The Wii U is dead and it’s deader then dead. This is a commonly known fact, I would say that it was dead on arrival: despite having more games that launched with it then the Switch and the system was already a product of a bygone era once Fall 2013 rolled around, which was a year later. That doesn’t matter now, what matters now is that can the Switch bring back the Nintendo that we saw pre-2012?
At the extended reveal on January 12th, the publisher made it’s case for the Switch, it isn’t just a console, it’s a hybrid. The joycons aren’t regular controllers, they’re detachable and are meant for motion and movement. Fresh entries into Zelda and Mario, as well as Splatoon and Western games from EA, 2K, and Bethesda such as: NBA 2K18, FIFA 18, and Skyrim which turns 6 years old this November.
What I came out of the presentation was that the Switch is basically the Wii and Wii U again but remixed, with a clearer message then last time. There’s no mistaking that the Joycons are a remix and a successor to the Wii remote, and the games that failed on the Wii U can come again on something that folks want. While $300 is bit higher then what the rumors were suggesting, it’s a price that we haven’t seen in a long time, the price is an architecture that can help ensure the price drops will keep in line with how the market is going to work in 2017. Also, taking Skyrim and Zelda on the go seems alluring and very cool.
I just feel that right now, two months short of release there are way too many questions that need clarification from Nintendo. So far, all the information that I’ve gotten from numerous big websites is that there are only four games that will launch alongside it and the rest will release later in March. Zelda will move units because it’s Zelda, but I’m not sure if Just Dance 2017 and 1-2 Switch amongst other games will move the console because we are no longer living in a time where you can launch a console with a somewhat shaky launch-lineup that has most of the games being motion-control.
A few questions that need answering is: How does the Interface looks like? What about this and what about that, can someone move over their games to the Switch if they have it on Wii U? These are important questions that need answering. What’s more uncertain is how does the Online infrastructure look like, how much will it cost? What are the free games? I like that Nintendo is finally pushing into the “Live” or “Network” situation, that way they can compete with the competition. But that’s cool and all that they’ll be able to compete, but we have another situation that needs addressing: Nintendo always has had some checkered past with the Internet of some sorts, how many of the Switch’s online features that includes Party Chat, Voice Chat, the ability to upload game clips and screenshots, and much more aren’t really coming until sometime in the Fall or Summer, there’s concern there.
I’m hopeful for Nintendo and the Switch. I’m excited that people also want to see them succeed after the disaster of the Wii U, Nintendo has alot of things to prove to people that this isn’t their last shot and that they’re still in the game. I know some people are already calling the Switch dead in the water, but let’s give it a year or two and see where the Switch ends up. I’m glad that the Switch is giving a second wind to Nintendo but this time, they have to come out swinging.
Now’s the time to play ball, Nintendo.