Nintendo Switch: After The Buzz

Nintendo’s latest console has achieved massive amounts of hype and critical acclaim. While it seems the majority of consumers welcome it, others have said, “it’s just a tablet,” but regardless of what anyone thinks it is most definitely a successful product to date. And it could be on track to outsell the Wii U. Nintendo had a lot to make up for after the lackluster sales of the Switch’s(?) predecessor, and it is doing just that.

Now that its been a couple months, I want to take a look at the system’s current standing and its future as a platform.

The Switch launched alongside the highly anticipated Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and is an absolutely fantastic display of the system’s versatility and joy-con controls, as well as having an amazing storyline and immersion. Fast-forward to the end of April, with the release of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, in which Nintendo’s hectic racing game hits our living rooms *or* couches again. Not only does it have support for LAN play with other Switches but it also supports online gameplay with up to 12 simultaneous players. It is a great game and is perfect for on-the-go gameplay or on the couch. Another notable release was Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition, while it costs about as much as the PC edition, I would say the versatility of the system makes up for the cost.

That’s another thing. The system is just so versatile. While it is understandable regarding the complaints about the lackluster library of games at the moment, it makes up for it in the fact that the system is just so unique. You can play it while sitting on the couch, or in the car, or on the toilet even (I’ve done it). Unlike traditional consoles (read: PS4 and Xbox One), the Switch can be used anywhere, whether you’re just relaxing at home or at a friend’s house. It’s also unique in the aspect of controls, you can use the joy-cons docked to the console, separate (in each hand), use the joy-con grip, or the additional Pro controller. The control methods are great all around, but I especially prefer using the Pro controller while playing Zelda.

In addition to the versatility of the system and its current line up, it still has a lot of potential, that I think, will be fulfilled with time. Major titles like The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim have yet to come, and rumored titles like Pokemon Stars are sure to propel the sales of the system even higher. I have no doubt that the Switch as a platform will be successful, and while it remains to be seen whether it will get more AAA support, the fact that Bethesda is developing for it is very promising. Regardless, I think we will be hearing about the Switch for a long time to come.

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