Why I won’t be buying the Nintendo Switch at launch

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Disclaimer: Since writing the blog post below, Nintendo has very kindly sent My Nintendo News a Switch Console to preview and review. As I’m the Reviews Editor for the site, it’s fallen under my wing. So expect to see an unbiased article – or as much as I can be – on the Switch and, subsequently, Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Going forward, it also means I will be reviewing more Switch games, so I’m afraid you’re all stuck with me for the foreseeableΒ future. I only hope that’s a good thing! πŸ™‚ Β 

As most of you know, I’m an avid Nintendo fan. But I won’t be buying the Nintendo Switch at launch.

OK. So, you’re puzzled, right? I review Nintendo games on Wii U and 3DS over at My Nintendo News – and have been doing so for the past four years. Time really does fly.

Although I love reviewing games – both playing and writing – I’ve admittedly had a love-hate relationship with Nintendo as a company. From a consumer’s point of view, the Nintendo Switch in the UK is priced at Β£279.99. I pre-ordered it when it was announced, just like that. And then I asked myself why the hell did I do that?!

I have never pre-ordered a console or game in my life. If any of you know or have heard of TotalBiscuit on YouTube, you’ll know he absolutely hates the idea of pre-ordering. You get let down too many times from botched up jobs of a game, or pay for games that are Β£50 on launch then reduce to a measly Β£20 after a month. Pre-ordering, though, is sometimes a necessary evil.

Over the years, Nintendo has been plagued with stock issues from the amiibo rush to the recent problems with the NES Mini. So I thought, screw it. Let’s pre-order a Switch while I can, because I’m a reviewer and I need that system.

The thing is, I really don’t. And funnily enough, as a reviewer of Nintendo games, I’ll have to pay an arm and a leg if I want all of the accessories (Β£99.99 for a pro-controller on Amazon; you’re having a laugh, right!?) and a number of SD cards to store all those digitally downloaded games on. For UK consumers, if you want to buy all your games digitally, you’re going to need to store them on SD cards. Reportedly there will be compatible SD cards up to 2TB, but the highest ones available right now are 256GB, or thereabouts. The Nintendo Switch itself only comes packaged with 32GB. I mean… what?

Having played with the Switch, I feel like I’m in a much better position to justify not purchasing just yet. There are only a handful of launch titles – including Zelda: Breath of the Wild – that will arrive on March 3. I was teetering on the edge since the press event last weekend about whether I could actually justify such a purchase, and there was one thing that just sealed the deal.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild on the Switch has better sounds and a better pixel to pixel resolution – and it’s not even by much. Wait, let me just get this straight. That’s it? Maybe there’s other features we don’t know about yet, maybe there isn’t. But the main point is, I bought my Wii U to play the new Zelda on, and I’m going to play it and review it on that system. Plus, I actually have a sweet Pro Controller for the Wii U, and that’s going to be one hell of a lot more comfortable than playing with Joy-Cons.

As for the Switch itself, I will eventually have to buy it, most probably just before Splatoon comes out. But I don’t want to go against my own morals just for the sake of buying a system when I don’t know all the ins and outs just yet. Oh, and it doesn’t even come bundled with multimedia apps like Netflix. Well, there goes my ability to binge-watch Pretty Little Liars in my living room then.

So, I apologise to the MNN readers out there. You won’t be getting any Switch reviews from me until I can reasonably justify purchasing the system from a consumer’s point of view. Because, at the end of the day, I am still a consumer.

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Posted on January 18, 2017, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 33 Comments.

  1. I’ve never preordered a console in my life. That being said I preordered this as soon as they went live. I actually preordered two. I plan on replacing my 3DS with the Switch as more games get released for it. I don’t care about the differences between the Switch version of Zelda and the Wii U’s. I’m getting Zelda, Bomberman, Snipperclips, and Has-been Heroes. I’m not very interested in Splatoon 2, but I’ve never played the first game because I’m not big on competitive shooters.

