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Nintendo Switch Under Review – Esports Gaming on the Go?

Written by: Glenn R. Onassis
Nintendo Switch Review Esports Gaming

Me, a PC player, owning a Nintendo Switch? What kind of blasphemy is this… right? In my defense, it was a gift, and five years later I can say that it was a damn good one. I’ve spent close to 500 hours on it, from playing Nindies, exclusives and flagships up to dedicated esports games, and now I finally put all of that on paper.

Which Nintendo Switch Models are Out There?

If you’ve been following Nintendo the last few decades you know that their marketing department isn’t that savvy when it comes to naming consoles and their upgrades, so the same awaits you here as well. Officially there are four different types of Nintendo Switch in the wild, but only three can be bought from the stores.

The latest and greatest is the Nintendo Switch OLED version, introduced in XXXX. It has an upgraded screen and a bit of the internals, as well as a dock with a LAN port.

The most affordable version is the Nintendo Switch Lite, it’s a smaller version of the console that packs the same punch, just without the dock (and any ability to connect one).

Then we have the original console, which consists of two models. The first iteration that came out in XXXX, also called the “Launch Edition”. You’ll not find that one in the stores anymore, and I wouldn’t recommend buying it on the used market as well since lorem ipsum. which I wouldn’t recommend buying, and the upgraded one that came out in XXXX, which can be found for cheap on the used market and is worth every penny.

 

What are the performance differences between the models?

Almost none. The base of all three current models of the Nintendo Switch are the same, XY procesor, XY RAM and XY SoC.

How to not buy the Launch Version of the Nintendo Switch?

As I mentioned above, you don’t want to accidentally buy the original launch version. If you’re buying a new console, then you’ll not be able to get it since it’s discontinued, but the tricks start if you’re buying it used, because the refurbished market is full of them.

The easiest way how to distinquish them is by first looking at the box, and then on the serial number that needs to start with XXXX. . Below are the boxes for your reference:

The new Switch should have a serial number – located on the bottom of the console – that starts with the letters HAC. Some online retailers, such as Amazon, may even designate the serial number in their product listings.

So, what is the cost of entry?

When compared to other consoles and the laptop and PC industry, the Nintendo Switch is the cheapest and most available option. For competitive gaming we can only recommend the OLED version because it comes with a LAN port, after that we have official and third party accessories and after that games, here’s a breakdown:

Cost of console ownership:

Console

Pro Controller, Fighting Controller

SD Card

TV can be any, since the console doesn’t support high refresh rates, making it compatible with older TV’s.

List of Nintendo Exclusive esports games and third party games and their prices.

What Esports Games are Available on the Nintendo Switch?

Nintendo is huge on esports, always have been, but they do their own thing. If you want to be part of the Mario Kart, Smash Bros, Rocket League, Splatoon and similar communities, you’re owning the right console.

If, on the other hand, you want to play the latest AAA esports games like Apex, Overwatch, Fortnite and others, you’ll be having a hard time finding the right balance between performance and controls.

Same goes for sim racing games, there are no proper titles and peripherals.

The fighting industry is better, you have access to games like Street Fighter and XY, access to a plethora of controllers that work out of the box and low input lag.

How does Apex Legends run on the Nintendo Switch?

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How does Fortnite run on the Nintendo Switch?

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How does Overwatch run on the Nintendo Switch?

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Performance Difference Between Digital and Physical Copies

 

  • Game card (top left)

  • SanDisk Extreme microSD (top right)

  • SanDisk Extreme Pro microSD (bottom left)

  • Internal memory (bottom right)

 

Can you use a mouse and a keyboard with the Nintendo Switch?

No.

Can I stream on the Nintendo Switch?

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Conclusion

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