Nintendo Switch: Was it a Success?

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  By now you have probably heard of the Nintendo Switch, a new gaming console that came out on March 3rd of this year. The basic idea of it is that it is both a handheld portable console, as well as a living room console. It has had major controversy since its release, so the question is, was it a success?

  The first thing to look at is what it did before launch. The console’s predecessor, (the Wii U) was notoriously famous for being terrible. Part of the reason for this was its bad advertising. Fortunately, Nintendo learned its lesson, and made advertising that fans and new gamers alike could love. It showed mostly older people, showing how it appears to longtime Nintendo fans, but also appealed to kids because they would think it was cool.

  One of the biggest reasons controversy has spread over Nintendo is the apparent lack of launch games (launch games meaning games that came out when the console did). Due to the lack of games, it’s currently just an expensive way to play Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the WIld. WIthout Zelda coming out alongside it, I doubt it would have been as successful. But, Nintendo has released a picture showing their plan for releasing some more big games like Super Mario Odyssey and Mario Kart 6.

  The biggest problems with the switch actually revolve around hurting the console. Many reports from Reddit users have sown the Switch’s dock scratching the portable screen, heat bending the console, and the left controller (joycon) desyncing. Nintendo has addressed the joycon issue, saying it was a manufacturing error, and users can send in their console with a one week turn around. But it seems more problems come every day.

  To measure if this was a success, we have to look at sales records so far. As of April 11 2017, Sales have surpassed those of the Wii, and has had one of the best launch weeks of any console to date. In addition to the switch, Legend of Zelda has had better reviews than any non bundled game ever. The Switch shows a pattern for success, already passing PS4 sales just in Japan (the birthplace of both consoles).

  So with all the good and bad, I would have to say it was a success. Its sales have shown its success alone, not to mention the games and features of it. I personally have a switch, and I love it. If you are looking to get one, I would recommend waiting until more games come out though.

  What do you think? Do you agree with the verdict? What games do you want to see on the Switch? Let me know in the comments section! For more geeky news, your already in the right place, The CMS Smoke Signal.

 

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  1. Billi Adamson on October 25th, 2017 12:32 pm

    My brother got the switch when it first came out and would not stop playing it. when i got to play i got addicted too. so i think it was a success

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