Because the Wii U failed to catch on, Nintendo decided to cut its losses and shift its attention to the console’s successor, the Nintendo Switch. The Switch isn’t scheduled to launch until March 2017, but we already know quite a bit about this futuristic gaming device. So far, it seems destined to fare better than the Wii U did, thanks to the clearer vision Nintendo has already gotten across for it. So as these pre-Switch months drag on, it seems like a good time to talk about the great and the not-so-great aspects of the Switch. Let’s start with something positive and go from there.
1. Great: Portability
As fun as it is to play games on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, those consoles have one giant limitation: You can’t play them away from your TV. Sure, if you’re tech-savvy, you can stream games to a PC, but the experience is a lot more complicated and limited than just tossing a tablet in your bag.
Meanwhile, the whole concept of the Nintendo Switch is based on it being available to you wherever you go. When you’re at home, you can play the games on your gleaming big-screen TV. When you get off the couch, there’s no need to stop; you can keep playing on the Switch’s built-in screen. It’s the best of both worlds. It’s going to be particularly exciting when we can play epic games like Skyrim and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on the go. Previously, no portable games have offered the size, scope, or ambition of those AAA titles.