Nintendo launched the Nintendo Switch on March 3, along with a limited set of titles including The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. While the hybrid console broke release records in North America, it still has a way to go to be the perfect system.
The Switch is one of the most promising developments in the video game industry, marking the triumphant comeback of the Japanese giant after disappointing sales of its predecessor, the Nintendo Wii U.
This new system benefits from its innovative approach to gaming, offering versatility and quality experiences with the same device. However, some feel there is still an element missing, perhaps a bit of nostalgia that could give it that extra push to become a truly great console.
The Switch brings new games, but the classics are forever
Ever since learning about the short lineup of games coming out on March 3 along with the Switch itself, some have criticized Nintendo’s latest console for being a little too limited in spite of months of hype.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild headlines that list, followed by 1-2 Switch and Super Bomberman R, Just Dance 2017, Snipperclips, and a handful other titles that exploit the system’s unique capabilities.
1-2 Switch, for example, was created specifically for the purpose of taking maximum advantage of the versatility of the Joy Cons and multiplayer modes of the Switch.
With more exciting titles on the way such as Super Mario Odyssey, Fire Emblem Warriors, Splatoon 2, Skyrim, and Minecraft, there are still people wondering about the possibility of Nintendo adding support for the Virtual Console.
Nintendo’s Virtual Console is an online platform available for Wii U and 3DS that lets you enjoy digital ports of several games from past systems. You can download NES, SNES, N64, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance titles for a small price.
People will always want to play the old-fashioned way
The company has yet to confirm when the Switch will get access to the Virtual Console, a major selling point people were expecting when they finally unveiled the console a couple of months back.
This would not only mean the Switch gains a vastly expanded game catalog right away, but also that players get to forget about multiple gaming styles and focus on old-fashioned fun sitting on the couch.
A major criticism of new systems like the Wii, the Switch, and Xbox’s Kinect is their departure from the traditional gaming experience to engage players in a more active way.
Gamers have always wanted to lay back and just have a go at whatever it is that comes up on the screen. The Switch could provide this opportunity with a wide array of retro games playable both in the portable tablet and on a TV when docked in the station.