The Nintendo Switch launch is finally on our doorstep as many early adopters are just one nights sleep away from jumping in. What does the critic circle think of Nintendo’s latest venture? Read below to find out.
There’s no denying this is still a compelling piece of technology. Putting aside the controller sync issues and an unconvincing stand, there’s a lot to celebrate. The Joy-Cons adapt brilliantly to any situation, and the tablet is ruggedly built in most other regards, with a smart finish, delivering games at a quality beyond anything we’ve seen on a handheld. It’s a cliché, but the value of any hardware rests on great software, and it’s Nintendo that will be the one to watch going forward. As the years roll on, we can fully expect the Switch’s potential will be better tapped into, and fine-tuned to impressive results ~Eurogamer / Digital Foundry
As a handheld, the Switch is a powerful piece of hardware with a gorgeous screen, but it’s too large and power hungry to feel like you can really take it anywhere. As a console, it’s underpowered, unreliable, and lacking basic features and conveniences that all of its competitors offer. It’s nicely built and cleverly designed to be used in a variety of ways, but the bottom line is that the Switch doesn’t do any one of the many things it can do without some sort of significant compromise. Our testing will continue for the next few days as we try out the online features and other functions enabled by the day-one patch, but if I had to score it now I’d give it a 6.7. ~IGN
The Switch isn’t perfect, but it offers multiple ways to play games; all of which are viable. As silly as the commercials may seem, I can definitely see myself bringing the Switch to social gatherings to play something like 1-2-Switch as much as I can see myself playing Zelda sitting alone in front of my TV.
The Nintendo Switch feels like the culmination of years of hardware growing pains from both Nintendo and Nvidia.
You can find more powerful consoles like the PS4 and Xbox One on sale for cheaper than the $299.99 Switch, but you’re paying for the form factor here. There’s something special about being able to play Breath of the Wild on the big screen in the living room and then continuing where you left off 15 minutes later on the bus.
Should you make the Switch? That answer should largely depend on whether you think the system’s library of games will satisfy your needs, but Nintendo has undoubtedly laid the groundwork for a great gaming device. ~GameSpot
And of course no Switch coverage would be worthy without the insights from Kevin over at GoNintendo and the GameXplain crew!
It took a little bit to pop up online, but one of my favorite reviews I’ve seen thus far comes from The Verge.