Nin­tendo Switch

The Herald Magazine - - HOME - Nin­tendo Switch, £279 (Nin­tendo.com) SEAN DIM­MOCK sean.dim­mock@gmail.com Twit­ter: @se­andim­mock

What is it?

Nin­tendo’s lat­est foray into the gam­ing hard­ware world. Back in the golden age of games con­soles Sega and Nin­tendo stood above ev­ery­one else un­til com­pla­cency al­lowed them to be usurped by Mi­crosoft and Sony.

De­spite the fall from grace Nin­tendo has con­tin­ued to con­jure new and un­con­ven­tional ways of en­ter­tain­ing through the Wii con­sole and hand­held de­vices such as the Game Boy and 3DS.

The Switch is the com­pany’s new­est in­no­va­tion and aims to com­bine the power of a ded­i­cated con­sole with the flex­i­bil­ity of a hand­held to cre­ate a hy­brid that can be played any­where.

Good points?

The de­sign lets you play games ei­ther plugged into the ded­i­cated con­sole at home or away from the sta­tion with the hand­held. This means you can con­tinue play­ing where you left off, when trav­el­ling (or bored at work) for ex­am­ple.

The com­po­nents are ro­bust and will hold up against frus­tra­tion-in­duced rage.

Bad points?

There is a very oddly placed joy­stick on the right side of the con­troller which doesn’t feel com­fort­able or al­low fluid move­ment to the ac­tion but­tons.

The cat­a­logue of games will grow, but at the mo­ment ap­pears lim­ited to about a dozen with most of them un­likely to ap­peal to any­one over the age of 15.

Best for …

Those who can’t bear to be away from their favourite games for too long and who like the sim­plis­tic na­ture of Nin­tendo game­play.

Avoid if …

You pre­fer power in your gam­ing de­vices and re­al­ism in games. If kidults with dis­pos­able in­come are its tar­get au­di­ence, the Switch is likely to fall short.

Score

7/10.

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