The Nintendo Switch is the latest console that plays Mario and Zelda games. It’s unique because when plugged into its dock, you can play on the TV. When removed from the dock, it works as a stand-alone portable gaming device.
That means you can play the same games on the remote screen when out and about as on your TV. The Joy-Con controllers are also detachable, so two children can play games at the same time without additional accessories.
It plays all the important games like Fortnite, Minecraft and FIFA, although it doesn’t have Call of Duty games or Roblox. It’s also the best way to play Mario Kart, Zelda and the popular Animal Crossing: New Horizons. There is also a growing library of affordable indie games that are great fun for families.
It costs around £280 without a game.
The parent controls on the Switch are excellent and use a separate app for iOS and Android to adjust the options. This makes it really easy to keep track of how your child is playing. Also, there is no internet browser, and playing games with others online is restricted to approved friends only. The only down side is that you can’t set different restrictions for different users, as they apply to the whole console.
There is a version of the Nintendo Switch that is a little cheaper and only offers portable play. The Nintendo Switch Lite costs £199 but can’t be connected to a television. It will play all the Switch games but is harder to use with other people. If your child is mainly going to play away from a big screen or on the go, this is a good option. There is also a new version of the Nintendo Switch that has been updated with a bigger, brighter screen, better battery life and updated dock.
Click here for a step-by-step guide to setting up parental controls on the Nintendo Switch. You can also see an in-depth review of the console on the Taming Gaming site.
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