The Pros and Cons of Nintendo Games Consoles
February 18, 2019 (No Comments) by Alannah Kenny

Since the 1970’s, Nintendo have been producing consoles that have entertained the generations and it’s likely that their success will continue for years to come. However, in recent years Nintendo has churned out new consoles and upgrades left, right and centre so it’s no surprise that many of us are left scratching our heads over which console holds the best bang for our buck.

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We at The Sharpe have therefore decided to break down the pros and cons of some of the core Nintendo consoles out right now so if you’re thinking of investing in one this year for yourself or someone special, look no further!

Wii U

First on our list we check out arguably one of the least publicised consoles, the Wii U, and determine what it can do. By now, most people will be familiar with the Nintendo Wii, a television games console that was released in 2006 and surged in popularity. After the success of their handheld console sales, Nintendo decided to capitalise on this further with the creation of the Wii U in 2012, the successor of the Wii.

Pros

The Wii U differs from the Wii because it features a tablet-like Gamepad controller that enables players to play via the TV or the Gamepad, but only while you are still in the same room as the main console. Therefore, family members can watch the television while the player can switch to the Gamepad device.  The Gamepad is also very versatile and through this you can watch Netflix or Skype your pals along with playing games.

Another positive feature is its improved visuals with 1080p HD graphics for better viewing and game-play. The Wii U also possesses its own unique games including Devil’s Third, Rayman Legends and it includes an amiibo feature, allowing players to scan and play virtually with collectible figurines called amiibo.

Cons

With the pros come some crucial flaws. Firstly, the Wii U is not a portable gaming device and it cannot be played outside of the home. Instead it functions as a controller so the Gamepad device cannot be separated from the Wii U console. The Wii U console also doesn’t have an internal hard-drive for storing games and relies on flash-memory storage so an external hard-drive will likely be required at some stage.

Also, in many ways the Gamepad is rendered unnecessary because the original Wii controllers still work with the Wii U and only one Gamepad controller can be used with every Wii U console so extra controllers are needed for multi-player mode anyway. Core games for the Wii U aren’t released on a regular basis and developers have neglected to adapt popular Nintendo games for the Wii U such as Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

For details of the Wii U’s functions, see Nadia Oxford’s account of this in ‘Lifewire’. The Wii U is currently priced at €229.99 in Gamestop and Wii U games can be purchased at a great bargain in Player1 Gaming at their branches in Maynooth and Mullingar.

Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch is the newest console release by Nintendo in 2017 and generally it has received very positive reviews.

Pros

The Switch is basically an improvement on the Wii U’s downfall as it is a hybrid of a home and portable gaming system combined. This means that the Switch can be played via the television at home and it can also be played on the go away from the main console. One of the main attractions of the Switch is its range of games, many of which are not only popular but exclusive to that console.

Along with the standard hits such as The Legend of Zelda and Mario Kart 8, the Switch also builds a bridge to the indie and online gaming world by allowing popular PC games to be downloaded and played including the mammoth that is Fortnite, Minecraft and Stardew Valley to name but a few. Nintendo also plans to launch new versions of popular games for 2019 so watch this space! A consolation for buyers is that it comes with 2 controllers and it has a fair resistance to rough handling.

Cons

As the Switch is a device that can be used on the go, the downside to this is that the battery life is not long-lasting but can hold up to 4 hours before needing charging. The Switch doesn’t really cater for adult content as it tries to be universal so despite the online gaming connection, fans of Fifa, Grand Theft Auto, and Call of Duty will be left disappointed. Also, old Nintendo games won’t work on the Switch compared to other systems.

The Switch only has a 32GB memory upon purchase which will only allow approximately 4 game downloads so a microSD memory card will also need to be purchased for extensive gameplay. Though the device is portable, outdoors there is a strong glare that makes the screen difficult to view which is something to keep in mind. A notable point of critique is that the Switch unlike the Wii U currently doesn’t support any external media apps like Netflix. This may change eventually but no announcements have been made so far.

For more pros and cons check out Chris Morris’ article for CNBC. The console unfortunately isn’t cheap but it can be purchased for €329.99 at Gamestop while a popular range of Switch games can be purchased at Player1 Gaming.

New Nintendo 2DS XL

One of the latest consoles in the DS range, the New Nintendo 2DS XL was released in 2017 and allows for ordinary gameplay without the 3D features.

Pros

Unlike the original non-folding 2DS, this version can fold once again, helping to protect the screen and for ease of transport. The XL feature means the screen is 82% larger than the original 2DS model and just like the DSi model, a camera is included. The amiibo feature is also included on this console so it is possible to place the collectible figurines on the touchscreen to unlock extra content in certain games.

