GPS Episode 51: The Past, Present, and Future of Nintendo Switch

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Gaming Podcast

Episode 51 of our gaming podcast, The Gamer Pros Show (GPS), is now live! This week is the one year anniversary of the Nintendo Switch and we’re celebrating by talking about what the console has done so far and what its future looks like.

In the news, we are talking about Detroit: Become Human, which now has a release date of May 25th. There has been a lot of controversy surrounding this game for the way that it will potentially deal with themes of abuse. People are also outraged over the ‘ugly’ box art, but we didn’t have too big of a problem with it.

Blizzard’s Twitter account tweeted out a video of Diablo himself as a nightlight being turned on and off. This was accompanied by the text “sweet dreams”. Many took this as a tease for Diablo 3 coming to Switch, which seems like a no-brainer. Blizzard have denied these claims, stating that they were simply trying to engage fans, but we think the port is very possible, especially considering that Blizzard doesn’t often let their games die.

Monster Hunter: World is doing fantastic, and has recently become Capcom’s best-selling game with 7.5 million units sold worldwide. This is especially impressive given Capcom’s long history and extensive catalog with titles including Mega Man, Dead Rising, Street Fighter, Phoenix Wright, Breath of Fire, and Devil May Cry.

In our final segment, we give a brief history of the Nintendo Switch, including its initial reveal on October 20th, 2016 and its livestream on January 12th, 2017. During that time, some of us were worried about how the console would turn out, but now, a year later, those concerns seem awfully silly. Today, the Switch is many people’s favorite console and the best way to play many smaller indie games.

We talk about the Switch’s initial launch on March 3, 2017 and how Breath of the Wild was a significant factor in its success. In addition to that, Nintendo had one “big” release planned for every month, including Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, Splatoon 2, Sonic Mania, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, Fire Emblem Warriors, Super Mario Odyssey, and Xenoblade Chronicles 2.

Today, the Switch is generally surviving on a steady diet of indies, which fans are really loving. We often catch ourselves saying that “we would love to play this on Switch”. Games like Celeste, Night in the Woods, Owlboy, are perfect for the Switch. We know that there are a few major games in the works such as Pokemon and Metroid Prime 4. There isn’t much in the way of concrete release dates, but Nintendo probably has huge plans for E3. There were times where it didn’t seem plausible, but Nintendo Switch is a fan favorite console and a huge success for the company. 

We hope you enjoy the show. Thanks for listening!

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