The Nintendo Switch gaming system and various Controllers are a hot topic lately. This guide will give you an overview of the Nintendo Switch game system and controller options to help you make a sound buying decision.

They say that some of the best things in life come in two. The Nintendo Switch is no different. The gaming system is essentially two gaming systems in one. The Switch can be used as a powerful handheld gaming tablet or you can dock the system to enjoy the games on the TV like a regular console.  

Overview of the Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch is made up of three components; the tablet, the display and dock, and the Joy-Cons.  Here is an overview of each of the parts.

The Tablet

  • looks like a regular plastic tablet
  • measures 4.0 x 6.8 x 0.5 inches
  • weighs about 10.6 ounces
  • feels solid both on its own and with attachable Joy-Cons
  • includes 3.5mm headphone jack and game card slot
  • uses USB-C port for charging and connecting to the Switch Dock
  • speakers on are the back along with a kickstand
  • has a micro SD slot to expand storage up to 2TB and save progress

Display and Dock

  • 6-inch screen
  • 720p capacitive touch screen (1,280×720)
  • the screen is bright, sharp, has excellent color
  • can charge the Switch by plugging the included USC-C wall adapter
  • can also drop the Switch into the dock to charge or play it
  • Switch Dock is a block-shaped plastic piece (measures 4.0 x 6.8 x 1.9 inches)
    • Charges system and provides HDMI output to connect to TV
    • Provides 3 USB 3.0 ports for storage and accessories

Joy-Cons

  • Included with the Switch and Switch Dock
  • each Joy-Con measures 4.0 x 1.4 x 0.5 inches
  • each Joy-Con represents half the controls found on a standard controller which are an analog stick, four face buttons, pairing buttons, and two shoulder buttons
  • a mechanical release is located on the attachment rail and only detaches from Switch tablet  by pushing the release button
  • right Joy-Con has a plus button for accessing menus near the top and pausing games and has a home button below the analog stick
  • left Joy-Con has a minus button for accessing menus near the top and a capture button to take screenshots which are located below the face buttons
  • turn the Joy-Cons sideways with the attachment rail facing away from you to use it as a simple controller

Best games for your Nintendo Switch

There are plenty of games you can use on the Nintendo Switch. Here are two of the most popular that are family-friendly and fun to play.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Zelda: Breath of Wild has some great features. One of the best is that the game has an element of surprise. It has a huge open world filled with so much to do, that even if you were to play and complete the main story, you’d find yourself probably missing some of the details of the map. The joy that comes from the discovery and satisfaction by finding your own way makes this game very inviting as well. Here are a few pointers to get you started in the right direction

  • opens with hero Link awakening in dark cavern
  • the mysterious voice guides him to a tablet that helps to navigate the Hyrule-the fantasy realm that is the heart of the Zelda adventure.
  • people still exist in small towns and stables—it’s a dangerous place and your job is to set things straight
  • instead of giving explicit direction as to what to do, it shows you what needs to happen and let you do the work to accomplishing the goals
  • Link now has the ability to climb virtually any surface in the game
  • the best way to figure out what to do is to be social, talk to lots of people

Super Mario Maker 2

Super Mario Maker 2 is a game about making levels and then sharing them with the world. Players play, create and share by side-scrolling different Super Mario courses.  Here are a few tips that will help you get started

  • you’ll want a decent stylus since the only way to access building elements is by touch when your Joy-Cons are attached
  • there are three ways to enjoy Super Marion Maker 2
    • you build a creative one of a kind course from scratch and let your imagination guide you
    • recreate a course from a Mario game then change it to your specifications
    • you can use a course you played online as a template and then make it your own with each course, you can add your own items