One year of Nintendo Switch

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This upcoming saturday (march 3rd) the Nintendo Switch will have been on the market for exactly one year. That's right, it's been that long.

In any case, the console seems to be doing well. Better than the Wii U. Exact and reliable numbers are hard to come by, but it looks like the Switch has already outsold its predecessor. It has both a new main series Mario and Zelda. Third party support seems to be increasing, in particular on the indie side. Games, both new and ports, are coming in at a steady pace.

Anyway, I thought it'd perhaps be a nice idea to take a look back. The ups. The downs. The stuff that made you go 'wait whut'. Those who already own a Switch, how have you liked it so far? If you don't have one, do you intend to eventually buy one? What would it take to convince you, if anything? What about the future? Got stuff on your wishlist?

i love my Switch. games like Zelda BOTW, Splatoon 2, Mario Odyssey and ARMS being on the system in launch year was fantastic.

but then Nintendo managing to keep their promise and also release Xenoblade 2 in December 2017 was incredible! most people, myself included, automatically assume that an RPG of the size and calibur of Xenoblade 2 would definitely be delayed to be a 2018 or 2019 game. but the fact that Nintendo has managed to release that, along with other surprise's like Mario + Rabbids and ports of highly regarded 3rd Party games like DOOM has been just awesome.

the question going forward now is, can Nintendo manage to maintain and keep up the momentum of the Switch going forward.
yes they sold alot of systems in year 1 and they have announced some awesome surprise's like Metroid Prime 4 and Pokemon Switch, but Nintendo will need to find a way to keep making large scale announcements in a similar vein to Metroid and Pokemon Switch, if they want the hype levels for the Switch to remain.

as much as i love Metroid, it's hardly a system seller and it's something that only core fans like me are interested in History has shown.

Pokemon is a popular franchise with mainstream audience's but i think the mainstream crowd will want Nintendo to keep releasing things like Animal Crossing and Smash Bros for that crowd to be satisfied and hyped going forward.

as for the Ports, i don't really want a million Wii U Ports, but i understand why they're happening.
As long as Nintendo keeps putting out lots of New content for the Switch then i'm ok with the Ports. but if it's only Wii U Ports and ports of old 3rd Party games that the Switch gets, then me and Nintendo have a problem.

i bought a console to play games that are actually new. not old games. i don't mind ports as long as i get lots of new games too.

Yoshi178:
the question going forward now is, can Nintendo manage to maintain and keep up the momentum of the Switch going forward.

True, that is something I'm wondering about too. Mario Odyssey and Zelda BoTW gave the Switch a nice initial boost, but it also means they've already fired what are arguably their biggest guns. I agree that if they are smart, they'll want to maintain a regular schedule of (first party) heavy hitters AND frequent smaller (third or first party) titles. If not, they run the risk of a Wii u repeat.

i bought a console to play games that are actually new. not old games. i don't mind ports as long as i get lots of new games too.

Sure, new games should be the priority. I was just think along lines of "If they're going to port stuff, bring over the best of the Wii U". Give those a second chance on a more popular platform so more people can play them, rather than leave them stuck on the 'loser' among Nintendo consoles (if going by sales numbers).

would like one at some point in the near future before the apocalypse and/or my brutal murder/suicide. If only to at least satiate the grievous Zeldagen build up in the bloodstream from overactive, understimulated Zelda-glands due to years of neglect, and probably abuse. But money and other more pressing matters require serious attention before the affliction of this affectionate aficionado

Its justifed for me as soon as a mainline Pokemon game is on there ans taking advatntage of the extra room.

I want to get one for Zelda and Mario Odyssey. I almost bought one the other week when I had a hangover. Thankfully, I sobered up by the time I had gone home and got my GAME card (gotta have those points). And thank God since I have had to spend ?225 on a car service and ?345 on a new mattress.

The thing about it is, it always comes down to can I justify the purchase? I have my PS4 with plenty to play on it and precious little time, do I need a new console in my life? The lapsed Nintendo fan boy in me wants one so I can see it being 6 months to a year until I buy one.

I almost bought one since i have some spare money laying about, but then i saw that it costs around 350 euros and thought better of it. As much as i would like to try out botw and perhaps mario odyssey i just can't justify spending around 500 euros for it. By the way, games for switch costs 70€, what the f..

There are some games on it that I already want to play, plus there's the new Prime game as well and SMT 5 coming out for it in the future. At this time I'm waiting till I get employed and figure out my finances from there to figure when I will get the system. Part of me wants to get it sooner rather than later, but another part of me wants to wait until around E3 time to get a better handle on what to expect more in the near future/end of this year.

Chimpzy, why? Why did you make a Switch thread? Now we'll have 6 pages of fanboys rebutting anyone who doesn't say that Switch is perfect...

