Nintendo’s Switching It Up


by Aydan Harr

The Nintendo Switch

Aydan Harr, Rookie Reporter

Since the release of the Nintendo Switch, a growing number of people have taken interest into the new console due to its expanding library of games and social aspect.

The Switch has to be one of the most social consoles I’ve ever owned due to its portable features.  

The Switch came out on March 3 and is priced around $350. Out of the box the Switch is equipped with a Nvidia custom Tegra X processor, it also has 32 gigabytes of onboard storage but five gigabytes is already taken up by the operating system. The switch is also equipped with 6.2-inch, 1280 x 720p touchscreen. On the back of the switch is a kickstand and microSD card slot for expandable memory. The slot supports up to 2TB microSD. The nintendo Switch comes with one pair of Joycon controllers that slide on the sides console. The Switch also comes with a T.V doc, straps for the Joycons, and a controller grip.

The main feature of the Switch is that it’s both a handheld device and a console. If you slide the Switch into the T.V dock then pop the controllers off like an oversize Kit Kat Bar and slide them into the controller grip. The Switch will automatically enter console mode and will project your game on the T.V.

Then if you have to leave the house due to the thrills of the outdoors, forced to walk your dog to a park or seek adventure, then all you have to do is slide the Joycons back on the sides of The Switch and take it out of the dock. The Switch will detect this action and will convert back to handheld mode.

Now say you meet a new friend on your adventure to the park and you would like to play a game on your Switch with them you can open the kickstand on the back slide off the Joycons turn them sideways and the Switch will detect each individual Joycon as its own controller. This is very convenient if, say, you’re at a party with your friends then you can share the fun.

There are some downsides to the Switch that are not very major but still worth mentioning. The switch does not have enough system memory, the fan blows out so much hot air you can dry your hair with it. The biggest problem I’ve found is that the left Joycon will disconnect if something is in front of it such as a leg, wall, desk, piece of dust.

The reason I’m calling the switch the most social console I’ve ever owned is because of the local play feacher. If you’re at an airport and you notice someone else who owns a Switch playing the same game as you, you can open a local lobby that other people on these switches can see and join. then you can play with them without the need of internet connection. I personally use local play a lot due to my friends also owning Switches. It’s really great if you’re in public or another place where people are.   

One of the main reasons the Switch has been so hard to get a hold of is the game Legend Of Zelda Breath Of the Wild, which is a game that you can easily put over a hundred hours into and still not run out of things to do. It is definitely worth picking up on the Switch. When the Switch first came out I was a bit sceptical about the games, but after six months, the Switch was loaded full of games such as Lego Worlds, Arms, Micro Cart 8 Deluxe, The Jack Box Trilogy, Minecraft, and many more. Even more games are coming in the months to come such as LA Noire, Skyrim, Doom, Wolfenstein the New Colossus, and many more are being announced daily. The Nintendo Switch is a very good console at a very sensible price.