2017 is the year of Nintendo, and they are shaping up to make a strong comeback in the gaming industry. Amidst what would we would consider to be the middle of the console generation, the company has been releasing news and updates constantly about the Nintendo Switch since it’s presentation January 12th. The price has been solidified to be $299.99 USD in North America, and there has been some controversy on why the system is priced here. However, the price is not as bad as many would think and there’s several reasons why this is a decent price.
First is the concept of the Switch: A home console that you are able to take on the go. It is a console that a person can take anywhere, and none of it’s competition has this functionality, both mobile devices, and the home consoles like the Playstation 4 and the Xbox One.While on the go, The system also allows for touch screen capabilities and a switch can connect with eight other Switches for local play. It comes packed in with two controllers as well in the “Joy-Cons” which feature the new HD Rumble technology, as well as NFC capabilities for Amiibo support. Just the fact that Switch comes with two controllers is something that many mainstream consoles at launch have never done. This allows for players to have friends join them in a lot of multiplayer games without the need to buy another controller, as well as retaining the traditional local party play Nintendo has been known for.
This brings us to the games, and Nintendo has already stepped up their game from the Wii U. Just about every launch, or around Launch window, there has been a mainstream Zelda title, and this is no exception. In addition to this, there have been new claims everyday of more games being developed for the Switch, including a new Bomberman from Konami,Dragon Quest from Square Enix, Sonic Mania, 2017 and Shin Megami Tensei from SEGA, Ultra Street Fighter 2 from Capcom , ports of Skyrim from Bethesda, Dragonball Xenoverse 2 from Namco Bandai, Rayman and Just Dance from Ubisoft Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, NBA2K, I am Setsuna, and indie titles like Yooka Laylee and Shovel Knight. There’s also the Nintendo exclusives that bring new entries into long running series such as Mario Odyssey, Fire Emblem 2018, Fire Emblem Warriors, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, and Splatoon 2 just to name a few, as well as new series for consumers to try out in ARMS, Snipperclips, and 1 2 Switch. And Most of these games are being released tentatively in 2017. One thing to note is that the Switch is Region Free, meaning it is definitely possible to play these games if they do not get an international release.
Finally is the release prices of past systems. This generation, the PS4 and Xbox One launched at $399 USD, and $499 USD respectively, with the previous generation for the Xbox 360 and PS3 being swapped. Nintendo has always made it a firm point to make their consoles cheaper without dulling the experiences that their games provide. The Wii U launched with two consoles, a basic console for $299 USD, and a Deluxe console for $249 USD, which was still cheaper compared to the competitors.
Also, new details have been revealed that the online service for Nintendo Switch will cost between $17 USD to $27 USD a year, which is about half the price, if not less than, for both Xbox Live and Playstation Plus’s subscriptions per year, ranging from $50 USD to $60 USD. This shows that Nintendo has a little more faith in their online model if they are willing o ask consumers to finally pay for it, which early adopters will not have to do; At launch the online will be free until the fall, which gives gamers plenty of time to experience how well the Switch’s online capabilities will be .
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