Nintendo Switch review: A solid alternative for gamers looking for a more traditional gamepad

Nintendo Switch comes out on Friday and the company is trying to fix all of the mistakes of the Wii U and doubles-down on that system's best feature.

Nintendo Switch review: A solid alternative for gamers looking for a more traditional gamepad

Nintendo Switch comes out on Friday and the company is trying to fix all of the mistakes of the Wii U and doubles-down on that system's best feature.

The Switch is an all-in-one gaming machine that works as both a handheld device and a TV game console. It's both a powerful portable device and a capable home console when connected to your TV. The ability to easily swap between different modes just by dropping the system into its dock is what makes it truly special.


The Switch is driven by a custom version of NVIDIA's Tegra X1 chip, which also sits at the heart of that company's Shield set-top box.

The Switch is much beefier than a typical slate, though, measuring around 15.2 millimetres thick. It also features a 6.2-inch 720p display -- a huge improvement over the Wii U's low-resolution screen.

Aside from the usual power button, volume controls and headphone jack on the top of the tablet, the Switch also has a USB-C port on the bottom for charging.

The console ships with 32GB of internal storage, but it's helpful to be able to upgrade that easily.

The Switch is $300, so if you have a limited budget for gaming, you might be better off with the PlayStation 4 Slim or Xbox One S.

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