I pride myself on showing no allegiance to a certain console. Instead I let the facts tell me what type of gamer I am. Where do I go to play with friends? What system has the games I want to play? What system do I log the most hours on?
Looking back at Nintendo’s Wii and Wii U neither were the answer to any of these questions. I eventually bought the Wii but was not sold on the motion controls and the Wii U I stood in line day one to get, but eventually traded it in, due to lack of games and poor online support.
I’ve been on the edge of my seat every since the Investors meeting hinted at the “NX” now known as The Switch. I followed the rumor mills more than I followed credible sources, because like a child I hoped this mythical new system was going to truly change the way I played.
In October, the commercial came, and I was on board. It looked weird with the joy-con controllers, but hey there is a pro controller. I really liked the fact that it was portable, but what about the Launch games or online support.
January 12th was the date marked on my calendar and being an “East-Coaster” I stayed up late to watch what I thought was a very poor reveal conference. It wasn’t bad because the English translators were dull or that the presenters were “lame”. For me it was discouraging because most of the rumors were wrong. I didn’t get blown away and that is what I wanted.
Zelda looks amazing, but I don’t really play Zelda, Mario looked weird but I would play it, and Bomberman and Puyo Puyo Tetris really got me excited, although neither are enough to sell me on the system. The rest was noise. There was mention of an online service, but there was no information. Why where they hiding it? Also Nintendo was vague on launch games, I mean I know that Day one systems are not worth buying day one, but I want to be jealous of those fighting at Walmart to get one.
As details have trickled out, I’m not liking what I’m hearing. It’s a portable system, yet you have to use a phone app to communicate online? There is a monthly service fee but I don’t get to keep the games, Even more the games are as old as I am so why would I want to keep them? And the launch line up is slim with the games to follow being uninteresting.
I think ARMS has potential, but Splatoon 2 looks like the same game I saw on the Wii U. I will say I didn’t play Splatoon and so far this one does nothing to make me want to play the second one. Especially if there is poor online support. I know I know… Nintendo is a family console, but Dammit we can’t all live at home until we die. Family Gaming is online now and I think Nintendo has missed that point.
I’m aggravated because I want to buy this system, but I have to wait for now and see what happens. Microsoft had a disaster of a first showing with the Xbox One, but now I really enjoy my system. I can hope that Nintendo will correct some of their miscues.
My wish list for the Switch is.
Better Online support.
No weird cell phone app for online gaming.
More new IP like Arms
Less ports or half-ass sequels