CNET First Look
We get our hands on Nintendo's transforming Switch consoleIt's a home console, it's a tabletop gaming system and it's a portable games tablet. It's the Nintendo Switch and after months of waiting, we've finally taken it for a spin.
We're here finally getting our hands on Nintendo's transforming new console, the Nintendo Switch. Now the Switch is actually several consoles in one. In one form factor you dock it with your TV to play on the big screen using an external controller. You can then pick it up from the dock and start using it as a tablet with controllers on the side. Then you can, of course, put the screen down on the table and use the controller separately either using Wii motion style controllers or clump them together and use them as a more typical game controller. The idea is that the Switch is portable, so you can take it away from the TV in your living room to the toilet, or over to your friend's house with some multiplayer Mario Kart action. It's certainly an exciting concept for a console. But there are some major problems that I've seen so far. For one, it's launch price of 280 pounds is extremely high. There's actually only going to be four games available at launch, of which one is a Zelda game. And none of them will be bundled with the console for that high price. Other games coming later this year include a FIFA title, Snow Boarding Game C and we'll have to wait till the end of the year for Mario to get his first proper outing on the console. Really Nintendo? That's poor form. Overall I can definitely see the advantage in the transforming nature. But the poor selection of games and the massively high price really does mean it for me that a lot of the shine has been taken out of the switch.