Nintendo Switch Review
Nintendo’s modular console-handheld is over two years old now, and still one of our favorite gadgets on the planet. The game library is fantastic, and a newer version with even better battery life (at the same price) exists now that you should get — just make sure you buy the right model. Nintendo also has the lower-priced portable-only Switch Lite, which is excellent if all you want is a handheld game experience… but for the TV and multiplayer versatility alone, we still recommend this larger-sized Switch first.
EdNintendo Switch Reviewitor’s note: This review was updated Dec. 6, 2019 with an Editors’ Choice award and the above paragraph reflecting Switch variations on the market. It was previously updated from its earlier March 2017 version to reflect the impressive expansion of the Switch’s game library, with the rating raised from 3.5 stars to 4. Otherwise the original review follows below.
When Nintendo’s Switch was first released, laying out $300 (£280, AU$470) plus another $60 (£60, AU$90) for a game — the admittedly fantastic Zelda: Breath of the Wild — seemed like a lot. But things have changed.
Since its debut in March 2017, the Nintendo Switch has shown that Nintendo is still willing to take risks to separate itself from the rest of the pack, and at the same time innovate in way that no one could really see coming. The Switch is a fantastic hybrid console that offers plenty of unique and compelling gaming experiences all while providing a solid amount of indie titles that seem perfect for the platform. Nintendo still needs to address its Virtual Console void but overall the Switch is already a winner.
Since its launch, the Switch’s eShop has been continually populated with great indie titles that support its growing full-priced standard offerings. Breath of the Wild was an amazing launch title and remains a superb 100-hour endeavor. And it’s since been joined by Super Mario Odyssey — the platform’s second must-have exclusive game in just eight months. Now players can also enjoy Mario Kart 8: Deluxe Edition, Splatoon 2, Arms and other Nintendo-only titles. For digital-only titles we really love Thumper, Cave Story, Wonder Boy, Shovel Knight and GoNNER. Those aren’t Nintendo-only exclusives, nor are recent or imminent titles such as Rocket League, Doom, Skyrim and Wolfenstein II. But for many of them, it’s the first time you’ll be able to play them on a plane without lugging a giant gaming laptop with you. More titles are released most weeks.
Even better, the Switch is no longer impossible to track down. And Nintendo is offering a version bundled with Super Mario Odyssey and a portable case for $380. It’s not a bargain, but it includes the game every new owner will definitely want at a fair price.