Switch OLED review: Nintendo’s nicest, most nonessential upgrade yet

For all the portable game systems Nintendo has launched, including mid-generation revisions, few have included cutting-edge upgrades to a key element: the screen.

Historically, Nintendo has been in the back of the pack when compared to competitors’ screens. The Game Boy’s panels suffered heavy ghosting and lacked backlighting, for instance; they were handily surpassed in their time by the likes of the Game Gear and the Lynx. Only now, with no other dedicated handheld console to beat (for at least two months, anyway), has Nintendo offered a screen that made me say “wow.”

This screen comes on the Nintendo Switch OLED, a model going on sale later this week. Rumors previously suggested that the Switch OLED would run existing games better, in one way or another, but that didn’t pan out (or at least not yet). Instead, this week’s new Switch OLED runs existing games on the same Nvidia Tegra X1 chipset. It copies the original portable/docked hybrid concept so well that you can use the new Switch with existing Joy-Cons, TV docks, and carrying cases.

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