- Outputs to your TV in 1080p or plays as a handheld system
- 7-inch OLED handheld touchscreen
- 64 GB of internal storage
- Adjustable stand for a wide variety of viewing angles
- Online and local multiplayer, plus wireless system link
Nintendo’s flagship console got some recent quality-of-life upgrades with the arrival of the Switch OLED Model. Available in a stylish new white-and-black design and red-and-blue “neon” version, it offers a seven-inch OLED screen in handheld mode, along with 64 GB of storage—double that of the original Nintendo Switch. The catalog of games is superb, ranging from the 2017 Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to last year’s near-perfect Super Mario 3D World remaster.
Another big selling point for the hardware continues to be its playful versatility: You can play it on the go as a handheld by taking it off the dock.
You can play it on your television with a controller; you can share one of your Joy-Con with a friend and enjoy hassle-free “couch co-op” in games like Mario Kart and so on. You can also use the built-in stand to prop it up for use as a shared screen when you’re playing multiplayer away from your TV.
Every Switch available right now is at risk of developing the same “Joy-Con drift” problem, caused by a defective thumbstick design, but Nintendo has promised free repairs for Joy-Con controllers that stop working properly. Having a Joy-Con fail certainly isn’t ideal, but it’s a risk worth taking for a console with exclusives like Super Mario Maker 2, Pokémon Sword and Shield, and Breath of the Wild.
If you just want a great video game console, and you aren’t too fussed about having it hit specific performance benchmarks or serving as a be-all-end-all entertainment system, the Nintendo Switch OLED model is a perfect choice.
It offers all kinds of unforgettable gaming experiences, from single-player adventures and RPGs to Mario Kart to unique multiplayer titles like Splatoon 3 and Nintendo Switch Sports. Unless your kid wants to play Spider-Man, Elden Ring, or Destiny 2, the Switch is hard to beat.