In this article I talk about a Nintendo Switch with Joy-Con Gray, He went on to compose my team of video game consoles in November 2017.
In November 2017 I had 14 video game consoles. But, only two of them were from Nintendo: two Super Nintendo, one of which I have since 1993. Give way, I didn't have access to new games franchises which I like very much, how Super Mario, Zelda, and Mario Kart.
Not that I have something against Nintendo, quite the contrary, I liked (and like) a lot of my Super Nintendo. But around 1994 I had my first PC (at 80286 CGA monitor) and I ended up leaving the side video. The games my PC ran had third-generation graphics, sound worse than third generation (I had no sound card) and, on behalf of the CGA monitor, had no colors. Besides I had no joystick, but the ease of copying games from colleagues in floppy disks turned out to be the main factor in favor of PCs.
After that I was switching PCs, I started to study and work with them, So ended up always having cutting-edge PCs, running games consoles of the time could not run, because they were ultimately limited by the CRT TVs, While the monitors were in addition to more easily.
With that I just completely ignoring the Nintendo 64 and the Game Cube. Just read about them, installed a Nintendo 64 for a neighbor, but I've never played in fact. Around 2003 I bought a Playstation One just because my PC spent practically the whole time doing some processing and I couldn't play. The option for Sony's console turned out because it was the most popular console and because the stores had plenty of games for him, which I could copy and save. But the resolution was poor near the games that I played on the PC at the time.
So just coming late in the fifth generation consoles and ignored completely the sixth. I ended up coming back to the Islands only on seventh generation. The Wii just me drawing attention for the innovative controls. But in my first international trip (USA) I ended up bringing a Playstation 3, It would be the first Full HD LCD TV for the first family, It was there under-utilized. I didn't buy it for the games, but by the films on Blu-ray. At the time a Blu-ray player from Sony cost the same as a Playstation 3. The Playstation 3 ran movies and still could run a game once in a while. With the Playstation 3 I brought two movies (“Marley & Me” and “The Shawshank Redemption”) and just a game (“Street Fighter IV”).
But with time I started to get taste for new video games. When I discovered the game stores abroad, which at the time were still advantageous, I started buying games for the Playstation 3.
I played the Wii at a friend's House and some birthday parties. The console was in fashion buffets for children. Until I became interested in, thought about buying a, but then Sony released the Playstation Move, “inspired” in the console from Nintendo and technically superior. So I ended up investing in the Playstation Move same.
The Wii U was I just had read about, but I've never played. Only recently, to Nintendo Switch already released, is to put your hands on one for the first time, When a cousin purchased a.
When the Nintendo Switch was released and began making success, I figured it was time to have a Nintendo again. Brought one of Europe in July 2017, but just bringing a Playstation 4 For and an Playstation VR. Any regrets about the first, but I can't say the same for the second.
The experience of the Playstation VR it's cool, but always gave me a certain malaise when I played with him. To complete, I found out that it does not do passthrough of HDR, What would make me keep plugging and power by unplugging wires would have a TV with HDR. I ended up deciding to sell it. With the value of the sale of the Playstation VR fiz buy to do Nintendo Switch. And it was a good deal.
The initial idea was to buy the Nintendo Switch in US Amazon, as I did with my Playstation 4. But the cost of console, redirect service and likely would leave taxes the value higher than the prices on the open market.
The lowest price I could get on the open market was R$ 1600,00, with free shipping. Seller well qualified, “MercadoLíder Platinum”. I don't like to buy this type of product on the free market. Almost always something comes wrong. But I decided to risk…
As I said, I don't like to buy this type of product on the free market. Almost always something comes wrong. And this time was no different. The ad said that the Nintendo Switch was American and sealed. But I received an Australian console in a box that was clearly open and poke around. Check out the photos and the video of the unboxing:
Notice the hole in the box. Isn't it weird? Then I found out there would be an internal part of the box that has the serial number. He wasn't there because the "rode the wrong box.
At least the box was packed so well, in another cardboard box, and arrived in good condition. But there are some raspadinhos who certainly wouldn't have if it had been the US Amazon.
Despite having been poking, probably to test, no evidence of use in the console or any accessory.
