Since a long time ago many gamers were anxious for the big day when Nintendo launched its new Nintendo Switch. In my case, the last console I had from Nintendo was the Nintendo Game Cube, I could enjoy great titles but at the same time I was not completely convinced. The Wii and Wii U never caught my eye.
Now Nintendo brings a different console to the current, not focusing on 4K or its power as is doing Microsoft and Sony. Nintendo Switch is a piece of hardware that can function as a console at home and laptop, allowing you a seamless transition to play your games at home and take them anywhere.
I was able to test this console with the game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and I want to tell you that this game is surprising, what I liked the most is that at no time did I see frames drops from both, the TV mode and also in portable mode.
When you use Nintendo Switch in portable mode the LCD panel is bright with fairly accurate and pleasing colors, if you use the console on a TV it is easy, regardless of the state in which the Switch is, on, off or in the middle of a game, everything that you need to do is place it in the Dock. The Dock has three USB ports, an HDMI port and a USB Type C port for power. Like the Switch and the Joy-Con, the Dock is carefully designed, the Dock has a space where you can hide the HDMI cable and its other cables.
The Nintendo Switch Dock does not provide more graphics power to the console, really the Switch Dock is only used to quickly connect the portable console to a television, also serves to charge the battery while it is connected to the base. The Dock is not the central unit of the Nintendo Switch.
Inside it has an Nvidia Tegra processor, 4 GB of RAM spread between the CPU and the GPU, when you play on a TV the resolution of the Nintendo Switch games is Full HD at 1080p, while when you play in portable mode games go down To HD 720P resolution.
Nintendo Switch uses game cartridges that have no region, you can increase your space of 32GB (about 25.6GB usable) with Micro SDXC cards up to 2TB. The digital store has no restrictions because it allows you to buy games from any region.
Nintendo Switch UI is very simple and easy to use with clear menus which is rather easy to understand and navigate. Equally is the eShop which is easy to use as well. There is a news section that shows the latest games and system updates and tells you what is coming for Nintendo and what other game developers are doing for Switch. What I found strange is that the eShop does not have a music in the background while you navigate in it.
To share screenshots is very easy. A simple tap to the share button allows you to capture a screenshot, the memory management of the Switch is good enough to allow you to suspend the game in which you are and to be able to do something else. Still can not record video, hopefully Nintendo can accommodate us in a not so very distant future.
As for the download speed of the games i was surprised to see that it was enough to surpass the current download speed of the Sony PS4 Pro, it seemed to me a it was a lot like the download speed of the Xbox One S. So far there is no option to pause the downloads. The Internet connection is quite fast you can connect Nintendo Switch to your router and to the 5G network.
The Joy-Con are two small controls that are together make for the perfect protagonist to the console and inside there is a lot more technology in them that can be seen with a simple eye. When you use the Joy-Cons you feel an experience as if you had virtual reality controls in your hands no matter if you have them connected to the tablet or not. Some users have reported that they have had problems with the synchronization and that in moments lose the connection with the device, in my case I have had no problem.
In addition to attaching to each side the Switch body, these controls can also fit into the so-called Joy-Con Grip a gripping object that turns both controls into a traditional control of which we are already accustomed to use. But it is not as comfortable as the Switch Pro Controller.
The Switch Pro Controller feels very comfortable on the hands, comparable to the one of Xbox One in its size and slightly heavier (8.3 ounces) The control of Xbox One is 8 ounces when you have both AA batteries. If you try to identify the two just by their architecture you might think they are the same. This means that the Pro Controller is pleasantly dense.
Switch Pro Controller uses an Xbox-style button configuration, with the two analog levers shifted rather than parallel to each other. Four buttons (A / B / X / Y) Small and round but home that are placed between them around the Nintendo Switch logo. The top of the control has two side buttons on each side (L / R y ZL / ZR), A USB port to charge and an LED indicator that shows when the control is connected and a small pairing button. The bottom of the gamepad has four status LEDs that show you are connected and which player is set. Nintendo recently reported that the Pro Controller can last up to 40 hours charged. A five-foot USB-C cable included to connect it to the USB port on the Switch Dock.
Nintendo Switch Features and Specifications
- Nvidia Tegra processor and 32GB internal memory expandable via micro SDXC.6.2-inch capacitive multitouch display Panel with HD resolution of 1280 x 720.
- Connected to a TV the games have Full HD resolution at 1080p.
- Maximum of 6 hours of autonomy in portable console mode.
- Maximum of 6 hours of autonomy in portable console mode.
- You can connect up to eight consoles via WiFi for multiplayer games.
- To play online there will be a monthly payment subscription. (Until now it’s FREE)
- The version of the console is international, Nintendo Switch games work anywhere in the world, this is an advantage over Wii U whose games were segmented by regions.
In short, my personal opinion is that this is a console that has fulfilled my expectations regarding its innovation and features, it is not the same as the current consoles that are on the market. Nintendo knew to play it to make their fans happy, also focused on being able to get to the heart of those gamers who do not have a Nintendo console.
I’m really not a Nintendo fanboy …. I am a gamer who loves video games and technology, I have a PS4 Pro (See Unbonxing) and an Xbox One S (See Unboxing) and this new Nintendo console has been able to make me happy for the reason that it is different from these two I have Mentioned.
I have seen publications against Nintendo Switch where it says that it presents several problems, but if we give back when the PS4 was released this had failures and problems in its launch (It went off alone, HDMI) the Xbox One also does not escape its Failures (Hardware, Xbox Live, Disks) and finally Sony and Microsoft were able to solve these problems, it is always normal that in the launches of technology products some fail.
I recommend this console for all Nintendo fans and lovers of their sagas, also if you are one of those who have another console but want something different is the perfect console for that space you have on your shelf. If you are one of those that you are looking for 4K (Scaled …) and more power you can think about it before buying it, but do not underestimate Nintendo Switch that it can give you a big surprise!
Here you can see our Nintendo Switch unboxing: