The Nintendo Switch has been on the market for just under a week, and we’ve seen a mixture of good and bad news. The new console has sold very well worldwide so far, but there a few gripes and concerns that some folks have with it. Various things like its lack of multimedia apps, concern over future third-party support, and how it will stand up to rival platforms have come up.
A reporter from the Washington Post recently had an interview with Nintendo of America president, Reggie Fils-Aime. The Nintendo executive offered some encouraging words to soothe those who had the aforementioned concerns.
Some highlights of this interview are Reggie’s comments on the system’s launch line-up. Some folks feel that there should have been more games available at launch, but Reggie deflected that by stating how Nintendo is focusing on providing a steady stream of content throughout the year and beyond. Many games have been announced for the Switch so far, like Mario Kart 8: Deluxe, ARMS, Splatoon 2, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and Super Mario Odyssey. Several third-party and indie games have also been announced for the system.
Speaking of which, Reggie also commented on that. He stressed that Nintendo is working with big companies such as Bethesda, as well as others like Take-Two and EA. As for indies (or as Nintendo likes to call them: ‘Nindies’), Reggie highlighted that Nintendo is continuing to embrace these independent developers. Nintendo has made it an easy process for these developers to bring their games over to the Switch, and Nintendo sees their support as a factor in the Switch’s long-term success.
Reggie also touched on the differences between the Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. While those systems have more horsepower, the Switch offers the exclusive ability to be able to carry the experience across from your TV at home to the palm of your hands, allowing you to continue playing wherever you may go. Reggie also touched on how many indie games will be coming to the Switch before the other platforms.
Finally, the lack of video streaming services was mentioned once again. The Wii U launched with apps like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Instant Video, but the Switch doesn’t even have one of those yet. Reggie confirmed that Nintendo is talking with the companies behind those services, and those apps will make their way to the Switch “in time.” The reason as to why they aren’t already available is that Nintendo is focusing primarily on the Switch’s gaming aspects, according to Reggie.
Do Reggie’s comments make you feel better about any worries you have about the Switch?
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