With the Nintendo Switch release date just around the corner, fans are skeptical as to whether the system will own up to the much anticipated hype.
With the Wii and Wii U being the new Nintendo game system’s unsuccessful predecessors, it’s easy to see why. With the Wii U only lasting roughly five years, fans believe that Nintendo Switch may have a similar fate.
The Nintendo Switch is set to release on March 3, and unlike its predecessor Wii U, it will be able to play a multitude of third party games. A large number of complaints about the Wii U were directed at the systems lack of variety in games.
The Wii U, although innovative for its time, had a complicated interface that often made third party games incompatible if not downright impossible to develop. This had been an ongoing problem since the launch of the Wii U. Because game selection was limited, sales for the system plummeted, thus ending the Wii U’s short-term career.
When marketing its previous predecessors, Nintendo wanted set itself apart from other consoles, such as the Xbox and PlayStation. Nintendo believed that if they branded their system by promoting their products to a family-oriented market, they could have a unique identity that set them a part in a sea of gaming consoles.
The problem? Although its large selection of family-friendly games may have been tactful marketing ploy in the days of the Wii console, the market had become too specific and outdated. Buyers of consoles were looking for systems that could play a multitude of genres, not just sport simulators and re-hashed Mario games.
Hoping to learn from their previous failures, Nintendo had come up with a new and innovative system that will improve on the past errors. Combining third-party compatibility with the option to play the system as a handheld console, Nintendo announced the Nintendo Switch on Oct. 20, 2016.
Since it’s the announcement, fans and skeptics alike began to speculate whether the Nintendo Switch could hold up against its direct competitors, the PlayStation and Xbox consoles. Although the Nintendo Switch making its software more developer friendly and adding third-party compatibility has increased its market value, it’s graphic capabilities are not up to speed with current technology.
According to a report by the Polygon, the graphics card in the Nintendo Switch system are more comparable to a graphics card for a PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360. Although games may run smoothly and look nice, the graphics are not comparable to the PS4 or Xbox One, which is Nintendo Switch’s direct competition.
Fans are also skeptical that the Nintendo Switch may be Nintendo’s way of replacing its most successful console to date, the Nintendo 3DS. Considered to be one of the best-selling consoles world-wide, the success of the Nintendo 3DS is what saved the company from bankruptcy these last few years.
Fans of the Nintendo 3DS would be devastated to see their handheld consoles be wiped out entirely by the Nintendo Switch. During a recent investor Q&A, Tatsumi Kimishima, the president of Nintendo, said he doesn’t think fans have anything to worry about.
“We believe [the 3DS] can coexist with Nintendo Switch for the time being,” Kimishima said. ”the Nintendo 3DS is a different system from Nintendo Switch in terms of its shape, weight, price, and the types and number of available software titles.”
According to multiple reports from people who have played the beta version of the console, most players do not think the Nintendo Switch could replace the 3DS. Although the switch may have handheld capabilities, it’s battery life in comparison to the 3DS is very low.
The Nintendo Switch is set to release early next month with several launch titles, including the much-anticipated Zelda: Breath of Wind. As of right now, it is too early to predict just how successful the Nintendo Switch will be, however, we look forward to seeing the Nintendo Switch in action.