What’s up, my loyal followers? You are currently looking back at an entry from a historic time in video game history. Nintendo is preparing to release their latest and possibly most game-changing console ever: The Nintendo Switch. The hype is beyond real, right now. So, I feel it’s appropriate to share my excitement with anyone who may be reading this. Read to the end for a special announcement regarding a personal project of mine. 😉
The single most prominent reason I expect great things out of Nintendo Switch is the hardware. As usual it is under-powered in comparison to its competitors from Sony and Microsoft, but it still delivers enough power to bring truly remarkable experiences to the system. After seeing what Nintendo accomplished in developing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, it’s hard to see why consumers demand more powerful graphics. Using the Switch’s hardware can clearly yield beautiful results. Even Skyrim is being ported to Switch. For Skyrim to be as old as it is and still as wildly popular as it is is amazing to me… Nonetheless, it’s coming to Nintendo Switch which is a testament to Nintendo hardware finally being up to the challenge of housing the kinds of experiences many video game enthusiasts have been excited for since six years ago.
Continuing on the subject of hardware, Switch gets major bonus points for it’s main gimmick: The ability to play anywhere. In case you’re thinking “portable gaming consoles have been in existence since the days of the original GameBoy,” I better point out that this is being able t play anywhere but with the same control scheme you expect out of a home console controller plus the same games running the same as you expect them to on a home console plus the ability to seamlessly switch between playing on a TV like a normal home console and playing on a portable device. The only thing that makes this better is the fact that the normal controller splits in half to become two complete controllers in case you want to play a local multiplayer game with a friend. The design genius of the Joycon controllers astounds me! As a matter of fact, the Joycon astound me by themselves thanks to the IR motion camera and HD rumble features. I haven’t been lucky enough to try them out for myself, but I’ve heard nothing but good things about that HD rumble feature. All-in-all, this console does things no other console has ever been able to do which allows us to experience our games more conveniently than ever.
Finally, a console is nothing without its games. This is where I have some concerns. Don’t get me wrong, The Legend of Zelda and Mario Kart have been known to sell systems, but even with Breath of the Wild being a launch title (and the most impressive Legend of Zelda game to date) it won’t appeal to everyone. Skyrim is the closest Nintendo is coming to the kinds of hardcore gaming experiences players have come to expect out of Playstation and Xbox, and it isn’t even releasing for a while. While players like myself will be more than satisfied with Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Sonic Mania, Splatoon 2 and Super Mario Odyssey, so many others aren’t convinced that Nintendo Switch will have the support they are looking for. There are no first-person shooters currently announced for Nintendo Switch. That right there is a red flag. Third-party support has long been an issue Nintendo has had yet to fully fix. This time, Nintendo seems to have decent third-party support and tons of indy developer support, but this year’s announced games simply won’t be enough to convince a large number of people to make the switch which is a shame because this console truly is revolutionary in a way Wii U never was. Here’s hoping Nintendo brings more games from more categories and genres to the Switch in 2018 and beyond.
Still with me? Thanks for reading! As promised, I have a very special announcement for you. In light of the Nintendo Switch launch, at an unspecified time in the next week or two, I will be launching a new YouTube channel called NerdSpeak. The purpose of the NerdSpeak channel will be to provide a platform for discussing nerdy subjects. The first video I’ll be uploading is a more in-depth analysis of Nintendo Switch plus my own early impressions where I highlight the good, the bad, and how it’s been integrated into my life by that point. Please look forward to the first episode of NerdSpeak. I’ll provide an update when it’s ready.