console in your home, and a portable device wherever you go. Not only did the Nintendo Switch literally “switch” the idea of a console to a portable gaming device, but in the process of using it, I found it quite amazing how fluid and easy the entire process was.
The basic structure of the Nintendo Switch requires 3 easy steps to change: Take the LED displayed device from the console, put the joy cones on and go!. This concept really brought interest to the community later helping Nintendo top sales and growth charts compared to the PS4 and the Xbox.
With 2 joy-con controller, it makes it easier for the customer to play with their peers and get the same amount of enjoyment as they would get alone. Well, actually not really. With only one LCD screen with the dimensions 23.9 by 10.2 by 1.4 centimeters, it makes it harder to see what is really going on. But Nintendo has got you covered. Nintendo has a dock allowing it to project the screen on your TV once you dock your Nintendo Switch.
Although Nintendo provided you with a dock what about when you are on a plane. You simply just take it out of the dock and use it. One of the main design flaws that I discovered, included the size of the joycons. If you have large hands, I highly encourage you not to play for long hours, because your hands will start to really hurt! The screen itself also may be too small, making it harder to have 2 players. Overall, in the next model, Nintendo should create an option for a bigger sized device.
In terms of performance, I was amazed by how the device portion of the console was able to handle the renowned graphically intense game “Zelda.” While playing it for about 2-3 hours, the device maintained its temperature, without getting too hot.The battery life was no disappointment at all, with a battery life of about 6 hours.
Apart from Zelda, when I first loaded up “Lego City Undercover” it seemed really smooth just like the Zelda game. After playing for 30 mins, the game’s Frame-rate dropped down by a lot making it super laggy and impossible to play. The reason why this game was slow compared to Zelda remains a question for the end.
When the Switch came out, we were introduced to a new Dashboard screen which showed your game. It is kind of like the PS4 dashboard except more smaller. The dashboard consists of all your games and demos that you have downloaded from the Nintendo Eshop. You basically have all of the features of the dashboard that was there in the 3DS except for one thing.
This feature is the Internet Browser. The Nintendo Switch lacks the Internet Browser which was a major let down for me. I personally would use the Internet Browser like how I do on my 3DS. WIthout an internet browser, the switch becomes limited to the potential games you can buy from the Eshop.
I hope Nintendo in the next year’s implement the Internet browser into the Switch because it will be easier for people like me to not go to their computer to search something up and instead do it right on the switch.
After this whole break down I would rate the Switch an 8.5 / 10. This is only because it lacks the Internet Browser and it has so much space that can be used to extend the screen and make it bigger than the normal size. I would also maybe improve the chip on the Switch so that it can improve the quality of games such as Lego City Undercover.
Lastly, I want to thank my friend Suchay Dharnidharka for providing me with his Nintendo Switch. This article could not have been published without his help.