Last Thursday Nintendo held there presentation for the Nintendo Switch. While I was interested in what I saw, there were still enough concerns I had with the presentation that made we worried for the Switch. However, that was my initial impression with what I saw from the presentation. After a week of demos and new information, I am more excited for the Switch but I'm not going to be a Day 1 purchaser.
My first concern is that the system is coming with only 32 gigabytes of internal storage. In this day and age that is sad. While the argument can be made that most people are going to buy physical media, that is not a guarantee. Many times I have bought a game digitally when I have seen a online sale for it or if it is online only. And yes you can upgrade the internal memory up to 2 terabytes, but currently the highest SD card available is 512 gigabytes.
While I am not too critical of the cost of the Switch, the cost of the accessories is a little much. $70 for a Switch Pro controller makes no sense to me. $60 I could live with, that falls in line with there competitors. Same thing with the Joy-Cons, $80 dollars for a set is way too much. While I understand it is newer tech and that costs money, Nintendo needs to find a way to lower this cost for the consumer. The $90 for the dock, while still a high price point, is a lesser concern for me since this is a more convince item. The rest of the accessory prices pretty much fall in line with what is considered normal pricing.
Between the storage space and the accessory cost you start to realize that the real cost of this system can go well beyond the initial $300 price. Then again, no one is making you upgrade the storage or buy accessories. You can easily go the whole console's life cycle without ever upgrading the storage or buying accessories, except when a controller wears out which happens with all of the systems. So depending on how you look at this it may or may not be an issue.
Having to pay for the online is still not a concern for me. As I said before, if that is what it is going to take for Nintendo to make a solid, working online service so be it. Getting a free NES or SNES game for a month and only a month is sad, but that could always change in the future. The real question is that if we are going to be paying Nintendo to use there online service, are they going to deliver a reliable service?
Now while everything that I have said up to this point can be taken as me being critical of the Switch, after a week of news on the Switch there are some things I am looking forward to now.
Arms is a game that the more I read and see, the more interested I am in it. While I have no problem playing a game like this with motion controls, the fact that I am not required to is nice. This is going to be a game I will get when I do get a Switch.
Nintendo also held a Fire Emblem Direct on Wednesday, January 18th. During the direct, they announced a Fire Emblem mobile game, a remake of Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia for the 3DS, a Dynasty Warrior-style game for the Switch along with a new game in the series for the Switch. As a Fire Emblem fan, this was a huge direct for me and the fact that there are now two fire emblem games going to the Switch makes me excited to get one now.
My only concern is that Arms is not coming out until spring of this year while Fire Emblem Warriors is not slated until the fall. Even with Splatoon 2 coming out in the summer, I am in no real rush to get a Switch until the summer at the earliest. There is just not enough good games that I am interested in to rush out and get one at launch. That is not to say that I would not pick one up sooner if the opportunity presents itself.