I really don’t believe in love at first sight—especially when it comes to inanimate objects. But when the Nintendo Switch was announced, my appeal was only momentary.
“From the moment we met, I knew I was lustful.” These are the opening lyrics to White Denim’s catchy track that accompanies Switch’s incredibly spontaneous announcement trailer. Yes, there was nothing better than this.
The trailer for Nintendo’s 8th generation console seems to have dipped into the concept of a hybrid console, debunking many of the Wii U’s faults, in addition to the unrealistic instant rooftop party.
Unlike the weird Wii U, it’ll still be surprising what today’s average consumer is up to. In fact It had to happen, but the appeal of the Switch soon became apparent. It was a console that could be played on a TV, but it was a console that could be used completely on the go without any restrictions. commendable.
Even better, the console was originally designed for local multiplayer. Ditch the ingenious Switch Joy-Con controller and suddenly fight Mario Kart 8 Deluxe while waiting for a mysteriously late flight to France. One of you yells taunts, the other reacts kindly, and you both look down at you with all the “sacred” energies they can amass. Look up. commendable.
future broken heart
Sadly, despite enjoying a great honeymoon period on Switch, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Breath of the Wild, Splatoon 2, Super Mario Odyssey, Overcooked! , ARMS, and Knight, who lost a lot of time to indie gems like Hollow, my love for the system has waned significantly in recent years.
It’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment when you change your mind, but the Switch’s initial appeal certainly turned out to be insensitive. Most of them are made by Nintendo. The Switch also has to compete with the PS5 and Xbox Series X for my time and attention. Both have a habit of highlighting their flaws.
So what’s stopping me from spreading my arms and accepting the Switch again?
When you’re afraid of breaking the console and you’re afraid to actually play the console, you may find that something is going wrong. I now consider the Switch’s fragile Joy-Con to be a time bomb and ready to collapse. The frustrating reliability issues of Joy-Con controllers are now well known. This means that in each game session, the controller can cause terrible Joy-Con drifts.
It’s shocking that Nintendo hasn’t dealt with the Joy-Con drift. So the little Switch gamepad gave me a lot… well, joy, I’ve never felt so delicate in my hands.
The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller isn’t that good either. It won’t break immediately, but it comes with some of the worst cross keys in Nintendo’s illustrious history, making a Tetris Puyo Puyo game a painful experience. Comparing Nintendo’s Pad to the fun PS5 DualSense and ergonomic Xbox Series X controller already seems like a big step forward.
old online services
I love playing with friends, but sadly, Nintendo Switch Online is a lonely experience. It looks like Nintendo’s online system has somehow froze in time, even though it has all the resources it needs to fix it.
Believe it or not, even with the release of the Switch in 2017, in addition to sharing screenshots over the Internet, you can message friends, start party chats, and more remotely on the Nintendo console. can socialize. you can not do it. It’s still using friend codes for heaven’s sake.
Yes, Nintendo has released an online companion app, but there’s no support for it. In fact, some features have recently been lost and whenever used with friends, it was a fairly poor alternative to services like Discord and Skype.
Tired of jumping over hoops to play awkward games with friends on Switch, it’s now a paid service, so it may be cheaper, but consumers are worth more.. To make matters worse, the Wii U has more There was extensive online feature set with online video calling and Miiverse.
first party fail
Nintendo’s first-party lineup is also starting to make me feel a little nostalgic. And given that I only want to buy Nintendo consoles with a dedicated IP, that’s a big concern.
I love Mario as much (probably more) as the next guy, but seeing the usual wave of game play, half-edited, retro rehashing come back with full price tags at times, it’s starting to annoy me. Gave.
The fact that I played some of the biggest Switch games on the Wii U a few years ago doesn’t solve the problem. But when did Nintendo announce that Super Mario 3D All-Stars would be releasing on a schedule? Well, it’s hard not to feel that the company isn’t just greedy and is taking advantage of the nostalgia of its fans.
Sure, Breath of the Wild 2 is still incredibly exciting, but Nintendo needs to take more risks and create new IP, as it did for Splatoon, ARMS, and Ring Fit Adventure. There is. I do not intend to purchase, remake, or re-release any other remasters. (However, please spare some Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC. There’s a deal.)
One of the biggest issues with Nintendo’s console release cycle, the decision to stop talks with Sony and Microsoft enjoys years when the hardware feels “good enough” from performance. visual approach.
Compared to the PS4 and Xbox One, the Switch held up quite positively, offering a new and exciting thing that thousands of people have been begging for a “Switch port.” But now, compared to PS5, Xbox Series X | S, and mid-makes decent PCs, the Switch feels sluggish and lacking in power, and the game, please, is downright ugly. sees like.
I wouldn’t expect Nintendo to release a 4K/120Hz capable machine, but it’s meant to withstand resolutions that can go all the way down to 540p and frame rates that hover erratically under the 30fps target. Disturbing to say the least. The Nintendo Switch OLED is as beautiful as the new 7-inch screen, so it’s no different.
Without the Switch Pro, many players would be furious until the Nintendo Switch 2 comes out, and it can’t be ignored every time you play on Nintendo’s system.
game pass smash
The final nail driven between me and my Switch also depends on the competition, specifically Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. At first I loved playing indie on the Switch, but Microsoft’s subscription service consistently offers many indie games for free, often with the latest and greatest indie titles offering prices. It is difficult to pay in full.
It also has the obvious advantage of an indie game that plays on Xbox and generally looks great, especially when played on TV. With support for Xbox Cloud gaming and Remote Play, the Switch’s biggest appeal, portability, goes out the window.
A good example: Octopath Traveler. It’s not an indie game on its own, but thanks to a combination of TV Play, Xbox Cloud Gaming, and Xbox Remote Play, we were able to complete a game that took over 70 hours. Plus, thanks to Xbox Game Pass, it’s free on day one and runs at 4K/60fps on Microsoft machines. Octopath Traveler is still $59.99 / £49.99 on the Nintendo Switch eShop.
Thankfully, there’s one thing you can do to keep your back on the Nintendo Switch forever. It’s possible that Nintendo will introduce another cracking title. I’m feeling seriously tired of Nintendo now—and I’m quite disillusioned with some of the company’s earlier decisions (may I add an achievement system someday?)—but, Metroid Dread, Pokémon legend Arceus, Or Breath of the Wild 2 offers Nintendo famous kind of unforgettable experience. (Yes, I know these are not new IPs.)
Still, we need to ignore the technical limitations of the hardware and the closed quality control issues, but at least me and my Switch still have hope.