Well, first of all, the Nintendo Switch presentation was amazing. I was nervous going into it, because it had to lay the foundation for an important console. The Switch is Nintendo’s future in an uncertain time. This presentation needed to win over some fans.
Let me start off with some partial cons here. Not everything about the presentation was perfect. Nintendo is switching to a paid online multiplayer model. I don’t think this is a bad thing, mind you, since now that money is flowing into the infrastructure, it’ll likely improve the service. Although I’m going to miss being able to play games online at no cost. If it keeps Nintendo competitive, though, I have no objection.
Another issue is that the Switch is going to be $299.00 US. Again, this is a reasonable price point at launch, and Nintendo isn’t making the Switch at a loss. But it also means that it’ll have to compete with PS4 and Xbox One price-wise, so it’ll have some work to do to justify 300 bucks.
The Switch has a seriously low portable battery life, only 2 -6.5 hours depending. I was hoping for a solid 4-8. The Switch’s gimmick of home-to-portable console seems like it’s in danger now. Lastly, it also seems like apart from Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the Switch will have a fairly weak launch lineup. All this worries me.
Now onto the good stuff. The Switch is packing some great technology, including HD rumble that delivers extremely detailed vibration. The new game Arms is planning to capitalize on this technology with a sort of multiplayer Punch-Out!! style. The Switch has a virtual console, as we saw, with a promising lineup. Above all, it promises a LOT of great games in just this coming year.
Breath of the Wild is looking more action-packed, compelling, and beautiful than ever. Personally speaking, this is new-favorite-game material. Super Mario Odyssey, the new open-world 3D Mario platformer, is exactly what I wanted Nintendo to do with the series.
Skyrim is confirmed as coming to the system, and Nintendo is set to release Splatoon 2 and Xenoblade Chronicles 2. These are now two of my most highly-anticipated sequels. Splatoon 2 is offering a wealth of new content and portable play, and the new Xenoblade is stunningly beautiful and looks like it’ll tell a great story.
Koei Tecmo is also making a new Fire Emblem Warriors title as a follow-up to Hyrule Warriors. I’m extremely excited for this, because I predicted the announcement of Fire Emblem Warriors and I think the two series are a great fit. More is coming on the 18th in a Fire Emblem Direct, so keep an eye out for that!
Overall, I have a lot of faith in the Nintendo Switch after Thursday. Nintendo trades on good games, and the Switch looks like a return to roots. From here onwards, it’s important that Nintendo keep giving out information on its games, and announcing new, interesting games. I personally can’t wait to see how the Switch does, and I’ll keep reporting the news as I see it.