The console runs customized Tegra, while the competitions running Octa Jaguar cores and Polaris GPU’s. Nintendo’s art style makes the most of its hardware and the brilliant first party gameplay will make teraflops irrelevant, things only fanboys like me will claim.
Legend of Zelda Breath of the wild, will be the last first party game to be made for the Wii U. Nintendo promised to continue support for the Wii U, even after the switch launch. What they meant was the servers will support online activities in games like Mario Kart and Splatoon.
The switch comes bundled with everything you need for $299, or does it? The tiny “Joy-Con” controllers, which you will eventually loose, are $49.99 each and $79.99 for a pair. The Switch Pro Controller, which almost everyone will want is $69.99. The console’s pitiful internal memory will force you to buy an additional microSD card so that’s at least $30 more. Nintendo expects you to carry the Switch around, so that’s an additional $25 for a case. Even if we ignore all accessories, The Switch does not come bundled with a game, which is a capital crime at least to me.
The launch line up of games for the Switch is tragic, you get Zelda which is also releasing on the Wii U. You get Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, that’s a slightly better than DLC for Mario Kart 8. This puts Wii U customers in a horrible predicament. Do you keep the Wii U and enjoy the superior library of games or do you sell the Wii U and get the Switch while it’s worth 10 cents. Nintendo is crippling a relevant system just to sell more Switch units. The Wii U is still a great console, even if sales figures disagree. We’ve spent months playing Smash, Zelda, Pokken, Mario and more, all of which are titles worth replaying.
Fine you decide to bite the bullet and sell your Wii U, what about the library of games you have built over the year? The Switch isn’t backward compatible it doesn’t even have a disk slot. So you’ll have no games for a year and you’ve lost a lot of money selling the games you love.
Updated UI and Online store, finally an actual update, the Switch will not support any media functionality such as Netflix, Amazon Video, Crunchy Roll and worst of all YouTube at launch. No Blueray or DVD playback I could forgive but why aren’t apps that already work on the Wii U missing from the Switch?
Nintendo’s new online subscription service is coming soon, but you need to pair the Switch with an app on your smart phone to access match services. So basically if you have younger kids who don’t have a smart phone yet or for some reason you are against smart phones in general, you can’t access certain features like voice chat. So basically you pay Nintendo to use voice chat on a phone which already has a million apps like including Skype, which let you voice chat for free. The only other benefit to the online service, is the free NES and SNES game downloads, but these “free games” aren’t yours to keep, they will only be available for a month.
I’ve been waiting for the Switch ever since I first heard of the NX, but I am not going to pre order the Switch. I’m going to buy Zelda for the Wii U and hope that Nintendo to get their act together by 2018.