Review: Nintendo Switch it’s pure fun

by Kelvin
Nintendo switch

O Nintendo Switch is one of the most popular consoles in recent years. Come with us to see the reasons for such success.

O Nintendo Switch it’s what you want

O Nintendo Switch is a big hit. When released with Legend Of Zelda: Breath of The Wild back in 2017, it became one of the best releases Big N has ever had in history. Today, 3 years after its release, it has established itself as perhaps the biggest success in Nintendo’s history, and is the first video game to top the US bestseller list for 24 months.

The big news of 2020 for us Brazilians in relation to Switch is that he has officially arrived in our country. Is it worth buying the Nintendo Switch, however, with the launch of the Playstation 5 and Xbox Series? We will try to answer that question in this review.

  

From the start

O Nintendo Switch it’s innovative. It ends the line between a device for home and a handheld video game. it is possible to take Zelda to anywhere and get the full console experience. It is possible to play it on TV or on the “tablet” in just one click, without compromising the experience in any way.

O Switch is Nintendo’s biggest hit since the Wii, which observes the successes of the past and conquers new audiences from that. Despite the streak of bad luck she’s had with the Wii U, Big N has always been genius, even more so if you look back over the past ten years. A handheld video game with two screens (DS) and a console with precise sensors (Wii) were huge hits and sold together 100 million units, making them two of the greatest selling video game hardware of all time.

Along with that, exclusive characters from the company like Mario, Zelda and Metroid make the whole experience of playing a Nintendo console special.

Of course, good intentions alone don’t make sales of a device big. With the 2012 Wii U, Nintendo did so badly that neither Super Smash Bros nor Mario Kart 8 managed to save the console. Not only has Big N let itself down, third-party developers have abandoned the Wii U project – but now that doesn’t happen with the Nintendo Switch. More and more developers show support for Nintendo, with games like eternal doom and much of the franchise Final Fantasy available on the console.

design

Review: nintendo switch is pure potential
Need to say something?

O Switch it’s beautiful. Unlike its predecessor, everything in it looks solid and well structured. Don’t get me wrong, but if we think about the Wii U Gamepad and compare it to the Nintendo Switch, besides noticing an absurd evolution, it is possible to feel that the new console is a product that you want to leave in front of the TV.

Joy-Con has several color options, but it is more common to find two variations: black and blue and neon red. In both options, the Switch gain a unique look that is nice to see and see others play. his screen is from 6.2 inches, for a nearsighted person like me, if it were a little bigger, it would probably help, but for most people it’s a good size.

Hardware and Software

Review: nintendo switch is pure potential
I can hear Link’s music from here

O Nintendo Switch have one Nvidia Tegra SoC custom processor. Although well behind its competitors at the time of its launch (Xbox One and Playstation 4) and extremely weaker compared to the console generation released in 2020 (PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series), graphics power was never an issue for Nintendo. I, personally, have always paralleled Nintendo with the Apple.

At technical specifications alone don’t matter so much, but rather how the console/smartphone works. If the software works well with the hardware, what is the problem of having “less power” than the competition? when we think of Legend Of Zelda and other Nintendo exclusives that have been released in the last 3 years, they run perfectly in Switch. The graphics are beautiful, the games don’t crash and the Nintendo video game experience is there.

It’s worth remembering: the Nintendo Switch it’s a console for playing games and that’s it, although Youtube was launched for it. Aside from Google’s video platform, nothing is available for it until today. What we consider lack of whimsy, Big N understands as “focus on the main product”. In fact, the experience of using the Switch is unique, but not being able to watch it or the Queen’s Gambit in it it’s a rather strange choice these days.

Internal memory

O Switch comes with 32GB of internal memory, but actually, only 25GB are available, which is absurd for anyone looking to buy games through Nintendo eShop. only the Zelda takes up 13GB, which already takes away half the internal storage. That is, it is very necessary that you buy an SD card for your other games, if you focus on digital media. Spending a little more money, a 128GB memory card should be enough for most players, as few games go beyond the 13GB mentioned in Zelda.

Games

Review: nintendo switch is pure fun.  The nintendo switch is one of the most popular consoles in recent years.  Come with us to see the reasons for such success.

O console doesn’t come with any game with it, which is a shame, because in addition to shelling out R$2,500 with the video game, you still need to shell out more with the memory card and games. even the basics 1-2 Switch, console showcase game, it costs $50. Much more than it’s really worth.

In these three years of the console’s life, many titles were released that were received by critics in a spectacular way. In 2017, the year of release, we had Breath of The Wild and Super Mario Odyssey. In 2018, Pokémon Let’s Go and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate commanded the bestseller list, while 2019 Fire Emblem Three Houses and Luigi’s Mansion 3 were released to everyone’s delight.

2020 was another quiet year for the console, largely because of the pandemic, but its March release, Animal Crossing New Horizons, became one of the most talked about games of the year.

Outside of the exclusives, all Resident Evil released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 are available, giving you the opportunity to slay zombies in a portable way. Sega classics like Sonic 2 have been given updated versions for the Nintendo console that feature features you won’t find in any other version. Capcom has also made all the games in the Mega Man franchise, including the newest title, Mega Man 11, available to the console.

For RPG lovers, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is available too. Have you ever thought about exploring the game’s icy mountains on a bus? you can with the Nintendo Switch.

Joy-Con

Review: nintendo switch is pure potential
Two Joy-Cons come in the console box.

The controls of the Switch They are one upgrade of wii controllers. In the same way they revolutionized the motion sensor (and all that cool Wii Sports stuff), Joy-Con is everything you want and a little more. The first positive point for him comes from the fact that be worth two.

inside the box comes two Joy-Con that either stick to the side of the Switch, either you use it on a base or you give one side to a friend and the other you use. These are the three ways to play with the Nintendo controller.

They also feature NFC reader for Amiibo, motion sensor and sound and vibration technology so you feel like you’re counting ice cubes falling into a glass. It’s great. the 1-2 game Switch remains the best way to showcase the functionality of the controls, making very well-applied use of vibration and its motion sensors.

The Joy-Con unfortunately has been showing during these years in the market a problem called “drift”, where even without touching the analog video game understands that the lever is being pressed lightly. The problem was very serious during the console’s early years, but now with the Switch officially in Brazil you can send it for technical assistance at no cost, even if your Switch it was not originally purchased here.

Final considerations

Review: nintendo switch is pure potential
Do not put this cartridge in your mouth

Although the Playstation 5 and Xbox Series are out, the Nintendo Switch it still has something none of them will ever have: Nintendo exclusives, which are always some of the most universally loved games by critics. Add to that the portability that the console is capable of and you have a device that is definitely worth it.

For the Brazilian public, things have improved a lot too. The console can be officially found in Brazilian stores, such as the Amazon, for the price of R$2,925.08 in up to 12 installments, and many stores have games in the format of gift cards, with an average price of R$250.00. Also recently, a Nintendo Digital Store became available to console owners, with over 100 titles available.

Technical specifications

  • 6.2-inch, 720p touchscreen LCD
  • Processor: Nvidia Tegra SoC
  • 32GB of internal storage, expandable by microSD card
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • USB-C port on tablet
  • Two USB 2.0 ports and one USB 3.0 port on the dock
  • hdmi
  • 4,310 mAh lithium ion battery that lasts up to six hours
  • 9.41 x 4.02 x 0.55 inches (tablet)
  • Price: $299.99

what did you think of the Nintendo Switch? Want to buy one? Leave your comment below!

Sources: The Verge and Wired