Finally, The moment we all been waiting for has finally come and we had most of our questions answered. I was very hyped about the Nintendo Switch but had low expectations since I expected to hear more about the console more then the games themselves.
After watching the presentation and watching the tree house event I will be speaking about the overall impression and disappointments at the moment.
Nintendo Switch Presentation
The Nintendo Switch Presentation was alright but it definitely wasn’t epic, I had my mind set in low expectations since i was expecting to hear more about specs for the system more then anything. We didn’t get the specs specifically for the switch but we did get some more in depth details about their new controls. The joycons really sound promising and all the things they can do but I personally feel like we are seeing Wii 2. The system made me think that as if it was more like a combination between wii and wii u in a way. During the presentation we got to see 2 games that demonstrate full use which were 1-2 switch and Arms. There was some third party developers just to announce a game or say that they are developing games for the switch. The Price of the switch was ok to start with because I thought it might be packed in with some goodies but once we saw what exactly comes in the package well i was a bit disappointed. I am not saying that the price point is bad but I think at least 1-2 switch would of been packed in like nintendo has done in the past with both wii and wii u. With all honesty the new Mario game looked so gorgeous that I was very impressed and excited also we did get a confirmation that the newest Zelda game will be ready for launch. The presentation overall was alright but it definitely could of done better.
Currently we have 5 games ready for launch which are 1-2 Switch, Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Bomberman R, Just Dance 2017 and Skylanders Imaginators. There are many more games coming out for the switch throughout the year and with have some big titles coming out soon as well. Below are the games currently planned for 2017
At first i was literally thinking that this doesn’t look convincing for a launch but i am confident that the majority of people who are buying the Switch will pick up the new Zelda game. Having only 5 games at launch might be a smart think business wise because this gives an opportunity to have games sell at different times rather then all together. I thought the Wii U launch lineup was amazing but having second thoughts about it made me think that mainly Wii U first party would be the big sellers at launch. I remember some big triple AAA titles released but didn’t get the sells it wanted but thinking about it, It was tough to compete with so many other titles at the same time. For example if skyrim were to release on launch knowing zelda would release at that time too then maybe sells would heavily favor zelda so in a business way it’s great to have both zelda and skyrim apart from release dates. I remember when watch dogs was releasing and i thought that wii u sales of that game could of gone better if Mario Kart 8 wasn’t releasing around the same time. Ubisoft did delay it but it is possible that Mario Kart could have been the factor to it plus people bought Mario Kart 8 did get a free digital 1st party game. So hopefully Nintendo and Third party companies can have their games come at different times and agree on them so that way we can see how they perform. EA is working on Fifa for switch and if there is no first party game game releasing around fifa launch day then i can honestly assume that the switch sales for fifa will be really good. Wii did have some third party games that sold really well and we can only hope that third party on switch have potential.
With the first party games from Nintendo it will be interesting to see when they will release but i also have a good feeling that these will do well. I was so excited When i saw Xenoblade Chronicles 2, at first i was like alright a new game but at the end when i saw the sword that looked like the monado in a way I was telling myself this has to be xenoblade related and i was happy that it was. We have Super Mario Odyssey, Mario Kart 8 deluxe, Splatoon 2 and much more coming soon so there is some good potential.
Price, Online, Accessories and Limited Stock
I want to bring some points out when it comes to pricing because it will all come down together. So Nintendo Switch will cost $299.99 in the U.S. and i was hearing that the price is higher in Europe and other countries. I don’t have much of an issue with the price but just by looking at it as a whole i think that we might be paying more for additional things we may need in the future. To start the system is 32 GB and well here we go again and you can buy Micro SD cards for additional storage but these SD cards can be quite pricey.
On the other note the JOYCONS will cost $49.99 a piece or buy then as a bundle for $80 and Im honestly skeptical about this one. The right joycon can be understandable at that price since their is alot built into it but the left joycon kind of feels like a wii nunchuk in a way. I don’t personally feel like the Left joycon should be $49.99 but that’s just me. Then again I understand the left joycon can be used the same to play multiplayer games but hopefully we will see more games that utilizes both equally. Below you can see a bit more of the joycon in depth to understand it a little but better.
The pricing has me asking questions but we will soon find out more.
Now we look at the Nintendo Switch pro controller which is shown below
The Pro controller will cost $70 which is $10 more than our controllers of other systems and more then one joycon itself. I understand that same applies for the pro controller when it comes to the technology built in it but i have a strong feeling that there are going to be some games that will heavily use the joycons and makes me wonder if the pro controller will be an option for some games.
We heard a few things about their online service but at the moment i ain’t too impressed simply because it feels like we will pay for features that are better in other consoles. So far we heard that it will be a free service to start with and will later become a paid service. While I won’t complain much i feel like we might not be getting that much of a good value.
For those who subscribe will be able to play online, online lobby and voice chat, Exclusive deals and monthly game download. The game download currently is a free Nes/Snes game that will be available for that specific month. For example if you play Super Mario Bros for March which is the Launch month for switch then in april that game is no longer available to play and you will have to purchase it. New games will release each month but we will have to wait and see how that works out.
Now we move to the topic about the limited stock for the Nintendo Switch. If you have been paying close attention a lot of these store will have a limited amount of Switch like in gamestop there will only be around 20 per store for launch depending where you live. Some stores may have a little more while others may have less. Now do I think having a limited stock is a bad idea? both yes and no and ill explain for both.
Yes because having a limited number can mean things like scalpers buying them and selling the switch for twice the price or maybe even more. I feel like having a limited number of switch can also mean a limited number of sales in software. Maybe the Numbers of switch sold may not sound that impressive to investors and can see things in a different way.
No in business perspective they might be testing the water to see if there limited stock can be sold out. There is a limit of switch that will be available in each store and so far it sounds like many stores have been successful in pre-orders meaning that they might be able to sell all their stock at launch. They need to have impressive numbers when it comes to their annual report since it comes at the end of march. While I think the price can be kind of a scary think one never know the true outcome. If Nintendo Sells all the switch shipped then it’s possible that they can keep doing the same think maybe leading to till holidays.
In conclusion, I believe that the Nintendo Switch has true potential and can go either way. In a way i feel like the Switch can be the answer nintendo has been waiting for but then again they can end up in another wii u situation. If the Switch doesn’t have a solid start then i can see it being another 3ds where they may bring the price down and have a ambassador program. Only time will tell but for me at the moment I am not sold and i will not be purchasing the switch at launch. I will definitely give it some time before purchasing one but I think ill get one near holidays once we see what nintendo has in store at E3. I am positive that the switch can be a massive success but I will keep a close eye to everything.