Since its reveal, Nintendo Switch has received a mixed reaction from gamers all over the world. Despite its possible flaws, we believe Switch is still something to get pretty excited about, as it offers a different gaming experience than those offered by its competitors (and indeed previous consoles).
Let’s take a look at the five reasons why we’re excited for Nintendo Switch!
1. Never Stop Gaming
We’ve all been there: you’re in the middle of a quest in Skyrim and glance over at the clock – you’re going to be late for work! What a shame you can’t take your console with you. With the Switch, no quest will go unfinished, as you can pick up the console and play it on the train, at your friend’s house, during your lunch break, wherever! Partner wants to watch the TV? Not a problem. Want to game in your warm, cosy bed? Go for it. No longer are you tied to one room in your house, and we can’t wait to have that freedom.
2. Bringing Local Multiplayer Back
Long gone are the days where local multiplayer is king. Now, the focus is online, so the choice of local multiplayer games is limited. Not only that, but the number of players that can get involved is often harshly restricted too. This isn’t the case with the Switch, as up to eight gamers can play at once, and with games like Bomberman, NBA 2K18 and Mario Kart coming to the console, it looks like there’s going to be a lot of opportunity to play with friends and loved ones.
We can only hope that there are many more local co-op and competitive games planned for the Switch, as well as plenty of online experiences.
3. A Better Online Service
Nintendo is notorious for providing online services that just don’t deliver. With the Switch, the online service is playing a bigger role than ever, and Nintendo has clearly acknowledged it needs to cater towards adult gamers. Friend codes have finally been ditched, voice chat will be possible and you can share screenshots to social media. Finally, a Nintendo online service for the modern age!
The downside is that this service won’t be free – if you want to play online you’ll need to pay a subscription fee (there’s currently no word on price). On the plus side, you’ll get a monthly free game download and exclusive eShop deals for subscribing.
4. More Third-Party Games
Around 50 third-party developers have pledged their support to the Switch and we’ve already had a small preview of the games that will be making their way to the console. Great games such as FIFA, Skyrim, Minecraft, Has-Been Heroes and NBA 2K18 are all confirmed so far, and we’re sure that more big-name titles are on the way.
Quite frankly, we can’t wait to start slaying dragons on the train to work.
5. A Great Range Of Games For The Whole Family
When it comes to family experiences, Nintendo has cornered the market. Xbox and PlayStation may have a handful of family-friendly games, but few are as charming as the series offered by Nintendo. While Nintendo seems to be making a big effort to make the Switch appeal to older fans – especially with the addition of mature-rated games and a proper online service – it still aims to be the console that gamers of all ages can enjoy. Even though only a small number of games have been announced so far, it’s clear there’s going to be something for families, young children, older children and adults.
As we’ve already mentioned, up to eight controllers can be linked to one system, so come Christmas day we bet even Granny will be up for a game of Mario Kart – as long as she can play as Bowser.
There you have it – our top five reasons why we’re excited for the Nintendo Switch, and we’re sure this list will grow as more games and features are revealed. What are you most looking forward to when it’s released this March? Let us know in the comments!