Well here we are, I had to share my thoughts on the Nintendo Switch and it’s suffice to say that they are not good. Nintendo seem to be developing a reputation for mediocre home consoles, the Wii U didn’t achieve what Nintendo was hoping it would and it’s my belief the Switch will also fail to meet expectations.
First off it’s a damn tablet! With only 3 hours battery life if you wish to take it anywhere with you, not that you would as the thing is a beast! Now don’t get me the wrong I think the concept of the Nintendo Switch is actually good, it’s a very innovative idea, a home console that can be used secondarily as a portable console is ingenious and had Nintendo made the Switch as impressive as it could have been I may have been somewhat more tempted to buy it. The fact that it is only coming with 32GB storage is kind of concerning, sure the option to use a micro SD card is there for extra storage but considering the amount of storage I have on both my playstations and my xbox’s is enough to make me question why Nintendo thought giving so little storage was a good idea.
Secondly, why on earth are they releasing it in march? What sort of release window is that? It’s not near any holidays what so ever, surely the best time to release a whole new console is in the holiday season.
The controller doesn’t look right at all I mean it’s another brick! Though admittedly it does split into two smaller controllers one for each hand when you are playing the Switch on the go, but since the battery will die after a few hours I wouldn’t consider it be worth it. Not only that but the console itself isn’t as powerful as its rivals the PS4 and Xbox one, especially since the PS4 pro has now been released and the Xbox one Scorpio is due out later this year.
Finally Nintendo have decided to go for an online service to rival that of PSPlus and Xbox Live, now while this may sound good and yes it is a good idea they have stated that they will be offering a single NES or SNES game a month that will only be available for that month. The price for this service hasn’t yet been released but just based on the fact I can’t keep the game like I can with my multiple games offered by Plus and Live I’m gonna say I am not impressed. I know this may sound like I hate Nintendo right now but that isn’t true, I do like their handheld consoles and the NES, SNES, Nintendo 64 and Wii were indeed good consoles.
Honestly Nintendo you are starting to create a long line of failures, when it comes to handheld consoles you are most certainly the best though I do consider the PSVita to be a relatively good handheld console as well, the 2DS however has let you in down in this department, the thing was a brick honestly what were Nintendo thinking when they released the 2DS? But this is about the Switch, sorry for slightly digressing.
Nintendo could you please do me a favour and actually make a normal console! It’s not that hard, you’ve done it several times before, I love my N64, can you not go back to that sort of quality in your home consoles.
The one redeeming factor that the Switch has going for it is the new Zelda game, I have been a long time fan of the Zelda franchise so I truly would love to be able to play it. However since I consider that to be the only decent feature of the Switch so far I would be paying £280 for a game, sorry Zelda but you are not worth that.
Perhaps Nintendo will surprise me and I will find myself eating my own words, but thus far I am not impressed, they have a lot of catching up to do if they wish to reach the level of Microsoft and Sony respectively.