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The Nintendo Switch has been a sensation since its release in 2017. But is it still worth buying a Nintendo Switch today? Before we look at the Switch’s technical performance, and what it’s worth in-game, let’s linger for a moment on the different game modes. It’s worth remembering that the Nintendo console is a 3-in-1 model.

What are the parts that make up the Nintendo Switch?

At first glance, the Nintendo Switch may seem complex, but rest assured, it’s not that complex. A Nintendo Switch package includes:

  • The Nintendo Switch system
  • Nintendo Switch Docking Station
  • Joy-Con controller
  • Joy-Con wrist strap
  • Joy-Con holder

The console is the heart of Nintendo Switch. You can either insert it into the Switch Station or use the console directly to play. The Joy-Con is the control center. It is either attached directly to the Switch or used separately. This is also how Nintendo allows you to play with more than one person, as both pieces can also be assigned to individual players. Depending on which mode of play you prefer at the time.

The three game modes: how to use Nintendo Switch?

TV mode: Nintendo Switch works like a normal console that can be connected to the TV. So you can play with your friends and family on the big screen.

Tabletop mode: the built-in screen can also be placed on a table by itself. This is especially useful if you don’t have a screen at home or if you are on vacation.

Portable mode: the last “Switch” is the mobile console, which can be held directly in the hand. In this mode, the Joy-Cons are attached directly to the screen.

What is the gaming experience on Switch?

Before we get to the “how,” let’s briefly address the “what.” Because Nintendo has one of the largest collections of games that you can access directly on the Nintendo Switch through Wi-Fi. The games catalog has the advantage of including Nintendo’s big hits, like Zelda: Breath of the Wild or Mario Odyssey, but also non-Nintendo games, like Skyrim or The Witcher 3. That’s not to mention the plethora of independent games that have emerged on Switch in recent years.

But even if the choice seems endless, the Nintendo Switch has some limitations here related to its size. It’s not as powerful as some of its competitors, like the Xbox One and PS4 (find our Xbox One test here). This particularly affects games like Resident Evil, which thrive on very powerful consoles with a better resolution.

Resolution in particular is very important in video games. The Nintendo Switch has a 6.2-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. For comparison, this is about the size of the screen of an iPhone 11, which is popular for mobile gaming. However, the iPhone 11 came with a pixel density of 1792 x 828. The Nintendo Switch’s screen is about the same size, but with a lower resolution. The next important point is the battery, because if you are interested in portable mode, the battery life is very important. This amounts to about 4-9 hours for the Nintendo Switch. The exact runtime depends on the game you are playing. For reference, according to Nintendo, the battery for “The Legend of Zelda” game lasts about 5.5 hours.