All About The Nintendo Switch - Reviews, Games, Controllers, Online Play And More

Here's everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch console, including its reviews, price, features, and how to play.

No matter if you have a Nintendo Switch in hand or are preparing to buy one soon, this post is for you.

Let's have a run down of everything we know about the Switch so far.

Before buy Nintendo Switch, what you should know?

What's the price of the Switch and where to buy it?

  • Target, Best buy and Toys R Us: In these stores, the Switch is sold at $299.99, but not available to buy now, as it's sold out. If you are in America and want to buy the Switch at a cheaper price, you should try these stores.
  • Amazon/Wal-mart: In these 2 shops, the Switch is sold at over $430, but you can order now and will be them around 15-30 days after.
North America South America Europe Asia Oceania
$299.99 USD (United States) $349.990 CLP (Chile) £279.99 GBP (UK) ¥‎29,980 JPY (Japan) AU$469.95 (Australia)
$399.99 CAD (Canada) $1.450.000 COP (Colombia)(To Be Confirmed) €299,00 (France)    
$9,499 MXN (Mexico) $14.999 ARS (Argentina) (To Be Confirmed) €319,00 (Spain)    

What’s in the Switch package?

In the box, you will receive the 7 items.

  • Nintendo Switch Console
  • Left and Right Joy-Con controllers (Grey/Blue and Red Neon)
  • Left and Right Joy-Con wrist straps (Grey/Blue and Red Neon)
  • Joy-Con grip
  • Dock
  • HDMI cable
  • AC adaptor

 

What modes does the Switch support?

The Nintendo Switch can be played in three configurations.

  • TV mode - playable on HD televisions and generating an image up to 1080p.
  • Tabletop mode - Propped up with kick-stand and played using detached Joy-Con or Pro Controller.
  • Handheld mode - With attached Joy-Con controllers for play on the go.

Which controllers work with Nintendo Switch?

The controllers for the Nintendo Switch are called Joy-Cons. The Joy-Cons can be connected to the Switch console when you're away from home and using the system as a handheld, or connected to the grip (the grip in the box cannot charge the Joy-Cons) to transform them into a more traditional controller when you're playing at home on the couch.

The Joy-Cons will also come in a variety of colors including neon blue and red, and like Wii-motes of old, they will come with wrist straps too. Joy-Cons can also be purchased separately for $79.99, while the Joy-Con charging grip will cost $29.99.

Is the Switch region locked?

The Nintendo Switch is not region locked, but developers can choose to region lock their games.

Does the switch have any online features?

Yes. Online play will be a paid service much like PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live. The service will be free until Fall 2017.

Is there local system link play?

Yes. Up to 8 Switch consoles can play together in local multiplayer wirelessly.

Is there any Bluetooth support?

The Switch uses Bluetooth 4.1 but currently doesn't support any third-party devices.

Does the Switch have Amiibo support?

Yes. There is an NFC reader in the right Joy-Con.

Does the Switch have miiverse for drawing and posting screenshots?

No. Nintendo has stated that miiverse will not be available on the Switch.

Does the Switch have Streetpass like the 3DS?

No. Nintendo has stated that Streetpass will not be a feature of the Switch.

Does the Switch have Miis?

Yes. Mii Maker has been confirmed by Nintendo to be under system settings, but Mii characters are not required for a user account. There are avatar images to choose from relating to Nintendo's first party titles.

When using the Nintendo Switch to play games, what we should notice?

How long is the battery life of the Nintendo Switch while playing games?

2.5 to 6 hours depending on the game and brightness setting.

Where to buy games for Switch?

Games will be available in both physical and digital formats at select retail stores. You’ll also be able to browse, buy, and download games right from the Nintendo eShop on your system or from the game store on Nintendo.com -- for ultimate convenience.

Can we watch movies or browse the web on Nintendo Switch?

Nintendo Switch is first and foremost a gaming system, so it won’t support video streaming services or internet browser functionality at launch -- Nintendo are working with streaming services, like Netflix or Amazon Prime Video.

Can Nintendo Switch play NDS, 3DS, Wii U or other games?

It has been confirmed that the Nintendo Switch will not have any backwards compatibility with the physical media of the WiiU or Nintendo 3DS. So you can not play DS, WiiU, or 3DS Games.

Does the Switch stream games like the NVIDIA Shield?

No. Docking is closest to this, but not streaming.

Which games we can play on the Switch now?

For a full list of games that are announced:

  • 1-2-Switch – 3rd March, 2017
  • ARMS – 3rd March, 2017
  • Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 3rd March, 2017
  • Splatoon 2 – Summer 2017
  • Super Mario Odyssey – Holiday 2017
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – TBC
  • New Fire Emblem – 2018
  • Fire Emblem Warriors – TBC
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 28th April, 2017
  • Snipperclips – Cut it out, together! – March, 2017

Can we download games from the eShop on the Switch?

Yes. The Nintendo eShop will be available to purchase digital versions of games as well as downloadable content.

Critic Reviews Breakdown

Vince Ingenito - IGN

"[The Switch is] an attractive and powerful but oversized portable gaming system that struggles to be a convincing or reliable home console.”

Kyle Orland - Ars Technica

“[The system] seems to pull portable gaming upward more than it drags home console gaming downward. Though Nintendo's marketing seems intent on describing the Switch as a home console that it just so happens you can take with you, I’ve found myself using the system as a portable much more often than on the TV. In the week I’ve spent with the Switch, the system has replaced my iPhone as the source for flexible gaming when I have a few minutes to spare regardless of location.”

Devindra Hardawar - Engadget

Noted that the Switch’s screen didn’t perform all too well with even just “a hint of sun in the sky.” While Hardawar was impressed by other parts of the hardware, they are still unconvinced, by saying:

“Nintendo has wowed us again, but it still has a long way to go to prove that the Switch isn’t another Wii U.”

Sherri L. Smith - Tom’s Hardware

Smith gave the Switch a thumbs-up, writing that she hated Nintendo’s last couple of hardware products, but "that changes with the Nintendo Switch, a truly innovative product.”

Smith particularly liked hardware features like the Switch’s detachable controllers and the simplicity of the conversion process that turns the handheld into a TV-connected game console.

“Nintendo turned me back into a believer. As a gaming console, I’m impressed by the Switch’s sturdy build, ease of use and innovative versatility."

Nathan Olivarez-Giles - The Wall Street Journal

"The Switch’s versatility will make it a must-have console like the legendary original Wii. As incredibly versatile as the Switch’s hardware and technical capabilities are, the console feels incomplete at launch without a strong lineup of games, access to Nintendo’s rich back catalog of iconic titles and really any online services to speak of. The Switch has the potential to be a console for everybody. But most everyone but die-hard Nintendo — well, Legend of Zelda — fans should wait to see if it shapes up."

That's it

All the above is still we currently knowing about Nintendo Switch. And hopefully it will help you choose the best game for you. If you have further questions about this console, you are welcome to leave your comments down below.

Published Mar. 20th 2017

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