Nintendo’s next video game system is almost here, and for the first time, the legendary company is dipping into both of its markets by delivering a hybrid console/handheld. While the Switch is certainly not intended to compete with the outgoing Wii U, or possibly even the New 3DS XL, these are options you’ll have if you plan to buy a new Nintendo console in 2017.
While the Wii U lifecycle will end before its fifth birthday rolls around this year, we think it’s important to put it side-by-side against the Switch to see how Nintendo’s newest systems stacks up against its last home console effort. The 3DS family of systems turns six later this month, and all signs point to it coexisting with the Nintendo Switch, meaning that for portable play, there will be two viable options.
Let’s take a look at the most important features of the three to uncover if the Switch looks to be a step in the right direction for Nintendo.
New Nintendo 3DS XL
|Dimensions||4 x 9.4 x .55 in (with Joy-Cons attached)||5.3 in × 10.2 in × 0.9 in (gamepad)||3.69 x 6.3 x .85 in (closed)|
|Weight||297 g (398 g with Joy-Cons attached)||491 g (gamepad)||329 g|
|Screen||6.3 in capacitive touchscreen||6.2 in touchscreen||4.8 in (upper) 4.18 in touchscreen (lower)|
|Resolution||1280 x 720 (portable) 1920 x 1080 (console)||854 x 480 (gamepad) 1920 x 720 (console)||800 x 240|
|CPU||Nvidia customized Tegra processor||IBM Power-based multi-core processor||804 MHz ARM11 MPCore quad-core|
|GPU||Nvidia customized Tegra processor||AMD Radeon-based high definition||4x VFPv2 Co-Processor|
|Storage||32GB (expandable via Micro SDXC)||32GB flash (expandable via external HDD)||4GB microSD included (replaceable)|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, gyroscope, brightness||Accelerometer, gyroscope, geomagnetic||gyroscope|
|Battery||lithium ion 4310mAh||lithium ion 1500 mAh||lithium ion 1400 mAh|
|Battery life||2.5 to 6 hours||3 to 5 hours||3.5 to 7 hours|
|RAM||4GB||2GB (1GB allocated of OS)||256MB FCRAM, 10MB VRAM|
|Ports||USB Type-C, headphone||headphone||headphone|
|Connectivity||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi||802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi||802.11b/g Wi-Fi|
|Price||$300||$200-$300 (no longer manufactured)||$200|