The Nintendo Switch is the newest and hardest-to-find console that has everyone in awe. The Nintendo Switch, from the portability aspect to the home console mode, is an amazing piece of hardware. The Switch is revolutionary when it comes to design. I find myself playing it more than my PlayStation 4 simply because it is portable. Nintendo has always been ahead of times, and the Switch is a grand example. Nintendo is seemingly having a hard time with demand — which is good for them but bad for us— leading to a country-wide shortage of the console.
So why would you drop three hundred dollars on a Nintendo Switch?
For starters, it’s basically a 3DS and a Wii U in one. It’s portable and it has immediate two-player/multiplayer capabilities using the Joy Cons. The Switch, the Joy Cons, and the Switch Pro Controllers have a surprisingly long battery life of three to four hours.
Like all new consoles, the Nintendo Switch only has a couple of dozen launch games; nonetheless, the titles that it offers are the classics that have made the Nintendo what it is today. For example, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Mario Odyssey, and a plethora of other titles on the Nintendo eShop. In my opinion, Breath of the Wild is more than enough reason to buy a Nintendo Switch, but the upcoming lineup of exclusive games, Fire Emblem Warriors, XenobladeChronicles 2, Skyrim Switch Edition, and Pokken Tournament XD make it worth the quest to find one.
The Switch also has a wide variety of accessories like smaller console-to-TV docks and console life extenders (most available from off-brand vendors) that will your enhance your Switch experience. Another new feature of the Nintendo Switch is the universal type-c power cable which makes it more accessible to gamers and non-gamers alike.
Games like Breath of the Wild look fantastic (one might even say breathtaking). However, you can only play Zelda and every eShop title so many times before craving more. There are also some slight hardware issues gamers have discovered. The kickstand they have on the Switch is unstable; it can barely hold the console upright on a very flat surface. The left Joy-Cons in most launch consoles have connectivity issues, but Nintendo has announced that they will replace the Joy-Cons on the systems. I actually sent in my Joy-Cons to get fixed and the whole process only took a week for the complete repair.
The sad reality is that you might not be able to find a Switch. Since this console is virtually sold out at every retailer, you might have to resort to buying one at higher price than standard retail value. Be careful, there are multiple reports of scammers online so verify your vendor before spending your money. There are some retailers, like GameStop and ThinkGeek that are selling Switch Bundles that include games, accessories, and even collectibles. These bundles are all at standard price (for everything included) and it’s legit.
Other than that, the Switch is an amazing piece of technology that I believe will change gaming in the best way possible.