Like most people, I think the Switch looks quite interesting and unlike any other console we’ve seen before. I’ve always wanted a handheld with an adjustable screen size, and this is pretty close. Nintendo has certainly had some hits and misses from their past three console cycles, but they did a lot right. I think if they learn from what they did with their past consoles, it can make the Switch that much better.
The Switch needs good exclusive games quickly. This is somewhat a problem with consoles in general, but Nintendo’s last few consoles have suffered from too few exclusives early in their life cycle. The 3DS had pretty much just Pilotwings for a while, and even that only received decent reviews. Nintendo Land was the only great Wii U launch game in my opinion. Even going back to the Wii, its first big hit (not counting Wii Sports because it came with the Wii) was Twilight Princess, which wasn’t even an exclusive. The Gamecube had two launch games that were not just decent like most launch titles; they became instant classics. Super Monkey Ball spawned an entire franchise that is still going to this day. Luigi’s Mansions is also hailed as a classic, and many people still love it. Two weeks later, the Gamecube got Super Smash Bros. Melee, which is still considered one of the best fighting games of all time and is played competitively at huge tournaments around the world. If the Switch has a launch like that, probably including Breath of the Wild, it would be huge.
The Switch definitely needs the ability to buy more controllers. I can’t imagine this not being the case, as Nintendo is known for couch gaming. The Switch only comes with two detachable controllers, but you will hopefully be able to play with at least four people. Also, the controllers should be chargeable separate from the main Switch controller like the Wii remotes were, rather than having to replace batteries all the time. Hopefully the controllers are cheap too, assuming using two Switch controllers at once is a common occurrence. If three other people have to use two controllers each, you could potentially have to buy four extra controllers.
The main Switch controller needs to be light. I was skeptical of the Wii U gamepad at first, but I actually like it quite a bit now. I was skeptical because of its size and somewhat clunky appearance, but it’s so lightweight that it wasn’t an issue. My hands never really get tired of holding it. However, the gamepad is just a controller. The Switch’s controller contains the entire console, which is certainly even more powerful than the Wii U. If they can keep it as light as the gamepad, I’ll be happy and pretty impressed.
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