Top things to know about the Nintendo Switch

Battery Life and Storage

Taking into account that one of the most attractive features of the Switch is its “play on the go” functionality, battery life will certainly be a critical thing when it comes to having fun with the console away from home. And Nintendo has already announced that the Switch’s battery will enable players to game for up to 6 hours, although some resource-heavy  games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will require a recharge sooner than that according to Nintendo.

Also, in order to charge the Switch’s Joy-Con controllers these must be connected to the Switch Dock and use the console in handheld mode unless players shell out for the Charging Grip accessory which is available to purchase separately.

Regarding storage, the Switch comes with 32 GB by default, and this may seem like a paltry amount to some taking into account that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will eat almost half of that as reported on Polygon. But storage is expandable with MicroSD cards too, while physical Switch games run off their cartridges and don’t require an install, so this might not be as big an issue as it seems at first.

The games

One of the most surprising things about the Switch is that physical games will come on cartridges just like they did back in the day of the Sega Genesis and Nintendo 64 consoles, and will be able to run from the cartridge without needing an install first.

The typical game for the Switch will be priced at $60 in the US, and Nintendo already has a pretty good line-up of first party games in the pipeline for their new console including The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and a new Mario game, amongst others. And third party developers like Bethesda also appear to be committed to supporting the Switch, as the company recently announced that their role-playing video game hit Skyrim will be coming to the Switch this year.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo)