Hit or Miss: The Nintendo Switch Event

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You’ve probably already been inundated by the Nintendo Switch coverage today, but tough! We’ve got a lot more to say about the Switch.

As you already know it’s a hybrid handheld home console, letting you undock the unit and play games on the go. Today Nintendo revealed that you’d be getting roughly 3-6 hours of battery life from the thing, though you can charge it using USB, so plugging it in to a car or a power bank is a doddle. Nintendo’s never one for specs, but the system certainly seems like it’s capable of giving us a good time.

As for the event? I thought it was…well, okay. It left more questions than answers. Its biggest problem? Not enough software. There are just a few confirmed launch titles, and very few of those are must have games. Yes, there’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which looks incredible – but there’s nothing else in the launch library nearly as compelling.

Yes, there were a few other highlights – like the final confirmation that Skyrim is coming to the system, meaning you can FUS RO DAH on the go. The new Mario, Odyssey, looks amazing and more Splatoon is always a good thing. Still, as big of a Nintendo fan as I am, I wasn’t blown away. While I’ll definitely want a Switch, this morning’s event hasn’t convinced me that I need one now.

Here’s what others on the team had to say:


“I have a soft spot for Nintendo, so naturally, I’m very excited for the Switch. The reveal this morning may have lacked the solid launch lineup that people desire, but I’m not worried. I always end up waiting a couple of months to a year or two before purchasing a new console anyway. Come end of this year or 2018, I’m confident there will be loads of cool games to choose from. By then, I’ll also know whether the Switch is something worth having, or if it’s just another Wii U that ends up going unloved in the long run.”


“A weak conference for Nintendo, and just proof that a proper focused Direct would’ve been much better. The strange focus on some of the more nuanced hardware features to the controllers to the ludicrous price revealed for them after the fact where just the start of the cracks that formed around the Switch by the end of the show. Breath of the Wild looks incredible, as did other announcements like Splatoon 2, Super Mario Odyssey and more, but the lack or hard punches for launch coupled with many projects not even having launch windows is likely concerning for any on the fence sitters. Nintendo needed to hit it out the park today, but they’ll just settled for a quick bunt to first plate. Disappointing.”


“I think the Switch is going to be a hit but only after release when the community starts showcasing its offerings better than Nintendo ever can.”


“Change is good. Change is what keeps gaming alive, and in an industry that is utterly dominated by Sony and Microsoft right now, the Nintendo Switch feels like a breath of fresh air…of the wild. Haw. Seriously though, the Switch looks like a gateway drug towards larger gaming experiences. Nintendo may have made their money as a home console company, but they built they built a reputation with their handheld consoles, a market which even Sony has been unable to dethrone them from. Combining both home and handheld into one device? That’s genius, and a step in the right direction for Nintendo after the Wii U’s dismal performance. It’s a console which oozes confidence, and knows where it wants to go.

It’s Nintendo finally being modern, and it’s about damn time.”


“Despite me not really being a Nintendo fanboy nor much of a mobile gamer, the Switch has intrigued me with its fun party concepts and lineup of titles. Because who wouldn’t want to play Grand Theft Mario? (The pimp is in another castle, Mario!) Now if only I didn’t have to look a giant playing a tiny harmonica when using those Joy-Con controllers”

But you tell us! Did the event convince you to grab a Switch, or are you going to wait until there’s more on offer? Was The Switch Event a Hit or a Miss?

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Critical Hit as an organisation.

Last Updated: January 13, 2017

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Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • If, by some miracle, in 2018 they have a solid lineup of games I may consider buying one. But then again the PS4 and One would have been out even longer, will cost cheaper, and will have a larger range of games to choose from. The portability offers nothing to me. I am either driving, working, or sitting in front of my console. If I am flying and I cannot relax without a game for 10 hours I know I probably need help 😛

    • Captain JJ

      I must agree with you. Mobile gaming has never appealed to me much, but I know that for some it’s their only platform sometimes. So it could really work still.

      • Yeah. I don’t know man. Nintendo offer the same games, great as they are, they they always do when launching. Just doesn’t do anything for me.

        • Captain JJ

          Very true. If I think back Nintendo was such a big deal. These days it’s become somewhat of a “let’s try this gimmick” approach.

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          So it doesn’t…. switch you on?!

