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Nintendo Switch: Everything you need to know

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Written by Ajay Kumar

Nintendo switch is a forthcoming entry in the video game console market and the seventh of its category from the company Nintendo.

With the quoted price, it will have a tough fight with arch rivals Sony PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. But is it only an addition to the video game console timeline or it is really awesome to try out?

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About Nintendo Switch

A Nintendo Switch is a self-contained unit, which can be charged with a USB-C cable – a universally acceptable charger. It runs on the same processing technology like a tablet computer, too, making it more geared towards being portable than the Wii U ever was.

It has been developed as a ‘hybrid’ kind of console, which initially was a home console in which the main unit is inserted into a docking station that is connected to the TV. Apart of this, we can remove the console from the docking station and can be used individually as a smartphone or tablet unit for the purpose there is an LCD touchscreen. It can also be used as a standalone device so that many people can play games with each other. So either used as a console or even a handheld novel device.

Nintendo Switch has removable controllers which mean you are not bound to keep your hands in one position so that you can feel more comfort. This beautiful (new one also from Nintendo) feature means that the machine can be utilised as a family holiday gadget, with multiple players compete on one small but the easy-to-pack screen. This is because the console is powerful enough to run games that have usually been on larger consoles; for example Skyrim and the all new Zelda, Breath of the Wild. It means that it will also be possible to play high-end, open-world adventures and which has never been possible on this kind of level before.

A Joy-Con Innovation (Nintendo Switch Controllers)

The best part of this switch is its controllers, named Joy-Con controllers. They are two detachable – attachable controllers. These controllers provide feedback to the users in HD format. These are motion sensitive. One more feature which distinguishes it from others is it does not use region locking.

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Joy-Con Map Guide

Image Source: Polygon

The left and right Joy-Cons are not identical. They not only have inverted button and analog stick layouts, but they include some very different features also. The left Joy-Con also acts as Capture Button and very efficiently used to share screenshots and video online. While the right consists an NFC sensor to use the Amiibo figures of Nintendo, with an Infrared motion camera that is used to “measure the distance, detect the shapes and motion of nearby objects in specially designed games”.

You can start the gaming get together anywhere and anytime with multiplayer games from Nintendo Switch, with the help of additional Joy-Con controllers, Nintendo Switch Pro Controllers, or a combo of the two.

Three options are readily available to you –

  1. Compete with your friends (or team up) at home.
  2. Take online contest with other Nintendo Switch gamers.
  3. Link with each other, up to eight systems, to play anywhere.

The biggest challenge for the designing of Switch is “how they can target the video game playing community by maximum force pertaining the innovation and identical flavour with the help of different modes available?”

Nintendo Switch Games

Games for Nintendo Switch has already developed and some of the games of WiiU will also be played on it. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mariokart Deluxe 8, Super Mario Odyssey, ARMS, Splatoon 2, The Gilder Scrolls V Skyrim, NBA2K18, Minecraft, Pokemon, puzzle-solving Professor Layton, Animal Crossing, objection-happy attorney Phoenix Wright ace are some games which it supports flawlessly.

Nintendo Switch Specifications:

Battery life

The battery can sustain for more than six hours, but the factor will vary depending on the software and usage conditions. For example, the game ‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ can drain out the battery for roughly 3 hours with a single charge.

The top-tier, must-have games are rated for around three hours of playtime. In comparison, you will get six to 10 hours on your Nintendo DS (on the contrary the 3D functionality has not used). With present specifications, Switch is more like a laptop.

Internal Memory

32GB of internal memory, a portion of which is reserved for use by the system. Users can easily expand storage space using microSDXC cards.

Resolution

6.2-inch, multi-touch capacitive touch screen; can display a resolution of 1280 x 720.When present in its dock the console will also apparently deliver double the graphical processing power, so this could be the reason to use it with the TV at home. As per the reports the portable screen at 720p, whereas you will get 1080p resolution when docked. The idea behind is the same game library will work at home and on the go.

Nintendo Switch Price

Pre-order Now

The entry-level Nintendo Switch will price you $299.99 and it is available for preorder now. The pre-orders have been already opened from some retailers, although the Switch is already selling out, so you need to get in action quickly if you want one on launch day.

On the quoted price you will get all the main Switch console, along with a dock, a pair of Joy-Con controllers (one left and one right), a Joy-Con grip (to connect the controllers together), wrist straps, and an HDMI cable and finally an AC adapter.It’s Amazon, who had offered the console in grey or red and blue for £279.99 but has now stopped the pre-orders.

It’s Amazon, who had offered the console in grey or red and blue for £279.99 but has now stopped the pre-orders.

Nintendo Switch Release Date

The presentation was held on January 13, 2017, for the confirmation announcement of the schedule for Nintendo switch release dates worldwide that is on March 3, 2017.

GET A NINTENDO SWITCH BEFORE RELEASE

Good news for US gaming freaks, all of you will have a feel of actual Nintendo Switch before its release. Nintendo has planned a tour for some US cities; they will make their stay for 3 days at each location. This opportunity is to deal with the modular system that changes from a handheld to a console to a tablet and maybe a couple of other things.The tour scheduled is as below:

The tour scheduled is as below:

  • New York: January 13-15 (Already Done)
  • Toronto: January 27-29
  • Washington, D.C.: February 10-12
  • Chicago: February 17-19
  • San Francisco: February 24-26
  • Los Angeles: March 3-5

The first two days in each location are reserved for invite-only, but for the Sunday, will be free and open to the public. As per Nintendo’s assumption, space is very limited while the participation will be much more than the expectations, so they decided to go with first come, first served basis. So you just need to search for the location and how to get an invitation in your city.

About the author

Ajay Kumar

Hi everybody, I am Ajay Kumar. Ajay is an owner of Gamozap. He loves video games and writes about them. He is a writer and a blogger and writes on many topics apart from video games. You can connect to him on above email and below given social networks.