Nintendo Switch: Another Gimmick?

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UPDATE

The Nintendo Switch is released, and I bought it!
Read more about my impressions and why it is NOT a gimmick here!


So it is finally revealed. The rumored Nintendo NX is finally a reality in the form of the new console “Nintendo Switch”.

What is so special with this console? Well, it is in the name. The Nintendo Switch will be, according to the video from Nintendo, a portable and dockable console that features wireless controllers that may also be docked into the console itself.

But wait a minute, this sounds awfully similar to Nintendo’s Wii U console, doesn’t it? Well, that is exactly how it looks like: A more portable and refined Wii U. That is not necessarily a bad thing, and the new Nintendo Switch looks good, don’t get me wrong, but in my eyes this is going to be a problem.

The Gimmick That Might Succeed

The Nintendo Switch look gimmicky and far too close to the concept of the Wii U. This was a concept that was not well received by the public, and if you know anything about the Wii U, this is probably what you remember. Wii U was basically the “Windows 8 of Nintendo”, and I don’t mean that as a good thing if that was unclear.

The Nintendo Wii U in all its infamous glory.
The Nintendo Wii U in all its infamous glory.

While the tablet controller was different, it was hardly a good innovation. The Wii U had troubles with finding its audience, and arguably its core message.

I have, however, hopes for a better future for Nintendo. I loved the original Nintendo Wii console because it was innovative, fun and something I feel is in the spirit of Nintendo.

I cannot say I adore the look of the console, but it’s still better than the VCR design of the original Xbox One.
I cannot say I adore the look of the console, but it’s still better than the VCR design of the original Xbox One.

The social aspect of many consoles nowadays is weakened by having only online multiplayer and no local multiplayer. I may be a bit old fashioned with thinking this, but I think that sitting in the same room while playing a game only makes the experience more intense and engaging, something that playing online with friends doesn’t quite reproduce for me.

I hope these people doesn’t have myopia.
I hope these people doesn’t have myopia.

The social aspect is really where Nintendo Switch may be able to shine, regardless of how gimmicky it looks like. If Nintendo can reclaim their “core message” of being, in my opinion, the most social game company, I think the Nintendo Switch will be a success for a lot of users.

You knew this meme was coming.
You knew this meme was coming.

Whether it will be a failure or a great success, the Verge at least now have something to talk about apart from Pokemon, Tesla and Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

Here is some pictures from the trailer that you might like.

The new controller.
The new controller.
So social, much split screen.
So social, much split screen.
A headphone jack! Suck on that, Apple.
A headphone jack! Suck on that, Apple.
An actual useful feature.
An actual useful feature.
It it Skyrim? Yeah, probably.
It it Skyrim? Yeah, probably.
Even she cannot see the screen.
Even she cannot see the screen.
Plastic as fuck.
Plastic as fuck.

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