Top 5 Worst Things About Nintendo Switch
Almost three months after the Nintendo Switch was first unveiled, fans have finally been granted a more in-depth look at the nature of the console-handheld hybrid and what it has to offer.
One of the biggest question marks surrounding the Switch has been the console’s array of online features, considering that this has been a notoriously poor aspect of Nintendo’s gaming service for as long as online play has existed.
It was confirmed that the Switch will charge for its major online features from fall of this year following a launch trial, and in an incredibly baffling decision, online lobbies and voice chat will be organised through a smart phone app. Because people want to pay to use their phones to set up multiplayer…
For their money players will also get a free NES or SNES download per month (with the latter including added online multiplayer), but honestly, that can’t even begin to compare to the titles Microsoft and Sony are offering for their monthly online dues.
Even with all this information, the ins-and-out of the online infrastructure still feel cloudy and vague. For instance, what about Nintendo’s Virtual Console policies? Will players need to re-purchase games, or will digital titles carry over? The silence on this is rather concerning.
All in all, it’s disconcerting that Nintendo are eager to charge for this service right out of the gate, considering their poor track record with online and little proof from this conference that they’re righting previous wrongs.
The Switch retails for $299.99 USD, which is on the steeper side of predictions, and certainly gives time for pause considering that the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are of equivalent technical power and can be purchased with a game for $300 or less.
Also factor in the added online costs and it’s just not a very appealing price tag. $250 would’ve felt more reasonable, while in the UK the unit is retailing for a gross £279.99, when most predictions seemed to fall in the £200-250 bracket.
While the price won’t deter Nintendo’s hardcore fans, it could easily stop the platform from breaking through to the casual crowd in the way that the Wii did.
1-2 Switch is a party game that was introduced by way of an immensely cheesy live-action trailer which emphasised the game’s off-screen play, where players would compete face-to-face in a series of mini-games, such as quick-draw in the Wild West, and samurai sword fighting.
This is Nintendo clearly trying to recapture the Wii’s casual party market, but as Nintendo’s howlingly awful concept images of someone taking the Switch to a party reminded everyone, nobody’s going to take a $300 device to a party when they’re drinking.
It releases as a launch title, but honestly, the fact this isn’t bundled with the console is a major misstep, and the notion of paying $60 for a game where you don’t even look at the screen is difficult to reconcile.
Battery Life Isn’t Great
Easily the biggest overall concern about the Switch is the battery life of the platform when it’s not placed in the dock.
Estimates ranged all over the place, but Nintendo didn’t de-mistify this in their reveal, by stating that battery life can be anywhere from 2.5-6.5 hours.
Naturally, when used to full capacity you can bet it’ll veer much closer to the 2.5 hour mark, which is disappointing but not unexpected. Nintendo didn’t say anything about offering a battery charger, but did later note that players can use their own battery packs via the console’s USB-C port.
They also tried to pass off the fact you can play the Switch while it’s charging as a feature, which is both odd and hilarious.
A real blow to the Switch’s credibility is that the reveal only confirmed two launch titles, in 1-2 Switch and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, with I Am Setsuna, Has Been Heroes, Just Dance 2017, Snipperclips and Super Bomberman R oddly being added to the North American line-up post-conference.
While fans can cross their fingers that more titles will be added in the coming weeks, it’s a questionable strategy considering how little time there is left until launch.
What’s there so far isn’t massively encouraging: the Zelda game everyone wants, a party game that should’ve been bundled, a Bomberman title that probably won’t be worth the asking price, a port and a rhythm game.
Without some big-hitters to join Zelda, the Switch might end up being The Zelda Console for a while, which is a shame.
Source – Whatculture