Many people I know with a Nintendo Switch have played Breath of the Wild, a little bit of Mario Kart 8, tried ARMS and never picked it up again, played Splatoon 2 on the weekends for the splatfest, and haven’t touched their Switch since (unless they’re into classic ports they can now magically play on the go). With what could be the biggest launch window in Nintendo history, a HUGE Zelda title, and Mario Odyssey coming very soon, aside from titles like Star Dew Valley and Golf Story, what’s going to keep the Switch afloat among the overcrowded port and indie market it’s thriving on. With some of its biggest hitters out of the way, what’s left to make us hold onto our Switches?
My concern is, how long before the console falls into trade-in or Xbox One territory? Is the future line-up enough to keep the gaming console afloat? Let’s take a look at it and see.
While 2017 was a winner for gaming in general, the Switch thrived on its launch and first year line-up. There were a ton of titles that had everyone scrambling for a switch
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Super Mario Odyssey
- Xenoblade Chronicles 2
- Splatoon 2
- Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
- Fire Emblem Warriors
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Super Bomberman R
There are some heavy hitters, and I’m sure other titles I didn’t mention. The question is though, will the 2018 line-up and beyond be enough to stop those who have already considered returning their Switch or selling it off after playing Zelda, or plan to after Odyssey. To determine that, we’ve first gotta look at what titles are upcoming for the Switch next year.
First, the two biggest announcements for the future of the Switch came in the form of titles that have no anticipated release date. Those are the two titles that will ensure people hold onto their console for as long as they can and that’s Metroid Prime 4 and the unnamed Pokémon RPG title.
With the exception of those titles that have no estimated release date, we can look forward to a few more titles such as
- Project Octopath Traveller (undetermined date)
- Fire Emblem for Switch
- Metroid Prime 4 (undetermined date)
- Pokémon RPG title (undetermined date)
- Shin Megami Tensei New Title
Even with all these exclusive titles, the Switch looks to be more of a necessary gaming staple than the Xbox One at this point. The real question is, do these titles mean anything to you enough to make the purchase plunge. Really, it looks as if only Nintendo fans need to continue to look at the Switch as a viable console throughout next year. If Kirby, Yoshi, Bravely Default and the Shin Megami Tensei series mean enough to you, then by all means find yourself a Switch. If you already have one, you should definitely hold onto it throughout next year to play titles like Odyssey and the other upcoming games. Of course Nintendo will most likely announce more upcoming titles and more ports as well. I’m still holding out for a Smash Bros and Animal Crossing announcement.
I can’t justify selling a Switch to anyone hoping that Nintendo would look further into more third party titles, seeing as the Switch is still getting old ports and indie titles that can be found on a console you already own or a PC.
To answer the title question, the Nintendo Switch has enough on its plate for next year to say yes, it has a life past 2017, and yes, you should give it a chance if you can.