Nintendo Switch Buyer’s Guide

Nintendo’s newest console, the Nintendo Switch, is available now. It’s a brand-new, dedicated video game console designed to give you the freedom to play games at home on the TV or on the go with its tablet-like main body and detachable controllers. There are several Nintendo Switch games available now and dozens more to come.

If you’re in the market for a Nintendo Switch, then keep reading to discover what “level” of purchasing you might be best suited to! And keep an eye out for the times I specify the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP), as it’s important to avoid what we call “scalpers”, who sell hard-to-find consoles and accessories at significantly inflated prices.

Level 1: Get the Bare Minimum

Buy:

  • The Nintendo Switch console itself (MSRP $299.99)
  • A game to play (prices range from $9.99 to $59.99)

Out of the box, Nintendo Switch comes with the system itself, which features a 6.2-inch touch screen; two detachable Joy-Con controllers; a dock that connects it to the TV; all of the cables needed to get started and more. Everything necessary to play games is there, minus an actual game. More information on games can be found at Nintendo’s official site. It goes without saying you’ll want to buy at least one!

Level 2: Add Durability to Your Console

Buy:

  • Everything listed under level 1
  • Protective accessories (prices range)

The most rudimentary way to protect your Nintendo Switch is with a screen protector and a carrying case. Nintendo manufactures a convenient set, but if you go the third party route, it doesn’t hurt to look for the “Official Nintendo Licensed Product” label while searching for accessories.

Level 3: Prepare to Play On-The-Go

Buy:

  • Everything listed under levels 1 and 2
  • Power adapters/power bank (prices range)

If you anticipate playing Nintendo Switch away from home a lot, you might want to consider buying a USB type C cable and power bank, and/or a USB type C car charger. Nintendo doesn’t manufacture these products, plus not many are specified for use with Nintendo Switch. However, purchasing a generic one, even if it doesn’t specifically list Nintendo Switch compatibility, is safe. The keyword is “USB type C”. This is a standard method of charging for many modern devices, including Nintendo Switch.

Level 4: Go Game-Crazy

Buy:

  • The Nintendo Switch console itself (MSRP $299.99)
  • 2 or more games (prices range from $9.99 to $59.99)
  • A microSD card (prices range)
  • Any accessories of your choosing discussed in earlier levels

There are a few stand-out games available on Nintendo Switch that are only available as digital downloads, such as Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, FAST RMX, Snipperclips, and I am Setsuna. Many more digital-only games are on the way; if you foresee your digital library growing quickly, buying a microSD card is a wise choice, as the Nintendo Switch only has about 25 GB of available storage out of the box. A 32 or 64 GB microSD card might do the trick, but you can go even higher if you choose.

Level 5: Ready for Anything

Buy:

  • The Nintendo Switch console itself (MSRP $299.99)
  • 2 or more games (prices range from $9.99 to $59.99)
  • Protective accessories (prices range)
  • Power adapters/power bank (prices range)
  • A microSD card (prices range)
  • More controllers (prices range)

The Nintendo Switch comes with one pair of Joy-Con controllers, which attach to the console itself in handheld mode, can serve as two individual controllers on certain games, and also fit in the Joy-Con grip, which transforms them into a more traditional controller. All of this is possible right out of the box, but you might want to expand your collection of controllers to suit any situation. Nintendo does manufacture these, but they cost a pretty penny, which is why I left them for the 5th and final level. Check out Nintendo’s official site to see more on the pro controller (MSRP $69.99), Joy-Con sets (MSRP $79.99), and more.

Author: H. Jolynn Fellmeth

Site creator | Fire Emblem fanatic | Natural redhead

4 thoughts on “Nintendo Switch Buyer’s Guide”

  1. Thanks for the article! I plan on buying physical games and reserving the storage for digital only releases. I’m still researching the appropriate capacity memory card for my personal needs and the glass screen protectors. I must protect my investment! 🙂

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    1. You’re welcome! Yeah, protective gear is worth it and then some when it comes to electronics. I’m trying to stick with physical too, but it’s probably too much to hope for all of the digital games I currently want (Shovel Knight, FAST RMX, and Snipperclips) to eventually get physical releases. *sigh*

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    1. Even though Yacht Club Games have​ essentially raised the price by $10 for the complete collection (Treasure Trove), I’d still say yes! There’s so much extra content out now and on the way that the price increase is easily justifiable.

      As far as the actual game though…well, you like retro games, right? Then my only advice is, don’t miss out! It’s one of the best throwbacks you can play!

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