Nintendo Switch, Joy-Con Controllers & Wii U Comparison: Nintendo Gets Innovative With User Interface; Controllers Exceed Expectations

14 January 2017, 11:00 am EST By Ritwik Roy Mobile & Apps

Nintendo Switch's Joy-Con controllers have become an instant craze as numerous game experts and reviewers have expressed their admiration for them. Even though the console is slightly smaller than the Nintendo Wii U, it is definitely much heavier than Wii U and the Joy-Cons are tinier than a Game Boy Micro.

The Nintendo Switch can easily fit into the back pockets of game lovers. If one is still skeptical about the Joy-Con grip controller, he must know that the controllers are way more comfortable than what it looks in the online images.

According to Kotaku Australia, Nintendo Switch's Joy-Con controller buttons are slightly more prominent than 3DS XL. It is really a make or break situation for Nintendo at this point as it continuously faces tougher competition from other gaming consoles.

The Switch was announced on Friday in Tokyo convention centre. After the Wii U failed to meet expectations as most of its users shifted to smartphone games, many advised Nintendo to exit the console business and focus only on making money from game characters.

However, the Nintendo Switch may turn the tide in Nintendo's favor. It is going on sale on March 3 and will cost $299.99 excluding sales tax. The Switch console is fully touch pad enabled. The portability factor is the biggest USP of the product as the console can be used indoors as well as outdoors. In the portable mode, the Switch console can give up to three hours of battery life. The idea is to provide players the joy of gaming even when outside.

The Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controllers come with motion sensors as two players can play one another without looking at the screen. The game 1-2-Switch, being released along with the console, will allow users to play face-to-face Ping-Pong.

"The biggest surprise from today's press conference was the Joy-Con. Nintendo wants to replicate the success of the Wii by innovating the user interface. The 1-2 Switch could have the same mass appeal as early Wii titles like 'Wii Sports,'" a Tokyo-based game consultant, Serkan Toto, told The Australian.


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