      • Hammersteyn

        It appeals to me,but only when I’m on the loo. Which is what compare Mobile gaming to. Very Ironic

    • Pretty much sums it up to be honest.

      The line-up is super weak and lets not forget, the Scorpio is coming soon.

      I only recently got back into Xbox, but I’d rather fork over for a better performing Xbox with a kick-ass list of released games than a lower performing hybrid console/handheld thing that most devs are kind of sitting back waiting to see if it actually works this time round before actually putting in the effort to Dev for it.

      • Exactly my thoughts.

      • MonsterCheddar

        Yay another Xboner!!! Thought I was the only one.

        • There are much more, they are just afraid of saying it out loud 😛

          • I still maintain that PS is better after owning both consoles. BUT, my focus has moved away from which is better performance wise and more along the lines of, Go where your friends are.

            This Gen my mates went Sony again, last Gen I went Xbox and was the only kippy who did so. Most of my best experiences on my PS4 are because of my friends.

          • MonsterCheddar

            Ja ja.

          • Hammersteyn


          • miaau

            I am not….

            I am happy with my Xbox One, thanks for not asking

        • I have dual citizenship 😉

          Picked up an Xbone on Black Friday and it’s basically my Halo and Forza machine lol. PS is still my main console, but I will say that I am extremely interested in Scorpio

          • MonsterCheddar

            Rumored to be 50% more powerful than PS Pro…. Did I read that on Lagz? Well somewhere.

          • It was rumored to be online only as well at one point 😛

          • Also read that. I really hope it is to be honest. Sony need a bit of a kick in the pants for once. The Pro is extremely average, all things considered. I just want to see the price point that Scorpio comes in at.

          • MonsterCheddar

            Its going to be flippen expensive.

          • That’s what worries me

          • MonsterCheddar

            Unless for some or other reason, when Hell freezes over, the rand strengthens.

        • HvR

          Rince being a Xboner is just another reason not to join the club

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            He was a boner, now he’s a pony.

          • That’s Ponzie!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            No. Brony 😛

          • No, moany?

          • yeeeeeeees?

          • I’m not? I only have a PS4..

    • MonsterCheddar


  • Alien Emperor Trevor


    I Nintendon’t care.

    • Captain JJ


      Stop speaking about yourself in third person.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor


        • Captain JJ

          I know what you were going for, but if your opinion mattered it would be up there! 😛
          Sorry, I’m not insulting you. Don’t make me feel bad for it.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            No – I wasn’t talking in the 3rd person. Hah!

          • Captain JJ

            Oh. Well, that had about the same impact as the Switch then, didn’t it?

    • Pills. You forgot your pills again didn’t you?

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Depends on what pills you’re talking about.

  • HvR

    Feel it wasn’t good enough.

    For it to be successful getting that 10% first adopter on day 1 buy is essential. A good reason why we are not seeing 3rd party launch dates are that publishers are waiting to see what the uptake would be and if adopters are waiting for 3rd party games to some to the table then there is a good chance of flopping faster than you can say U.

    Think I’m still optimistically interested but in no way polishing off the credit card.

  • I did not know what time it was on so I missed it completely xD

    • PurplePariah

      6am locally. Most of us were trying to coerce our eyes into receiving light.

      • 6am…yea no. That is an ungodly hour to be awake.

        • Dresden

          I was at work by then :/

  • PurplePariah

    Darryn. You’re always so positive. It’s rad.

    I’m with Darryn. It’s new, it’s interesting, and it’s about time. Nintendo I think have realised where they’re strong, and have come up with something that literally and figuratively plays to their strengths. The launch lineup is lacking, mostly, but there’s no doubt that in a year the lineup will have grown substantially. Plus I’m really looking forward to the Pokemon sequel that gets the Breath of the Wild treatment. That alone will make this entire thing successful.

    • Thing is, while there are valid points, Would you honestly drop 5-6k on the switch to play a remaster of a pokemon game most have already played on the 2/3DS? I didn’t buy Sun/Moon as yet due to time constraints, but after seeing the event this morning, I’d rather buy it for my 3DS than wait it out for the Switch to launch.

      Let’s be honest here, if Breath of the Wild wasn’t a launch title there would be very little interest overall in the Switch. Most people have Skyrim or have played Skyrim already. In handheld mode the Switch is apparently as strong as the PS3, maybe a bit below. If that’s the case, the PS3 ran Skyrim absolutely terribly. So that’s not really appealing.