Anyways, I plan to get it later (maybe for my birthday), once I save enough money. I didn't get it right away because, unlike the Wii U, I didn't see a launch title that caught my interest as much as ZombiU did (which made me go "shut up and take my money!" the moment I first saw how it used the touchpad).

It's a great port machine.
XD

CaitSeith:
Chimpzy, why? Why did you make a Switch thread? Now we'll have 6 pages of fanboys rebutting anyone who doesn't say that Switch is perfect...

I don't know, the release anniversary is coming up and it seemed topical. Truth be told, I am still a little worried about things devolving, but so far everything's been quite reasonable.

Here's to hoping that lasts. Please?

Tanis:
It's a great port machine.
XD

This and BotW/Odyssey are pretty much all the system's got going for it.

The only sucky thing about it is the battery life and that the next pokemon game will have its online features locked behind a paywall.

I got one for Mario Odyssey and er yeah its ok honestly by the end of the game I was glad to be done with it. As for BOTW I will try and play it at some point but ill just borrow my friends copy.

Impressions on the console were these joypads are terrible, why is the game such a pain to put in? portability is nice but not something I will likely ever use (but I knew that). UI seems fine though and no problems with the console itself and tbf I personally dont think I have ever had a problem with a Nintendo console in reliability and outside the Virtual Boy and NES Ive had em all I believe.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is probably the biggest reason I got one but then I learnt they were doing DLC for it so im inclined to wait until I can get the complete version or the basic one at a cheap price. At the moment its just been sitting there since just after christmas when I finished odyssey and I expect it will continue to sit there doing nothing for quite some time but with Bayo 3 coming for it thats a near dead set purchase. I mean I bought the WiiU for Bayo 2 and Xenoblade chronicles X and while there were a few other games I got for it they were pretty much what I used it for.

In short its fine but not many games I want to play on it that I cant play elsewhere.

Maximum Bert:
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is probably the biggest reason I got one but then I learnt they were doing DLC for it so im inclined to wait until I can get the complete version or the basic one at a cheap price.

the paid DLC so far has mainly been some helpful items that can already be obtained in game, and a few extra quests.

the first bit of major DLC for Xenoblade 2 would be the New Game + DLC which adds a 2nd playthrough option and new characters among other things.

the New Game + DLC thats out next week is free for everyone.

It's cool that it's doing well, but I probably won't be getting one. The limited time I have to game is when I'm home, so portability is a tough sell personally. If anything I'll probably wait to see what comes next.

I can't say I'm getting too much enjoyment out of it. I bought it primarily for Super Mario: Odyssey, which kinda sucks. The only other game worth a damn on the system is Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which I already played most of on the Wii-U.

It's only been one year, and its popularity will guarantee a lot more exclussive content, so I guess my outlook is not that bad. But as it stands I don't feel it was worth buying yet. Probably should've waited a couple years.

Wish list? I guess I'd want them to make a Kirby game that isn't some gimmicky bullshit, and has some proper passion and budget poured into it. The new Kirby for the Switch looks like it's just going to be a retread of the rather vanilla flavored Wii version.

Didn't like the Switch at first.
And then came the announced/released titles. Plus the idea of playing Splatoon 2 with my partner is now making me want to get one, hopefully this year.

Casual Shinji:

Wish list? I guess I'd want them to make a Kirby game that isn't some gimmicky bullshit, and has some proper passion and budget poured into it. The new Kirby for the Switch looks like it's just going to be a retread of the rather vanilla flavored Wii version.

you don't want a "gimmicky bullshit" Kirby but you don't want "vanilla" Kirby games?

I hate to break it to you but the main Kirby series is probably one of the most "Vanilla flavoured" Nintendo franchise's there is. and anything that isn't a "Vanilla" main Kirby game is generally the type of "gimmicky bullshit", as you call it, that you don't want like Rainbow curse on the Wii U or Pinball etc.

I like Kirby games. but the main Kirby platform games are probably some of the easiest and stale, or "vanilla" Nintendo games I've ever played. Broaden your Horizons a bit and play other stuff like Metroid, Xenoblade, Pikmin or Fire Emblem if you don't want play a Nintendo franchise that feels as stale as Kirby does.

At this point it's pretty obvious that you never bet against Nintendo. You'll get a few cheap shots in at best before they roundhouse kick you in head, leaving you a drooling invalid. The only thing I find was problematic was no Virtual Console and they've been pretty mum about the upcoming online service. The next year looks to have some interesting titles from 3rd parties and the Nintendo Labo alone looks to be fascinating. It won't be too long until we hear about 2018 plans, which I can only guess will have surprises

The Switch is a standard Nintendo system and you'll get your Nintendo games along with the occasional worthwhile 3rd-party game. Regardless of how well the Switch sells, it ain't going to get massive support because its tech is a generation behind (much like the original Wii that sold like hotcakes). Really the only way the Switch would get great support is if it takes over the portable market getting all the type of games that portable systems get. Outside of that happening, it will be a standard Nintendo system with the option of portability of course.

