Nintendo Switch in India - Want to Buy One? Read here to know more

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Nintendo Switch in India - Want to Buy One? Read here to know more

Netsaar Network,
03 March 2017

Nintendo’s new gaming hardware: The Nintendo Switch releases today, the 3rd of March, 2017 in Japan and the West. Priced at $299.99, the Switch is essentially a tablet with hinged controllers on both ends. You can play the thing as a handheld or on a television when the aforementioned tablet is docked in a – well – Dock, which connects to the TV via HDMI. Essentially the Switch intends to offers the best of both world i.e. portable and home-console gaming. While this sentiment is nicely realized in the machine’s design (and its appeal for the Indian audiences is palpable), in the Indian market the Switch will live and die by its ‘availability, services and a considered pricing structure’.




Unfortunely, the fact that Nintendo’s never really had an official presence in India doesn’t instil much confidence about the Switch’s availability. It is safe to assume that the gaming giant’s new machine: a console-handheld hybrid, won’t be reaching us through official means. And since the grey-market or your NRI relatives are the only options left, Indian consumers are in quite a pickle (yet again). Which is a shame since the new Zelda (available for the Switch alongside another non-officially available Nintendo console the Wii-U) is turning out to be one of the best reviewed games in almost a decade.



But not all news is disheartening, here are a few things you must know about the Nintendo Switch as a potential buyer in India –


1. The Switch is the first modern Nintendo machine to be region-free, so having one imported from the West is a feasible option.


2. The Nintendo Network is a new ‘paid’ online service that is a first for any Nintendo console/handheld and it will be introduced by the end of 2017. So if you were thinking to play the new Splatoon 2 online co-op, it might be another monetary expense to think of.





3. Talking of ‘another monetary expense’ if you are considering to buy extra peripherals for the thing like extra Joy-Con controller, the pro-controller or the charging grip for the Joy-Cons; those things don’t come cheap – early adopters’ curse I tell you – Visit Nintendo’s official Switch page here for all prices and specifications. And to see what all comes in the box.


4. You can reserve you Switch username (aka Nintendo Online Service ID) today. Just follow this link here and register for one.


5.Also remember you will require the Nintendo Online Service subscription to use online game lobbies or voice chat with friends (which reminds that voice chat this time around is via a smartphone app exclusive to Nintendo Online Service subscribers).


6. The hardware itself seems well-built and has been reviewing quite well, with some reviewers going so far as to calling it one of the best consoles Nintendo’s ever done. Do check out the Digital Foundry video review here, it reports on the variety of tests like the battery life and temperature.





7. Reports have surfaced that people have been experiencing lost connections with the Joy-Cons. Though some claim that a Day One patch is supposed to fix that but you might want to read up on it, see hardware reviews for mentions of this issue.


8. The launch line-up is as follows –

  • Fast RMX
  • Just Dance 2017
  • Human Resource Machine
  • I Am Setsuna
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Little Inferno
  • Shovel Knight
  • Skylanders: Imaginators
  • Snipperclips
  • Super Bomberman R
  • World of Goo





9. Getting a Nintendo Switch might definitely be a more expensive proposition, games-wise too. Not only is the launch line-up meagre, but the games too boast exorbitant prices that don’t always justify the value. For instance The Binding of Isaac Afterbirth + is available on Steam for INR 1232 while the same is listed for $39.99 (INR 2672) on Nintendo’s web store for the Switch.


10. If you are big of digital games you might want to know that the Switch comes with a usable storage space of just over 25GBs, though the device supports standard microSD cards.



These cover just the essentials that you must know before dipping your toes into the world of new Nintendo tech. Netsaar suggests you search the internet for the most updated opinions and reviews of the console and its games, and learn as much as you can before buying one. To find the best websites that thoroughly cover the Nintendo Switch click here…