This week sees the release of Microsoft's brand new baby, the Xbox One X, which hits shelves on Tuesday, 7th November.
While the console itself is a vast improvement over the original Xbox One and a significant step up from the Xbox One S - Microsoft is quick to remind us all that the Xbox One X is, for now, the most powerful console in the world - that all comes with a pretty hefty price tag. This shiny new box will cost you $499.99 at launch, not to mention the 4K television you'll need to either own or buy in order to take full advantage of the Xbox One X's extra power.
That price tag alone puts it outside of a lot of people's budgets. Needless to say, there's a lot of stuff you can spend $500 on - that kind of money could get you anything from a fancy new TV to about a week's worth of rent in San Francisco.
So what if instead of dropping all that cash on Microsoft's brand new black box, you put your money into one of the other console gaming camps out there - just how much stuff would that $500 get you if you decided you wanted a Nintendo Switch, for example? Well, buckle up, because I'm about to take you through exactly how much Nintendo stuff you can get for the price of an Xbox One X this week.
If, however, you think you're more of a PlayStation person, you can head over to this link right here for our look at how far your $500 will go over on that side of the fence.
Nintendo Switch with Super Mario Odyssey and carrying case - $379.99
First things first - you should get yourself a Nintendo Switch. You can pick up one of the regular launch editions of the console for $299.99 which will come with the console itself, a set of Joy-Cons and a dock. What you won't get, however, is any games but hey, the Switch is $200 cheaper than the Xbox One X and that doesn't come with any games either.
A better option, however, is to pick up one of the Special Edition Nintendo Switch Super Mario Odyssey bundles. In the box, you'll get a Switch console, dock and all associated cables but also a copy of Super Mario Odyssey as well as a set of limited edition Mario red Joy-Cons. On top of all that, you'll also get an official Mario themed carrying case.
That whole package will cost you $379.99 while it's still around, which is some superb value for everything you're getting.
- Limited Edition Nintendo Switch Super Mario Odyssey bundle for $379.99 from GameStop
- Limited Edition Nintendo Switch Super Mario Odyssey bundle for $379.99 from Best Buy
- Limited Edition Nintendo Switch Super Mario Odyssey bundle for $379.99 from Amazon US
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Explorer's Edition - $59.99
So with your console purchase, you've gotten one of the Switch's best games - Super Mario Odyssey - already. What you should do next is pick up the console's other must-own, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This one was released alongside the console a few months ago but is a strong contender for game of the year.
As luck would have it, Nintendo has decided to celebrate this year's Black Friday festivities by releasing an extra special version of its best seller. From Thursday, 23rd November, you'll be able to get your hands on the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Explorer's Edition, which comes with a boxed copy of the original game, along with a two-sided map of Hyrule and a 100-page 'Explorer's guide' with extra detailed information on the game's lore as well as tips for playing the game itself.
The best part? The Explorer's Edition will retail for the same price as the original game - $59.99 for that whole package.
More storage space - $58.99
Last but certainly not least, storage capacity. Sooner or later, whether through downloadable games or just save data and images, you're going to fill up the built-in 32GB memory that the Switch comes with. Luckily, Nintendo elected to allow all kinds of Micro SD cards to work with its latest console. That, coupled with the price of tech being what it is these days, means you can expand your Switch's storage capacity by a whole lot without breaking the bank.
One of the better brands you can go for in terms of Micro SD cards is SanDisk itself, the company that originated the format. A 128GB SanDisk MicroSDXC card will set you back $58.99 right now, over at Best Buy and will bring your total storage space up to a very healthy 160GB all-in.
That should bring us up to budget Let's check out what we've got:
- Nintendo Switch with special edition Red Joy-Cons
- Super Mario Odyssey
- Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Explorer's Edition
- Red carrying case
- 128GB SanDisk MicroSD
Final total: $498.97
Already own a Switch by now? Don't worry, you can just go ahead and splash out by picking up all this instead:
- 128GB SanDisk Ultra MicroSD card
- Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
- Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Charging Dock
- Mario and Luigi Joy-Con thumbstick covers(!)
- Switch Game Traveller Deluxe Case
- 8Bitdo SNES30 wireless Bluetooth controller for Switch
- Joy-Con AA Battery Pack
- New Nintendo 3DS XL Super Nintendo Edition
- Super Mario Brothers Deluxe Adult Costume
- Official Plush Mario toy
The grand total for all that stuff? Just about $497. To clarify, that means that for the price of an Xbox One X, you could be playing a fully equipped Nintendo Switch console, complete with travelling case, charging dock, MicroSD card, Pro Controller, fancy thumbsticks, and wireless SNES controller, before moving onto playing your SNES Edition New Nintendo 3DS XL and cuddling your new Mario plush, all while dressed as Mario himself and you'll still have enough money left over for a coffee. I mean, if that doesn't sound tempting, I don't know what does.
So there you go. You could, of course, get yourself an Xbox One X for $499.99, but if you'd rather go the Nintendo route, you'll arguably be getting a whole lot more for your money, ending up with a special edition of the console, two games, a memory card and a carrying case. That ain't bad at all, if you ask me.
Ultimately, it's your call of course, but it's a touch eyebrow raising to see the amount of stuff you can get for Microsoft's asking price.