The bitter truth about a new Nintendo console Switch, you need to know before buying

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The bitter truth about a new Nintendo console Switch, you need to know before buying

Being a fan of Nintendo in the modern world is not easy. Not only that, you picking on not only the adherents of PC and other more powerful home consoles, and the company itself, which you support, often brings another surprise and not always live up to your expectations. Over the years she actually just ignored the development of online services, support third party and did not hesitate to use explicitly and frankly outdated hardware in their consoles. As a result, the fans had no time to make very controversial decisions.

And now Nintendo is going to release a new game console. And as usual, it was far from ideal, the witness which I would like to be. And as usual, the most dedicated fans of Nintendo and this time, most likely, will be divided into two conditional camp: one people once again will blindly deny that the company is doing something wrong, and run for consoles; in another — are angry at the company and say that it once again did not meet their expectations, but still will run for a new console. The other is not given. So let's throw a tear about fulfilled and unfulfilled hopes, and examine only the facts. The sad facts should be acknowledged. But get to know them better now than after you will buy a new Nintendo console Switch.

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included with the console almost nothing

If you are in the time to buy Nintendo Wii, Wii U, or any of the 3DS portable systems, the company that were certainly glad the fact that included, in addition to cherished console was something in that, actually, it was for her to play. Wii Sports, Nintendo Land and games for the 3DS served as a guide to the world of new consoles: taught to use the console and find out all about its features. It was fun, added weight to your experience and to some extent even added the cost of each console sold. With Nintendo Switch you can forget about it immediately.

According to early reviews, leaks and reports all that will be able the owner of a brand new console Switch to enter the menu of the console, to customize the interface and make some setting in your profile (in particular to create a Nintendo Mii avatar). Games are not included. Buy separately.

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backward compatibility

Even if initially the previous generation of consoles, Nintendo was not accompanied at the start of the sales sets with games, then the buyer at least had an opportunity to remember the past and return to your old collection of games that could run on the new system. With Nintendo Switch forget about this possibility. The new hybrid is the first console after the Gamecube console that does not support games for the consoles of the previous generation.

Of Course, this sacrifice is likely connected with the new format of games that will offer a Switch, but still the situation for someone may seem very unpleasant.

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A digital version of the game will have to wait

Software upgrade "first day" will reveal for the console Switch can access digital shop Nintendo eShop, however, classic game titles, you will not find. Owners of the new consoles will be allowed at the start to only buy games like Shovel Knight, a couple of "races", as well as all digital versions of games that will be available launch day consoles. Nintendo has already confirmed that the facilities and range of offerings Virtual Console will be very limited on launch day. When he filled up all the necessary company modestly. But at least encouraged by the fact that the work is being done "everything and more" will ultimately be.

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Little internal memory

If you are planning to buy most of the games in the form of digital copies, you should think about buying extra memory card. Internal memory Nintendo Switch is only 32 GB, with a 6.1 GB is reserved for the operating system console. In the end you will see total of 25.9 GB of free space for games. This is enough to load a couple of heavy titles on launch day, including the long-awaited The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and the port I Am Setsuna, but this is clearly not enough on everything else.

Actually, at least for one game requires more memory than is provided by the console. We are talking about Dragon Quest Heroes I and II. She "eats" up to 32 GB of memory, exceeding the limit of the console itself. In other words, you'll either have to find a way to increase the storage space for games on the console, or buy most of the games in cartridge format.

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Forget about your favorite wireless headphones

Nintendo Switch will be the first console of the company with support for online voice chat, but you can create some inconvenience. In the settings of the console is missing the ability to connect your favorite Bluetooth headset. In addition, none of the controllers the console has no analog inputs to connect though wired.

The"Tablet part" prefix has its audio Jack, but the use of it, sitting comfortably on the couch in front of your TV, is going to be difficult. You will need at least a very long cord. Nintendo has announced that a mobile companion app for smartphones will allow players to use voice chat using this device. This, in turn, may mean that a wired or wireless Bluetooth headphones can be connected directly to your smartphone and use it as a source of incoming and outgoing signals in games and voice chat. However, the decision seems complicated, if not problematic.

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Stand Joy-Con Grip in the kit has no built-in charging

The Main means of control Nintendo Switch is a modular controller Joy-con, and the kit along with the console comes with a heavy stand holder which allows you to conveniently lock the two halves for a more comfortable grip. Sounds cool! Unfortunately, using the included stand you will not be able to charge the controllers. The only possible remedy in this case is connecting the controller to the tablet part of the Switch that will make it impossible to play console games on the TV in the event of a dead battery. Nintendo plans to separately sell the exact same holder for the controller, but with built-in charger. Really cost you an additional $ 30 (or 2,000).

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For the accessories, you can splurge

Additional accessories for Nintendo do Switch will cost you dearly. An additional pair of controllers Joy-Con will cost $ 80, one will have to pay $ 50. Additional docking station for your TV will cost $ 90. Even for the Pro controller Switch will have to pay $ 70 (4500 rubles), which is higher than the cost of gamepads for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, ready to be yours at $ 60 apiece.

Most Likely, the launch of Nintendo Switch will be accompanied by a "squeak". As a rule, it always happens with the launch of new gaming consoles. The same PlayStation 4 and Xbox One too, are not the exception. In addition, given the "features" that the console will offer at the start, this "creaking" can be very loud and lingering. Does this mean that the new console will be a failure for Nintendo? Of course there is! Fortunately, as mentioned above, the loyal fans of the company abound. And even despite all its shortcomings (and I would like to believe that the new consoles advantages still more), thousands of people flee for a new purchase on the first day of its sales. These people will stop at nothing. And while Nintendo will count in revenue, it still will be time to fix everything that may not suit first buyers, as well as to enrich the database of new games.

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