Earlier this year I wrote a very divisive article about why I decided to sell my Nintendo Switch. You can read that article here: 4 Reasons Why I Sold My Switch. The truth is, most of the concerns that drove me away 4 months ago are still there. However, I find myself drawn more and the more to the Switch. So much so that I felt I needed to rebuttal myself. If you are just tuning in, this is something I do frequently. With that said, I’d like to share how the Nintendo has brought me back on-board for the Switch.
Any video game console has one goal: To offer the best library of games to it’s audience. That’s it. You buy a car so you can get from Point A to Point B. You buy a waffle maker so you can make waffles. You buy a video game console so you can play video games…novel, I know. The Nintendo Switch launched with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which might be one of the best video games of all time. The launch was padded with Snipperclips and Shovel Knight. Shortly after there was Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and then Arms. Splatoon 2 and Mario+Rabbids Kingdom Battle ended the summer on a high with Mario Odyssey, Fire Emblem Warriors, and Xenoblade 2 just around the corner. With all of that said, it’s been the smaller surprises along the way that have really spoken to me. Games like Snake Pass, Graceful Explosion Machine, Might Gunvolt Burst, and Tumbleseed just to name a few. Most recently I have spend a ton of time with Golf Story, Steamworld Dig 2, and Stardew Valley. If there is ever an argument that a library defines a console, the Nintendo Switch is the perfect example to cite.
If the ever growing library is not enough to win over fleeting fans like myself, the portability is still a huge draw. I am finding that having a portable console allows me to play more games. In my original article I knocked the Switch for not being truly portable and I stand by that. The Switch will never be able to occupy the space of a 3DS, where you can easily fold the system, shove it in a pocket, and be on your way. The key though, is that the Switch doesn’t need to be. My life is busy, chasing around 4 kids, family outings, work, shooting video, and on and on. I find myself playing games less and less because I have to be tethered to a TV. The Switch allows me to play during lunch at work, waiting to get my hairs cut, and sitting on the couch while the kids watch LEGO Batman for the 200th time. This is invaluable to me as a father and content creator.
I can’t, in good conscience, pretend everything is great. There are still glaring issues that the Switch has. I will scream from the rooftops until Nintendo addresses is, but WHERE ARE CLOUD SAVES?! This is a serious issue that needed to be addressed yesterday. Beyond the cloud saves, there is a serious lack of any kind of online service. We know that it’s coming, but until we see it this remains my biggest complaint with the Switch and the future of the Nintendo brand. It’s time to join the current gen, we need universal accounts, we need some kind of achievement system, we need better online functionality, we need cloud saves, and we need social options. This is something Nintendo has to address and soon. I also still have a lot of concern when it comes to 3rd party support. If 3rd parties are gauging their future releases on 2 and 3 year old ports like Skyrim and Rayman, I’m worried that the support might end before it truly begins. Still, in spite of these things, the title remains. The Switch has managed to get me back on-board.
So where do we go from here? I can’t say that I’m ready to choose the Switch as my platform of choice. For a multi-platform game I will still choose the Xbox One version…for now. The Switch has my full attention and come the end of 2017 I have a feeling I will have played more Mario and Zelda than everything else on my Xbox One. I look at the Switch as the perfect companion device. I am happy that I was *mostly* wrong 4 months ago and even happier to be treated with such amazing games on the Nintendo Switch. Here’s to my faith being restored in both Nintendo and the Switch.