We love the Nintendo switch. In fact, we recently argued that the Nintendo Switch stole 2017 from Sony. It is a remarkable system that captures the pure joy of the games, and is undoubtedly the best general console of Nintendo since Super Nintendo.
That said, the hidden costs of the Nintendo Switch really start to add up the longer you have the console.
If you can get a Nintendo Switch at the retail price, which is not as difficult as it used to be, you should be able to get one for approximately $ 299. For that, you get the console itself, the console dock, two joysticks, Cons, a joy-con dock (used to form a larger controller, a pair of motion control straps and several cables.) At the time of its release, the price of Nintendo Switch raised some eyebrows. It was before the stellar console software library began to take shape.
However, you do not get a game with your Nintendo Switch, which is not necessarily unusual with regards to game consoles, but Nintendo is quite famous for including a free game with the console, most people felt that 1-2 Switch was the perfect title to include with the console, it was simple, very fun, and showed off the versatility of the console.  Despite these qualities, Nintendo ended up charging $ 49.99 for 1-2 Switch . Since the game more or less mimics the design of previous Nintendo free games, that was seen as something of a cheap move by Nintendo.  659002] It is fairly easy to pass the full price 1-2 Switch since the game is not so good, but 1-2 Switch represents a much bigger problem: the relatively high price of most of the major Nintendo Switch games.
Nintendo is famous for never lowering the price of its games. They have even launched ports of Wii U titles at full price on the Nintendo Switch. The "problem" is that you practically buy a Nintendo console to play Nintendo games. When Nintendo develops several great games in a year, as they did this year, you will have to spend about $ 300 to play them all. Some independent third-party developers are a bit more generous: the abundant Stardew Valley only costs $ 15, but developers have confirmed that making a physical game for Nintendo Switch costs much more than for other consoles.  The problem is the storage space of the Switch. The Nintendo switch only has approximately 25 GB of storage space ready to use. Physical games take up almost no space, but they are more expensive. Meanwhile, larger digital games like L.A. Noire takes up so much space that a new Nintendo switch can not even contain them. Realistically, you'll want to buy a 128GB SD card (approximately $ 39.99) for your Nintendo Switch just to have additional storage. Of course, some dedicated Switch owners report that even a card of that size is starting to fill up.
The most disappointing hidden cost of the switch is additional drivers. Ideally, you can use the joy-contra included as two controllers. Realistically, however, any person with above-average hands can not use a single joy-con for a game. That means an additional $ 80 for an official Switch controller or less for a third-party device. Since the versatility of the controllers was one of Switch's points of sale, that additional cost really annoys.
Add to that the next $ 20 per year that you will have to pay for Switch's premium online service, if you want to play online, and you have the idea that you own a switch with the optimal configuration and the number of games It costs a lot more than you might initially think it is.
Of course, that does not mean that it's not like that they're all worth it.