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Welcome to T3’s official Nintendo Switch review, the best resource for all those considering if they should grab the BigN’s hot handheld gaming console.
And, well, the Nintendo Switch has became so popular that Nintendo has already established to double the production operate on the new console to maintain with demand, with gamers falling over themselves to obtain hands on the machine and play 10/10 titles like the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey.
Of course, with the Nintendo Switch now settled into its lifespan, joined by the Nintendo Switch Lite, and granted usage of a wide collection of awesome games (and much more great games along the way in 2020), now’s the perfect time for all those considering the Switch to choose one up if indeed they haven’t already. And, if this is the case, then T3’s detailed Switch review here’s resource for you.
If you prefer a quick takeaway out of this Nintendo Switch hardware review, though, then that is it – Nintendo Switch can be an innovative, stylish and fun gaming console. It includes a premium appear and feel, attractive price point and will be offering both a home console and lightweight handheld experience in a single slick package.
To put it simply, the Nintendo Switch takes the very best parts from the Wii, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS and combines them right into a system that is higher than the sum of its parts. It is not as powerful as the PS4 and Xbox One, so can’t deliver the same fidelity of graphics, but regarding delivering fun encounters it really is second to none.
Before we reach the hardware review proper you should have a look at T3’s Nintendo Switch Unboxing video below to have a taste for everything you enter the Nintendo Switch package:
Nintendo Switch review: everything in the box
The Nintendo Switch will come in a concise, rectangular cardboard box, with Nintendo Switch and its own Joy-Con controllers, in addition to its dock, proven on leading and back. Using one side of the box you get images of the Nintendo Switch being found in its various different play modes.
Open the box and you are greeted immediately with a cardboard tray. In the tray you find both left and right Joy-Con controllers (in your colour pallette of choice; we’d Neon Red and Neon Blue), in addition to the Switch itself. Both controllers and Switch can be found in clear plastic baggies. Removing the Switch and Joy-Con controllers is simple, leaving you next to eliminate the very best cardboard tray.
Take away the tray and you are greeted with a partitioned lower cavity with three main compartments. In the left compartment you get the Nintendo Switch’s AC adapter, a HDMI cable for hooking the console up to your TV of preference, along with the obligatory instruction booklet.
In the central compartment you can get the bundled Joy-Con controller grip (here is the non-charging variety), together with two Joy-Con wrist straps, within the right partition you get the Nintendo Switch dock. Grip, dock, AC adapter and cables all can be found in clear plastic baggies.
Nintendo Switch review: design and construction
First thing you see when you select up the Switch is how heavy and premium the construction feels (Switch console weight = 297g). Unlike the Wii U’s gamepad, which had a plasticky lightness to it that hardly ever really convinced, the Nintendo Switch and Joy-Con controllers are glass, metal and composite, communicating a feeling of quality and expense every time they are in the hand. In Handheld Mode with the Joy-Con controllers slotted in to the system that is doubly so; as the look of the Switch, both up close and from afar, is merely lovely.
What then grabs you next is how crisp and rich the Nintendo Switch’s 6.2-inch, 1280×720 capacitive touchscreen is. From the menu screens to doing offers, the visuals pop with a clarity that if you are being used to 3DS or Wii U visuals, are an order of magnitude more impressive and really hammer home that is a real super powerful system when taken handheld. Sure, it is not as powerful as a home console when set up against behemoths just like the PS4 Pro, however as a portable, handheld, slotted in your backpack or pocket console, it definitely is, outstripping rivals.
On the trunk of the Nintendo Switch may be the Tabletop Mode’s kickstand, which is situated on the rear-bottom-left of the machine. The stand you should definitely used sits flush to the machine and is flipped out by merely lifting from underneath with a fingernail. In a good design choice, the Nintendo Switch’s microSD card slot is situated under the kickstand. Used the kickstand is surprisingly proficient at ensuring the Nintendo Switch stays upright, without nudges or small bumps triggering it to be unbalanced and fall over. Indeed, from T3’s testing you’ll need to severely knock the machine for this to occur.
As stated in T3’s practical review (that exist by scrolling listed below), slotting in and taking right out the Joy-Con controllers to and from the Nintendo Switch is incredibly self-explanatory, with a sliding motion from the most notable down culminating in a satisfying click noise, and a little, rear-mounted button on each Joy-Con allowing detachment with an upward slide.
In conditions of buttons and ports, the Nintendo Switch includes a top-mounted power button, volume along buttons, headphone port, game cart port, in addition to a bottom-mounted USB Type-C charging port and brace of stereo speakers. As aforementioned, the system’s microSD card slot is situated within the kickstand on the trunk of the Switch, with microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC cards supported.
The Joy-Con controllers have typical gaming controller layouts with twin thumbsticks and X,A,B,Y button-style configs, nevertheless the left one also includes the Nintendo Switch image button, that allows you to quickly take screenshots in games and also have the images saved to the system’s storage (32 GB as standard, even though some of that is adopted by system files; screenshots can be transferred off the machine).
Nintendo Switch review: dock and cabling
The Nintendo Switch dock is manufactured out of plastic and, unlike the Switch, is quite light. Slotting the Nintendo Switch into and out from the dock is straightforward and, much to your approval, appears to be designed in order that screen scratches aren’t a concern, with the dock port securely holding the Switch well free from the dock’s interior walls.
Behind the dock lies a flip-down plastic door, which once dropped down allows usage of three ports: an AC adapter port, HDMI port and USB port. Slot in the bundled cables, and you will then neatly rout the cables out of a hole in the trunk plate, so that it is simple to both hide the cables and keep maintaining a clutter-free environment.
Accessories, including the Joy-Con Charging Grip and Nintendo Switch Pro Controller (see below) could be linked to the Nintendo Switch dock via among three USB ports, with one found in the rear cavity, in addition to two others installed in the dock’s left hand end. Obviously, neat freaks might not exactly want to utilize the exterior ports constantly as wires very visibly extend out from the side of the dock, but when multiple players all desire a wired connection these extra ports become invaluable.
Nintendo Switch review: accessories and controllers
And, talking of accessories, the Nintendo Switch has some. With this review unit we were given three of these, a Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Charging Grip, a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, and another Nintendo Switch AC adapter. Other accessories exist too, including the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Wheel, Nintendo Switch Accessory Set and extra Joy-Con controller sets, however during writing we’ve not managed to look into them.
The Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Charging Grip is nearly identical to the Joy-Con Grip bundled with the Nintendo Switch console in addition to the fact that it includes a top-mounted charging port, allowing users to keep using the Grip controller even though the Joy-Cons haven’t any battery, and in addition that its handles are made of a dark transparent plastic instead of a matte black one.
Seeing how similar both Grip controllers were was just a little disappointing since it made us wonder why Nintendo couldn’t have included the Charging Grip as standard, nevertheless, you can obviously keep using the Joy-Cons linked to the Switch and, to be honest, you’d have to play for most hours straight without the charging to perform the Joy-Cons right down to an even where you’d need to stop playing in this manner.
The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is comparable to the Wii U’s Pro Controller, but now includes a slightly wider, more rectangular build. The controller can be created from transparent black plastic instead of the Wii U’s shiny black plastic. It really is largely business as usual for a gaming console controller from then on however, with the typical thumbsticks and buttons, though there may be the Switch’s built-in image button as seen on the Joy-Cons.