The Nintendo Switch has certainly got a lot of people talking, but is it a piece of trash? Expect it to be a blunder when it comes out.
The Switch will drop on March 1st and will cost gamers in New Zealand $549. That is the same price, if not more expensive in some cases, than the Xbox One S and PS4 Slim. That comparison is noteworthy, because the Switch is simply nowhere near as powerful and doesn’t have the same quality of games, yet it’s priced as a “Next Generation” system.
What’s more, the Switch will pack a tiny 32GB of internal storage. Games will be cartridge-based, and arguably may not be as sizeable as games on Xbox and PlayStation. But still, it seems, gamers who purchase the Switch will be forced to juggle around their libraries in order to play the games that they want to play.
President of Nintendo, Tatsumi Kimishima, believes that the Switch is a brand-new type of console that offers variety in how users play on it. That’s true, but it isn’t as if portable gaming is anything new to the industry.
You can play the Switch in three ways:
- Connect to the dock (included) and play via your television.
- Place the Switch on a table, stand it up, and play using the controllers.
- Portable, similar to other handhelds both Nintendo and other companies have released.
The battery life is said to last anywhere between 2.5 and 7 hours, “depending on the game” according to Nintendo. As The Real Michael Pulman understands, the Switch can be charged while in TV Mode, when connected to the dock.
The pro controller, a popular accessory to the Switch, will cost around $70USD. That works out to about $120NZD, just in case you were interested.
But first, let’s make the point clear, competition for Microsoft and Sony on the console front can do nothing but good for the industry. The Nintendo Wii was, in its own right, a very good gaming experience for the audience it catered too. It just doesn’t have the same amount of interest from Triple A developers; you won’t see a blockbuster like Uncharted 4 or Halo on a Nintendo console.
This doesn’t seem to be the calibre of games that Nintendo want on their consoles, and that’s fine, but at least make the system cheaper on launch. It is also likely that the Switch doesn’t have the power, or the internals, to run those Triple A games, massively scaled games.
The argument that Nintendo are stuck between a traditional gaming console, and one that will appeal to the new, younger-based mobile gamer, is a very true one. Nintendo should have had a clearer idea about what audience they wanted to target first; make a choice and back it to the hill. Instead, here we see another new piece of hardware that is wanting to break into both markets, and again, price the system cheaper and that may be a big payoff.
Nintendo’s online service for the Switch will eventually cost gamers a monthly fee. There will be more on that to come.
All in all, the Nintendo Switch is overpriced for what it can deliver. What it will deliver is the freedom to play in different places and in slightly different ways. It’s a tremendous gamble to take, but it’s hard to see the Switch satisfying hardcore gamers who want truly immersive experiences. Nintendo’s shares dropped 4.9 percent after the pricing and release information on the Switch, and this is a good example of the likely success that the console will have once it releases.