Over a week ago Nintendo announced their new console, the Switch, is coming out on March 3rd for a modest $299.99. It features updated graphics, 3rd party support, and you can take it anywhere. You mean I can play Skyrim anywhere?! Yes, anywhere.
But honestly, after watching their conference, I was left feeling underwhelmed.
Almost as disappointed as them giving up on support for the Wii U, Nintendo keeps me coming back for one game in particular and it’s The Legend of Zelda. I bought every system from them since the N64 for that series and with it still coming out for Wii U, why would I spend $299.99 on the Switch? Oh, you mean I can play Zelda anywhere? Where am I going that I have enough free-time to settle down somewhere and play a video game, especially one as time consuming as Skyrim or Zelda?
Another bone I have to pick is their launch titles. How is it that Mario Kart 8: Deluxe is not a launch title? That game has been out for more than two years now. And don’t get me started about how much the accessories cost. Yeah we know, they have to make their money somewhere. Also their availability – Nintendo has already released a statement saying that the Switch consoles are going to be hard to find and I keep thinking about is how hard it was to find a Wii. So I guess what I’m getting at is that I don’t feel that the Switch is the right move. I have a Wii U. I barely play it but when I do wanna play it, I can play Smash and Mario Kart with its updated graphics and I don’t have to wait and spend another $59.99. I can only imagine that they’ll probably release Super Smash Bros. Deluxe that will include all the DLC we all already bought in due time.
I can see what other people are excited about, especially those with young children, who want a family friendly system that they can take anywhere on long road trips or even to grandma’s house. But in a world where kids are already controlled by iPads and TV, is this another thing that is necessary? The nice thing about iPads is that there are 100’s of apps that are free to play. Not to mention, kids can spend hours just watching unboxing video’s on YouTube. On behalf of the parents who have children, how durable is the Switch? If a kid drops it once, is the screen going to shatter like the infamous iPad? Also, the battery life on the Switch is atrocious and will decrease with games that feature higher graphical outputs: Zelda and Skyrim perhaps.
Don’t get me wrong, my intent is not to Nintendo bash. Quite the contrary; I’m just expressing my frustration with a company that I’ve liked since I was a child. I just feel that making a new console right in the adolescence of Sony’s PS4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One just doesn’t feel like the right move to me. A lot of the 3rd party games coming out on the Switch are games I already own for the PS4 – why would I buy them again? I have no intention of taking it with me out in the world, I have my phone. I feel that Nintendo should have pulled themselves up by their bootstraps and fixed what was wrong with the Wii U before throwing in the towel and coming out with a new system. I feel so burnt out that I’m not sure if I’ll ever buy one. What happens if the Switch is a flop? Are they going to give up on it too? Honestly, I think I’ll just stick with my 3DS.
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