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My Thoughts on the Nintendo Switch

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The Nintendo Switch has been a rather divisive subject within the gaming community at large, whether it be it's graphical power, battery life, paid online subscription, and number of launch titles, there is no shortage of things that people have taken issue with concerning the Nintendo Switch. As for me, I am cautiously optimisitic. I am a gamer, I love video games, I care not what console I play games, I care more for what games are on those platforms. For me, it looks like the Switch is the ideal console for me, especially considering my economic situation living in an extended stay hotel. It doesn't take up much room, I can play it on the TV when my family is out, and when they are here I can play it off the TV. But at the same time, due to my econmic situation, it's going to be very difficult to get everything that I would need for my Switch since everything is so expensive. Pro Controller $70, 128 Micro SD card $70, high capacity mobile phone charger $90, large carrying case $30-$40, that is a lot of money for such a small device, money that I don't have for stuff that I will evnetually need. I will eventually get all of that stuff over time, so I am not going to sweat it, but it is definately a blow to my very skinny wallet.

Let me start off with the things that don't excite me much about the Switch so that I can get it out of the way. The price of the console and all of the accessories, that is going to set me back quite a bit. The launch line up is rather anemic, but I understand that this as third parties are hesitant to fully dive into the Switch. Lack of storage is a concern, a game that should be a pack in is full priced, the online service is convoluted, and there really aren't any compelling new IP's outside of Splatoon 2 and Xenoblade Chronicles 2. I am not a fan of 1 2 Switch, and ARMS doesn't look like something that I can see myself investing a whole lot of time into.

Still with everything said, I am really excited for the Switch. It looks like it will have a good number of compelling first and third party games for those who love Japanese games, the device itself is really creative, and a number of the exclusives look fun. I can't wait for Breath of the Wild, I love Zelda games, and this looks to be shaping up to being the best one in a long time. The art style I absolutely adore, I love Studio Ghibli, and the imspiration is clear to see. The music of the game sounds very much like something Joe Hisaishi would compose. When I heard the music, I was instantly brought into the world of the game and brought me back to films like Castle in the Sky, Spirited Away, and Princess Mononoke. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe looks like it is going to be the definative edition of the best Mario Kart game to date, and I can't be any more excited to get back into one of my favorite games on the Wii U. Splatoon made a huge splash into the scene with it's colorful visual, unique character designs, and innovative gameplay mechanics. It has become incredibly huge in Japan, with concerts, toys, and even candy. There is no doubt that Nintendo has created another multimedia juggernaut and did so seemingly effortlessly, many companies wish they could do what Nintendo did with Splatoon. Xenoblade Chronicles was a game that spawned a huge internet campaign, and resulted in the game getting released internationally. this allowed Xenoblade Chronicles X to be released internationally without much issue, and was a fantastic game. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 looks to be a direct sequel to the Wii cult hit Xenoblade Chronicles, and I can't wait to sink my teeth into this large open world JRPG. I may not be the biggest Mario fan, but Super Mario Odessey is on my radar, I loved the open levels of Super Mario Sunshine, so i am looking forward to this game. perhaps not as much as i am some of the other games i mentioned, but i will eventually buy it sometime down the road. 

All in all, the Switch is shaping up to be an interesting though divisive experience, and one that I hope does well. There is a lot of trepidation concerning the Switch from all sides, but all we can really do is wait and see what happens. Hopefully, Nintendo does well, I don't want to see a video game industry without them.

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About Keiichi Morisatoone of us since 1:57 PM on 04.16.2013

been a gamer for about seven years and hasn't looked back