When gaming consoles or any other tech is released, it takes a few months before in finally arrives in Kenya. I expect the Nintendo switch will also be the same.
The price of Nintendo Switch in Kenya will depend on many factors, chief being that it is new, so the sellers will most likely want to hike up the cost of the gaming device.
In the US, the price of the Nintendo Switch is $300. When it ships to Nairobi, expect the price of the Switch to be around Kshs 65,000.
What is The Nintendo Switch?
The Nintendo Switch is a gaming console that is in the line of products designed and manufactured by Nintendo.
The console is designed such that it can be used at home and on the go, this has led to it being referred to as a “hybrid” gaming system.
While there are many Nintendo games in the country, I expect the console to be the most dominant.
What are the Advantages over other gaming consoles such as PS4 and X Box One?
The biggest advantage the Nintendo Switch in Kenya has is the portability. Imagine playing FIFA 18 at home on the TV then continuing the same game while in transit.
Those of us who are addicted to FIFA career mode will get an opportunity to move forward faster.
The Nintendo Switch has three modes with each serving a particular purpose.
When the device is docked and used with a TV at home, it is known as “TV Mode”. This is expected to appeal to home gamers who like having friends over in the house.
Some games will not support continuity to other modes from the TV mode but we will see what comes out of this
The second mode is when the device is placed on a surface using the kickstand. This is known as “kickstand mode”. In my own personal opinion this is mostly for gaming when you can’t get access to a TV but you want to play with a friend sitting next to you.
I really doubt the kickstand mode will be used much.
Lastly is the “hand mode”. This is achieved by attaching the “joy-cons” to the device. With this, you will be able to play on the go.
I think most people who will be buying the Nintendo Switch in Kenya will do it for handheld mode, since they most likely already have either the PS4 or the X BOX One.
Nintendo Switch Games
The games will either be bought in physical cartridges or in digital form. The digital form can be downloaded from the e-store for Nintendo.
With only 32 GB of internal storage, I think the cartridge is preferred most because it saves on the devices memory.
Games these days take up a lot of space, something like two large games will take up all that space.
Many developers have stated that they are partnering with Nintendo to develop games for the switch.
Confirmed Nintendo Switch Games
- FIFA 18
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Mario Cart 8
- The Elders Scroll V Skyrim
- Lego City Undercover
- NBA 2K18
- Racing Apex
The Switch has over 200 games, so this list is really not conclusive. However, what you should know is that the number of games on this list will only increase with time.
The console will ship with the following buddle; dock, 2 joy-cons, power adapter, HDMI cable and the console itself.
The Screen Type is LCD with a resolution of 720 x 1280. The ten-point touch ensures that you can use all fingers when using the console in hand mode (if that’s possible).
I would say this, only time will tell if the Nintendo Switch be a success or a major flop in the gaming industry. However, judging by the fact that early signs, it shows that it will take some market share from the PS4 and XBOX One.
If you want this game to be a replacement for your current gaming system, it is advisable to wait until it has its foot down before taking the plunge. In Kenya, we will see how it takes off since most people are into PS4’s and X Box One.
Nintendo Switch Full Specifications