All About Nintendo Switch
The Nintendo Switch is Nintendo’s latest console, the console itself is all included within in the tablet PC portion of the device you see below. You can play the games console in three different ways;
It’s possible for you to play it docked and connected to the TV, standalone as a handheld unit or what Nintendo are calling ‘tabletop’ mode. The controllers on the side of the tablet computer are called Joycons and can be removed. The Joy-Con controllers can be played in several various methods. You can play them one in each hand or for multiplayer each player can take one play it on its side much like a SNES pad. The Joy-Cons are certainly packed with technology including motion controls, High Definition rumble and more.
Home Console or Portable?
Technically it’s both, the Switch could be played attached to the TV just as with any of the other console can but you may also remove the entire unit and take it outside the home. The console is the tablet computer, unlike with the Wii U where you’d to be within a variety of the system to play everything is in that little box.
The Switch is fully featured, it’s a 6.2-inch capacitive touchscreen, inbuilt 32GB of memory, a MicroSD card slot, rechargeable battery, USB C interface for charging and headphone jack. There’s a slot on the top for inserting the brand-new kind of game cards Switch games come on.
Release Date and Price
The Nintendo Switch will be released worldwide on March 3rd. In Australia the Switch will retail for $469.95AUD, it’s the most expensive console that Nintendo has ever released but it’s also the most sophisticated.
The Switch will be sold in two colour forms in all regions. The sole two difference between the two is the colour of the Joy Con controls attached to the system. There’s an all gray setup and one with a neon blue and neon red controls. All of these coloured Joy Cons can be bought individually if you’d like an all blue setup or an all crimson one.
The console comes with 32GB of onboard storage, however, some of that may already be taken up by the operating system. You’ll need to buy a memory card in order for it to install more games. Games bought on cards from stores don’t need to be installed to run.
What’s in the box?
The Switch doesn’t come with any games bundled or pre-installed. Here’s everything you’ll get in the Nintendo Switch box upon opening it. Yes, there’s an AC adapter this time.
Despite the fact that the Switch is a home console, it’s also a portable device and that means it has a battery. Running games in HD isn’t simple so how does the console fair undocked and on the road?
Nintendo says the Switch will run anywhere from 2.5 hours to 6 hours depending on what game you’re playing. We’re going to propose turning off wireless and turning down the brightness could also change this as well.
Nintendo says as a baseline something like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will run for 3 hours before you’ll be needing to dock the system. You’ll have the ability to recharge on the go using a battery pack in the event you wish.
Switch between mobile and docked mode
The delay back to the TV is really not the Switch taking time but the TV taking a time to change the signal back on.
The Nintendo Switch console isn’t going to be the complete powerhouses that the PS4 and the Xbox One are either docked or undocked. What it’ll do however is offer a consistent experience no matter where you’re playing. The only change between playing docked and undocked is the resolution. It all depends on the game but most games docked will reach 1080p at 60fps.
When you’re undocked the system alters the resolution to match the 720p screen of the tablet computer. Nintendo’s made sure the system can play the game regardless of if it’s docked or not, just the resolution changes. The Nintendo Switch is powered by a NVidia’s Tegra X1 central processing unit, other specs like just how much memory it has and what frequency the CPU is running at – we might never understand.
The Joy Con
We’ve talked about the Joy-Con’s above but let’s go into them in some detail. They’re versatile controls and they might look simple there’s a lot going on in them we have to talk about.
The Joy-Con L and R are two parts of one control, but they’re also two different controllers as well. When attached to the Switch or attached to the Joy Con Grip they’re essentially a conventional controller, although they do seem a little different to what we’re comfortable with.
The Joycons together can be used outside of the grasp to play with each half in a single hand, much like a wireless Wii Remote and Nunchuck would have been. The batteries are inside the controller themselves and last a convenient 20 hours. To charge the controllers you’ll have to dock them with the Switch or purchase a separate charging Joycon grasp. The Joy Con Grip in the carton just holds the controllers, it will not charge them.
The other method to use the Joy con controllers is on their side, they basically afterward are like a souped up Super Nintendo controller. There are two shoulder buttons on the ‘top’ of the control that are hidden when the controls are docked. In the event you think the Joy-cons seem small, that’s because they are.
To add a little extra height there are two Joy-Con straps included. These straps don’t just add a wrist strap to stop you from throwing your controller on the other side of the room but also make the shoulder buttons a little taller and enhance the aesthetic of the Joy Con.
The other element of the Joy Con is the technology in them you can’t see;
While it sounds like a gimmick, Nintendo’s High Definition rumble is really something amazing. It’s in both the Joycon controls in addition to the Pro Controller. At its center HD Rumble is a more advanced or exact type of rumble, during Nintendo’s presentation they clarified that you would be able to feel individual ice cubes trembling within the remote as when they were in a glass.
The better example, however, is in 1-2 Switch at which you are able to play a mini game you have to guess how many ‘balls’ are rolling around inside it. When you lean the Joy-Con left and right it actually feels like there’s ball rolling around.
It’s not only these ‘gimmicky’ notions that work, both Mario Kart 8 and Splatoon 2 featured a more tasteful rumble experience. It’s one of these things you have to try yourself.
Not to be confused with an IR pointer like on the Wii Remote. This camera instead can pick up how far away it is from something, what kind of gestures your hand is making and other things we’re certain we’ven’t even thought of yet.
Both the Joycons and the Pro Controller feature the capacity for motion controls. We’ve played with both controller set ups and it worked just as you would anticipate a Wii Remote Plus to.
NFC Pad for Amiibo and Skylanders
Like the Wii U Gamepad, the right Joy Con only features an NFC touch pad for amiibo and now additionally for Skylanders figures. No dock demanded! The pad is hidden between the ABXY buttons as well as the right analog stick.
The Pro Controller
The Pro Controller is the alternative controller and sold a separately for Switch players. The Pro Controller appears and feels like a traditional video game controller. It’s also concealing some impressive technology in it as well. In addition, it has the HD Rumble, Motion Controls and the NFC pad constructed like the Joy Con controls do.
The battery life also clocks in at an impressive 40 hours. This is down to the 80 hours the Wii U Pro Controller offered but above and beyond any adversary control.
The most important part of a console is its games lineup. Nintendo and their partners have declared over 80 matches are in development for the Switch with more being added every day. The day one lineup is also evolving but it’s a lot smaller that the Wii U was, fortunately for us Nintendo appear to be following up the launching with more games on a consistent basis. There won’t be any droughts of matches for the first year it follows!