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Are you looking for something for the whole family to do? Are large consoles too expensive and take up too much space? Is it important for you to have access to a variety of games? Then the Nintendo Switch is exactly what you’re looking for. But how can the Nintendo Switch be used as a stationary and handheld console? And what games can you look forward to?

In our Nintendo Switch review 2022, we not only tell you everything about the console’s extensive range of accessories, but also provide you with important information about the Nintendo Switch’s image quality, power consumption and performance.

In addition, you can expect tips and tricks on other features of the console and connecting the Nintendo Switch to your TV.




Summary

  • The Nintendo Switch is the competitor to Sony’s PS4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One.
  • The console has a very small internal memory, which is why you should also get a micro-SD memory card when you buy it.
  • The Nintendo Switch is a mixture of a handheld and a stationary console.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a Nintendo Switch

Who is a Nintendo Switch suitable for?

A Nintendo Switch is suitable for people of all ages. Especially for cosy evenings with family and friends, the small console is a real goldmine.

In this picture you can see the controller on which the two small Joy-Cons sit. The two can be removed and used as a separate controller. (Image source: unsplash.com / Matteo Grobberio)

With its game modes for up to eight people, no one has to wait for their turn.

The Nintendo Switch has managed to combine two old concepts and make something completely new.

It is often recommended that children should only start playing with consoles from the age of six. But with games like Mario Kart, Nintendo has guaranteed fun and games for the whole family for more than 25 years.

What games can I play with a Nintendo Switch?

True classics and highlights from Nintendo are the games in the Super Mario series. Especially Super Mario Brows and Mario Party are real bestsellers. The new part of Diablo also received almost exclusively positive reviews.

The games from the Pokemon Let’s Go series are also ranked very highly and are still very popular with customers. One of the most popular games at the moment is Zelda: Breath of the Wild. In this game, the player’s creativity and sense of adventure are in demand.

Another game to remember is “Hollow Knight”. This is about a knight who explores a kingdom that is plagued by insects. The game is one of the best in action-adventure with its incredible gameplay, soundtrack and story.

What’s the difference with the other Nintendos?

The Nintendo Switch is the successor to the Wii U and follows a hybrid hardware concept. The console is therefore intended both as a stationary game console on the TV and as a handheld console with two detachable controls.

These two controls are also called “Joy-Con”. The Joy-Cons can also be used individually if you want to play with two people.

The Nintendo Switch is already the eighth generation of Nintendo consoles and is intended to be a competitive product to the X-Box One and Playstation 4. The console was launched on 3 March 2017. As of March 2019, 34.74 million Nintendo Switch have already been sold.

How does a Nintendo Switch work?

Visually, the console is very similar to a smartphone, but has a Joy Con on each side. The Joy-Con is mostly operated horizontally and sometimes vertically.

If you want to play on the TV, the handheld component is inserted into the so-called Nintendo Switch Station. This base station is also called a dock and is connected to the TV with an HDMI cable.

Even in handheld mode, the Nintendo Switch has excellent graphics and handiness. (Image source: unsplash.com / Corey Motta)

If you want to play, the two Joy-Con parts can be attached to the respective Joy-Con holder. You can also get yourself a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller. This looks like a classic gamepad, but is more comfortable to use and has a longer battery life.

A USB Type-C is available so that you can charge the console or connect it to the base station.

What comes with a Nintendo Switch?

If you want to get a Nintendo Switch, you won’t just get the console and the controller. Of course, the scope of delivery depends on the package you want to buy. The standard package includes:

  • Nintendo Switch Console
  • Nintendo Switch Station/Dock
  • 2 Joy-Con controllers
  • 2 Joy-Con wrist straps
  • 2 Joy-Con holders
  • HDMI cable with 1.5 m length
  • Power supply unit

How much does a Nintendo Switch cost?

The Nintendo Switch is available in different bundles, each with different games, which have a different price. The standard version of the Nintendo Switch is available from 310 – 320 euros. With the game Super Mario Party, the price rises to 370 euros.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a Nintendo Switch?

The Nintendo Switch has excellent and extremely uncomplicated handling and a very easy switch from handheld mode to TV. The two Joy-Cons also have an extremely sophisticated principle that is technically very high quality.

The Nintendo Switch doesn’t have to hide when it comes to battery life either. Depending on what you play, you have a different runtime. Depending on the game, you have 2.5 to 6 hours before the console switches off.

Advantages
  • simple
  • uncomplicated handling
  • easy to switch to TV
  • high-quality Joy-Cons
  • good battery life
  • user-friendly menu
  • good performance
Disadvantages
  • high price
  • some bugs
  • shoulder button
  • pressure points on controller
  • not very innovative

The interface and menu navigation is also very user-friendly. Due to the processor, the performance is also not to be scoffed at. Nintendo’s new product is therefore a treat, both visually and in terms of performance.

On the negative side, the controller has a few bugs in addition to the high price. The shoulder button of the controller is also not optimally solved, just like the pressure points of the controller buttons.

What alternatives are there to a Nintendo Switch?

The market for consoles is a very competitive one. There are a variety of models and different types. Each of these models has its advantages and disadvantages. In the next section, we will give a brief overview of the alternatives to the Nintendo Switch.

