Published on March 14th, 2017 | by gareth


Why I Chose To Wait On The Nintendo Switch

I want to say at the outset that I am not a huge fan of mobile gaming. Growing up in the 80s I fondly remember the arcades, the Atari 2600 and early Nintendo systems so I have some nostalgia for the past. But as someone who remembers being able to enjoy Quake 2 in 3D when I got my Voodoo graphics card, I am all about using the amazing power of modern systems to their full potential and have little interest in what to me are diminished graphics and gameplay.

As such I was never that impressed with the 3DS or other mobile platforms. I did like the PS Vita as it came the closest to offering console quality graphics and gameplay for me, but the lack of full support really kept the device from taking off.  With the rise of online gaming as well, this has been a real limitation of Nintendo systems and those looking to do casino gaming at sites such as NetBet Will be out of luck. . Many might find this to be out of place, but the recent surge on online gambling as well as eSports shows that a large percentage of the population is interested in online wagering and as such, the Switch does not offer gamers a platform to do this from like the other consoles and PC systems where a Web Browser can be easily addressed.

This in turn brings me to the Nintendo Switch. I like many other consumers was really disappointed with the Wii U. I was in attendance at E3 when Nintendo first announced the system at their conference, and I remember a special pre-launch event at San Diego Comic Con where we were allowed to play it as members of the press. Promises flowed about the numerous titles that would be available within six months of release and only after purchasing a deluxe system did we see that 6 months was actually 12-18 months. Our system gathered dust quickly while we waited for the new Mario Kart and Donkey Kong games that did deliver after a very long wait.

As such, I am opting to take a wait and see approach to the Nintendo Switch. I have had hands on time with it a few times and I simply have not been impressed. The new Zelda game is great fun for those who like Zelda but I can play it on the Wii U without any discernible difference in game video and the graphics look horribly dated to me.

The other casual games that are available hold no interest to me and if I want to play the enhanced version of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim; I can use our PS 4 or PS 4 Pro not to mention PC to play it.

To me, a console is only as valuable as the exclusives they offer, and casual games and remastered games presented on a mobile platform hold little interest.

I know people will say it is a console, but honestly, The Switch is closer to a mobile platform than it is a console as I do not see the AAA third party support as most of the industry also seems to be taking a wait and see on the new system. Could you see something like a gaming chair being used on the system? Even though for some they provided much needed ergonomic support.

Those who have the system have reportedly really enjoyed it which is a great sign for the future of the system. For me, $299.99 plus a memory card, and a game is too much at this time as honestly I do not really care for Zelda that much and the next game of interest for the system is the new Mario and Splatoon 2 and If they are on the Wii U, this will greatly negate any sense of urgency for me.

I am sure that come the Holiday Season we will see a potential drop in price and bundles that may make the system more attractive to consumers like me who are still on the fence, but for now, I do not see any urgency as I can play the games that I want on the Wii U, PS4, and PC as well as many other titles that will not be appearing on the Nintendo Switch.  The future may hold some great things for the system, but as far as I am concerned, the future is not now and I am not in a rush to get the system anytime soon.




About the Author

Syndicated movie & game critic, writer, author and frequent radio guest. His work has appeared in over 60 publications worldwide and he is the creator of the rising entertainment site and publication “Skewed and Reviewed”.He has three books of film, game reviews and interviews published and is a well-received and in demand speaker on the convention circuit. Gareth has appeared in movies and is a regular guest on a top-rated Seattle morning show.He has also appeared briefly in films such as “Prefountaine”, “Postal”. “Far Cry”. and others. Gareth is also an in-demand speaker at several conventions and has conducted popular panels for over two decades.

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