After over a full year spent at home with nothing to do, I’m sure most of us are looking for things to keep us entertained. Today, we’ll be looking at the question of whether or not one of the said things is worth the money. That thing is the Nintendo Switch.
The Nintendo Switch came out in 2017 and has been Nintendo’s flagship console for the modern generation. The Switch rivals Sony’s Playstation 4 and 5, and the Xbox One S and Xbox S/ X. Nintendo has always been one for stretching limits with its consoles, and the Switch definitely follows this trend. With a detachable screen that can be used on the go, as well as connected to its dock for play on a display, it’s as simple as One Two Switch!
In terms of pricing, the Switch isn’t as expensive as the other consoles being priced at around $400 AUD ($310 USD). Depending on the price range, this can be considered somewhat expensive, but it’s definitely cheaper than some of the heavier consoles out there. That being said, the Switch does have a lower overall processing power than both the Playstation and Xbox. That however isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as long as you’re alright with a slightly lower quality picture or slower load times.
The Switch definitely has access to a great arsenal of games under its belt which can make it very worthwhile. Nintendo’s first-party exclusive titles such as Super Mario Odyssey and Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are absolute masterpieces of their genre. If you wanted to give these games a go, a Switch is definitely worth a look into. Alongside this, Nintendo tends to specialize more towards the family/ house party side of gaming, with titles like Mario Kart 8 or Mario Party. These are great for more casual gamers or those who are looking to play with friends and have a house party. That being said, the Switch also has some great JRPGs including Xenoblade and Fire Emblem which are more suited for longer-term players with more time on their hands.
While the Switch does have some great games on offer at the moment, I’d definitely be on the lookout as currently, E3 is still going on at the moment. That means that hopefully there’s going to be a couple of announcements for new titles that are going to be exclusive or new to the Switch. For example, Ubisoft has recently announced a new Mario and Rabbids game called Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope which is a sequel to the original that was released in 2017.
The Switch is easily one of the more accessible consoles available on the market at the moment. Not only can it be connected to a TV or monitor and played as is, but it has the option of mobility which easily gives it an upper edge on the other consoles. The main console itself can be removed from its dock and taken on the go. This also makes it much more friendly to older users of the device or gamers that aren’t quite as tech-savvy. On top of that, bringing it around to say parties or other friend’s houses makes the Switch more appealing as a social console. This can be directly compared to the Xbox or Playstation which is definitely seen more like a stay-at-home type of deal.
Aside from that, Nintendo has also released a variation of the Switch called the Switch Lite. This removes the ability for it to be connected to the dock and leaves it as a handheld console, but at the same time drops the price by about $100 AUD instead.
I can definitely vouch for the Switch being a good console for family members. I myself own a Switch and have got my mum absolutely hooked on Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Pokemon Snap! and have had great conversations as she’s gotten more interested in gaming in general.
The Switch also happens to be still quite in stock at the moment. This is a great thing if someone is looking to get their hands on a console and just play. On top of that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, both the Playstation 5 and Xbox One S are incredibly hard to get a hold of due to manufacturing shortages. Even if you were to buy one off of another seller the prices are currently massively inflated and can go all the way up to around $1300AUD ($1000 USD).
This then makes the Switch way more attractive by comparison especially if you’re looking at getting a game console right now at this point in time.
The Switch is definitely a great console, and if it suits your kind of lifestyle or you want exactly what it’s offering I’d definitely give it a look into. Right now might not be the best time to buy as we currently don’t know what’s fully planned for the Switch in terms of it’s new games, but with the Nintendo showcase upcoming we should hear more very soon.
If you’re a fan of Nintendo or just a new gamer who’s looking to get into it more, the Switch can be a great stepping stone, and can be worth a buy in the future – just keep a lookout for the new stuff coming soon!