Once again, Nintendo reinvents home gaming with a new system that's both a console, and a handheld. The Nintendo Switch, from Nintendo, is a brand new game console, and the successor to the Wii and Wii U systems. The Switch connects to a TV, however, it also has the unique ability to instantly become a handheld system. When connected to a TV, the main unit sits in the Nintendo Switch dock, which connects directly to the TV with an HDMI cable. To go mobile, just lift the Switch out of the dock and the content on the TV instantly switches to the unit's touch-screen display.
The Switch comes with two Joy-Con controllers, that can be inserted into the included Joy-Con grip to become a traditional game controller. The Joy-Con controllers can also be held and used independently in two hands. Finally, they can be attached to the sides of the handheld touch-screen display unit.
The Switch can access games on hardware game cards, or downloaded from the Nintendo shop. As of the Switch Launch, there were a handful of games, and Zelda: Breath of The Wild was the main reason to own a Switch. As of this review, Zelda is the only game that I've played on the Switch, and while I love the game, I was surprised at the graphics that do not seem that much more advanced than what's available on the Wii U. At launch, the Switch did not have apps for video streaming, like Netflix and YouTube, so it's really just a gaming device.
The Joy-Con controllers have built-in rechargeable batteries. To charge the controllers, just attach the controllers to the Switch unit, and place it in the dock. The fully charged controllers will hold a charge for an impressive amount of time. I played several hours a day, for a few days before they needed to be recharged.
The Switch comes with everything needed to play in the handheld style or connected to a TV, including an HDMI cable.
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