Thursday, October 20, 2016

Nintendo Switch

First impressions of the Nintendo Switch are as follows:

The console has a distinguishable new name which can’t be confused with the previous model.  New console name = New Start.

Many of the console’s features are inherited from the Wii and Wii U.  The simple design will make it easy to use and not intimidating to the general population who isn’t a hardcore gamer.  The tablet controller is also carried on from the Wii U, making it possible to take your game on the go.  This feature has been one of my favourites from the Wii U; it just wasn’t used efficiently on the Wii U.

The advertising is focused on adults, which I love.  While Nintendo is known as a family friendly company, focusing on adults appeals to a larger portion of the population.

The main controller seems to be a wireless handheld that can “switch” and attach to other components such as the tablet.  I love this because I prefer an actual controller in my hand for most games, rather than a Wii U style controller that I might be forced to use.  From what I could tell there are at least 4 different ways to use the controller.

The screen on the tablet looks just like any other screen on the market; I like this because a standard screen will seem natural for people that already have iPads.  I also love the fact that there’s an earphone jack that accepts any regular earphone.

From what I saw, I can imagine we’re getting SD cards or some form of cartridges.  I actually prefer SD cards over downloads or wireless connection.

The tablet will allow for a more personal competitive feel because you’re allowed to play games head to head against your opponent on different tablet screens.  I prefer this more than playing online because I prefer to play with friends in the same room.

We’re getting a new freaking Mario game.  Enough said.  Though seriously, although the Wii U was a great system the lack of a Mario game on release really caused it to fail in capturing an initial consumer base.

While I’m not a fan of Splatoon, the competitive portion of the video makes me assume that Nintendo will sponsor competitions in the future.

Seeing a basketball game means we’re getting back third party support, and sports games in general.  The lack of sports games was a strong motivator for me getting a PS3/PS4 before.  Hopefully we get a baseball game as well.

And finally, it’s coming out in March, my Birthday!  Take My Money Nintendo!