Nintendo’s Hopeful Comeback
The Switch has been out for a little over a month now. While it has been a blast on certain levels, there are some things that still remain unanswered and uncertain. While the Switch has received high praise for its simplistic setup and variety, it has received fair criticism. Many being towards the lack of content the first month and some very “Nintendo” approaches to online services. With E3 just two months away and with them planning a big E3, here are some things that can help keep the Switch going.
Take it Online
One of the factors of the Switch that people still do not understand is the online service. It has been stated that the online service for the Switch will be a paid service starting in the fall, but how does it work? Players are receiving one free NES or SNES game for the month if they have the service. Playing online will require the service and there will be an app to enable voice chat. There has also been no comment on the virtual console yet. Wait, what?
Do we only get that game for the month or forever as long as we have the service like PlayStation Plus, Xbox Gold? Is voice chat really disabled unless you have the app for it? Also why no info on the Virtual Console?
There are still many unanswered questions about the service and what it offers. While it is not releasing “officially” until the Fall, it needs to be further explained. While Nintendo does have enough time from now until Fall, it needs to be a focus for their E3 Direct.
All the Games
There are some games that are highly anticipated for the Switch, Super Mario Odyssey, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Splatoon 2. However these are all first party games, the Switch is really lacking, at least as of right now of third party releases. While there are a large amount of fantastic indie games releasing on the system, (ex. Shovel Knight, Stardew Valley) it is very much lacking on large AAA games on the system.
The strong selling point of the Switch is its portability and variety of ways to play. Being able to play these AAA games on the go is something that cannot be replicated on its competitors. Many developers have come out saying they will not be developing for the Switch, some have even laughed at the idea of releasing their game on it. Hopefully, by early next year, many developers will be creating games for the Switch and increase the library of games for the system.
Give Creators a Chance
In the past few years, there has been a very clashing view of Nintendo and the coverage of their games on sites like YouTube. They released their Creators Program which basically allows YouTube content creators to share profit with Nintendo for covering their games in their videos.
While it is unknown exactly how many people have registered for it, it is obvious many are against it. People like Angry Joe, Boogie2988 and many others have shown disinterest in the service, considering it incredibly restrictive. Basically if you cover something Nintendo has created, if you are not apart of the Creators Program you will either not be able to make profit from the video or they will even take it down.
Because of this program, many have steered away from covering their games. If they want to have content creators cover their program, Nintendo needs to get off their horse and step into the automobile. The automobile being the current way many publishers advertise their games, by sponsoring or simply allowing creators to cover their games.
Creating a program that forces creators to share the revenue or they receive a copyright claim is incredibly restrictive and keeps many of them away.
These are just a few things that I hope for the Switch and even Nintendo to improve. The Switch is a sign that they have the potential to improve from the past few years. With the disaster that was the Wii U, the Switch can be the saving grace many have wanted for years.
Here’s to one month of the Switch, let’s hope it gets better!