By all accounts the Switch has had an amazing start to its life with a number of excellent exclusive games. 

But we still haven't seen the complete package. The Switch's virtual console is missing, and its full-featured online service has been delayed and is still months away. 

We'll update this review as and when these features become available, but we're already impressed with what we've seen so far. 

We liked

When compared with the handheld consoles that have come before it, the Nintendo Switch blows them out of the water with its graphical quality, which comes close to the last generation of consoles. 

This is helped by its impressive screen which is bright, crisp, and colorful. 

Providing the console with a controller that also doubles as two individual controllers is a very neat inclusion, and should mean that you’re never unable to join a friend for a quick multiplayer game while you’re out and about. 

The docking and undocking process is impressively seamless, with games that don’t even need to be paused before being plugged into a television. 

We disliked

The phrase ‘jack of all trades and master of none’ may sound negative, but the impression the Nintendo Switch has left us with is that sometimes compromise is a necessary, good thing. 

Yes there are better home consoles out there with controllers that can be good at doing just one thing, and yes there are handhelds out there that have better battery life and a more compact form-factor, but no other piece of gaming hardware has attempted the sheer amount of things as the Nintendo Switch and delivered so competently on so many of them. 

The graphics aren’t the best around, but they’re good enough that they don’t feel dated. The controller isn’t the most comfortable, but it never feels outright difficult to use. The battery life isn’t the best, but its enough for daily use. 

Final verdict

All of these have been born out of compromise and an attempt to make something that works in so many situations, and on that final point the Nintendo Switch is a great success. 

What remains to be seen is if, in the years ahead, its games library can shape up to be something you’ll want to play both at home and on the go, and whether its online service can compete with the existing efforts from Sony and Microsoft. 

If both of these play out well, then Nintendo will have found a compromise worth making. 

So is it worth the $299.99 (£279.99 / AU$469.95) asking price? At this point the answer seems to be a resounding 'yes'. Nintendo has released excellent game after excellent game for the system, and the hardware does a great job at playing them. 

But if you're after a 'complete' console experience, then you might have to wait a while longer to see how Nintendo's online service pans out.