A select few have gotten their hands on the Nintendo Switch before the official release date. A big spectacle has been made in favor of a new experience and uniquely designed hardware. For some the video game system appears to be a delight with a few minor drawbacks. The other end of the spectrum has a harder time with the console’s flaws and puts forth the notion that disappointment is inevitable after all the hype.
For those that are still unfamiliar with the specifics on the Nintendo Switch, its largest selling points is arguably its innovation. The new video game system has been promoted as both a typical console for home use and a portable gaming option. The source of much excitement stems from the function of a seamless transition from one mode of operation to the other. So far, all indications by reviewers support the feature’s function as living up to expectation. Additionally, the portable mode is intended to give a gamer the same experience but on a smaller screen.
So far, there has been a lot of praise for the Switch. A review by Business Insider praises a number of aspects of the new console. The speed of operation, whether it be simply turning the console on or navigating within the system, has been deemed very responsive and compared to the speed of an iPad. The simplicity of the hardware has also been noted for avoiding a tangle of wires while operating from the home dock and a relatively high degree of usability when on the go.
Tech Times offered many of the same praises but offers up a more balanced perspective. It is reported that there are limits on what earlier reviews will yield since the Nintendo Switch will only be fully functional after the Day One Patch is released with the official commercial launch. The patch may offer additional features or simply fix minor bugs. However, legitimate criticism of the somewhat awkward Joy-Con controllers outside of their grip and the expectation of the imminent failure of the tablet’s frail kick stand are not likely to change.
For all of the positive reception there are those that have found significant fault in Nintendo’s new product. Engadget zeroed in on significant limitations for playing games. The Switch does not support backwards compatibility like many of its predecessors and states that the virtual console games will not be available upon release. Coupled with the already limited library of games the new system will launch with, one might be disappointed in the number of gaming options. The review also criticizes the high price tag on accessories such as the charger for the Joy-Con controllers and the TV dock.
After reviewers have gone through the motions of weighing the good and the bad it seems like the ultimate success will depend on the consumer’s expectations held for the Nintendo Switch. Those that favor a more casual experience may enjoy the ease of operation. More hardcore gamers could potentially be turned off if they are looking for a console that is capable of competing with the high powered and memory extensive Microsoft and Sony options.
Let us know what you think. Will Nintendo’s new product have a positive reception or will it leave disappointment in its wake?
By Chris Hansen
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