Hey everyone, it’s your gal Ellie here and this week I’m talking about the recently announced Nintendo Switch. If you’re reading this, it’s very likely you’ll already know what the Nintendo Switch is, but for the 6 - 10 of you that don’t, I’ll explain it briefly before getting into the main reason for this blog which is all about the backlash because god knows the internet loves negativity.
So without further ado.
What is the Nintendo Switch?
Nintendo. The company responsible for the Wii and the 3DS that you never play has just announced their latest console. Known previously as the Nintendo NX it’s official name is now the Nintendo Switch and there’s a reason for it. The Switch is a hybrid game console, tablet thing that allows you to take your triple A games on the go. Kind of like somebody loosely stuck two Wiimote controllers to the WiiU Tablet and decided it was about time they left their house. The controllers btw, Nintendo are calling joy-cons.
Things the Nintendo Switch can do
The company released a three minute video showcasing all the cool things the Switch is capable of. This includes the standard, sitting in your fancy apartment playing console games but also the ability to dismantle the controller, attach the controller pieces to the console itself and take the whole thing with you, in a car, on a train, in a plane etc. It seems to have multiplayer and the ability for split screen dual player modes where players each use one of the two available controllers; an idea I thought was really cool even after I heard all the crap about the controllers.. ahem, joy-cons being too small.
Oh, and it has a headphone jack. People’s reactions tend to be along the lines of ‘Suck it Apple’ even though the argument being made is ridiculous. The Nintendo Switch and iPhone 7s are completely different devices. I’m as butthurt over Apple’s decision to force their proprietary port upon us than the next person but comparing the two devices is like comparing apples to … well you get the point.
Things the Nintendo Switch can’t do
Now, as far as I’m aware, most of this is speculation but it’s one of the main reasons for the backlash. I’ve heard complaints about the aforementioned joy-cons being too small to use plus the name being ridiculous. I’ve heard that it won’t have touch screen support even though it’s essentially a tablet. I’ve heard there will be no backwards compatibility support and that the two third party games showcased in the trailer aren’t confirmed for the device. I’ve heard that the battery life will be utter pish and that it won’t be able to play next gen games like Fallout 4. I’ve heard complaints that it’ll be too expensive to justify a purchase.
Clearing up some misinformation
As I am undoubtedly the leading authority in the matter I’d like to try to clear up some misconceptions and concerns. God, I hope people can decipher the sarcasm in my blogs.
Not as powerful as the XBox One or PS4
Firstly, if you have concerns that the Nintendo Switch won’t be able to keep up with the XBox One or PS4 you’re probably correct but what the hell are you expecting? You’ve seen the form factor, something as small and portable as the Switch wouldn’t have as much raw power as something that’s likely to be double it’s size. It’s typical of Nintendo to produce consoles with outdated hardware, we all know this and we accept it because power isn’t everything.
Games are where it’s at and It looks like Nintendo have learned their lesson about third party developers. Have you seen some of the third party companies working with them this time around?
Sure, Skyrim and NBA 2K17 aren’t confirmed for the console but both 2K and Bethesda have confirmed that they’re are in partnership with the Nintendo so chill people, chill. I’d buy the damn thing just so I could play Skyrim on the go.
No touch screen support
Who actually likes using a touch screen to play complex games? No one? Okay then. Moving on.
Again, what the hell do you expect? Don’t get me wrong I’m a huge advocate for backwards compatibility but it looks like the Nintendo Switch will be cartridge based. Good luck trying to get your optical disks to play on that thing. Maybe Nintendo will have older games available on a store that you’ll be able to download but that’s as good as you’ll get I’m guessing.
Battery life & price
Okay, last point and maybe an actual cause for concern this time. Analysts are reporting that the Switch may only be playable for three hours tops and that the price could be around $300 - $350 (£245 - £285 for us lot in Britain assuming the pound doesn’t fall any more in value). The price may very well be a barrier for some but I’m predicting people will still buy it in droves.
The main selling feature at this point seems to be the portability of the device. It stands to reason that a portable device would need to be battery powered. If this machine is running complex, graphically intensive games it’s going to run out of juice fast. Unless the Switch comes with some kind of fast charging or a hassle free charging solution this issue may very well be the consoles downfall. Hopefully they’re addressing this back at Nintendo HQ.
The Nintendo Switch isn’t going to be the Sony and Microsoft console killer that, for some reason, people seemed to be expecting. This is why I think there’s a ton of backlash at the moment. Just think of the Switch as a super powerful tablet that you can connect to your TV and that comes bundled with two wireless controllers and you’ll be at the correct level of hype. When the Switch is released you won’t be let down by your overactive imagination of what you one thought could be.
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