I was just wondering what everyone thought of the Nintendo Switch now that most details have been revealed about it.
While I am unlikely to get one, I do like the clarity of the concept. It feels more like a successor to the Wii than the Wii U in that there’s a clear idea of what the machine is supposed to be: a system can be used anywhere. The marketing around parts of the system being disconnected from a base unit (the system itself from the dock and the joycon controllers from the base controller) is both clear and clever. I suspect the use of Mario’s hat as a platform in the new Mario game was deliberately added to fit in with this concept of detachment as another way of using something.
Nintendo doesn’t need to play the graphics game, and while better graphics hardware is always appreciated, for games like Zelda and Mario which have cartoony visuals, the Switch’s hardware appears to be sufficient (although I heard some troubling comments about the framerate in the early build of Breath of the Wild). What does seem troubling is the lack of internal memory (only 32GB), which will make purchasing an SD card mandatory for people who prefer digital distribution. Who wants to carry loads of cartridges around when using a portable system?
The initial cost of the hardware does seem steep, and the peripherals especially so. But there’s nothing else quite like it, so the novelty may help move units anyway before an inevitable price drop. The Switch is obviously a replacement for the Wii U (no matter what Nintendo may say), but the interesting question for me is whether the Switch will eventually replace the 3DS or whether Nintendo will introduce yet another handheld. Side by side, you have two quite similar sized portable systems. It would make sense to have the successor to the 3DS be a smaller Switch without detachable controllers, but sharing it’s game library with the Switch.