Nintendo Switch 32GB Console Review
Nintendo has a way of doing things differently than most of its competitors, particularly Sony and Microsoft. The company’s release of the Wii motion controllers and the GamePad, a tablet-style controller for the Wii U, are proof of its innovative approaches to gaming.
Then, here comes the Nintendo Switch console, a portable home console that allows players to use it for both playing at home and playing on the go. Think of it as Nintendo giving Sony and Microsoft a run for their money, as well as giving avid gamers better value for their money. Here’s what we think about it.
Features of The Nintendo Switch 32GB Console
Nintendo Switch 32GB Console will make you want to switch consoles even when you’re already the satisfied owner of the latest Xbox or PlayStation. The features alone will make your mouth water, so to speak, for it.
- Versatile and detachable Joy-Con controllers
- 2” tablet
- 2-in-1 portable home console
- Television dock
The Switch has a dual purpose, thus, the 2-in-1 description. No wonder then that there is more gear than you will find with other consoles, but it works well for the system. The gear includes the Switch itself, as well as the Joy-Con L and R, the Switch Dock that connects it to a television, and the Joy-Con Grip that allows for more traditional uses.
But that isn’t all. There’s also the Joy-Con straps used for games with motion controls—the possibility of accidental smashing of televisions by overly enthusiastic players is always a possibility—as well as the power lead and HDMI cable. Fortunately, these are all familiar to veteran gamers and, thus, are easy to use.
The Switch is relatively small for a flagship console, so much so that it’s only as big as an Android tablet when every accessory is removed from it. The 6.2” capacitive touchscreen displays highly satisfactory images and responds so well to the touch you will actually feel like you’re using a tablet. In contrast, even the Wii’s U GamePad has a slower response time, a real pain to use.
The console also feels nicer in the hands, thanks to its durable materials complemented by the metal finish, and better on the eyes with its attractive aesthetics. The only downside: The kickstand isn’t up to par, no thanks to its thin plastic material and its one-angle viewing quality.
The fact that the Switch also doesn’t support wireless headphones is also a shame, especially as console makers are moving towards compatibility with Bluetooth headphones.
The Joy-Con controllers are also relatively easy to dock and remove. Be sure to listen to the “click” noise and a separate mechanical click to ensure that the controller is already in its proper place, otherwise, you will find yourself screaming in frustration as the console shatters on the floor.
The Switch is a portable console, so battery life should be considered, too. Nintendo claims that Switch has a battery life extending from 3 to 6 hours depending on its settings (e.g., Wi-Fi and brightness) and games used. When we tested it, the battery held up more or less as Nintendo claimed it would be, even at 100% brightness, Wi-Fi on, and a demanding game like Zelda on.
The battery also charges quicker than expected—approximately 3 hours for a dead battery. We suggest using a USB-C-to-USB-C portable battery for faster charging on the go, usually 45% charge in an hour but keep the console in sleep or off mode. The downside: You cannot charge and play in tabletop mode using the kickstand because of the charging port’s awkward placement.
The Joy-Con controller is a joy to play with, especially when you can appreciate the technology behind it and the pleasures that it adds to your game. For example, the HD Rumble feature gives a gentle “bump feel” on the hands as each “ball” hits the Joy-Con’s end.
Even with it being on the smaller side, the Joy-Con controllers are excellent for the job. Even the overall design means that Nintendo’s developers are actually listening to the complaints of their customers regarding prior releases. The Home button, face buttons, and SL and SR buttons are easy to the touch, although people with larger hands may have issues with them.
If you’re looking for a better gaming experience with the Switch, we suggest the Pro Controller. This has a bigger profile with the Pro pad sitting perfectly well on the hands, not to mention that it’s also lightweight, has a longer battery life (40 hours), and has most of the Joy-Con’s functionality.
- Easy to set up and use, even for novices in Nintendo’s technology
- Portable feature makes it a great choice for on-the-go gamers
- Joy-Con and Pro Controller are both full featured controllers with technology avid gamers will love
- Colorful, bright and intuitive screen
- Hundreds of games to choose from
- Decent 32GB capacity
- Expensive accessories
- More expensive games in comparison with other platforms
Is buying the Nintendo Switch a good decision? We think it is a good buy considering that it provides what Sony and Microsoft cannot provide in its home console—the convenience of a portable and home console in one unit. The Nintendo Switch 32GB Console may not have a more powerful console as its competitors, not to mention that it has a cumbersome dock and an expensive total system, but it’s beloved for its convenient features.