Choosing a Nintendo Switch as our new family gaming console was not a decision taken lightly.
Buying our first family console was a big step already, as I really wanted to keep the kids physically active, instead of playing on electronic games. The Xbox 360 with the Kinect offered a good balance, with quite a few child-friendly games available, where the kids controlled the games with movement instead of a handheld controller.
READ about our initial decision process of choosing a gaming console with very young children
Sadly, few developers actually took on the challenge of developing games for the Kinect and as time has passed, there were fewer and fewer new titles coming out. When it came to upgrade our games console, I looked at the market and nothing like the Xbox 360 with Kinect is available. We chose the Nintendo Switch because:
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This console switches between being a personal handheld games console and a family games console played on the TV. This gives us a lot of flexibility: with only one TV and a small apartment, one or two people can still have a game even if others are watching the TV;
2) Travels well
The Nintendo Switch is great for taking away on longer and shorter journeys. It’s a manageable size and with the controllers attached, thus not getting lost easily. We’ve travelled with it on planes and long car journeys so far and it’s been really easy to use on the go.
3) Encourages multiplayer games
The Nintendo Switch is built for 2 players to play very easily. In addition, 2 extra controllers can be linked to allow for a 4 player game. Family game nights can now be played on the console, not just with cards or board games; and no one is spending ages waiting for their turn.
4) Small, child-friendly controllers
The controllers of the Nintendo Switch are small and light. If you compare the weight and size of the controller to that of other consoles’ then the Nintendo controllers are great, especially, for younger kids, as there is less strain on their joints.
Of course, this same feature makes the controllers less comfortable for big adult hands… but I rather the kids have a relatively ergonomic controller than us adults.
5) Lots of family-friendly games
At its initial launch, the Switch came under some criticism for the lack of games available on the platform. This is far from the case now; with a wide range of games (in all price brackets) available to download. The console has an especially wide range of family-friendly game.
Quite a few games are available to download as a demo too, which I appreciate to allow us to try before we buy.
6) The Nintendo Store
Finally an e-commerce site that links easily to the console! Nintendo’s site is easy to navigate both via the mobile and a laptop. Information synchronises more or less seamlessly across a device and the console. Therefore, if we browse games online via the computer or the mobile phone and pick a couple to buy or to test, these are soon synchronised to the Nintendo Switch.
7) Nintendo app
The Nintendo app will be especially useful for parents who want to keep an eye on the kids activity and gaming. Again, Nintendo have created an app that actually works seamlessly with the console (as long as the Nintendo Switch is on WiFi) is quite refreshing. We have it installed on an iPhone and through the app we can monitor usage and limit usage as well.
The app comes in as a useful parenting tool- for rewards or consequences. 😉
Have I missed any plus or minus points about the Nintendo Switch?
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