Why you should want the Nintendo Switch for Christmas

Before the Nintendo Switch came out there were two major gaming consoles. The PlayStation 4 by Sony and the Xbox One by Microsoft, but that all changed when the Nintendo Switch was released on March 3, 2017. The Nintendo Switch is a hybrid console meaning that it can “switch” between playing on the T.V. or playing on a portable handheld device. It’s the first gaming system through which you can start playing a game on the big screen in your house, then grab the console, slot in the controllers and continue playing on the bus or in the car or anywhere for that matter, until the battery runs out.

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This is a picture of the Nintendo Switch in its portable form that you can take anywhere. credit: IGN.com

This is all thanks to a clever and unique design. The console itself is a 6.2-inch tablet that plugs into an HDMI/USB-C dock. There are two removable Joy-Con controllers that slot into the tablet when you’re on the move but work through Bluetooth when you’re not. While it can’t match the Xbox One or the PS4’s 4K graphics, it doesn’t need to. The Nintendo Switch has many other features that helps it stand on its own against the other two consoles.

     The Switch itself is a kind of thick tablet with a touchscreen that has a 1280 x 720 resolution. It’s more like an iPad rather than a cutting-edge gaming device. The Switch might be the slimmest, slickest and least noticeable console ever made. Only two things really stand out: a vent at the top for cooling purposes and the kickstand at the rear that enables you to prop up the console for tabletop gaming sessions when you’re out of the house.

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This picture is showing what the Switch looks like when its stationary mode with the joy-con controllers attached to a joy-con accessory. credit: Nintendo.com

The design and the technology of the Switch isn’t the only thing impressive about the console. The games are too! The coolest thing about the Switch are the games as Nintendo exclusives are always the best when it comes to the quality of the gameplay. I’d even say that the Nintendo games are the most iconic when it comes to console gaming.

One game that is fascinating is Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The game has amazing graphics and is the first open-world Legend of Zelda game. An article by IGN.com had this to say about the game, “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s sheer freedom and sense of adventure is a remarkable achievement. Right from the start, the vast landscape of Hyrule is thrown completely open to you, and it constantly finds ways to pique your curiosity with mysterious landmarks, complex hidden puzzles and enemy camps to raid for treasure and weapons.” The game is a must have for any new Nintendo Switch players just for how much fun you’ll have playing it.

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This a picture of background art of the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game, credit: justpushstart.com

Frank Carino (my very own father) said this about the Switch, “Nintendo, in a way, continued their long history of being creative and being on the forefront of innovation. They combined ‘portability’ with a ‘home entertainment system’ to create another new product that has already proven to be an extremely hot Christmas gift for 2018.” Carino brings up a great point, the Nintendo Switch would be a great Christmas gift to a friend or a loved one. The Nintendo Switch also updated old games such as Super Mario Bros and Legend of Zelda, of course, which was a fantastic idea because older players of the Nintendo will come and get the switch just to play old titles that they love.

Another game I would like to talk about would be Super Mario Odyssey. Super Mario Odyssey is one of the Switch games that has amazing reviews. Gamespot.com saying, “Super Mario Odyssey displays a clear understanding of what makes Mario tick, and is neck and neck for top billing among its esteemed predecessors.” Super Mario Odyssey is a platform game in which players control Mario as he travels across many different worlds with Cappy, his cap, that can control people. He travels through places known as “Kingdoms” on the Odyssey, a hat-shaped ship, to rescue Princess Peach from Bowser, who plans to forcibly marry her. The game has a simple story, but an awesome game play experience, if you get the Nintendo Switch for Christmas this is a must have game.

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This is a picture taken from the Mario Odyssey game with the two main characters Cappy and Mario. Credit: GameStop.com

Another game that has come out recently would be Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee. It follows you as you travel the Kanto region capturing Pokémon. Polygon.com saying, “Let’s Go, Eevee! and Let’s Go, Pikachu! allow the wild world of Pokémon to roam free and turned one of my most familiar games into a newly engaging experience.” This game is also a must have if you own or plan on getting the Nintendo Switch.

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This is a picture of both Pokémon lets go Pikachu and let’s go Eevee, showing their respective Pokémon with a field of grass behind them. credit: gadgets.ndtv.com

The Nintendo Switch might not be the most graphically capable console like the others, but it’s an experience that you will never forget.

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