The fabled Nintendo Switch is almost here and excitement among gaming enthusiasts is building. Set for a worldwide release in March 3 this year, the Nintendo Switch has many preparing their fingers (and wallets) for the hopefully epic console. Before you fork out several hundred dollars for it, here are the essentials you need to know.
1. The costs add up pretty quick
The base price for the Switch will be $299. This is actually pretty fair. There are other far pricier consoles in the market. But before you sigh in relief, there are a few more costs you need to be aware of. For example, you will soon discover that you need a charging grip for the Joy-Cons. The Joy-Cons only charge when plugged into the tablet screen. This could prove pretty inconvenient especially if you plan to play games on your large screen frequently. A charging grip will cost you $30.
You can also upgrade to a pro controller for $70, pricier than many other controllers. Other optional accessories include $80 for another pair of Joy-Cons and $90 for another Switch dock. This is not to mention the unspecified fees for Nintendo’s online service as well as the SD card you will need to add storage (only 32GB storage is available).
2. Third party support is promising
There are only a few notable games that will be bundled with the Switch at launch. But the company has promised a ton of games in the future with more than 50 developers having signed up. While Nintendo-owned games are pretty good, it will be nice to have variety.
3. It is truly versatile
This is perhaps the best feature of the Nintendo Switch. You can play it at home on your TV, you can play on the go, you can play with friends, you can transform the tablet into a standalone screen using kick stands and so much more.