Nintendo Switch: A Tale of Two Nintendos
I woke up this morning and immediately took to Twitter, as I do. My feed was flooded with all things Nintendo, which is to be expected seeing as their next flagship device, the Switch, releases tomorrow.
Review embargoes lifted this morning giving major media outlets the liberty to publish their final verdicts on Nintendo's major launch title, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. To my surprise, it seems that the game is unanimously being crowned a masterpiece. Good for Nintendo. I really want to see them succeed. I really want to be able to champion that brand once again.
What I also saw was a particularly interesting piece of news from Kotaku, that detailed a lot of neat things regarding the Switch's day one patch. It's nice to see that menus and the eShop load briskly. Funds from previous Nintendo consoles can be transferred to the Switch, I'm glad they thought to do that. But what is this? Nintendo has reintroduced the infamous Friend Codes?
What are these doing here? Nintendo has given little word on the Switch's plans for online. We know a paid online service will be available but until then, we can play games online for free, and that's about it. Why is Nintendo still so shy on these important details less than twenty four hours before their console releases?
It seems like Friend Codes are slightly less headache inducing this time around. Players will seemingly be able to add nearby users or players they have already interacted with to some degree. It appears to be better than the Wii era of Friend Codes, but is that really a good excuse? Nintendo, why are we still having this conversation?
I can't wait to get my hands on my Switch tonight. I've already planned to sit outside my local Best Buy and play my 3DS until midnight when I'm granted access to my pre-ordered Switch. I shaking with excitement to get right to playing Zelda. I want to see what it's like to play the Switch with the two Joy-Cons separate, like a wireless Wii Remote and Nunchuk. Can't I just be excited for Nintendo Switch and Zelda without having to worry about the mishaps of Nintendo circa 2006?
The Nintendo Switch is a sexy piece of hardware. It has all the appeal that the Wii U lacked. It would be a shame to see Nintendo ruin this potential due to their inconsistencies, and an inability to accept basic features that the market demands. Where is the Virtual Console? What's up with the left Joy-Con calibration error that so many people are reporting. Speak to us, Nintendo.
From my perspective today is a polarizing day for Nintendo. They should be celebrating the launch of such a wonder piece of hardware and an excellent game, but rather, they are staying quiet to the questions we need answered most. It's funny how a company can constantly get so much right and so much wrong at the same time. This is very Nintendo.