Does The Average Consumer Really Care About the Nintendo Switch?
- Author: Desiree Holland Jan 24, 2017,
Jan 24, 2017, 0:45
We will have to wait and see.
Nintendo Switch will be launched with around 20 games at $300.
Nevertheless, Nintendo remains confident that their new console will not stumble like the Wii U. Frankly, if a portable-only iteration of Switch (with the necessary brand tweak) was released in a couple of years that costs less (minus the dock, HDMI cable etc) but has a better battery, would that not do the job? So does the Switch herald a shift in the company's fortunes - and what else does the company need to do if it's to regain the top spot? That makes some sense, as well, with the dual release of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the updated Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Splatoon 2 as a sequel to one of the Wii U's biggest and most surprising hits.More news: Germany's top court rejects bid to ban far-right NPD
Once again, a big publisher has a lot of nice things to say about a new Nintendo console without actually supporting it.
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime released a statement about the Switch that assures everyone the console will be a success.
Though Nintendo has not released any official predictions for the long-term, it has however said that there will be almost two million Nintendo Switch units available upon its release in March 3, 2017. The only question left unanswered is whether gaming enthusiasts will be lining up to purchase the hybrid console come March 3. So this is where they could have put some more efforts that could have enhanced the sale of the new gaming console. There has already been third-party game developers that pledge to support the Switch, but after the Wii U incident, others are still unsure to purchase the console. "We really are at the end of life for Wii U". This time around, Nintendo is hoping that a strong focus on home console portability, a renewed online presence, and consistent third party support will help bring a switch to Nintendo's recent fortunes in console sales. With its co-launch with the Switch, the release kind of signals a proper if subtle transition from the predecessor to the successor. The new and much-awaited Mario game will instead arrive later in 2017, perhaps during the holiday seasons. Or will that just be a novelty for the few who still value dedicated handheld game consoles? This would also allow the Switch to compete directly with the Xbox One.