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Nintendo Switch Review and FAQ, can we buy it to play free games?

Nintendo Switch is out already. How good is the latest gaming console from Nintendo? Any FAQ we need to know about Switch before buy it? And is there any way we can play free game on Switch device, you may want to get all the answers here.

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Nintendo Switch Review: Pros and Cons

Introduction: The Switch is Nintendo’s seventh home console, arriving four and a half years after the Wii U landed in late 2012. Each recent Nintendo console has been designed around some big new idea—the Wii had those funky motion controls, the 3DS had glasses-free 3D, the Wii U had a big touchscreen in the controller. The Switch’s big idea is that it isn’t just a home console; it’s a portable console that can be plugged into a dock and converted into a living room console. It has a touchscreen much like any other tablet, along with two detachable “Joy-Con” controllers that can be used separately for two-player games or combined, Voltron-style, into a fully featured standard video game controller.

The Good The Nintendo Switch is a versatile hybrid game console that easily pivots between a big-screen TV and on-the-go portable. Its modular Joy-Con controllers are inventive. The entire hardware feels substantial and refined. Breath of the Wild is one of the best Nintendo launch games of all time.

  • Versatility: The novelty that comes with taking the console on the go has not worn off on me yet. So far it’s been a mostly flawless experience. Switching is great.
  • The operating system: While there’s not much to it, the Switch’s OS is zippy, clean and lets you resume gameplay from sleep mode in seconds. Even a full powering on takes no time at all.
  • Local multiplayer: While we weren’t able to test it because no current games support it, the Switch allows up to eight tablets to be locally connected for multiplayer.
  • Screen capturing: A dedicated capture button on the left Joy-Con takes a screenshot of whatever you see onscreen. It works just as you’d want it to — quickly and easily. As of now there doesn’t seem to be option for recording video though.
  • Amiibos: Those adorable toy-to-life figures are still a thing for the Switch, so if you spent money on them in the last few years, you’re in luck.

The Bad Besides Zelda, there are only a handful of games and no Virtual Console. The screen feels small during tabletop sessions. Joy-Con layout is cramped and crowded, and the left one can have connection issues when wireless.

  • Game library: Beyond Zelda, it’s a bit of a desert. That will be the case at least until midyear or so.
  • The Virtual Console is MIA at launch, and its unclear when or if classic games will come to the Switch (beyond one limited-time freebie per month).
  • Left Joy-Con desync: There’s definitely something going on with the left Joy-Con. While I’ve only had it desync once, it’s acted up half a dozen times, whether it be erratic behavior or a dropout. Hopefully, this is something that can be patched.
  • Screen size: When using it as a handheld device the Switch’s screen is fine, but as a tabletop display it’s another story. Because of its small text, it’s tough to play Zelda from any farther than around two feet away. Other games might be more lenient about distance, but a group crowding around a screen to play doesn’t seem as practical.
  • The kickstand: The plastic flap that hides the Switch’s microSD slot is also its kickstand. Unfortunately it’s very flimsy and doesn’t instill much confidence. At the very least I wish there was another one on the other side of the screen for balance. If it’s on a hard, flat surface it won’t just topple over for no reason, but getting it to sit right the first time isn’t as easy as you’d think. Bumping into the table it’s resting on could make it fall over, and I’d imagine some airplane turbulence might knock it down,too. Don’t expect the stability of the sort of full-width stand you get with a Microsoft Surface or an iPad case.
  • No wireless audio: You can pretty much count out any kind of wireless audio solution for the Switch. Other consoles have made this a baseline feature, but don’t expect to see it on the Switch.
  • “HD Rumble:” Nintendo might be overpromising with the vibration feedback in the Joy-Con controllers. It’s tough to sniff out why it’s so much better because right now it just feels weaker than other controllers out there. Maybe this will change.
  • Outdoor use: Sure, you can take the Switch with you anywhere, but the screen is really tough to see outdoors, especially anywhere it’s sunny.

Should we buy or not?

If you already pre order it and have it in hand, just enjoy your time with the both portable and home gaming console. When you play the spectacular Breath of the Wild on day 1, on your TV or on the Switch’s built-in 6.2-inch screen, you’ll feel like it’s worth every penny.

If you still hesiate and can not make decision whether or not to buy it, I have to say, just wait. Now only Zelda and other 11 games are released for Switch, otherwise, the Switch feels like an empty vessel, waiting for a deeper catalog of games and online features and a more complete review is a wise thing to do.

