Past, present and future of Nintendo Switch on its fourth anniversary. How much life does the hybrid console have?
Four years and it seems like yesterday that I went to an event in London to test it for the first time. There was press from all over the world, and I remember perfectly that the general feeling was not the most positive. The shadow of the Wii U failure was long. In fact, Nintendo Switch was still an evolution of the idea conceived even in the presence of Satoru Iwata. But the difference this time was significant: the word Wii was no longer anywhere. It became a “switch”, because Nintendo understood that the time when mothers had to be convinced to buy a console had passed. It was time to return to the red of yesteryear, to the players of always.
There was still some gyro stage left in 1-2-Switch, but users gave Zelda: Breath of the Wild millions of reasons (in the form of sales) to take a different tack. Even future proposals reminiscent of that casual past (such as ARMS or Ring Fit Adventure) had a different aftertaste. And is that everything went well for Nintendo with the hybrid console. Super Mario Odyssey is a great game. Super Smash Bros Ultimate is the most complete of the saga. Animal Crossing New Horizons has sold what is not written. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, a port whose only effort was to concentrate all the DLC, is currently the best-selling game on the platform and has quadrupled the sales of the original Wii U.
Everything went well for Nintendo with the hybrid consoleI said: a round business. And they have done it following various strategies. On the one hand the continuationsBoth modern classics (Splatoon 2) and more revered (Xenoblade Chronicles 2). Also through the fan service, with the return of Luigi’s Mansion, Paper Mario, Fire Emblem and nostalgia through the Link’s Awakening remake. It has even become an ideal platform if you like RPG, with jewels like Octopath Traveler. Of course, there are “buts” too, like the little effort put into the Super Mario 3D All-Stars collection. Still, it also sold millions.
The Future of Nintendo Switch: Will We Get the Rumored Pro Version?
The balance, however, is positive… very positive. The machine in terms of hardware is a success and the catalog is very complete. The immediate future is also very hopeful. We have things as important as Zelda Breath of the Wild 2, Bayonetta 3 and Metroid Prime 4 on the horizon. The first I think we will not see until 2022, and the last one could perfectly go until 2023. Of course, the recent Nintendo Direct left me with a strange feeling. Four years have passed, PS5 and Xbox Series have arrived … and Switch I think it needs a push to continue to the bottom of the cannon.
I think that Nintendo Switch needs a push to continue to the bottom of the cannonI mean the reviews. We already had the Switch Lite and it helped boost sales. Now what I personally hope is the Switch Pro. There are reasons that lead me to think that it is not very far. The first is that it supposes a form of reaffirm trust in the platform. The second that will help open world games like ZBOTW2 or the next Pokémon have the necessary processing capacity to take a step forward. And the third is that Nintendo has already done this countless times: from the N64 Expansion Pack to the New Nintendo 3DS.
Anyone in the direction of Nintendo would have it clear: we must continue betting on Nintendo Switch. The concept of a laptop that can be connected to the TV has been embraced and it is now what makes the hardware unique compared to the competition. In the next years I see a closer review than a new machine designed from scratch. So I think there is still a Switch for a while. If right now it can be considered one of the best Nintendo consoles, I can not imagine what it will mean in four years. I’m expecting to check it out. And you? What do you expect from the console?
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