    • Thanks for reading / commenting, Drakulus. It’s always good to hear other people’s thoughts regarding the console. I hope you get the enjoyment out of the Switch you are after. Shame to hear about the lack of StreetPass, no? I mean, if you intend to replace your 3DS with it… StreetPass will be a big miss. I love taking it to cons and getting new puzzle pieces and playing the mini games.

      • Street Pass is my least used feature on the 3DS. I just buy my games and play. That being said I hope friend codes die and never return :).

  2. yup so many questionable things about the switch, as excited as I am to have this hybrid handheld/console, the lack of storage is a huge problem. I hate carrying around cartridges while on the go, it’s just not an option. Upgrading via SD card I think is a viable option, and to be honest, there will only be so many games that I don’t think have terabytes of storage is necessary. I had to do the similar thing on my Wii U and 3DS by getting external HDs and SD cards for each one, I went with the bigger is better approach, and although it gives me piece of mind that I’ll never run out of space, I went overkill probably.

    • Hi Imtiaz, thanks for stopping by my blog. πŸ™‚ Yeah, I’ve had to do the same with Wii U and 3DS, but with the inevitability of a game the size of Skyrim on the Switch… and perhaps a few other third-party titles which will be heavy on GBs, it’s going to get hugely expensive and inconvenient to use storage cards. I always place them in areas where I’m never likely to find them again either. XD I always have to go for the bigger options, given all download codes are done digitally now. So if I don’t want to delete save files (which I don’t) or the games (which I don’t as I like to go back to them as a point of reference if there’s a sequel for example) then it gets problematic. 😦 Ugh. Nintendo always going to Nintendo.

  3. Well i could not say it better, I have similar feeling toward Nintendo and I perfectly understand where you come from. Being a consumer since the NES area (1990), I am at a point where I am not even excited by the announcement of the switch.

    I am curious and I hope the switch (aka the NX) doing very well, but I will not rush myself to purchase a switch (or a NX as I like to call it). Like you I will eventually buy one because Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will be on that system and I think I will be tempted to play Mario kart 8 deluxe.

    The only difference between you and me is that I do feel cheated by Nintendo. In short I did purchase the Wii U for 3 games (i have 10 games at moment and will purchase another 12 games if those games do not become collectors) and I thought at the time that I will have all those games (the 3 games which were my reason to spend Β£160) by the end of 2015 (how wrong was I).

    Fast forward in 2017 I am still waiting for the final game to be release on that system.

    • I am so sorry that I missed this comment – it’s been sat in my moderation queue for months! Shows how often I check it. 😦 Thanks for commenting on the blog post (despite how long ago it was!) Always happy to hear other reader’s opinions. Did you end up purchasing?

      • Hello not a problem, this days I bearly go on Internet. Anyway. No I haven’t yet purchased a switch. I bought Zelda on the wii u and since I don’t have much time this day, I need to catch up on lot of games. Furthermore giving the bend issue on the switch when leaving too long on the docking station, the joy con issue and the random screenshot. I am not in hurry to buy it. That been said when xenoblade chronicles 2 and dragon Ball xenoverse 2 will be out that might be another story.

      • That sounds like a really good, informed decision. πŸ™‚ There’s an issue with the Switch if it’s docked for too long? I didn’t know that – you’ll have to forgive me, I don’t get much time to follow up on gaming news any more. It’s sort of an eat, sleep, work routine I have going on. πŸ˜€ I have a case for the Switch, but more recently I’ve just been leaving it in the dock.

        To be honest, it is a smart piece of kit. And will more than likely come into its own when I go to conventions, but I still really do love my Wii U. We still use it in the house because it has access to Netflix. I would have loved to have played Zelda on the Wii U instead of the Switch, but duty called.

      • Just FYI those issues had been reported in my Nintendo news as well. Hope you will find time to play but I do understand where you come from.

