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New Nintendo Switch Review

Updated: Sep 27, 2020

I thought it’s worth reviewing this nifty little device. My son has been using the Nintendo 3DS XL for a while and wanted to upgrade to the latest version of the Nintendo Switch, which we got for him over Christmas and I think Nintendo has reinvented gaming once again as they have done for many years.

I remember the old vintage handheld donkey kong pocket games as a kid and the introduction of the Wii in 2006, it was an absolute game changer, pun intended! The Nintendo Switch is no exception, this little device has completely transformed home entertainment and since version 2 with improved updates has been released, this hybrid device both a handheld and console, enables you to plug and play seamlessly on your TV unit and play on the go.

Have you ever wanted to pack up your console and take it with you? Well, now you can! Great for long road trips, Nintendo truly delivers on every aspect of gaming and it represents the mobile world we currently live in. The design is aesthetically pleasing on the eye and it looks amazing. The vibrant colours just pop and really appeal to tech junkies today. It also feels durable and solid in terms of the finish itself and the display is crisp and colourful.

Let’s have a look at the games. It's clear that Nintendo wanted to appeal to a larger family audience and perhaps people who are more casual gamers rather than just their core fanbase. With titles like Ring Fit Adventure they are firmly going after the fitness market and older members in the family like myself and you can expect the flagship Mario, Mario Kart, Donkey Kong game series for kids and teens alike. The wide appeal is definitely working for Nintendo as they’ve had huge success with this release. Let's have a quick look at the pros and cons.

Pros -

  • The new version of the Switch has a longer battery life and it's getting rave reviews.

  • Essentially you’re getting a 2 in 1 gaming device.

  • With the Joy Con controllers included you can play 2 player games straight out the box.

  • Nintendo offer exclusive titles like Zelda, Pokemon Sword, Mario Kart, Super Dragon Ball Heroes and many others.

Cons -

  • Although the display is crisp, don’t expect an OLED quality picture. You’d expect the resolution to be more refined compared to the display we see on handsets today although my sons don't seem to be bothered.

  • Some people might find it a bit clunky if they only want a handheld device, in which case you might be better suited going for the Nintendo Switch Light instead.

  • A number of people have reported that if you’re not taking care when docking and undocking, you could leave scratches on the screen itself, so you might want to be extra careful of that.

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