“Nintendo Switch”… Like all new console names, it sounded so foreign and bizarre at first. Had I been younger, I would have assumed “that will never catch on” due to how ordinary and non-console-like it sounded. But we had been through that with the Wii before. It started sounding natural after some time.
It was clear that Nintendo was trying to send a very clear message. This is a new unprecedented pursuit for them. And to this day, it still feels that way from a marketing standpoint.
When I first saw the console, I was genuinely unsure whether most people would go for it though. To me, even though the marketing felt new, in many ways it felt like Nintendo was still doubling down on their failing Wii U concept of off-TV play. The controllers in the video - which we now know as joycons - looked far too small, limited, and awkward to use in the horizontal position for muliplayer. And the system’s form factor guaranteed that it would be less powerful than its competition who were already getting even more powerful upgrades.
But, fortunately, the gaming community and public at large has seemed to embrace the device. 2 years later, I do see this as the best direction for the company, and genuinely well thought out - although still not quite as revolutionary as they were during the Wii and DS era.
It’s getting better 3rd party support than we’ve seen in decades from any piece of Nintendo hardware. And its form factor has even gotten me to double dip on a title or two. Plus, it’s internal design was genuinely as state of the art as you could hope for from Nintendo, which is something we hadn’t seen from the company since arguably the GCN days. And those joycons are suprisingly enjoyable to use even for my adult-sized hands.
Even though I am a Nintendo fan, and was going to be there on Day 1 for the launch no matter what (nothing beats a new Nintendo system), I genuinely misjudged the Switch’s market potential. I thought it would sell between the GCN and the N64 in terms of numbers, and it looks like it will easily eclipse both of those systems when all is said and done.
How did you feel after seeing the trailer? And have your impressions changed over the course of the last 2 years?