07. Sep, 2017 14:27 (HKT)

10 Things to Consider before You Buy a Nintendo Switch

Nintendo has definitely rocked the gaming industry for the last three decades when it comes to redefining console gaming. It is the great mover behind familiar names such as Wii and NES among others. And Nintendo still remains innovative offering its latest console to the gaming market, the Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo Switch has found a niche of its own providing console-caliber gaming with a twist. More so, it boasts hybrid design, portability, and the culmination of hardware growth. And when we say that versatility breeds excellence, Nintendo Switch will definitely stand out from such description. No wonder, a lot of gamers are interested in what this innovative console has to offer.

You might have heard a lot of hype for the Nintendo Switch. And it is not something that we need to wonder about as the console really does deliver, which is why many gamers are hungry to get their hands on it. But hold your horses for a second, before getting a Nintendo Switch, here are the 10 things to consider before you buy a Nintendo Switch!

10. USB Type C Port For Charging

We live in a world where we are predominantly tied to our mobile device or gadget. And it is something that we are all guilty of doing. What more for gamers who would like to enjoy their time outside playing their favorite games?

Well for Nintendo Switch gamers, they don't need to worry about leaving their Switch's charger at home. And that's all because you can use your smart phone's charger--which most of the time we normally bring. After all, there is an unlikely chance that you will leave your mobile charger at home especially if you use your phone for a lot of things such as social media, text messaging, voice calls and the list goes on.


You can use a smart phone charger adaptor for charging your Nintendo Switch. This will make life easier especially for those who travel a lot further improving their on-the-go gameplay experience.

Don't miss out on your charging needs. As the Nintendo Switch does not come with USB cable you might to think about picking one up so you can always keep on the go.

USB Charging Cable for Nintendo Switch (1.2m) (Nintendo™ Switch, JPN)US$ 9.99 24h
USB Charging Cable for Nintendo Switch (3m) (Nintendo™ Switch, JPN)US$ 19.99 1w

No need to worry as well missing the action from your Switch when you're outside. We have power banks for you charging needs.

Belkin Pocket Power 5K Power Bank (5000mAh) (Black)US$ 22.99 1-5d
Belkin Pocket Power 5K Power Bank (5000mAh) (Rose Gold)US$ 22.99 1-5d
Belkin Pocket Power 5K Power Bank (5000mAh) (Silver)US$ 22.99 1-5d
Belkin Pocket Power 10K Power Bank (10000mAh) (Black)US$ 30.99 1-5d
Belkin Pocket Power 10K Power Bank (10000mAh) (Rose Gold)US$ 30.99 1-5d
Belkin Pocket Power 10K Power Bank (10000mAh) (Silver)US$ 30.99 1-5d

9. Auto Sleep Functionality

One of the obvious drawbacks that gamers using Nintendo system have noticed is the fact that it will allow you to play until your battery becomes drained. Despite the console giving you a notification that you need to charge it already, there will be times that you will miss it because you don't want to lose the momentum of the game. And when this happens, all your hard work could be put to waste!

Fortunately, the Nintendo Switch features an emergency sleep mode. This is very beneficial especially once you reach the critical stage of your battery and you are still playing. It helps in making sure that you don't lose your data.

8. Great Screen

If there is one thing that would make Nintendo Switch a standout would be its 6.2" capacitive multitouch panel with a resolution of 720p. For its size, 720p is already par excellence!

More so, the Switch promises a bright, crisp, colorful screen that will make the gameplay experience a notch higher. It means that the visuals will really pop with clarity especially if you are going to use it in handheld mode. It will definitely give the competitors a run for their money.

While your Nintendo Switch's screen screams a sleek and clean finish, you must still take good care of it. To eliminate any risk of scratching, dirt or blemishes on your shiny new screen, you should consider using a screen protector. Here are some high quality recommended screen protectors for the Nintendo Switch. 

Pitahari Screen Protector for Nintendo Switch (Nintendo™ Switch, JPN)US$ 12.99 1w
Blue Light Cut Pitahari Screen Protector for Nintendo Switch (Nintendo™ Switch, JPN)US$ 6.99 24h
Extra Hard Screen Protector for Nintendo Switch (Nintendo™ Switch, JPN)US$ 19.99 24h

7. Versatility In Controlling The Game
Nintendo Switch has definitely lived up to providing gamers with an excellent gameplay experience with its versatility. With its hybrid design, portability, and a culmination of hardware growth, there are still plenty of things that Nintendo Switch has to offer. Much more so when it comes to the ways that you can control the game.

There are actually two ways in which a gamer can control the game. The first one is by holding the pair of Joy-Con one on each hand and use them independently. As the Joycon only comes with two controllers you can alway pick up an extra set for play with your family and friends.

Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Controller Right (Gray) (Nintendo™ Switch, JPN) sold
Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Controller Right (Gray) (Nintendo™ Switch, US)US$ 64.99 1-2w

Retain that sleek look of your Joy-Cons with the Silicon Cover for Joy-Con.

Silicon Cover for Joy-Con (Black) (Nintendo™ Switch, JPN)US$ 11.99 1w

On the other hand, you can make use of a comfort grip. But despite its name, one of the drawbacks is the joy-cons are the small buttons and dinky size.  Instead, why not consider grabbing a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, it has a nice size and also has a classic D-Pad for the good old retro feel. 

