A Pre­lude To Hol­i­day Deals In Gam­ing

MidWeek (Hawaii) - - Front Page - Paige Takeya

As Black Fri­day and Cy­ber Mon­day ap­proach, f an­tas­tic deals on tech — and in par­tic­u­lar, game con­soles — start crop­ping up.

So let’s say you want to buy your child or grand­child (or hey, even your­self) a brand new game con­sole. Which do you get? What’s the dif­fer­ence be­tween an Xbox One S and an Xbox One X? Is ei­ther worth buy­ing? This hum­ble guide hopes to clar­ify things be­fore you hit the shop­ping streets. Nin­tendo Switch Cost: $299.99 Break­down: The Switch is Nin­tendo’s white-hot, new­est home con­sole … that also vies for porta­bil­ity. It can be played docked to a TV and as an on-the-go, tablet-like de­vice. As such, it is de­signed to be user-friendly and sim­pler than of­fer­ings from Mi­crosoft and Sony. It’s pretty much a per­fect gift for a young fam­ily.

What to play: Su­per Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are the most re­cent in­stall­ments of Nin­tendo’s two most hal­lowed fran­chises, and are manda­tory pur­chases for any new adopters.

Other ver­sions: There’s just the one. None. Nin­tendo New 3DS XL Cost: $199.99 Break­down: Nin­tendo’s flag­ship portable con­sole boasts an un­matched li­brary of games, im­pres­sive bat­tery life and ubiq­uity amongst kids of ele­men­tary age. While it can’t do very much be­sides play games, it’s easy to use and per­fect for gam­ing on the go for the busy or short of at­ten­tion.

What to play: When in doubt, grab a Poke­mon game. The new­est ti­tles, Poke­mon Ul­tra Sun and Ul­tra Moon, hit the street this week. Older play­ers might pre­fer Fire Em­blem Fates.

Other ver­sions: Oh, boy. Well, first, you gotta make sure you’re buy­ing the “New” con­soles — they’re up­grades on the orig­i­nal 3DS re­leased in 2011. Look for that la­bel. Sec­ond, there are the XL and reg­u­lar-sized ver­sions. Big­ger is al­ways bet­ter, so opt for XL when you can. Then you have a choice be­tween the 2DS and 3DS. The main dif­fer­ence is, ob­vi­ously, that one has 3-D ca­pa­bil­i­ties … and the other doesn’t. Zero games re­quire 3-D to work. Ba­si­cally, buy­ing some­one a Nin­tendo New 2DS XL is Sony PlayS­ta­tion 4 Cost: $299.99 Break­down: The de­fin­i­tive win­ner of this con­sole gen­er­a­tion, the PlayS­ta­tion 4 boasts an in­cred­i­ble li­brary of games, im­pres­sive util­ity as a home en­ter­tain­ment hub and even, uh, VR, if you want it. Dis­clo­sure: Yes, I have a PS4. I love it. I will de­fend it as the best to the death.

When buy­ing Nin­tendo con­soles this year, make sure you’re buy­ing the Switch (pic­tured), and not the older Nin­tendo Wii U.

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