Nintendo has a new console up its sleeve and after vague unveiling in October of last year, Nintendo has finally pulled the curtain all the way back and revealed the system’s specs, price and release date. Am I excited? Hell yeah I am and a lot of other people seem to be excited too seeing that the system’s preorder allotment has already sold out at every major retailer. Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO of Nintendo of America stated that 2 million systems will be available at launch and claimed that supplying the demand will not be a problem but We’ll just have to see how that goes.
So, what’s the big deal about the switch? What makes it so special? “Does it even Call of Duty Bruh?” Ok that last question was rhetorical sarcasm if you couldn’t tell but really, what does make the Switch so special? Number one reason….
It’s Nintendo’s new console.
Whenever Nintendo announces that they are working on new hardware, the entire industry takes notice. It’s an event, a celebration and should be a holiday. I personally have a love hate relationship with Nintendo because so often I yearn for them to release a do it all console that will put Playstation and Xbox on the back burner and go back to the days where Nintendo was the dominant champion of the home console wars but you know what, Nintendo doesn’t care about that. They march to the beat of their own drum, follow their own vision, produce quality products and are in competition with no one. In short, they know what they’re doing.
They have proven that they don’t need Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty or Assassins creed to sell consoles. They have Mario, Zelda, Metroid and Pokemon to sell systems for them. Another thing Nintendo has proven is that they don’t have to ship out annual iterations of their IP’s because they know too much saturation is a bad thing. That’s why during the N64’s lifespan there was only two Legend of Zelda entries, and only one Super Mario entry. For the Gamecube there were only two Zelda entries and one Super Mario entry. They know how to pace their products, to take time developing their products and to release high quality products and that makes them look like they care about their fans and not just their fan’s wallets.
A bit of a history lesson and me being an advocate for Nintendo in that last paragraph but it’s all to help paint a picture of why the Switch matters and that brings me to reason number 2 of what makes the Switch special…
Nintendo is notorious for trying to create new ways to enjoy our favorite pass time of video games. Like those shoulder buttons on your dual shock? Thank Nintendo for the SNES controller. Like those fancy analog sticks and rumble feature in xbox one controller? Thank Nintendo for the N64 controller. If you want to get technical Nintendo was doing VR before it was cool. Remember virtual boy and its headache inducing red geometric lines creating depth and nausea? The Switch is set to innovate and force the industry to evolve. For years my friends and I have dreamed of having a console that we could take on the go with us and we weren’t talking about a 3DS type handheld but a powerful home console we could take with us that would keep us from having to buy a handheld system and The Switch is set to do just that. So now when I’m bored out of my mind at the mall when my wife and daughters are shopping, me and my son can take Skyrim, Mario Kart and The Legend of Zelda with us. That’s not just being innovative, that’s doing us a solid and being a good friend! Thanks Nintendo!!! And when we get back home all we do is place the Switch back in its docking cradle and it connects back to the TV via HDMI.
Finally, what Makes The Switch so special, Nintendo is going to do online right this time.
Nintendo is introducing their online service, much like Sony and Microsoft’s services, where a paid service allows you to play online with your friends, gives you online lobbies and voice chat, exclusive deals and free monthly downloads. The user interface of the online model is much more user friendly than that of the Wii and Wii U. Nintendo has dumped the archaic “Friends Code” that was a complete disaster to try and become friends with someone online and play a game with them, now making and managing friends, sending messages and game invites much easier and even socially sharing accomplishments in games by sharing screenshots to social media. There is a caveat to the free monthly downloads though, they are only free in the month that they are given to you in. Afterwards if you want to keep playing you have to buy it. I wasn’t too happy about that seeing that the games are NES and SNES games and Sony and Microsoft gives us 2 free games each to keep as long as we remain members with PS Plus and Xbox Live Gold respectively. But on the bright side if you ever wanted to play online multiplayer Double Dribble or Secret of Mana we may be getting our chance because Nintendo is adding online Multiplayer to their NES and SNES games.
March 3rd 2017 Nintendo releases the Switch worldwide, retailing in America for $299. The launch titles are going to be slim but enough to keep us entertained with the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+, 1-2-Switch, I Am Setsuna, Super Bomberman R, Skylanders: Imaginators and Just Dance 2017.
I have mine preordered and can’t wait to get my hands on The Legend of Zelda, The binding of Isaac, I am Setsuna and Super Bomberman R.
Just for you Techies.
6.2-inch 720p multitouch display. So that’s 720p in handheld mode and 1080p when docked and connected to your TV via HDMI
Nvidia Tegra processor 256-core Maxwell GPU
32GB on board memory and up to 2TB SDXC
USB C port for charging and data transfer
Let us know what your thoughts are on Nintendo’s newest gaming console and what it is bringing to the table