Nintendo Switch Pro Controller (Nintendo™ Switch, US)US$ 74.99 24h

And by the way, you can also make use of Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Wheel Pair. You can just insert a Joy-Con into this accessory to feel like you're behind the wheel in your favorite racing game.

Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Wheel Pair (Nintendo™ Switch, JPN)US$ 22.99 1-5d

So it will really depend on your personal preference on what works best for you and your gameplay style. If what you are looking for is the novelty of playing a handheld game, then the Joy-Con is super fun. But if you are playing in the dock to your TV you might consider the comfort grip or the pro-controller are your top choices.

6. Day-To-Day Life Adaptability

Nintendo Switch wouldn't be named as such for no reason at all. Literally speaking, it will definitely allow you to switch to a gaming experience that would fit the day-to-day life.

For a feel-at-home experience, you can pop the Nintendo Switch inside the dock and you can play on TV mode. This will provide you the freedom of playing alone or gathering people around to play together.

Nintendo Switch Dock Set (Nintendo™ Switch, JPN)US$ 84.99 24h

On the other hand, you can just stay with the basics by using its built-in kickstand. You can just dock it on a desk or any hard surface. Be warned though that the kickstand will only work on hard surface only. So if you are planning to dock it to a soft surface like the couch, you might be quite disappointed with it falling.

If you want to have an even more comfortable way of playing it without using the kickstand, then you had better get yourself the Play Stand for Nintendo Switch.

Play Stand for Nintendo Switch (Nintendo™ Switch, US)US$ 17.99 1-2w

Or why not consider playing the Nintendo Switch nice and easy in the handheld mode. You can play it on the go. The Joy-Con controllers are attached directly to the sides of the screen, making it resemble a Wii U gamepad that can function on its own.

5. Limited Games At Launch

This is probably one of the downsides of the Nintendo Switch that you must know about first before purchasing it. As a new console for release, there isn't much that you can play with it apart from the games that they push specifically for Switch. But just like everything else, it just gets better and a bunch more are coming out.

For your convenience, we have collated the "Top 15 Games to Look out for the Nintendo Switch."

4. Parental Controls

Games are there for one main reason, fun, and entertainment. But for younger kids a good balance is important. And a parental control is definitely a feature that parents must make use with this console.

3. Cartridge Safety: Denatonium Benzoate

We have heard of horror stories of kids being choked from small parts of gaming consoles. And one of the most common is the cartridge. But Nintendo Switch has a better yet bitter way of addressing such case. With that, the Switch's cartridge is coated with denatonium benzoate. This is a very bitter-tasting compound used as a deterrent.

Parents need not worry too much though because denatonium benzoate is non-toxic. More so, this compound is just used to prevent kids from ingesting the cartridge as a choking hazard.

Keep your cartridge safe with these cool card cases for Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo Switch Card Case 8 (Clear) (Nintendo™ Switch, JPN)US$ 3.99 24h
Nintendo Switch Card Case 8 (Black) (Nintendo™ Switch, JPN)US$ 8.99 1-5d
Nintendo Switch Card Case 8 (Blue) (Nintendo™ Switch, JPN)US$ 3.99 24h
Nintendo Switch Card Case 8 (Pink) (Nintendo™ Switch, JPN)US$ 8.99 1-5d
Nintendo Switch Card Case 6 (Clear) (Nintendo™ Switch, JPN)US$ 7.99 1-5d
Nintendo Switch Card Case 6 (Black) (Nintendo™ Switch, JPN)US$ 7.99 1-5d
Nintendo Switch Card Case 6 (Blue) (Nintendo™ Switch, JPN)US$ 7.99 1-5d
Nintendo Switch Card Case 12 (Clear) (Nintendo™ Switch, JPN)US$ 12.99 1-5d
Nintendo Switch Card Case 12 (Black) (Nintendo™ Switch, JPN)US$ 4.99 24h
Nintendo Switch Card Case 12 (Blue) (Nintendo™ Switch, JPN)US$ 4.99 24h

2. Battery Will Be A Big Issue

Perhaps most people will get the Nintendo Switch for the sole purpose of having a glimpse of unparalleled gaming experience. Well, Nintendo Switch can definitely provide that to gamers. But the battery life is quite a concern. A very big drawback of its battery will be very obvious especially when you are outside without an access to a socket.

But why would you hinder your gaming experience outside if you can have yourself the Multifun Mobile Battery for Nintendo Switch (7500mAh)?

Multifun Mobile Battery for Nintendo Switch (7500mAh) (Nintendo™ Switch, JPN)US$ 54.99 1w

1. It Is An Ambitious Endeavor

The Nintendo Switch offers novel features that have taken our gaming experience a notch higher. It presents itself with a dynamic, sleek and mobile friendly way to play from what we have been accustomed to. From its Joy-Cons to its great screen and versatile system, Nintendo Switch is definitely a breath of fresh air for the world of console gaming.

Nintendo Switch (Gray) (JPN)US$ 369.99 24h


Nintendo Switch definitely delivers the great gaming experience that you deserve. And if you are deciding on whether to buy one you certainly won't be disappointed. With these 10 things to consider before you buy a Nintendo Switch, isn't it about time for you to make a smart "Switch" in your gaming experience?

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