Opinions, eh. We’re all entitled to them – but nobody particularly wants to read them. Well, sadly, this is exactly what you’ll be reading in this article. My opinion on the Nintendo Switch. So if you don’t like it, good. It means that your opinion is different to mine, and variety is the spice of life. Or some shit.
Quite a few people have asked me if I’ve seen the Nintendo Switch reveal. I have. They also ask me what I think of the console, from these early teases. The truth is, I don’t care. I appreciate that it looks like an impressive bit of tech. I understand that Nintendo is trying to change the way we play – by merging their flagging console market with their strong handheld. But, at the end of the day, it really doesn’t bother me.
I have nothing against those people who do care. You do you, buddy. But for me, the console doesn’t hit any of the right buttons. I don’t really play handheld games, (other than Pokémon on my retro AF Gameboy), so the only draw for me would be Nintendo’s IPs. And, whilst I enjoy the occasional Mario or Zelda game – I’m not bothered enough to warrant spending a few hundred quid just to play those titles. I’m sure a counter point would be that bigger developers are going to be making games for the console too. A Skyrim port you say?! I can play Skyrim on my Xbox One. And it’ll be more powerful. The graphics will be better. And I already have that console.
The Switch is clearly designed for the casual gamer. I mean, that’s been Nintendo’s USP for years. They create experiences that are more accessible to a younger family audience. That’s exactly what the Wii is. And it’s exactly what the WiiU ended up being (despite them telling us otherwise on launch). By combining handheld capabilities with a classic console experience – Nintendo are trying to appeal to the average gamer, but I wouldn’t include hardcore gamers. This might or might not work, it’s too early to tell. One thing’s for sure, though. If I had to choose between playing FIFA 17 or Battlefield 1 or Skyrim on a PS4 / Xbox One or on a Switch, I’d choose the former.
But that’s my opinion. In truth, I’d like to be excited about the Nintendo Switch. I used to love Nintendo games, back in my N64 days. So maybe you feel differently? Feel free to try to convert me in the comments below!