      Third party buy in is where this Console will shine, but even in saying that, to bring the 3rd parties in, this thing needs to sell like hot cakes. The general consensus, at least from what I’ve seen around the net so far, is “meh”.

      • PurplePariah

        Yes I would drop 5k on this. Which is probably what it will launch at. And the Pokemon wouldn’t be a remaster. Zelda isn’t. Why would they do that? That’s not Nintendo’s style. That’s an Xbox/PS4/PC thing. To squeeze every ounce of cash from gamers. Like you and I.

        And I have 0 interest in Zelda by the way. None. I will literally never play it. Yet I’m SUPER excited for what this console can offer. See potential, and the world becomes colourful. See disaster, and the world goes grey.

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          But what if you see potential for disaster? :/

          • PurplePariah

            Then you are Trevor.

            SHURRUP YOU.



        • “See potential, and the world becomes colourful. See disaster, and the world goes grey.”

          The WiiU (which I owned). No Man’s Sky.

          Two examples of that mindset. Fool me once, shame on you. I won’t be fooled twice.

          That’s the thing, and the WiiU did the same thing, made people SUPER excited for what it COULD do. Whether it actually CAN do those things remains to be seen.

          • True story.

          • PurplePariah

            I didn’t say buy the hype. I said see potential.

          • Hype and Potential are two different things. There was a literal boat load of potential in both examples. One of which is offered by the same company marketing the Switch.

            To quote a particularly famous line from an extremely good game that had a lot of potential and delivered on it:
            “Do you know the meaning of insanity?”

          • PurplePariah

            Yeah, but now instead of seeing potential, you’re doing the extreme opposite. I don’t blame you, but I think you’ve taken it too far left. Bring it back a bit – Nintendo are the leaders in the handheld space by an insane margin. This isn’t No Man’s Sky. This is Nintendo showing something they’re good at.

            Don’t just buy it day 1 – but don’t dismiss it as nothing because it doesn’t offer day 1 greatness.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            That’s what I said, but she didn’t listen.

          • PurplePariah

            I read that as “That’s what she said” and re-read my reply twice.

            I’m too jaded. -_-

          • Nintendo are only the leaders in the handheld space because nobody challenges them. Sony gave up the Vita, which is still an awesome machine btw (own one of those too), because they admitted it’s a space they didn’t want to go into.

            I may be way out in left field, but I’m not wrong. Neither are you, we both have solid arguments. But, as a consumer of Ninty before, having been burned by them before, I’ll give them credit for the Game Boy up to the 3DS, but the 3DS was made great by its line-up, not by the console itself. The same goes for this situation. The Switch may just be the next step in the evolution of gaming, but until it shows itself as such, I believe I know better than to put faith in what ifs, maybes and it could do’s.

    • MonsterCheddar

      You are brown nosing the wrong one. XD


  • Sageville


    ” While no one can deny that the new Nintendo Switch is a gaming console, we cannot ignore the fact that sandwiches are delicious.”.

    • Hammersteyn


    • Ir0nseraph


  • VampyreSquirrel

    I’m excited for the Switch, BUT the launch TITLE (WHY ONE?) isn’t enough to get me to buy one on release. I’ll give it a while and then decide what I’m going to do console wise going forward.

    My biggest issue is I still want a PS4 :(.

    • get one, we can play golf again!

      • VampyreSquirrel

        Haha, I’m not buying GTAV again! I’ve already bought it twice 😛

    • PurplePariah

      My biggest holdup with the PS4 is that I already have a good PC with a huge library of games. I can’t justify a PS4.

      Now a mobile console, that fills a gap in my gaming needs.

      • I feel the same about my PS4, I only bought it primarily for FF15. And don’t get a lot of time on it because my PC library far outweighs the PS4

      • VampyreSquirrel

        There are so many PS4 (and PS3) games I want to play, and since I went Xbox360 and PC there after, I feel I’m seriously missing out on some of the best games of the last decade (or so)

        • PurplePariah

          Oh yeah I feel serious FOMO with the PS4 lineup. Horizon Zero Dawn just being one huge example. But I still can’t justify the cost for a few games and FOMO. I can easily take R159 consolation prizes on Steam.

