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[Opinion] Nintendo’s Switch plans are disrespectful to consumers

Written by Austin Griffith

Earlier this week, Nintendo unveiled the Nintendo Switch in all its hopeful glory to the general public. This is the second third fourth fifth sixth time since Nintendo’s Switch launch announcement that I’ve felt horribly disrespected and let down by Nintendo. To begin…

Launch Title Embarrassment

First off, Nintendo announced to the world today that the Nintendo Switch’s biggest launch title, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (which is also releasing on the Wii U), would run at 900p and aim to hit 30fps on the Nintendo Switch.

This is embarrassing.

Let me reiterate that before we move on to my point: in March of 2017, you are going to purchase a brand new next-generation console – Nintendo’s second in this ‘generation’ — and your graphics will be lower than the episode of The Simpsons that will be airing Sunday night.

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Not only is this embarrassing, this is disrespectful.

Storage Space

The second time came at the announcement of shipping the Switch with only 32GB of storage. The year is 2017, the iPhone and most other cell phones bottom out at 32GB. I’m fairly certain (but unable to check) that my 3DS even came with at least a 16GB microSD card in it — which I have nowhere near filled in my years with the handheld because it’s a mobile console with small games.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is set to come in at 13.4GB or over 40% of the default storage. This is of course not counting what space we’ll surely lose for the Switch’s OS. In the age of digital where GameStop is turning in to Hot Topic because physical games are dyingNintendo wants to restrict our digital gaming by forcing us to purchase a micro SD card to hold more than one or two titles?

Paid Online Service

Nintendo Switch Online

The third comes with the handling of Nintendo’s online services. This is an area I have been very worried about from the start considering how far behind Nintendo has been, and it does not look like they plan to improve it any. While yes, the Switch does have an online service with digital chat and monthly free games similar to Xbox Live and PlayStation Plus, they’ve managed to horribly destroy any chances of value within it.

Anyone who pays the unannounced monthly fees to access Nintendo’s online service will be able to:

  • Use voice communication through their phone (why don’t we just use Skype, or better yet, a phone call?) Why am I paying Nintendo to use the phone I already pay for?
  • Try a selection of NES or SNES games every month, similar to Games With Gold, except you don’t get to keep them and they go away after a month… really? Is Nintendo that worried about losing revenue on their games from 20 years ago that they won’t let me keep one a month?
  • And of course, play games online.

Nintendo expects you to pay not to access the online services bundled with the console, but to access the online services through an app on your smart phone. They are the only features you get for paying for the online service.  Really Nintendo?

No free title to show off the console

Fourth we have the status of the console at launch, mainly the games. Where are they? Where’s my free pack-in game? Why do I need to spend $360 + tax + the cost of a microSD card at launch just to play my $300 console?

Of course, not every console needs to have a free game included. The Xbox One did not, nor did the PS4 or Wii U – and that’s fine because they’re all standard consoles.

The Switch, just like the Wii, is the introduction and re-introduction of many new gimmicks. With the biggest title at launch being Zelda, a non-gimmicky title, fans have no easy reason to try out the various new things being introduced in to the Switch. Does Nintendo really think ARMS, a game about punching, is worth $60 to consumers? Imagine if the Kinect didn’t include any software with it and you had to pay $60 for Kinect Adventures.

That’d of been a big problem…

nintendo-switch-games-confirmed-games-list-launch-titles-1484567293Take a look at the image at the top of this page. See the consoles JoyCons at its side and separate from the screen on a grip? That is not included. If you would like to play your Switch frequently you’d better remember to put the JoyCons back on to the console when you’re done so they can charge – otherwise you’re spending another $30 for a JoyCon charging handle.

That brings your day one costs to $300 (Switch) +  micro SD card + $60 (game of choice) + $30 (charging handle) + any applicable taxes, bringing the true price of a Switch to well over $400.

Third Party Support

Finally, we have the third party support. This was the Wii U’s final nail in the coffin, and right now it looks like it will be similar for the Switch. At time of writing some of the highest profile games we have coming from third parties include Ubisoft’s Steep and Rayman Legends, Bethesda’s Skyrim, and Telltale’s Minecraft: Story Mode. See my point? No?

These are all titles I can have been playing on other consoles for years! Bethesda is bringing is the older of its two most popular titles to the Switch. Why not Fallout 4? Could the Switch not handle it? We know that Fallout 4 began by porting Skyrim to the next generation, so why give us the older, more widely available of the two?

nintendo_switch_skyrim-600x310In Conclusion

Does anyone really need a fifth platform to play Skyrim on?

Do we need another online service to pay for that offers us absolutely no tangible benefits?

Do we expect third party developers to develop for a touchscreen system that heavily relies on a docked configuration where the touch screen cannot be accessed? Will anybody develop for something that is unusable in the docked position?

Is this what we want for our $300+ $400+? A console to play last holiday’s titles six months later?

I can’t tell you if Nintendo is incompetent, unintelligent, or just completely uncaring of consumer wants and needs. What I can tell you is that Nintendo is disrespecting us, the consumers, if they think this is the proper way to go about selling a console in 2017.

I love Nintendo, I always have, but the way the Switch is starting to line up has me considering taking my preorder and cancelling it rather than wasting my money on another failure like the Wii U.

What do you think?

