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The 'Nintendo Switch' Release Got Its Timing Wrong, But Why?

By Staff writer , Nov 25, 2016 05:06 AM EST
A lot of gamers love to see the potential on any console, and Nintendo's new hybrid console, the Nintendo Switch, has plenty of potentials to show. Being a single system that handles both at home and on-the-go gaming will always be a dream machine for a lot of gamers. Plus, with a lot more traditional controls and fewer nonsense gimmicks, the Switch hardware might greatly help Nintendo's stellar first-party games shine once more. (Photo : Nintendo)

A lot of gamers love to see the potential on any console, and Nintendo's new hybrid console, the Nintendo Switch, has plenty of potentials to show. Being a single system that handles both at home and on-the-go gaming will always be a dream machine for a lot of gamers. Plus, with a lot more traditional controls and fewer nonsense gimmicks, the Switch hardware might greatly help Nintendo's stellar first-party games shine once more.

Nintendo's disappointments

But gamers should know better than to get so excited about Nintendo's upcoming console so quickly. As anyone can recall, the company's recent track record isn't as stellar. The Nintendo Wii was popular beyond hardcore gamers, but its motion controls didn't really support a truly great game experience. The Wii U was even more disappointing, to say the least among many of Nintendo fans, and the Virtual Console has totally failed to meet expectations for digital retro releases. These recent failures have risen too many questions for Nintendo to just simply show us an innovative concept of a console and just leave the rest to faith.

The Switch will be different

Based on the Switch's trailer, Nintendo has totally learned from its mistakes on the Wii and Wii U. The Switch has several new features that its predecessor's completely lacked, namely conventionally modern controls that any gamer will immediately feel comfortable with using.

Something's still missing

Nintendo's recent home consoles relied heavily on gimmicks, but the Switch's features, though not as complex as other Nintendo consoles, are comparatively simple. You can dock it when you're on the couch and reattach the controllers to take it out with you. Yet, despite that, many details are still missing, and those details are exactly what sunk the Wii U to failure.

Questions are still coming

There are still some questions regarding the Switch potentials. Will the Switch have online features that are appropriate for 2017? Has Nintendo figured out how to design a decent console interface? How long will the system's battery last when you take it out and play on the go? Will the console be easier for developers to port to? Besides Zelda: Breath of the Wild, are any of the games that Nintendo showed in the trailer actual Nintendo Switch games?

Nintendo's way of introducing their console

But let us remember that the trailer is just a small teaser. This is Nintendo's trademark when it comes to revealing its big hardware releases. The reveal didn't even make it clear whether the tablet controller was actually the console. This time around, though, the company at least clarified that point, in statements given to IGN. But overall, it seems like Nintendo's upcoming release for the Switch got its timing wrong.

Nintendo should've given more assurance

But if anyone at Nintendo fully understood the problem, they would have done this more differently. They could have said, "Introducing the Nintendo Switch. It will be launching along with a Zelda and a Mario game. This is what those games are called. In its first year, it will also have a Metroid, a Donkey Kong, and a Pikmin game. This is what those games are called. Here's a full schedule. We fully know what we're doing, and we know what fans want."

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