The lack of 3D is actually a bonus for the battery life on this device as it can last anywhere from 4-7 hours depending on usage. Also a range of exclusive games are included that aren’t on devices like the Switch including Animal Crossing: New Leaf and 2DS games can also be used in 3DS devices.

Cons

The New 2DS XL does not have access to online games or apps such as Netflix unlike the Wii U and the Switch. The stylus on this device is also smaller than some of its predecessors and outdoor glare is an issue. The microsd card only stores 4GB of memory so if it becomes full quickly due to camera usage or downloading Nintendo games from the online store then a replacement will need to be purchased. The camera lens is exposed slightly due to the design so if it is dropped then it may not be as resistant as other Nintendo consoles.

For more information on the New 2DS console, see Richard Easton’s review. The New Nintendo 2DS XL comes at €169.99 at its original price in Gamestop but at CEX it can be purchased at €135.00 with plenty of second-hand deals, including great bargains and discounts on games. Interestingly enough they also buy back your old consoles, saving you money!

New Nintendo 3DS XL

This console is the latest in the 3DS universe and was first released in 2015. It shares the exact same features as the New 3DS except it has a slightly larger screen.

Pros

A resounding statement that critics made regarding this version of the 3DS is that the actual 3D features have been implemented much more convincingly this time around due to a crisp display. It comes complete with camera and amiibo along with a range of Face Plate (cover) designs. A 3D screen is included that allows users to view content from different angles and a slider to adjust the levels of how 3D the user game wants the game to be.

It also mixes successful features from the classic GameCube and DSI regarding the controls and sleek design which goes to show that Nintendo really made an effort to piece together what has worked best over the years. It also shares a Mii Maker feature similar to that of the Wii.

Cons

Online games can’t be played on this like they can on the Switch and there are no entertainment apps such as Netflix available on the New Nintendo 3DS XL. Unfortunately, and oddly, the 3DS models do not come with a charger on purchase and buyers must purchase one separately. Image quality from the camera is still very poor and the battery life has not improved from previous versions but still holds a 4-7 hour expected battery life. Compared to the 2DS, there isn’t enough of a change to justify switching from a regular 3DS for those who already own one.

For more information on the New 3DS XL see Stuart Andrews’ review. The new 3DS XL can be purchased for €165.00 at CEX with various buy-back and second-hand deals also. Games can also be purchased at CEX for a great deal.

Game Boy Color (Classic Console)

While the latest inventions of Nintendo are quite impressive, sometimes you just can’t beat a classic. The fact that the 1998 Game Boy is still around today is proof of its longevity and good quality and certain dedicated stores still sell them along with accompanying games.

Pros

Nostalgia and durability are given advantages in this instance. Gameboy Color has character and exclusive games that you can’t play anymore even if you have the newest and best Nintendo consoles. Dr. Mario, Balloon Kid and the original Ghostbusters are examples of such games to name but a few. It is a faster model than the original Gameboy consoles so it’s not a complete dinosaur yet and the gameplay is in full technicolour just like the modern Nintendo consoles.

It places a heavy focus on quality gameplay and if maintained well, it could become an antique in itself some day! Right now the console and games are also a lot cheaper to purchase than the newer products.

Cons

The fact that you would likely be the only one among your friends to have a Gameboy Color still is a problematic element in an era where gaming technology relies so heavily on multi-player interaction options. The Gameboy unlike the modern Nintendo consoles does not offer the ability to connect to the internet, it is purely for gaming. However, this could be also be a positive for those who wish to see themselves and particularly their children playing on a device that can’t allow wifi access.

Obvious facts include that the Gameboy Color is slower than newer Nintendo consoles and graphics/screen size aren’t as extensive as newer Nintendo products. For details on the Gameboy Color see the following review by gamer Julie Strietelmeier. The Gameboy Color console can be purchased at Westmeath store Byte and a Bit with one free game included for €55.00. A range of classic Gameboy Color games can also be purchased with the majority averaging at around €10.00 per game.

Be Sure to Suit your Own Needs!

Overall, if you are interested in buying a Nintendo console this year, there is something for everyone no matter what your budget or taste. Some consoles are newer than others like the Nintendo Switch and have a more optimistic lifespan in terms of bang for your buck so that is something to keep in mind.

However, if exclusive games and a cheaper price are up your street like the Wii U, then this is a perfectly good option also. Therefore, when choosing your new console, make sure that it suits your needs and your lifestyle be it at home or on the go!