Chimpzy:
If I would ask for something, it would be for more Wii U ports. That might sound strange, since there are some among you who don't particularly like a new system getting lots of ports of older games, but hear me out. I didn't get a Wii U. It never really met my requirement mentioned above, but it does have some games I'd like. The Switch already has or is getting some Wii U ports, but I wouldn't mind me some Mario 3D World, Mario Maker, Pikmin 3 and some others too.

There's really nothing wrong with any system getting more games regardless of ports or remaster or whatever. Having access to more games is always better. The problem arises when the proportions get skewed too far towards ports/remasters and when the system isn't getting enough genuine new games.

Here's hoping the next few years are as good as this one.

For the future as a Switch owner I need a Nintendo Direct, a gamecube virtual console and the 3ds to fucking die this year. Honestly if the last one just happened I would be cool with that, Stop splitting development of games between hardware. This is why the 3DS had a soft launch but the Wii had a decent end with its first party titles. This also why the Wii U had a soft launch but the 3DS started doing gang busters, when their were more developers on board. Slash the price on a bunch of games making them Nintendo selects and put the 3DS to rest. Move all development teams to the Switch.

I got mine back in June in anticipation of Splatoon 2 and Odyssey. I've enjoyed it so far. I'm looking forward to Kirby in March, as well as Hyrule Warriors whenever it comes out.

I'll buy one eventually. But honestly, despite being surrounded by videogame everywhere I go (my apartment, my parent's house and my workplace) I don't spend a lot of hours playing them. So I have no rush to go out and buy one.

If Nintendo impresses me with Pokemon games, I'll go out and buy 2 (one for my sister). I took a long break from Pokemon to start missing it a little bit. Hopefully, there will be a plenty of games to play when the release date hits.

Yoshi178:

Casual Shinji:

Wish list? I guess I'd want them to make a Kirby game that isn't some gimmicky bullshit, and has some proper passion and budget poured into it. The new Kirby for the Switch looks like it's just going to be a retread of the rather vanilla flavored Wii version.

you don't want a "gimmicky bullshit" Kirby but you don't want "vanilla" Kirby games?

I hate to break it to you but the main Kirby series is probably one of the most "Vanilla flavoured" Nintendo franchise's there is. and anything that isn't a "Vanilla" main Kirby game is general the type of "gimmicky bullshit", as you call it, that you don't want like Rainbow curse on the Wii U or Pinball etc.

I like Kirby games. but the main Kirby platform games are probably some of the easiest and stale, or "vanilla" Nintendo games I've ever played. Broaden your Horizons a bit and play other stuff like Metroid, Xenoblade, Pikmin or Fire Emblem if you don't want play a Nintendo franchise that feels as stale as Kirby does.

Hence why I said I want them to put some passion and money into this franchise. Kirby started out with as much freshness and creativity as Mario and Zelda. But whereas those franchises switched things up and received proper backing, Kirby was left behind in the kiddie pool.

I'd like for that to change, for a Kirby game to get as much attention and effort as, say, a Super Mario Galaxy.

Casual Shinji:

I'd like for that to change, for a Kirby game to get as much attention and effort as, say, a Super Mario Galaxy.

that's not really fair on the kirby devs though. you're essentially expecting them to create a whole new genre for kirby.

Kirby hasn't made the transition to be a 3D platformer like Mario has and Mario Galaxy didn't happen over night. Marios transition from 2D to 3D was a bloody long process to get it to the calibur of Mario Galaxy and Mario Odyssey.

for the meantime, Kirby has always been at its core, a cute 2D platforming series and there isn't actually much more they could do with the series without the franchise having a fucking MASSIVE overhaul.

sure it could at some point transition to be 3D platforming like Mario, but you'll be waiting a bloody long time for that to happen if you want Kirby to be a completely different genre to what it already is.

And as Metroid has shown us. a series changing Genre can be fantastic like with Metroid Prime, but it can also be a huge mistake for the franchise as well "cough" other m "cough"

It's...fine. I've seen worse systems, I've seen better. I'll say this: it's a better machine now than the PS4 and Xbox One were after their first year.

The current console line-up looks something like this:
PS4>Switch>Xbox One

Yoshi178:

Casual Shinji:

I'd like for that to change, for a Kirby game to get as much attention and effort as, say, a Super Mario Galaxy.

that's not really fair on the kirby devs though. you're essentially expecting them to create a whole new genre for kirby.

