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The Switch appears to be changing everything when it comes to mobile gaming. The system is doing things that have never been done before. However, not everything is perfect about this new console, and there are a few things that should be looked at before putting up the $300 for the new console.
The Nintendo Switch promises to have more power than a 3DS, and the games that have been shown to play on the Switch look beautiful, so graphics and power may not be that much of a concern. However, the Switch is not just a mobile gaming device, it is Nintendo’s new console, so if one were to compare it to the PlayStation 4, or Xbox One, it does not stack up. It falls so short that the developers at Respawn laughed at the notion of making Titanfall available on the Switch, and many other developers see it as a problem too. Now, to many gamers, like myself, graphics are not the most important part of games, so this is not an issue; but many players consider graphics to be very important, and they might want to think twice about the Switch.
2. Battery Life
The stated battery life of the Switch is 2.5-6 hours of game time. This is a problem for some people because larger games like Zelda are most likely take up the most power, making it closer to that 2.5 hour margin. That may seem like plenty of time until one considers that many wish to use the Switch because they travel a lot and don’t have access to outlets in a plane or on the go. This is also less battery life than the 3DS which lasts a minimum of 3.5 hours. Fortunately, though, the Switch is easy to charge. The device itself charges when put in the doc, and the controllers charge when attached to the device. It also looks like there will be a car charger available for purchase. The whole charging process is pretty streamlined, but if the 2.5 hours of battery life is too short for you, this might not be the mobile gaming system of choice for you.
The Switch comes with the dock, console, two Joy-Con controllers, Joy-Con grip for playing with the system docked, an HDMI cable, an AC adapter and wrist straps for the controllers. This is all for only $300, which is a nice, generous price, especially at launch. The only problem is if players want to expand their arsenal of accessories. A set of two Joy-Con controllers sell at a steep $80, and one Joy-Con (either right or left) can be bought for $50. These are pretty steep controller prices especially considering how small they are. The Switch’s Pro Controller, which is comparable to a $60 Xbox One controller is $70. Also, with the Switch’s mobility, it would be nice to be able to have multiple docks at different TV’s, but the price of the dock and it’s cords alone is a whopping $90. Of course, being content with everything that comes with the $300 price tag is an option.
The most important part of any gaming console is the games available on it. Sadly, just as was the case for the Wii and Wii U, the Switch is missing much 3rd party support, so do not expect to play your favorite non-Nintendo games on the console. Bethesda and Ubisoft have said they would make games for it, though. More importantly, many exciting Nintendo properties are coming. Breath of the Wild looks absolutely breath-taking (pardon the pun). A brand new 3D Super Mario is on the way too, and it looks gorgeous. The fact is, there is no other place to play great Nintendo games than on a Nintendo console.
Whenever it comes time to make a purchasing decision, one must figure out what is most important to them. If someone wants the most cutting-edge graphics quality system, the Switch is not for them. The Switch is, however, the highest level of mobile gaming ever seen, though, and it looks to have beautiful games. Sadly, the price of accessories are steep, so it may be worth the wait to see if Nintendo lowers the pricing in 6 months or a year. Also, it is always smart to wait until something has been released and other people have the chance to try it to give their opinions. However, if the games at launch look interesting to you, and you think the $300 is worth it, go ahead and give it a shot.
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