  4. Hi! Sorry for taking such a long time before I read your post. I was not aware of this post (even though I asked for notifications!). WordPress I guess…

    I do totally agree with you on your stance on pre-ordering the Switch. I and my colleagues at our newssite have been tearing the Switch apart in our podcast. Nintendo is doing SO much wrong with this launch and I’m so frustrated about it!

    Well, well… I just wanted to say hi and ask how things are doing over there πŸ™‚ This blog is kind of where we “connect” πŸ˜› How does the B12 treatment going?

    • Seems like you have had the same problem with WP as me lol πŸ˜›

      • Oh my goodness, hi! Sorry, I really did forget to reply to your comment!

        The B12 treatment is going okay… but only get one injection every three months which isn’the enough. 😦 Did you know if a dog is b12 deficient, it gets an injection once a week? Humans have to wait three months. I know. It’s utterly stupid. But thank you very much for asking. πŸ™‚

        How are you / your well being? Is the medication going okay? My blog is definitely where we catch up! Can’t really do so over MNN, ha!

      • Hi^^ Nothing to be sorry about πŸ™‚
        Ehh… so a dog gets it more than- Seriously what’s the deal? How do you hold up? The last month before a new shot must hard to get by?

        I’m okey πŸ™‚ I didn’t have a chance to tell you I was rushed to the hospital and operated πŸ˜› Sounds dramatic, but it wasn’t. Had a back operation. Had since I had trouble walking and standing at a point. But I’m much better now πŸ™‚ I’m applying for a Games Workshop part time job next to my studies. British boss and quite the scary one πŸ˜›

        How have you been? Something new since Christmas? Yeah, your blog is the hood ya’! But seriously it would be quite less… private on MNN πŸ˜› Not that we got something to hide, but you know πŸ™‚

      • Holy heck, are you okay? That really worries me! I assume the operation went okay, no complications etc? I know the feeling with back pain, so you really do have my sympathy. 😦 How you holding up now?

        And wow, that’s fab that you have a part time job alongside your studies now. Other than your scary British boss (we’re not all like that!) How’s the job going, enjoying it?

        I’ve been okay so far. Quite tiring / drained on some weekends after work but I put that down to exercise draining my b12. The last month is pure hell, trust me. Get my next one in mid March, so it’s ugh at the minute. However, I’m trying to strengthen my body with weekly / bi-weekly swim sessions. It helps. πŸ™‚

        Have you been playing the new Fire Emblem Heroes game? I am like addicted to it. Man, I love Fire Emblem. :3

      • I’m alright πŸ™‚ It warms my heart that you care ❀ Thank you! The operation didn't have any complications, but my injury was "a big one" as the doctors put it. Had it rough, some tears shed haha. I always try to act hard, but sometimes it gets to rough, you know… still hurts a lot, but I'm definitely getting better πŸ™‚

        Haven't started the job yet. Yeah, you don't seem so scary πŸ˜‰ On the contrary^^
        Your B12 treatment sounds garbage. I really do sympathise with you. I know what you're going through; and I must say your tough as hell as well to keep things up like you do; even when things are hard, you obviously keep delivering. Just look at your reviews on MNN! They're brilliant! And if the quality and effort in those reviews reflects on everything you do β€” then you're really kicking it elsewhere too! Hang in there Collette πŸ™‚ As promised before: if there is anything I can do for you β€” I'm all listening ^^
        I hope swimming goes well for you πŸ™‚ I don't think I've asked where you're working? How selfish of me :/ Sorry!
        Fire Emblem ❀ Played it since the first game in Europe back in 2004. Loved it ever since. I tend to be more of the hardcore guy about these FE-games, but I appreciate the accessibility of Heroes. I hate Feathers though… It's going to be great with Echoes, Fire Emblem Warriors and FE Switch^^ Time have
        changed for Fire Emblem. Was long in between before.
        Here's my Heroes Friend ID if you want it: 5134597547

      • Oh, man I forgot you were a full time reviewer and editor! I must have been high on painkillers when I asked that! Embarrasing!!!

