Nintendo Switch Early Hands On Impressions

By Michael Augustin , Updated Jan 17, 2017 09:28 AM EST
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After the lukewarm reception of Nintendo's Wii U, which was launched back in 2012, the company is prepared to launch the Nintendo Switch on March 3, 2017. The console is a hybrid portable/home console with multiple play styles offered. They have finally allowed the press and some lucky individuals to get some hands-on time with their new gaming system. Here are a couple of feedbacks from some press representatives who tried it out.

Cory Arnold from Destructoid feels like gaming giant has opted to emphasize more on gimmicks rather than performance. Stating that the console is "not as strong as competitors" but has ample power "to run first-party content" which he assumes gamers want to play. He describes the hybrid gaming system as a collection of "input gimmicks on a technically unimpressive console."

His other impressions with the Nintendo Switch focus on its build quality and ease-of-use. The gaming system reportedly slips in and out of the dock smoothly and firmly locks into place. Its Joy-Con controllers also attach securely to the console and require a button press to remove. The Nintendo gaming system apparently seems sturdy and boasts a firm construction. The most noticeable flaw of the Switch is its charging port. Give its expected battery life, the USB type-C port is inaccessible when the console is on tabletop mode leaning on its kickstand.

Meanwhile, Ben Gilbert from Business Insider also shares his experience with the gaming system. His feedback delves into the console's controller and motion-control system. He mentioned that his hands cramped from holding it and pushing several of the controller's buttons. The controllers also slide in and out through a rail system on the console and on the Joy-Con grip. A circular button on the rear of the grip releases the controllers.

The Nintendo Switch console itself features a 6.2-inch touch-screen up front with two speakers below the display and an ambient light sensor as well. the rear portion is mostly bare except for the kickstand. The bottom holds a USB type-C charging port, while the top has the power button, volume buttons, a 3.5mm audio jack and the game card slot.

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