Nintendo Switch | I’m Worried About the Nintendo Switch
Hello, I’m FerrousPilot and today we’re going to be talking about Nintendo’s new gaming console the Switch. For those you who don’t know, the Nintendo Switch is a sort of moblile and home gaming hybrid device. At a basic level, it offers a convenient way to Switch! Between a big screen home console type gaming experience, and a small screen mobile type gaming experience. My first thought when I saw this was that they would be streaming gameplay over the internet to the handheld, kind of steam link.
That’s not the case at all. In fact the handheld is the console. It’s what’s responsible for running the games. The dock, which you leave at home, is just a way to charge the battery and cast to your TV. There are many advantages to this type of arrangement Don’t get me wrong Latency’s not an issue and you don’t need to have an internet connection to play, but the problem is how it’s going to perform.
You don’t need me to tell you that mobile hardware is less powerful and more expensive. You just don’t have the space to put in things like fans to cool a powerful processor. Yet in the trailer for the Switch, they show not only first party Nintendo games like Breath of the Wild and what looks like a new Mario game, but they also show existing third party games like Skyrim and NBA 2K17. Games that we actually know the specs for. Are these games really being run on what is essentially a tablet? Well, we’re not sure. According to Polygon, Bethesda and 2K games can’t confirm whether those titles in particular are actually being worked on for the Switch.
Which is nice to know, because after seeing the trailer I thought it had those games running. And ultimately that’s what it comes down to. Sure, the Switch offers something interesting, a convenience based reason to purchase it, but at the end of the day it’s just like any other console. The game catalogue is the most important thing. And considering it doesn’t have backwards compatibility with 3DS or Wii U games, things get is a little concerning. Yes, there’s a huge list of well-known developers that support the switch, but my biggest worry is that these developers end up releasing inferior B-tier games for the Switch rather than the flagship titles that people actually want to play. The Nintendo Switch is in the position to bring something new and useful the table, but in my opinion it’s a little bit early to get on board the hype train.
That’s just my opinion, though. What do you think about the Switch? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for watching.
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