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More About Nintendo Switch

Thursday, March 30th, 2017 by | Filed Under: Hardware & Peripherals

Yesterday, I told you all about the new Nintendo Switch console at my house.

Today, I’ll continue the look at how my family is using the game changing device.


We’re currently enjoying two solid Switch games (the outstanding, open-world adventure The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (also available on the Wii U) and 1-2 Switch where players have actual face-to-face showdowns (gun slinging, dancing, etc.)) and luckily there is enough system memory (32GB) for them. The best part is you don’t have to waste time waiting for games to install/download anything onto the system. Just insert the game and go! It would be great to have more launch games, but having Zelda is a huge plus (look for our upcoming reviews on both games).


Getting online relates to a solid chunk of initial activity we want to do. The online shop didn’t have too many selections yet, but I do not see much incentive there except for exclusives, mainly because the game cards do not take any memory (internal system offers 32GB of storage).  I will buy physical copies whenever possible, though there will likely be some very good online/digital exclusives.

Once you get online then you can format the microSDXC card (slot by the pullout stand), so memory is not a real issue anymore. Screenshot taking has become a new favorite especially with the ability to post them directly to social media.


Even more options like different angles, reverting the image or being able to rotate. Options include adding text and other fun items that are ideal for social media posting. You can also crop screenshots and write notes using the touch screen.

The screenshot option is great and is the button on the bottom left Joy-Con (short for controller). Its counterpart is the home button on the right Jou-Con. We are not able to extract any screenshots though because, you guessed it, that function does not work until it’s our system update which we cannot do until we are online.

The Joy-Cons can also act a standalone controllers and include “HD Rumble” vibration capabilities plus an accelerometer and gyro-sensor. This rumble option really enhances the gameplay adding realism and helpful cues among games and basic functions.

The right Joy-Con features the familiar NFC touchpoint for amiibo figures for an expanded interactive experience (we didn’t get far enough in Zelda to use them yet) plus an IR motion camera for even more enhanced gameplay.

Nintendo’s Pro controller is sold separately for $70 with additional Joy-Con pairs at $80 each, wrist straps at $8 and a charging grip at $30. Our Joy-Cons are the Initial color offerings neon-blue on the left and neon-red on the right. Gray color is also available.

NOTE: Be sure to connect the sliding straps to the Joy-Cons correctly. Just unlock the light gray latch by the actual strap then press the small black button to release.

Keep the closed strap track end at the top and match the top “+” or “-” signs to each other, otherwise, it’s very difficult to get them apart again.

The Switch supports online Wi-Fi multiplayer gameplay and can connect with up to eight Switch systems for local wireless play.

Once you have your Nintendo account linked to your profile then you get extra options, your friend code, and setting options. Play Activity is also listed plus the accompanying Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app is available to supervise and limit gameplay time for youngsters.

Put the system in sleep mode anytime and it reactivates very quickly. The Switch is very accessible just like your phone. There is one minor caveat – be sure to close the current software before you switch the physical game card, otherwise you must turn off the system. It is minor because it heats up from a cold start (completely turned off) very fast (about 10 seconds).

See you next time!

~ Michael Siebenaler

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