Console Description
Xbox One The Xbox One is a stationary console. It is intended to function as an all-in-one console and expand the TV with apps and internet services. With this eighth-generation product, Microsoft is competing with Sony and Nintendo.
PS Vita The PS Vita is the second handheld console from Sony. It is available in a 3G model or with Wifi. The 3G version even has a GPS sensor. But with only a 4 core processor, the Playstation is not competitive with the Nintendo Switch in terms of performance.
Wii U The Wii U is a predecessor of the Nintendo Switch and a stationary console. It has a tablet controller, also known as the Wii U Gamepad. Thus, two screens are available here, the TV and the controller. Almost all games of the predecessor can also be played with this console.
Playstation 4 The Playstation 4 is the latest generation of the Sony entertainment empire. This promises high performance through its x86 core chip with a state-of-the-art graphics card. Its Dualshock 4 offer a touchpad as well as a built-in speaker and headset jack.

Buying criteria: These are the factors you can use to compare and evaluate the Nintendo Switch

In this section, we want to show you which aspects and functions you can use to decide between the large number of different consoles. First and foremost, the technical data of the Switch will be explained to you.

The important criteria for buying a Nintendo Switch are:

  • Picture quality
  • Power consumption
  • Battery life and
  • Storage capacity
  • Performance

In the next paragraph, we will explain the individual criteria in more detail so that you can get a better idea of them.

Picture quality

If you use the tablet, you will get a resolution of 1280x720p, with a screen diagonal of 6.2 inches. The TV will be able to use a maximum of 1080p at 60FpS.

The pixel density of the Nintendo is enormously high at 237 ppi (pixels per inch), making the picture pleasantly sharp.

Nevertheless, the display is unfortunately not anti-reflective, which is especially a disadvantage outdoors, as the tablet often has to be moved to a different position here due to reflections while playing.

Compared to conventional smartphones, the screen size is still quite small. However, if the tablet is too small for you, you can play on the TV in full HD.

Power consumption

In addition to the usual power consumption, the Nintendo generates heat, but this is within reasonable limits. After a normal session, you can feel a temperature of 40 degrees Celsius on the back of the console when you’re in handheld mode.

The console is just as economical when it comes to power consumption. When the two Joy-Cons are fully charged, the Switch consumes 0.2 watts in standby mode, 7 watts in menu mode and 11 watts in game mode.

If you charge in parallel, the consumption rises to a maximum of 18 watts. Here, the Nintendo Switch is clearly ahead of the competition. If you compare the consoles from Sony and Microsoft, which have also produced economical versions, they come to a value of 80-90 watts.

Battery life and volume

The battery life depends on how you are using the Nintendo. For example, if you play Zelda with the display brightness automatically regulated, you will have enough juice for about 180 minutes.

The power of the Nintendo Switch allows you to play popular games like Mario Kart comfortably on the couch in handheld mode. (Image source: pixabay.com / ant2506)

If you also play with your console while charging, you will need more than seven hours to recharge the Switch. If you don’t play games, you’ll need three hours to recharge.

There is a small internal fan in the Switch that is completely dormant in the menu and only starts up in game mode. It also operates at an extremely low volume in the game modes.

Test reports showed that the Nintendo has a volume of 38.2 dB at a distance of 30 cm. When the fan is switched on in the docking station, you also only get 38.5 dB.

Storage capacity

The Nintendo’s internal memory is a good 32 GB, which might not seem like much at first glance. If you don’t have enough internal memory, you can buy an inexpensive micro SD card. The working memory is 4GB.

A competitor product to the Nintendo Switch should offer at least 64, 128 or 256 GB of memory in order to keep up.

You can expand the console’s storage space by up to 2 TB. For comparison: the game Zelda alone consumes 13 GB worth of memory.

Performance

The Nintendo Switch relies on a CPU-GPU combination from Nvidia and has a top gaming graphics card. The console runs in two different performance modes: as a handheld and stationary in the docking station.

In the docking station, the better power supply makes the difference. This allows better clock speeds while the console is in the dock.

The processor cores maintain their clock rate of 1,020 MHz both when they are mobile and stationary. The memory controller for the 4 GB RAM, on the other hand, can also operate at either 1,600 or 1,331 MHz when stationary, which the developer can determine himself.

The graphics unit does not reach the GHz mark with a clock speed of 768 MHz and drops enormously to only 307.2 MHz in mobile mode. This means that only 40% of the pure graphics performance can be achieved in mobile gaming.

Facts worth knowing about the Nintendo Switch

How do I connect my Nintendo Switch to the TV?

To connect your Nintendo to the TV, there are a few steps you should follow when connecting it. Click here for the instructions:

Step Execution
Step 1 Open the back cover of the Nintendo Switch station
Step 2 Plug the power adapter into a power outlet
Step 3 Plug the HDMI cable into the TV
Step 4 Remove the Joy-Con controller from the console if you want to use it and the console is in TV mode.
Step 5 Place the console in the station and push it down. If it is seated properly in the station, the console screen will go off.
Step 6 Turn on the TV and make sure the TV input matches the HDMI cable, then check if the Nintendo Switch screen is shown on the TV.

How do you hack your Nintendo Switch?

To do this, you need to install Homebrew on your Switch, so in a way you can hack the console. With this application, you can rewrite the firmware yourself or install other modes and games that Nintendo has not yet released.

You can also compare Homebrew with rooting an Android smartphone. This allows you to reach into the innermost parts of the console, which also creates new possibilities for you. You can acquire and expand new games and custom settings.

However, you must also be aware that the system files can be damaged at the same time, which can even render your Nintendo Switch unusable. Therefore, you should only install Homebrew if you are familiar with the subject matter.

Homebrew describes itself as absolutely legal. However, it is illegal in Germany if you circumvent technical copy protection measures. However, it is unclear whether the software circumvents these copy protection measures or only a user protection.

Therefore, the product is in a legal grey area. Console manufacturers are also not allowed to dictate to customers what they do with their own products. Thus, circumventing technical protection measures via homebrew is legal.

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