The Nintendo switch is set to arrive in stores on March 3. The Switch is Nintendo’s follow up to its least popular system (outside of the Nintendo boy) the Wii U. Due to fewer sales of the Wii U the Nintendo Switch may have restricted production like the recently released NES classic console, and this could drive up its already $300 price tag. According to Nintendo the online mode will be free for a trial basis, but will become a subscription based model by the fall of 2017.
The Nintendo Switch has an innovative design that in many ways hearkens back to the Wii (the bestselling console of all time). Also, the switch console itself has a built-in screen and can be used as a portable gaming device. Unlike the Wii U the Nintendo Switch has some great launch titles as well as a great upcoming slate:
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Breath of the Wild promises to be Link’s grandest adventure yet. The new trailer showed off its dazzling landscape, from classic Hyrulian fields to snow-capped valleys. Voice acting, implemented for the first time in the franchise, appears to be a prominent fixture in the game. Set to be the most sprawling entry in the series, Breath of the Wild features more than 100 puzzle-filled places, designated as Shrines of Trials. The game will also come in one of three editions: a standard edition, Special Edition, and Master Edition. The Special Edition ($100) includes a Switch Sheikah Slate Carrying Case, a Sheikah Eye Collectible Coin, a Calamity Ganon Tapestry, a Weather-Worn Map, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sound Selection CD. The Master Edition ($130) includes everything in the Special Edition, as well as a Master Sword of Resurrection figure.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
A definitive version of the popular racing game for the Wii U, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe offers local multiplayer with up to eight players. All tracks from the Wii U version, including DLC tracks, come inside the box. Five characters join the roster, including Splatoon‘s Inkling Girl and Inkling Boy, King Boo, Dry Bones, and Bowser Jr. Balloon Battle and Bob-omb Blast join a reworked battle mode, too, which adds additional courses — both new and old — into the fray. Additional gameplay tweaks, such as the ability to hold two items at once, and a Smart Steering feature round out the deluxe edition. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will be available in April.
Everyone’s favorite, 4-on-4 turf battle game is coming back for more paint-splattering action. Slated as a full sequel, Splatoon 2 adds new stages, fashions, and weapons, including dual-wielding. Multiple control schemes also take advantage of the Switch’s diverse hardware; splat-fest enthusiasts can play on the portable unit, with the Joy-Con gyro controls, or with the Switch Pro Controller. The game features local and online multiplayer, as well as voice chat with Nintendo’s smart-device app. Nintendo plans to release additional DLC as well, just as it did for Splatoon, after the title’s launch this summer.
Super Mario Odyssey
Mario is returning to sandbox glory in Super Mario Odyssey. This time, though, Mario will be making his way outside of the Mushroom Kingdom, as he treks through a plethora of environments, including real-life locales like New Donk (York) City. With the help of an airship, Mario looks to be headed on his most diverse adventure yet. He can even throw his hat, which has a mysterious pair of eyes on it. Super Mario Odyssey hits shelves this holiday season.
The Nintendo Switch will be up against very stiff competition. Nintendo has elected to use cartridges as opposed to discs. This means the Switch will not be able to utilize DVD/Blu-ray. Also, the switch will be the only console without 4K capabilities. Unlike the Xbox One the Switch will not be backwards compatible. The biggest strike against the Switch is likely its price point. The Switch lacks a DVD/Blu-ray player, 4k capabilities, backwards compatibility and has the least amount of storage, (The Legend of Zelda: Breath of Wind takes up 40% of the memory per Gamespot.) but still cost as much as an Xbox One S. Also, the controllers for the system are $70 to $80 depending on whether you use a Nintendo Pro or the new Joy Con.
Unless you are just a hardcore Nintendo fan, I would wait on this system. While these games do look amazing this system seems incredibly overpriced for this market. It amazes me that a system that came out so quickly would not be backwards compatible. At the same time the price point is disturbing. The Switch lacks most of the features that an Xbox or Playstation offers but still costs the same price, and not to mention the controllers are more expensive than its competitors.