IT’S… THE SWITCH

Nintendo held its big presentation of the Switch console yesterday. Let’s face it, you know if you are going to buy it. Whether you like, love, hate, loathe, or don’t even care – it’s cool. I fall into the category of thinking Nintendo should have done a couple of things differently to make the Switch more appealing.

When a console launches, there are two main things consumers look for: the price and launch titles. Everything else plays second fiddle. Size, weight, accessories, etc., all that doesn’t matter as much since the hardware needs the software to back it up; and the amount of money will start to accumulate once you start adding up the games with the initial system costs.

The Nintendo Switch was announced at $299.99 (USD). Come on, Nintendo. The Switch is going to launch at the same price as Playstation 4 and XBOX One, which have bundles available at the $299.99, and in some places $279.99, with a large library of games and online service.

A fair amount of people were speculating $249.99, and it seemed reasonable to think so. I personally think that Nintendo should have went with a lower price point, take the hits, in exchange for more sales and appeal.

Considering the cost of extra controllers that were priced at $69.99 for the Switch Pro controller, $79.99 for a pair of Joy-Con controllers, and $49.99 for a single Joy-Con controller, the cost is already adding up.

Optionally, though I get the feeling later on it may not be so optional, is purchasing a microSDXC card to expand the Switch’s 32GB internal memory. From a quick search, you can purchase a 64GB card for $22.99 or a 128GB card for $37.99 from Newegg. If you can find them for less, more power to you.

It’s amazing how much a $50 difference can make, and I have a hunch that it will make a difference here. Bonus hunch of the 1-2 Switch game being sold with the Nintendo Switch during the 2017 holiday season, because as far as I’m concerned, it might need it.

Speaking of the 1-2 Switch, the Switch is severely lacking strong launch titles, let alone a strong first year roster. Nintendo tweeted its yearly line-up of games people can look forward to for 2017.

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From the looks of it, Nintendo expects the 1-2 Switch to repeat the success Wii Sports had on the Wii. 1-2 Switch is comprised of mini-games for group play, and I can expect consumers won’t fall for the same trap twice, considering we became numb to the era of “Shovelware” that occurred on the Wii.

That said, the strongest titles seem strategically spaced out so there would be something new to play by the time one would complete a game, hopefully, to its entirety. Having Zelda: Breath of the Wild at launch is not only surprising, but the smartest pairing Nintendo could have done to give the Switch a fighting chance.

Not even 2 months later, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is going to be the second heavy-hitter in the line-up, and considering the weak sales and value the WiiU has, it’s safe to say Mario Kart 8 will find more of an audience on the Switch. However, since this is essentially an upgrade of an existing title, it’s a soft, heavy-hitter. Nintendo should have gone all-in with a brand new Mario Kart for its new system rather than an enhanced port.

Last, but not least, the Super Mario Odyssey launches in the holiday season. It makes sense to push a new Mario game around the time where people are geared to spend in the spirit of joy and cheer. Not much is known about Super Mario Odyssey aside from what one could gather from the trailer. Watch and see what you can make of it.

That’s it as far as strong titles in the announced yearly line-up. The others such as Super Bomberman, Puyopuyo Tetris, Splatoon 2, and Sonic Mania are decent at best. Even though these titles are not to be underestimated, only the die-hard fans would be rejoicing about a new Bomberman or Sonic game.

Regardless of the presentation, choices, and titles for the Nintendo Switch and how the overall package might be received (either good, bad, or somewhere in the middle); I’m going to try and have some optimism for it. Who knows, it might end up surprising us all.

By the way, kudos to Kotaku for writing a size comparison article on the Nintendo Switch, which you can find: HERE. For when size does matter, learn all you can before attempting to stuff a brick into your back pocket.

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