Since Nintendo fans first saw the Switch announcement in late 2016, the internet has been completely psyched about it. And like so many others across the world, I have been beside myself with excitement waiting for the Switch to arrive—and now it's finally here. For the first time in years, Nintendo is in a prime spot to win back their fans; many of whom thought Nintendo forgot what gaming is all about.
Nintendo has had a rough go of it over the last few years with their two most recent home consoles: the Wii & WiiU. Neither system was really intended for hardcore gamers—which that was sort of the point. That's not to say that there wasn't similar hype going into these consoles, because there was. The Wii was promoted as a revolution in the gaming market, and in some ways it did shift the status quo for gaming peripherals, such as the introduction of the motion bar; something that was adopted by both Sony and Microsoft later. But ultimately, for a variety of reasons, both the Wii and Wii U fizzled out.
There has been so much buzz about the Nintendo Switch that I feel it's important to explain why I'm so excited about the console; and ultimately why you should be too. This feels different than the Wii consoles for so many reasons, and I want to shout from the rooftops why I'm so excited about the Switch.
So, shall we begin? Okay, here goes.
We can only speculate what was really going on in Nintendo HQ, but from the outside, it seems like Nintendo really examined the type of gaming company they wanted to be, and honed in on that concept. Nintendo has always developed great handheld systems, dating all the way back to the Game Boy. I probably spent more money on AA batteries than actual games because I was so addicted to Game Boy games. As the technology of handheld systems evolved over the years, Nintendo continued to introduce new handheld systems that defined what we all wanted in a handheld. To this day, they've been the industry leader for handheld systems.
The Switch is Nintendo's attempt to bring mobile gaming to a new level of awesomeness. A lot of this can be attributed to the fact that the Switch is the first-of-its-kind hybrid system that lets you play both docked in a home station as well as on the go via the built in HD screen. It's like Nintendo finally looked at the gaming market and built a console specifically for the average gamer.
That means that the Switch is going to let us keep our games going wherever we are, no matter if that's in front of a monster 65-inch OLED screen, curled up under the covers, or even up on a rooftop party as we saw in the launch trailer.
It's understandable to have a few lingering doubts about Nintendo since there were so many gamers, myself included, who felt that Nintendo lost a step with the Wii systems. Yet, from the very beginning of the Switch launch campaign, Nintendo has been blasting us with a simple, and quite honestly brilliant marketing model: "It's all about me!"
Through all of the trailers and promotional material, the thing that has continues to stick out to me has been how Nintendo is focused on meeting me in my world and offering me a way to play the games that I love; everywhere.
I can play my games any place, any time really, and that's absolutely perfect, because as much as I'd like to, I'm not always able to sit in front of my TV to play my games—this is what has helped fuel the hype behind the Switch. And from the looks of it, the Switch is primed to be an entirely different beast than we've ever seen from Nintendo.
Nintendo has finally stepped out of their tunnel vision of being the quaint console with nothing but pure family-friendly games like Mario Party or Wii Sports like we saw over the past five years. That's not to say that Nintendo is dropping that part of it's gaming collection, but over the last couple months we've learned that there are so many incredible games coming to the Nintendo Switch, including the highly anticipated Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Anything Zelda or Mario related are going to be two of the biggest draws for the console, but a huge question would be about other major titles on the system, particularly from other developers. In this regard, Nintendo seems to have learned from their mistakes with the Wii line. The limited number of games was one of the things that always disappointed me.
But it seems that Nintendo has gone all out by gaining support from both the Unity and Unreal Engines. And with a whopping 50 companies committing to developing over 80 different games for the Switch, that is a major achievement for Nintendo. And that is one of the most exciting things about the console; I'll be able to play games like FIFA, Skyrim, NBA 2K18, Rayman and Street Fighter.
Nintendo looks to be on the forefront of the potential next generation of gaming with the Switch. And quite honestly the game selection looks to be one of the stronger aspects of the console moving forward, even though it doesn't have an established game library like both Microsoft and Sony. Yet Nintendo is choosing not to look at the past, and they're stepping out on faith that what they've worked so hard to create will be the console that every gamer wants to have.