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The Pros and Cons of Nintendo Games Consoles
February 18, 2019 (No Comments) by Alannah Kenny

Since the 1970’s, Nintendo have been producing consoles that have entertained the generations and it’s likely that their success will continue for years to come. However, in recent years Nintendo has churned out new consoles and upgrades left, right and centre so it’s no surprise that many of us are left scratching our heads over which console holds the best bang for our buck.

the-pros-and-cons-of-nintendo-games-consoles

We at The Sharpe have therefore decided to break down the pros and cons of some of the core Nintendo consoles out right now so if you’re thinking of investing in one this year for yourself or someone special, look no further!

Wii U

First on our list we check out arguably one of the least publicised consoles, the Wii U, and determine what it can do. By now, most people will be familiar with the Nintendo Wii, a television games console that was released in 2006 and surged in popularity. After the success of their handheld console sales, Nintendo decided to capitalise on this further with the creation of the Wii U in 2012, the successor of the Wii.

Pros

The Wii U differs from the Wii because it features a tablet-like Gamepad controller that enables players to play via the TV or the Gamepad, but only while you are still in the same room as the main console. Therefore, family members can watch the television while the player can switch to the Gamepad device.  The Gamepad is also very versatile and through this you can watch Netflix or Skype your pals along with playing games.

Another positive feature is its improved visuals with 1080p HD graphics for better viewing and game-play. The Wii U also possesses its own unique games including Devil’s Third, Rayman Legends and it includes an amiibo feature, allowing players to scan and play virtually with collectible figurines called amiibo.

Cons

With the pros come some crucial flaws. Firstly, the Wii U is not a portable gaming device and it cannot be played outside of the home. Instead it functions as a controller so the Gamepad device cannot be separated from the Wii U console. The Wii U console also doesn’t have an internal hard-drive for storing games and relies on flash-memory storage so an external hard-drive will likely be required at some stage.

Also, in many ways the Gamepad is rendered unnecessary because the original Wii controllers still work with the Wii U and only one Gamepad controller can be used with every Wii U console so extra controllers are needed for multi-player mode anyway. Core games for the Wii U aren’t released on a regular basis and developers have neglected to adapt popular Nintendo games for the Wii U such as Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

For details of the Wii U’s functions, see Nadia Oxford’s account of this in ‘Lifewire’. The Wii U is currently priced at €229.99 in Gamestop and Wii U games can be purchased at a great bargain in Player1 Gaming at their branches in Maynooth and Mullingar.

Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch is the newest console release by Nintendo in 2017 and generally it has received very positive reviews.

Pros

The Switch is basically an improvement on the Wii U’s downfall as it is a hybrid of a home and portable gaming system combined. This means that the Switch can be played via the television at home and it can also be played on the go away from the main console. One of the main attractions of the Switch is its range of games, many of which are not only popular but exclusive to that console.

Along with the standard hits such as The Legend of Zelda and Mario Kart 8, the Switch also builds a bridge to the indie and online gaming world by allowing popular PC games to be downloaded and played including the mammoth that is Fortnite, Minecraft and Stardew Valley to name but a few. Nintendo also plans to launch new versions of popular games for 2019 so watch this space! A consolation for buyers is that it comes with 2 controllers and it has a fair resistance to rough handling.

Cons

As the Switch is a device that can be used on the go, the downside to this is that the battery life is not long-lasting but can hold up to 4 hours before needing charging. The Switch doesn’t really cater for adult content as it tries to be universal so despite the online gaming connection, fans of Fifa, Grand Theft Auto, and Call of Duty will be left disappointed. Also, old Nintendo games won’t work on the Switch compared to other systems.

The Switch only has a 32GB memory upon purchase which will only allow approximately 4 game downloads so a microSD memory card will also need to be purchased for extensive gameplay. Though the device is portable, outdoors there is a strong glare that makes the screen difficult to view which is something to keep in mind. A notable point of critique is that the Switch unlike the Wii U currently doesn’t support any external media apps like Netflix. This may change eventually but no announcements have been made so far.

For more pros and cons check out Chris Morris’ article for CNBC. The console unfortunately isn’t cheap but it can be purchased for €329.99 at Gamestop while a popular range of Switch games can be purchased at Player1 Gaming.

New Nintendo 2DS XL

One of the latest consoles in the DS range, the New Nintendo 2DS XL was released in 2017 and allows for ordinary gameplay without the 3D features.

Pros

Unlike the original non-folding 2DS, this version can fold once again, helping to protect the screen and for ease of transport. The XL feature means the screen is 82% larger than the original 2DS model and just like the DSi model, a camera is included. The amiibo feature is also included on this console so it is possible to place the collectible figurines on the touchscreen to unlock extra content in certain games.

