5. 1-2 Switch
I chose to start this piece with something easy, yet very worrying regarding the direction Nintendo is headed with the Switch. Nintendo has always been known as a company who rarely drops its MSRP, whether we are talking about consoles or games. Titles such as Zelda and Mario Kart stays at their initial asking price years after release. This problem is nothing compared to what Nintendo does with a launch title called 1-2 Switch. The game, if you can call it that, is composed of several mini-games that demonstrate the console’s unique features such as Rumble HD and motion sensors. To sum it up, we are talking about a demo game that costs 50 USD. Nintendo should’ve taken a cue from Sony VR release.
4. Launch Line-up
One of the most troubling faults of the Nintendo Switch, as agreed upon most reviewers, is the console’s launch line-up. Sure, we’ve got a new Zelda game (which is also available on the Wii U), which is considered one of the best games for this generation, yet it is customary to supply a device with a vast array of games to fill everyone’s needs. Skyrim as a launch title could have been great, and what about an FPS title or sports games.
3. Problematic pricing
300 US Dollars for a unit is a reasonable asking price. Nothing to argue here – it’s new, it’s game-changing and around the same price that the PS4 and Xbox One launched with a couple years ago. As opposed to the Switch price, its peripherals are a completely different story; a second Joy-Con is priced at $80, $70 for a pro controller and heck, even a strap goes for around 10 bucks. Adding a memory card to the mix (Switch has only 32GB) would make it a hefty investment for some.
2. Online Functionality
Launching a device with a limited line-up is one thing, but shipping it without online functionality shows that Nintendo was too quick to release it. According to the company, online services would launch somewhere this fall. That’s six months from now. In the meantime, players will be granted a “free trial” as the company portrays it. To add insult to injury, once the network service is up players would be required to pay a subscription in order to play online. There isn’t much information about pricing, although Tatsumi Kimishima, Nintendo’s president, stated in an interview that it shouldn’t be more than 30$ a year.
1. OS system
My main concern with the Switch is its OS system. In my opinion, since the NS is a portable device it is customary of Nintendo to include basic features such as online browser and MP3 player. On its release day update, Nintendo unlocked the option to log into public hotspots – meaning that an internet page would come up in order to agree to the terms of service. Reddit users already found that login to a public network will enable the system’s built-in browser, so why on earth Nintendo wouldn’t make it available at launch.
Other features that we would be glad to see are dedicated apps for YouTube, game/music streaming and Netflix.
It’s not a question about should include these or not. The switch is a new console and in order for it to succeed Nintendo must show the public that it’s a powerful handheld device that could be used in several ways.