Switching It Up: Keeping Up with Nintendo

What’s that? I think I hear the hype train coming into the station. Toot toot!

With Nintendo’s Switch event only a few hours in the past, we were given a peek at some exciting new features, including an ability to sync smart devices with the console in order to chat, invite, and play with friends, online multiplayer, and the promise of a good game lineup, all available on March 3 of this year.

I wrote about this a bit already, just throwing up some cold, hard facts, but I wanted to take a little more time here and go through what we’ve just learned.

Are You a Good Switch, or a Bad Switch?

All irrelevant puns aside, the Switch is boasting HD motion controls, with which you can apparently feel such minute changes during play that they simulated feeling an ice cube clinking around in a cup as an example. Nintendo has also promised to get rid of regional locking of their games, so you can  buy and play all around the world to your heart’s continent… er, content.

Most exciting (for me, anyway), is the promise of real-life social play. In a world of screens, Nintendo has designed at least one game called 1 2 Switch to work without the need of a television. You and your friend each grab a Joy-Con controller and…

Wait, where do I look? What do I do?

tsuzira

That’s right, folks. The Switch is giving you a way to play make-believe with your friends again. You can actually play with them, side-by-side, looking them in the eyes as you play together.

With the promise of being able to sync up to eight Switch devices, and each device being able to play with two Joy-Cons, and each Joy-Con able to support one player, there is a possibility of being able to hook up sixteen of your friends to all play together.

Just the Facts

The Nintendo Switch is offering online play, as mentioned, but they are jumping on the bandwagon of their friends over at Sony and Microsoft and using a subscription system now, although fans will be able to try it out for free until fall of 2017. If you’re into the gadgetry, Nintendo has already announced a pro controller that will run at USD69.99, and Joy-Con controllers (that will also be available in blue and red, if that’s interesting to you) that run at USD49.99 each or USD79.99 for a set of two.

The Switch also boasts three types of play, one of which you can use a television just like any other console, and two that are much more mobile. In fact, the Switch can be used like a portable screen – or tablet – that you can play using the Joy-Cons, or you can reattach the Joy-Cons to the tablet part and play as a handheld. Battery life will range from 2.5-6.5 hours, depending on the demands of the game, but IGN commented that the new Zelda title will run the battery down in around two to three hours. But you can play it while charging, so that’s a plus.

Game Highlights

For me, the two games I found most interesting were Super Mario: Odyssey, which is taking the old “snow world” and “swimming world” and “flying world” and throwing them right out the window in favor of a much more varied landscape, including one that looks very much like a real city.

Oh, an Mario can use his hat as a projectile, and even as a throwable item he can jump on to cross large pits.

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Of course, as a long-time Zelda fan, Breath of the Wild continues to make me smile in anticipation, even as I write this in the middle of the night. While a release date wasn’t confirmed – although rumors are flying that it will be a release title for the console – it is true that it will also be released on the Wii U.

Nintendo or Ninten-don’t?

Is it worth getting the Switch on release day? Personally, I plan on waiting. While it looks interesting and has some really great features that I absolutely adore (have I mentioned that you can play games with another person while looking at them??), a new Mario game and a Zelda title that will release on a “previous” gen console aren’t enough to get me to jump on board, especially with a $300 price.

With limited funds and not a lot of interest in hand-held games, I’m not sure I’m ready to drop such an amount to play games face-to-face. If I want to play samurai warriors, the people I’d want to play with would probably get as much of a kick out of playing with old wrapping paper tubes as with playing with a tiny controller. More, probably, since the possibility of actually whacking someone is there.

Like with the Wii, I’m tentatively optimistic, and I’m sure I’ll pick one up eventually, like I did with the Wii and I’m probably about to do with the Wii U (anticipating a further drop in price as the Switch comes out). But again, like with every other console, it’s going to depend on the lineup of games available. And apparently, more information will be coming out about that later today!

What are your thoughts on the Switch? Is in a console to jump at right away? Am I missing the bandwagon? What are you most excited about with the Switch?

Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll see you soon!
~ Athena


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21 thoughts on “Switching It Up: Keeping Up with Nintendo

  1. Nice thoughts. I want to get the switch when it releases, ’cause it looks like such a good piece of kit, but I guess it depends on how much money I have saved up.

    I like the line up. The RPGs, ARMS and Zelda are enough to tempt me into buying it. (Especially Zelda. I haven’t been this excited for a game in the longest time.)

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    1. Thanks for your comment! It definitely looks like it will have a lot of great features, and seems to have significantly more third-party support for games, compared to the poor Wii U, which is points in its favor.

      Yes, money is definitely an issue, especially since the Switch is comparable in price to the other consoles out now. And I’m excited for Zelda, either way!!

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    1. I usually can’t afford to buy a console on launch day, so I suppose my view has always been a little skewed as I’ve always had to put a lid on hype due to my bank account.

      Waiting also has the added benefit of seeing the available game lineup, which is what really sells the consoles (in my opinion). I think Zelda, Mario, and Fire Emblem will be some heavy hitters, and I’m interested to see what other big, console-moving titles will be released.

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      1. Yeah, I’m on a wait and see approach as well. I’m pretty sure I’ll get it eventually, because even with all the questions about 3rd Party support, Nintendo is Nintendo and their games have a consistent quality few other developers can match, but I’m not completely sold on it. I just don’t quite have a sense of where Nintendo’s head’s at, business-wise, and I’d like to get a better sense of what to expect out of this console before laying a few hundred down on getting it.

        Also, we don’t have details of the launch lineup. Two months out, and we only know about a handful of games. That’s not enough for me.

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        1. Absolutely. I”m sure I’ll wind up with a Switch eventually, as well, like you said. It was interesting to see how they proceed, especially with the price-point and with the lack of really amazing-looking lineups. I mean, Zelda’s great, and 1 2 Switch looks interesting, and eventually there will be a new Mario game, but there weren’t really any other games that I was thinking were enough to convince me to buy. Maybe that’s why they were pushing the joy-cons so hard??

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  2. One of the things I’m concerned about is super Mario Odyssey. I feel like the “setting in a real world” was tried – to a degree- with Mario Sunshine, where the hub world and levels were all meant to be a kind of trippy tropical island getaway. I’m not sure this really suits Super Mario, but will wait and see!

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    1. It looked very interesting (of course, since they’re not going to show boring gameplay, but still…). I appreciate that they’re trying something new, but like with all new things, how it will play out is a complete unknown. It could be great and revolutionary, or it could be…well… lackluster at best and just terrible at worst. We can speculate, but you’re right, we’ll just have to wait and see!

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  3. The hype train ran me over! My coworkers laughed at me, but I used my break at work today to stand in line and preorder the Switch (and the CE edition of BoTW). My boss also let me take a vacation day on March 3rd. I’m completely ashamed and incredibly excited! 😀

    Oh you are much smarter than me by waiting. I have no willpower when it comes to Nintendo things. I blame childhood nostalgia.

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    1. Ever since I started funding my own gaming habit, I’ve never gotten a console when it was new, so I guess I’m just used to waiting… Maybe not so much intelligence as habit 🙂

      Well that’s very exciting, though! Let me know how you like it. And I love that you sprung for the collector’s edition of Zelda (haha)!

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      1. It’s definitely intelligence! Against my better judgement, I have a weak inner child who demands I buy all of the Nintendo things, immediately! I waited over a year for Santa to bring me a PS4, and I just bought an Xbox One last fall for cheap. I’m a sheep I guess *shrugs*

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    1. Thanks for your comment! That’s a fair enough sentiment, especially with the fairly small game library they’ve publicized thus far.

      A lot of people are waiting to see how things go (myself included), especially with the addition of paying for online services being new to Nintendo. I think it would be a great move if a person’s Wii U library could be imported onto the Switch and might entice more buyers to take the plunge.

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