Late last week Nintendo gave their special presentation for the upcoming Nintendo Switch hybrid console.
There were some things about the presentation that stood out. First off it was a very Nintendo presentation. It was colorful, there was a focus on the fun that could be had from the console, and it was—dark and grim.
As a matter of fact, for this presentation there was a lack of bleak-dark games—which is a relief from what you will normally get from presentations.
What we got was—in typical Nintendo fashion—mostly Nintendo games. There was a Super Mario game shown, a Zelda game, new Xenoblade Chronicles, and other stuff from the company.
In short: it was stuff you’d expect. Also expected was the showing of one first party game to carry the launch window wave of titles and some games eventually being announced as coming later in the year.
That’s one of the things that bothered me—along with the Nintendo energy for presentations not being there. Super Mario is the franchise you want to kick things off with on a new console or handheld and Zelda could be included in that immediate launch window or release it in the summer or fall.
Now Nintendo couldn’t just move Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to summer because we’d seen it at E3 2016 so it had to come out between late 2016 or early 2017.
There is a shining light on the games front with Splatoon and a good deal of RPGs coming to the system. RPGs in particular have been missing from Nintendo consoles since the Nintendo 64 when there was a lack of them in comparison to the Super Nintendo with most simply going to PlayStation. You also have EA returning to Nintendo consoles with games.
The hardware itself looks impressive and in a similar fashion to the Nintendo Wii and Wii U’s presentations the focus was heavily on what the controllers—the Joy-Cons—are and how they can be used which was very interesting.
Low stock/limited stock for the Switch during pre-orders was concerning to say the least, but not surprising at all.
Overall, the presentation itself was decent. I’m waiting to hear about more games coming out between now and E3 as well as Twitch and YouTube Gaming support for streaming from the console like with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. We’ll have to see what happens, but I’m looking forward to the console’s release and seeing what it brings to console gaming and what games come out of it.