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Old 08-11-2020, 11:31   #1
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Nintendo Switch advice

My son is asking for a Switch for Xmas which will be used half handheld and half connected to TV. I'm thinking of getting him the following;
  • Console
  • Games
  • Carry case
  • Screen protector
  • 128GB memory card

Any thought on whether the following are essential;
  • Pro controller
  • Nintendo 12 month subscription

And have I missed anything?

Sorry for the newbieness but I've not really done Nintendo since the N64.

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Old 08-11-2020, 11:32   #2
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Pro controller - no, the switch comes with a thing you put the joy cons in to make it more like a traditional controller.
12 month nintendo online - yes (depending on his age and whether you're happy with him playing online)

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Old 08-11-2020, 11:37   #3
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He currently has an XBox One and plays online with his friends (he is coming up to 13).

I see what you mean about the controller now, I don't know what I thought they would use before!
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Old 08-11-2020, 13:44   #4
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Personally I get him the Pro Controller as well (as long as he’s been good ��) nice controller and will allow you to play multiplayer games - although the supplied controller does split
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How many games does the Switch have where you need to use the joycons split apart ( one in each hand ) ?
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I'd say online is not worthwhile unless you are getting games that I would say the pro controller is essential for (Smash for example)

I personally have the pro controller which rarely gets used and found online a complete waste of money as the majority of games dont need it

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The games he's asked for are only Pokemon Sword & Sheild and Luigi 3. If I can pick up a Fortnite console pack then I will, but he has that on his XBox.

I thought about the subscription if he wanted to play with friends (?)

The only reason I'm going a bit above and beyond what we would normally do for Xmas is that it's been a bit of a bad year and he has still managed to do pretty well with his school work. He'd better not expect this every year!
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He will love it.

It’s a great little machine.
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The games he's asked for are only Pokemon Sword & Sheild and Luigi 3. If I can pick up a Fortnite console pack then I will, but he has that on his XBox.



I thought about the subscription if he wanted to play with friends (?)



The only reason I'm going a bit above and beyond what we would normally do for Xmas is that it's been a bit of a bad year and he has still managed to do pretty well with his school work. He'd better not expect this every year!
I don't think you need online for either of those games. Fortnite he will (I believe)

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I don't think you need online for either of those games. Fortnite he will (I believe)
You don't need an online Switch subscription to play Fortnite:

https://www.epicgames.com/fortnite/en-US/faq

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Q: Do I need a Nintendo Switch Online membership to play Fortnite Battle Royale and Fortnite Creative?

A: No, you do not need a Nintendo Switch Online membership in order to play Fortnite Battle Royale and Fortnite Creative on Nintendo Switch.
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You don't need an online Switch subscription to play Fortnite:



https://www.epicgames.com/fortnite/en-US/faq
Well there we go. No need for online pass!

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Edit: Too slow. That'll teach me to start browsing elsewhere before finishing up the reply.

F2P games don't need the paid online service on Switch (or PlayStation). Only Xbox.

Neither of those things is essential but for some they might be.

My Switch is permanently docked and I eventually had to buy a Pro Controller as I find the joycons really uncomfortable, particularly slotted into the cradle pad thing. I'm in the minority there though.

Both of those games do have online features. Luigi is a separate online multiplayer mode. Pokemon has trading and you can join other player's games as well. If he's got friends playing it that might be appealing. But you can pick up online cheap via CD Keys/ShopTo with instant email delivery so it's easy to buy as and when needed.
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Edit: Too slow. That'll teach me to start browsing elsewhere before finishing up the reply.



F2P games don't need the paid online service on Switch (or PlayStation). Only Xbox.



Neither of those things is essential but for some they might be.



My Switch is permanently docked and I eventually had to buy a Pro Controller as I find the joycons really uncomfortable, particularly slotted into the cradle pad thing. I'm in the minority there though.



Both of those games do have online features. Luigi is a separate online multiplayer mode. Pokemon has trading and you can join other player's games as well. If he's got friends playing it that might be appealing. But you can pick up online cheap via CD Keys/ShopTo with instant email delivery so it's easy to buy as and when needed.
Ha, I use my switch nearly 90% undocked
Such a versatile console

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Picked up a 2nd hand unpatched Switch at the beginning of the week.

Had forgotten how small it was but am absolutely loving it. Luigi's Mansion is excellent and the graphics are gorgeous.

Just scouring through YouTube "Top X" lists to see what is worth getting outside the first party titles.
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Merry Xmas everyone! We got Mario Kart Live for Xmas - just wondering... Anyone know how to turn the kart off??

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