Nintendo chose to launch the Nintendo Switch with no apps of any sort. In 2017, that’s a bold move. They say it’s because they want to market the Switch as a gaming console first, but in my opinion, I think they rushed the console to the market. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, we did get a brand new incredible Zelda game at the launch. Nintendo knew they couldn’t delay Breath of the Wild again, so instead, they launched the Switch day and date with The Legend of Zelda, and most gamers are satisfied with their purchase, despite not having any apps, and a scarce launch lineup.
So let’s get the obvious out of the way; streaming services. Applications like Netflix, Hulu, Twitch, HBO Now, hell even YouTube would all be fantastic on Switch, more so than PS4 and Xbox One. Why? The Switch can go anywhere in your house, and steaming anywhere with an internet connection. In a sense, when is comes to streaming services, the Switch is a combination of a PS4 and tablet — and unlike the Wii U, it’s not tethered to your console (hallelujah). Also, there were some rumors a while back that the NX (Switch) was capable of streaming in 4K. If that is true, it’s another big way Switch could compete with PS4 and Xbox One as the king of the living room.
While all that is obvious, other things might not be. You may have heard that Netflix recently updated their app on iPhone and Android to allow users to download movies and TV shows, so they can view them on the go, without an internet connection. The Switch is the only home gaming console that could take advantage of this feature. Going on a long train ride? Download a movie on your Switch. Have to fly across the country? Watch a whole season of Bates Motel on your Switch. Yes, this feature is already available on mobile, but seriously, who has that kind of space on their smart phone? I personally don’t know anyone who does. At least the Switch has easily upgradable storage space, unlike an iPhone. Also, Imagine if other companies took advantage of a download-and-go feature like Netflix, the Switch would be the best place to implement it.
Now, rewind back to the games (the most important part). Nintendo has been keeping a lot of secrets regarding their virtual console line-up. We can only hope they unveil a vast library of NES, SNES, N64, GameCube, and maybe even Wii games, that’s the dream, right? They’re in a position to make the Switch the go-to console for classic games, party games, mobile gaming, streaming services, and of course, fantastic first-party exclusives. That would be a huge feat, and I think it’s definitely a possibility if they play their cards right. And personally, I’d love if they kept the 3DS and Wii U ports coming. I want Fire Emblem Fates and Pokemon ORAS in HD, as well as exclusives I missed on the Wii U (Xenoblade Chronicles X, Pikman 3). I also think the mobile aspect of the Switch is a huge perk for third-party games on the hybrid console. Although I have wrote about that previously: As a Huge PlayStation Fan, I’m Debating Buying Third-party Games on Switch
So what’s your opinion on all this? Do you think Nintendo will work out deals with third-party streaming services and have a download-and-go feature? Do you think the Switch virtual console will blow our minds? Leave all your thoughts in the comments section below, or on our social media pages!
Brett Medlock is a senior editor and a lead 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