Why the Nintendo Switch Doesn’t Suck – An Opinion
Nintendo Switch Opinion
With the dust settling on the Nintendo Switch presentation, there’s lots of buzz online about the upcoming console. There are many opinions – strong ones at that! – on the Switch, and I’m here to throw my voice into the mix! I’m going to play devils advocate here and give you a few reasons why the Nintendo Switch DOESN’T suck. Keep reading if you want to find out more 🙂
The Nintendo Switch is a Social Console
Where I truly believe Nintendo has always succeeded is in the community and social aspect of gaming. My Xbox days are filled with memories of angry 13 year olds yelling expletives, but my Nintendo memories? Playing Mario Kart with friends and laughing hysterically when someone falls off the map. How about the triumphant feeling of winning against my mom in Wii Sports Bowling. The Switch promises to offer the same social aspects, games that connect people and create fun, memorable experiences. Arms looks hilarious, and would be just as fun for young children as it would be for adults at a party. The social and communal aspects of the Switch, along with being able to take it with you anywhere and play with anyone, are another reason this console will be successful.
The Nintendo Switch is Innovative
In a world where mobile gaming revenue has now surpassed that of PC and console gaming, the Switch is making the brave leap into the unknown. One of the key selling points of the Switch it’s hybrid functionality. The Switch does double duty as a home console and a portable handheld system once the Joy-Con controllers are added to the sides. Some see this design as “novelty” or “gimmicky”, but I disagree. I prefer to see it as true functionality that can reliably extend the gaming experience beyond the sofa. By trying to bridge the gap from console to mobile/handheld, the Switch appeals to a larger market, and poises itself to revolutionize gaming as we know it. The risks that come along with such a bold move are certainly there – but nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?
The Game Lineup Looks Promising
The lack of release titles is a sore spot for critics, but I see potential for those with patience. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild looks absolutely stunning. Not to mention 1-2 Switch seems like the perfect party game for nostalgic millennials like myself and younger gamers alike. In my opinion, games like these will be enough to hold me over until later in the year when Mario Kart 8 Deluxe launches on April 28th, or Skyrim in Q3 2017. I can’t even begin to imagine how fun the Switch version of Minecraft would be! There’s lots to look forward to in this console, and those calling it “dead on arrival” aren’t giving it the chance it deserves. I truly hope it does well, because for me, a Nintendo system means nostalgia. It means social gatherings and party games. It means bridging age gaps & having just as much fun playing with my friends as my parents. I crave the fun & casual offbeat gaming experiences that only Nintendo can provide. Only time will tell how the Switch does, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
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