Nintendo Switch is finally here! Nintendo is hoping this device will be a game changer – a combination of a handheld and console device. But how does it hold up?  I put it to the test at my house.

Note: All release dates subject to change

I achieved my first victory: acquiring a Nintendo switch (big thanks to Ben for picking up mine on the March 3 launch day ). Now let’s take a look at what I’ve learned about this new  home “hybrid” video game console (Nintendo’s seventh; previously known as the NX).

Many are “trading in” their older consoles and upgrade to this latest device.  The “recommerce” site Decluttr will pay up to $90 for the New Nintendo 3DS XL and $105 for the Wii U, so consumers can make some money to help pay for their Switch.

The Nintendo Switch has been great entertainment addition to the household, so far.  It has a solid battery life (over six hours; non-removable) around a three-hour charging time (put in sleep mode for best results). Battery power works well. Users basically have enough power for a day and can set it on the dock to recharge the end of the day.

The big 720p capacitive touchscreen (over 6 inches diagonally) does not quite reach tablet-size but is larger than most phone screens.  The screen also has a brightness sensor that enhances view when playing outdoors…that’s right – not only will you get active playing the Switch, but you can get outdoors (at least on the porch or your favorite neighborhood hangout) as well.

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We easily switched gameplay among three setups: the portable handheld, big screen (in dock then view on TV) and table top (stand sold separately). Since the charger (USB Type-C) is located on the console’s bottom, it’s best to charge on the dock at the end of the day, which is fine for us since we don’t usually play more than six hours in one day.

Tomorrow, in part 2 of this review, we’ll look at more features of Nintendo Switch.

~ Michael Siebenaler