The source has plug in the Australian standard, but it works with any voltage 100 the 240V and 50 or 60 Hz.
At the bottom we have the plug that connects to the dock. On the sides there are fittings of joy-con.
At the top there is the entrance of cartridges, hot air outlet, volume button and call.
On the back there's a little foot to keep him standing on a flat surface, and underneath it there's a microSD card slot. The speakers are also there.
Opted for the model with joy-con controls gray. They carry when coupled to the console, but work both in the console as released. In some games it is also possible that two players keep each with a control joy-con. In this case the game adapts to the least amount of buttons.
The package also comes Joy-Con Grip, the base to fit the joy-con to play on TV, When the Nintendo Switch in the dock, creating the famous control-puppy.
Nintendo puts your brand until the HDMI cable. Something that I've never seen on consoles from Sony, for example.
Joy-con controls comes with Add-ons to be used when they are highlighted. They add two buttons “of shoulder” (L and R) and a handle for each control joy-con.
No bulky user manual. On Nintendo Switch just come a folhetinho.
In the box we also have an adapter intruder, that certainly was placed by the “Distributor”. The idea was probably cast the Australian standard plug for Brazilian outlets. But failed, because despite the two round pins, the plug of the adapter does not have a hexagonal base and doesn't fit in Brazil.
Time to put the Nintendo Switch for work. To turn it on, He asked me to connect the controls joy-con.
With joy-con controls connected, He asked me to choose the language.
After connect WiFi, an update needs to be made.
All right on the small screen. Time to test it on the big screen. I set up the Dock and connected it on TV in the room.
At first he won a small space in the back of my Sega Genesis.
Rode so uptight box before saving. The “AUS” in the box leaves no doubt. The Australian model is. But there is no regional lock, so no problems…
With a cotton and petrol, I took some of her marks, to stay as clean as possible. Before there was some ". Compare the pictures before cleaning (above) and after cleaning (below).
I bought also the The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in eStarland, but played only for a few minutes to check it out. I liked, but I'm still playing the Horizon Zero Dawn, and I don't like to be playing more of an RPG at the same time, because I just confusing me.
I also bought the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in Play-Asia, but that's not here yet, Thanks to that damn State, scrapped by the EN, you need more than two months to deliver a package that is already in their hands.
In these three months, played with the Nintendo Switch practically only in TV. First because the I bought film on GearBest in November has not yet arrived (Thanks again, Post office!). And then because on the big screen the Super Mario Odyssey looks much better.
When the film arrived maybe I play more with the Nintendo Switch off the dock, but it is unlikely that I go out of the House with him and play in public places. That's up to safe countries, thing that Brazil will never be as long as there is this bunch of vagabond who defends Bandit, the kind that says “The Globe has exposed the cell phone without the need. Poor thing, He lost his job.”
But don't take this as a reference in terms of portable versus TV, because of my current 15 consoles, only one is portable: the Dingoo A-320. I never very interested in portable. I just miss them on long trips and waiting rooms.
Screen and Video
A canvas tem 6,2 inches, resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and is sensitive to the touch. The first impression is that lack resolution in it, because I'm used to looking at the screen of my Z Play Bike having 5,5 inches and resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. But the screen with less resolution is justifiable: with less resolution uses less processing power and, Consequently, uses less battery. On TV the Nintendo Switch is connected to the dock, that is connected to the electric power, so it's okay to use as much processing power and offer a higher resolution, from 1920 x 1080 pixels. If Nintendo hit at this point is questionable, but the fact is that this is another good reason why I prefer to play on TV.
Anyway, the ease with which we can move from the small screen to the big screen and vice versa deserves applause. You don't have to stop playing if you need out of the front of the TV, If someone else wants to use it, for example. Just get the Nintendo Switch and continue playing normally.
Forget 4 k resolutions and HDR, Nintendo did not enter the market to compete with Sony and Microsoft in the resolution and graphics. Judging from the commercial performance of the product, This seems to have been a wise choice. 4K and HDR certainly encareceriam the console and it could fail, In addition to being features that only work when the console is in the dock.
