Nintendo: Video Games & Consoles | What to Buy?

Originated as a card company, Nintendo now emerged as one of the world's largest video game companies.

Nintendo is a video gaming company that originated in Japan. At the time of launch (September 1889), it was started as a playing card company. Later on, it developed as one of the largest gaming companies in the world. Nintendo is responsible for some of the iconic games like Super Mario, Pokemon, Nintendo Dogs, The Legend of Zelda, Animal Crossing, etc. Nintendo has several types of devices that have been launched over a period of time. Read more to know about those devices, games and various things about Nintendo.


Types of Devices

Nintendo, the video gaming company, has three types of devices in its gazette.

  • Nintendo 3DS,
  • Nintendo 2DS,
  • Nintendo Switch.

Ever heard of the thing that can be used as a gaming console and as a smart device. Well, Nintendo launched such devices in this technological era. These are not just gaming consoles, as they can also be used as a streaming device.

Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo 3DS was the first handheld gaming console released by Nintendo. It was launched on February 26, 2011. Later on, Nintendo stopped its production as the device was outdated. It was discontinued in the year 2017.

Nintendo 2DS

Nintendo 2DS

Nintendo 2DS was launched on October 12, 2013. It was priced at $79.99. You can play all the Nintendo DS games and it is included with an AC adapter. You can even play and record 3D videos but with 2D quality. It comes with 4GB SD Card included in the box. Even though these are the gaming consoles, you can take photos by using its built-in cameras. You can include Nintendo 2DS Augmented Reality (AR) support too.

Built-In Software in Nintendo 2DS

Since it can be used as a smart device, there are numerous apps that are pre-installed on the device.

  • Nintendo eShop
  • Nintendo 3DS Browser
  • Nintendo 3DS Camera
  • Nintendo 3DS Sound
  • Face Raiders
  • AR Games
  • Mii Maker
  • Activity Log
  • StreetPass Mii Plaza


Screen Size Upper: 3.53 inches
Lower: 3.02 inches  
Speakers Mono (Stereo with Headphones)  
Dimensions 5*5.66*0.8 (inches)  
Weight 9.2 ounces (approx)  

Nintendo 2DS XL

Nintendo 2DS XL

After the launch of Nintendo 2DS, Nintendo launched yet another device as its successor Nintendo 2DS XL. It has a lot of updates from its previous version. It is a flip-type device. It was priced at $149.99 and came with all the features from its previous version. Some of the additional features are built-in NFC reader, C Stick, ZL/ZR buttons, 4GB micro SDHC card. All the built-in software is the same. Power saving mode is added in this version.


Screen Size Upper: 4.88 inches
Lower: 4.18 inches  
Speakers Stereo  
Dimensions Open: 6.4*6.3*0.8 (inches) Closed: 3.4*6.3*0.8 (inches)
Weight 9.2 ounces (approx)  

Nintendo Switch

Nintendo has two devices in its Nintendo Switch line up. Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite.

Nintendo Switch Lite

Nintendo Switch Lite

Nintendo Switch Lite is a handheld device that can be used to play games and stream videos. It comes with three color options. Yellow, Gray, and Turquoise. In Nintendo Switch Lite, you can play more than 2000+ games. It was launched on September 20, 2019, and comes with a price tag of $199.99 independent of its color. You can play games that support handheld mode.


Dimensions 3.6*8.2*0.55 (inches)  
Weight 9..76 (approx)  
Speakers Stereo  
Screen 5.5-inch LCD, 1280*720 res, Capacitive Touch Screen  
CPU\GPU NVIDIA Custom Tegra Processor  
Storage 32GB internal, expandable up to 2TB  
Wireless Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11), Bluetooth (4.1),
NFC (Near Field Communication)  
Buttons Left Stick
Right Stick
Power Button
Volume Button
HOME Button
Capture Button A/B/X/Y/L/R/ZL/ZR/+/-Buttons + Control Pad  
USB Type C (Charging Only)  
Headphone 3.5 mm audio jack  
Game Card Slot Nintendo Switch Game Cards  
Micro SD card slot Micro SD, Micro SDHC, Micro SDXC  
Sensor Accelerometer and Gyroscope  
Operating Environment 41-95 degrees F, 20-80% humidity  
Battery Lithium-ion with 3570mAh (internal)  
Batter Life 3-9 hours approx
Charging Time 3 hours approx  

Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch is an upgraded version of Nintendo Switch Lite launched on the same date (Sep 20, 2019). It comes with TV mode, Tabletop mode, Handheld mode. You can play all the available Nintendo games. It comes with a price tag of $299.99.

What’s in the box

Nintendo Switch
  • Nintendo Switch Console,
  • Nintendo Switch Dock,
  • Nintendo Switch AC Adapter,
  • HDMI Cable,
  • Joy-Con (Left and Right),
  • Joy-Con Grip,
  • Jon-Con Strap.


Nintendo Switch Console

Size 4*9.4*0.55  
Weight 14.08 ounces approx (with Joy-con attached)  
Screen 6.2-inch LCD Screen, 1280*720, Multi-Touch capacitive touch screen  
CPU/GPU NVIDIA Custom Tegra Processor  
Storage 32gb internal, expandable up to 2TB  
Wireless Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.1) Bluetooth 4.1  
Video Output Up to 1080p via HDMI in TV mode, Up to 720p via built-in screen  
Audio Output 5.1 channel Linear PCM output  
Speakers Stereo  
Buttons Power button, Volume Button  
USB Type C (For charging and connecting to the Nintendo Switch dock)  
Headphone 3.5 mm  
Game Card Slot Nintendo Switch Game card  
Micro SD Card Micro SD, Micro SDHC, Micro SDXC  
Sensor Accelerometer, Brightness Sensor and Gyroscope.  
Operating Environment 41-95 degrees F, 20-80% humidity  
Battery Lithium-ion with 4310mAh (internal)  
Batter Life 4.5-9 hours approx  
Charging Time 3 hours approx  

Nintendo Switch Dock

Size 4.*6.8*2.12 (inches)  
Weight 11.52 approx (ounces)  

Joy-Con Strap

Size 3.98*0.57*0.55 (inches)  
Weight 0.66 approx (ounces)  

Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite are the newest devices launched by Nintendo and is the most updated. You can play all the Nintendo games in Nintendo Switch. In the latest versions, you can install Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, and many more apps to get the live streaming experience on the device. Nintendo Switch can do all the things that can be done in modern-day smartphones except the SIM card service. For gamers and pro-gamers, it is the best device to have.

Nintendo Alternatives

There are only a handful of devices that can be used as a gaming console and as a smart device. Picking an exact alternative to Nintendo is difficult. LYRA is one of the best alternatives to Nintendo. When it comes to gaming consoles, Nintendo has a lot of competition. PlayStation 4, Xbox One are some of the worthy alternatives to Nintendo.

Is Nintendo Worth your Money

If you consider yourself a gamer, Nintendo is worth a buy. You can do multiple things on Nintendo Switch. It is not the best device for most of the common people unless you are a gamer. Just have an extra thought before buying it.

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