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The Nintendo Switch – Will you buy it?

After 5 years since their last console, Nintendo will release the Switch this Friday March 3rd, 2017.  Let’s take a closer look at this product by seeing what you get in the package and the pros and cons people are talking about.

Here’s what you’ll get:

  • Nintendo Switch console:  6.2-inch, multi-touch capacitive touch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720
  • Nintendo Switch dock: For connecting the Switch to the TV. Also for charging the Switch and Joy-Con.
  • Joy-Con controllers (left and right): What Nintendo calls each controller.
  • Joy-Con Grip:  You attach the Joy-Con controllers to this grip to make one traditional controller. The linked one also charges the controllers.
  • 2 Joy-Con Strap accessories: One for each Joy-Con.
  • AC Adapter:  This can be connected to either the dock or Switch.
  • HDMI cable

 

Here are the pros and cons I’ve gathered about this bad boy:

Pro: Low price.  It will cost $299.  Much less than other consoles.

Con: No games included.  When you buy the console you won’t get ANY games!  The only good game available at that time will be The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.  $60.[/one_half_last]

Pro: The Switch console has a microSD slot to store more games.  Although this could be a con since you’ll need to buy yet another thing, at least this is an option.  You will also be able to play right off the card.  $20+.

Con: Small internal memory capacity.  The console comes with only 32 GB of internal memory.  About 7 GB will be taken up by your Nintendo account.  Half of what’s left will be taken by Zelda.

Pro: You get a Joy-Con Grip that will allow you to attach the Joy-C0n controllers and use it like a traditional controller.

Con: The only function of the Joy-Con Grip is to attach the Joy-Con controllers and use as a traditional controller. It has no charging capabilities.

Pro: You can charge your Joy-Con controllers three ways:

  1. Attach the Joy-Con controllers to the Switch tablet while the tablet is docked.
  2. Attach the Joy-Con controllers to the Switch tablet while the tablet is connected via AC adapter.
  3. Buy a separate item called the Joy-Con Charging Grip meant only for charging.

Con: The only way to charge the controllers AND play on your television at the same time is buying the additional Charging Grip – $30.  If your controller batteries run out you can continue playing by moving the AC adapter from the dock to the Switch directly.  For this I would recommend having a second AC adapter – $30.

I have to tell you.  The product looks amazing.  The controllers look polished, the console looks good.  The flexibility of being able to play on your TV then switch over to hand-held makes for a great portability.  The capability of being able to play with others by sharing the Joy-Con controllers allows for good times with friends and family.

Let me know what you think.  Will you be getting it?  Give me your thoughts in the comments section.

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