Four Reasons Why the Nintendo Switch Is Overrated – Reader’s Feature

Nintendo Switch handheld mode

Not all that cracks up to be? (image: Nintendo)

One reader claims that it’s all been downhill for Switch since it’s a great first year and that Nintendo needs a change of direction from its successor.

The switch is now five years old and has been a virtually unconditional success.

Nintendo rightly deserves praise for the console. As a Switch owner myself, I have a lot of love for Switch. However, I sometimes feel that the shortcomings of the hardware have been let go.

Here are some of the reasons why I think Switch is, at times, perhaps somewhat overrated

Lack of third party support

Luckily, I’m lucky enough to own a PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S, so this does not affect me that much, but it must be frustrating to miss amazing multiplatform games like Elden Ring, Resident Evil, Control, and Red Dead Redemption 2 for them. , who only owns one Switch.

Even games released on Switch, such as FIFA and more recently Guardians Of The Galaxy, are either just cloud versions or have far fewer features than the Xbox / PlayStation versions.

The lack of power / graphic capacity

The switch is a great device for people like myself who mainly play in handheld mode, but let’s face it, the machine shows its age a bit.

I’m not an expert, but to my understanding the Switch is more powerful than the PlayStation 3 / Xbox 360, but noticeably smaller than the base PlayStation 4 / Xbox One.

I’m sure Nintendo has had to compromise on power to achieve portability, but still, when the Switch launched in 2017, Sony had already released the PS4 Pro. With the PlayStation 5 / Xbox Series X / S now out, the Switch is essentially two generations behind.

It seems like Nintendo is always playing catch-up. Fair enough, graphics are not everything, but imagine if developers did not have to make significant compromises to get their games running on the Switch.

If the next Nintendo console had the portability of the Switch with power similar to the latest generation, and third-party support as a result, they would be even more successful.

The lack of high-profile releases

When Switch was first released in 2017, it had a hell of a line-up: Splatoon, Mario Kart and some smaller high-profile but still well-received games like Snipperclips and ARMS. As well as Zelda: Breath Of The Wild, which many claim is a challenger to the best game ever, and also Super Mario Odyssey within the first six months. The switch has had amazing games since, but I would argue that it has never reached the heights in the first year.

Personally, I prefer single-player games, especially platform games, puzzles, or adventure games, which means that with the exception of Metroid Dread and Kirby And The Forgotten Land, many of the high-profile releases – such as Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Pokémon or the upcoming Splatoon 3, Nintendo Switch Sports and Mario Strikers: Battle League – do not attract much to me.

Luckily, after not playing much of Nintendo’s back catalog, I’ve managed to enjoy games like Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Super Mario Galaxy, Super Mario 3D World, and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.

However, I wonder how more dedicated Nintendo fans who may have already experienced these games look at Nintendo, which often closes gaps in the release schedule this way, especially games like Super Mario 64 where the minimal effort was spent. Especially considering that fans are shouting that certain games, like Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Zelda: The Wind Waker, need to be remastered, and Nintendo apparently is not listening.

Lack of sales / offers

This is maybe a bit of a nit-pick. Currys in particular often seem to give 20% off codes on new games, and after all, the standard £ 50 for new Nintendo games is better than the £ 70 Sony exclusive.

But with Sony, you know that these exclusive offers are likely to be significantly reduced over the course of the year. Nintendo, on the other hand, seems to offer small discounts, if any, on first-party gaming.

I’m not saying you can not get occasional trade. I have some great games like Inside and Limbo for almost nothing. But if it’s an exclusive Nintendo like Zelda or Mario, you’ll just have to suck it up and pay the 50 quid. [There’s actually a sale on right now, although it started after you sent this feature in – GC]

All of these complaints may seem like I’m down on the Switch. I’m not. It’s a great machine, and for me it’s a great selling point to be able to play games in bed or out. Also, there is no way I would get rid of my Switch and miss the new Zelda. I just hope its predecessor relies less on past hits and more original content, as well as embracing third-party support while maintaining portability.

By reader matc7884

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