These are truly exciting times for Nintendo as its new console,the Switch will hit store shelves worldwide on March 3rd. The console looks to bridge the gap between portable gaming as well as home console entertainment and, while many are already lined up at the door for this hybrid machine, others are still on the fence when it comes to purchasing the Nintendo Switch. Today, we give out three reasons as to why you should, and shouldn’t grab a Switch at launch.
Get it because… it offers gaming on the go
The main selling point of the Nintendo Switch is being to take a console experience wherever you are. Wether you want to play from the comfort of your couch or while taking a walk, or even setting it up on a plane, there are many ways to experience the Nintendo Switch. People should be excited of the idea of having a console experience on the go as you will be able to play any game, big or small, by just simply sliding the Joy-Con’s onto the console and taking it with you wherever you go. The idea of having The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild or Skyrim available anywhere is something people have dreamed about for many years, and in a few short days, will become reality.
Don’t get it because… lack of major third-party titles
While some third-party companies have come out to say that they will be supporting the console, the lack of big games up until now may say otherwise. It seems as though third-party publishers are playing the waiting game before stepping in with their titles. Since we only know games like FIFA 18, NBA2K18 and Skyrim are going to be on the console, it has put some doubt in our minds that the Switch will receive major western third-party games moving forward. What’s worse is that the titles above are not confirmed to be the same experiences that are offered on other consoles, which can lead to more bridges being burned between Nintendo and third parties .
Get it because… it’s a shareable experience
The other major selling point for the Nintendo Switch is that it offers a shareable experience with others and does it with ease with the Joy-Con controllers. Games such as 1-2 Switch, Mario Kart 8: Deluxe and other multiplayer games showcase this feature well by simply giving a Joy-Con to another player to get the multiplayer started. This will be great for when you have family over or just want to beat your friends in a friendly cow milking match, but the idea of being able to play on the go as well as even promoting the Nintendo Switch to somebody who may not have a Switch or did not purchase one makes this a great way for self-promotion for Nintendo’s new hardware.
Don’t get it because… it is expensive
All these new features and technology doesn’t come cheap and with the console retailing at $299.99 ($399.99 in Canada) this could be a deciding factor for people to wait or pass up on the Nintendo Switch. Not only that, but Nintendo has chosen to go with a very aggressive and premium pricing strategy for their games and accessories, and while as a business and marketing student I can see and agree with the thinking, this does make it a tougher sell for those on a budget or those who already own a PC, PS4 or and Xbox One. The marketing is there to make a push to consumers, but the hefty price on this new machine will once again, make it a hard sell for anyone.
Get it because… The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The one Nintendo title that EVERYBODY has been waiting for, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will finally launch side by side with Nintendo’s new console. Constant delays for almost two years has left fans frustrated but this new title looks far too promising to pass up. It does launch on the Wii U and some may decide to pick it up on Nintendo’s last console, but the aspect of a full Zelda console experience seems far too hard to pass up. This long-awaited title may just be the reason why a Nintendo Switch will be hard to come by for the first few months.
Don’t get it because… there’s not much else at launch
While the Nintendo Switch will have Zelda at launch there’s nothing else that’s must buy on day one. Older third-party titles such as Skylanders: Imaginators as well as Just Dance 2017 shouldn’t expect to sell gangbusters and other launch titles like Super Bomberman R, Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, Snipperclips, and Fast Racing RMX will most likely be extra buys for those who may be looking for something other than The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and 1-2 Switch. Even with Nintendo’s biggest title at launch, the other experiences may be the deciding factor to either wait or simply pass on what people may consider a lackluster launch lineup.
The Nintendo Switch looks primed for a big launch and many people are hyped for this new Nintendo machine, however, the console is not without its flaws. If you are still on the fence about purchasing a Switch, evaluate what you want from the console. Taking a console experience on the go as well as having one of the year’s biggest titles surely makes it an easy buy for many, but the lack of third-party titles and the high price may have you thinking otherwise. That being said these should be exciting times for Nintendo and the Switch will surely offer something truly unique for gamers. Are you waiting in line to get your Switch on launch day? Are you going to wait and see what happens? Or are you simply staying away? Let us know what you think of the Nintendo Switch in the comment section below!