The speakers of the Nintendo Switch are stereo. But when in the dock, the console provides multichannel audio 5.1, in the PCM format, through HDMI output. One more reason to play on TV. Important detail: no optical output receivers Older. Encoding in Dolby Digital or DTS, as Playstation 4, also is not an option. Give way, It is necessary to connect the console directly in receiver. Don't try to turn it to your TV and use the ARC to send the audio to the receiver, because with this audio will be limited to PCM 2.0. This is not a limitation of the console, but the ARC Protocol.
My Nintendo Switch is currently connected to a HDMI switch, which is connected to the receiver. Missed HDMi inputs on the receiver, then Switch is sharing with the Framemeister. So I have audio 5.1 channels without any problem. Like I don't care both at the same time, and both just send when signal are connected, I don't have to worry about selecting the correct input on HDMI switch, as it does this automatically.
32 GB internal storage, one part is used by the operating system. Those who want to buy games on shop certainly end up needing more memory. You can use microSDHC cards and microSDXC with up to 2 TB. As the three games I bought are in cartridge, they do not occupy both the internal memory, so I haven't bothered to buy a card. Some of the memory cartridges must occupy, as there are rescue data and updates of games.
Moreover, Here it is up speak a little of the back to the cartridges that Nintendo Switch promoted. How a hybrid console, He naturally would not a blu-ray. Nintendo could have completely abandoned the physical media for the e-shop, but the decision to keep the physical media seemed right.
I even prefer physical media. There are negative points: It's a little uncomfortable having to keep changing disc or cartridge and the boxes need space to be saved. But there are positives: I like the little boxes. One point I used to highlight is that sooner or later all consoles lose their support and networks are turned off, What would stop a new download in case of a HD or Fritz card, for example, While cartridges are always available. But that's only true for old consoles games not receive updates, because in today's consoles the cartridge version just out of date and updates must be downloaded anyway.
It is worth noting that the cartridges are very small, making it easier to take them in the case along with the console. On the other hand, the size also makes it easier to lose them. In Brazil there is also the theft factor: digital games can be downloaded again if the console is stolen, and the injury would be just the console. Stolen cartridges are not recoverable and if in excess of injury.
At the moment I do not intend to buy other games, But if buy probably end up opting for the digital media on account of the price. They are cheaper, and you can even change the region of the console to buy in the store of the country in which the game is cheaper at the time. There are sites that indicate what is the cheapest store to purchase the desired game. Currently South Africa's store is usually the cheapest. In the three games I've acquired so far opted for physical media because I was expiring at sub leagues, and credits in eStarland e na Play-Asia, I wasn't in use. With the respective discounts, the physical media was more in three occasions.
Network connectivity Nintendo Switch is for WiFi and uses IEEE standards 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac. I prefer to use Ethernet whenever possible. My Playstation are all connected by Ethernet. I leave WiFi only for devices that are really mobile, because WiFi is always more unstable, for better and closer than is the router. At least it supports the latest WiFi standard (IEEE 802.11ac).
You can use the Ethernet Nintendo Switch, but only with an optional adapter, sold separately, that is connected to the USB port on the dock. I don't intend to spend money on it, at least for now. To download updates the WiFi is of good size. When the Nintendo online games service is working maybe I change my mind.
How little I played with the Nintendo Switch off the dock, I can't say anything about the battery life. By specifying, She is lithium ion, has 4310mAh, and should last from 2 a 6,5 hours, Depending on the game. The charging time is 3 hours with the console into standby mode.
The battery is not removable. I hope that the Exchange, When it is necessary, is not complicated.
The console of the Nintendo Switch account with accelerometer, gyroscope and sensor light. Are relatively low-cost sensors that provide new ways of playing when the console is not in the dock. Joy-con controls have their own sensors, as we will see below.
When I heard for the first time the Nintendo Switch, and the fact that he doesn't have backwards compatibility, thought: “Nintendo realized that the controls with motion sensors already gave what they had to give and now will play a hybrid console”. But I was wrong.
The Nintendo Switch, indeed, aggregates resources of several previous consoles of Japanese manufacturer. Proof of this is that the controls Joy-Con also have accelerometer and gyroscope. Furthermore, the joy-con on the right also has a camera that can detect shapes. That way they can function as a Wiimote and even go beyond. Both Joy-Con also have vibrating motor (HD Rumble).
