The Nintendo Switch was released a few weeks ago on 3rd march this month; being the fastest Nintendo Console to ever sell and having really successful launch days, it is eminent that it has made its way into the console hall of fame.
But what truly made me wonder when the console was first launched is how they fitted such great concepts and features into a handheld device, and still kept the price relatively low, the joy-cons, console, joy-con grip and TV dock in a package for only $299.99 would seem like a steal to anyone.
Nostalgic games for the Nintendo Switch like Zelda: Breath of Fire and the upcoming Mario Kart as well as many of the olden NES games ported to the newest Nintendo console beast, made me feel excited to buy the Switch on day one.
Nintendo Switch Engineering and Defected Devices
After the launch though, it soon became clear that Nintendo’s engineering “marvel” of a console was more of a gimmick; poorly thrown together pieces of plastic over a low-end 720p touchscreen display made it certain that the console’s potential had been misused and that customer satisfaction was just not there.
Even not considering the vast amount of bricked Nintendo Switch consoles or the ones which had dead pixels, blue, orange screens and noise coming from them, we can still say why the Nintendo Switch is an extremely expensive solution to 720p gaming.
Joy-Cons and Pro Controller
The Joy-Cons work fairly okay when not physically attached to the console itself; but when they are connected, it becomes very uncomfortable and painful to use. if you’re lucky you don’t get disconnecting issues with them anyways.
some games are playable with the move controller but most people are opting to get the much better Pro controller instead which is $80 itself, but feels sturdy and is also connectable with other devices like a PC, or an android phone.
back to the Joy-cons, the HD rumble is pretty much a gimmick at this point and not really adding to the “realism” of the game more than just rumbling at times, the sensor is also sometimes ineffective and a hassle to solve puzzles with as well.
Quality games, is not what we have seen with the Nintendo Switch at all, so far at least. Sure, Zelda: Breath of Wild is good and maybe Mario kart is something fun to play but the price of almost all of their games is too much.
Zelda costs $60, the upcoming Binding of Isaac costs $40 (available for $15 on PC and Ps4) and some of their recently ported classic games cost $8-$10 each. Even though the console is a success, you still can’t expect most major companies will release games for the console any time soon.
Even though EA announced they might be releasing a game for the Nintendo Switch a while before it was released; the game will definitely not be an uber realistic Battlefield game but possibly an indie game instead. Although, we may see the 2012 Skyrim on the console; which is actually nice.
PlayStation 4 & Xbox One VS Nintendo Switch
Some would argue that this is the case with all consoles; expensive games and expensive accessories. Well, that isn’t the case as of lately; with PlayStation VR (~$500) solution, high quality console exclusives, digital sales, console bundles and more; newer generation table top consoles are actually considerably better than what the Nintendo Switch is offering.
You also get more internal storage in your tabletop consoles than with the Switch; you don’t need expensive expansion cards to carry all your games, and by any means you don’t have to recharge the console and the controllers, just the controllers.
It’s really expensive to get a Switch as a whole package, and will set you back more than $500 or more if you are adding the Pro controller, Zelda breath of wild, 200GB SD card and taxes. Compared to around $400 for a bundled PS4 with a AAA game, a new controller, and a pair of headsets.
I’m not a hater, and I actually love the idea of a newer generation portable Nintendo Console; not at the cost of paying a hefty premium for accessories, and the same old games which I’ve played on my NES or N64, cheap construction overall and lack of customer support from Nintendo at this point in time.