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It can be hard to sort out the good from the bad, the hype from the substance. What’s really going on with Nintendo Switch? We hear a lot, but it isn’t all good. Let’s break it down:
What Is It?
What is it? It’s one of the most-hyped gaming systems out there, heading into Xmas shopping season. We know it’s innovative. Nintendo seems to be pushing the envelope. But it also has a swarm of questions surrounding it.
Is There A Real Need?
Here’s the big question with Nintendo Switch – and its competitors. Are you really going to game while at coffee-shops, bars, on trains, planes, et al? Or is gaming about getting comfortable at home, with the big screen and the wall-rattling sound system? Is portability a solution to a question no one is asking?
If we don’t get at least 5 hours of battery life, gaming becomes an issue. Critics have been worried about squeezing that out out of Nintendo Switch. In response to this concern, Nintendo is including a USB-C cable, expanding users’ charging options.
Frequently, with great ambition comes great problems. Nintendo Switch is a bold design, with various components – the operating system, the dock, the controller – which need to work well both in themselves and as a total suite. That’s a lot of things that can go wrong. Will it?
Can Nintendo really squeeze all those full-console games we love into this itty-bitty device? Or are we going to be doomed to a narrow range of options?
Just as a practical matter, anything upwards of $300 is going to be a problem.Saying ‘It’s as good as a home console!’ only gets you so far.
The competition in this niche is not renowned for its third party support. For some games – we’re looking at you, Skyrim – such support is highly desirable. Can Nintendo deliver?
There’s Other Fish In The Sea
Why are we going Nintendo and not Wii? That’s a big question. Stay tuned!