The communication of Joy-Con with the console via Bluetooth 3.0. The joy-con on the right also includes NFC. The estimated life time of the batteries is 20 hours, and may be less depending on the use. The charging time is 3 hours 30 minutes, and the load is made when the controls are attached to the console.
As I've been playing mostly on TV, I had the options to play with both loose or coupled to the controls grip. On Super Mario Odyssey, for example, play with the loose controls allows you to launch the hat making a move with the joy-con. Even in grip the functionality of the sensors is used, There's an attack is performed quickly movement control to one side and the other, alternately.
Play with the control-puppy is not bad, but I ended up opting to purchase a Nintendo Pro Controller Switch, which I will speak in a next article. With that I don't have to keep unplugging the joy-con of the grip and connecting them to the console to load, and doing the opposite for play. With this my joy-con are just to play in portable mode, or for when you have a second player to play with me.
I already had the article ready and wouldn't go down that road. But recently some hackers managed to run Linux on the Nintendo Switch and raised the hopes of many people as a jailbreak and a possible unlock.
You can't ignore the fact that in Brazil the success of a console depends directly on the possibility of unlocking. Video games were born here with many unlicensed clones the Atari 2600 and their cartridges, many made by large companies. Decades have passed, but the remnants of the market still exist, through the very high taxes on games and games.
Our leaders do nothing to change this scenario, and the result already know. The first Playstation reigned in Brazil without even having been officially released, Thanks to easy unlock. The same occurred with the Playstation 2. In the next generation the XBox 360 won the fight by here, Unlike what happened in the rest of the world where the Playstation 3 got the better. The reason? The release of the XBox 360 came out well before. That shouldn't change anytime soon.
Do not condemn anyone who makes release, as I've already told you at the beginning of the article that I started to play on PC in my teens the ease of copying games from colleagues. But today I prefer to buy my games and give due support for developers. Currently I only have three consoles unlocked: Both Super Nintendo and the Playstation One, and because they were sold as well by default. Hard it is to find a locked. And anyway both are islands off the market.
Regarding Nintendo Switch, I do not intend to do an unlock yet he comes into existence, just as I don't intend to do in my other consoles, like Playstation 3 and the Playstation 4. I barely have time to play the games you buy, so I don't need any more games for now. Nowadays I consider only unlock a console on the day that he doesn't have more support from the manufacturer, with networks being disconnected and without possibility of acquiring games otherwise, as has already occurred with virtually all older systems, the sixth generation behind.
I have no doubt that the Nintendo Switch It was a big hit of Nintendo. They got to be creative, bringing a console hybrid full of possibilities, instead of trying to make a super powerful console to hit head-on with Sony and Microsoft, But arriving late in the current generation, in which she already blew it with the Wii U, and having as their exclusive franchises only differential.
Maybe I'm not exactly the target audience of Nintendo Switch, I don't have much interest in the fact that he's hybrid, but I recognize that this must be a differentiator for many people. Furthermore, not only Nintendo conquered the audience who will have the Switch as single console, but the price of $ 300 It is also favorable to those who already have a Playstation 4 or XBox One. Is a reasonable price to pay in a second console, the exclusive franchises that others do not have. If they had done a powerful console $ 500,00 or but, I don't think the same way and don't buy it just for a few exclusive. Moreover, that's why I don't have a XBox One (and I didn't have the XBox 360), It is very expensive for a console game library which overlaps largely with the Playstation 4.
I probably won't buy many games for the Nintendo Switch. Any game that I enjoy and be released to either the console from Nintendo and Sony, I will prefer to buy the version of Playstation 4, because of the superior graphics in virtually all cases, In addition to lower cost, because the games Nintendo Switch are very expensive! In this generation, It is true that the Nintendo Switch will be only my second console.
But then it was worth it to acquire a Nintendo Switch? Sure! Only Super Mario Odyssey already worth the purchase of the console. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe should consolidate my opinion. The exclusive Nintendo are excellent and the Nintendo still knows very well how to make good games. After Atari and Sega out of the console market, It's good to see that at least one of the manufacturers that have made the islands of my childhood is still on active duty, and competitive.