Nintendo Switch

Nintendo is switching up the typical gaming system with the new Nintendo Switch console.


Koji Sasahara

The Nintendo Switch is two gaming systems all wrapped up into one. The Switch can be played on the console itself for an on-the-go mode, or the console can be attached to the Nintendo Switch Dock; this allows players to play on a television, more like traditional gaming consoles.

The system comes with two Joy-Con Controllers, these can be added to the console to play on the go. The Joy-Cons can also be detached to use when the console is attached to the Switch Dock; more like a typical Wii remote. The Joy-Cons have accelerometer gyroscope sensors, which can be used to play with the Switch and will act similar to the Nintendo Wii or Xbox Kinect. Or, players can plug the Joy-Cons into Joy-Con Grip so they can be used as an traditional game controller.       

The console is four inches tall and nine and a half inches wide with the Joy-Con controllers attached. The Switch is also very light, weighing just under a pound. The battery life of the switch lasts around anywhere from two and a half hours to six and a half hours with a three hour charging time. Some more aspects of the Nintendo switch include, 32 gigabytes of internal storage and a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack.

In the Nintendo Switch box, players receive the Switch console, Switch Dock, two Joy-Con controller, Two Joy-Con straps and a Joy-Con grip.  

“I am a big fan of videogames, so I’m really excited for this new system to come out,” senior Alex Unekis said. “It’s also really nice that so much comes in the box with the console for only $299.”  

Some are not only excited for the console itself, but also some of the games that will be compatible for the switch.

“I think I am most excited for The Legend of Zelda Breath of Wind,” senior Clayton Young said.

Some of the other games that will be available for the Switch include Skyrim, FIFA, Minecraft, Just Dance and many others.

The official launch was on Friday, March 4 starting at $299. Gamespot says that the Switch is projected to sell about five million units by 2017 alone, and that they will sell out at a rapid rate.