I'm in the "Meh" category myself. It's not like I'll be running over to my friend's house to play while sitting on the floor in a circle. In fact the PS3 will probably be the last gaming console that I will ever own. Perhaps I may consider buying it if they open up true emulation with ROM support but I'm not holding my breathe.
My initial impressions are neutral. So far I'm not seeing anything bad, but nothing I need, either.
A few years ago I purchased a Tegra powered gaming tablet for $90 (the HP Slate 7 Extreme, a rebranded Nvidea tablet). It came with HDMI output and a stylus. I've got multiple Bluetooth controllers for it, both the cradle and standalone, so I can already use it in as a handheld or console. It still works great as an Android tablet for general use and gaming. This tablet and 3 separate Bluetooth controllers cost me around $150 for everything new.
We've also got other smartphones, tablets, and computers in the house... all capable of and sometimes used for gaming. Then there's the gaming consoles and handhelds, old and new.
At least for our household, the Nintendo Switch in a solution to a question I asked and answered years ago.
That doesn't mean I won't eventually buy one, but Nintendo has to show me something remarkable that I can't already do. So far the Switch doesn't do that. I'm hoping they have something nifty on the way we haven't seen yet...
I was very curious about it ... But I would not have been able to say what I was expecting from it. For the time, nothing 's astonishing for me. To be honest, I dont mind having a mobile console and mobility seems to be the main feature of it, doesn't it? I hope there's going to be some other announcements about new tech devices or features. If it is only another kind of playstation or xbox without technological "differentiation" .. I predict the end of Nintendo. I had appreciated their former efforts to bring some challenge in console development, even though like the virtual boy, it was not a commercial success.
^It might not be the end of them though, unless they're still not making a profit (I know they posted their first ever loss a few years ago). They could just go the Sega route and make software, rather than come out with any more consoles.
Post by gliptitude on Oct 22, 2016 19:36:18 GMT -5
I guess I'm on the fence with this console but I am definitely pulling for it and Nintendo. I hope it is a good piece of hardware and gets good game support.
I didn't watch the promo video but I looked at pictures and read some articles. It seems like excitement is down slightly from where it seemed to be just prior to the reveal. I guess I am a little underwhelmed by the pictures I see and I also don't like the name or branding, "Switch".
The on-the-go functionality of it is appealing to me and if it is comfortable to hold and play that way I will probably end up getting one to play the next Zelda game. I love LOVE playing immersive adventure games this way, not necessarily on the road, but home in bed or on the couch. The 3DS Zelda remakes were wonderful played this way. .. If the Wii U version of Twilight Princess had gotten some gameplay and other necessary improvements and updates I would have bought a Wii U system to play it.
On the other hand if the next Zelda game comes out for Wii U also and if the Switch doesn't end up feeling or looking significantly different to me, I might just salvage a Wii U instead to save money. Supposedly the Switch has good games on the way from Nintendo and from the big third party developers and this was a critical part of the plan. Possibly something will appeal to me but in general it is very rare that a contemporary game appeals to me and I don't really expect any console to have a selection that intrigues me anymore.
I'm one who really likes the 3D display on the 3DS and would love to see that tech retained and advanced in a more powerful semi-portable console, (a Vectrex-like tabletop package would by excellent!).
.. I don't think anyone has to worry about the survival of Nintendo. The Switch might end up being their last console but I think the Pokemon Go proved they are very solidly prepared to evolve and adapt. And I don't see Zelda or some of these other franchises dying anytime soon, whether Nintendo is making the hardware or not.
If you look at it as a handheld, it's nice. As a console, I'm not impressed. I'm not crazy about the tablet functionality just as I wasn't with the Wii U but my nephew loves that aspect. While I try to play exclusively using the TV, he uses the tablet exclusively.
I think Nintendo has so much against them after the Wii U. Not only has their third party support vanished for consoles but anyone who bought a Wii U probably feels like they were shortchanged. It looks like they are going to ignore the model which Playstation and Xbox has. They're previous console isn't dead. You can still get a lot of new games for your last gen console. This may be the first console/handheld generation that doesn't allow for backward compatible either.
Who knows what the launch line-up will be either? There are articles today saying that Zelda Breath of the Wild will be postponed until summer.
