So, we know what it’s going to look like, and how much it’s going to cost. We know what some of the games will be, and what they’ll look like, and I am actually looking forward to a console for the first time in awhile. At the time the Wii U came out, we already had a PlayStation and there just wasn’t any games coming out on it that caught my eye. Now we have the Switch coming, and Breath of the Wild. Of course I’ve been burned before, buying a system for one game, so I’m doing my best to keep my enthusiasm in reasonable check.
I’m intrigued by the idea of a convertible sort of console, something we can take from a portable to TV-connected unit on the fly. I’m glad to see that the controllers don’t look like the concept that was leaked early on. Something as flat as the original concept would be awful. I have an NES Classic, and I forgot how much those old controllers were hell on the hands. Especially hands now suffering from Carpal Tunnel.
I’m not huge into portable gaming devices, but that could be because I never really have the money to own a console and a handheld. I borrowed a PSP to play Final Fantasy II (the only way to get the original now) and I actually liked being able to game while I was doing something else. I haven’t had a use for one before, but maybe with this system I’ll find a time to use both. I think a lot of people are like me, only enough money for one system, buy maybe having a use for both.
The pricing looks good for a console of this type of versatility. I’m a little concerned about extras though. I’m sure there’s a lot of money to be made on cases, extra cords, controllers and screen protectors. I haven’t owned a Nintendo system since the Game Cube, but they were always good about including what you need and making the extras just that, extras. Of course it’s been awhile so I’ll have to see how things turn out as we get closer to release.
There are some concerns. Paid online features, no Ethernet, and graphics issues. For the first two I’m not too worried. I do my online gaming on PC and I don’t expect that to change. The types of games I tend to play on console aren’t multiplayer anyway. Graphics concerns about preview footage from a game still in development isn’t much of a worry for me either. People are doing a lot of comparisons of different previews of Breath of the Wild and showing how older graphics look better than the newer. It’s not the first time, so it’s hardly any indication of whether the console will be good or not.
So, what do you think? Are you as excited for this as I am? Has it brought back the Nintendo fanboy or fangirl in you? I’m not positive yet, but it has definitely given me reason to watch closely.