Beast Gamer News: Long Live the Switch
Consider this for a moment, a gaming console that lasts longer than the initial 5-year shelf life and I do not mean that it is stilling living on even though the next generation system is out and games are still being made for it. No, my lovely gamers I mean a system that is being still backed and games are continuously being developed for it. This seems to be the current dream for Nintendo for their latest switch console that came out last year.
Now if you ask me it is a bit too early to celebrate so soon with only the system being out for a year. In that being said I am quite impressed with the line up that Nintendo is giving the Switch. I have not owned a Nintendo Console since the N64 for reasons being that the games were not really my style. Also, I didn’t really trust Nintendo so much with the way they backed their product with the Nintendo Wii and Wii U. This time around it seems like they have grown up and realized that the system needs to be beefed up with great quality games and I can respect that.
“Nintendo also has a system in place whereby the software developers focus on these hardware features in their development efforts for the continuation of the Nintendo Switch business. Up until now, the hardware lifecycle has trended at around five or six years, but it would be very interesting if we could prolong that life cycle, and I think you should be looking forward to that.” – Miyamoto
I feel they were inspired by the PlayStation 2 and Sega Dreamcast Life Cycle that went beyond five years as well. Granted the dreamcast did that overseas and recently made a come back with some new titles being produced. I feel as though with the technology going on right now why not make console last longer? The only drawback with the Switch is that it doesn’t feature any of the high end graphics of the PS4 Pro and XOneX, but if the games are good which that has proven to be true the Switch has nothing to worry about.
The next bit of news is quite interesting as Miyamoto is encouraging the ownership of the Nintendo Switch and would like it in all homes. Keep in mind that it is a home console and a portable system at the same time making it the best of both worlds. There are flaws in the battery life on the go, but honestly many gamers like myself have charging stations and don’t plan on draining it as intended.
“Our ultimate ambition is for a Nintendo Switch to be owned not just by every family, but by every single person. If consumers come to take it for granted that everybody has a Nintendo Switch, then we can create new and very Nintendo genres of play, and Nintendo Switch can have a life apart from smart devices and other video game systems. Expanding the Nintendo Switch world this way is a means of eliminating risk.”
Now the next big thing that will make Nintendo all right in my book is the new online charge service that they plan to implement soon. Hold on to your pitch forks and torches, because I can already feel the cries of the haterade and trolls. $20 a year is a big improvement than paying the $60 price tag on the more adult systems. I find this quite affordable and they are giving you games to play for free each month which is a better deal for just paying to play online. Keep in mind since I already have that problem with paying to play online unlock PC where since we pay for internet anyway the internet service is still free minus having to pay a subscription fee on MMO’s.
“That is why we want to apply substantial resources to the online service, with the thinking that we will devote our energies to making this a for-pay service, As for how we plan to popularize the service, it is less about the mechanism and more a question of what kinds of products we can offer, and the spread of the service will depend on whether consumers want what we offer.” – Tatsumi Kimishima
Sounds like Nintendo is really wising up and thinking about the consumers fun more than worried about how much they can spend on their products. I personally like gaming to be as such instead of feeling like I am being scammed into buying a product that is not what it was promised to be. THe new paid service plans to launch this September 2018, so check back as we gather more information as a it develops and please feel free to share your thoughts on this subject in the comments area below. – Beast Out –
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