Nintendo Switch 2017 FAQ

1. What’s included with the Nintendo Switch system?

Your new system comes with everything you need to pop in a game and play, including:

  • Nintendo Switch console
  • Nintendo Switch dock
  • 1 Joy-Con™ (L) controller, 1 Joy-Con™ (R) controller
  • 2 Joy-Con™ wrist strap accessories
  • Joy-Con grip accessory
  • Nintendo Switch AC adapter
  • HDMI cable

2. Do I need to buy anything extra to play with my friends and family?

  • You’ll be able to play select games for up to two players with the included Joy-Con (one controller per person).
  • You’ll also be able to purchase extra controllers for multiplayer games for 3+ players.

3. Can I earn My Nintendo™ points on Nintendo Switch games?

Yes, you’ll be able to earn points in many different ways, including by purchasing games. You can then redeem those points for digital rewards or discounts.

4. Can I play with my friends online? How about locally?

Nintendo Switch supports multiplayer gaming options of all kinds. You can play together online or in the same room using one system or multiple systems.

Specific features vary by game, such as voice chat or split-screen play, but sharing fun with friends and family is a key focus for Nintendo Switch.

Please note that online multiplayer gaming will be free until the paid service launches in fall 2017. Currently, the free-trial period and the paid service will be available for customers in the US, Canada, and Mexico.

5. Can I use my amiibo accessories?

Yes, you can use amiibo™ accessories in compatible games. The ability to scan amiibo figures and cards is built into the right Joy-Con and Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.

6. Can I watch movies or browse the web on Nintendo Switch?

Nintendo Switch is first and foremost a gaming system, so it won’t support video streaming services or internet browser functionality at launch.

7. How long will my Nintendo Switch battery last?

Battery life can last for more than six hours, but will vary depending on the software and usage conditions. For example, The Legend of Zelda™: Breath of the Wild can be played for roughly 3 hours on a single charge.

You can charge the Nintendo Switch console with the included AC adapter (even while you’re playing) or by placing it in the dock.

8. How much storage does it come with, and can I upgrade?

Nintendo Switch comes with 32GB of internal storage, a portion of which is reserved for use by the system. Users can easily expand storage space using microSDXC cards up to 2TB (sold separately).

9. Can I play my old games on Nintendo Switch?

The Nintendo Switch console is an all-new way to play, and will not include backwards compatibility. To stay up-to-date on games that are on the way, visit the game store on Nintendo.com.

10. Are Parental Controls available for the Nintendo Switch console?

Yes, a robust set of options is included to help both parents and kids have the best possible gaming experience.

Parents can set controls on the system, or use the free Nintendo Switch Parental Controls™ app to set restrictions on games and purchases, monitor gaming time, and more.

11. What is the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls™ app?

Nintendo Switch Parental Controls is a free app for smart devices to keep you engaged with your family’s gaming activities on Nintendo Switch.

Using the app, you can view what games have been played on the system and set play timer limits. You can also restrict access to games or navigate to your Nintendo Account where you can restrict spending for child accounts, and more.

12. What’s included in the online service?

The paid online service will include access to online multiplayer gaming, as well as a dedicated smartphone app that connects to your Nintendo Switch system via your linked Nintendo Account to provide an online lobby and voice chat for compatible multiplayer games.

Subscribers will also get to download and play a classic game for free for a month, and will receive discount offers on select digital games.

Please note that online multiplayer gaming will be free until the paid service launches in fall 2017. Currently, the free-trial period and the paid service will be available for customers in the US, Canada, and Mexico.

More information about the online service will be announced soon, so please stay tuned.

Can we play free games on Nintendo Switch and How?

The so-called free game for your console Switch is the Nintendo Entertainment System™ (NES) title, and this is only available and free to the Service subscribers for 1 month. Within the month, you can download and play this game free on Switch, but when time is beyond, you must pay for the game. So not like the fully hacked Nintendo 3DS or 2DS console, you can buy flashcard online for them to play Free DS or 3DS games. On the newest Nintendo Switch, you can do nothing but buy the game card or download game in Eshop.

Monthly game download

Subscribers will get to download and play a Nintendo Entertainment System™ (NES) or Super Nintendo Entertainment System™ (Super NES) game (with newly-added online play) for free for a month.

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