I can’t let today pass by without remarking on the release of Nintendo’s brand new console – Nintendo Switch. I’ve had my eye on this ever since it was announced, and it’s come as a bit of a surprise just how interesting and clever an idea Nintendo has come up with. Firstly, Nintendo have for many years ruled the handheld market … that cannot be contested. The 3DS flew off the shelves and it’s various iterations – even in the advent of increasingly powerful mobile phone technology. However on the home console front, they’ve been failing for a while even after the huge success of the Wii. Yet now here comes a console that offers the best of both worlds and will attract both types of gamers; those that want to have their gaming on-the-go (I hate that term) and those that prefer the comfort of their sofa and a big screen TV. Never before has a console offered both and offered it so seamlessly, as the video below will attest:
I won’t go into detail too much on the various things the Switch can do…I’m sure if you’re at all interested you’ll have read up on the machine already. What I can give you though is my thoughts on why this is an exciting games system and why Nintendo are luring me back, despite my reservations in the past with Nintendo’s consoles (I had a GameCube, a Wii and a Nintendo DS back in the day). It has a feel from what I’ve seen and read of a great secondary console. It’s not rubbing shoulders with Xbox or PlayStation (something Nintendo has avoided for years) and has it’s own identity. Plus I’ve really missed Nintendo’s game design. Nothing on a PS4 or XB1 plays quite like Mario or Zelda. There is a unique and stylish charm to their characters, and yes I have sometimes even looked to the ill-fated Wii U with jealousy because it still had those games. However that machine had little to separate it from the Wii, whose motion-control gimmick faded with time and so it was clear Nintendo had to revise it’s approach to console design. Therefore I’d say the Switch has delivered sort of a ‘best of Nintendo’ this time around in a well-designed and attractive package. Only time will tell if the games can live up to the machine’s potential, if 3rd party publishers support it the way they do Sony & Microsoft.
I hope to get one at some stage myself and will report more on the machine when I’ve actually spent some time with it. Until that day comes let’s send congratulations to Nintendo on the launch of their new console and wish them plenty of success in the future. I think it’s their turn, don’t you?