          • VampyreSquirrel

            Yeah, I totally get that, and I don’t REALLY want to pay R1000+ for games xD

  • konfab

    I don’t think it will be a Critical Hit.

    On mobile it is competing with Apple- who can make a better tablet, with better battery life and more functionality.

    On console it is competing with Sony and Microsoft, both of which are faster and will probably be around the same price.

    The price of the games is everything TBH, if they are the same price as PS4 or Xbox, it will be dead in the water.

  • MonsterCheddar

    No Spank you.

  • Really not sure who they were targeting with only 2 games on release. The fanboYIS much?

    • Hammersteyn

      The minimalists?

      • Captain JJ


      • haha! Nice. But really, why do that?

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          Maybe they have some Nintendoubts?

          • 4/10

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Only a four out of Nintendo? 🙁

          • You are lucky to get even that!

        • Hammersteyn

          Because Japan

          • Ir0nseraph

            Nintendo should just bring Mario to PS4, that’s all I want.

  • PurplePariah

    The Wii had a pretty meh launch lineup too people.


    And yet, look what that console achieved.

    • Hammersteyn

      Not much?

      • PurplePariah

        The Wii was, in its day, the #1 selling, most widely used console in the world. The Wii U trashed the name, but the original Wii is still one of the most successful consoles ever made.

  • K1FF J1MB0B (sizzle edition)

    Honestly I can see this being another Wii-U.. bunch of hardware gimmicks with a few great games sprinkled over the top. Just don’t see this sticking. I don’t believe for one second that anyone is going use those dumb joy-con controllers.

  • Lu

    This is cheating, but I can play 90% of my steam library on my windows tab already. Either through in home streaming or direct installation. Won;t be Switching any time soon.

  • People should honestly be a little more excited.

    The fact that there are so many 3rd party titles is a good sign. If they launch well it could well cement 3rd party support in Nintendo. Something that’s been lacking for a while.

    • K1FF J1MB0B (sizzle edition)

      By 3rd party titles you mean a port of a seven year old game (Skyrim), a stripped down version of FIFA, a few more ports of old games, and a few JRPGs with no gameplay footage or launch window…

      • oh you 🙂

      • I hear you. But there is a bigger picture here. If these WORK and they work well then confidence in the switch will grow with 3rd party vendors. Increased confidence from others will spur them on to launch on the device for things going forward.

        Killing this before it’s even out the gate is a mistake. Rather see if it fails to do well with what is launching on it performance wise etc. If not, then this could help Nintendo get back in there.

        • K1FF J1MB0B (sizzle edition)

          I want to be hyped for this but it’s difficult to do that when they constantly make decisions that piss me off. You heard about how there’s no chat built into the console? You have to use a flippin app on your phone to chat with your friends.

          • What? You are kidding!?

          • K1FF J1MB0B (sizzle edition)

            Yup 😉

          • Oh my words… Is that to stop the 4 people who buy switch from confirming only 4 people bought it? *Runs

          • K1FF J1MB0B (sizzle edition)


          • I didn’t hear that?

  • WitWolfy

    You wont get me again Ninty… I made the mistake by being hyped to the moon after on the reveal of The Wii U back in 2011 then buying it when it launched… Just to see month after month how every 3rd party dev slowly but surely declared how they dont have any plans on developing games for the system in the future… EVER.. Then to make matters worse, not releasing any games that appeal to me either…

    My biggest buyers remorse EVER!!!!

  • Craig “CrAiGiSh” Dodd

    Never owned a Nintendo Console but this one does have me interested.

  • CypherGate

    I’m a bit late to the comment party but what I think about the Switch right now is still 50/50. Id love to invest in the switch, but one of the major things is holding back. 3RD PARTY games. I dont want to throw R5000 into the switch only for it to have almost no 3RD party support and in all honesty…. I found not one game interesting in what was announced. Ok MAYBE breath of the wild looked quite awesome and MAYBE the Mario one (even though it gave me that one horrifically bad vibes of that one 3D sonic game I tried my best to forget and erase out of brain but simply cannot) other than that. Nothing else was interesting. Im not even going to talk about Skyrim. Id much rather prefer an announcement of the whole Borderlands franchise for launch than Skyrim.

  • oVg

    I have a Vita

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