Let’s give a big happy birthday to the Nintendo Switch, which turned one earlier today. It feels like just yesterday I was unboxing my
Sheikah Slate console. With an amazing lineup of games that went on to win plenty of recognition, healthy sales, and more to sustain itself, Nintendo can’t lose its momentum now. What are some great ideas that the company can add to, and by add to, I mean, my personal wishlist?
Fully developed online capabilities
The online for the Switch is a disaster, to be frank. I’m not a huge fan of the app download required on mobile to be able to sync up with my game play, when much better options like Discord or Skype exist. The service is confirmed to launch in September later this year, and for a fee will enable the console to become a hopeful equivalent to the PlayStation Network or Xbox Live. The online catalog will also feature a Netflix-like catalog of older titles that players will have access to.
Speaking of older titles, nothing will give me more joy and weepy horror at the same time than a true Virtual Console experience. I recently got my hands on a SNES Classic, which is extremely well done. If this kind of experience comes over to the Switch, though, it may as well be the end of my pharmacy school career because there are a ton of fantastic titles with repayable potential. Titles on the Nintendo 64, GameBoy Advance, the Game Cube, the Wii, Wii U, etc… if those ever see the light of day, my wallet may as well be toast, more so than any Steam Summer Sale. The Nintendo Switch has the capabilities to play anything on the go, and it’s doing an amazing job with over 15 million console sales to date in just its first year.
Pokemon for the Switch
We heard about it last year. We’re probably going to hear about it again at E3 this year. Despite being little more than a sentence or two from Game Freak last year at their E3 digital conference, the confirmation existed that a new main series Pokemon was being developed for the Nintendo Switch. Pokemon Sun and Moon, and by nature Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, took the series and the Nintendo 3DS to its limit. As the handheld console enters its sunset and transitions fully to the Nintendo Switch, the possibilities of a new Pokemon title are endless. I want to see the game move into HD, away from the low resolution of the 3DS. I think that the horsepower of the Switch is going to make for an exciting game when it comes out, which may be as early as this year.
Metroid Prime 4
This game, to realize that it is even going to be a thing, drove a lot of people absolutely wild. Sitting next to a few of the more prominent Nintendo YouTubers, watching them lose their minds over the reveal was something I’ll never forget. I never got involved in the nitty gritty of the series, having favored the 2D Metroidvania style a little more, but the demand for the game is immense, and we’re going to probably see a lot more of this game when E3 rolls around this year, hopefully more than a logo. Keep that in mind, though, that if all it takes is a logo to get the crowd going, then we’re in for an interesting year.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2
First of all, happy birthday to literally my favorite video game, Breath of the Wild! I won’t ever forget the memory of playing the game for the first time at E3 2016, and getting lost doing absolutely nothing for a week straight when it came out last year. The game brought me unparalleled joy and therapy for some tough academic times. I can’t say anything more that you guys don’t already know, though. With the Champion’s Ballad DLC wrapping up the content that the game would be seeing, I’m really hoping that the next Zelda title builds on the narrative that Breath of the Wild had created. This Hyrule felt much more detailed and expansive in comparison to other games in the series, and adding a motorcycle that breaks the continuity was just cherry on top of the cake. I spent so many hours in this game that to throw it all away would just be a terrible waste. The story, while it may be “closed,” does not have to be either. To me, it feels like a perfect way to start a new beginning, seeing how Hyrule develops in a post-canon world. At least let me rebuild Castle Town like I did Tarrey Town, Nintendo.
The Nintendo Switch has sold an impressive number of consoles in just its first year to date, with an incredible lineup of first-party and third-party games. The company has the potential to become an even bigger juggernaut this year, and I can’t wait to see the results. In the meantime, happy birthday Nintendo Switch, you’ve earned all the praise you got thus far.
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