My week with Switch!
I originally planned to do an unboxing video when I received my Switch last week, however due to being like a kid at Christmas (I just really wanted to play Zelda) I had to forgo the video, but now I’ve spent a week with it it’s time to give it a review.
My first gripe with the Switch is the build quality, it feels flimsy. The Joycon’s when playing it in Handheld mode feel as though with a little pressure applied the wrong way could easily snap off. Not the greatest design if you’re letting a young child play it. My next gripe is a fairly big one, the display. Whilst in TV mode the Switch is capable of outputting 1080p, but in Handheld or Tabletop mode the 6.2inch multi-touch, capacitive touch screen (at times I completely forget that the Switch has a touchscreen, as so far NOTHING I’ve played on it has required or even gave the option of any sort of touch-screen controls, wtf Nintendo?) is only capable of outputting at 720p. (It’a not like there some other mobile devices available which have some amazing touch screen technology, is there?)
Here’s the rest of the techie stuff:
- 720p 6.2inch multi-touch capacitive screen.
- Nvidia custom Tegra Processor
- 32gb Internal Storage (upto 2TB via a micro SDcard)
- Wifi Adapter (IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), The Dock mode can be connected via a USB ethernet adapter (not supplied, if you prefer a wired connection)
- Bluetooth 4.1
- Lithium-ion 4310mAh battery (battery life will vary and heavily depends on what you’re playing Zelda for instance gives you about 3 hours)
- 3 hours charge time in sleepmode.
- Switch Dock: HDMI, 3 X USB 2.0 ports (2 on the side and 1 on the back)
Now that the technical stuff is out the way, let’s continue on with the review.
Overall the Switch feels great when using it in Handheld mode, and even when I unclip the Joycon’s from it and use it in Tabletop mode they feel right in my hands and are nice and easy to hold. (When used as a pair, I prefer using them like this instead of with the included controller grip)
One of the things I adore about the Switch is how easy it is to switch from Dock to Handheld mode, it feels fluid and almost seemless. There is one concern about doing this constantly though and that is how easy you could scratch the display, as it’s a plastic screen if not looked after properly could easily get damaged if you’re not careful when putting the Switch into the dock (definite need for a screen protector)
I would love this next part of the review to be a trip down memory lane but alas the inclusion of a Virtual Console is but a distant dream (it’s not been implemented yet but is coming at some point, there are rumours of GameCube games coming to the Switch via the virtual console, but your guess is as good as mine as to when)
Keeping with the Games theme.
Of the 3 games I have (Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8: Deluxe and Super Bomberman R, Zelda is the only one I’ve spent a massive amount of time on. And I’ve yet to regret a single second of it. Yes there are some issues with it (weapon durability is something that makes no sense for a lot of the weapons, especially with them breaking just by looking at a Moblin) but overall my experience has been well loved when exploring Hyrule. The combat works well as does the unique array of puzzles found within the game.
Mario Kart is up next and yes it’s as enjoyable to play as the others have been, but it’s identical to the WiiU version, however if you’ve not played that version then there’s one thing I’d like say, my advise is to either buy the wheel attachments for the Joycon’s or play using the pro controller (must be purchased separately) or in handheld mode as playing it without any of those just using a single joycon is awkward and not the best experience.
Overall my experience with the Switch has been a rather pleasant one, I’ve yet to encounter any of the issues other people have reported and was pleasantly surprised that the rather small looking joycon controllers are delightful to use. In addition the fact the Switch isn’t region locked means I can pickup any game from any country and play it without limitations.
My final point is this:
Whilst the Switch is going in the right direction it’s still early days in terms of what we can expect to see just yet, mainly due to the lack of games available. If you’re a die-hard Nintendo fan you’ll most likely have a very good time playing with it, but if you’ve got a WiiU then it might be worth staying loyal to that until a game you really want to play isn’t released on it.
And yes like everyone out there I’ve tasted the Switch cartridges and they taste horrendous. I mean whoever thought it was a good idea to put a £50 game cartridge in your mouth has clearly got the wrong idea. (I did it for science, and really wish I hadn’t) It’s a design feature with the pure intention of stopping children from swallowing them.
Stay tuned for my Zelda: Breath of the Wild review (If I can ever pull myself away from playing it)