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Nintendo Switch: Why You Should Skip the Newest Console

So, you want to buy a Nintendo Switch (or, ideally, receive one as a gift). And why not? There’s a lot of hype around Nintendo’s ambitious latest release, which is said to be vastly superior to the 2012 WiiU.

Perhaps the biggest draw is the Switch’s versatility – living up to its name, it can be played on a full-sized TV screen and then easily taken on the go when needed, delivering an impressive 6.2” display that, simply put, looks great. 

This highly anticipated device received many positive early reviews, but there is still some work Nintendo needs to do in order to make the Switch live up to its name. So, why should you wait to buy the Nintendo Switch? Here are a few reasons we thought of here at Puls.

 

One game wonder

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a dazzling launch game, maybe one of the best ever. It has received stunning reviews, but critics do love to game. With one of the largest, most interactive universes ever, dynamic gameplay, and unprecedented freedom of movement, it surely brings you the best gaming experience.

But if your not a die-hard Zelda fan, it might be best to wait until Nintendo releases a deeper catalog of games in the next coming months. Still, the future looks bright due to some potential with independent games and a decent online shop.

 

The price doesn't suit

At a scant $300, the low price point might seem attractive at first, but that makes you suspicious. This might be the cheapest release yet, adjusting for inflation - the PlayStation 2 cost the same amount back in 2000, and the PS3's 60 GB model cost twice that in 2006.

From this standpoint - the Switch seems like a bargain. But there are of course some differences to consider - Unlike most of its past competitors, the Switch's game selection is very minimal. And on top of that $300 price tag, you will need to buy the games separately.

 

Controls can be iffy

The Joy-Con controllers have a catchy name, and do their job decently well, but are far from absolutely ideal. Maybe some sacrifices had to be made in the name of portability, but some find the controls a bit crowded, and there have been reported issues with the left Joy-Con in wireless mode. Fortunately, Nintendo has set up a support page for those experiencing issues.

 

Small tabletop screen

The Switch's versatility is one of its best-selling features: You can take it on-the-go as a handheld device, play it on your big screen at home, or play it on the tabletop . Critics are still in love with its remote capabilities, but it's a different story when you want to switch to the tabletop display.

Because of the small in-game text, it's hard to play afar when using the tabletop screen. Most people don't mind being 2 feet away from the gaming screen, but a crowd of people around a screen, doesn't sound like a practical idea.

Jake S.
Jake S.
Jake Sherman is a professional writer with a background in journalism. He is fascinated by home appliances and how they work. He enjoys breaking down complex topics and explaining them in interesting ways. He has been a Puls staff writer for two years. When he's not writing, he enjoys trotting around the globe, trying unfamiliar foods, and testing unmarked doors to see if they're locked.

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