Should I Buy a Nintendo Switch at Launch?
Right now, everything is abuzz about Nintendo’s newest home console, the Nintendo Switch. Not all of it is positive buzz, mind you. For every piece of positive hype for it, there are fair amounts of negativity and skepticism. For as much as this back-and-forth of positives and negatives can be a frustrating mess, articles like this one can sort everything out for you.
Perhaps the biggest sticking point for many a prospective Nintendo Switch owner is the cost. While the Nintendo Switch at $299.99 is not a bad price, it is the price of other aspects that has people feeling nervous. For example, for the first time, Nintendo is charging a fee for online service (which hurts because Nintendo is not known for the quality of its online play). Additionally, their accessories are exorbitantly priced; buying these accessories comes out to nearly the price of a Switch!
And while the cost is problematic, the launch lineup is not helping things much. At launch, the games we can expect to see in North America include (but are not limited to):
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- 1-2 Switch
- Just Dance 2017
- Super Bomberman R
- NBA 2K18
- Skylanders Imaginators
The list may grow or shrink based on potential pushups or push backs of release dates, so keep an eye and an ear out.
The launch window (the months after the initial release date), however, is much better. For people who didn’t buy into the Wii U, they can look forward to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the definitive version of Mario Kart 8. Additionally, Splatoon 2 — the sequel to the breakout hit Splatoon — is slated for a summer release. Further down the road, perhaps the biggest new game coming to the Nintendo Switch is Super Mario Odyssey, a new three-dimensional Mario platformer that cites Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine for its game design. Role-playing game fans can look forward to Xenoblade Chronicles 2 as well.
This question gets asked a lot: why buy a Switch, if I can buy a PlayStation 4, Xbox One, a gaming PC, or heck, a Wii U? And frankly, it is a fair question. Perhaps sometime down the road, but at launch? You can even get an Xbox One or PlayStation 4 for the same price, after all. And a gaming PC, while more expensive, can save you a lot of money.
Should you buy the system at launch? Well, assuming you even can (do not forget the Wii), it may not be worthwhile. A lot of players are pushing their future Switch purchase further and further away from launch; some are going until April for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, summer for Splatoon 2, or December for Super Mario Odyssey (or even just for a great Black Friday sale). But if you really want to get it and can afford it, we cannot deny that the Switch’s take on portability and motion control is intriguing.