I have been happily sat on the fence about the Nintendo Switch for quite a few months since it’s launch in March of this year. One thing holding me back was information about their online service and the other was just more confidence in the console itself with more AAA games and support from third parties. Most of this has been answered or at least, enough for me to take the plunge. So what information do we now know about the Switch that should make you question why you haven’t bought one yet?
Nintendo’s Online Service
Much was speculated about this online service ahead of the original release this summer but now the launch of Nintendo’s Online Service has been pushed back to 2018, presumably to iron out the last few kinks in the service. This information was also released alongside what perks you will be getting as part of this online service which includes online game play, discounts on eShop titles, access to a free classic games collection and voice chat over a mobile app.
How much would you pay for this service? Well, the confirmed pricing for the US is $3.99 a month, $7.99 for three months, or $19.99 for a year membership which sounds reasonable considering how steep the price of everything else is for Nintendo but question marks still remain over whether Nintendo will be able to run an online service to rival that of Sony and Microsoft. Only time will tell but this is already a positive for Nintendo fans.
Another positive from this online service is that Nintendo have scrapped the idea that they rent out games to players as part of the online membership and instead, have promised players they will be able to access a library of classic NES games to play as much as they want. Whilst it is only NES game included at the moment, there are also hopes for SNES titles to be included and hopefully this is where Nintendo can really show off their virtual console by adding in N64 games and Gamecube games. Only time will tell but this is definitely an exciting prospect.
The Bigger Picture
Whilst all of this sounds great, Nintendo have a knack for releasing information about their products that answer some questions but ultimately end up raising more questions than it answered!
Here are few things to consider that we do not have full clarity on at this stage:
- Do you need to use the online app when playing multiplayer online at home?
- What is the battery life of the console when using the online app?
- Will the online app drain your phone battery?
There are probably still some more questions flying around my brain regarding the console but more information is sure to be shared in the next week during the Nintendo Spotlight at E3 this year. All I know is enough of these question have been answered for me to place my order for the console. However, a biggest factor for me in finally buying the Switch is the growing games catalogue!
Nintendo, Raising Their Games!
When the Switch launched earlier this year, I could only see myself buying and playing Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild. Now a few months down the line I have a list of games I would want to play on Nintendo’s snazzy new console including, but not limited to, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, One Piece Unlimited World, Runner 3, Splatoon 2, Rime and Snipperclips. Not all of these games have been released, granted but you cannot deny that the list of games coming to the Switch is growing and this is now making the console a far more attractive proposition.
If you thought there was not much support from third parties for Switch games then the rest of 2017 would beg to differ. The game selection currently may not be what changes your mind but the games before the end of the year look to give Nintendo a real impetus. And that is before you even consider that more updates regarding the Switch will be shared at the Nintendo conference this weekend.
With news of Pokken Tournament today and more still to come then this could be the true beginning of Nintendo’s rise to prominence in gaming again, if only they could sort out the stock of their console!