I bought both the wii and wii-u and whilst they had some cool games i only played them for about a month before they were shoved into a drawer and forgotten about.
The switch looks like it'll be much the same... another gimmicky console with no staying power.
here's hoping they prove me wrong though as I really am a fan of nintendo, just not their consoles.
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I am not sure what to think. A large part of me thinks it was a bad business move for several reasons i will get into.
The other part of me feels as though, people will perceive it as "new", not quite as successfully as wii done but similar for a shorter period of time.
It's faults are obvious. The main issue with making a system that is designed to be BOTH a console and a portable machine is you have to cut corners in both the experience and the hardware.
- Developers will be tasked with focusing on only making experiences that are designed around portability and home play. They can't go full blown at home console experiences because it'll be deterimental to the pick up and play aspect needed for an ease of use portable machine that is designed to be something you can quickly use on the go when you have some free time.
- part of me feels like this won't even be that common either. It'll be an untilised feature for the majority of people because most people have moved away from a dedicated home console experience on the go and moved towards mobile phones that can do gaming and more. Most people won't want to bring multiple machines
- There is a big difference between a laptop and a desktop at the same price regarding performance. A desktop for £1000 will absolutely outcompete a laptop for the same price. The smaller hardware is more costly to produce and also has to balance performance with power management because they don't want to destroy the battery
- as i mentioned. They have to balance graphical power with battery usage. They can't utilise the whole graphics chip because it is held back by the need to conserve battery.
- the small size means they have to take into consideration heating a lot more than if it were a dedicated home console with large fans
- Due to it's size, it is very likely mobile phones will soon outcompete it graphically. Especially nvidia who are likely to update the graphics card they provide for the switch in a neew shield device
I don't think it was very smart
BUT i think if for example the docking station was built to scale up graphics and kind of work as a graphics amplifier when connected. It could help address this tremendously. But due to the size... i doubt they done that at all. Even if they did, it's too small to give it much more performance
So i don't see multiplatform developers providing releases for it either. It'll have a smaller more dedicated number of games designed for the platform
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Most Helpful Girl
I think it looks amazing and it's exactly what I wish the Wii U had been. I love the idea of being able to grab the tablet from the docking station and being able to take your console games on the go. This will also allow Nintendo to churn out more games as they won't have to split their design teams between two formats. I can't wait to get one.