Nintendo Switch – Will It Be To Gimmicky?!

Stop it, Nintendo. Just stop it. There’s no need to go crazy. You have some momentum right now with the Switch, no need to add a bunch of stuff to it. (Sigh) They’re adding a bunch of stuff to it. Let’s give it some thought. What is going on you wonderful, magnificent, and dare I say, dashing thought having people, you? Give It Thought back here today for another Nintendo Switch news update. And today we’re taking a look at some statements from Nintendo’s President, Tatsumi Kimishima. And if I’m butchering that name, I really hope I’m not offending anyone. But, the big N’s prez just did his first interview with Bloomberg since the console’s reveal last week and there are some things that are pretty interesting, especially if you are like me and would trade your left arm for the console. Although, that would make it unplayable… Anyway, let’s get right into this and pick apart this interview to see if there is any useful information in there.

Kimishima started off by saying, “By no means was that everything.” He was referring to the trailer that dropped which showed off the console’s portability, mainly. Something I wanted to mention really quick: at the bottom of this quote, it says that Nintendo’s stock fell after the announcement of the Switch. Can someone explain this? I thought the console looked fine. Back to the interview, he continues with the topic of “accessories.” Before I get into my thoughts on that, here’s what he told Bloomberg about possible add-ons to the console: “It may be appropriate to call them accessories. Or it might be better to call them add-on hardware. It’s probably more correct to call them accessories. You can assume that there will be a wider array.” That may seem a little vague, but people are speculating that there will be replaceable joycons to fit certain games. Artist Ryan Salamanda made a picture demonstrating what he thought they may look like. I really like the idea for his gun attachment and the Yo-Kai Watch one as well. But this is what people are thinking Kimishima means when he says add-ons.

We’re not sure, though, so take all that with a grain of salt. He finished up that portion of the interview by saying, “What you see in the video, however, is the core product.” So, what I think he means there is that those things, those accessories as he calls them, won’t be necessary to play the games because the core product is functional enough. But, the interview did not end there, Kimishima mentioned that Nintendo is “interested in VR,” saying “VR offers new ways of playing, but that depends on what kind of software can be played… If you ask us whether there are any possibilities, we can’t say no.

It may be that we will build VR software titles, I think that opportunity is available to us.” So, again, another vague statement, but VR, just going by that statement, may be something we can expect from Nintendo in the future. I just wonder if we’ll actually see them develop something for another system, like the Oculus Rift, or if they will make their own like Sony. I won’t get into my opinions on VR in this video because that’s a long rant that I don’t think you are particularly interested in, but if Nintendo DOES do something in that arena I hope they wait until the technology is more advanced. But, back to the accessories topic. If it is done right, then, by all means, sign me up. Nintendo has a particular skill in outside tech when in relation to a console. Just look at the Amiibos. Those things are stupid popular. Although, I don’t own any myself, I certainly see their attraction. But, again, and I’m in danger of repeating myself from my last Nintendo Switch video, I’m worried that Nintendo is getting into gimmick territory.

If, and this is a big if, but if developers are expected to make some sort of controller for all their games, they are just going to drop support for the console. If Nintendo’s first party games do it, then fine, I’ll love it. I’m am so afraid Nintendo is going to put themselves into a corner again if the Switch becomes too weird. Regardless, I’m going to buy it just for the first-party titles so it doesn’t bother me too much. I just worry about the gaming audience as a whole. This thing will no doubt be a hit with kids, but that market is only so big. If they would just calm down on the gimmicky stuff, they’d have a winner. But, that’s enough complaining from me. I want to know what you think about these add-ons. Will they be successful? Or is this just Nintendo trying and failing to innovate on something that doesn’t need to be changed? Tell me what you think down in the comments.

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