Last night Nintendo finally spilled the digital beans on the forthcoming Switch and, at least for me, the presentation felt underwhelming.
Allow me to expound.
I love Nintendo. I have a lot of historical respect for Nintendo. But, in the last chunk of years, I have no idea what Nintendo is thinking.
So we know the Switch will launch on March 3rd. This is so soon. It feels strange to find out so much about it only weeks before it hits retail.
We found out it will cost $299.99. That was strike one for me. That price point feels too high. Particularly with how poorly the Wii U was supported, as an early Wii U adopter, I felt like a price point of $250 would have been more appropriate. I mean, for perspective, you can buy a PS4 or Xbox One for less than $300, and you already know it will have excellent software support. For the Switch, even though various games were mentioned, there was only one game that was listed as a launch title.
That’s a bit alarming.
Even more alarming is that launch title was initially supposed to release over a year ago on the neglected Wii U.
I was glad to see that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild would be a launch title. If it had been mentioned with anything ambiguous (e.g.: summer 2017), I would have been genuinely worried about yet another delay. I think it was one of the most important moves Nintendo could make.
When the battery life was discussed, I was concerned that the minimum and maximum were rather different. On the low end they stated 2.5 hours, and the high end 6.5. That still doesn’t seem like a robust battery.
I have to admit, I was surprised to hear confirmation from Todd Howard that Skyrim will be available on the Switch; I did not think the system would be able to run it, particularly in its handheld state. I think, even though Skyrim released in 2011, it is a huge get for Nintendo. People need to see that third party support in action and this is a big step.
I really liked the fact that there was a button on the controller to take screenshots. I’m interested to hear more about this in the future. The Share functionality on PS4 is a button I never thought I’d use, but end up using so often. I never knew just how much I’d love it.
I know Nintendo has strayed from the press conference scenario the last couple of years and more towards the Nintendo Direct route, but I do have to say, this presentation often felt awkward. More awkward than necessary.
And I like awkward.
But this felt, I’m not even sure how to express it, almost uncomfortably awkward.
When they got to the point where they were discussing the Joy Con controllers and said, “We call this sharing the Joy,” I actually said out loud, “Oh, barf.”
I understand it must be incredibly difficult to create an engaging and informative presentation, but various aspects felt more forced than usual.
After hearing more details, I’ve decided not to get a Switch at launch. I think the price point is too high, and one game listed as a launch title is far too little. I doubt there will be a price drop (just look at the Wii U), but I can’t justify spending that much on a console that, as of yet, seems to have so little coming to it in the launch window.
Did you watch the Switch presentation? If so, what did you think? Will you be getting a Switch at launch?