Nintendo Switch Is Still The Odd Man Out This Current-Gen

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Is the Nintendo Switch lagging behind? [Image from Nintendo Australia]

The Nintendo Switch has been out for a while now and though it has Zelda, it’s still the weakest console. Admittedly, more games will be coming to the console soon, but it seems like Nintendo is making the same mistakes. From porting older games to a lackluster online service thus far, it seems like Nintendo has to up their game.

Late Third-Party Support

Since the hardware just came out, we’ll cut it some slack since some games that were planned for Wii U went to Switch instead. That being said, it would have been nice to have some of them during launch, as it feels like Nintendo is getting hand-me-downs from better consoles. While the amount of third-party support is great, the lack of anything new or on time hurts it quite a bit.

One of the most hyped games for the console is Skyrim, a six-year-old game that most fans have already played by now. There was even a remastered edition that came out on PS4, Xbox One and PC, which is the port the Nintendo Switch is probably getting. Sure, it doesn’t diminish the quality of gameplay Skyrim has, but the same can be said for Arkham City and Assassin’s Creed 4 on Wii U.

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 will at least have local co-op on the Nintendo Switch, something the PS4, Xbox One and PC don’t. There’s even a good chance it will have all of the DLC for the game, but those who have played it won’t re-buy it. More third-party support is definitely needed, but it needs to come out on time so they don’t get looked down on by most gamers.

Port City

Aside from 1-2-Switch and Super Bomberman-R, all of the games right now are ports from other consoles, including the Wii U. It might run better and have handheld support, but Zelda Breath of the Wild is still the exact game on Wii U. Both versions will be getting the additional expansion passes when they come out, so there’s not much else different really.

Something similar can be said for the JRPG I am Setsuna, which got a digital release on PS4 and Steam. While it does have a retail copy and a few new features on Nintendo Switch, it’s not a big enough difference to feel like a big title. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad game, but it’s one that some players would have played already.

Nintendo has also confirmed that over 60 indie games will make its way to the Switch in 2017; however, several of the games listed have already been available on other platforms. While the amount of ports might sound like a bad thing, there are actually a number of fans that want these.

There are also well-known ports coming to the Switch. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has plenty of fans excited despite the fact that it already came out on the Wii U. Fans are also hoping Super Smash Bros will be getting a deluxe treatment as well, so not everyone is against this.

Weaker Graphics And Performance

Zelda Breath of the Wild is a beautiful game, but it doesn’t look that different from the Wii U version. Though it’s stronger than the last Nintendo console, it seems like the company won’t be a big graphical powerhouse. Graphics aren’t everything, but fans were hoping for prettier visuals, especially with the PS4 Pro and the upcoming Xbox One Scorpio introducing 4k support with smooth frame-rates on consoles. 

New games coming to the console hasn’t instilled confidence either, with many mistaking Splatoon 2 as a remastered version of the first game. Mario Odyssey looks slightly better, but it seems like the Wii U could have handled the game with no problem.

Inferior Online Service

Nintendo earlier detailed features for their paid online service. The membership includes access to online gameplay, online lobbies, voice chat app, monthly game download, and exclusive deals. The Nintendo Switch is still fairly new, so there is hope that the current bare bones online store and service could get better. With Gamecube games rumored for the Virtual Console, things could be looking up soon. As of now though, it desperately needs more than a few classic NeoGeo games.

As of now, those who see value on both the PS4 and Xbox One likely won’t be detracted by the Switch. Nintendo’s hybrid console is currently a novelty device that allows gamers to play console gaming experience on the go. Hopefully things change once E3 kicks off this June.

Also Read: Nintendo Switch Outpacing PS4 Sales in Japan

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