Nintendo Switch Overview: Is it Worth It?


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Ramon Perez, Cub Writer

With the recent release of Nintendo’s new handheld, the Nintendo Switch, there has been a lot of buzz surrounding it. Released on March 3, 2017, it has only been out for a couple of weeks and people are debating on whether they should buy one, wait for a price drop, or even just drop the idea altogether.

The Nintendo Switch definitely packs a punch, with a custom NVIDIA Tegra processor, a 6.2 Inch 720p LCD screen, 32GB of internal storage, and 2.5 to 6 hours of battery time. The resolution can be scaled up to 1080p when connected to a TV and to the Nintendo Switch Dock. As a hybrid between a home console and portable gaming device, the Nintendo Switch is one of the most compact and powerful gaming devices you can take with you on the go. The regular retail price of the Nintendo Switch is listed at $299.99 for either the gray or neon joycons.

Currently, the most popular game released for the Nintendo Switch is “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” with a retail price of $59.99. Popular upcoming games are “Super Mario Odyssey,” “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe,” “Splatoon 2,” “Elder Scrolls V,” and “Sonic Mania,” which all have a release date in 2017.

Playing  games with other people online will be free until this fall. Nintendo has announced their plan to release a paid monthly subscription service allowing the buyer to play their games online with others, join group lobbies and voice chat with others, get exclusive deals in the eShop, and be able to play 1 NES or SNES game for the month. The price has still not been shared. This online service only affects the Nintendo Switch, and not the 3DS or the Wii U.

The Nintendo Switch is sold out almost everywhere, so finding one today will cost you a lot of perseverance and patience. Considering the price at $299.99, finding one at this price, or even finding one in general, will happen once in a blue moon. That price of course, excludes the gas bill. If you don’t feel like driving across the country for one, you can always buy one off of the internet. Current eBay and Amazon prices for a new, in-box Nintendo Switch start a $450. That is about a 66% increase in price due to how scalpers are using the scarcity of the console to their advantage.

So, the answer we have all been waiting for: is the Nintendo Switch worth your $300? The answer is, yes, the purchase will definitely be worth it. However, is the Nintendo Switch worth paying for a higher price than usual if you choose to buy it through eBay? For now, buying a Nintendo Switch at scalper prices wouldn’t be a great idea, since having it just a month or two from a restock does not seem like it would be worth it. However, if you really want to get your hands on one to play, then more power to you.

I would stay ready and alert for the next restock at your local store, so you don’t have to overpay for the same product. Besides, it is a product in high demand, so a restock is bound to happen soon enough.

Once prices settle down, $300 is a good and solid price to pay for what you are getting: a powerhouse of a portable console, with a phenomenal game lineup planned for the rest of the year. “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” can already be a selling point by itself due to how acclaimed it has been. Compared to the Wii U version of the game, the Nintendo Switch has better graphics on the big screen, greatly reduced loading times, and less slowdown issues. The Nintendo Switch also has higher quality background ambiance, so you can become even more immersed into the world around you.  

The Switch can be taken on the go or played on your big screen TV at home. The detachable joycons allow you and a buddy to play games together at the same time. The paid online service might be a downside, but the quality of the games more than makes up for it. For however long it takes for you to get your hands on a Nintendo Switch, definitely buy one. You definitely won’t regret it!