The Nintendo NX is no more, Nintendo has dropped the code name and finally revealed their newest console, AND portable. It’s called the Nintendo Switch. It’s a hybrid handheld console and I’m very excited for it. The more I think about it, the better it sounds actually. But I will be fair, I am a huge Nintendo fan and I have bought 4 of their consoles (including the Wii U) and 3 of their handhelds at launch (not including special editions). The ones I didn’t buy at launch, I got later, and still have it…even the Virtual Boy. Last but not least, my game collection is probably 70%+ Nintendo. So yes, I do play favorites to Nintendo, but if you are also a Nintendo fan or even rooting for Nintendo to succeed, then get excited. If the momentum gets big enough for the Switch, Nintendo might bounce back strong. The more I think about the system the more potential I can imagine from it. I just hope Nintendo can capitalize. Here are some things I’m throwing around in my head.
Local Multiplayer Possibilities
This could be huge, this could re-invent things like couch co-op, LAN parties, and your traditional ideas of local multiplayer. Even with only one piece of hardware it looks like players could gather around the screen and play a co-op game like Diablo, and Donkey Kong or even multiplayer games of Madden and Mario Kart. The more this spreads, or the more people that own the Switch, the wider the multiplayer possibilities get. Battlefield, Splatoon, and other resource heavy titles will start to become a possibility. With some of my friends, it might actually be easier to play a game together in person than online. A good amount of my friends and family have a PS4, if those games we play at home were also portable, we would be playing a lot more together. Even transporting it to a friend’s house is simple.
Combining It’s Markets
The biggest roadblock is that this system has to sell, a lot. If the social aspects and local multiplayer opportunities are really going to flourish, it’s going to need to have a large install base. The Playstation 4 sold amazingly, in 3 years, it’s already around 44 million, one of the fastest selling consoles of all time. In 3 years the XBox One has reached 22 million while the Wii U only broke 11 million in 4 years time. And the 3DS, which is very important here, will most likely hit 60 Million sold in 2017. The Switch means Nintendo is combining it’s portable market and it’s console market, there is definitely some overlap in there, but it’s actually not too crazy to think that it could put up PS4 numbers. If it REALLY catches on and reaches a fad-like status, Nintendo could have a Wii/DS combo on it’s hands (Wii sold 101million, DS sold 153million).
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