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Nintendo Switch

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HermioneMakepeace · 14/01/2021 08:30

Hello, non-Gamer here, looking for advice about Nintendo Switch for my 8 year old DD. Will she be able to play with her friends? If no friends are online, will she be able to play with other people? Do I need to change anything on my TV? What’s the difference between the normal one and the lite one (does it just weigh less?).


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sweetiepie1 · 14/01/2021 08:33

The difference between the normal one and the lite one is that the normal one will plug into your TV where as the lite one won't!
To play online with friends you need an online membership which you can buy off of the Nintendo store on the switch! I'm not sure about playing with people you don't know etc so sorry about that! Hope this helps a little though!

HermioneMakepeace · 14/01/2021 08:43

@sweetiepie1 thank you. I am so glad you pointed out the difference. Do you know if you can play on your own?

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dementedpixie · 14/01/2021 08:46

Yes you can play games on it by yourself. The switch can be used on the TV and as a handheld device. The lite is only a handheld device and doesn't work on the tv

TinyTear · 14/01/2021 08:47

Depends what games, but i mostly play on my own - animal crossing, pikmin, mario kart...

yes friends can visit your island on animal crossing, but you mostly do it on your own

RicStar · 14/01/2021 08:48

You can play on your own - most games in the traditional console way - put a disk in and go. Switch connects to TV via hdmi slot or switch lite is just handheld. With a switch you can play multi player games - it comes with 2 mini controllers and you can buy more. The mini controllers can also be turned into one larger controller. We have 4 controllers for ours so we can play 1 - 4 player games. You can also download games to play rather than buy cartridges.

HermioneMakepeace · 14/01/2021 09:55

I’m still confused. On the Very website, they’ve got Lites and handheld consoles, but nowhere to put the game in. Where does the game go?

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dementedpixie · 14/01/2021 10:02


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FrankiesKnuckle · 14/01/2021 10:02

It's an SD card sized game. Slots the switch.
Get the switch rather than the light, it's more interactive. Just dance has been a huge hit here.

dementedpixie · 14/01/2021 10:03

The lite is the handheld one

HermioneMakepeace · 14/01/2021 10:05

@dementedpixie thanks 😄.

I think what’s confusing me is on the Very website when you go to Nintendo Switch Consoles, they are only the Lite ones. No machines that attach to the TV.

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dementedpixie · 14/01/2021 10:13

This is a picture showing both. Switch consoles are in shorter supply than the lite

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HermioneMakepeace · 14/01/2021 10:17

@dementedpixie ah, thanks for that. I will explain to DD and see which one she prefers.

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dannydyerismydad · 14/01/2021 11:51

Whatever you do, don't buy from Very. Their aftercare for gaming products is notoriously poor.

They also have form for reselling returned consoles as new.

A specialist games retailer (Game) or Smyths toys is a better option.

Or indeed Nintendo has their own online store and often send out nice extras too - keyrings and cleaning cases etc!

dannydyerismydad · 14/01/2021 12:02

Nintendo announced this beauty of a limited edition console this morning.

Doesn't do anything different to any other switch, but its pretty.

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AveEldon · 14/01/2021 12:05

I bought one from Very and it's been fine. Wasn't used

Argos had stock of the Switch last week

Princessbanana · 14/01/2021 12:17

The switch is great, definitely worth the extra money than the light. We have two switches in our house and the are great. You can connect them to the tv with a hdmi cable and it’s so simple, my 8 year old can connect it all up herself. We have a normal switch and a fornite switch, the only difference is the design and it comes with the fornite game and some kind of points for the game. Wouldn’t waste the extra money, get the normal switch.

HermioneMakepeace · 14/01/2021 12:24

Do any of you adults play? If so, which games? If I’m going to buy this thing, I’d quite like to use it sometimes as well 😄.

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clare8allthepies · 14/01/2021 12:27

I wouldn’t recommend buying one from Game, we bought one last Christmas and about 10 months later one of the joy cons packed up. Their customer service was appalling. We had a similar issue the year before and curry’s were excellent

FindHungrySamurai · 14/01/2021 12:56

John Lewis and Argos both seem to be out of stock of the full size Switch, but I still think you should hold out for one of them, they’re so much more versatile than the Lites.

I love Ring Fit. Recommendations from other family members are that Zelda Breath of the Wild is beautiful. Luigi’s Mansion is fun for all ages. Animal Crossing New Horizons is heartwarming. Bayonetta and Dark Souls are games for dedicated adult gamers.

buckleten · 14/01/2021 13:06

I love ring fit too, I have never enjoyed exercise more!

Backbee · 14/01/2021 13:12

I would recommend getting a regular switch which can be plugged into the TV, it means you can play multiplayer on games such as mario kart which are fun for everyone! To play with friends you either need to be close by (which isn't possible at the moment), or you have to buy a Nintendo online subscription which allows you to play over the internet with friends (be aware though, some games don't have much control about who you play with, so could be random people). All games do work fine on their own as well, so you don't need to go online at all.

I really like animal crossing, but if you both wanted to play you need a switch an island or share one island which can be tricky, but if your DD isn't interested in it I would recommend you play! It depends what kind of games you like, plenty of platform games such as mario, crash bandicoot etc, but also fitness and role play games. They do tend to be more expensive than some others, but you can go on the online store and download older or lesser known games for a reasonable price.

AveEldon · 14/01/2021 14:19

Zelda Breath of the Wild, Skyrim and Animal Crossing are the games played by adults here

Heartlantern2 · 14/01/2021 14:23

Animal crossing! Bought it for my child and I now play it constantly! I have to play on her account when it comes to animal crossing though as you can only have one main character that moves the game forward.

All the marios are good too

NotGenerationAlpha · 14/01/2021 14:24

I play animal crossing on the same island as my 9yo DD. We don't have a online membership so she can't play online with friends. I just don't think it's worth the money. However, if your DD friends come to your house for a playdate (in the future), then they can play local online games if they want to.

Whether it's worth the monthy subscription is up to you.

NotGenerationAlpha · 14/01/2021 14:25

Oh and we all play mario kart. It can be up to 4 players. So it's me, DH, both DDs racing our karts. It's very fun.

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