I don't understand that there really even is a tablet functionality. I thought i read that when you play on tv, the tablet is stowed in the dock, so it is not ever a 2nd screen like the Wii U. .. When playing multi-player on the go, the "tablet" is just a portable screen. .. It's a touch screen so there must be some tablet stuff you can do with it, but it might not be so much for gaming?
.. Nintendo relies on a different market I think, of casual gamers and also more family friendly gaming. If you think about how so many kids are these days with the tablets, even very young ones like my 2 year old niece, it can be very ANTISOCIAL. Some parents may see the Switch as a more social alternative, something that looks like a tablet but that the kids can share. .. Certainly the social and wider audience aspects of the Wii were huge. .. And Nintendo also has Pokemon in their corner.
The Switch probably just isn't going to have much to offer the adult and teen men that Sony and Microsoft target. Zelda will be the biggest draw there. Things like Mario Kart and Smash Bros will lend it to more social gaming, gaming with girls etc.
.. Handheld-first-tv-console-second is a perfect profile for me and my gaming habits, personally. But I suppose that's not the norm.
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The NES Classic silliness has made me more pessimistic about the Switch. If Nintendo can't even get an overpriced plug-and-play running 25-year-old games on off-the-shelf hardware into the hands of the consumers who want it, the Switch doesn't stand much of a chance.
Even if the NES Classic shortage is a marketing gimmick, it doesn't increase confidence in how Nintendo is going to handle their next system. Third party developers want consoles in consumer homes so the consumers will buy third party games. They don't want another Wii when Nintendo intentionally limited production to stretch out sales and keep demand high. The retail shelf life of games is much shorter than consoles. To make the Switch a good system for game developers, Nintendo needs to get as many in consumer homes as possible in the first year. They don't have a good history with that and there aren't any indications they have learned differently.
Post by wyldephang on Nov 17, 2016 18:03:21 GMT -5
I purchased a Wii U, and even though I don't regret my decision to buy it, I don't feel it was a step forward for Nintendo. The library had some great titles--some mediocre ones, as well--but the controller design seemed to be difficult for the developers to fully and successfully utilize. Nintendo is proposing some interesting ideas for the Switch, but none of them really appeal to me as a gamer. All I can say for now is that I know I won't buy it on launch--I rarely do that, anyway. Maybe I'll give it a chance if some more details come out and I can be persuaded that Nintendo will redirect their focus to what matters most: core gameplay value.
I guess I'm getting excited and expecting to buy in to the Switch pretty early. Rumors now say the new Zelda game WILL be a launch title. Game Cube support is thought to be coming to the Virtual Console. Seasons of Heaven looks like an interesting game in development. That much plus the portability of it are enough to make it more attractive to me than PS or XBox.
It looks like a vastly improved reincarnation of the Wii U, with some increased functionality, increased power and a more straightforward and versatile hardware design. Besides the confusing obscurity of the Wii U they gave you a number of other substantial reasons not to buy it and most consumers probably felt like they were taking a big risk buying one. Switch seems to have eliminated those reasons and risks and the biggest thing against it is just that the dreaded Wii U directly precedes it.
I'd guess the tablet will slot into a headset at some point for VR. Not a big selling point for me. But more casual options for non-"professional" gamers like me, who are mostly only a little bit curious about modern gaming developments. Just all around seems like less commitment and more fun than the serious competetive consoles.
Post by gliptitude on Jan 13, 2017 20:09:22 GMT -5
.. So Zelda definitely will be a launch title and the Switch will go on sale for $299 on March 3rd.
I don't think there was a whole lot of new information in the reveal yesterday, (I mostly only read about it afterwards). I think one of the more controversial things was the prices for replacement hardwares and peripherals. Spare dock is $90. Single replacement JoyCon is $50, $80 for a pair. $70 i think for the more traditional alternate controller.
I think the main feature newly announced was "HD Rumble", not something i had ever heard in rumors: a super sensitive and articulate feedback system.
.. Actually something new and surprising is that the Switch will be Region-Free, very unusual for Nintendo.
Last I checked the console was available for pre-order on Best Buy. There is a lot of speculation on availability and whether or not Nintendo will meet demand or underdistribute it for publicity like they did with the holiday products.