Millions of Nintendo Switch consoles have been sold in its first year on the market. Games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild have turned out to be system sellers, and the Switch’s innovative design has permeated well in the gaming landscape – so far. That being said, there are still millions of gamers out there, including myself, who have been holding out on buying a Switch until it became more than a Zelda machine. Good news, the time is now! With the fantastic library already released, the stock of the switch finally catching up with demand, and the future looking bright for future games, now is the time to invest in a Switch; here are 5 reasons why that is the case.
1. Super Mario Odyssey
Every time a new 3D Mario game comes out, it feels like a major event in video games… or at least, that’s what it used to feel like. Super Mario 64 set the precedent that 3D Mario games are some of the industries finest. Super Mario Sunshine expanded on that and introduced incredible charm and atmosphere into the game, and Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2 were both incredible games in their own right. Unfortunately, games like Super Mario 3D World and the other 2D/3D Mario games that were released never fully caught on in the hardcore gaming market, in part due to the games being released on the Wii U. Finally, Super Mario Odyssey is recapturing the essence of 64, Sunshine, and the Galaxy games after many years of waiting. If this game is anywhere near as good as any of the aforementioned titles, Super Mario Odyssey will be one of the best games released this year and for years to come. Check out some game play footage below – if this doesn’t excite you then you can stop reading this article.
Super Mario Odyssey, just like Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy before it, is reason enough to purchase the system. This game is a major event in gaming history – and is worthy of a system purchase to experience it.
2. Plethora of indie games
There are a bunch of indie games coming out/on the system now that just add more value to the Switch. Games like Golf Story, Stardew Valley (finally being approved, releasing soon), Overcooked, Shovel Knight, SteamWorld Dig 2, and more are all unique and fun games that, fairly, you can play on other systems, but the Switch allows you to play it at your leisure – be it in front of a TV, on the couch using the undocked console, or on the go. A game like Stardew Valley on the go is a major win for the system – being able to manage your farm and play a day or two in-game within 20 minutes while you’re waiting for the bus, on the bus, at the airport, on a plane, or just killing time is huge. I’m excited to play for a few hours on the plane on a trip I’m doing in December this year – as well as killing downtime at the resort, airport, etc.
(Stardew Valley on left – Golf Story on right)
3. They’re finally in stock
This one is more important than I’m letting on. This past week was the first time since it’s release that I have seen a Nintendo Switch on store shelves – it’s been sold out where I live since March. When it came back in stock, it was gone instantly. It was such a task to even get your hands on a Switch up until now. Production has ramped up in preparation for the holiday season, and finally it’s fairly easy to find one to buy. Instead of lining up as a store opens, battling for one of the few consoles they received in stock, you can walk into a store and have a decent chance of there being one ready for purchase.
4. There’s enough games to play
When the Switch first game out, it was a Zelda machine – that was the only major game you could play if you owned a system for a while. After steady releases of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, Splatoon 2, Pokken Tournament DX, Minecraft, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 and others, it’s much easier to justify spending $400 CDN on a system.
5. The future is bright
We all knew that the system had a bright future when the initial console announcement was made. Now that the system has been out for months, we are much closer to some of these games being released. Games like Fire Emblem Warriors, L.A. Noire, Skyrim, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Project Octopath Traveler, DOOM, Wolfenstein II, Yoshi for Nintendo Switch (working title), and Kirby Star Allies all sound fantastic and will be releasing sometime in the next fiscal year. Not to forget the massive Super Mario Odyssey, which is coming out at the end of October, the Switch has plenty of announced (and definitely unannounced) games coming to it. There are rumours of a new console Pokemon game coming soon, which we haven’t seen since the Gamecube!
Then there’s the elephant in the room – the Virtual Console for switch has to be coming at some point as well, which would give the system access to a massive backlog of games which (hopefully) includes Gamecube titles. What I would pay to play Super Mario Sunshine on the go…(I’d buy a Switch just for that, actually. Come on, Nintendo.) When the Virtual Console is finally released, the Switch will become the ultimate classic gaming platform. Even if this service is limited to Nintendo’s online service membership, which will be a measly $20 USD a year, it’s 100% worth it.
What do you think? Will you be picking up a Switch this holiday season? Let us know in the comments below why you are getting one, or why you are still holding out!