We recently went to the Nintendo Switch UK Premiere to try out the new home console/HD handheld and play some of its upcoming games. As we sat down with the Nintendo Switch the first thing that stuck out to us was just how small the device is. It’s roughly the same size as the Wii U’s gamepad, which measures in at around 5.5 x 10 inches, but the Nintendo Switch is much slimmer. Taking the console out of the dock and into handheld mode had no loading time, attaching the controllers and taking it away took no time – it all felt seamless.
As a handheld the Nintendo Switch plays no differently than when it’s in ‘console mode’, it was comfortable to hold, and while it had some weight to it, it’s no different to holding any other tablet device, such as an iPad. The Switch’s rumble feature took us by surprise with how different it was, compared to a PS4 of Xbox one controller –Ball Count was a particular highlight of this as it created a sensation of small balls moving around inside the Joy-Con controllers.
Each controller for the Switch has motion controls, similar to the Wii’s controller, and some games use it; in the fighting game Arms as we punched we could twist our arms and the character would copy our movement with no delay or inaccurate responses from the characters. Graphically, the Switch looks great both on the device’s own screen and on the TV that we tested it on. Compared to the PS4 and Xbox One it’s nothing special, however Nintendo has a reputation for putting gameplay first, above all else.
Though out hands-on with the switch was overall positive, there are still some questions we have before we can say definitively whether it’s worth the purchase. Will more games be announced for the system? What multimedia apps will it have? How much will their online subscription service cost and what exactly will it offer? Despite launching at the start of March, it’s still relatively early days for the system in terms of hard information on the device, and our questions will need answering before we can say whether it’s worth the £280 price tag.