      • Hey! So I wrote out a reply to you two days ago on my phone… and then I lost the draft. Safe to say, don’t write out long messages on your phone when you can hit the back button by accident! 😦 So, I’ll have to try and summarise what I put.

        Of course I care. I don’t like to see anyone go through pain / suffering. And I do consider you an online friend, so please don’t feel embarrassed with anything you said to me – besides there was nothing to be embarrassed about!

        I do have a friend code for FE Heroes, so let me just get it…9722234930. I’ll add you now while I remember!

        I’m glad you are on the mend now for sure. Make sure to keep yourself as healthy as you can. I’m doing some rehabilitation with my swimming, which is going really well.

        So I work at an IT company – we’re what’s known as a CSP (Cloud Solutions Provider) and we work directly with Microsoft and other vendors like Acronis and Bitdefender. I’m in marketing so I get to do the stuff I love – namely write – with a lot of digital stuff thrown in as well. I’ve just got in early to work, so I made sure to write this message before I start!

        Ah, I must have misread it when you said you had started your job. But whenever you do, I hope it goes well!

        Since I wrote that blog post up there… seems so long ago now, Nintendo has kindly sent me (MNN) a Switch console to preview and review with Zelda. So expect to see some writing from me on the site over the next few weeks. There’s a lot to get through as you can imagine. But I’ll be popping a disclaimer on the posts I write on MNN, along with this blog post too.

        I’m really looking forward to everything Fire Emblem this year – really love the series. Right, make sure to take care, okay? πŸ™‚

      • Auch, but even though it’s a sum up, you gave me quite the reply πŸ˜› Sweet of you to put off time to reply me before work. Sorry, it took time to get back to you, but I’ve been quite busy, and I wanted to reply you properly.

        Marketing huh? Must be great! I got a B in marketing at BI where I study. Liked the subject, makes you use your imagination and really thinking outside the box + adds it with solid research! Do you have some examples of your work? Or is it a bit more complicated than that? Anyway, if writing is in your jobdescription, you’re in the right spot. We all know how good you’re at it!

        Fytti katta(Norwegian expression) you got a Switch?! L… f….. I– Lucky you! Haha, and that’s really, really, reeeaaaally good to hear! Now we won’t miss out on Colette’s awesome writing on Switch reviews! Yaaaaaay!! You already got something out I see πŸ˜› But sincerely, you deserve it. I’ve seen a lot of… of… tosker (Norwegian) who got their’s early and they’re not anything near your skill, so I would be really bothered if MMN(read you) didn’t get it. Again; you deserve it! I’m looking forward reading your Switch review(s) πŸ™‚

        Thank you for your consideration, and do take care yourself! I’ve would be devastated if there were something to be happening to you (And no, not only because there wouldn’t any more superb reviews). I hope this period before B12-injection won’t be that tough on you!

        PS: I’ve added you to FEH now πŸ™‚ Happy Switch Playin’!

      • Colette! I don’t know where you live, but I do sincerely hope you weren’t present under today’s tragic event! I’m so sorry to hear about what happened in London! Don’t keep me worried!

      • Hi Kristian, I’m okay. πŸ™‚ Sorry I’ve only just seen your comment as I haven’t logged on to WP recently. I live quite far from London – so no need to worry. But thank you very much for your concern. The event that happened in London was tragic indeed, but nothing could have prevented it and the medical services did everything they could. All our thoughts are with the families affected.

  5. Please say you didn’t go to that concert, Colette!
    I’m sorry for that I haven’t been in touch for a while, and just asks for your well-being after accidents like this, but you’re the first that comes to mind when things like that happens!

    • Hey Kristian, I’m safe and didn’t go but one of my colleagues at work did. I’m quite shaken up about it. It’s so close to home – I’ve been to that arena countless times and my best friend went just a few weeks ago. I immediately woke up and text her. I’m just so emotional and angry, such a cowardly attack targeting children and teenagers. 😦 My thoughts and heart go out to all those injured and all those who had their lives so cruelly taken. Thank you for checking in with me and for your care / thoughts to those affected. It’s just all so upsetting.

