Unlike the Wii U, the Nintendo Switch actually entices me to buy third-party games on the console/handheld hybrid. If you didn’t know, I run Nintendo Enthusiast’s sister site, PlayStation Enthusiast. So obviously, the PlayStation 4 is my go-to platform of choice. Why? Most of the credit goes to the exceptional first-party games (Uncharted, Horizon: Zero Dawn). Although I’d be lying if I said that PSN trophies had nothing to do with it. (I’m addicted to trophies, please send help) I purchased the Nintendo Switch not long after the console launched to play The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (of course). Unexpectedly, during my time with Breath of the Wild, I fell in love with the Switch hardware itself.
While my trustworthy PS Vita is still getting plenty of life with third-party support from Japanese developers and indies, I’d be in denial if I didn’t think support for it will die down next year. It’s inevitable, the Vita is 6-year-old hardware. Seeing how Sony has (seemingly) no plans to compete in the handheld space anymore, the Switch has my complete and undivided attention.
I’ve stated this plenty of times in the past, and I’ll say it again, a console’s power does not matter. Especially if you’re Nintendo, who own the rights to some of the greatest intellectual properties in the world. Also, most of Nintendo’s games/series have never really needed to be graphically demanding, as most of them have a (some would say) ‘cartoony’ presentation to them. Nonetheless, they still don’t fail to impress us with their amazing art direction’s (Mario Kart 8, Breath of the Wild). What am I getting at? While the Switch isn’t on par with Xbox One or PS4 in terms of power, that’s is easy to look past when I can take Switch games anywhere I want. Not to mention, it’s a powerhouse of a handheld.
During my time with the Wii U, when games like Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Watch Dogs released and I was given the option, PS4 or Wii U version — Of course, I was going to pick the version that’s graphically more impressive, and I the one I could earn trophies while playing. The Wii U didn’t offer me anything in return to having a graphically inferior version of a game (aside from tablet functions that I didn’t care for). Now when it comes to the Switch, I’m actually debating my purchases. Do I want the more graphically impressive Dragon Quest Heroes, or the one that looks worse, but I can literally take with me anywhere I go? With any third-party game that releases on Switch and PS4, I’m going to have the debate in my head, “which one?”. Which is just bonkers for me.
A Bright Future for the Big N
This is what tells me that Nintendo went in the right direction with the Switch. They’re getting me, a trophy-addicted, diehard PlayStation fan, to choose their version of a game. That’s an incredible feat — kudos, Nintendo. The last console generation, I wouldn’t have even considered buying the Wii U version of something like Madden. Now? It’s a whole different ballgame. I was going to get The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on PS4, but why do that when I can get the Switch version, and have a huge open-world RPG in the palm of my hands, anywhere I go? I would have never thought having a game the size and scope of Skyrim running on a handheld would ever be a reality even just three years ago.
How else can Nintendo speak to me? By working with developers to get exclusive content in their games. Luckily, they are! Example: Exclusive Nintendo IP battle-cars in Rocket League on Switch, and we’ve already gotten I Am Setsuna’s “Temporal Battle Arena” content exclusively on Switch. To go another step forward Nintendo, give me Link in a third-party fighting game and I’m all over the Switch version, just like GameCube and Soul Calibur II. Nintendo has spiced up many third-party games with their characters in the past (Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D, Tekken Tag Tournament), and I hope they keep it up with the Switch.
The Switch speaks to me as a portable gaming fan, while simultaneously offering an on-the-couch experience. I want Nintendo to succeed with Switch; The Wii U was a half-step in this direction. Now, Nintendo is all in, and so am I.
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Brett Medlock is one of our leads on video production here at Enthusiast Gaming. He’s obsessed with action-adventure games, platinum trophies, and K-pop. To hear more about how lame he is, follow him on Twitter @brettnll