The lack of 3D is actually a bonus for the battery life on this device as it can last anywhere from 4-7 hours depending on usage. Also a range of exclusive games are included that aren’t on devices like the Switch including Animal Crossing: New Leaf and 2DS games can also be used in 3DS devices.

Cons

The New 2DS XL does not have access to online games or apps such as Netflix unlike the Wii U and the Switch. The stylus on this device is also smaller than some of its predecessors and outdoor glare is an issue. The microsd card only stores 4GB of memory so if it becomes full quickly due to camera usage or downloading Nintendo games from the online store then a replacement will need to be purchased. The camera lens is exposed slightly due to the design so if it is dropped then it may not be as resistant as other Nintendo consoles.

For more information on the New 2DS console, see Richard Easton’s review. The New Nintendo 2DS XL comes at €169.99 at its original price in Gamestop but at CEX it can be purchased at €135.00 with plenty of second-hand deals, including great bargains and discounts on games. Interestingly enough they also buy back your old consoles, saving you money!

New Nintendo 3DS XL

This console is the latest in the 3DS universe and was first released in 2015. It shares the exact same features as the New 3DS except it has a slightly larger screen.

Pros

A resounding statement that critics made regarding this version of the 3DS is that the actual 3D features have been implemented much more convincingly this time around due to a crisp display. It comes complete with camera and amiibo along with a range of Face Plate (cover) designs. A 3D screen is included that allows users to view content from different angles and a slider to adjust the levels of how 3D the user game wants the game to be.

It also mixes successful features from the classic GameCube and DSI regarding the controls and sleek design which goes to show that Nintendo really made an effort to piece together what has worked best over the years. It also shares a Mii Maker feature similar to that of the Wii.

Cons

Online games can’t be played on this like they can on the Switch and there are no entertainment apps such as Netflix available on the New Nintendo 3DS XL. Unfortunately, and oddly, the 3DS models do not come with a charger on purchase and buyers must purchase one separately. Image quality from the camera is still very poor and the battery life has not improved from previous versions but still holds a 4-7 hour expected battery life. Compared to the 2DS, there isn’t enough of a change to justify switching from a regular 3DS for those who already own one.

For more information on the New 3DS XL see Stuart Andrews’ review. The new 3DS XL can be purchased for €165.00 at CEX with various buy-back and second-hand deals also. Games can also be purchased at CEX for a great deal.

Game Boy Color (Classic Console)

While the latest inventions of Nintendo are quite impressive, sometimes you just can’t beat a classic. The fact that the 1998 Game Boy is still around today is proof of its longevity and good quality and certain dedicated stores still sell them along with accompanying games.

Pros

Nostalgia and durability are given advantages in this instance. Gameboy Color has character and exclusive games that you can’t play anymore even if you have the newest and best Nintendo consoles. Dr. Mario, Balloon Kid and the original Ghostbusters are examples of such games to name but a few. It is a faster model than the original Gameboy consoles so it’s not a complete dinosaur yet and the gameplay is in full technicolour just like the modern Nintendo consoles.

It places a heavy focus on quality gameplay and if maintained well, it could become an antique in itself some day! Right now the console and games are also a lot cheaper to purchase than the newer products.

Cons

The fact that you would likely be the only one among your friends to have a Gameboy Color still is a problematic element in an era where gaming technology relies so heavily on multi-player interaction options. The Gameboy unlike the modern Nintendo consoles does not offer the ability to connect to the internet, it is purely for gaming. However, this could be also be a positive for those who wish to see themselves and particularly their children playing on a device that can’t allow wifi access.

Obvious facts include that the Gameboy Color is slower than newer Nintendo consoles and graphics/screen size aren’t as extensive as newer Nintendo products. For details on the Gameboy Color see the following review by gamer Julie Strietelmeier. The Gameboy Color console can be purchased at Westmeath store Byte and a Bit with one free game included for €55.00. A range of classic Gameboy Color games can also be purchased with the majority averaging at around €10.00 per game.

Be Sure to Suit your Own Needs!

Overall, if you are interested in buying a Nintendo console this year, there is something for everyone no matter what your budget or taste. Some consoles are newer than others like the Nintendo Switch and have a more optimistic lifespan in terms of bang for your buck so that is something to keep in mind.

However, if exclusive games and a cheaper price are up your street like the Wii U, then this is a perfectly good option also. Therefore, when choosing your new console, make sure that it suits your needs and your lifestyle be it at home or on the go!



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