We are fast approaching the launch date of the Nintendo Switch (March 3). I have had my mind made up for some time now. I think I will be skipping this console. Nintendo was once THE powerhouse in the video game world. The NES and SNES were incredible systems. I had to do grown-up stuff during the N64, and bought an XBox original in lieu of the Gamecube. I did try the Wii, but found it too gimmicky for my taste. I missed the awesome (relative) graphics of the XBox and XBox 360. I completely skipped the Wii U, as did most of the world. Handhelds aside, I am done with Nintendo.
From what I’ve seen of the Switch, it looks like another gimmicky console. While I’m glad to see the motion controls go, as you can see on the picture on the right, the controllers, when used separately, are tiny and will only be usable in short bursts of time. My hands are cramping up just watching it. And when paired into the larger controller, it doesn’t look any more comfortable. I like the idea of the removable tablet, but that’s not near enough to get me to buy this.
It’s probably a neat party item, but as a more serious gamer, the games just aren’t there. As with the Wii, it appears geared toward Mario, Zelda and kids. Check out the game launch chart below. There are the usual players (Zelda, Mario Kart, Pokemon), but otherwise, there’s not enough there to make me want to spend money on this system. There are many games that you can find on other systems such as Shovel Knight, Tetris, Cave Story, Stardew Valley, Rayman, Minecraft, etc. I think I’ll stick with them on those systems for now.