What type of Nintendo Switch should I get?

So I'm seriously considering getting a Switch, so me and my wife can play more games together, though mostly due to Fire Emblem 3 Houses. We have fun with the PS4, but I'm thinking there might be more enjoyment from that platform instead.

However I'm not sure which bundle to get. If the "console only" version will be sufficient or what.

It's not so much an issue of wanting to play games at the same time, though we probably will do that depending on the title. It's more making sure we have sufficient equipment so we're not having to pass things back and forth if we don't want to.

Any advice on the differences in the types of packages to buy? I really don't care about any collector's shit or anything like that, and I'm not really worried about any specific titles either, that would come with the package.

So any tips from people who've already bought this platform, would be appreciated.

The console-only version includes a dock to charge and connect the Switch to the TV, HDMI cable, power cable, a Switch with 2 joycons attached, 2 joycon grips (to secure the joycon to the wrist like a Wiimote) and a joy-con grip (with which you use both joycons to assemble them like a console controller). It doesn't have a bundled-in game (no Wii Sports or Nintendo Land included this time).

Most games tell you in the back of the box or in the Nintendo store what kind of controller each player needs (the symbol of 2 joycons bellow the Switch means two people can play without need of extra controllers unless otherwise stated). Probably browsing through the Nintendo website will give you a clue of what you need for each game.

Get one with the better battery life, the original version is pretty much the same but with a shorter battery life

fuck Switch lite. complete waste of money. may as well just buy a 2DS.

also buy 2 Pro Controllers and you may as well buy a 2nd Joy Con set if you both want to play a game using joy cons at the same time instead of a more traditional Pro Controller.

using 1 joy con on its side feels really weird and is just too small.

Pretty much what the green dinosaur said.

One regular Switch will get you everything you need to get started. Make sure you get the newer revision model. It does everything the original does, but has better battery life. If you want to play with your lady, you'll want at least one extra controller. My suggestions would be to go for the Pro Controller over an extra set of Joy-Cons, since the Pro is far better.

i wouldn't necessarily say the Pro is better. Just different. Some games feel better with traditional controls like Mario Kart. I preffered playing Zelda BOTW with the Joy Con though.

Yoshi178:
i wouldn't necessarily say the Pro is better. Just different. Some games feel better with traditional controls like Mario Kart. I preffered playing Zelda BOTW with the Joy Con though.

Since the OP owns a PS4, I'd say the Pro is the better choice for primary controller, as the traditional form factor of the Pro will likely be more familiar and comfortable to them. The Joy-Cons can then be a secondary for those games that make use of Joy-Con specific functionality, which is a minority of games available and mostly limited to 1st party titles.

I'll admit to having a bit of a bias tho, since I like my controllers with a nice solid and weighty feel to them, i.e. Pro > Joy-Con.

They're making a super switch which will be more powerful so that's what I'd recommend. The portable-only version won't run every game from what I heard which is a huge issue. It's fine for a kid or if you're short on cash but otherwise the super version is all you should bother with.

I'm actually getting one soon due to astral chain and pokemon (though my enthusiasm was dampened for the latter) myself so that's what I'm going for too.

Dreiko:
They're making a super switch which will be more powerful so that's what I'd recommend. The portable-only version won't run every game from what I heard which is a huge issue. It's fine for a kid or if you're short on cash but otherwise the super version is all you should bother with.

Got a source on that?

Tho if you're referring to that old Wall Street Journal article about 2 new Switch models, those ended up being the Lite and the hardware revision of the standard Switch wth the better battery life. If you're talking about the Tegra X1 Mariko, that's the more energy-efficient chipset Nintendo is using for the new models.

Afaik, there is currently no indication Nintendo has any plans for an upgraded Switch "Pro".

As a switch fanboy (I love it more than my Gaming Laptop and my PS4 Pro because I feel like I own the games), I'd say go for any model that allows you to do the actual namesake. If you can't 'switch' with the lite, then the purpose of the console is lost for me.

However, I will talk about an accidental accessory that now always finds it way to travel with me. Meet the Leadstar Portable 14.1 inch tv.

I'm going to run down some of the cons first. The internal antenna it boast doesn't seem the work in the states. The screen is more akin to late 2000's screens. The UI is clunky.

Ok. Now to the great things. I got this after a power outage last March. I was originally looking up a small tv that could last a longer period of time with my Anker Powerhouse. It took some searching, but I got to this thing. What sold me the most is the radio function, the micro sd slot reader (so I can play my movies and shows on it), and oh yeah... it has an internal battery that is rated up to 3 hours of power time.

I have an issue with batteries, so I tested it up to two hours. And yeah. It actually works.

Around that time, I noticed the Hdmi port. I thought to myself... do I dare? So dare I did. I got my travel dock (it's just a spare Nintendo Switch Dock), plugged everything in... And it works. It just works.

When I went to Orlando with my family, we played overcooked on a big screen while our flight was delayed. If the kids want to watch Paw Patrol on the main tv in the AirBNB, I can break this out and we can have Street Fighter 3rd strike tournaments like back in the day without straining our eyes.

And if you're as bougie as I am and you have a Samsung S8 or later phone? You get a hdmi switcher along with a good bluetooth keyboard and you plug everything into the leadstar. And boom. You have a portable Tv to play Switch, and then you also have a portable computer, as Samsung Dex is an amazing, amazing thing. A Personal and Portable entertainment center that has everything you can want. Local shows, personal movies, console video game play, and personal computing function that can into your bookbag.

It was the only stuff I carried with me for my personal entertainment, and I was engaged any time I wanted.

Chimpzy:

Dreiko:
They're making a super switch which will be more powerful so that's what I'd recommend. The portable-only version won't run every game from what I heard which is a huge issue. It's fine for a kid or if you're short on cash but otherwise the super version is all you should bother with.

Got a source on that?

Tho if you're referring to that old Wall Street Journal article about 2 new Switch models, those ended up being the Lite and the hardware revision of the standard Switch wth the better battery life. If you're talking about the Tegra X1 Mariko, that's the more energy-efficient chipset Nintendo is using for the new models.

Afaik, there is currently no indication Nintendo has any plans for an upgraded Switch "Pro".

What we have are rumors, even though Doug Bowser said that the only hardware this year is the upgraded Battery Switch.

I mean, that makes the most sense. They need at least to sell the Upgraded Switch well this holiday season before doing anything else. It would be like the Xbox One S and Xbox One X situation. Who wants a sideways progression when you can have better performance?

Given that the rumors were right for the Lite, and given Nintendo's track record with iterations I'd say a more powerful Switch like the New 3DS is on the way. How soon, is the question.

 

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