My Life is inextricably linked to video games, so the release of every new gaming console for me is akin to the holiday. I literally start counting the days until the start of official sales, impatiently glancing at the calendar. And if we are talking about products Nintendo – waiting becomes unbearable. Too much warm memories from my childhood connected with games of this Japanese company. About Nintendo Switch we officially learned only in October last year, although rumors about it were in the air for a long time. On March 3, it finally went on sale and was in my hands. I want to share with you impressions of the new game console in your expanded review.
Things Nintendo in recent years has developed not as would like the management and shareholders of the company. Despite the fact that in the segment of portable consoles, Nintendo 3DS held the lead and almost completely pushed out of the market the PlayStation Vita, a stationary console Nintendo Wii U went on sale in 2012, was not adopted by game developers and not understood by some players. After the incredible success of the previous console, the Nintendo Wii, released in 2006 and sold a crazy run of 101 million boxes, the Wii U turned out to be of interest to only 13.5 million people. The company management tried to boost sales of consoles, releasing incredibly high-quality and exciting games for the best Nintendo franchises, but everything was beginning to understand that the Wii U is doomed.
This failure Nintendo has not ended. In 2015 after a long illness, he died President of the company . This amazing man was not simply the head of the world's oldest companies that manufactures gaming console and video games, but also a true passionate gamer. In his youth he was engaged in software development, having put his hand to such hits as Balloon Flight, EarthBound and Kirby. In my memory it was the only President of a major gaming company who personally told its users about a new video game in the series, Nintendo Direct. Agree that it is difficult to imagine the President of Sony or Microsoft, who spoke directly with gamers, joking, and masquerading as characters from various game series. But Satoru Iwata was incredibly close to the action, that its all very loved and respected.
Death of a President was a serious blow for Nintendo. The Board of Directors were in a quandary, but in the end it was decided to appoint a new company President Tatsumi Kimishima. From 2002 to 2006 Kimishima headed the North American division of Nintendo, until he was replaced on this post Reggie Fils-aimé (the same one that "my body is ready"). This talented economist began his career in the banking sector, which is why it was decided to hand over the reins at such a difficult time. Kimishima wasted no time and immediately began to restore order in Nintendo. First of all, he began to expand the company's presence in the mobile market. This initiative was launched with Satoru Iwata, but it was when Kimishima we saw games like Miitomo, Super Run Mario and Fire Emblem Heroes. Secondly, negotiations were entered into with major film companies on the topic of the film adaptation of a number of famous Nintendo games. And third, we made a tough decision to stop production of Nintendo Wii U and releasing in place of it a totally new gaming console, which eventually was Nintendo Switch.
After the first official trailer Nintendo Switch that we showed last fall, it immediately became clear that we are dealing with a first in the history of the gaming industry hybrid console. You can play it through the TV, lounging on your sofa, and on my way to work, school or University. Now I realize that many of my readers are skeptical about this approach, considering that Nintendo tried to reinvent the ordinary tablet, the bulk of which today in any store. But it should be understood that a tablet is just a tablet. It's not a console in the traditional sense. First, a tablet is devoid of physical buttons, analog knobs and triggers, and don't now oppose them with all sorts of "Chinese gamepads" that are connected to some tablets and smartphones. It's completely different for many reasons. Second, on a normal tablet you will not be able to play together with a friend in a great cooperative game, using the attached gamepads. In addition to the split screen, Nintendo Switch is also able to combine multiple consoles into a single local network (up to eight devices), even without the presence of nearby Wi-Fi. Well, and thirdly, what tablet you can play in the legendary series such as Mario Kart or The Legend of Zelda? This alone is worth a lot. Well dear... Nintendo Switch today is 22 490 rubles.
When the courier brought me the box with the console, I was amazed at its small size. Only 35 x 20 x 10 cm. What can fit inside such a tiny box? Perhaps this is the most compact package in the entire history stationary consoles Nintendo.
A Decorated box is very stylish. I admit, I really like the console logo: white on a red background, the most concise and recognizable. Vivid pictures allow us to understand what awaits us inside, and at the same time and demonstrate how this console can be used.
Under the side cover we can see the instruction about how to recharge your Nintendo Switch. In General, the default console is loaded, so you can take it out of the box and immediately activated. But the designers Nintendo decided just in case to hedge, and therefore created this short guide for beginners.
Raise the top cover of the box and immediately see the main character review – Nintendo Switch. Beside her wrapped in plastic game controllers "Gascony" (Joy-Con).
The Main part of the console is really all resembles an ordinary tablet. Capacitive touch screen with a diagonal of 6.2 inch framed with a rather wide frame. In the lower part of the frame just left of center you can see the ambient light sensor that adjusts screen brightness depending on where you are. At any time this feature can be turned off and adjust the brightness yourself. Left and right of the sensor located speaker holes, of which you hear the sounds and music of games.
Metal fittings on the edges of the console is designed to mount to them game controllers Joy-Con. The metal plates on each side hidden contacts for recharging your controllers.
On the bottom console of the attractions you can see is that USB Type-C connector for its charging. But the top face is much more interesting. First, there is a port for game cartridges covered by a rubber cap. To the right is a 3.5 mm headphone Jack. And closer to the center we can see the ventilation holes, through which Peeps the metal radiator. To the very right side – button on/off console and "rocker" for the volume adjustment.
Nintendo Switch pleasant to the touch thanks to the soft touch plastic. I admit, not love this material because it perfectly collects fingerprints and dust. Here you can see two additional vents and also another unusual thing – sliding the leg to the console can be placed vertically and use it as a portable TV for the game.
Pick up this leg the nail was not so easy. Underneath hid a slot for memory cards format microSD. The manufacturer assures us that the console supports memory cards of up to 2 terabytes, although you for a long time will not find such in sale. But the future is pretty good. Personally, I immediately ordered a card on 128 gigabytes, so let's see what video game is enough for me. Retractable leg is rather flimsy looking, and I was very afraid that it will accidentally break off. However, Nintendo foresaw this moment, so even if you cling to the foot and tear it, do not worry and panic. A special mechanism allows you to slide it back in. I learned about this from the official instructions to the console.
So the console looks like in an upright position with extended leg. It is somewhat strange that it is placed to the side, not centered. But as they say, the rich... On a hard surface the console is quite stable. This contributes to the fact that the edge of the legs are rubberized and non-slip, even if you put a Switch on the glass coffee table.
We Turn to the second important part of Nintendo Switch, namely its gaming controllers. I got a variant of the console with gray jailname, but sales also have kits with jailname red and blue colors. Here it all depends on your taste. In General, the set with a stationary Nintendo consoles have always invested in just one gamepad, and the second most often had to buy extra. This time the situation is somewhat different: you get two small controller Joy-Con, which can be used either in cooperative mode with a friend, holding them horizontally, or as a full controller, rotating them vertically. Controllers, as you can see on photos, very similar to each other, but differ slightly in detail. It is worth saying that both controllers are equipped with accelerometers and gyroscopes, allowing them to be used in almost any motion-games involving hand movements, for example, in Just Dance 2017.
The Inner surface controller looks like this. Names...
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