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Nintendo Switch console

Nintendo Switch console

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Nintendo Switch, two years later: The real Nintendo revolution

Nintendo Switch, two years later: The real Nintendo revolution

Posted   03.05.19
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88 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
88

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

The Switch fixes all of the mistakes of the Wii U and doubles-down on that system's best feature. But there are still plenty of issues and unanswered questions that leave us worried.

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Pros
  • Innovative hardware
  • Being able to play your games anywhere is unique
  • A huge step up from the Wii U
Cons
  • So-so battery life
  • Screen doesn't work well outside
  • Still waiting on more features
  • Expensive accessories
88 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
88

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

88
 

User Reviews

90
rochelle
I own most of all the games my control on my Wii switch gets stuck and it's...read more
90
Jordan Brown
This has changed the way I game. The only thing I wish is that I'd bought one...read more
90
christran12
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
81
Average user Score
 
90
rochelle
07.23.19
I own most of all the games my control on my Wii switch gets stuck and it's really difficult to control
 
90
Jordan Brown
05.21.19
This has changed the way I game. The only thing I wish is that I'd bought one sooner.
 
90
christran12
05.15.19
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
100
Deric
04.05.19
Probably my favorite console. I mostly use it as a home console, but the ability to take it and play it anywhere just adds to its appeal. So easy to pack up and go set it up somewhere.
 
70
Midori
03.13.19
How good the Switch is depends on a number of things about how you intend to use it: if you are using it as a home console or a portable, if you like Nintendo first-party games and low-spec indie titles, if you want to play online, etc. Nintendo's departure from the conventional console format means this console is even more specialized than previous Nintendo ones, which is a great thing if your usage of it plays to Nintendo's strengths, but not so much if you expect it to hold up to conventional consoles or PC. Basically, if you use the Switch as a portable that you can optionally plug into a TV, it's a truly great machine; a reasonably large screen with better resolution than previous portable consoles, the best built-in controllers I've used, great local multiplayer capabilities, and plenty of good games. It doesn't feature the best and brightest of the third party titles, but you can't really expect that from a portable. If you use it as a home console, though, it's pitiful. Underpowered compared with the competition, the worst bundled controllers I've ever used with a home console, crappy online capabilities, lacking almost every AAA third party game, typically having the worst version for multi-platform titles, etc. Its saving grace is the collection of great first-party Nintendo games; if you enjoy those then it might still be a good purchase even if you don't plan on using its mobile capabilities.
 
60
Pahn
03.11.19
Just like every Nintendo system in the past couple decades, third party support is lacking. Sure, you get Mario, Zelda, Smash Bros. But that's about it. The thing costs way too much for a huge, plasticy tablet. The Joycons are awful to actually use to play a game. I'd recommend buying another set if they didn't cost $80. Same for the dock. Accessory pricing is ridiculous. I like the memory-card style game form factor. It is nice to have a portable system that can play good games. The Nintendo eShop has good sales, at least on the more indie-style titles.
 
50
Stephanie
03.09.19
A disappointing product with a lot of problems. - Engadget
 
40
Scott
03.09.19
A poor product that's more likely to be frustrating than useful. - Engadget
 
100
TacoDave
03.08.19
I love my Switch. I'm at work currently and it is sitting beside me on my desk. I take it with me almost everywhere I go, because who knows when I'll have time to waste? I've used it in a movie theater before the movie started. I've used it in my car while my oil was being changed. I've used it in airports, on airplanes, and I brought my dock with me at Christmas when I went to visit my family, meaning I got to play games with my nieces and nephews on my parents' TV. Are the graphics the same as my PS4 or Xbox One? No. Are they still awesome, giving me great-looking games? YES! And now, two years in, Nintendo not only has the best exclusives in gaming (Zelda, Mario, Pokemon, etc.), they also have the best indies available and I can take them with me anywhere. This past week a game called "Ape Out" was released. There wasn't a moment of hesitation in choosing which console to buy it for: only one of them has the ability to travel with me in my pocket. Literally. As I said, I love my Switch. I bought it on day one, and I'm glad I did.
 
100
Daniel
03.08.19
As a millennial who grew up with Nintendo products for as long as I can remember in my home, I give it a 10/10... It may lack the graphics and engine, in comparison to home consoles, but I didn't buy it for that reason. First off, there are three ways to use it, dock it at home on the TV, take it on the go in handheld mode or put it in table-top mode and split the joycons into two controllers for someone else to play with you. This to me is one of the biggest reasons to purchase one, its versatility and portability, in addition to game library and online features (finally Nintendo...however it's limited). I can use a pro controller for any of the playing modes if I dont want to use a joycon, IMHO the pro controller is a must-have accessory when purchasing the Switch. I can browse menu screens or watch videos on different apps through touch screen interactions too. This gaming equipment surpasses the expectations in which I didn't even know I had in a hybrid type console, it is easy for me to take to my room if the rest of the house is occupied, or I take it with me whenever I have appointments and there's a waiting room. I love this product wholeheartedly and I am so glad I spent the money on this and all the other things that I wanted to go with it (i.e. pro controller, gaming pro grips via kickstarter). You will not be disappointed in getting this for whoever, young or old!

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