I know, I know – like the internet needs another opinion piece about Nintendo’s new console.
However, the impending arrival of a new Nintendo device – more so than a new Xbox or PlayStation – is always a cause for excitement, and one I’m regularly caught up in. Friends, colleagues and Twitter followers know I’m a pretty dedicated Nintendo fan, often quick to leap in and defend the platform holder even when doing so is at its most difficult (Double Dash was a great Mario Kart, dammit!).
You would think I’d be chomping at the bit for the Nintendo Switch to arrive, but oddly, unnervingly, I’m not. Maybe it’s changes in my life circumstances (I’m now a dad, with limited time for gaming, and a homeowner, with even more limited disposable income). Had Switch come out five years ago – say, when the Wii U had arrived – I would have done all I could to ensure there was one set up by my TV on day one. Instead, I find myself determined not to buy one. At least not for quite some time.
Like many journalists and fanboys, I was up at 4am UK time to watch the worldwide reveal of the Nintendo Switch. Like many, I was hopeful, eager to see what surprises the platform holder had in store for us. An hour or so later, I found myself unable to contain my disappointment, venting through Twitter about the lack of compelling games at launch (or the lack of games in general) and the sense that while the concept of Switch is intriguing, it’s not enough to warrant a day one buy – even without that hefty price tag.
Just a few more hours later, I was in London for a special hands-on event where the new console would be showcased to the press, retail, publishers, celebrities and more. Now that I’ve had just over 24 hours to let the initial excitement and novelty wear off, it’s time to share what I really thought of the Nintendo Switch.
(And yes, that was an unnecessarily long intro to a hands-on preview, but you should know what an uncharacteristically sceptical mindset I was in as I entered the event…)