      • I’m so glad to hear that you’re unharmed. It’s a disturbing though indeed to think about the reality of something as horrible as that – especially for you since it was so near! Yeah, that was a really cheap and horrible done. My thoughts goes to the injured and their families. Just know I’m here if there’s anything. Take care.

      • This is just horrible. I can’t believe how much you in Great Britain have suffered this year. I’ll say that I’m very relieved that you don’t live in London these days. Take care Colette.

      • Thanks Kristian. It’s been horrible recently with all the terrorism. 😦 I will be visiting our beautiful capital soon – we will not be cowed by terrorism!

      • That’s good to hear πŸ™‚ It’s important not to be swayed by them!
        Some friends of mine wanted to take me to London, but after what happend they have more or less changed their minds :/

      • I understand. πŸ™‚ But you’ve got to live your life to the full, that’s what I say! If you wanted to visit London, I would definitely do it. The tourism is excellent, there’s just so much to do.

  6. For some reason I could not reply you on your last comment… but here is mine πŸ™‚
    I do agree. It’s important to do the most with the time you get. I always say that “I always live in the now”. Don’t know if that made any sense in English, but after my mom passed away, I’ve stopped waiting for things – I just do them. Better to take a wrong decision than no decision kind of πŸ˜‚

    Yeah, I’ve been to London, Stanford and Bristol. I thought I mention I was hospitalised at St. Mary’s in London? Maybe I didn’t. But I want to go back (not the hospital haha) πŸ™‚
    I read your Ever Oasis review. It’s just so fantastic how you pull the next awesome review after the another. You really got a fabulous streak!

    • WP has its gripes. 😦 You definitely mentioned being in hospital and in London – ah, I can only blame my poor memory for that one.
      I think your mum would be proud. It takes a lot for a person to try and do that. Moving on is one of the hardest things to do. And taking a leap of faith is often even harder.

      Thank you for taking the time to read my reviews. It really makes me smile knowing that they are appreciated. I put a lot of my spare time into my reviewing / reviews (almost all) so knowing that yourself and others are enjoying reading them makes it all worth while. It’s far more rewarding knowing that.

      • I’ve forgot what you worked with once, so now we’re just even πŸ˜› As long as my mistake wasn’t far worse lol.

        People should be (at least I am) proud of you over the fact that you won’t be cowed (learned a new phrase and now I stole it from you >:3 ) and want to visit London. Many of my friends now don’t even dare, so it demands a lot of courage from you. Even if you feel you’ve a duty, it’s still bravery. I really respect you for that!

        Of what I’ve read from you, I get the picture you’re really busy. You wanted to play Ori and the Blind Forest, but you couldn’t and so on. I’m amazed over the amount of reviews you pump out β€” and still keeping that excellent standard. You’re like a machine πŸ˜› But I do hope you find time to do other things you want.
        Of course I appreciate your reviews. When I said you’re my #1 reviewer; I really meant it. I’m always looking forward to your writting, on MNN or here. And with all the Nintendo games coming this fall, I do have plenty to be looking forward to from you :3

        I hope everything else going okay? The swimming and vitamin injections?

      • Thank you. I think we’re all brave in our own way, some just show it in different ways to others. πŸ™‚

        I am certainly very busy. Work takes up a lot of my time, so it’s very rare that I can get time off. But when I do, I make sure I make the most of it. Awww thank you, I like to think of myself as some sort of technical Wonder Woman. πŸ˜› It’s really kind of you to say that – always appreciative,

        Well, I’m finally being referred to a specialist at the hospital, hurray! Only took 10 years to get me referred… but it’s happening. So if I have to wait another few months then so be it, it’s nothing compared to how long I’ve waited to be heard by our NHS.

        How about yourself health-wise?

  7. I hate how I post without reading my comments well enough first… And no edit-button either πŸ˜‚

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