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Nintendo Switch Review: is it still worth it?

The Nintendo Switch has been a sensation since its release in 2017. But is it still worth buying the classic Nintendo Switch today? Before we look at the Switch's technical performance, and features, let's take a moment to look at the different game modes. It's worth remembering that Nintendo's console is a 3-in-1 model.

What are the parts to a Nintendo Switch?

At first glance the Nintendo Switch may appear complex due to the different parts, but rest assured, it's not that bad! The Nintendo Switch consists of:

  • The Nintendo Switch console.

  • Nintendo Switch docking station.

  • Joy-Con controller.

  • Joy-Con wrist strap.

  • Joy-Con holder.

The console is the heart of Nintendo Switch. You can either insert it into docking Station, or use the console directly. The Joy-Con is the control centre. It's either attached directly to the Switch on either ends or used separately. This is also how Nintendo allows you to play together, as both pieces can also be assigned to individual players. Depending on how you prefer to play at the time.

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How to use a Nintendo Switch? The three game modes

TV mode: Nintendo Switch works like a normal console that can be connected to a TV. So you can play with your friends and family on the big screen.

Tabletop mode: the console itself can also be placed on a table and stand by itself. This is particularly useful if you don't have a screen at home or if you're on holiday.

Handheld mode: the final "Switch" is the mobile console, which can be held directly in the hand. In this mode, the Joy-Cons are attached directly to the screen.

Nintendo Switch Technical Specifications

Specification

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Size

102 mm x 239 mm x 13.9 mm

Weight

398 g

Screen size and resolution

Touch screen / 6.2 inch LCD / 1280 x 720 px

Internal memory

32 GB

Connections

WLAN / Bluetooth

Audio/video output to TV mode

HDMI

USB port

USB Type-C

Headphone jack

3.5 mm

MicroSD

Compatible with microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC memory cards

Battery capacity

Lithium-ion battery, 4310 mAh

Battery life

Between 2 and 6.5 hours approximately

Charging time

3h (in standby mode)

What's the gaming experience like on the Nintendo Switch?

Before we get to the 'how', let's briefly touch on the 'what'. Because Nintendo has one of the largest collections of games that you can access directly on the Nintendo Switch using Wi-Fi. The games catalogue has the advantage of including Nintendo's big hits, such as Zelda: Breath of the Wild or Mario Odyssey, but also non-Nintendo games, such as Skyrim and The Witcher 3. Not to mention the plethora of independent games that have emerged on Switch in recent years. 

But even if the choice seems infinite, the Nintendo Switch has a few limitations here linked to its size. It's not as powerful as some of its rivals, such as the Xbox Series X and PS5. This particularly affects games like Resident Evil, which thrive on very powerful consoles with better resolution.

Resolution in particular is very important in video games. The Nintendo Switch has a 6.2-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. For comparison, this is roughly the size of the screen on an iPhone 11, which is popular for mobile gaming. However, the iPhone 11 came with a pixel density of 1792 x 828. The Nintendo Switch's screen is roughly the same size, but with a lower resolution. The next important point is the battery, because if you're interested in portable mode, battery life is very important. That's around 4-9 hours for the Nintendo Switch. The exact runtime depends on the game you're playing. For reference, according to Nintendo, The Legend of Zelda will last you around 5.5 hours.