I’m sure we’ve heard about the Nintendo Switch and other announcements in the Nintendo Direct last week. There’s been a lot of talk and thoughts floating around.
I have the Neon Joycon Switch bundle on preorder myself. I’m not 100% sold on it with that being said. I grew up with Nintendo like most people, but I feel like the past few years they’ve fallen in many ways. One of my biggest complaints about them is not really addressing stock issues very well; I’m in the camp that they know their items are in high demand and release them in such limited stock for that reason. Of course, limited means just that but I don’t think the rush and having to wait in line or refreshing a website is a good thing.
Okay, enough rambling.
I think that price tag is perfect, honestly. People say it should have been $250 and I wholeheartedly disagree. The PS4 was $400 when it came out and I believe the Xbox One may have been more than that. The slim PS4 is $250 currently and the PS4 Pro is $400(I actually do think the pro is overpriced, but I digress.) Nintendo has always priced their systems fairly, imo; Aside from when the 3DS was initially released, because $250 was way too steep! Especially when the PS Vita was the same price at launch with superior hardware.
I think the pricing of some of their launch titles is a little bit off, but Breath of the Wild is a good day one game. Arms following up later in the month is a good call. I think they should’ve had Splatoon 2 on launch to push systems out. I think they have enough to get people to buy systems on launch.
It’s not the best launch I’ve ever seen, but I haven’t seen a truly impressive launch in a long time.
Accessories, accessories. This system has a LOT of them.
I think the Joycon are overpriced. $80 for a set? That just seems like too much to me. The Pro Controller is $70, which is honestly a bit overpriced as well. I’m going to be picking up a pro controller day one because I absolutely need one but I’m not thrilled about spending that much for a controller.
They have a wireless charging accessory you can buy that pretty much matches the one that comes with your system for your joycon. You can only charge your Joycon by docking them, but if you buy the accessory you can charge while you play. It’s priced at $30, which is an okay price. I don’t think I’ll pick this up immediately, just because the Joycon last for 20 hrs and I don’t game for long stretches of time with no breaks.
The messenger bag they’re releasing is very stylish and I definitely intend to pick it up. I’ll probably end up using it for other things as well.
The System itself
Honestly, I’m not 100% sold on the general design. I like the idea of a console and a handheld in one, but I also….don’t know how it’ll go. It feels strange to see part of my system slide right out and able to go along with me. A part of me wishes Nintendo would quit with these innovative ideas and just have an ordinary console with an ordinary controller.
The Wii U didn’t have a particularly strong library because of the lack of third party support. I know they say they’ve got all these companies backing the Switch, but I hope that holds true in the coming years.