• Zach Bernabe

Video Game Console Review: Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch console was released not too long ago (March 2017) and is a great product, but it also has its flaws.

Like any other new console, there's a lot of hype surrounding it, making it harder and more expensive to get. Right now, one of the only ways to get a Switch is to order a deluxe package through a retailer such as GameStop, and these can cost up to $500.

The Switch comes in one size but is available in three different colors, according to nintendo.com. The basic $299 package comes with the basic (tablet-like) console, a docking station, two "Joy-Con" controllers and straps (left and right), a Joy-Con grip, HDMI cable, and AC adaptor.

The Switch is a very unique console because it can be docked and played using a television, or it can be taken on the go as a "gaming tablet." Another unique aspect is the new controller, better know as Joy-Con, which is a complete new design for the console. They can be combined into one controller using the Joy-Con Grip, connected to the sides of the console in mobile mode, or can be used as two separate controllers for single and multiplayer game modes.

The system also comes with a small stand on the back of the tablet, but the stand isn't very sturdy, so a lot of third parties are selling cases and stands for the Switch to be used in desktop mode.

One of the main complaints about the new system is that it did not come with any free games included, and there have not been many games yet released for the system itself. Right now, the most popular game by far is "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild," which was released at the time of the system. "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe" was later released April 28, 2017. Both games have been highly reviewed by critics, with composite scores of 92 ("Mario Kart") and 97 ("Zelda") on Metacritic.com.

Another downside is the six-hour battery life of the system, but the exact battery life depends on the game being played. For example, "Breath of Wild" could exhaust your battery in two hours and 45 minutes, according to trustedreviews.com. The controllers can also be uncomfortable or awkward for Xbox or PlayStation users.

While having some downsides, the Nintendo Switch is a overall great console and should be great for new social interactions, as well as kids.