Some gamers may have misconceptions about the Switch. The same performances that are in the air years after the launch of the console.
Not everything went well for Nintendo at the beginning of the last decade. The hype around the Wii calmed down, and the Nintendo 3DS failed to achieve the success of its portable predecessors, a la Nintendo DS and Gameboy, on release. In 2013, the company got bogged down even further with the release of the Wii U. Marketing and hopes of surprise with an unusual management system led to low sales and early oblivion of the console. Fortunately, in 2017, Nintendo was able to gracefully shake itself and gracefully return to its former form with the Nintendo Switch.
The company delighted audiences with the console’s hybrid capabilities. The set of “primary” games in the first year was also not weak, with such mighty titles as The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild and Super Mario Odyssey. However, despite its success and popularity, there are still many erroneous beliefs hovering around the console. Hopefully the list below will clear up any misunderstandings people might have regarding Nintendo Switch. But, of course, the best way to understand this system is to spend money and purchase it yourself.
All game ports are bad
Nintendo Switch has acquired a solid number of third-party titles thanks to the novelty of being able to play these games on the go. However, the ports on the Switch have earned themselves a sad reputation for being below average in quality. And while this is true for some projects, you cannot sweep all ports with one brush.
Finding the absolute best version of a game on a console is difficult, but many of these versions work just fine on Nintendo Switch. Remarkably good ports include Doom Eternal, Cuphead, and Alien: Isolation. Yes, not everything is perfect and there is evidence that all ports on the Switch are a mess, like Saints Row 3, Ark: Survival Evolved and Mortal Kombat 11. The best way is to collect information before buying this or that version of the game on Switch. …
Only Mario and Zelda are here
Unfamiliar with Nintendo blame the console for its weak primary gameplay, with only a handful of premium titles. Those without a Switch might think Super Mario and The Legend Of Zelda are the only two worthwhile franchises in the console’s library. However, such assumptions are as far from the truth as possible.
There are plenty of other exclusive games and franchises in the local game library. One of the unique names that instantly comes to mind is Ring Fit Adventure. And for RPG fans, there’s Xenoblade Chronicles. Those who like multiplayer can jump into Splatoon 2 before its sequel comes out. Even Mario is more than just a platformer at its core: Mario + Rabbids: Kngdom Battle is a turn-based strategy game inspired by the XCOM series.
It’s all for children
And even those who are convinced that the consoles have something to offer in terms of exclusive interests can still argue that, they say, the console is all for kids. These people, apparently, have never heard of Bayonetta or No More Heroes. The latter is not published by Nintendo, but is nonetheless a Nintendo Switch exclusive.
Bayonetta started out as a multi-platform franchise, but the second game is exclusive to Nintendo consoles and fans are now looking forward to the third on Switch. Third-party games aren’t shy about adult content either. Bethesda ported many of its games to the system before being acquired by Microsoft, including Doom and Wolfenstein.
Console behind all trends
Of all the myths on today’s list, this one is probably the closest to the truth. Nintendo Switch no doubt suffers from poor online infrastructure and is much slower than other publishers to re-release older games. These complaints, however, do not take into account one very important detail: Nintendo created the trend by being an innovator in portable gaming.
Only now other companies are trying to jump on the idea of hybrid console design – for example, Valve with their Steam Deck. To say that Nintendo is out of trend is to forget the massive splash of 2017 caused by the release of the Nintendo Switch. And is it worth recalling how games like Breath of the Wild revolutionized the approach to open world game design.
Switch Pro is on the way
Feels like the rumors of a Switch Pro release have been around since the console’s release. It is not hard to understand why these rumors have not subsided in any way. Players want a more powerful Nintendo platform for cleaner games on the go.
However, there is no reason other than constant media talk to expect the Pro model to come out anytime soon. Nintendo has never given hints that one may appear, so people should calm down a bit before official information from the company appears.
It’s not hard to look at some of Nintendo’s actions and conclude that the company was trying to crush the consumer at every turn. The truth is that some of the issues are definitely worth addressing, but Nintendo has done a lot of the right things with the Switch as well.
Switch Lite is the perfect example. Pay eight thousand less if you are only interested in portable gaming. Yes, the artificial lack of games and content covered by Amibo is certainly unpleasant, but the system itself is cheaper than other options and offers the player a unique gaming experience.