Last week saw my social media timelines full of people who really wanted to love the Nintendo Switch, but found it pretty hard in the face of a weak launch lineup and steep pricing, lacking features and just annoying design decisions. Also, an asymmetrical logo that leaves me cross-eyed every time I look at it. Nintendo will always have their hardcore followers who will buy their wares no matter what, but newcomers are going to need a killer app other than just a new Mario or Zelda game to entice them. And if for some strange reason you thought giant mech first person shooter franchise Titanfall would be it, then developer Respawn Entertainment’s senior designer Mohammad Alavi is here to categorically set the record straight.
“No. F*** no. No, you’re not going to be able to fit Titanfall on it. That’s the same Zelda from the Wii U [laughs].”
That rather straightforward response came from a session of Drunk Tech Review that aired on Youtube last week. During the discussion Alavi admitted that “Nintendo is god of handheld gaming right now” and that the hybrid home console/portable handheld approach of the Switch was “an exciting idea”, but was pretty clear on what he thought about the Japanese gaming pioneer’s recent efforts, jokingly declaring that “Nintendo hasn’t made a Triple-A game in like seven years!”. He later elaborated further on why this was a problem.
“I was excited about it, because Nintendo’s been in such a niche market recently like, you know, catering to the handheld [market] and – I’m going to be honest with you – the kids. They’ve been so underpowered that they don’t have the support of the third parties, because they’re all making for PC, Xbox One and PS4, and [Switch] is no different!”
Alavi is really not saying anything most of us haven’t worried about already when it comes to the Switch. Much like how nobody expected the Wii to become the best-selling console in the world, only time will tell if the Switch also gets embraced properly.
Check out the full video below.