Posted at 2 p.m. April 3, 2017
Legend of Switch: Search For Dead Pixels
With the release of the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo hopes to reach a broader audience while maintaining its integrity and exploring a new kind of console.
Originally announced October 2016, the Nintendo Switch has been released. The Nintendo Switch offers three ways to play, from your TV through HDMI connection and the docking station, handheld for on the go, and tabletop with the assistance of the Switch’s kickstand. Nintendo Switch, which comes with left and right joy-con controllers and dock, costs $299.99.
Specs and Features (What comes with it and accessories)
The Switch has several parts: The LCD tablet, the joy-cons, the docking station and other accessories.
The tablet is a 6.2-inch multi-touch capacity screen with a 1280 x 720 resolution. The battery has been reported to last more than six hours, but can vary from game to game (“The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” plays for around 3 hours on a single charge). Internal memory is 32 GB with a large part of it for the system itself. The bottom of the tablet has a USB Type-C Connector for charging as well as a stand for tabletop play, which also contains the microSD card slot.
Joy-con controllers are 4.02 inches high, 1.41 inches long, and 1.12 inches deep. It features a rail to connect them to the sides of the tablet as well as a capture button for sharing moments you may have during a gaming session. The joy-cons have an IR motion camera for Wii-esque gameplay. Battery life is approximately 20 hours and charging time is approximately 3 hours 30 minutes.
Pro controllers, a separate purchase for those who are used to a controller in their hands, has the aesthetic of an Xbox One controller.
The dock connects the Switch with your TV. The dock has two USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port and an AC adaptor port.
Charging grip is where you can place your joy-cons to charge as well as play on if a pro controller might be out of your price range. Games
By late March, the Switch website had announced 58 games. Some are to be determined releases later in the year. Among titles that are out now are: “The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth,” “Super Bomberman R,” “Skylanders Imaginators,” and “Just Dance 2017.” “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe” is slated for release on April 28, 2017, “Sonic Mania” for Spring 2017, “Splatoon 2” in the summer of 2017, and “Super Mario Odyssey” this holiday season. Titles like “Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim,” “FIFA,” “Minecraft,” “Fire Emblem Warriors” and “Sonic Forces” release dates are to be determined Problems
Dead pixels in the LCD screen have also been reported. Nintendo’s response to this issue, “Small numbers of stuck or dead pixels are a characteristic of LCD screens. These are normal and should not be considered a defect. Currently, Nintendo has no policy in place for dead pixels.
Thoughts on the Switch
To put it plainly, the Switch is a glorified tablet. That isn’t a bad thing, and I respect that Nintendo always tries new things whenever they release a new console.
Design-wise, it seems like a misstep in having the charging port at the bottom of the console. When gaming, it is annoying to have to hold it a certain way to keep it charging at the same time.
The dock is just a piece of cardboard with a circuit board that attaches your Switch to your TV, something that surprised me. When I first saw the Docking Station, I assumed it was of the same material that a PS4 or Xbox One was made of. Although simplistic in design, its make-up is worrying considering how easy something like that can break and how expensive each component of the Switch is to buy separately.
With the Switch being only slightly bigger than my phone, but smaller than the run-of-the-mill tablet, it could be convenient for its mobility, but also worrisome considering titles like “Elder Scrolls,” a large-scale open world game, are slated for this mobile device.
It sucks to have to MacGyver your own makeshift way of preventing your new Switch with something so that the equipment built for it doesn’t scratch the LCD screen it’s for. These issues, although annoying, come with the territory of a launching console.
It is odd that online features were not available for the launch of the console, including streaming services, which were a stated addition to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, respectively. It is especially odd considering the Wii also has these apps.
Nintendo’s response to the LCD screen comes off as dismissive. If I were to put $300 into the Switch to find that it had a dead pixel, just get the response that basically amounted to “tough, it happens,” I would be irate.
Having been a casual fan of Nintendo’s characters and the world’s they built, I enjoy the games, but am wary of the systems they build them on. This might sound mean-spirited, but the Switch comes off as a Zelda console. Seeing that it is, in my opinion, the only game to buy the Switch for. It is also available on the Wii U, which if one wanted to play it safe, should buy it for the Wii U until these issues are clearly stated and resolved by Nintendo.
To quote Machinima ETC Party Time, owning the Switch at launch comes off as “free Beta testing” the console. For some die-hard fans, there might be no issue in this, but for others buying the console to find that some issues with it have no plan in place for fixing them or warranty to ground the console, it can make the Switch to Nintendo’s new intellectual property come to a Switch back to another console.