About the author

Austin Griffith

Austin Griffith is LevelSave.com's Owner and Editor-in-Chief. He began gaming young with Pokemon Silver and Banjo-Tooie and hasn't stopped since. You can find him on Twitter @AustinG909 and on Xbox Live at iKarmakazi. You can email him directly at Austin@LevelSave.com

  • Wowwww

    I have a Nintendo switch and never used the microSD card and have not even come close to needing a charging handle for my joycons. So quit crying about that for starters. Secondly, most consoles have trash launch titles. XBOX 360’s killer app at launch was Perfect Dark Zero. Zelda smokes that. You can sit there and cry about the resolution and frame rate all you want, but the bottom line is the game is ridiculously fun and looks great as well. Which is more than I can say for your lame glasses, backwards snap fit hat, bandana and oversized hiking backpack for your walk down the sidewalk. You look like a homeless Pokemon trainer.

  • Paul Chach Mcarthy

    Nintendo are bankrupt, they cant afford to compete so they knock out these poorly designed, cheap consoles in the hope they can ship enough units to stave off the debtors until the inevitable buy out.

    • Wowwww

      Riiiiggghhttt..they only single handedly stopped the video game crash that Atari started and their IPs are consistently the highest rated games of all consoles. But I’m sure that’s just a conspiracy, right? All those nintendo fans out to spread misinformation. The same ones that aren’t buying any consoles, according to you. And if Nintendo was bankrupt, how come it hasn’t been in the news? Oh that’s right, because you just sit on the internet and spout misinformation all day because you have nothing better to do with your life besides hate Nintendo. Probably because all of your PS4/XB1 games are just remasters from last gen.

  • Is this why Nintendo Switch doesn’t have a touch screen/main screen like the 3DS and Wii-U? Or why the Wii-U doesn’t have a 3DS slot and can’t play 3DS games? These are HUGE compatibility problems.

  • Devon

    Disrespectful?

    I guess the only response to that is: don’t buy the fucking thing if you’re so offended by it.

    There now, that was easy!

    • Paul Chach Mcarthy

      nobody is buying it, thats the problem.

      • Wowwww

        I haven’t seen a single console in stock since it launched and it’s still selling at an inflated price online so how far up your ass did that misinformation come from?

  • Gio Gonzalez

    The only cure for Nintendo and its nostalgia-filled fans is extinction, and they’re already on their way, as both of those groups are already old AF manchildren.

    • Alex Chaudhari

      Way to assert and ask for death dumbass.

      • Gio Gonzalez

        You mean that Nintendo fans are professional hitmen too? Ye Gods!

        • Alex Chaudhari

          No proof.

          • Gio Gonzalez

            So, you got any smart arguments or you just gonna spout random nonsense?

          • Alex Chaudhari

            I’m waiting for your proof.

          • Gio Gonzalez

            Proof of what? That Nintendo are old AF? Well let’s see what good old Wikipedia has to say:

            Let’s see, Nintendo, key people:
            President: Tatsumi Kimishima, age 66
            Technology Fellow: Genyo Takeda, age 67
            Creative Fellow: Shigeru Miyamoto, age 64
            COO and President of NoA: Reggie Fils-Aimé, age 55

            Yep, Nintendo seems loads of reliable for being on touch with modern gaming and technology, when they have the age of being your grandfathers (or even great-grandfathers, in these modern, liberal times), next thing you tell me is that Wikipedia is biased against Nintendo or something, but keep on droning, son! It sure has helped Nintendo in the past 2 decades, huh?

  • NextLevelAutist

    All these articles are trash.

    Just look at the Call Of Duty 4 remastered article..shit is so opinionated its not even funny.

    You wonder why you get no traffic.

  • FOKQ

    little f doesn’t realize this is a handheld gaming device disrespectful f

    • Paul Chach Mcarthy

      not according to nintendo it isnt. lol

      • Wowwww

        According to nintendo it’s both a handheld and a console. That’s why it’s replacing both the Wii U and the 3DS. Another weak troll attempt that’s not even based on fact.

  • Craftywalrus

    You sound like a butt hurt kid. Most of your arguments are uninformed or nonsensical.

    • Zatoichi

      Yup weak ass click bait article…

  • zero

    Nintendo are already laughing all the wwwaaayyyy to the bank on this one, thanks to all the idiots that pre-ordered evert last Switch.

    God I love Nintendo! Brilliant!!!

    Consumers….

    Not so brilliant. More like a dying star seen thousands of years later across the Milky Way.

    I think WARIO is the new mascot for Nintendo…

    “GREED IS GOOD!!!”

    “I’MMA WARIO!!! AND I’MMA GONNA WIN!!!”

    • Paul Chach Mcarthy

      Nintendo are broke

      • Wowww

        They have more money than you….and Sony. Troll a little harder, tiger.

  • Michael Lim

    it uses cartridges so no need for more space. it has a retro feel to it.

    • Sam

      Some people want digital?

    • Paul Chach Mcarthy

      carts are cheap, n cant afford to produce on blu ray which is the standard.

      • Wowwww

        Blu-Rays only advantage is storage space. That’s why you have to wait damn near an hour to play a new game since it has to load to the hard drive and wait for a massive update before you can play a brand new game. Not to mention the much higher failure rate of disc drives. I’ll take the faster loading and reliability any day.

  • Stealth

    This article is dirspectful.

  • Note5

    Not only that, like Mr. Iwata (RIP) , those poor producers who presented the hardware and games will take much of the financial blow when Switch bombs leaving Greedtendo unscathe and still filthy rich.
    Greedtendo is still that greedy draconian corporation.
    This time they have to go down.

    • Alex Chaudhari

      Mr Justice Man is here.

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