There are now only 5 days to go until the release of Nintendo Switch, and while many are excited about its launch, others are reluctant to get their hands on Nintendo’s newest
home hand-held console, and I for one do not blame them for their reluctance.
If you were to ask me if I am excited for the launch of the Nintendo Switch, I’d probably roll my eyes given my love of all things Nintendo is rather obvious. However, those who do not share my affection for the company may be less eager for the Switch’s release come March 3rd.
Reflecting on this sentiment, I often think to myself if I would be excited for the Switch’s release if I possessed no feelings towards Nintendo as a brand or a company, and for that, I am not so sure.
I don’t know about you, but when Nintendo first announced its plans for a new home console entertainment system, I was expecting just that. Instead, we have been given a hybrid console, which clearly prioritises hand-held gaming due to its minuscule internal storage space. Right now, the Nintendo Switch is much more reminiscent of the Wii U or 3DS, than the Wii or GameCube.
Many share my frustrations regarding the Nintendo Switch, and as we get closer to its release date more concerns and issues are coming out the woodworks. Hardware problems and an overall lack of storage space are to name but a few.
I will explore just a few issues with you, as some features or lack thereof are important to be aware of before purchasing a Switch on March 3rd. I by no means am criticising Nintendo or the Nintendo Switch, however, as consumers, we should be able to voice our concerns and disappointments over the products we purchase.
As the Nintendo Switch has not yet been released, I can only judge on the information we already know about the console i.e. price, storage space etc. Issues regarding hardware are not personal experiences, but experiences that have come to public knowledge.
It’s no secret that consoles nowadays are expensive. Gaming, once a casual and inexpensive hobby has now become an expensive and often financially demanding activity. And, the Nintendo Switch is no exception.
The Switch is currently priced at around $299 for those living within the United States, which is considerably high when you compare the prices of the Xbox One and PS4 at launch. And, we who live and reside in the UK won’t get it any easier, as we are expected to pay out a hefty £279.99 for the console, paying a total of £40 ($49) more than our American cousins.
Not to mention the launch of The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild takes place on the same day as the console’s, resulting in us incurring even most costs.
Post the console’s release, like all consoles, the Switch’s price will likely decline. However, those unwilling to wait for more ‘reasonable prices’ will undoubtedly feel the burn of initial costs!
Lack of Internal Storage Space
The Switch has a total of 32GB worth of internal storage space. Oh sorry, did I say 32GB? I meant about 26GB when you take into account the console’s operating system and basic applications which require about 6GB of space and counting. 26GB space worth of available storage is a minuscule amount when compared to the amount of space most games on the Switch require.
For example, The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild requires 13.4GB, while Dragon Quest Heroes 2 requires a whopping 32GB worth of storage space! Which is more space than the original console actually has!
We have no choice but to purchase additional storage if we want to play and store most titles on our consoles. Nintendo has a range of microSD cards compatible with the Switch, however, pricing is all dependant on the amount of data you need or want.
Those lucky enough to get their hands on the Nintendo Switch early have reported an issue regarding the console’s hardware. The issue surrounds the console’s Joy-Con controllers failing to connect when signals had been compromised. Players often lost control of their characters mid-game because of unexpected signal failures.
Nintendo has announced that they will be fixing any signalling issues as soon as possible, so I doubt it’ll be something we experience during its launch.
Do you have any issues or concerns regarding the Nintendo Switch? If so, let me know. And don’t forget to stay tuned for more posts relating to all things Nintendo!