It’s been a while since Nintendo released information and a video showing off the Nintendo Switch console. I’ve not written anything yet mostly for two simple reasons. One being I’ve been busy, sorry! The second reason being I wanted to see if any more information would come out and ponder my thoughts a bit more once the hype starts to settle.
Now first impressions were “thank goodness the name isn’t dumb!”. Not that long ago I bought a Wii U even though the advertising and promoting of the console were pretty much non-existent here in the UK and we owned an Xbox One where the graphics were just way better and most games could get either on PC or Xbox, however I had watched people on Twitch play Mario Kart 8 and I thought “holy cow this game looks pretty and fun” and realised I actually didn’t like the Wii U because… it has a dumb name. Seriously are you ever going to tell people you own a Wii U? Probably not. The name “Switch” suits what the console does but also doesn’t sound silly. So I’d like to thank Nintendo for not calling it Wii Too or something just as dumb. Not long after buying the Wii U Splatoon came out and oh my god I fell in love. So within a few weeks I was converted, I still love my PC and Xbox One but the Wii U is just as enjoyable and it’s a shame it hasn’t done well sales wise.
The Nintendo Switch video was so much fun to watch. They had the right music and didn’t do anything silly (anyone remember the Wii advert with the Japanese men in a Smart car come over and say in very broken English “Wii would like to play” – CRINGE!) and made gaming with friends look cool, it made having a Nintendo console look cool again! Remember the days with the NES finding out your friend owned the zapper? That was epic! Nothing is cool about going to your friends’ house to play a game of bowling and accidentally smashing their TV. This console looks cool, looks fun and doesn’t restrict you to being inside the house of the console owner. They are promoting it in way that you and your homies (can you tell how street I am?) can go off playing basketball for the day and then afterwards chill out and play on the Nintendo Switch at the park bench. Does that sound cool to you? It does to me. Although I’m too short for basketball so I’ll probably just sit in a Costa coffee as my hobby instead.
The thing that interested me about this was the gameplay shown was all Wii U games, but some of them had some changes or twists to them to showcase something new. They showed off Mario Kart 8 but one of the players was a Boo ghost which isn’t a playable character in Mario Kart 8. I’ve not really seen anyone pick up on this but it instantly caught my attention. Were we going to see another DLC for Mario Kart 8? Or was this signs of a new Mario Kart game to come in the future? We’ll have to wait and see! The other big thing people went crazy over was Splatoon. Now this game came out not that long ago and has done pretty well for Nintendo as something different and uses the Gamepad rather well. But in the Nintendo Switch video you notice the Inkling kids have various hair styles and look like they can be more customised. People on Nintendo’s Miiverse have been going insane for “Splatoon 2” but honest I think it’s more likely a DLC that I really hope doesn’t cost extra, but you never know with Nintendo. I can easily see a hair salon opening in the city for Inklings to go to and change their look.
My concerns were originally that the release date for this console was due when the new Wii U Zelda game was going to be out, March 2017. I was already feeling the disappointment and frustration of the lack of a Zelda game on the Wii U (I’m not a Zelda fangirl but I did enjoy Wind Waker and have a desire to catch up on some of the more recent 3DS games – give me time I’m sure I’ll do this!) so I was worried and rather confused. It also made me believe the Switch wouldn’t come out in March and would end up coming out much later in the year. However Nintendo have since said this console isn’t to take over the Wii U. That bit of news from them was very interesting to hear. If this console isn’t the next generation console then this really is something new and unique. A console that is also a handheld. And that also gives a more confirmation that it’ll play Wii U games, just give you the power to play outside.
Another concern is battery life. I cannot see this thing lasting for more then 2 hours, maybe less. What then? Will people be able to charge it back up with a power bank or from their car? In the video we see some young lads playing the Switch whilst in a campervan (Nintendo really are trying to give us a nostalgia boner this year) so I did wonder if could keep the battery going a bit longer with some sort of car charger adaptor. We’ll have to wait and see I guess!
But also let’s not overlook something big here. We see a ton of games that haven’t been on Nintendo’s consoles actually show they are backing this Nintendo Switch with what looks like Skyrim showing up on the video. I’ll be really happy if we start seeing a more mixture of games on a Nintendo platform, not just Mario and his buddies.
If you haven’t seen the video then I’ll link it below. But if you have seen it please comment below saying what you think of the Switch so far. Excited? Not bothered? Love to hear your thoughts!