Honestly, there’s a lot to like about the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo is marketing it as a home console, which it is definitely competent at being, but where it excels and goes far beyond what any other gaming device has been able to do is in its ability to successfully take that full home console experience on the road. It’s a literal game-changer.
In Handheld Mode, which consists of a Joy-Con sitting on either side of the slick and solid tablet, you’ll be able to enjoy an identical experience to what you’d be looking at in front of your TV. The Legend of Zelda, for instance, feels incredible on the go. At first, it almost doesn’t feel real that you’re able to leave the house and take the experience with you. This is in-part due to the fact that the Wii U took a half step towards taking gameplay off the TV, but the Nintendo Switch snatches this dream and smashes it out of the park.
Every single component of the Nintendo Switch from the tablet, to the Joy-Cons, to the controller grip, to the dock feels well-designed and well-thought out. Everything serves a clear purpose and promises to deliver on future experiences. The actual unit itself is sleek and comfortable to carry, which is important given that it’s most compelling aspect is that it’s a hybrid portable/home console. The screen on the Nintendo Switch is much more vibrant and sharper than the Wii U and 3DS screen and the capacitive multi-touch display is as responsive as you’d expect from a smartphone.