Kirby hasn't made the transition to be a 3D platformer like Mario has and Mario Galaxy didn't happen over night. Marios transition from 2D to 3D was a bloody long process to get it to the calibur of Mario Galaxy and Mario Odyssey.

for the meantime, Kirby has always been at its core, a cute 2D platforming series and there isn't actually much more they could do with the series without the franchise having a fucking MASSIVE overhaul.

sure it could at some point transition to be 3D platforming like Mario, but you'll be waiting a bloody long time for that to happen if you want Kirby to be a completely different genre to what it already is.

I'm not throwing shade on the Kirby developers, but on the heads at Nintendo who are apparently fine with the franchise remaining stale. I'm sure the actual developement team would love to try out something new if only Nintendo would allow them.

Casual Shinji:

Yoshi178:

Casual Shinji:

I'd like for that to change, for a Kirby game to get as much attention and effort as, say, a Super Mario Galaxy.

that's not really fair on the kirby devs though. you're essentially expecting them to create a whole new genre for kirby.

Kirby hasn't made the transition to be a 3D platformer like Mario has and Mario Galaxy didn't happen over night. Marios transition from 2D to 3D was a bloody long process to get it to the calibur of Mario Galaxy and Mario Odyssey.

for the meantime, Kirby has always been at its core, a cute 2D platforming series and there isn't actually much more they could do with the series without the franchise having a fucking MASSIVE overhaul.

sure it could at some point transition to be 3D platforming like Mario, but you'll be waiting a bloody long time for that to happen if you want Kirby to be a completely different genre to what it already is.

I'm not throwing shade on the Kirby developers, but on the heads at Nintendo who are apparently fine with the franchise remaining stale. I'm sure the actual developement team would love to try out something new if only Nintendo would allow them.

the Kirby team does try out new things for the Kirby series though to Keep it fresh like with Kirby and Rainbow Paintbrush on Wii U.

that new stuff they do try out with the series though just isn't the same type of "New" stuff that you want and in your eyes, you see it as "Gimmicky Bullshit"

Kirby doesn't need to a huge budget to try new things and Nintendo has tried new things with the franchise. that new stuff is just different to want you actually want from Nintendo and the main 2D Kirby Platform games You're seeing as Stale.

seems like it's more of a problem with your personal tastes with the direction of the franchise rather than the issue being with Nintendo and what they have actually been doing with the series.

It's making me question my strictly-handhelds-only policy.

Yoshi178:
seems like it's more of a problem with your personal tastes with the direction of the franchise rather than the issue being with Nintendo and what they have actually been doing with the series.

Whatever you say, pal. It was my mistake trying to discuss anything Nintendo related with you.

i manage to get one in september. after i failed to get one in march for zelda, i decided to buy zelda on my wiiu instead, so i played with it from march to september, then i got my switch. So far i have : splatoon 2, just dance 2017, mario+rabbids, doom, mario odyssey, mario kart 8, bomberman RT, LA noire, Bayonneta 1&2, pac-man championship 2. (ok, it seems a lot, but a lot of these were gifts)

in my case, the switch was a liberation. i game since i was 4 years old, mind you that was in 1983. But in the last 4 years or so i play less and less. not because i'm not interessted anyhmore, but let's face it, i work 40 hours per week, i'm married, i have 2 kids age 3 and 5, i have a house that i have to take care of, i have a few friends that i want to see, i need to feed the whole family because my wife suck at cooking, i need time to do family activity, i need time for my others hobbies. So, yeah, the portion of my time left for gaming is thinner and thinner. add to that i dont really have the ownership over my tv. my kids have it. i have another set in the basement, and i haver a gaming computer in the basement, but using them isolate me from the rest of the family, and it would not be long before somebody would call me upstair for something anyway. so i had made the decision to not buy a ps4 or a xbox one (i had a 360 and a ps3).

With the WiiU, i discovered remote playing. i could play more using the gamepad as a screen. it was great, but not all games had it, and the fun games on the WiiU were limited anyway.

Now with the switch, i can play a lot more. i can play while my kids are watching a movie. i can play in short burst of 5-10 minutes when i have time, and carry on my game for small sessions to small sessions. i can bring it to my work and play in my lunch time.

i know it's not the most powerfull console out there, but for me it's a perfect fit, and the power seems not that bad actually. Doom for exemple was really nice on the switch.

McMarbles:
It's making me question my strictly-handhelds-only policy.

If you don't dock it's strictly a handheld

Received a Switch for Christmas, and really enjoying it so far. Only played Mario Odyssey and Xenoblade 2 so far, but both are brilliant games, and there's a large number upcoming that I'm very much interested in: Pokemon, Metroid Prime 4, Dark Souls Remaster, Yoshi, new Fire Emblem. I'll also be getting Hollow Knight & (probably) Skyrim (again) once I work through my current catalogue.

I have a PS4, but games like Dark Souls which I could get on either, I'll be getting on the Switch.

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