Nintendo Switch

Last updated date: April 5, 2019

Review Melt Score
8.7

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Overall Take

Versatility and fun are hallmarks of the Nintendo Switch, which you can play either on a home TV or the Switch's own portable screen. It's a surprisingly durable system too, with controllers that can detach and form different configurations. Even on the portable screen, graphics are sharp for Nintendo's large stable of exclusive games. In our analysis of 97 expert reviews, the Nintendo Nintendo Switch placed 3rd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.3
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.5
32,990 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The system’s portability and detachable motion controllers, called Joy-Cons, allow it to do some oddball things.
- New York Times Wirecutter
July 27, 2018 | Full review
It’s the first home console that’s also a portable gaming system.
- BestReviews
The Nintendo Switch is a much more elegantly designed console from top to bottom, light-years ahead of the plastic goofiness of its spiritual predecessor, the GamePad on 2012's Wii U.
- CNET
November 21, 2017 | Full review
Whereas the Wii U’s tablet was an awkward plastic slate beholden to a base station that did all the processing, the Switch is a fully self-contained, sturdy, and well-designed tablet that's just over half an inch thick.
- The Verge
March 6, 2017 | Full review
The Switch's screen is bold and sharp -- for the most part.
- Engadget
March 1, 2017 | Full review
The way that the Switch combines gaming on-the-go and gaming at home without preferring either is a credit to Nintendo's team – and with the arrival of top-tier titles such as Fortnite, the Nintendo Switch is a better proposition than ever.
- Tech Radar
January 4, 2019 | Full review
The plastic controllers are solidly made and simply feel good.
- Tom's Guide
March 6, 2017 | Full review
It's incredibly convenient to pick up the system and go without needing to stop your game.
- PC Magazine
October 10, 2018 | Full review
It’s designed to plug into a TV just like a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, or it can be carried around as a portable device, similar to the Nintendo 3DS, or Game Boy.
- Digital Trends
July 19, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
It’s expensive, and so are the games and accessories.
- BestReviews
But the bigger annoyance on the Switch is the curious dearth of retro gaming titles.
- CNET
November 21, 2017 | Full review
I have little doubt Nintendo’s first-party lineup will be amazing — Breath of the Wild alone is almost worth the cost of admission here — but the company’s weak spots have always been continuing and expanding third-party support, as well as providing a robust online service.
- The Verge
March 6, 2017 | Full review
But the system's battery life, outdoor screen performance and unknown networking capabilities have me worried.
- Engadget
March 1, 2017 | Full review
Nintendo was a little late to the online party.
- Tech Radar
January 4, 2019 | Full review
Since launch, several complaints have arisen including the Joy-Cons spontaneously desyncing from the Switch when they're not connected to the device.
- Tom's Guide
March 6, 2017 | Full review
Currently, you can't copy or transfer your save files unless you have Nintendo Switch Online, and even then the cloud save function doesn't work on some games.
- PC Magazine
October 10, 2018 | Full review
With battery life ranging from 2.5-6 hours in portable mode, depending on the game, the Switch won’t last through most flights, though it’s fine for the commute to work.
- Digital Trends
July 19, 2018 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Introducing Nintendo Switch, the new home video game system from Nintendo. In addition to providing single and multiplayer thrills at home, the Nintendo Switch system can be taken on the go so players can enjoy a full home console experience anytime, anywhere. The mobility of a handheld is now added to the power of a home gaming system, with unprecedented new play styles brought to life by the two new Joy-Con controllers. PLAY ANYWHERE Home Gaming System At home the main unit rests in the Nintendo Switch dock, which connects the system to the TV and lets you play with family and friends in the comfort of your living room. On-the-Go Lift Nintendo Switch from the dock and instantly transition to handheld mode for on-the-go gaming. By sharing Joy-Con, players can go head-to-head while away from home. You can also enjoy the same great games in tabletop mode by using the included stand to prop the system up. New Play Styles Remove the detachable Joy-Con from either side of Nintendo Switch for more play styles: One player can use a Joy-Con in each hand Two players can each take one Multiple Joy-Con can be employed by numerous people for a variety of gameplay options (additional Joy-Con sold separately) Slip a set of Joy-Con into a Joy-Con grip accessory, mirroring a more traditional controller. Or, select an optional Nintendo Switch Pro Controller. Bring together up to 8 Nintendo Switch systems for local face-to-face multiplayer.

Overall Product Rankings

1. PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB Console
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 9
2. Xbox One X 1TB Console
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 9
3. Nintendo Switch
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 9
4. Nintendo Super NES Classic
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 9
5. PlayStation 4 Slim 1TB Console
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 8
6. Xbox One S 500GB Console
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 9
7. Nintendo New 2DS XL
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 9
8. Nintendo New 3DS XL
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 9
9. Nintendo 2DS
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 9
10. Playstation Classic Console
Overall Score: 6.2
Expert Reviews: 8

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