Nintendo Switch review


The Switch may very well be Nintendo’s Hail
Mary in the console business. The Wii U tanked and they are on their last heart with Microsoft, Sony, and smartphones moving in for the kill. Their solution? This thing – is a remarkably
smart one. The Switch is fully contained in this little tablet here, which Nintendo calls the main unit. So dock it and it acts as a full-on home console. Pull it out and it’s a handheld you can take anywhere. Pull out it’s kickstand and it’s a little bit of both. It’s kind of like what the Wii U was meant to be. This is the full on new Zelda I am holding in my hand right here. You can do a little busy work like crafting
while you’re on the train, then when you get home plug it in for the big boss battle. It’s something I didn’t even realize I wanted, but now that I have it I feel like my other consoles are missing something. That why I think that the Switch is something that people are going to want even if they have the latest consoles. The tablet itself feels like a high-end phone. It’s well-made, but not exactly durable. Compared with the Wii U, it’s insanely compact. The dock, which has power, HDMI, and a couple USB ports feels pretty cheap and slotting the Switch into it feels pretty janky. I hope the USB-C connector in there is
military-grade because it’s going to get beat up. Each wireless joycon which is what Nintendo calls these has the usual controls. Analog stick, buttons, plus home button on one and and screenshot button on the other. You can slide them onto the tablet and they hold on super tight and the whole thing isn’t super heavy or you could just hold them loose or attach them to the comfort controller which makes it feel like a normal gamepad. They’re super small, but actually feel pretty
good to use in one hand. Some people have reported connection issues
with the left one, and I had one brief glitch, but generally they’ve been totally reliable,
no lag or anything. The built-in motion tracking worked well,
and it’s kind of hard to judge the usefulness of the infared range finder or the HD rumble from the few mini games I got to play Pass one half of the controller to a friend
and suddenly you’ve got two-player going, Not going to lie though, these controllers
are way too small to use with two hands for more than an hour or two. It’s nice to include couch multiplayer
out of the box though. The OS is surprisingly straightforward – it
doesn’t have little Miis running around or the usual Nintendo quirks. But it also doesn’t have too many options to wade through, unlike on my PS4, which has hundreds. We didn’t get a chance to check out the online or
chat functionality, which hasn’t been released. One of the downsides of being stuck in a tiny
box like this is you just can’t fit that much power in there. Don’t get me wrong, Zelda looks fantastic. But that’s because it has good art direction,
not because of the graphical prowess of the Switch. I had framerate issues here and there
and while you can expect that stuff to smooth out as developers get used to the platform, you’re just never going to have games that look or perform as well as those on the
PS4 and Xbox One. Fortunately, no one ever really expected it
to. We could have expected a few more launch titles,
though. Zelda is excellent, but it doesn’t come in
the box, so that’s $60 right off the bat. And other titles that will better demonstrate
the social and mobile aspects of the console won’t be here for months. Nintendo also made big lineup promises with
the Wii U, and ultimately fell short. Reviews of consoles on launch day are necessarily
kind of lacking. But the Switch is unique in that everyone
basically wants to know – does it even work? Well, it does, and I think it’s great. But unless you are a die-hard Zelda fan — and
even then you could play this on the Wii U — it’s hard to recommend buying this at launch. But rest assured that the
console itself is worth having, regardless of what kind of gamer you are.

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12 thoughts on “Nintendo Switch review

  1. Very nice reviews Techcrunch !!
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  2. This guy is so chill, great review, straight down the line! He seems like the kind of guy who if he won the lottery, would ask,"How much tax do I have to pay on this?" Seriously though, thanks for the review!

  3. " wouldn't call it durable" survived 11 drops from 5 ft. until it stopped working and the screen was only scratched…I think its durable.

  4. I don't think you don't need to be a die hard Zelda fan to get a switch and breath of the wild. I've never owned a Nintendo system and I've never played a Zelda game before but breath of the wild is now up there as one of my favourite games ever. Number 1 being Mafia 1 PC (loved the story in that).

  5. I plan on getting one, but honestly I don't have high hopes for it being very successful. Nintendo is really banking on the portable part of the console, and I just don't see it as a feature that many people really care about that much. Personally though I love handhelds, the switch will be my long awaited PS Vita replacement.

  6. Zelda isn't the only game to play. FAST RMX, and spector of torment are both excellent games worthy of praise and both temporarily exclusive. Then you had I am Setsuna and the Awesome Neo Geo games like metal slug and Wku Waku 7. Add to that Blaster Master zero which released a week later and Binding of Isaac a week later. Not to mention the Good but not great games like Voez and Bomberman R.

  7. The Switch lacking power against the PS4 or Xbox One doesn't really concern me as I have a mid-range gaming PC that beats those two pieces of crap. Nintendo consoles are different that they have the best console exclusives (way better than Sony's best IMO) and I look forward for the potential of unique game experiences that Nintendo often makes.

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