What to Expect From the Nintendo Switch Console: Features & More

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After much anticipation, Nintendo has released its new console, the Nintendo Switch. Check out the game-changing key features of the Switch.

Play at home or take it with you on the go.

Play at home or take it with you on the go.

Portability

The Nintendo Switch offers the best of both worlds, allowing gamers to play from the comfort of their own homes or take it on the go... all in one unit. The Switch features a tablet, allowing you to play on your big-screen TV at home, and when it’s time to leave, you can pull it out of the docking station and take your game with you... and continue where you left off.

This allows for more convenience, essentially combining your home and portable games into a single platform. The days of having to buy two of the same title for the Wii U and the portable 3DS are over. The Switch seamlessly merges both... and brings gaming everywhere.

Take the Nintendo Switch with you.

Take the Nintendo Switch with you.

Controller Options

There's a number of ways you can use controllers for the Nintendo Switch.

There's a number of ways you can use controllers for the Nintendo Switch.

While the Nintendo Switch's controller comes as one, it has a number of options. It boasts the option to play with friends as well. It has joysticks and buttons on both sides, so when a friend arrives, you can break the controller into two pieces and play against a friend. Or, you can play local multiplayer games using two or more Switch consoles (up to eight systems at once). While this may limit a player's controller option, this is all you need for most Nintendo games.

Another option is to break the controller into two and play with a controller in each hand, similar to the original Wii. And lastly, you could just buy the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller to give you the standard gaming experience we’ve become accustomed to.

As Nintendo explains, "One controller or two, vertical or sideways, motion controls or buttons... Joy‑Con and Nintendo Switch give you total gameplay flexibility."

The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is perfect for serious gamers.

The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is perfect for serious gamers.

System Specs

The Nintendo Switch features a number of impressive system specs, including capable battery life, internal and expansion memory and a full-color touch screen.

The console boasts more than six hours battery life, more than enough playing time when you take it on the go. Nintendo does warn, however, that this may vary depending on usage. A game like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, for example, may only give you three hours on a single charge.

The Switch also boasts 32GB of internal memory, which isn't a whole lot, but enough to get you started. But the good part is: a user can easily expand storage space using microSDHC or microSDXC cards.

Lastly, the multi-touch screen is quite large, coming in at 6.2-inch, while boasting 1280 x 720 resolution, meaning the user gets both high-quality imagery and colors.

Game Titles

The new Zelda title is expected to be one of the console's most popular.

The new Zelda title is expected to be one of the console's most popular.

If you're worried the Nintendo Switch won't have enough games available to start, don't. Between first-party exclusives, indie titles and other major third-party releases, the Switch will have more than 60 titles coming in 2017. Unfortunately, however, it is not backwards compatible with titles from other Nintendo systems (or controllers).

One of the most anticipated is the next installment in The Legend of Zelda franchise, subtitled Breath of the Wild. Following early previews and some hands-on footage, the new Zelda game is poised to be one of the most heralded of the year. Go LINK!!

There's also NBA 2K18 for basketball fans, both Minecraft and Minecraft: Story Mode for the builders in the family, two LEGO titles (because we always need those), and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, among many more.

The official release date is March 3, with two options coming: Nintendo Switch Gray and Nintendo Switch Neon.

Conclusion

All-in-all, the Nintendo Switch is a capable system, giving fans of the Nintendo a breath of fresh air. Given the popularity of mobile gaming, it’s likely the Switch will be one of the leaders in the industry.