Nintendo Switch: Week One Review

Let’s talk about the Nintendo Switch!

DISCLAIMER: The following are my impressions of the console and its launch software after one week; all items discussed were purchased with my own funds, and no one has reviewed this content prior to posting, nor am I being compensated directly by Nintendo or any game publishers for any of this content. All views expressed are my own.

Starting with the hardware itself, I think it is an impressively well-executed product in terms of hardware design. Nintendo has managed to build a system that feels natural as both a portable and a home console, functioning in both modes better than I expected. Despite some concerns with the ergonomics – and most adults will likely have the same reaction when you see how small the Joy-cons are – the Switch doesn’t feel all that bad in-hand. I can use it longer than my PS Vita or DS without any hand cramping when in tablet mode. The ability to use the built-in kickstand and included controller dock helps, as I find that more comfortable for longer play; for use in this mode, the built-in speakers are quite good, while the charger port location on the bottom of the device is unfortunate. The whole docking/undocking experience is pretty great, both with the system itself and the controllers. They nailed that aspect, right down to the “click” sound that the system makes when you slot the Joy-cons in place.

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